Best cordless vacuum for 2020: Dyson, Bissell, Hoover, Moosoo, Shark and more

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Vacuum cleaners was large, heavy home equipment. All that has modified. At present’s machines are cordless, light-weight and powered by rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. Many can deal with several types of flooring, from carpets to hardwood. They usually include helpful attachments too, to assist with extra chores round the home.

One firm particularly noticed this sea-change coming. Dyson was the primary to pioneer this discipline with a sequence of succesful — and expensive — Cyclone V sequence stick vacs. Different corporations have since adopted go well with, and now promote cordless vacuums of their very own. Some have even shamelessly cloned Dyson merchandise. Others are distinctive new riffs on the cordless vacuum, with revolutionary options all their very own.

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We then put all of them by means of a rigorous battery of floor-care checks on onerous flooring, carpet and different surfaces. The method took over 150 hours to finish. It additionally consumed a number of kilos of sand and rice, plus tons of of handfuls of pet hair. After that, we have decided that these merchandise are our picks for the perfect cordless vacuum for 2020. We replace this record periodically.

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The V11 is Dyson’s newest and best stick vac. It is also the costliest machine in our check group. That mentioned, this flagship mannequin delivered best-in-class efficiency to match its steep worth. On hardwood flooring surfaces, this Dyson vacuum actually wiped the naked flooring clear from mud and dust. The vacuum, which has a lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack, demonstrated near-flawless pickup of each sand and black rice check samples (99.6 and 100%, respectively). 

Pet house owners will even admire the V11’s prowess at eliminating pet hair. Throughout anecdotal checks, the vacuum utterly eliminated hair fibers and dirt from mid-pile and low-pile carpet. Pet hair pickup throughout hardwood flooring went nearly as properly. The one detractors have been a stray clump the vacuum missed on the prime of our check space. That and some strands ended up wrapped across the V11’s brush roll.

I definitely like how simple the V11’s mud bin is to empty. Simply intention the vacuum into the trash, and push a launch tab to open the mud bin’s lid. To shut it, pull the tab in the wrong way. Different fashions we examined have been a nightmare on this regard. The Hoover BladeMax gave us essentially the most bother. Hair and dirt sometimes turned trapped deep inside its dust cup. I discovered its bin difficult to open too. Worse, it is not all the time clear that the dust bin is securely connected.

Dyson additionally bundles quite a few attachments within the field. Amongst them are a crevice instrument for cleansing tight areas, a motorized instrument for upholstery, a delicate dusting brush and a cussed dust brush head for pulling ground-in dust from a carpet with sturdy suction. All this makes the Dyson V11 the clear alternative for the perfect cordless vacuum cash should purchase.

Read more about the Dyson V11.

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The second-best performer in our group of cordless vacuums was the Shark Rocket Pet Professional Cordless. It got here very near cleansing flooring in addition to the Dyson V11, however prices tons of much less. The Rocket cordless and bagless vacuum eliminated simply as a lot sand from each midpile carpet and hardwood flooring. In reality, the one space the place the Shark trailed the V11 as the perfect cordless vacuum was over low-pile carpet. There, the cordless cleaner pulled away an overage of 67.6% of our check sand. Against this, the Dyson V11 eliminated a higher quantity of sand from our low-pile carpeting (78.4% on common).

The Rocket did not have bother dealing with pet hair both. On each low-pile carpet and hardwood, this handheld cordless vacuum wiped away all traces of animal dander. Outcomes have been favorable throughout midpile carpet, too. Solely a small tuft of hair remained after the vacuum handed over the thicker, more difficult floor.

Design is one other of the Rocket Pet Professional’s strengths. Its mud cup is nearly as simple to empty because the Dyson V11. The mud cup sometimes stays away from dust and particles as properly, not caught inside even after emptying. I additionally admire how the Rocket Pet Professional’s wand and fabric instrument can stand upright by itself (disconnected from the principle vacuum unit). LED lights on the nozzle show you how to see dust and particles round your private home, and a chargeable lithium-ion battery makes for straightforward charging. So, in the event you search a strong midrange cordless upright stick vac, Shark’s Rocket Professional is an excellent choice.

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Moosoo is not precisely a family identify. Nonetheless, the Moosoo M X6 cordless vacuum packs a good punch, contemplating its low worth. Regardless of costing a lot lower than competing vacuums, the M X6 was the fourth-best performer in our check group of eight fashions.

The stick vac picked up 99% (on common) of our check sand from hardwood. On low-pile carpet, that determine sank to 41.3%. The M X6 fared higher throughout thicker midpile carpet although, incomes the next sand pickup common of 52.2%.

Black rice, our massive particle check soil, was a breeze for the Moosoo vacuum. It managed pickup averages above 90% on hardwood, low-pile and midpile carpet (95.4, 96.eight and 94%, respectively).

Do not buy the Moosoo M X6, although, in the event you’re a pet proprietor. Cons are that no less than some seen dander remained after vacuuming, regardless of the check floor. The comb roll tends to wrap strands of hair round itself as properly.

If you need cordless vacuuming on a decent funds, nonetheless, think about the Moosoo M X6. It simply may match the invoice, and for a lot much less money.

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If you would like to personal a Dyson however would moderately not spend prime greenback, think about the Dyson V8 Absolute hand vac. This step-down cordless mannequin is a number of years outdated, but nonetheless has highly effective suction and performs like a champ. On our floor-cleaning checks, the V8 got here in a good third. In our check group, solely the Dyson V11 and Shark Rocket Pet Professional scoured flooring higher than the V8.

On a tough flooring, the vacuum managed to choose up a mean of 98% of the sand we dropped. For low-pile carpet, that common fell to 68.3%. The common slipped additional throughout midpile carpet, although remained at a good 52%.

Pet hair did not faze the V8 hand vacuum a lot both. It pulled hair away from midpile and low-pile carpets utterly. It did fail to take away a small quantity of dander on hardwood. Moreover, some fibers turned wrapped across the vacuum’s brush roll. However the washable filter was helpful.

And much like the V11 Torque Drive, the V8 Absolute upright vacuum comes with a beneficiant assortment of add-ons. That features devices for dusting, a crevice instrument for reaching into a decent crevice, a delicate cleansing head for naked flooring, a motorized brush roll for grabbing ground-in dust and particles, and a docking station for charging the battery. So for individuals who’d wish to personal a Dyson model stick vac rather less money, the V8 Absolute is value a glance.

Read our Dyson V8 hands-on first take.

How we check cordless vacuums

Placing cordless vacuums by means of their paces is not as difficult as testing a robot vacuum cleaner, but it surely nonetheless takes a lot of time and cautious effort to seek out the perfect cordless vacuum. We run every vacuum in a straight line throughout three totally different surfaces (hardwood, low-pile carpet, midpile carpet). On all three check beds, the check space is similar size (30.25 inches).

Our custom-built instrument lets us match the soil space to every vacuum’s nozzle width. The quantity of soil used for every check additionally will depend on the kind of flooring.

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The width of the check mattress is proportional to the vacuum’s nozzle width. We measure this width ourselves. We additionally use nozzle width, plus the flooring kind, to calculate the soil density for every check, per Worldwide Electrotechnical Fee tips. The IEC is a global requirements physique liable for managing vacuum testing procedures, amongst different issues, for vacuum producers.

We check vacuums on three kinds of flooring surfaces.

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We use three kinds of soil. To simulate small particle measurement, we use a mixture of play sand and landscaping sand. To emulate bigger dust particles, we use raw black rice. To see how vacuums take care of pet hair, we use our combination of clippings sourced to us by means of our native pet groomer. 


We run checks in a straight line throughout all three flooring varieties.

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We carry out three runs (at minimal) on every flooring kind. We additionally check with sand and rice individually. That involves no less than 18 checks per vacuum. We weigh the vacuum’s mud bin each earlier than and after every run. 

Share of sand eliminated

Onson D18E Stick Vacuum Cleaner


Sand from low-pile

Sand from hardwood

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Outcomes listed are the common share of whole materials faraway from check floor

From there we will calculate the proportion of dust and particles pickup for each run and the common quantity of soil a vacuum manages to take away. Moreover, we run anecdotal (visible) pet hair checks for every vacuum, on all three flooring varieties to assist us choose the perfect cordless vacuum.

Share of rice eliminated

Onson D18E Stick Vacuum Cleaner


Rice from low-pile

Rice from hardwood

Rice from midpile


Outcomes listed are the common share of whole materials faraway from check floor

Need extra cordless vacuum choices? Here is an inventory of the opposite stick vacs we examined in addition to the fashions listed above:

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