Best cordless vacuum cleaners 2021: ranking the top stick vacuums for pet hair and hardwood floors we’ve tested Best cordless vacuum cleaners 2021

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If you’re looking for the best cordless vacuum cleaners we’ve got you covered as we’ve tested a selection of stick vacuums that are powerful, easy to maneuver, and are, of course, wire-free. 

What sets these stick vacuums apart from the rest? Cleaning power will always be high on the list and we’ve found some of the best cordless vacuums for pet hair, hardwood floors, and even models that are suitable for sucking dirt that’s stuck in your carpet. Easy maneuverability and the ability to reach under furniture will also be a big help, as well as a lightweight design.

The very best cordless vacuums will have a good battery life so that you can make your way around your home before it’s time to put it on charge again. Dyson cordless vacuum cleaners offer an impressive run time of 60 minutes but this is reduced when you use the higher power suction modes. 

Consider the attachments each stick vacuum comes with as these will make it easier to clean every part of your home, and be sure to read our reviews below to find out how easy it is to empty the dust cup on each model. 

We’ve put all the best stick vacuums to the test to and you’ll be able to find our full reviews below. 

UPDATE:  Dyson recently unveiled its newest cordless vacuum, the Dyson V15 Detect, which has a built-in laser to highlight hidden dust. The powerful cordless vacuum, which is available to buy in the US now and is listed as coming soon in the UK, can even count and size the dust particles, displaying this information on the LCD screen so you have visual evidence you’ve thoroughly cleaned your home.

The Dyson V15 Detect generates 230 Air Watts, which is 24% more suction power than offered by the V11, and has a swappable battery built-in to the handle, which reduces interruptions to your cleaning, too. We’ll be putting this cordless vacuum cleaner to the test to see if can better the results the Dyson V11 range achieves.

Dyson V11 Absolute cordless vacuum cleaner

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Dyson V11 Absolute

The Absolute best cordless vacuum you can buy


Weight: : 3.3kg

Bin size: : 0.76L

Run time: : Up to 60 minutes

Reasons to buy

+Powerful Suction+Light-weight and maneuverable+Informative LCD Screen

Reasons to avoid


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Is this the perfect cordless vacuum cleaner? A few niggles aside, it very nearly could be. It’s more potent than its best-in-class predecessor, cleans even better on all surfaces, is quieter, and has a longer-lasting battery too.

Even on the lowest power setting, it delivers powerful suction. It’s easy to switch between the power settings manually, alternatively use it in Auto mode with the new High Torque cleaner head and let the V11 automatically adjust the power for the floor type you’re using it on. It’s also got a new color LCD display that adds a touch of class with in-depth information such as the exact run-time remaining, where blockages are located, and how to clear them.

It comes with an arsenal of tools too including a soft roller cleaner head, mini motorized tool, crevice tool, and quick-release mini soft dusting brush. There’s also a docking station and charger.

A smidge heavier than its predecessor, now tipping our scales just over the 3kg mark, it still felt balanced in use, but the V11 Absolute doesn’t come cheap. That said, we think it’s worth the money if you want simply the best cordless vacuum cleaner available today.

Read our full  review: Dyson V11 Absolute

Roidmi S1E

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Roidmi S1E

The best cordless vacuum cleaner for style and substance


Weight:: 2.4kg

Bin size:: 0.4L

Runtime: : Up to 40 minute

Reasons to buy

+Super lightweight+Quiet+Sleek Design

Reasons to avoid

Suction could be stronger

While the Roidmi S1E doesn’t match the Dyson on suction power or run-time, at a fraction of the price it’s a worthy entrant in our line-up of the best cordless vacuums. Easy to carry and use in both stick cleaner or handheld mode, this lightweight cordless vacuum excels when it comes to noise too. Even though its decibel levels are similar to other cordless vacuums, we found the tone was softer making it easy to chat while cleaning without the need to shout. 

With six design awards under its belt, the Roidmi S-series ticks the style and substance boxes. There’s a good selection of tools too, including a motorized mattress brush that makes light work of upholstery cleaning. 

The battery lasts for 40-minutes on standard power or 10 minutes of super suction if needed, which can’t quite match some competitors but considering the affordable price tag is a compromise we’re willing to make. The suction also could be stronger, on full power it wasn’t quite the oomph needed for deep-cleaning carpets, but it’s still a great everyday floor care option.

Find out more: Roidmi S1E- should I buy one?

Miele Triflex HX1 cordless vacuum cleaner

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Miele Triflex HX1 Cat & Dog review

The best cordless vacuum cleaner for pet hair


Power supply: Cordless

Weight: 4kg

Bin size:: 0.5L

Run time: Up to 60 minutes

Reasons to buy

+Powerful suction+Can be used as a stick vacuum or a handheld cleaner+Swappable battery means fewer interruptions to your cleaning

Reasons to avoid

ExpensiveHeavy to use as a handheld cleaner

Miele’s first-ever cordless vacuum cleaner is, in our eyes, one of the best vacuum cleaners you can buy right now. It offers extremely powerful suction and has a similar floor-sensing cleaning head, which will automatically adjust the speed of the brush bar for a deep clean on carpets, to the Dyson V11 Absolute. 

However, it differs from Dyson’s rival vacuum cleaner, as it can be converted into a cordless upright cleaner by moving the main unit closer to the cleaner head. Not only does it mean the vacuum can be left free-standing rather than having to be lent against a wall or piece of furniture, but it’s also easier to maneuver but it did struggle to get under some furniture in this mode. 

The battery lasted 60 minutes between charges on the lowest power setting – although this reduced to 16 minutes when we ran it on the highest power setting. We like that the battery is removable, so you can swap it with a fully charged one if you’ve purchased an additional battery, to ensure your cleaning session isn’t interrupted. At 4kg this is one of the heavier vacuum cleaners we’ve tested and it is expensive, but we think it’s worth it. 

Read our full review: Miele Triflex HX1 Cat & Dog

Dyson V11 Outsize cordless vacuum cleaner

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Dyson V11 outsize

The best cordless vacuum cleaner for large homes


Weight:: 3.5kg

Bin size:: 1.9L

Run time: Up to 60 minutes

Reasons to buy

+Covers more ground+Much larger bin+Helpful LCD screen

Reasons to avoid

Quite heavyVery expensive

For those with bigger homes, the Dyson V11 outsize combines everything that’s great about the Dyson V11 absolute with a larger dust bin and wider cleaning head, to ensure you don’t have to abandon cleaning half way through to empty the vacuum cleaner. 

Just as powerful as its smaller sibling, we were impressed that the Dyson V11 outsize sucked everything from discarded biscuit crumbs and ground-in dirt to cereal and cat biscuits. The stiff nylon bristles of the brush bar, which spins up to 60 times a second, are great at removing ground-in dirt from carpets. There are three power settings, which you can switch between manually, or use the Auto Mode couples with the High Torque cleaner head and let the vacuum cleaner decide how much power you need based on the floor type you’re cleaning.  It’s got the same color LCD display that displays the remaining run-time, and if any blockages; where they are, and how to clear them.

The 1.9-liter bin is 150% bigger than the dust bin on the V11 Absolute but you’ll still only get 60 minutes maximum run-time, and the vacuum cleaner is considerably more expensive too. But it could be worth the extra investment if it means your floor cleaning isn’t interrupted. 

Read our full review: Dyson V11 Outsize

Lupe Pure Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

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Lupe Pure Cordless Vacuum cleaner

The best cordless vacuum from former Dyson engineers


Power supply: Cordless

Weight: 4.6Kg

Bin size: 1L

Run time: Up to 60 minutes

Reasons to buy

+Can be used as a stick vacuum or handheld cleaner+Large 0.2 gallon/1-liter dust canister means fewer interruptions to cleaning+Swappable batteries let you keep cleaning for longer

Reasons to avoid

Not the most stylish of designsBulky compared to other cordless vacuumsHandheld mode requires two hands

Founded by two former Dyson engineers, Lupe Technology is a relative newcomer to the vacuum cleaner market, but it’s first cordless vacuum offers plenty of powerful suction. In our tests, it whipped away fine dust, biscuit crumbs and cereal with ease, giving  ex-employer Dyson and  rivals like Miele, a run for their money.  Although, when using the most powerful setting, we found the suction was so strong the vacuum became a little more difficult to maneuver on hard floors.

The 3-in-1 vacuum can be used as an upright cordless vacuum with either the cleaner head or a one-meter extension hose. It can also be converted into a lightweight, portable vacuum for cleaning stairs or up high, by detaching the main body from the main tube and floor head assembly. 

The battery lasted just under 60 minutes in our tests, when used on the lowest power setting, and it can be swapped out for a fully-recharge battery (if you purchase one) if one charge isn’t enough for you to clean your whole home. The vacuum cleaner is one of the loudest we’ve tested, emitting a noise that’s equivalent to a diesel truck travelling at 40mph and it’s expensive too, but it certainly makes cleaning your floors a breeze. 

Read our full review: Lupe Pure Cordless Vacuum Cleaner 

Hoover H-Free 800 cordless vacuum cleaner

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Hoover H-Free 800

The best smart cordless vacuum cleaner


Weight: 3kg

Bin size: 0.7L

Run time: Up to 65 minutes

Reasons to buy

+Great app control+Powerful turbo mode

Reasons to avoid

Difficult to set up the app-Edge cleaning isn’t great

Not only is this cordless vacuum excellent at cleaning pet hairs from rugs and dry spills from tiles, it’s also a high-tech choice that comes with an app to let you know when the bin needs emptying and provides the battery-level too. It’ll even keep track the calories you’ve burned while cleaning.

It doesn’t quite manage the deep cleaning we’ve seen on the very best cordless models, but with three cleaning modes and a collection of eight different tools, it’s certainly versatile. 

The super-powerful turbo mode doesn’t disappoint, although the run-time is relatively short in this mode.

cordless vacuum cleaner excellent at The Hoover H-Free 800 is a high-tech cordless cleaning option, coming with an app t.

and it’s nicely lightweight too. It’s excellent at cleaning pet hairs from rugs and dry spills from tiles, and it’s no slouch over carpets, even if it doesn’t manage the deep cleaning of the very best cordless models. The H-Free 800 is an excellent all-round cleaner for a decent price.

Dyson Cyclone V10 cordless vacuum cleaner

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Dyson Cyclone V10

The best Dyson cordless vacuum for affordability


Weight: 2.6kg

Bin size: 0.75L

Run time: Up to 60 minutes

Reasons to buy

+Unrivaled design+Powerful suction

Reasons to avoid

Battery drains fast on highest settingExpensive

The predecessor to Dyson’s V11 range, the Dyson V10 cyclone offers impressive cleaning power but at a slightly more affordable price, although not quite as competitive as other models on the market. In fact, Dyson was so confident about the performance of its cordless vacuums when it launched the V10 Cyclone that at the same time it announced it would no longer be building corded vacuum cleaners. 

It’s on par with the V11 when it comes to cleaning performance. We found on carpets and hard floors it did a sterling job of sucking up fine dust, pet hair, and even larger debris such as cereal and cat litter. It’s got the same size dust bin and matches the V11 on an up-to 60-minute runtime, though do be aware that if you push it to its most powerful suction settings that figure drops dramatically. At full power, it doesn’t last quite as long as the V11 either, and it doesn’t have the ability to automatically adjust the suction power to suit the floor type you’re cleaning. There’s no LCD display either, but it is lighter and cheaper.

Read our full review: Dyson V10 Cyclone

Shark Anti Hair Wrap Flexology IZ201UK deal

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Shark Anti Hair Wrap Flexology IZ201

The best Shark cordless vacuum for sucking up hair


Weight: : 4.1kg

Bin size: : 0.4L

Run time: Up to 40 minutes

Reasons to buy

+Flexible for reaching under furniture+Powerful suction+Handy trigger for boost mode

Reasons to avoid

Heavier than some competitionCan’t turn off the LED headlights

The Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute is superb, but it’s also superbly expensive. If you’re after something a little less extravagant, but just as well served in the sucking stakes, consider the Shark Anti Hair Wrap Flexology IZ201UK cordless vacuum cleaner instead. 

A smidge cheaper than the Dyson V10, you can often pick-up Shark’s cordless vacuum for 30% less than the list price, making it a comparable option. It can only run for 40 minutes on a single charge compared to Dyson’s 60 minutes, but there is the option to purchase a version with two batteries for easy switching when you run out of battery

The brush-roller features Anti Hair Wrap technology that prevents hair from getting tangled up, so you no longer have to spend hours picking out the strands yourself, and the main ‘stick’ of the cordless vacuum is bendable which makes it much easier to clean under furniture and in tight spaces. It also comes with three additional tools

Read our full review: Shark Anti Hair Wrap Flexology IZ201

Dyson V8 Absolute cordless vacuum cleaner

Dyson V8 Absolute

A top Dyson cordless vacuum cleaner if you don’t need the latest model


Power supply: : Cordless, battery

Weight: : 2.61kg

Bin size: : 0.54L

Suction power: 22AW (115AW in MAX mode)

Reasons to buy

+Lightweight+Portable and modular+Strong suction

Reasons to avoid


Were it not for the Shark and newer Dyson models above, the Dyson V8 Absolute would still be our top pick of the cordless vacuum cleaners on the market. And though it’s getting a bit long in the tooth, as an older model now commanding more affordable pricing, it’s still well worth giving a try.

Another transforming cordless vacuum cleaner, like the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute and Dyson V11 Absolute, it too features a pistol-grip power button, meaning it’s only drawing from the battery and sucking up grime when it’s actually being held down and used. As such, its 40 minute running time can feel much longer than that – though again the more powerful settings and motorized heads will see that figure drastically reduced.

Fitted with a large bin and sold complete with a ton of accessories, it’s a great package and, best of all, it’s fun to use – its sci-fi aesthetic will make you feel like a Ghostbuster while you’re doing your chores.

Read our full review: Dyson V8 Absolute

Gtech AirRam MK2 cordless vacuum cleaner

Gtech AirRam MK2

The best cordless vacuum cleaner from Gtech


Bin size: 0.8L

Weight: 3.5kg

Battery: 40 minutes

Reasons to buy

+Lightweight, easy to carry and move+Easily accessible bin

Reasons to avoid

Bin is smallNo attachment tools

“AirRam” sounds almost like too cool a name for a white goods product – it could be a special move in Street Fighter or something like that. But the Gtech AirRam MK2 backs it up with respectable sucking action, and at a palatable price point too.

Designed like an upright, you’ll get about 40 minutes out of the AirRam MK2 per charge, giving the Dyson V8 Absolute a run for its money. It’ll run off a mains power supply too, though don’t expect to go very far with the short cable that’s supplied.

Gtech Airlock technology adapts the head for different flooring types which guarantees a good suction seal whether tackling carpet or hardwoods, while a removable cylinder bin lets you easily dispose of any collected grime.

But though it’s not too heavy, the lack of a hose or different attachments makes it less versatile than some of the other products on this list. Still, it gets the job done, and at a far more affordable price than the competition to boot.

How often should you vacuum? 

Knowing how often you should vacuum may seem obvious because, for many, it’s simply when the floors look dirty or when it’s cleaning day in your home. However, it all depends on the types of flooring you have. If you have carpeted floors, these may need vacuuming just once a week but hard floors, especially in kitchens, can often need vacuuming every day. 

Staying on top of vacuuming your flooring can not only help it look great, but it’ll also suck up dust and dirt that naturally settles on our floors. For carpeted floors, the longer you leave the dust, the more likely it is to embed itself deeper into the carpet fibers making it much harder to fully clean. 

For more on this, head to our full feature on how often should you vacuum?

How to vacuum like an expert  

Surely using a vacuum cleaner isn’t rocket science, right? However, many of us could be wasting effort by not vacuuming in the correct way. Whizzing around your floors as fast as you can is fine for a quick clean before guests come over, but it’s not going to be enough to clean your floors thoroughly each time. 

When you want to give your flooring a deep clean, start at the edges of the room using a crevice tool. Work your way around the room slowly swiping the crevice tool in side-to-side motions so that it picks up the dust that has settled next to your baseboards. 

Once you’ve done the edges of the room, use your vacuum’s normal floor head and work back and forth slowly across the room. Repeat the same motions in the opposite direction across the floor so that nothing is left behind. 

We’ve got plenty more tips and handy hacks for making sure your vacuum performs as well as possible in our feature on how to vacuum like a pro. 

Are cordless vacuums worth it?  

Cordless vacuums have come a long way in recent years and these appliances can now rival the power and performance of premium upright and canister vacuums. With many models suitable for use as a handheld vacuum too, cordless vacuum cleaners now leave little to be desired and can be used as your sole vacuum, rather than as a handy extra to a bulkier upright model. 

The downside, of course, is that you have to charge cordless vacuums but many are now available with a second battery, and with up to 60-minutes run time, it’s likely you’ll be able to make it around your home on a single charge (unless your house is very large). 

If you’re still not sold, find out about the other types of vacuum cleaners or read our comparison of canister vs upright vacuums.

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