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7 of the Best Cordless Vacuum Cleaners You Can Buy

Andy Vandervell


Best Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Fed up of your heavy, back-breaking vacuum cleaner? The answer is a cordless vacuum cleaner. We've tested all the best cordless vacuum cleaners on the market and these are our top seven. Hit the Next arrow above to browse the list, or read on to learn more.

Cordless vacs from all the leading brands, including Dyson, Vax and Bosch, make it into our list of the best cordless vacs. Each page features a summary review of the model, but click the links to read our full in-depth reviews.

In the full reviews you can see before and after examples of cleaning performance on carpets and hard floors, and how well they clean right up to the edge of skirting boards.

We also test what they're like to use on stairs and how well they clean up pet hair.

Click the dropdown list above or hit the 'Next' arrow to see our mini reviews of the best cordless vacs, or see the names at a glance below.

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This week's best cordless vacuum cleaner deals

Bosch Athlet BCH625KTGB at Amazon.co.uk | Was £289 | Now £213

Dyson V6 Fluffy at Amazon.co.uk | Was £399 | Now £277

Dyson V6 Animal at Amazon.com | Was $499 | Now $359

Why buy a cordless vacuum cleaner?

Cordless vacuum cleaners are a great idea. While most aren't as powerful as corded vacuum cleaners, cordless vacuum cleaners are hugely useful and convenient. They let you clean in a completely different way. Instead of doing a big clean every week or so, it's easy to get a cordless machine out to do quick spot cleans whenever you need.

Not being tethered to a socket means cleaning takes less time, too. That means less back bending, and cordless vacuums are lighter, so they're a good option if you have a bad back. They're typically easier to use on stairs and most are great to use in cars, making them even more versatile.

Top scoring best cordless vacuum cleaners in this round-up

Bosch Athlet BCH625KTGB

£129, Amazon.co.uk | Our score: 8/10

Vax Air Cordless Lift U85-ACLG-B

£195, Amazon.co.uk | Our score: 9/10

Dyson DC59

£340, Amazon.co.uk | Our score: 9/10

Gtech AirRam mk2

£193, Amazon.co.uk | Our score: 8/10

Dyson V6 Fluffy

£300, Amazon.co.uk | Our score: 10/10

Dyson V8 Absolute

£468, Amazon.co.uk | Our score: 10/10

Dyson V6 Absolute

£280, Amazon.co.uk | Our score: 9/10

What are the weaknesses?

A good cordless vacuum cleaner doesn't come cheap. You can buy cordless vacuums for around £100 or so, but we don't recommend that you buy any of them. They don't clean well enough to justify the expense. That means the cheapest machines in our round-up cost upwards of £200.

All of the vacuums in this round-up clean well, but with one or two exceptions they don't clean as well as corded machines. For example, few can collect dirt trapped up against skirting boards, so you'll need to go around with a crevice tool to get right into the corners.

Battery life varies, too. The most powerful ones last around 20 minutes, while the less powerful ones go for 30 to 40 minutes. You'll be amazed how much you can get done in 20 minutes, but it's a trade-off between cleaning performance and cleaning time.

Mark Allen

January 13, 2016, 9:18 pm

Not sure I trust this review at all. I have owned 2 of these supposed "best" handhelds (Dyson being utter crap) and neither come close to my old 18V Black and Decker Pivot Dustbuster. The cynic in me thinks maybe it's the power of advertising revenue taking precedence. Pity.

Ken mills

January 20, 2016, 2:45 am

I have just purchased the Dyson v 6 and find it a miserable excuse of a vacuum cleaner. Very short running time. I have the bosch athlet and all round I find it far superior to the v 6. Why the v6 could not have batteries that could be charging whilst it is being used beats me. I think Dyson can learn a lesson from the building industry, imagine having a workforce that has to stop working after 10 to 12 minutes for 3 to 4 hrs for their tools to be recharged, it's unbelievable. come on Dyson, wake up to what is required before another manufacturer beats you to it!

T Wicks

January 25, 2016, 8:49 pm

I respect Dyson for taking engineering seriously in the UK but as an engineer myself I'm not convinced by their products.

Overpriced, overhyped and over engineered are the feelings I get when ever I try one. When time came to buying one for myself I could not justify spending for any Dyson. On a good day I can buy a heavy duty Karcher which can tackle gravel, glass and water for £60.
Yes it needs filters and bags ... So what
Over its life, even with heavy use I end up spending less than the value of a dyson.

Judy Stambouly

January 27, 2016, 3:08 pm

I got one of these ( V6 Animal) in the Currys Black Friday sale. I love it all my floors are wooden apart from my stairs and landing so it suits me down to the ground being partially disabled. I love the fact that you can use the smaller bit for the stairs, I can do my whole house on one charge which is roughly 30 min or about 20 if you press the max button down. I wouldn't be without it now and I would recommend it to anyone.


January 29, 2016, 1:23 pm

Well you can ignore at least one of these "recommendations"!
Thank goodness for John Lewis 1 week before Christmas my 3 year old AEG Ergorapido cordless battery pack expired I should say this unit has perfeormed flawlessly in a home with a doggy.
So off I went to John Lewis I looked at the Bosh mentioned here and just as i was taking it to the counter one of their highly informed partners stopped me and asked if they could help.
I explained that I had and AEG Ergorapido but liked the idea of the longer life (Claims) of the Bosch I had seen on the TV. He said dont bother the duration claims ONLY work on the lowest setting and that would not lift feathers off a wooden floor his advice: Stay with what you have it is the best for the price on the market! and its not in this guide how about that!


January 29, 2016, 9:03 pm

Dyson are good but longevity is questionable in my experience

James Pickett

January 30, 2016, 8:34 pm

"one of the earliest to introduce the cordless vacuum"

Yeah, right. Electrolux made one (an upright) about 10 years ago, and it was brilliant. The batteries failed eventually (NiCads) and by then they had stopped making or supporting it, but I've no idea why. I'd certainly buy another.

James Pickett

January 30, 2016, 8:36 pm

Dyson's marketing is just BS. Their 'digital motor' is just a
brushless motor, as used in CD players and just about everywhere -
there's nothing special about it or, indeed, anything with his name on
it. Remember the washing machine?


January 30, 2016, 10:44 pm

The Dyson is indeed the pick of the bunch. It's the first battery powered vacuum cleaner I have ever tried that actually generates a decent amount of suction. And the light weight of the unit makes it a pleasure to use.

Ann Onymous

January 31, 2016, 12:37 pm

We have an i Robot, affectionately known as our Robert. He's great but can't climb stairs.

Ann Onymous

February 2, 2016, 10:05 am

We use it for picking up dog hairs but our dog doesn't shed much hair. The best thing is to go onto the i Robot site and look at what they've got to offer, we've had ours a long time now. Also you need to empty his filter each time you use it and make sure his little brushes are clean, all quite easy. My son has one, his mother in law has one and when our old one broke down we just bought a new one. Spares are readily available on line, easy to fit and the company has been easy to deal with.


February 29, 2016, 12:54 pm

If they make them too well then they don't sell enough of them. This happened to Goblin cleaners in the 1950s/60s. They went out of business - I think - due to making a machine that was too durable. We are living in the throw-away society and few things are built to last.!

Don Cross

March 19, 2016, 10:55 am

We are on ten years of our Dyson DC04!

Jackie Ozmen

May 2, 2016, 11:18 am

We have a Dyson DC35, bought it because we have been using Dyson for about 20 years. This is the worst vacuum I have ever had by a country mile!! It cuts out intermittently whilst using it. We were told
by Dyson it was a faulty battery, they sent us another one, same problem, they sent another, same problem. It now sits in the garage as a reminder that I need to shop with more consideration next time and not assume because it has the word Dyson attached that it will be any good.


June 6, 2016, 9:55 am

Has anyone come across a really small vacuum cleaner with soft brushes and a thin extension that can be used for all those fiddly jobs such as cleaning books, back of shelves, tops of curtains, lampshades, anything small that can only be reached from a step-ladder? Perhaps the next model is the Tiny? A cleaner the size of an (old) mobile phone with thin, flat, and at least one soft, bendy extension?


February 1, 2017, 5:10 pm

First, don't believe a word written by Morphy Richards "Panel Members" reviews. Having purchased a Morphy Richards 732000 series cordless vac product, it would dump half of what little it picked up when switched off. The power was pathetic. Within 3 months the batteries began to fail, until finally it would die after less than 2 min. Five pound discount of another product was the best to be offered. Products that look the part but fail miserably. It's in the bin now, where it belongs. If this is typical of this manufacturer, I would recommend avoiding all and any of this rubbish.

Selina Rose

February 13, 2017, 2:23 pm

Can you share some experience about Dyson like that it's battery life, cleaning percentage, satisfactions etc. If you want.

Rosie Waller

March 5, 2017, 1:41 pm

I have both a Dyson hand held battery cleaner and also the upright version which we got as part of a deal. Never again! We have now had three of the upright versions because of the noise of the grinding of the plastic internal workings of the machine. It works most of the time but only if the carpets are not deep and the battery life is poor, going from three bars to nothing in a couple of minutes. As for the hand held - absolute rubbish. A ordinary brush is more useful to clean stairs!

Selina Rose

March 6, 2017, 3:38 pm

Thank you for share your experience with us.


March 11, 2017, 2:17 pm

What do you mean by 'three bars to nothing'? I have a Dyson cordless V6 and there are no bars or lights.

Rosie Waller

March 11, 2017, 4:01 pm

Many apologies to Dyson, I have had a Dyson DC04 in the past and it lasted for ever and ever Having read lots of reviews of various battery machines on Trusted Reviews I managed to type Dyson when of course it should have read GTech. My AirRam has driven me insane as well as the hand held GTech. Thanks for bringing the mistake to my attention.

Sam sandy

April 24, 2017, 7:39 am

VAX AIR is best one which i have in om for cleaning and very nice list vacuum Cleaners.Thanks

John H Williams

April 29, 2017, 7:33 pm

I have had a Dyson for about 3 years on fourth battery now plus a new charger, latest battery now cutting out ( a common problem with Dysons I'm told) its still under warranty but I can't be bothered with it any more so looking to buy a new cordless vacuumed cleaner.
Any suggestions other than a Dyson.

Andy Bolton

May 30, 2017, 2:46 pm

We have had a G-Tech Air Ram for less than a year, and I wouldn't advise anyone to buy one. It's now on it's 4th breakdown, I've asked for my money back so I can buy a proper vacuum from a reputable company to be told there's no refunds after 30 days.
This machine isn't built well enough, cheap nasty plastic, sticking buttons - avoid it

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