The best cordless vacuum for 2020: from Shark, Dyson, Moosoo and more

Vacuum cleaners have come a good distance from the huge beasts of yesteryear. Gone are the cumbersome electrical cords, unwieldy measurement and weight. In the present day’s cordless vacuums are gentle, simple to make use of and boast high-performance rechargeable batteries. Actually, many present the sturdy suction as soon as restricted to upright vacuum cleaners. Some may even sort out a number of forms of flooring together with hardwood, naked flooring, stairs and carpets. And when you issue within the numerous attachments, wands and instruments these machines include, you will quickly admire simply how handy cordless vacuums actually are. 

Dyson pioneered this discipline with its lineup of succesful — and expensive — Cyclone V sequence stick vacs. A bunch of firms now supply their very own cordless vacuums. In some circumstances, these are shameless clones of Dyson merchandise. In others, they’re distinctive takes on the cordless vacuum, offering novel options all their very own.

Is any cordless stick vacuum price shopping for over Dyson’s premium fashions? And in that case, which cordless vac makes essentially the most sense for you? To seek out the reply, we chosen eight present cordless vacuums. On our purchaser’s information record are stick vacs from well-known vacuum cleaner heavyweights together with HooverBissell and Shark. We additionally included a couple of choices from vacuum newcomers Moosoo and Onson, each widespread, low-cost Dyson cordless vacuum cleaner alternate options bought by Amazon.

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We then put all of them by a rigorous battery of floor-care assessments on arduous 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 very best cordless vacuum for 2020.

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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 value. On hardwood ground surfaces, this Dyson vacuum actually wiped the naked flooring clear from mud and filth. 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 assessments, the vacuum utterly eliminated hair fibers and mud from mid-pile and low-pile carpet. Pet hair pickup throughout hardwood flooring went nearly as effectively. The one detractors have been a stray clump the vacuum missed on the high of our check space. That and some strands ended up wrapped across the V11’s brush roll. 

I actually like how simple the V11’s mud bin is to empty. Simply goal 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 other way. Different fashions we examined have been a nightmare on this regard. The Hoover BladeMax gave us essentially the most hassle. Hair and mud sometimes turned trapped deep inside its filth cup. I discovered its bin tough to open too. Worse, it is not all the time clear that the filth bin is securely hooked up.    

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

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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. Actually, the one space the place the Shark trailed the V11 as the very best 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 better quantity of sand from our low-pile carpeting (78.4% on common).

The Rocket did not have hassle 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 filth and particles as effectively, not caught inside even after emptying. I additionally admire how the Rocket Pet Professional’s wand and fabric software can stand upright by itself (disconnected from the principle vacuum unit). LED lights on the nozzle assist you see filth and particles round your own home, and a chargeable lithium-ion battery makes for straightforward charging. So, should you search a strong midrange cordless upright stick vac, Shark’s Rocket Professional is an excellent possibility.

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If you would like to personal a Dyson however would quite not spend high greenback, contemplate the $450 Dyson V8 Absolute hand vac. This step-down cordless mannequin is a couple of years previous, but nonetheless has highly effective suction and performs like a champ. On our floor-cleaning assessments, the V8 got here in a decent third. In our check group, solely the Dyson V11 and Shark Rocket Pet Professional scoured flooring higher than the V8.

On a tough ground, the vacuum managed to pickup a median 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 decent 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 useful.

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 software for reaching into a decent crevice, a gentle cleansing head for naked flooring, a motorized brush roll for grabbing ground-in filth 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 price a glance.     

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Moosoo is not precisely a family identify. However, the $110 Moosoo M X6 cordless vacuum packs a decent punch, contemplating its low value. 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 a better sand pickup common of 52.2%.

Black rice, our giant 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, should you’re a pet proprietor. Cons are that at the very least some seen dander remained after vacuuming, irrespective of the check floor. The comb roll tends to wrap strands of hair round itself as effectively.

If you’d like cordless vacuuming on a decent funds, nonetheless, contemplate the Moosoo M X6. It simply may match the invoice, and for a lot much less money.

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How we check cordless vacuums

Placing cordless vacuums by their paces is not as sophisticated as testing a robot vacuum cleaner, nevertheless it nonetheless takes plenty of time and cautious effort to seek out the very best 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 software lets us match the soil space to every vacuum’s nozzle width. The quantity of soil used for every check additionally is dependent upon the kind of flooring.

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

We check vacuums on three forms of ground surfaces.

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We use three forms of soil. To simulate small particle measurement, we use a mixture of play sand and landscaping sand. To emulate bigger filth 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 our native pet groomer. 


We run assessments in a straight line throughout all three ground varieties.

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We carry out three runs (at minimal) on every ground sort. We additionally check with sand and rice individually. That involves at the very least 18 assessments per vacuum. We weigh the vacuum’s mud bin each earlier than and after every run. 

Proportion 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 are able to calculate the share of filth 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 assessments for every vacuum, on all three ground varieties to assist us choose the very best cordless vacuum.

Proportion 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? This is a listing of the opposite stick vacs we examined in addition to the fashions listed above:

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