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Cordless Vacuum Buying Guide (2016)

Today’s cordless stick vacuums have advanced enormously in recent years. Dyson has been at the forefront of cordless technology by introducing cyclonic technology, smaller more efficient digital motors, advanced accessories, and more powerful suction. In cordless vacuums, Dyson although pricier is the undisputed leader in the field with top reviews. These newer cordless vacuums have the power of an upright vacuum, but without the hassle of a cord, and weigh under 6 lbs. Dyson has swept most of our BEST of 2016 awards in the cordless cord-free vacuum category. Only the best cordless vacuums are on our site. See our top rated picks below.


Top PicksBest Upright Cordless Stick Vacuums 2016
The upright cordless vacuum is the most popular type of vacuum cleaner. Many are referred to as “stick vacuums”. Most can be used on both carpet, as well as hardwood & tiled floors. If you are going to be vacuuming primarily carpets, this would be the type of cordless that would be best suited to that task, especially those with a motorized floor tool.

The “Best of 2016” Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaners:

Top Cordless Stick Vacuums under $300:

Top Cordless Stick Vacuums under $200:

Top Cordless Stick Vacuums under $150:

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Dyson Animal Cordless Vacuum

Cordless Vacuum Cleaners


Why buy a Cordless Stick Vacuum? – Cordless stick vacuums give you the convenience of not worrying where to plug-in your vacuum, or getting the cord tangled, as they rely on rechargeable batteries. A cordless vacuum can weigh less than 1/3 the weight of a standard upright vacuum and offer great convenience, and are more pleasant to use. They are low profile, so they easily fit under furniture or beds. Many have a brushroll for carpets or hard floors. Some even have a detachable hand-held vacuum for vacuuming upholstery, stairs, cars and other smaller areas. Cordless vacs don’t leave wheel marks in the carpet like heavier vacuums do. The disadvantage of a cordless vacuum is that cleaning time is limited (depends on the battery), and a smaller dirt bin. We are starting to see more powerful cordless vacuums with the power of a corded upright, like the Dyson V6 and V8 models. The Dyson V6 and V8 Absolute HEPA Cordless Models out-clean the top selling full size corded vacuums. The Absolute models are Dyson’s first HEPA filtration Cordless Vacs for 2015-2016.


Best Vacuums for Pet HairBest Cordless Vacuums for Pet Hair 2016 Picking up pet hair can be a problem for underpowered and cheap cordless vacuums. You need strong suction, and if you are doing medium/high pile carpets, a cordless stick with a good motorized beater brush is required. Dyson Animal and Absolute cordless vacuums come with a Mini Motorized Tool, with a beater bar to clean upholstery, stairs, car mats and other smaller areas of pet hair. Dyson has the most powerful suction and tools to get pet hair from carpet, upholstery and your car, and has a HEPA filter in their absolute models. If you have a Cat or Dog and want a cordless vacuum with the power to pick up the dog hair or cat fur, see our selections below.


Cordless Vacuums

Cordless Vacuum with HEPA

Cordless Vacuum with HEPA – A HEPA filter is the strongest and best type of filtration available on a vacuum. It can filter out tiny particles of dirt, dust and pet hair, preventing you from breathing in what you are vacuuming. HEPA stands for (High Efficiency Particulate Air). The HEPA standard removes 99.97% of all particles 0.3 microns or larger. This is important for those with pets or allergies. Dyson has the only cordless vacuums with HEPA filtration in its Absolute cordless models.

Cordless Vacuums with HEPA filtration:


Cordless Lightweight Vacuums

Lightweight Cordless Vacuums

Lightweight Cordless Vacuums – One of the appeals of a cordless vacuum aside from no cords, is their light weight. A lightweight vacuum is much easier to maneuver, and move over your floors and carpets, and is easier to carry up stairs. They are a dream to use. Many cordless vacuums weigh less than 1/3 of a corded upright. Listed below are the top cordless vacuums, listed by weight.

Cordless Vacuums by weight (lightest first):


Cordless Vacuums for Hard Wood Floors

Cordless Vacuum on Hardwood Floors

Best Cordless Vacuums for Hardwood Floors
Hardwood floors are susceptible to scratching, so it is important that your vacuum have non marking rubber wheels. Strong suction is required for hardwood floors. A rolling rolling beater brush can assist vacuuming hardwood floors, although it might scatter dirt and dust. Dyson has solved this problem by inventing the Fluffy Roller Tool, which traps the dirt, dust, and even large particles. The fluffy tool prevents snowplowing, where large particles (like dog food) gets pushed out of the way instead of being sucked up into the vacuum. Strong suction is essential for getting dirt and dust between floor boards. This advice also is applicable to tile, and other bare floors.

Dyson Cordless Vacuums with Fluffy Hard Floor Roller Tool:

Other Top Rated Cord Free Vacuums for Hardwood Floors:


Cordless Vacuums for Carpets

Cordless Vacuum on Carpets

Best Cordless Vacuums for Carpets:
Carpets require strong suction, and a strong motorized beater bar. Cordless vacuums have the advantage of being low profile, to get under furniture and beds. The cordless is lightweight, which means that it won’t leave wheel marks in the carpet like heavier vacuums. The cordless stick vacuum will give the carpet a nice finished look. Dyson vacuums have the most suction power and the highest power motorized carpet floor tool, which we have tested on carpet.

Best Cordless Vacuums for Carpets :




Handheld cordless vacuum – A handheld vacuum, such as a dustbuster is used to clean small messes, or areas. Many of the stick type cordless vacuums will have a detachable handheld, and are a two in one type vacuum. Below is a comparison of Handheld vacuums.

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Cyclonic Action

Cordless Vacuum Battery Life

Cordless Battery Life – One of the limitations of cordless vacuums is that they run on batteries. But this also allows the most valued feature, to be cordless. Some cordless vacuums have a 10 minute battery cleaning time, while others can be up to 40 minutes on one charge. Battery chemistry can also be different. Lithium ion is considered the best and can carry more charge for the same weight (and charges faster), while Nicad and Nickel Metal Hydride are in cheaper vacs. All of our top picks below use the best battery chemistry which is Lithium ion.

Cordless Vacuums Battery Life per charge (highest first):


Dust Bin Size – All cordless vacuums are bagless, and have dust bins that are smaller than a full size vacuum, so must be emptied more often.


Cyclonic Action

Dyson V6 with Cyclonic Technology

Cordless Vacuum with Cyclonic Action – Older cordless vacuums had straight suction with a filter. This caused suction to reduce substantially as the filter got clogged. Dyson invented cyclonic action for vacuums, which creates cyclones which keep the dirt in the bin and away from the filter. This feature allows suction to remain strong, even while the bin is filling up with dust, dirt, and pet hair. The filter rarely gets clogged, and suction remains strong. This is one of the most important cordless features, as it is a real hassle to have to clean a filter after only a few vacuum sessions.

Cordless Vacuums with Cyclonic Technology:


Robotic Vacuums

Top Robotic Vacuums

Robot Cordless Vacuum Cleaners – Robotic vacuum cleaners are another form of cordless vacuums. Robotic vacuum cleaners clean your floors or carpets automatically with the press of the button. Intelligent software and sensors keep these vacuums from getting trapped in corners, or going over stairs. Some robot vacuums come with remote controls, and can be programmed to clean when you are at work. Many robotic vacuums return to their charging station automatically after vacuuming. Some robot vacuums designed for pets, come with HEPA air filters. The iRobot brand is the best selling robot vacuum. These are popular gift items.


Rotating Brush Head for Cord Free Vacuums
The vacuum head of a cordless vacuum can either use straight suction, or if so equipped use a rotating brush head. The rotating brush head is best used for vacuuming carpets. Dyson has developed a brush that can be used on both hardwood & tile floors (using soft carbon fibers), and carpets (using nylon bristles).


Cordless Vacuum Attachments

Cordless Accessories & Attachments

Cordless Vacuum Accessories & Attachments – Some cordless stick vacuums include a crevice tool (for tight spaces), dusting brush, and upholstery tool (for removing dust from upholstery, curtains, and other fabrics). Higher end cordless vacuums like Dyson’s top models come standard with floor tools, a handheld motorized tool, and many other tools to get smaller areas, like couches, stairs, cars.


Cheap Cordless Vacuums – Although initially looking like a bargain, we have found many of the cheaper priced cordless vacuums don’t last long, don’t have strong suction, have poor consumer reviews, are made with inferior plastics/metals, are improperly sealed and smell when vacuuming. Because these cheap cordless vacs do not have cyclonic action, the filter on these cheaper cordless vacuums gets clogged more easily as well, and must be cleaned often which is a real hassle.


Cordless with detachable handheld

Cordless with Detachable Handheld


Cordless with Detachable Handheld – Some cordless stick and upright vacuums have a detachable handheld. So in effect they are a two in one cordless vacuum. This is very useful as you can vacuum any floor surface, carpets, hard floors, tile, dust your furniture, clean your car, seats, upholstery, and pet hair from just about anywhere. It can also be an advantage to break down the stick vacuum for storage, or for charging. All Dyson cordless stick vacuums have a detachable handheld with full cyclonic action.

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Professional Vs. Consumer Reviews – Some of the vacuums that are reported to be top models by leading professional consumer magazines/websites can be misleading. The reason is that they are testing these vacuums over a short period of time, and are not in a real home environment. We have found many of the leading models from professional reviews get poor consumer ratings. This is because over time, flaws and poor quality can show up, that don’t show up in the short-term under laboratory conditions. Some products perform well for short-term pickup and suction tests, but fail ultimately in the long-term. We believe consumer reviews to be an excellent indicator of quality, not only in the short-term, but the long term.


Vacuum Ratings and Reviews – Many vacuums get poor consumer ratings. This is either the result of poor design, short longevity, poor filtration, and sometimes a burning smell/bad noise while operating. In the universe of cordless vacuums, the Dyson brand stands out for us. Dyson V6 & V8 Cordless Vacuums have consistently received extremely high consumer ratings. The reason is superior design, and quality of materials. Dyson vacuums have unique design features that others do not have.


Smart Review: Best Cordless Vacuum on the Market in 2016
Dyson V8 Absolute Cordless VacDyson V8 Absolute Cordless Vacuum:
For 2016 Dyson has introduced its latest and best V8 cordless. This new model has the new stronger V8 motor, 15% more suction, extended up to 40 minute battery life per charge, a 27% larger dust bin, a new dust ejector system, bigger battery with indicator, has high end accessories, and is 50% quieter than the V6 models.

The Dyson V8 is the best cordless vacuum on the market, and has won our BEST of 2016 award. This Dyson cordless model will not only give you longer battery life, but the larger dust bin allows you to clean longer without filling the bin. The best new feature is a dust ejection system which cleans and scrapes out any dust, all in one action. The Motorhead floor tool also has increased power for cleaning rugs and carpets as well as a corded upright. All of this in a lightweight vacuum that weighs less than 6 lbs. This is the latest edition of Dyson’s cordless vacuums, with the best suction of any cordless vacuum with Whole Machine HEPA Filtration. Includes the Docking Station, Mini Soft Dusting Brush, Motorized Floor Tool, Fluffy Soft Roller Floor Tool, and Mini Motorized Tool (for cars, upholstery, and pet hair).


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Suction: 115 Airwatts
Floor Tool: 35 Watts
Runtime: 40 Minutes
Dust Ejecting System
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