The Absolute V10 comes with absolutely every kind of brush you'll ever need. Plus, they all attach to a 5.6-pound wall-mountable package, making it one of the lightest cordless vacuums on the market.
Cordless vacuums give you the freedom to track down messes in your home regardless of how close they are to an outlet, fitting into spaces and under furniture that an upright vacuum can't. However, relying on a battery can lead to weaker suction and a smaller selection of features compared to traditional vacuum cleaners.
So we gathered the best cordless vacuum cleaners across every corner of the market to see how they performed in our lab. Our standardized tests focus on the elements you care about—battery life, cleaning performance, and overall handling—to find which cordless stick vacuums can actually deal with big messes.
The Samsung Bespoke Jet (available at Amazon for $599.00) ran circles around the competition, earning our best overall ranking. It has moderately good battery life, powerful suction, and a built-in laser that illuminates even the tiniest bits of fine dust on your floors and furniture.
Though the Bespoke Jet is our top performer it's also pretty expensive for most people's budgets. This is why we test vacuums at every price point, so you can find the sweet spot of performance and budget that works for you.
Samsung Bespoke Jet
Battery life: 8 minutes per battery
Weight: 6.1 pounds
Dimensions: 39.4" x 8.3" (L x D)
After testing the Samsung Bespoke Jet cordless vacuum in our labs, we believe that it’s the next step in cleaning. On our test carpets, the Bespoke Jet picked up 92.75% of the testing dirt we laid out for it in a single pass—neck-and-neck with the best Dysons. It also self-empties into a disposable bag so you never need to touch, smell, or see dirt and other unpleasant muck.
The Bespoke Jet also has a top-tier battery. During our battery testing, it cleaned on its maximum setting over eight minutes. That is impressive in its own right, however, this cordless comes with two batteries. So you have over an hour of cleaning time on the middle setting and around two hours on the lowest.
If you’re looking for the best cordless vacuum out there and are willing to pay for it, the Samsung Bespoke Jet is peerless in its combination of power, design, and convenience.
The Tineco A10 Hero comes from the same people who brought us the Ecovacs robot vacuum series. That’s a lot to live up to, but the A10 makes its robot vacuum cousins proud.
This vacuum, which is covered by a two-year warranty, picked up 47% of the dirt we laid out for it. For the price point, that performance is more than impressive. Plus, the A10 has the endurance of higher-priced vacuums: around 7 minutes on the max settings and 14 minutes on regular. You can buy additional batteries and swap them in for even more cleaning time.
The A10 comes with the standard assortment of attachments, including a crevice tool, a mini-powered brush, and an upholstery brush. While none of these wowed us, we like the fact that the default brush head has bright LED lights to help us spot dirt and debris under furniture.
When you combine these aspects, this cordless is a great value pick.
The Dyson V15 Detect is the latest in a storied lineup of cordless stick vacuums. This time around, we found two huge upgrades: a dust-illuminating laser and a longer-lasting battery. Many companies often add gadgets and attachments to their vacuums to compensate for a lack of performance. However, the lab test shows that the V15’s technology enhances the cleaning experience.
Before we get ahead of ourselves, we should talk about cleaning performance. During our dirt pickup test, the V15 suctioned up about an average of 92% of the detritus we left out on our testing carpet. The V15 also has a long battery life—15 minutes on its max setting.
Based on battery life and cleaning prowess, we are comfortable crowning the V15 as a top contender. Its unique laser and sensor give it an edge. During testing, we found that the laser, which can be turned on and off, illuminates dirt under furniture and on floors much better than standard LED headlights. The V15 also has a sensor that gives you a readout of the particle sizes that the vacuum is picking up.
The V15 has the same smooth glide, sensitive trigger, and lightweight design as other Dyson vacuums. Getting the best comes at a steep price, but its V15’s results put it firmly in the top spot.
Battery life: 8 minutes (16 minutes for both included batteries)
Weight: 6.1 pounds
Dimensions: 44.1” x 10.6 (L x D)
The LG CordZero A927KGMS Kompressor is a cordless vacuum with few equals. During our cleaning tests, it picked up 90% of the sand, pet hair, and crumbs we laid out for it. We were able to clean carpets for over 80 minutes or big messes for 16 minutes between the two included batteries.
The A9 has two distinct advantages over Dyson cordless stick vacuums: its charging stand, which lets you store it and its accessories anywhere you want without having to drill holes in the wall, and the Kompressor, which helps increase the dirt capacity and ensures the bin empties fully.
When we first heard about the Dyson V10 Absolute, the details made us skeptical. Dyson is so confident in its cordless vacuums that it stopped developing new corded ones.
However, after spending time with the V10, we were more than satisfied with its performance. The torque head drive cleaner head is powerful, and the combination tool, crevice tool, and mini soft dusting brush also offer strong performance in diverse situations.
There’s an attachment for nearly every situation and floor type. They all attach to a 5.6-pound wall-mountable package, making it one of the lightest cordless vacuums on the market.
The V10 puts all these tools to good use. In our testing lab, it picked up 89 percent of the dirt we left out for it.
The V10 also dominated the battery tests. On the low setting, it can run for 60 minutes, perfect for day-to-day maintenance. For intense cleaning jobs, you can run the Absolute for 9 minutes on the highest setting.
The one major downside of the V10 Absolute is that it's expensive. In fact, you could buy three of our best value picks for what you'd spend on this Dyson.
Battery life: 8 minutes (16 minutes for both included batteries)
Weight: 5.9 pounds
Dimensions 44.1” x 10.2” (L x D)
The LG Cordzero A9 Ultimate epitomizes an easy-to-use cordless vacuum. Its dock can be wall-mounted or free-standing, letting you charge anywhere without having to drill holes in the wall. The dock also holds the alternate cleaning head and several attachments. The A9 also comes with two removable batteries, giving you 16 minutes of running time on the highest setting.
We cleaned carpets and bare floors with the A9. This cordless impressed us with its powerful suction, picking up 72.5% of the testing dirt we laid out for it and all of the food debris. We enjoyed using the telescopic wand, which can adjust the reach up to 45 inches from handle to tip.
Overall, the A9 is a strong competitor to comparable Dysons. It lacks the raw power, but it’s easier to store and has more battery life.
The Dyson V8 Absolute comes as chock full of attachments as the V10 Absolute, with tools for just about every situation. You get a powered brush head for hardwood floor cleaning, a motorized upholstery brush, a soft brush for hardwood, a combination upholstery/bare floor tool, a crevice tool, and a soft dusting brush. While the attachments are a lot, the vacuum itself is only 5.6 pounds.
The brush head is made from carbon fiber and nylon. It's softer than a puppy—and infinitely more gentle on floors and better at picking up dirt. In our labs, the V8 picked up 88% of the dirt we put down for our tests.
On the low setting, the battery lasted an amazing 40 minutes. (The max suction power setting will drain the battery in 7 minutes, though.) When you're done, its dust bin empties out dirt with the pull of a single lever on top of the machine.
If you want the V10's sleek design for less, the V8 is a viable option. However, you’re still going to pay a premium for getting a Dyson.
Battery life: 10 minutes (20 minutes for both batteries)
Weight: 6.8 pounds
Dimensions: 44” x 8.8” (L x D)
The Tineco Pure One S12 is one of the most unique cordless vacuums we've ever tested. It has a user interface that lets you know how much battery life you have left, the amount of suction, and how clean your floor is.
While testing, we found that the S12 was pretty good at estimating how much dirt was on our carpet. It declared the surface clean when 80% of the testing dirt was suctioned up. Overall, the cleaning performance lagged behind other cordless models in the Pure One's price range, but not so much so that it's a deal breaker.
If you want the coolest tech in your home, the Tineco Pure One S12 is a solid choice.
The Tineco A11 Master is like an affordable Dyson V8. Like the V8, it has two different brush heads—one for carpet and one for hardwood—so if you ever find dust sticking to the floor, its specialized brush head may be just the ticket. The A11 also has tools for cleaning under and around furniture, which we appreciated.
Aside from having more tools, the A11 also comes with two batteries. During testing, the two batteries gave us about 14 minutes of cleaning power on the highest setting.
The downside is that while the A11 apes many of Dyson’s features, it can’t match its power. It needed four passes to get our testing area clean, while the V10 only needed two.
LEDs on the brush head make it easier to find dirt
Kenmore makes some of our favorite vacuums. This time around, the storied company wowed us with its Elite 10441 Complete. It comes with a brush head that specializes in carpets and also has a telescopic arm to give you that extra reach, should you need it.
We liked its 13-minute battery life and the fact that it picked up around 45% of the dirt we laid out for it. If you like the vibe of Kenmore's canister vacuums, you'll love this cordless.
Hi, I’m Jon Chan, the senior lab manager at Reviewed. I am the resident vacuum expert—I’ve tested hundreds of vacuums over the years, including everything from budget robot vacuums to upright vacuums.} When it comes to cordless vacuums, I like models that provide excellent battery life and value.
When we test battery-powered vacuums, we’re looking for longevity, ease of use, and powerful suction. To test battery life, we charge each model for 24 hours, then run it at its highest settings, timing it until it stops working. If the vacuum doesn't meet its manufacturer's advertised claim about its total runtime, we note it.
Cleaning shouldn't be complicated, so we also test for ease of use: Can we figure out how to work the vacuum without opening its manual? How easy is it to maneuver? How quickly can we change a vacuum's attachments, plug in the charger, store it away, or empty its dirt bin?
To test cleaning power, we placed 20 grams of sand on a testing platform covered in medium-pile carpet. We sift our sand through a specialized mesh to get grains between 420 and 595 microns. After evenly spreading the sand across our test platform, we run each vacuum over the carpeted platform once, on max settings.
We also test how well each vacuum picks up large debris like uncooked rice and macaroni. We test this once with the vacuum's motorized head and again with its crevice tool.
What To Look For In A Cordless Vacuum
While most cordless vacuums don’t offer the deep-cleaning power of upright vacuums, they do have advantages, including maneuverability and convenience. Here are some other things to consider when purchasing a cordless vacuum:
There’s a cordless vacuum for almost any budget. While some of the Dyson models come with a hefty price tag, they also come with Dyson technology. Meanwhile, others cost less but still clean well, such as our best value pick, the Tineco A10 Hero.
A cordless vacuum is only as good as its battery. Most of the models we reviewed had battery run times of more than 10 minutes on the high settings. Using your vacuum on high does drain a battery quicker, but vacuums will run longer on lower settings.
Not all batteries recharge at the same rate, either. When you’re on a roll cleaning, you don’t want to lose power and have to wait until the battery is ready to go again. To combat that, some models come with an extra battery, which can be swapped out when your other battery dies.
Cordless vacuums have smaller dirt bins than uprights, which is one reason some people prefer full-size vacuums. However, bin capacity on cordless vacuums varies wildly. Some of the models we tested hold almost a full quart of dirt, while others hold less than half a quart.
It’s important to make sure your vacuum comes with the tools you need. You may need to clean pet dander, vacuuming dust from curtains and upholstery, or care for delicate hardwood floors. Whatever your needs, make sure you have the attachments to meet them.
What You Should Know About Cordless Vacuums
Can Cordless Vacuums Replace Upright Vacuum Cleaners?
Generally, cordless vacuums work best as supplementary tools to be used between heavier cleanings, or in situations where a corded vacuum is too cumbersome. That said, if you’re willing to pay a higher price for the privilege, some cordless vacuums can stand toe-to-toe with a full-sized model.
What’s the Difference Between Cordless Stick Vacuums and Hand Vacuums?
In many cases, the only difference between a cordless stick vacuum and hand vacuum is the cordless unit’s long extension, which allows the brush head to reach the floor. Although rare, some two-in-one–models come with a handheld mode that can be removed and used to clean without the floor extension—a real bonus when you're cleaning furniture or a flight of stairs.
Jonathan Chan currently serves as the Lab Manager at Reviewed. If you clean with it, it's likely that Jon oversees its testing. Since joining the Reviewed in 2012, Jon has helped launch the company's efforts in reviewing laptops, vacuums, and outdoor gear. He thinks he's a pretty big deal. In the pursuit of data, he's plunged his hands into freezing cold water, consented to be literally dragged through the mud, and watched paint dry. Jon demands you have a nice day.
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