Updated August 2018
If you are looking for a review of all the best cordless vacuums in the UK, you have found the right place.
We review all the latest and best cordless vacuum models on the market, to give you peace of mind that you will be choosing the right product for your home.
Below, in the table, the cordless vacuum reviews start with the most highly rated first, then descend accordingly. For people who are in a hurry, you can use the table. For people who want a more in-depth review, you can scroll further down the page, where we provide all the pro's and con's for each.
All cordless vacuums are not created equal. You can be an informed consumer by doing a little research ahead of time. Read through this list for a comprehensive review of our favourites.
First up is the Bosch BCH625KTGB Upright Cordless Vacuum available on Amazon for £186. This highly rated model is lightweight (3 kilogrammes), comes with several attachments and accessories, and can be cleaned easily. The 25.3 volt lithium-ion battery is fully-charged in six hours, and will run for a full hour before needing to be recharged. This model’s value is in the Sensor Control Technology that monitors and signals the need to clean the internal chamber and filter. This model is flexible and has three power settings that can be used on a variety of floor types.
The Vax TBTTV1B1 SlimVac can be purchased on Amazon for £119. You can purchase the vacuum with a Pro Kit for £139. As the name suggests, the Vax SlimVac is lightweight, coming in at an easy-to-use 2 Kg. It is light enough that you can hold the unit upward to clean dust and cobwebs. It has a detachable handset, making it a versatile machine suitable for many different types of jobs. The included 3-in-1 tool is a brush made for crevices, fabric, and dusting. The 22.2 volt lithium ion battery allows for 24 minutes of usage. It is suitable for carpet and hard floors, and its generous steering reaches all the hard-to-reach areas of your home.
Another highly rated cordless vacuum is the Morphy Richards 732000 2-in-1 Cordless Vacuum. At £80, this vacuum is affordable. Like the Vax model above, this stick vacuum can be used in its upright position as well as a handheld tool. It is perfect for dry spills and dirt around the home and can be used on a variety of surfaces. It is just short of 4 Kg. The battery is 14 volts and allows a run time of 20 minutes. The package includes additional specialised tools for crevices, upholstery, and dust.
The Gtech AirRam Cordless Vacuum Cleaner is priced at £220. This powerful machine weighs 3.5 Kg, and still performs on carpet and a variety of hard floor surfaces. It requires four hours to charge fully. The 22 volt battery delivers 40 minutes of run time. While being as powerful as its competitor models, this unit uses far less energy to run. This translates into less negative environmental impact and energy savings for users. This model is recommended for pet hair, which can quickly incapacitate other vacuums. The unique technology doesn’t rely on an internal whirlwind of dust and dirt. The brush bar and suction fan lift dirt into the unit. Suction helps to compress dirt into small bales. You can easily remove and dispose of these bales.
A popular industry front-runner makes our last choice for the best cordless vacuum cleaners. Dyson V6 Absolute Cordless Vacuum can be purchased for £300, making it the most expensive model of our compilation. The company that broke into the industry on the promise of revolutionising cleaning with a vacuum cleaner delivers a powerful, sensible model here. The Dyson model offers twice the suction of its competing cordless, stick vacuums and only requires 3.5 hours to charge. However, the run time (20 minutes or less) is less than desirable. The filter is designed to trap and hold allergens, while cleaner air flows back into the room. The 4.3 Kg vacuum runs on a 21.6 volt battery. It includes accessory tools.
The best cordless vacuums reviewed are quality machines that are likely to satisfy your cleaning requirements with the added benefit of portability, low weight, and cordless use. The choice should include price, allergen removal, and usability. If choosing one from this list, the Dyson V6 would be an excellent choice for its power and superior cleaning technology. However, it is expensive and a more budget conscious version would be the Vax model which has a respectable run time, detachable hand-held vacuum, and the option to buy an additional Pro Kit. Whatever the choice, buying a cordless vacuum cleaner will enable you to take small, easy measures to clean, making it more likely that you will be able to keep your space consistently clean.
A cordless vacuum consolidates the utility of a larger, traditional vacuum into a powerful, portable form. The basic action of a vacuum involves a motor and fan that draw air in towards an exhaust grate. The varying air pressure between the area behind the fan and that outside the unit push air into the vacuum via the intake port. The lower internal pressure creates suction. Stick vacuums are upright, but lack the bulk of regular vacuums. Hand-held models are smaller versions that employ the same technology, and reputable models are usually able to deliver similar amounts of energy. Most cordless vacuums are bagless, letting you easily dispose of the collected rubbish, as opposed to the dusty, messy task of changing a vacuum bag. Many current models have canisters in the place of bags. The canister is routinely emptied and re-used.
Investing a reasonably priced, good quality cordless vacuum can drastically improve your cleaning routine. Owing to their size and light weight, people who have limited mobility can benefit from owning a cordless vacuum. Carrying a hand-held or stick vacuum is significantly easier. Using the cordless vacuum regularly can keep the house clean enough that you need to do deep cleanings less often. It can save you the hassle of going to paid car vacuums or lugging your home vacuum outside with an extension cord. A cordless vacuum kept in the car can help you get into the crevices in the car where crumbs often fall. When it’s time to charge or put the unit away, its low profile makes it easy to stow in a small place.
Before buying a cordless vacuum, you should consider several options. You should look at the battery capacity, what kind of battery it uses to hold the charge, and charging time. Choose a model that has a run time that would be long enough to complete your cleaning. Otherwise, you may find yourself with a non-working vacuum when you need it, with no option but to abandon the task while the unit charges for several hours. Additionally, it should be powerful enough to do the kind of job you’re expecting it to do. If you have allergies, consider a cordless vacuum that has a HEPA filter. It is good practice for allergy sufferers to clean and dispose of the collected trash outside the home. Some of the cordless vacuums are closer in size to the traditional vacuums, but are drastically lower in profile and weight. Their manoeuvrability also is superior. Finally, if your house requires wet and dry clean-up, search for a model that has both wet and dry capability.
Models with bags require disposal of the bag and replacement with an additional bag. Canister models allow you to simply remove the canister and empty it. Many of us clean our canister vacuums by simply tipping them over inside the trash can and shaking the unit until it seems clean. This fails to do an adequate job of cleaning. Improper cleaning can block the air passageways inside the machine, negatively affecting its performance capacity. The recommended method of cleaning begins by opening the collection chamber and emptying it into a trash can. From there, remove the filter and scrub it down completely with an old toothbrush. This extra step will improve air flow.