In the last ten years, cordless cleaners have gone from cupboard clutter to household must-have. For some, a high-quality cordless may be all you need.
But there are some factors to take into consideration before you buy. The most important of these is battery life. How big is your house? The best cordless cleaners will still only give you about an hour of cleaning time – and that will usually be on the lowest suction setting.
If you only have a cordless cleaner, no matter how organised you are with cleaning and recharging, there will definitely be times when your vac runs out of battery life mid-clean or when you’ve just had a spill.
That’s why some cordless cleaners – including models from Samsung, Miele and Shark – have a removable battery and the option to buy a second one that can be charged up and waiting. If you have a larger home and only want a cordless cleaner, this will make your life much easier.
Other considerations are the weight of the vac, the size of the bin, its suction power and charging time. You’ll also find that the kind of attachments you get vary and that some will make a surprising amount of difference in how easy it is to clean.
Many cordless cleaners will transform from a stick into a handheld – and this is a huge plus in terms of versatility.
Finally, if you or anyone in your family has a dust allergy, you should look for a HEPA filter, which will capture 99.97% of particulate matter larger than 0.3 microns (for reference, a human hair is approximately 75 microns wide). But bear in mind that if you choose a bagless cleaner, you’ll be releasing some of this dust back out into the air.
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Here are the best cordless cleaners, as tested and reviewed by Tech Advisor staff.