Best cordless vacuum cleaners 2024 - tested for versatile, efficient & cord-free cleaning

Ditch the power cord for one of the best cordless vacuum cleaners to swiftly clean your home from top to bottom

One of the best cordless vacuum cleaners, the Shark Vertex, cleaning a rug and a wood floor
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The list in brief ↴
1. Best overall: Dyson Gen5detect
2. Best value: Shark Vertex Cordless
3. Best for pet hair: Dyson V15 Detect
4. Best for allergies: Samsung Bespoke Jet Cordless
5. Best for big homes: Dyson Outsize
6. Best for apartments: Dyson V12 Detect Slim
7. Best bagged: Henry Quick
8. Best smart: Tineco Pure ONE
9. Best affordable Dyson: Dyson V8
10. Best budget: Ultenic U12
11. Best budget clean base: Ultenic FS1
12. Best handheld: Brigii Handheld
13. How we test
14. Meet the team
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How to choose
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FAQs

The best cordless vacuum cleaners make cleaning convenient. The top models pack a punch when it comes to power, but are still lightweight and easy to use. Many come with a number of useful attachments to enhance how deeply you can clean.

Our team of vacuum experts examined the market-leading models, from brands such as Dyson, Shark, and Bissell, as well as lesser-known, up-and-coming models. We put them through a series of rigorous tests to create a shortlist covering every cleaning need.

We take vacuums to our test center to test them on carpet, wood floors, and linoleum using a wide range of different types of debris to test dust, crumbs, and hair. We also use them at home, especially in homes with pets, to see how they handle pet hair. With increasing amounts of smart technology creeping into cordless vacuums, including some dubious claims about AI, we also consider their features to see if the latest and greatest models can live up to their grand promises.

There are plenty of cordless vacuums that impressed us, as well as plenty that did the opposite. This guide is our cherry-picked selection of the very best. However, cordless vacuums aren't your only option, and it's worth considering the best vacuums of every type, including the best vacuums for pet hair.

The quick list

Here's a quick summary of our favorite cordless vacuums, but there's plenty more in-depth information further down the page. Read on or click the navigation links for more details.

The best cordless vacuum cleaners 2024

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The best cordless vacuum

The best cordless vacuum cleaner money can buy

Specifications

Battery life: Up to 70 minutes
Dust bin: 0.2gal
Weight: 7.72lbs
Power: 280AW

Reasons to buy

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Excellent suction
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Washable lifetime HEPA filter
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Dysons most advanced cordless vacuum technology to date
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Suitable for all floor types
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On/off switch

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Weighty
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Particle feedback might be overkill

The Gen5detect is the best vacuum cleaner we've ever tested, hands down. We've learned from the many Dyson vacuums we've tested that they are, in fact, the leaders in vacuum cleaning tech - and the Gen5detect is their flagship model.

Our expert tester Helen has reviewed more than 100 vacuums, and the Gen5detect surpassed all of them in terms of suction power, performance, usability and features.

Dyson's 'detect' tech plays a huge part here. It adjusts suction power based on the dust volume present on the floor, illuminates hidden dust that the naked eye can't see, and counts the particles it's collected down to the individual particle size. The HEPA filter can capture up to 99.99% of particles down to 0.1 microns, and has a screen to display this information.

During the test, the Gen5detect excelled on every floor type. The suction outshines that of any other vacuum we've tested, leaving behind no dust, large debris, or hair at all.

It is, however, much more expensive than pretty much all other options. While this is the best vacuum cleaner you can buy, it's a big investment, and other vacuums in this guide will still do a good enough job without having to break the bank.

Read more in our full Dyson Gen5detect review.

The best cordless vacuum for value

2. Shark Vertex Cordless

All the luxury features without a premium pricetag

Specifications

Battery life: Up to 60 minutes
Dust bin: 0.34qts.
Weight: 9.04lb
Power: 281W

Reasons to buy

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Easy to fold down for storage, and compacts down to less than 3 feet for closet storage
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Super lightweight
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Easy to remove dust cup
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Does not require a charging hub
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Charges through a removable battery
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Anti-allergen seal traps dust and allergens

Reasons to avoid

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Cumbersome to unfurl back up from storage mode
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Top-heavy
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Small dustbin

This vacuum boasts some of the best features on the market. When we tested it, the suction power was like magic. It doesn't look it, but the soft roller can pick up cereal and dust from even the deepest pile carpets. Even better, the anti-hair wrap technology genuinely stops hair from wrapping around the brush roll, saving you from cutting it out of the vacuum.

If you have mobility problems, you'll find the Multi-Flex technology immensely useful. It can flex to a 90-degree angle so you can access low areas without bending over, and it's what allows the vacuum to fold in half for compact storage.

In our tests, this could last for up to an hour of vacuuming, by which point you'll probably want a break. However, if you choose to use different modes, such as Boost, it will drain the battery. We only got 12 minutes out of it when it was vacuuming at full suction.

The other downside of this vacuum was the flexion. Whilst it's good, it is harder to control when you're under low furniture. Compared to other models, our team would spend $50 more and upgrade to the Vertex Pro version which features a more sophisticated LCD display and a slightly larger dust bin.

Read more: Shark Vertex lightweight cordless vacuum review

The best cordless vacuum for pet hair

3. Dyson V15 Detect

A fast favorite with excellent suction power, even on pet hair

Specifications

Battery life: Up to 70 minutes
Dust bin: 0.2gal
Weight: 6.8lb
Power: 230 AW

Reasons to buy

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Illuminates dust particles invisible to the eye
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Piezo sensor and LCD screen shows the size and number of dust particles collected in real-time
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New anti-tangle hair screw keeps pet hair from getting stuck
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Incredible suction
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Versatile attachments

Reasons to avoid

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Dust gets stuck in dust bin
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Must hold trigger for continual operation

Until the release of the Dyson Gen5detect, this was the best vacuum we'd ever tested.

We found that it picks up dirt and dander that other vacuums can't pick up. We used this on a dog bed and it cleaned so well that it not only removed all the fur - it restored the bed to its original color.

It's also packed with tech. There's a green laser that will illuminate previously invisible dust on surfaces. We found this isn't a gimmick, as it's really useful to see the dust illuminated on hard floors and catch any dirt you may have missed with the naked eye. This laser technology is complemented by a Piezo sensor that measures microscopic dust particles as small as 10 microns in real-time, giving more proof of a deep and effective clean. If that's not enough to have you excited to clean, we found that the anti-tangle conical bar brush prevents any hair tangling, saving you a gross job later on.

Getting started is as simple as pressing the trigger, which you have to hold the whole time you vacuum. If you want the vacuum to work harder (Eco and Auto were plenty sufficient in our day-to-day cleanings), you have the option to also go into Boost mode, but it shortens the battery time.

Some Dyson quirks don't appeal to everyone: a lot of the feedback it gives you is superfluous. Knowing the number of particles it picks up down to the micron is amazing tech but not particularly helpful for the average user. You have to hold down the trigger the whole time for it to operate, which can become uncomfortable, especially if you have mobility issues like arthritis (to avoid this, the Gen5detect and the V12 Detect Slim have single power buttons). Moreover, it comes with a big price tag, so is best bought at a discount - if you can find one.

Read more in our full Dyson V15 Detect review.

The best cordless vacuum for allergies

Super smart and effortless to use, this is cleaning perfection

Specifications

Battery life: Up to 60 minutes
Dust bin: 0.53qt
Weight: 6.28lb
Power: 200W

Reasons to buy

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Easy to manoeuvre
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Brilliant suction
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Hassle-free emptying
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Plenty of accessories

Reasons to avoid

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0.5L bin would be small for a large home
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Heavy clean station
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Telescopic tube doesn't extend by much

Aesthetics matter, but we're not just referring to the sleek, statuesque shape of the Samsung Bespoke JetCordless Stick Vacuum. It also has a feature usually found in the best robot vacuums: a Clean Station that not only charges the vacuum but empties its contents into sealed HEPA bags, saving you from allergies. It makes charging and cleaning easy.

Samsung also sets itself apart with a telescoping wand that not only improves reach but increases convenience for both short and tall users to work at a length that is comfortable for them. Another noteworthy feature is the sleek digital display that makes it easy to track how your vacuum is doing with notifications on your vacuum for power level and brush type, and it sends alerts such as airflow issues, clogs, missing filters, and more.

The 210-watt powerhouse takes no mercy on both floors and carpets thanks to its Jet Cyclone which keeps the vacuum from getting clogged and 180° swivel flexibility for ultimate manoeuvrability. While the Clean Station acts as sort of an anchor, the cordless vacuum itself is an extremely lightweight design with a slim build making it easy to vacuum under low-lying furniture.

However, the dustbin on this is small, and we kept having to empty it as we vacuumed. It's fairly expensive, and it isn't easy to set up. Finally, a word of warning - don't be tempted by the latest 'AI' update to this model, the Samsung Bespoke Jet AI. In my Samsung Bespoke Jet AI review, I found that this model has no particular 'artificial intelligence' features that justify its $1000 price tag.

There's more detail in our Samsung Bespoke Jet Vacuum review.

The best cordless vacuum for big homes

A powerhouse with formidable suction and dustbin capacity

Specifications

Battery life: Up to 120 minutes
Dust bin: 0.5gal
Weight: 7.85lb
Power: 220 AW

Reasons to buy

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Massive dust bin
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Incredible suction
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Quick to charge
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Easy to handle
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Versatile

Reasons to avoid

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Top-heavy
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Hair wraps around brush-roll on hard floors
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Too powerful on small, delicate rugs

Our experts have a lot to say about the Outsize, but we think the half-gallon dustbin, two-hour run time, and deep suction speak for itself. If you have a corded vacuum and don't want to compromise on performance, this is the model you need.

It automatically senses and adapts to floor types. Even better, the digital display shows the exact remaining run time for whichever mode you choose: Eco, Auto, or Boost, so you'll always know just how much time you'll have left on a single battery. Auto was powerful enough for everything we needed on the test, and we found it did a particularly good job on carpets. It has an extra-wide floorhead and (relatively) large dustbin too, so it's as capable as a full-size corded vacuum.

We would caution that there is such a thing as too much power. We found that if you have lightweight area rugs around your house, they don't stand a chance with the Outsize +, and will be sucked up into it. Similarly, you may find this is a little top-heavy after some time. There was also a small amount of hair wrap on hard floors.

There's more detail in our Dyson Outsize review

The best cordless vacuum for apartments

The ideal companion for apartments and small homes

Specifications

Battery life: Up to 60 minutes
Dust bin: 0.09gal
Weight: 5.22lb
Power: 150 air watts

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight
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Single power button
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Powerful & responsive suction
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Particle detection
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Illuminates hidden dust
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Dyson's 'detect' tech without the massive price tag

Reasons to avoid

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Small dustbin
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Short battery life
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Still more expensive than most

The V12 Detect Slim is Dyson's third and most affordable entry into the 'detect' range of cordless vacuums. So, you still get the powerful suction on all floor types; the laser to illuminate dust you can't normally see; sensors that adjust suction power by detecting dust volumes on the floor; and the accurate counting of every collected particle in real-time.

Designed as the affordable alternative to the V15 Detect and the Gen5detect, the V12 Detect Slim's lower price reflects a sacrifice in battery life and dustbin capacity. This would normally be a disadvantage, but it actually makes it the ideal choice for apartments and small homes. You can still get this market-leading vacuum tech for your home without spending the money demanded by the expensive models.

It's also a little easier to use than the V15 Detect thanks to the single power button. Its lighter weight and smaller size, along with its many attachments, make it a versatile and maneuverable cleaner.

But still, even with the reduction in cost, the V12 Detect Slim will set you back $650 at full price. Fortunately, it's often on offer for around $500, which is a reasonable price for a vacuum this powerful.

Read more in our full Dyson V12 Detect Slim review.