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Best cordless vacuum cleaners for busting the dust in 2024

Fed up with always tripping over a pesky cord and being tethered to the wall when you vacuum? Then set yourself free with a cordless model.

By Laura Cooke & Rachel Erdos | Last updated Feb 22, 2024

Best cordless vacuum cleaner

Cordless vacuum cleaners are a great alternative to traditional corded vacuum cleaners. Not only do they give you the freedom to roam away from the plug socket, but they’re also lightweight and take up far less storage space than traditional upright or cylinder vacuums.

But opting for a lighter vacuum cleaner doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on power or quality. Cordless vacuums have enough oomph to deal with embedded pet hair and a range of special tools and features like bendable wands help cordless vacuum cleaners to tackle dirt and dust in the awkward places that even robot vacuums struggle to reach. Whether you have carpet or hardwood floors, a cordless vacuum is a great choice.

If you're looking to get things looking shipshape at home, we have handy guides to the best vacuum cleaners, the best carpet cleaners, the best robot vacuum cleaners, the best steam cleaners and the best vacuum cleaners for pet hair.

From Dyson to Shark to Vax, here’s our pick of the best cordless vacuum cleaners to buy now.

Read next: Bag a bargain with our roundup of the best vacuum cleaner deals

Best overall cordless vacuum cleaner
What we like
  • Effective on hard floors and carpets

  • Has tools for pretty much everything

  • Impressive run time compared to other cordless vacuums

What we don't like
  • Need to keep power switch held down at all times

  • Only one filter which needs to air dry after washing

Key specs

Bagged/bagless: Bagless | Capacity: 0.76l | Weight: 3kg | Run time: Up to 60 minutes |  Charging time: 4.5 hours | Included tools: Pet tool, crevice nozzle, turbo brush and combination floor nozzle

What Mumsnet users say
NotLovingWFH · Tried & Tested
It’s amazing and on a cost per use incredibly good value. I can vacuum my whole 4 bed house easily on one charge. It has never blocked up and the only maintenance it needs is a monthly rinse of the filter. Even with a constantly shedding dog and a busy house it keeps everything clean and as dust free as possible and because it’s so much easier to use I vacuum daily where with my corded Miele it meant dragging round a heavy cylinder that caught on everything. The fluffy head is great on hard floors and the brush one is good on carpet and rugs.I have had big powerful corded vacuums and a multitude of cordless Dysons but nothing that’s as good all round as the Dyson 15, it’s worth every penny.
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Our verdict

Tested by Mumsnet: Read our in-depth Dyson V15 Detect review

As far as feedback on the Mumsnet forums is concerned, there is a clear winner for the title of best cordless vacuum. Moving easily between floor types including hardwood, tiles and carpet, the Dyson V15 Detect is ideal for daily use. Lightweight and easily manoeuvrable, this stick vacuum can tackle dirt lurking in even the most awkward nooks and crannies.

When in auto/medium mode, the suction power adjusts automatically to maximise battery life and perform as efficiently as possible. Battery length is displayed on the LCD screen, so there’s no chance of the V15 unexpectedly conking out mid-vacuum. On the downside, the V15 Detect requires a lengthy four-and-a-half-hour charging time in order to run for 60 minutes. But this is one of the longest run times of all the cordless vacuums on our list, so it’s worth the extra time if it means you can vacuum the whole house in one swoop.

Best budget cordless vacuum cleaner

Tower VL100 Optimum Cordless 3-in-1 Pole Vacuum, £129

What we like
  • Affordable

  • Very lightweight

  • Accurate battery indicator

  • Comes with a freestanding stand to provide a simple storage solution

  • Auto mode chooses the most appropriate suction strength

  • Anti-tangle brush bar works a treat

What we don't like
  • Takes a long time to charge

  • Struggles with embedded fluff and pet hair

Key specs

Bagged/bagless: Bagless | Capacity: 1 litre | Weight: 2.5kg | Runtime: 30-60 minutes | Charge time: 4-5 hours | Included tools: 2-in-1 brush and crevice tool

Our verdict

Tested by Mumsnet: Read our full review of the Tower VL100 Optimum Cordless 3-in-1 Pole Vacuum

Although the Tower VL100 Optimum Cordless 3-in-1 Pole Vacuum hasn’t got the epic suction of a Dyson or Shark’s influencer fanbase, it’s a reliable, lightweight vacuum for an affordable price. The vacuum picks up an impressive amount of dust and was even able to suck up long hair without it getting tangled around the roller. However it struggled with embedded threads, fluff and pet hair, even on the highest of its four power modes. The LED screen is able to tell you exactly how much battery was remaining, which is handy.

For keeping on top of everyday muck and mess, the Tower VL100 Optimum is a smart choice if you're on a limited budget.

Best Shark cordless vacuum cleaner

Shark Classic Anti Hair Wrap Pet Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, £280

What we like
  • Wand folds to get under low furniture

  • Can be converted into a handheld vacuum

What we don't like
  • A bit on the heavy side compared to other cordless vacuums on our list

Key specs

Bagged/bagless: Bagless | Capacity: 0.7l | Weight: 4.1kg | Run time: Up to 40 minutes |  Charging time: 3.5 hours | Included tools: Pet tool, crevice nozzle, upholstery nozzle, dusting brush, turbo brush and combination floor nozzle.

What Mumsnet users say
Roselilly36  · Tried & Tested
“Shark cordless duo clean pet with anti hair wrap is awesome, the best cordless vacuum cleaner I have had, and I have owned a few! Love that it’s easy to store, came with lots of attachments. Very pleased with it.”
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Our verdict

This cordless vacuum features Shark’s signature Anti-Hair Wrap Technology and DuoClean floorhead, which allows you to move seamlessly between carpeted and hard floors. It also features a bendable wand, so you can vacuum under low-level furniture without hurting your back. It even transforms into a cordless handheld vacuum, making it perfect for tackling stairs and extracting pet hair from soft furnishings.

The downside is the Shark only provides 16 to 40 minutes of cleaning time once fully charged, so depending on how much vacuuming you need to do, you may need to break this chore down into bite-sized chunks.

Best quiet cordless vacuum cleaner

Henry Quick, £300

What we like
  • Quieter than comparable vacuum cleaners

  • Effective at dealing with pet hair

  • Simple assembly and easy to empty

What we don't like
  • Feels a bit heavy and bulky when used as a handheld

Key specs

Bagged/bagless: Bagged | Capacity: 1 litre | Weight: 3.2kg | Runtime: 70 minutes or 16 minutes in power boost mode | Charge time: 150 minutes | Included tools: Crevice tool, 2-in-1 combi tool

What Mumsnet users say
Biscuits1011 · Tried & Tested
"Got to be the Henry. They handle anything! I’ve got a Henry quick and he’s great too"
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Our verdict

Tested by Mumsnet: Read our full review of the Henry Quick cordless vacuum cleaner

Featuring Henry’s trademark cheery smile emblazoned on the handle, the Henry Quick is a powerful cordless vacuum cleaner that’s easy to assemble, use and empty.

It's a little on the heavy side and bulky when used as a handheld vacuum but it’s very manoeuvrable when used as a stick vacuum and the power boost button really does the business, particularly when it comes to tackling pet hair. The scent pods are a nice touch, especially if you’re having trouble with pet pongs.

We put the Henry Quick through its paces to see how it tackles dirt and grime at home. Following thorough testing, we're happy to report that it has the MNHQ seal of approval.

Best cordless vacuum cleaner for carpets

Gtech AirRam MK2 K9 Pet Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, £280

What we like
  • Effectively deals with pet smells

  • Lightweight

What we don't like
  • No extra tools included

Key specs

Bagged/bagless: Bagless | Capacity: 0.8l | Weight: 3.3kg | Run time: 40 minutes |  Charging time: 4 hours | Included tools: None

What Mumsnet users say
Goatsanddogs · Tried & Tested
“We all have one in my family and customer support are brilliant if you need replacement parts etc.”
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Our verdict

Designed to tackle the mess left behind by even the dirtiest of dogs, the Gtech AirRam MK2 K9 Pet Cordless Vacuum Cleaner works wonders on hard floors and carpets, including deep pile carpets. A clean eject dirt system makes emptying easy and mess-free.

As well as effortlessly vacuuming up dirt, fine dust and pet hair, thanks to its pending patented airloc system, this lightweight vacuum also features sweet-smelling filter tabs to eliminate unpleasant pet pongs. You could say that the Gtech AirRam is a real breath of fresh air.

Best quick charging cordless vacuum cleaner

Vax ONEPWR Blade 4 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, £180

What we like
  • Charges in around 2.5 hours

  • Powerful suction

  • Tough dirt brush tool is brilliant on stairs

  • Battery can be used with other Vax floor cleaning products 

What we don't like
  • Handle feels pretty heavy to hold

  • Main brush head can struggle with edge cleaning but crevice tool works well

  • Small dust capacity 

Key specs

Bagged/bagless: Bagless | Capacity: 0.6l | Weight: 3.1kg | Run time: Up to 40 minutes |  Charging time: 2.5 hours | Included tools: Crevice nozzle, dusting brush, turbo brush and combination floor nozzle

What Mumsnet users say
StikeandRobin · Tried & Tested
“I love my Vax blade. The only complaint I have is that I find it difficult to twist the dust compartment back on after emptying. Performance wise it’s brilliant.”
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Our verdict

Tested by Mumsnet: Read our full review of the Vax Blade ONEPWR 4 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Easy to use, effective on carpets and hard floors and available to buy for less than £200, the Vax Blade ONEPWR 4 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner is hard to fault. Add in a quick-to-charge battery with a 45-minute runtime and it’s clear to see why this model is one of Vax’s best-selling vacuum cleaners. Plus it features an interchangeable battery that can used across ALL Vax floor care products - incredibly useful if you run out of power half-way up the stairs as you can swap it out and charge the spare battery in the meantime.

It’s generally lightweight - lighter than the Dyson V11 and Henry Quick in fact, but the handle itself feels quite heavy to hold. However, for easy everyday cleaning, we give it a big thumbs for performance and price.

Best cordless vacuum cleaner for pet hair

Miele Triflex HX2 Cat and Dog Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, £449

What we like
  • Makes light work of pet hair

  • Good selection of tools

What we don't like
  • Smaller capacity than other cordless vacuums on our list

  • Pricey

Key specs

Bagged/bagless: Bagless | Capacity: 0.5l | Weight: 3.6kg | Run time: Up to 60 minutes |  Charging time: 4 hours | Included tools: Pet tool, crevice nozzle, upholstery nozzle, dusting brush, turbo brush and combination floor nozzle

What Mumsnet users say
EntertainingandFactual  · Tried & Tested
“Miele Triflex is brilliant. In my experience, Miele are the best.”
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Our verdict

Mumsnetters love to sing the praises of Miele vacuum cleaners and the brand has a great reputation for effectively dealing with pet hair. The Miele Triflex HX2 Cat and Dog Cordless Vacuum Cleaner is no exception.

A clever ultra-wide brush automatically adjusts speed and power according to floor type and three modes - comfort, reach and compact - help you to capture dirt and dust lurking in even the most hard-to-reach places. A 60-minute run time means that you can cover an impressive amount of ground.  And after all that dirt-busting, you can neatly hang the Triflex on its own wall cradle for convenient storage. The big downside is the Triflex has quite a small capacity, which means you will have to empty the bin more often.

Best cordless vacuum and mop hybrid
What we like
  • Very long runtime

  • Can mop AND vacuum - even at the same time

  • Charging base keeps wet floorhead away from newly cleaned floors

  • Precise battery power display

What we don't like
  • Heavy to manoeuvre

  • Expensive

  • No attachments

Key specs

Type: Cordless vacuum and steam mop | Weight: 5.7kg | Capacity: Clean water tank 820ml, Dirty water tank 720ml | Charge time: 4 hours | Runtime: Up to 82 mins in smart and suction mode, 15 mins in steam mode | Dimensions: (H)117.8 x (W)27.8 x (D)25.4cm | Warranty: One year

Our verdict

Tested by Mumsnet: Read our full review of the eufy Mach V1 Ultra

Is it a mop? Is it a vacuum cleaner? It’s both, actually! This clever product can shift dust and dirt from carpets and give hard floors a thorough clean too. It has an impressive run time (up to 82 minutes) compared to other cordless vacuum cleaners and a handy app lets you know when your vac/mop is in need of some maintenance.

It's suitable for daily mopping and hard floor washing; the steam mode is recommended for cleaning sealed hard floors, including sealed hardwood, marble, tile, and stone floors. For extra cleaning power when using the mop, just flick the switch and the Mach V1 Ultra will mix the cleaner and water using super fancy Tesla Valve Mixing.

It’s on the heavy side and certainly isn’t built for stairs, but if you're looking for a quality all-rounder for your carpets and hard floors, then the Mach V1 Ultra ticks a lot of boxes. Check out how it performs in a busy family home in our detailed review.

Best cordless vacuum cleaner with a self-emptying bin

Ultenic FS1 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, £300

What we like
  • Handy self-emptying docking and charging station

  • Lightweight and easy to manoeuvre

  • Simple touchscreen controls

What we don't like
  • Can struggle with larger debris

  • No anti-tangle brush

Key specs

Type: Cordless vacuum | Weight: 7kg total (vacuum cleaner: 3kg) | Capacity: 660ml | Charge time: 3.5 hours | Runtime: Up to 60 minutes | Dimensions: (H) 114 x (W) 27 x (D) 28cm | Warranty: One year

Our verdict

Tested by Mumsnet: Read our full review of the Ultenic FS1 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Effective at blitzing dirt and easy to manoeuvre across hard floors, rugs and carpets, the Ultenic FS1 is a capable cordless vac but its standout feature is undoubtedly its self-emptying bin. Its freestanding dust station sucks dust, dirt and debris from the canister when you've finished cleaning and neatly collects it into a 3-litre dust bag. You'll only have to empty it when full which means you can avoid messy dust clouds and keep your hands clean throughout. It's an affordable alternative to the Samsung Bespoke Jet Bro.

Read next: The best robot vacuum cleaners to buy, as recommended by Mumsnetters

What are the benefits of using a cordless vacuum cleaner?

With a cordless vacuum cleaner, you can hoover wherever you like without being restricted by a cord. Cordless vacuums are more lightweight compared to upright and cylinder vacuum cleaners, so they’re easier to manoeuvre and much kinder on the back. And of course there’s no pesky cord to get in the way. Cordless vacuum cleaners are easy to empty and many models come with a wall cradle for convenient storage - great if you don’t have the space for a bulky corded vacuum.

How to choose the best cordless vacuum cleaner

Here are some key things to consider when deciding on which is the best cordless vacuum cleaner for you.

Power: What air wattage does each vacuum cleaner offer? Cordless vacuums range between 20 - 250AW. Anything over 100AW will give you a powerful and efficient clean.

Bin capacity: A larger bin capacity means that you can clean for longer but your vacuum may be heavier. Most of the cordless vacuum cleaners on our list have a capacity of less than one litre, which may be enough to vacuum your whole living space in one fell swoop. But if you’re looking for a vacuum with a larger bin, cylinder models generally have a larger capacity, for example the cordless Henry can hold up to a whacking six litres of dirt, dust and grime.

Weight: One of the major benefits of a cordless vacuum is that they’re much lighter than corded upright or cylinder vacuum cleaners. The more lightweight the vacuum, the easier it is to hoover, particularly if you have a bad back or joint issues. However a lighter vacuum often goes hand-in-hand with a smaller dust bin capacity, so this is something that should be taken into consideration.

Run time: Many of the cordless vacuum cleaners on our list have a run time of between 40 and 60 minutes, which should be more than enough to clean most living spaces. Some models come with two batteries, which of course allows for an even longer vacuum if both are fully charged. If you have a larger house or clean more frequently, you may want to consider whether a corded vacuum would best meet your needs.

Tools and accessories: Make sure you check which tools come with your cordless vacuum, for example pet tools, crevice nozzles and brushes for upholstery. Some vacuums can transform into handheld vacs, others come with wall cradles for convenient storage and charging. You need to make sure that the cordless vacuum you have your eye on is up to the task at hand.

Price: Dyson cordless vacuum cleaners are generally more expensive than other brands, but many Mumsnetters swear by cheaper makes and models. Set yourself a budget and stick to it. Or, if you can wait, check out the Black Friday sales for some bargains.

What’s the best cordless vacuum cleaner to buy?

As far as Mumsnet users are concerned, the Dyson V11 Absolute Cordless Vacuum Cleaner ticks all the boxes, so this is our pick of the best cordless vacuum to buy right now.

What’s the best Dyson cordless vacuum cleaner?

Although the Dyson V11 Absolute Cordless Vacuum Cleaner wins our vote for overall best cordless vacuum, the Dyson V15 Detect Absolute™ Cordless Vacuum Cleaner also deserves a mention. It’s a powerful machine with a 60-minute run time, quick charge time and a comprehensive range of tools and attachments. It’s also a newer model, so comes with a higher price tag attached.

What’s the best Shark cordless vacuum cleaner?

Mumsnetters rate the Shark Classic Anti Hair Wrap Pet Cordless Vacuum Cleaner as the best Shark cordless vacuum cleaner, particularly when it comes to dealing with troublesome pet hair.

How we chose our recommendations

When compiling our list of recommendations, our team of experienced, trusted parenting journalists spend hours researching every product category, using a variety of sources to analyse and evaluate which products perform best. Many of the recommendations for cordless vacuum cleaners came from Mumsnetters themselves who’ve spent hours of their time putting the products through their paces to clean their own homes.

We searched the Mumsnet forums for posts about which cordless vacuum cleaners Mumsnetters really rated and then researched expert review sites and retailers, such as Argos, Amazon and Currys, to allow us to accurately hone our list of tried-and-tested products.

During our research, we vetted each vacuum cleaner, considering the quality, suction cleaning power, weight, manoeuvrability, extra features, material and overall performance to ensure they performed well across the board.

About the author

Laura Cooke is a Content Editor at Mumsnet, with a special focus on home care content.

Laura started writing Swears By articles for Mumsnet in 2021 and has recently taken over responsibility for floor care and laundry content. She writes buyers guides, including what to consider when buying a robot vacuum cleaner, cleaning articles and tests products, including the Henry Quick vacuum and the Beldray 60m Rotary Airer, to help Mumsnetters make informed choices when it comes to parting with their pennies.

Laura is a freelance journalist and has written articles for publications including the Daily Mirror, the i, Metro, Stylist and Happiful magazine.

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