Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Buying Guide

Vacuum cleaners are a great option if you are looking for a device to carry out ad hoc cleaning tasks like sprucing up before your guests come over or cleaning up the kitchen after your kid’s meal time.

There are so many options out there it might become confusing choosing the right one. Instead of just pointing out which is the best cordless vacuum, we have come up with what you should do/know to enable you buy the right one for your needs.

How Much Should You Spend for a Cordless Vacuum Cleaner?

Although most vacuum costs hover around £150, some might cause more or less than that. Some models like Dyson V8 Animal go for more than £300. From our research, we have discovered that cheaper models tend to do a poor cleaning job, while the expensive ones deliver better result.

Generally, quality goes upward with price; however, spending more doesn’t guarantee you will land yourself a top class vacuum cleaner.

How then do you select the best?​

You do by comparing different retailers, brands, and price points of several models. Not only will you know more about cleaners in general (which correlates with getting the most value for your money), you will also ensure you are not paying more for a cleaner for what it’s worth.

Vacuum Features to look for:

Battery Power

The amount of cleaning you get on a vacuum depends on the battery capacity as well as the setting you are using it in. The running time range from less than 10 minutes to 40 minutes, which means you won’t be able to clean your entire house with just a cordless vacuum cleaner. On a general note, cleaning your entire house should take you up to 30 minutes or more according to majority of users who clean with a vacuum cleaner.

Since all vacuum cleaners have a battery indicating for alerting you when the battery is going low, so you shouldn’t have problem knowing when it’s time to recharge. In addition, the advertised battery life of the cleaner may be different from the actual time you get when you start using the vacuum. By reading previous customer reviews on your preferred model, you should know whether you will have this problem or not.

Battery Charging Time

Before you can use any vacuum cleaner, you must charge it at a docking station. Most of these charging stations are mounted on the wall. This means that the vacuum cleaning will always be visible, but also ensure that installation and storage is quick and easy. Also, the time it takes for a cleaner to be fully charged varies from model to model – a good estimate is a minimum of 2 hours and more.

Bagless Feature

Since all cordless vacuum cleaners are bagless, you free from the hassle and expense of replacing bags on your cleaner. The only drawback is that emptying the canister of a bagless vacuum cleaner is messier than removing bag, and it can be unmanageable if you have allergies.

If you have allergies but have someone around who can help you empty the canister regularly, you can still go for a cordless vacuum cleaner. However, if you are responsible for doing that yourself, you may want to check out models that have bag so you can reduce the risk of allergic reactions.


The canister is the sole determinant of the amount of grime, dirt, debris that your cleaner can pick up. Conventional cleaners often have canisters as big as 2-3 litres while cordless vacuum cleaners are as small as 0.3-1 litre. This means you will often have to empty your cordless vacuum cleaner than when using a corded cleaner. You will also find that cleaning your entire home in one go is impossible but this does not mean you should not buy a cordless vacuum as there are many more advantage it has over the corded vacuum cleaners.

Cleaner Weight

When it comes to weight, cordless vacuum cleaners will always have a upper hand. While the lightest cordless vacuum cleaner may weigh only 2.1kg, the lightest corded vacuum cleaner is a heavier 4.5kg. Some models like upright have higher weight, often going up as much as 8kg, which is a good thing if you are worried about the discomfort of handling of a corded model.

About the Author Jess Cartwright

Hey, I'm Jess. I'm a beauty therapist turned part time personal trainer. I specialise in helping people become the best versions on themselves. In doing my previous jobs I have gained a wealth of knowledge which I can share with you through the products I recommend.