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Top 5 Cordless Vacuum Cleaners of 2017 | Up to 70% Off | SheKnows Best Reviews

Vacuuming the house doesn’t have to be a chore. In fact, the right vacuum can actually turn a relatively boring, routine Sunday afternoon project into a fun time! Kick on some music, throw on some sweatpants and let’s discuss the top cordless vacuum cleaners on the market and figure out what the best one for you would be! Ready?

So what exactly is a “cordless vacuum cleaner” and why should I care?

Cordless vacuum cleaner is a pretty vague category, right? Generally speaking, a “wireless vacuum cleaner” is exactly that - a vacuum cleaner without a cord that you end up running over or dragging behind you while trying to clean your bedroom or the living room.

If you have a dog or a cat, and you are constantly fighting with their fur, be sure to checkout our review over best vacuum cleaners for pet hair.

What different types of cordless vacuums are there?

There are few different types of cordless vacuum cleaners out there, but the top cordless vacuum cleaners normally fall into one of two categories. Let’s discuss! They are:

  • Cordless handheld: Wireless handhelds are normally thought of as the back-up or spot cleaning vacuum, as they lack the surface area of a more traditional vacuum cleaner to do a full, over-all, deep carpet cleaning. They tend to have slightly higher power and suction than a traditional vacuum cleaner, however, just compacted into a smaller surface area.
  • Cordless stick: Wireless stick vacuums look a lot more like the type of vacuums we all grew up with! They generally offer multiple modes of cleaning for different surface areas - hardwood, different thicknesses of carpet, etc. They also generally tend to be more lightweight than a corded vacuum cleaner which makes them a lot easier for especially younger and elderly people to be able to operate.

How does a Cordless vacuum get its power?

No matter the type of wireless vacuum you choose, they all run on some sort of battery pack. For the majority of vacuums, this is a lithium ion battery but they have been made with other types (generally nickel based) batteries before as well. The general standard is lithium ion due to the length of time they hold their charge and the amount of power you get out of them, combined with the relatively short amount of charging time. And yes, you will have to “charge” your vacuum between uses. Think of it as a cell phone - the batteries are very similar and the work essentially the exact same way! If you’re interested in more information, this article from Battery University explains why lithium ion batteries are, in fact, the ideal!

What should I consider when I purchase a cordless vacuum?

  • What are you planning on using it for? : First and foremost, look at what you intend to use it for! Obviously, you’ll use a handheld versus a stick vacuum much differently. It’s good to take into account the surface area, the type of surface and the amount of power you’ll need in relation to your needs.
  • Budget : We’ll discuss a few brands and types of top cordless vacuums later, but make sure you decide what your budget is to narrow down your search.
  • Weight : This may sound silly, but if the vacuum will be used mostly by a child or someone who is elderly or has other physical issues, the weight of the vacuum itself should absolutely be taken into account.
  • Attachments : Although optional, if you’re planning on using your wireless vacuum to clean under the fridge or between couch cushions, attachments are a must.
  • Reviews and ratings : Products with the most reviews and the highest star ratings tend to be the best on the market. There is something to be said about crowd sourcing your decision making! Read the reviews!

What are some of the top brands of cordless vacuum cleaners?

When looking for a new vacuum, it’s important to focus on the most reputable and well-known brands. Coincidentally, these are often the brands that offer the best value and warranties!

  • Black and Decker : One of the most trusted American made brands on the market with a nearly 100-year history. Its slogan is Honest. Intuitive. Involved. Thoughtful. They currently produce the brands and subsidiaries DeWalt, Craftsman and Dust Buster, which is fairly well known across the country and the world. Although they started out with a simple electric drill, they also have done vacuums for many years. Currently headquartered in Maryland, they are worth around $965 million and employ 27,000 people.
  • Shark : One of the relatively newer brands on the market, Shark was created in Canada in 1995. They pride themselves on unique and affordable products for everyone! One of their first products was the sewing machine, but they have since branched out into blenders (under their Ninja subsidiary) among other products.
  • Dirt Devil : Also founded over 100 years ago, this Ohio founded brand has always been at the forefront of creative vacuum designs. Well known for their slogans like “Nothing escapes the power of the Dirt Devil” and “Let’s Go,” they have a great marketing team and an excellent brand reputation.
  • Euly : Based on Innovated. Intuitive. Impactful. this Chinese brand was formerly known as Anker and has provided quality vacuums (as well as robot vacuums) since 2011. They sell many types of consumer products and aren’t quite as well known in the US.

Reviews of the Best 5 Top Cordless Vacuum Cleaners

Now that you’ve really taken a look at the way wireless vacuum cleaners work, as well as evaluate your planned usage, budget, and weight preference, let’s take a peek at what are currently being considered the top 5 cordless vacuum cleaners on the market right now!

5 / 5

Dirt Devil Scorpion Quick Flip Corded Bagless Handheld Vacuum SD20005RED

Under $30 MP, The Dirt Devil Scorpion Quick Flip Corded Bagless Handheld Vacuum SD20005RED is the most inexpensively priced in the top 5. Although it isn’t a traditional wireless vacuum, it is a little powerhouse from one of the most well-known brands out there. It’s also less than 4 pounds, which puts it at the same price as both of the other handhelds. Obviously, the fact that it is corded instead of cordless can be an issue, but with a 16-foot power cord, it feels as though it could be. It comes with a “quick flip” crevice tool to help with those small, tight spaces like in between couch cushions as well as three other tools (dusting brush, sliding brush and an upholstery tool). The motor is super strong as well at 7 amps and it has a bagless, easy to empty design. Inexpensive and powerful, the Scorpion is a (corded) force to be reckoned with.

PROS:

  • Powerful motor
  • Inexpensive!
  • Bagless design
  • 3 year limited warranty

CONS:

  • Corded design
  • Handheld so doesn’t cover a large surface area
  • Heavier than the other Dirt Devil handheld offerings
$29.99 from ebay.com
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4 / 5

Eufy HomeVac Lightweight Cordless Upright-Style Vacuum Cleaner, 28.8V 2200 mAh Li-ion Battery Powered Rechargeable Bagless Stick and Vacuum with Wall Mount - Black

At around $200, the Eufy HomeVac Lightweight Cordless Upright-Style Vacuum cleaner may seem pricey but, trust, me, it is well worth it. It has super easy clean up with a large dust reservoir with a HEPA filter to help stop allergens from circulating around your home. It also makes use of cyclonic vacuum technology and an electric rolling brush that work hand in hand for the best overall clean. Its slim profile allows for super easy storage as well as a wall mount for mounting in a closet out of sight. With its large lithium ion battery, it allows for up to 50 minutes of constant vacuuming before needing to recharge. It offers powerful suction.

PROS:

  • Lithium Ion battery
  • Lightweight at 5.8 pounds
  • Swivel head for easy maneuverability

CONS:

  • Expensive compared to the rest of the top 5
  • Does not come with attachments
  • Shortest warranty of the top 5 at only 15 months
$99.59 from ebay.com
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3 / 5

Black+Decker BDH2000PL MAX Lithium Pivot Vacuum, 20-volt

At $79.99, the Black + Decker BDH2000PL MAX Lithium Pivot Vacuum may seem expensive at first but definitely provided plenty of bang for its buck! With a Lithium Ion battery for strong suction power and long battery life, its name comes from the pivoting action of the nozzle which allows for the vacuum to reach into small, difficult to reach areas. Besides the pivot, the vacuum also uses cyclonic action to physically lift and spin the dirt away from the carpet. It also has a 3 stage filtration system to help remove allergens and a large area for collecting the dirt so that it is longer between emptying. It’s on 3.8 pounds, so it’s lightweight and easy to move around the house for spot cleaning. Black + Decker BDH2000PL extended product review.

PROS:

  • Lightweight at 3.8 pounds
  • Offers pivoting action to help clean hard to clean areas
  • Compact and easy to store
  • Lithium battery for long cleaning life

CONS:

  • Expensive for a handheld
  • Only two attachments - brush and crevice tools
  • One of the lowest ratings of the top 5
$93.78 from ebay.com
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2 / 5

Shark Navigator Freestyle Cordless Stick Vacuum (SV1106)

Coming in at under $100 MP, the Shark Navigator Freestyle Cordless Stick Vacuum (SV1106) is a great, reasonably priced wireless stick vacuum. That said, it is the heaviest of the two stick vacuums in the top 5 by about 2 pounds, weighing in at 7.5 pounds total, which may make a difference to some people. It offers two settings to allow you to clean both hardwood and carpet and is easy to switch between them. Also, according to most users and different from many wireless vacuums, you can leave it plugged in and charging as long as you want without ruining the battery! The Shark Navigator is definitely one of the best “entry level” wireless stick vacuums on the market and worth giving a shot if you want to spend under $100. According to most users, it offers great suction power and has a great battery life, despite not having a lithium ion battery. Shark Navigator Freestyle extended product review.

PROS:

  • Top rated for pet hair pickup
  • Offers two settings - one for hardwood and one for carpet
  • Large “dust cup” means longer vacuuming without emptying
  • Advanced swivel steering for maneuverability

CONS:

  • On the heavier side at 7.5 pounds
  • Uses 10.8V batteries instead of the longer lasting lithium ion
  • Not as useful for larger objects like Cheerios
$97.99 from ebay.com
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1 / 5

BLACK + DECKER CHV1410L 16V Cordless Lithium Hand Vac

Coming in at $59.99 market price (most commonly referred to as MP), the Black + Decker CHV1410L 16V Cordless Lithium Hand Vac is an affordable handheld powerhouse! It holds its lithium ion battery for up to 18 months without needing to be charged or used (although why let it sit around that long?!). It also uses “smart charge technology” to reduce energy usage by 50%! This wireless handheld has powerful cyclonic suction power (think a mini tornado in your hand!) that helps hold suction and keep the filter clean, and a small, innovative shape that allows it to get into those hard to reach, small areas like between kitchen cabinets and under beds. It comes with two attachments - the crevice tool and brush - for a variety of surface needs (the brush is particularly good for upholstery). It’s also incredibly easy to use and store, with a quick charging base and accessory storage tool. Black + Decker CHV1410L extended product review.

PROS:

  • Lithium Ion battery for long lasting battery power and quick charging.
  • Lightweight at 3.5 pounds
  • Great for pet hair
  • 2 year warranty

CONS:

  • Handheld, so it cleans less of a surface area than a stick vacuum.
  • Doesn’t offer many attachments besides the crevice and brush tool.
  • Can’t be hung on the wall
  • Some cases of charger port breaking or sudden stop in charging ability
$63.99 from ebay.com
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Conclusion : So which one should I buy?

And the winner is…. (insert drum roll here)... The Black+Decker BDH2000PL MAX Lithium Pivot Vacuum, 20-volt. It’s the perfect companion to a traditional vacuum with a long battery life, powerful suction, great ratings and multiple attachments to get into tough to access areas a traditional vacuum can’t go! You won’t be disappointed. It also comes with great brand name recognition and a great warranty, although you shouldn’t expect this vacuum to break down anytime soon!

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