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Best cordless vacuum cleaners from Dyson, Shark, Samsung and more

We've rounded up the best vacuums on the market, including models that have been tried and tested by the Yahoo UK team.

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A run through of the best cordless vacuum cleaners you can shop in 2024. (Dyson / Shark / Yahoo Life UK)

A good vacuum cleaner can determine whether or not you lead a happy, healthy home by effectively removing unwanted dirt, dust, and allergens. Making them a pretty important investment as far as household cleaning gadgets go. But historically, they've been known to take on quite bulky, unappealing designs, with cords and wires that get tangled up, or cables that just aren't long enough to reach the closest plug sockets. Which is why cordless vacuum cleaners are only on the rise.

Experts at seamlessly eliminating dirt, and cleaning a wide variety of floor surfaces, they're more maneuverable than your standard hoover, as, thanks to advances in tech, they come complete with zero cords.

A lot more practical when it comes to cleaning those hard-to-reach spaces, they often have an impressive run time of up to 60 minutes on a single charge, come complete with anti-hair wrap technology, and even sometimes convert to handheld hoovers.

Best cordless vacuums 2024: Tried & tested by Yahoo UK editors

Recommended by shopping writer, Louise Whitbread.

Tested it for: Two years
Rating: 5/5
💸 Reasons to buy: It’s convenient, lightweight, effective and easy to keep clean - it also gives me better results than other corded vacuums I’ve tried
Reasons to avoid: It's a worthy investment, but doesn't come cheap
💰 Best deal we've found: The vacuum is currently only available for full price, but keep an eye out as it's often reduced from £329.99 to £229.99 at John Lewis, Dyson, Currys and more

Read the full review here.

£330 at Dyson
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£330 at John Lewis

Recommended by life editor, Alison Coldridge.

Tested it for: One year
Rating: 4/5
💸 Reasons to buy: A cordless vacuum is a game-changer, it’s also simple to use and lightweight
Reasons to avoid: The battery life only lasts around 20-30 minutes in my experience
💰 Best deal we've found: Currently you can only find the vacuum full price at Shark, where it retailers for £279.99

Read the full review here.

£280 at Shark

Why do I need a cordless vacuum cleaner?

Cordless vacuum cleaners are great if you're short of plug sockets in your home, have one too many hard-to-reach corners, want to move around more freely and easily as you clean, or simply want something less obtrusive and easier to store.

What should I look out for in a cordless vacuum cleaner?

To get the most bang for your buck and land on the cordless vacuum cleaner that's right for you, there's a few things you should consider:

  • Battery life — how long does the hoover run for? You'll want something that will last long enough to clean the important areas of your home in one charge.

  • Weight — are you interested in something more lightweight? Consider whether you'll need to lug it up or down stairs.

  • Attachments and accessories — does the vacuum come with the necessary attachments, or do you need to buy them separately? This is important to consider as it impacts the overall cost.

  • Disposal system — does the vacuum require disposal bags, or is it bagless? In some cases, you'll need to replace a vacuum's bag once it's full, or you simply dispose of the dirt straight into the bin from the canister.

  • Floor type — is your home carpeted, floored or a mix? Invest in a model that's designed to easily clean your required type of flooring.

Best cordless vacuum cleaners for 2024

Unsurprisingly, models from both Dyson and Shark make appearances in the top picks for the best cordless designs on the market, along with styles from Samsung, Vax and Miele.

Capacity: 0.76 litres | Bag or bagless: Bagless | Battery life: 60 minutes | Charging time: 4.5 hours | Accessories: Combination tool, crevice tool, wall dok, digital motorbar, fluffy optic charger

Using impressive technology, Dyson's V15 Detect Absolute model monitors the volume of dust particles on the floor, before automatically increasing the machine’s suction power. That information doesn't just go anywhere, either — it's then logged on the device's LCD display located at the top of the ergonomic handle, so that you know when your floor is spotless (and what exactly you've hoovered up). It comes with a 60-minute run time, enough to clean your whole home, and multiple tools for different surfaces. It also features anti-tangle tech. 

Average star rating: 4.6 / 5 - "Amazing. Has made vacuuming slightly addictive!"

Pros
  • Three cleaning modes
  • Lightweight
  • Four interchangeable tools
Cons
  • Expensive
£619 at John Lewis
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£619 at Dyson

Capacity: 0.5 litres | Bag or bagless: Bagless | Battery life: 60 minutes | Charging time: 3.5 hours | Accessories: Jet dual brush, spray spinning sweeper, combination tool, extension crevice tool, mini pet brush, flexible tool, accessory cradle, two batteries, clean station

Unsurprisingly this pick from Samsung is a serious piece of tech. Claiming to trap 99.999% of dust and reduce exposure to pet allergen using a multi-layer filtration system, it doesn't just come with a lightweight and easy to move design, but it promises to give an effortless clean, with an easy-to-empty, washable dustbin, and jet dual brush for picking up hair. Not just that, it features a pair of dual wet pads for cleaning hard floors. 

Average star rating: 4.5 / 5 - "So smart, powerful and light! Very easy to start using!"

Pros
  • Spray spinning brush
  • Washable dustbin
Cons
  • Very expensive
£619 at John Lewis
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£619 at Samsung £619 at Argos

Capacity: 0.7 litres | Bag or bagless: Bagless | Battery life: 40 minutes | Charging time: 3 hours | Accessories: Crevice tool and upholstery tool

Highly rated for a reason, this cordless edition from Shark is perfect for homes who have pets, or, just lots of hair. It uses anti-hair wrap technology that separates and removes long, short and pet hair from the brush-roll as you clean, and lets you switch between two floor modes: carpet and hard floor. At the touch of a button it can transform into a cordless handheld vacuum, and even features a flexible wand which bends to reach and clean underneath low-lying furniture. It also comes with an anti-allergen seal which stops any dust or allergens you pick up from releasing back into the air you breathe. 

Average star rating: 4.5 / 5 - "Powerful, effective and versatile. The battery holds enough charge to get me round my house."

Pros
  • Flexible wand
  • Allergen seal
  • Anti-hair wrap technology
Cons
  • A little noisy
£250 at Shark
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£249 at John Lewis£190 at Argos

Capacity: 0.9 litres | Bag or bagless: Bagless | Battery life: 25 minutes | Charging time: 6 hours | Accessories: Crevice tool, dusting brush, pets turbo brush and wall mount

Praised for being easy to maneuver around the house and very lightweight, this model from Hoover helps you whizz through rooms for an easy and quick clean. Great for those who live in flats, it comes with LED nozzle lights for cleaning dark corners and under furniture, and even transforms into a handheld to tackle your kitchen worktops or inside your car. 

Average star rating: 4.4 / 5 - "Easy to use, light, picks up well."

Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Generous capacity
  • Includes wall mount docking station
Cons
  • Low run time
£149 at Currys

Capacity: 0.6 litres | Bag or bagless: Bagless | Battery life: 45 minutes | Charging time: 3 hours | Accessories: Crevice tool, dusting brush and wall mount

With a long-standing reputation for designing powerful and easy-to-use appliances, it's no surprise Vax's ONEPWR Blade 4 model is so well-rated. Averaging a 4.4 out of five stars, it comes with LED lights to guide the direction of cleaning, three boost modes, a brush head that seamlessly glides over various floor types and an impressive lightweight and flexible design.  

Average star rating: 4.4 / 5 - "Lightweight and manoeuvrable."

Pros
  • Powerful
  • Good suction
Cons
  • Smaller capacity
£159 at John Lewis
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£160 at Argos

 

Capacity: 0.5 litres | Bag or bagless: bagless | Battery life: 50 minutes | Charging time: 5 hours | Accessories: Crevice tool, turbo brush, 2in1 brush, extension hose

An affordable option with compact storage solutions and a lightweight design for moving around the house with ease, this pick comes with a 50-minute run time and has been described by shoppers as "good value for money". Suitable for carpet, hard floors, upholstery and curtains, it comes in a smart rose gold colourway, complete with four different attachments. 

Average star rating: 4.5 / 5 - "Very pleased with this item. Can't beat it for the price."

Pros
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Less powerful than other models
£92 at Currys

Capacity: 0.5 litres | Bag or bagless: Bagless | Battery life: 60 minutes | Charging time: 4 hours | Accessories: Wall storage cradle, vario-clip with dusting brush, upholstery nozzle and crevice nozzle

For those open to spending a substantial amount more, Miele's most powerful design — the Triflex HX2 — is a good option. A sophisticated machine with impressive suction power, it promises the filtration of 99.999% of dust particles and allergens. It features an ultra-wide, intelligent brush that automatically adjusts roller speed and power to suit any type of floor, and comes with a range of accessories for effective cleaning. 

Average star rating: 4 / 5 - "Well designed, efficient, flexible and easy to use."

Pros
  • Powerful
  • Automatic floor recognition
  • Three cleaning modes
Cons
  • Very expensive
£649 at John Lewis
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£649 at AO

Capacity: 0.4 litres | Bag or bagless: Bagless | Battery life: 44 minutes | Charging time: 5 hours | Accessories: Detachable handheld vacuum

Sleek as far as cordless vacuum cleaners go, this model from Bosch certainly gets points for having a sophisticated design. Complete with a freestanding function and the ability to transform into a handheld, it comes with a reasonable 44-minute run time, is super lightweight, easy to store and operates fast. Great for those with little storage space. 

Average star rating: 4.1 / 5 - "A joy. Incredibly light and fantastic performance."

Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Compact and easy to store
  • Transforms into handheld hoover
Cons
  • Small capacity
£149 at John Lewis
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£190 at Argos

Capacity: 1 litre | Bag or bagless: Bagged | Battery life: 60 minutes | Charging time: 2.5 hours Accessories: Crevice tool, 2-in-1 combi tool, wall dock, Extended-use handle, Henry Pods

Yes, Henry comes cordless, too! Designed in the brand's signature red, complete with a powerful airflow that compacts dirt, making for an overall bigger capacity, it has a battery life of up to 60-minutes and even comes featuring the familiar smiley face. Not just that, emptying it couldn't be easier — it comes with six Henry Pods (triple layer containers) that trap dirt and debris inside for one-click, dust-free emptying. 

Average star rating: 4.7 / 5 - "Cleans very well and power lasts for a while. Looks really good, too."

Pros
  • Easy to empty
  • 60-minute run time
  • Includes a wall dock for storage
Cons
  • A little heavy
£299 at Currys
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£299 at Amazon

Capacity: 0.1 litres | Bag or bagless: Bagless | Battery life: 8 minutes | Charging time: 2.5 hours | Accessories: Pet multi tool, crevice tool

Clean up mess fast with Shark's Cordless Handheld Vacuum, great for hoovering up kitchen worktops, sofas and car interiors. Complete with impressive suction, this lightweight and compact handheld model is designed to be on display, always charging in its base, ready for you to grab-and-go. 

Average star rating: 4.4 / 5 - "Very useful and good enough suction to clean my car."

Pros
  • Good suction for size
Cons
  • Low run time
£80 at Shark
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£80 at John Lewis