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The Best Cordless Vacuum

The Best Cordless Vacuum

Updated February 9th, 2024
the best cordless vacuum

Over the last several months we've tested about 20 additional cordless vacuums. Our latest rankings are below. Note that the Tineco A11 was removed from our rankings because it didn't pass our flour clog test.

Top Rated Vacuums

Our recommendations of the best cordless vacuums on the market.

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#1
gen5outsize verdict
#1

Dyson Gen5outsize

This is our new top pick after the latest round of testing. It's also our pick for the best premium cordless vacuum on the market.

 

#2
outsize verdict
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Dyson Outsize

The standard Outsize lacks certain features and extras you only get with the Gen5 model, but is otherwise a very similar vacuum, and it's cheaper. This is also our pick for the best midrange cordless vacuum on the market.

#3
gen5detect verdict
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Dyson Gen5detect

It's a clean sweep for Dyson in our top three. The Gen5detect is basically a smaller more compact Gen5outsize. It's the best cordless vacuum in a smaller form factor.

Alternative Options

Samsung Jet 75

The best midrange cordless vacuum we've tested that's not a Dyson.

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Kenmore Elite CSV Max

The best cheapest cordless vacuum we've tested.

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Features

Make an informed purchase. These are the features you should look out for when shopping for a cordless vacuum.

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Important Note

Unlike our model recommendations above, the rest of this guide and all of the data that follows has NOT been updated since our latest round of testing in 2024. It will be updated shortly.

Vacuum manufacturers have made it quite difficult to compare different models of cordless vacuums.

Manufacturers provide

  • Vacuum power in different units of measurement (airwatts, kPa, voltage, etc.)
  • Vacuum battery life in different conditions (cleaner head attached vs not attached, different power settings, etc.)
  • Other specifications like vacuum bin size and weight in different units of measurement and/or under different conditions

Our goal for this guide is to simplify comparisons by giving consistent measured data for all of the cordless vacuums we tested.

Power

We measured vacuum power in terms of airflow and suction.

We measured airflow (CFM)

  • At the cleaner head of the vacuum
  • On its highest power setting

We measured suction (inches of water lift)

  • At the main body of the vacuum
  • On its highest power setting

Here are our test results:

CFMin.
Dyson V11 Outsize53120
Dyson V11 Torque Drive51120
Dyson V10 Absolute4592
LG CordZero A9 Ultimate4570
Tineco Pure ONE S1243100
Dyson V10 Motorhead4292
B+D BSV2020P4224
Dyson V8 Absolute4072
Tineco A11 Master3990
Dyson V7 Animal3772
Moosoo K173640
Roborock H635124
Shark ION P503278
Hoover Linx Signature31NA
Shark Rocket IX1403150
Bissell Adapt Ion XRT30NA
Shark ION F80 IF2813084
Shark ION X403084
Hoover ONEPWR Blade+2916
Shark Rocket Pet Pro2944
B+D HSVB420J26NA
Shark SV110626NA
Bissell ICONPet2538
Bissell ICONPet Pro2538
Bissell AirRam 198425NA

Battery life

We measured battery life

  • with a cleaner head attached to the vacuum and
  • with it running on its highest power setting

This describes how most consumers will use most of these vacuums most of the time - most consumers will primarily use them with a cleaner head attached and on high power, as performance drops off dramatically switching from high to lower power modes on most models.

Only a few models we tested offer adequate performance on lower power settings. Those models are listed in a separate table below.

Additional context

Note that we’ve included each vacuum’s performance in our carpet deep clean testing to add context to the battery life test results below.

Our carpet deep clean testing involved pushing the vacuum back and forth three times over an area of carpet embedded with 30g of fine debris. The tables below show how much of the 30g of debris was picked up by the vacuum in this test.

All models running on high power:

GramsMinutes
Dyson V11 Torque Drive2412.5
Dyson V11 Outsize2414
Tineco Pure ONE S122410.5
Dyson V10 Absolute236
Dyson V8 Absolute228.5
Shark Rocket Pet Pro2214
Dyson V7 Animal217.5
Dyson V10 Motorhead218.5
Roborock H62110
Shark Rocket IX1402116.5
Tineco A11 Master2112.5
LG CordZero A9 Ultimate217
Hoover ONEPWR Blade+1914.5
B+D BSV2020P1814.5
Hoover Linx Signature1620
Moosoo K171616
Shark Ion F801517
Shark ION X401517
Shark SV11061413
Bissell ICONPet1418.5
Bissell ICONPet Pro1416.5
B+D HSVB420J1324.5
Bissell AirRam 19841248
Shark ION P501223.5
Bissell Adapt Ion XRT716

Models that get good performance on lower power:

GramsMinutes
Dyson V11 Torque Drive (medium power)2025.5
Dyson V11 Outsize (medium power)2023.5
Roborock H6 (medium power)2022
Shark Rocket IX140 (non-boost)1931
Shark Rocket Pet Pro (non-boost)2019.5
LG CordZero A9 Ultimate (medium power)1913
Tineco Pure ONE S12 (auto mode estimate)2324

Bin Size

We measured bin size up to the bin’s maximum fill line. Below are the measured values for all of the cordless vacuums we tested.

mL
Dyson V11 Outsize1500
Shark SV1106600
Shark ION P50600
Hoover Linx Signature500
Bissell AirRam 1984500
B+D BSV2020P500
Dyson V10 Absolute500
Tineco A11 Master500
Dyson V11 Torque Drive500
Shark Rocket IX140400
Shark Rocket Pet Pro400
Tineco Pure ONE S12325
Hoover ONEPWR Blade+300
Bissell ICONPet300
Bissell ICONPet Pro300
Dyson V7 Animal300
Dyson V8 Absolute300
Dyson V10 Motorhead300
Shark ION X40300
Shark ION F80300
LG CordZero A9 Ultimate300
Moosoo K17250
Roborock H6250
Bissell Adapt Ion XRT 175
B+D HSVB420J175

Weight

We measured the overall weight (second column) and the weight of each vacuum as you’re holding it in your hand while vacuuming (first column). Below are the measured values for all of the cordless vacuums we tested.

In hand lb. Overall lb.
B+D HSVB420J0.94.8
Bissell AirRam 19840.98
Shark SV11061.27
Bissell Adapt Ion XRT1.35.6
Hoover Linx Signature1.57.3
Moosoo K172.34.4
Dyson V7 Animal2.55.2
Dyson V8 Absolute2.55.6
Roborock H62.65.3
Shark ION P502.612.2
Dyson V10 Absolute2.75.8
Dyson V10 Motorhead2.75.4
Tineco A11 Master2.85.3
LG CordZero A9 Ultimate3.25.7
B+D BSV2020P3.36.6
Shark Rocket IX1403.56.8
Shark ION X403.58.2
Shark ION F803.58.2
Tineco Pure ONE S123.66.7
Shark Rocket Pet Pro3.87.3
Bissell ICONPet3.97.3
Bissell ICONPet Pro3.97.3
Hoover ONEPWR Blade+4.16.5
Dyson V11 Torque Drive4.16.5
Dyson V11 Outsize4.47.8

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Comments (5)

Teresasays...

A11 Master has been discontinued. A11 Hero does not come with soft roller for hardwood floors. You did not include A11 Tango in your review. A11 Tango appears to be the same as Hero model except it comes with soft roller. Do you concur? Have you reviewed the A11Tango model?

Consumer Analysissays...

I've now updated my recommendations to address the A11 Master being discontinued. I generally don't recommend the Tango because it's usually cheaper to buy the A11 Hero and soft roller head separately than it is to buy the Tango.

Emilysays...

Have you tried the shark vertex? I would love to hear your thoughts on that!

Scottsays...

Have you had a chance to test the Dyson V15 Detect yet? I am trying to decide whether to hold out for the Dyson V15 Detect (out of stock most places - costs around $700) or get the Tineco Pure ONE S12 Pro EX from Costco on sale for $500. Your thoughts?

Michael chierottisays...

How do the A11 and S11 pure one Spartan compare

Consumer Analysissays...

I haven't had the chance to test the S11 Pure One Spartan yet, unfortunately, so I cannot really compare its performance to that of the A11.

Jennifer Dalysays...

I found an s11 tango on sale for the same price as the a11 hero ex. I have mostly hardwood floors and furniture and a long haired cat... Which would you buy

Consumer Analysissays...

I've unfortunately not had the chance to test the S11 Tango yet so I can't really compare it to the A11.