Cordless vacuums allow for the ultimate freedom: moving around your house, without being held down by cords or scrabbling around to find a socket. They can make the work of vacuuming far easier, meaning that you can just grab them when needed, rather than it becoming an entire job.
The downside of going cordless is that everything depends on batteries. That can mean that some cheaper models don’t get all of the power of their corded equivalents.
As such, if your house is anything bigger than medium-sized, you’ll probably only want a cordless as a backup. Most batteries only last for 15 minutes or so, and then need to be returned to a charger.
1. Dyson V6 Fluffy, £340, John Lewis
This is brilliant at picking up even embedded rubbish — it’s as strong as some plugged-in models — but is very light. The fluffy head is especially good at cleaning wooden floors, since it can brush over and pick up even the most resilient dust.
2. Dyson V6, £200, John Lewis
If you want the build and power of the Fluffy without the spend, then this gets you much of the same quality. You’ll miss out on the Fluffy’s head – though you might not need it if you’re only cleaning carpets anyway — but you’ll still get the brand’s superior power and lightness.
3. Bosch BCH61840GB Athlet, £200, John Lewis
This packs a powerful battery, lasting up to 40 minutes, into a design that, although hefty, allows it to be used across the house. It’s bendy, features extra nozzles and has three adjustable power levels.
4. Gtech AirRam, £199, Gtech
The sheer amount of stuff that this vacuum can pick up is astounding. It doesn’t have a bag, but it compresses the dirt it collects into small bundles to save space. Gtech also has a smaller, equally powerful version that can be used for cleaning by hand.
5. Morphy Richards 2-in-1 Supervac, £82, amazon
This is a little cheaper and smaller than many of its competitors, but still manages to suck up everything. It’s not as powerful as others, but is ideal for small spillages. Pop it out to become entirely hand-held.
6. VAX Air Cordless Bagless, £195, John Lewis
This is as big as cordless vacuums get – and has the suction and power to match. It has all of the various tools that you’d expect, and it pulls up dirt even when it’s deeply stuck in. Perfect if you’re looking to get rid of the cord but keep all of the power of your existing vac.
7. iRobot Roomba 880, £360, John Lewis
This doesn’t just set you free from cords, but sets you free from your vacuum entirely. The little robot will drive around whatever rooms it’s told to and suck up whatever’s there – before returning to its charging station.
8. BLACK+DECKER Wet and Dry, £25, amazon
Small, handheld and excellent value, this is a great vacuum for keeping around the house. It has the power to suck up wet or dry spills, so it’s perfect for the kitchen, and is compact enough to store away.
9. Vax H90-GA-B Gator, £28, John Lewis
Small but with plenty of suction, and easy to charge and drop the rubbish into the bin, this is ideal for little jobs like cleaning the car or hard-to-reach areas. It’s not the most beautiful – looking a little like industrial machinery – but that’s in keeping with its efficiency.
10. Hoover UNP204B UnPlugged, £87, amazon
This is slim, small, light and bagless, but has enough power for daily use. It packs everything you need into its flexible design. The battery is impressive and can last up to around 45 minutes.
Dyson’s V6 Fluffy is powerful, efficient and continues to keep up its power over heavy use for some time. It is a clear leader in the field.
But the price fits its quality. If you’re after something a little cheaper, Bosch’s vacuum is reasonably priced, with much the same power.
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