The best cordless vacuums for 2020

At the moment’s superior vacuum cleaners are nothing just like the clunky fashions of many years previous. They’re cordless, light-weight, and pack rechargeable batteries for excessive portability and comfort. These machines aren’t easy dustbusters both. They rival conventional upright corded vacuums, each in flexibility and energy. Many include quite a few attachments, together with particular modes to deal with a number of ground sorts, together with hardwood flooring, carpet, naked flooring and stairs, and family chores like cleansing furnishings and fabric.

Dyson pioneered this discipline with its lineup of succesful — and dear — Cyclone V sequence stick vacs. A number of corporations now supply their very own cordless vacuums. In some instances these are shameless clones of Dyson merchandise. In others, they’re distinctive takes on the cordless vacuum, offering novel options all their very own.

Are any of those vacuums value shopping for over Dyson’s premium fashions? And if that’s the case, which one makes essentially the most sense for you? To search out the reply, we chosen eight present cordless vacuums. On our purchaser’s information checklist are stick vacs from well-known vacuum cleaner heavyweights like Hoover, Bissell and Shark. We additionally included just a few choices from vacuum newcomers Moosoo and Onson, each in style, low-cost Dyson alternate options offered by means of Amazon.

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We then put all of them by means of a rigorous battery of floor-care exams on exhausting flooring, carpet and different surfaces. The method took over 150 hours to finish. It additionally consumed a number of kilos of sand and rice, plus tons of of handfuls of pet hair. After that, we have decided that these merchandise are our picks for the perfect cordless vacuum for 2020.

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The $584 V11 is Dyson’s newest and best stick vac. It is also the most costly machine in our check group. That stated, this flagship mannequin delivered best-in-class efficiency to match its steep value. On hardwood ground surfaces, the V11 actually wiped the naked flooring clear. The vacuum, which has a lithium-ion battery pack, demonstrated near-flawless pickup of each sand and black rice check samples (99.6 and 100%, respectively). 

Pet house owners can even admire the V11’s prowess at eliminating pet hair. Throughout anecdotal exams, the vacuum fully eliminated hair fibers from mid-pile and low-pile carpet. Pet hair pickup throughout hardwood flooring went virtually as effectively. The one detractors had been a stray clump the vacuum missed on the prime of our check space. That and some strands ended up wrapped across the V11’s brush roll. 

I definitely like how straightforward the V11’s mud bin is to empty. Simply goal the vacuum into the trash, and push a launch tab to open the mud bin’s lid. To shut it, pull the tab in the other way. Different fashions we examined had been a nightmare on this regard. The Hoover BladeMax gave us essentially the most hassle. Hair and mud sometimes turned trapped deep inside its dust cup. I discovered its bin tough to open too. Worse, it is not at all times clear that the dust bin is securely hooked up.    

Dyson additionally bundles quite a few attachments within the field. Amongst them are a crevice device for cleansing tight areas, a motorized device for upholstery, a comfortable dusting brush and a cussed dust brush head for pulling ground-in dust from a carpet. All this makes the Dyson V11 the clear selection for the perfect cordless vacuum cash can purchase.

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The second-best performer in our group of cordless vacuums was the $250 Shark Rocket Pet Professional Cordless. It got here very near cleansing flooring in addition to the Dyson V11, however prices tons of much less. The Rocket eliminated simply as a lot sand from each midpile carpet and hardwood flooring. In truth, the one space the place the Shark trailed the V11 as the perfect cordless vacuum was over low-pile carpet. There, the machine pulled away an overage of 67.6% of our check sand. Against this, the Dyson V11 eliminated a better quantity of sand from our low-pile carpeting (78.four% on common).

The Rocket did not have hassle dealing with pet hair both. On each low-pile carpet and hardwood, this handheld cordless vacuum wiped away all traces of animal dander. Outcomes had been favorable throughout midpile carpet, too. Solely a small tuft of hair remained after the vacuum handed over the thicker, tougher floor.

Design is one other of the Rocket Pet Professional’s strengths. Its mud cup is nearly as straightforward to empty because the Dyson V11. The mud cup sometimes stays away from dust and particles as effectively, not caught inside even after emptying. I additionally admire how the Rocket Pet Professional’s wand and fabric device can stand upright by itself (disconnected from the principle vacuum unit). LED lights on the nozzle enable you see dust and particles round your private home, and a chargeable lithium-ion battery makes for straightforward charging. So, if you happen to search a stable midrange cordless upright stick vac, Shark’s Rocket Professional is an excellent possibility.

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If you would like to personal a Dyson however would reasonably not spend prime greenback, think about the $450 Dyson V8 Absolute. This step-down mannequin is just a few years previous, but nonetheless performs like a champ. On our floor-cleaning exams, the V8 got here in a decent third. In our check group, solely the Dyson V11 and Shark Rocket Pet Professional scoured flooring higher than the V8.

On hardwood, the vacuum managed to pickup a mean of 98% of the sand we dropped. For low-pile carpet, that common fell to 68.three%. The typical slipped additional throughout midpile carpet, although remained at a decent 52%.

Pet hair did not faze the V8 a lot both. It pulled hair away from midpile and low-pile carpets fully. It did fail to take away a small quantity of dander on hardwood. Moreover, some fibers turned wrapped across the vacuum’s brush roll. However the washable filter was helpful.

And just like the V11 Torque Drive, the V8 Absolute comes with a beneficiant assortment of add-ons. That features devices for dusting, a crevice device for reaching into a decent crevice, a comfortable cleansing head for naked flooring, a motorized brush roll for grabbing ground-in dust and particles, and a docking station for charging the battery. So for individuals who’d wish to personal a Dyson model stick vac rather less money, the V8 Absolute is value a glance.     

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Moosoo is not precisely a family title. However, the $120 Moosoo M X6 cordless vacuum packs a decent punch, contemplating its low value. Regardless of costing a lot lower than competing vacuums, the M X6 was the fourth-best performer in our check group of eight fashions.

The stick vac picked up 99% (on common) of our check sand from hardwood. On low-pile carpet, that determine sank to 41.three%. The M X6 fared higher throughout thicker midpile carpet although, incomes a better sand pickup common of 52.2%.

Black rice, our massive particle check soil, was a breeze for the Moosoo vacuum. It managed pickup averages above 90% on hardwood, low-pile and midpile carpet (95.four, 96.eight and 94%, respectively).

Do not buy the Moosoo M X6, although, if you happen to’re a pet proprietor. Cons are that a minimum of some seen dander remained after vacuuming, regardless of the check floor. The comb roll tends to wrap strands of hair round itself as effectively.

In order for you cordless vacuuming on a decent price range, nonetheless, think about the Moosoo M X6. It simply would possibly match the invoice, and for a lot much less money.

How we check cordless vacuums

Placing cordless vacuums by means of their paces is not as difficult as testing robotic vacuums, but it surely nonetheless takes a lot of time and cautious effort to search out the perfect cordless vacuum. We run every vacuum in a straight line throughout three totally different surfaces (hardwood, low-pile carpet, midpile carpet). On all three check beds, the check space is similar size (30.25 inches).

Our custom-built device lets us match the soil space to every vacuum’s nozzle width. The quantity of soil used for every check additionally is dependent upon the kind of flooring.

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The width of the check mattress is proportional the vacuum’s nozzle width. We measure this width ourselves. We additionally use nozzle width, plus the flooring sort, to calculate the soil density for every check, per Worldwide Electrotechnical Fee pointers. The IEC is a world requirements physique liable for managing vacuum testing procedures, amongst different issues, for vacuum producers.

We check vacuums on three forms of ground surfaces.

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We use three forms of soil. To simulate small particle measurement, we use a mixture of play sand and landscaping sand. To emulate bigger dust particles, we use raw black rice. To see how vacuums take care of pet hair, we use our combination of clippings sourced to us by means of our native pet groomer. 


We run exams in a straight line throughout all three ground sorts.

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We carry out three runs (at minimal) on every ground sort. We additionally check with sand and rice individually. That involves a minimum of 18 exams per vacuum. We weigh the vacuum’s mud bin each earlier than and after every run. 

Proportion of sand eliminated

Onson D18E Stick Vacuum Cleaner


Sand from low-pile

Sand from hardwood

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Outcomes listed are the typical proportion of whole materials faraway from check floor

From there we are able to calculate the proportion of dust and particles pickup for each run and the typical quantity of soil a vacuum manages to take away. Moreover, we run anecdotal (visible) pet hair exams for every vacuum, on all three ground sorts to assist us choose the perfect cordless vacuum.

Proportion of rice eliminated

Onson D18E Stick Vacuum Cleaner


Rice from low-pile

Rice from hardwood

Rice from midpile


Outcomes listed are the typical proportion of whole materials faraway from check floor

Need extra cordless vacuum choices? Here is a listing of the opposite stick vacs we examined apart from the fashions listed above:

Initially printed final 12 months.