If you want to ditch the wires in your home then why not consider a cordless vacuum cleaner? It’ll save you valuable time as there’s no need to keep plugging in and unplugging, and they offer you so much more freedom to roam around the home – across all levels – to get into even the most hard-to-reach places.
The best cordless vacuums are light and manoeuvrable and make quick work of little clean-up jobs. They’re easy on the back, and some will easily convert into a handheld vacuum cleaner for tackling crumbs on the back seats of the car or pet hair on the sofa. Yet with so much choice now available to find the best cordless vacuum cleaner, it can be rather overwhelming to narrow down the options.
To help you avoid a dud, we’ve hand-picked our favourites from our full list of the best cheap cordless vacuum cleaners. Each has gone through our rigorous lab tests, so you can be sure that it will be brilliant at cleaning your floors.
10 of the best cheap cordless vacuum cleaners 2021
1. Tineco A11 hero
This is an updated version of the A10 and it is heaps better, not least because it has much better suction, the battery lasts longer, it has the capacity to collect more dust and you can mount it on the wall.
We were really impressed by the thorough, deep clean it provided – and that goes for both power modes. We’d even recommend it for larger homes, both because the minimum setting has noticeably more oomph than with most other machines in this price bracket and because you get two batteries included, essentially doubling your run time. We like the LED headlights and comfy handle, as well as the fact that the suction is just as good even when the dust cannister is nearly full. But the dust filter could be better – so perhaps not the best machine for people with allergies. And there are better machines for reaching right to the edge of walls.
2. Vax Blade 32 V
At sub-£200, Vax provide some of the best-value cordless vacuums on the market. You won’t find much cheaper, and in all honesty, there’s little wrong with them. Not quite as powerful or quiet as some of the more high-end models, and they don’t feel quite as high-tech. The Vax Blade 2, however, is powerful on its highest setting, though noisy, too.
They’re not too heavy, either, pretty efficient, and the runtime of 45 minutes is more than enough, though this tends to be less if blasting through the house on full power. Switching between tools is easy enough, and the the container, which on the Vax Blade 2 is removable, is emptied at the flick of a switch.
A minor bugbear is that the toolkit – which you definitely need as it contains the crevice, tough dirt, textiles tools, a stretch hose and a dust brush – has to be purchased separately, unless you buy directly through Vax’s site, bringing up the total cost.
3. Swan Eureka PowerPlush Turbo
The PowerPlush Turbo is a really quiet operator – far easier on the ears than the likes of the ROIDMI X20 and VAX Blade 2 Max.
We found this vac very effective at picking up chips of stone (we’d been doing some DIY) and hair from upholstery, catching all the particles in the brush head. The flexibility of the head was a great help when vacuuming around corners.
In terms of hoovering performance, we rate the PowerPlush Turbo very highly. The only areas where it lags a few of its pricier competitors are the robustness of some of the accessories – such as the stand, which feels a little on the flimsy side – and runtime, which maxes out around 22 minutes. That said, this appliance ticks all the most important boxes in terms of usability and results, and the vacuum itself seems very well-made.
Lightweight, easy-to-handle and great at picking up all kinds of detritus, the PowerPlush Turbo proves you can get an excellent cordless vac for a relatively modest price.
4. Shark CH951 UltraCyclone Pet Pro Plus
The best cordless vacuum in the budget category that we’ve tested is the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+. This handheld model is lightweight and portable, letting you easily take it between rooms or to your car. It has a simple design that’s easy to assemble and maintain since there aren’t many parts that need regular cleaning.
It has a very versatile cleaning performance, easily picking up pet hair and debris on all surfaces, from bare floors to low and high-pile carpets. It also comes with a few accessories that help you clean different surfaces, like an upholstery tool for cleaning furniture and a crevice tool for reaching tight spaces. Thanks to its bagless design and reusable filter, it has few recurring costs.
However, its battery only provides around ten minutes of continuous use, which may not be enough for longer cleaning sessions. It also doesn’t come with an allergen-trapping HEPA filter, which may be annoying if you have pets that shed. That said, its excellent performance on all surface types makes it one of the best handheld vacuums that we’ve tested and a suitable option if you want a budget-friendly vacuum for spot-cleaning smaller messes.
5. Hoover H-FREE 300 PETS HF322PT
This Hoover gave lots of grunt from its 22V motor. The 2Ah battery was down on some of the vacs here and didn’t pose a problem during testing, but would obviously limit run time. The standard mode was steady and best for tackling surface dirt, but turbo gave lots more pulling power, especially with the 12cm brushbar. This, plus the crevice nozzle and pet hair removal brush, made it ideal for car work, where particles stick to fabric. Weighing just 1.8kg and being quite short, it was one of the easiest cleaners to manoeuvre, and very well priced.
6. AEG FX9 Ultimate Animal & Pet
Hats off to AEG’s R&D department, this vacuum has some brilliant design touches, not least the three-in-one brush/crevice/upholstery tool that cuts the clutter.
The AEG FX9 Ultimate Animal & Pet is also fairly close to a traditional upright cleaner, with a rigid, extendable frame giving it a robust feel that doesn’t bend like many stick cleaners. This frame does more than add strength, it enables you to move the body up and down – adjusting the centre of gravity and making it easier to get right under beds and sofas etc. Hidden inside the frame you’ll also find a flexible hose for reaching into and up to awkward places.
Pet owners will appreciate the FX9 Ultimate Animal & Pet’s large and small motorised brushes, the first of which tackles pet hair as well as grime from floors and the latter taking care of upholstery. Particulate-tackling HEPA filtration rounds out the spec sheet.
Battery life is exceptional – clocking in at 60 minutes on the lowest setting, 30 minutes at ‘normal’ speed and 17 minutes on ‘high’. It comes with an upright docking station, while the LED headlights illuminate missed dust, even in the cleanest of houses, and the bin is neat and easy to empty. If you hanker for a traditional vacuum that can clean up after your pets but need the versatility of handheld and battery power, this could be the model for you.
7. Shark IZ201UKT
The Shark Anti Hair Wrap Flexology IZ201UK Cordless Vacuum Cleaner is a mouthful to mention, but its effective suction and anti-allergen sealing, as well as its sizeable bin capacity and decent cordless run time, make it easy to recommend anyone wanting to vacuum up their home.
The headlights and Flexology features make it far easier to clean, too, with the visibility and on-the-fly flexibility to ensure you don’t need to get on your knees to clean in hard-to-reach places.
8. Amazon Basics 2-in-1
What you do get is a very solid vacuum cleaner that comes in at a very reasonable price. You can drag it along by the hose and it is certainly lighter than a Henry. The lead is a decent length and is housed in the cleaner itself, so you don’t have to wrap it around and around as you finish. There are a series of attachments that you would want that let you get into the nooks and crannies, or have a little go over the upholstery.
For the price point this ‘AmazonBasics’ hoover offers a great price point for some serious suction. It is small enough to lift and carry, but this does mean it requires emptying more often than some of the bigger cleaners on the market. In turn, as it uses bags, you will require more small bags. Having got used to a world of bagless vacuums, going back to bags feels a little odd, but there are many people happy to continue using them – in this case, this is a great option.
9. BLACK+DECKER Cordless 2-N-1 Stick Vacuum
You can get both a stick vacuum and handheld vacuum with the versatile BLACK+DECKER Cordless 2-N-1 Stick Vacuum. This handy two-in-one model is easy to push thanks to the swivel steering, and it has several helpful features that make it a valuable tool to have around the house.
This stick vacuum has automatic suction adjustment as you move from hard floors to carpets, and its powered beater bar agitates dust and dirt that might be trapped in your rugs. It can vacuum up to 2,500 square feet per charge, and the Smart Tech sensing technology lets you know how much battery power is remaining. The vacuum comes with an extendable crevice tool and brush attachment, as well as a washable filter.
This vacuum stands up on its own and includes a handheld vacuum. Plus, many say the suction is impressive for such a small machine, and you can’t beat the reasonable price.
10. BISSELL Icon
If this Bissell came out about 12 months ago, it would have been a sensation, offering Dyson-like cleaning for way less money. However, the sad fact of the matter is that a lot of brands have now caught up with Dyson in terms of cleaning, and the likes of Vax are offering it for less money than what Bissell is asking.
That is not to underestimate the Icon, however. It sits very neatly in the gap between the Dyson V11 and Vax Blade 4 in the most important ways: price, build quality and looks.
It’s very light but the Icon feels better made than the Vax. It also offers a headlight not only on its main cleaning head but also on its small dust tool. I think that is a first. Okay it is arguably not very useful, and the dust tool overall is quite poor, due to its vertical-rather-than-horizontal shape… But it is a first.
Other than that, everything about the Icon is good to excellent. The bin is easy to empty, after a little practice, there are three power settings so you can balance suction and battery life and it looks quite handsome.
Overall cleaning performance is generally very good, even if it falls short, on average, of the vacs above it in the list. If you have hard floors there’s nothing to complain about but it can struggle to pluck debris out of carpets at times.
The Bissell Icon was overpriced at launch, but for the price it’s now being sold at, the Bissell Icon is a very worthy contender. It’s a textbook example of a cordless vacuum cleaner in 2021 – as you can see from this list, however, there are rather a lot of vacs that can say the same.
How do I choose a cordless vacuum cleaner?
The technology behind cordless vacuum cleaners has come a long way in the last few years. Some of the latest innovations to look out for, if you think you’ll use them, include:
• Sensory technology: The floorhead senses the floor type and adjusts its power accordingly, saving precious battery life by ensuring the stick only uses the necessary power.
• Headlights: LED lights on the floor head help you see under furniture and in dark spaces.
• Smart technology: Connect your stick to your phone to monitor its usage and battery life and enjoy unusual statistics such as how many calories you burn while cleaning.
• Battery level indicator: Groundbreaking it’s not, but this can be a handy feature for a cordless appliance. The Dyson V11 impressively counts down your remaining battery time in minutes and seconds.
• Slit to cut hair: Long strands of hair tend to wrap around the floorhead brush and need to be cut free. Some sticks conveniently feature a small slit along the bar that you can run a pair of scissors through.
• Weight: Be wary of this, as anything over 3kg can feel heavy after prolonged use. Bottom-heavy designs that carry the weight in the floorhead will be easier on your arms.
• Bagged or bagless?: Some vacuums contain bags that are replaced once full. One benefit of these is that you needn’t touch the dust and dirt to remove it from the canister; you may need to do this with a bagless model as some dirt may spill or become trapped. However, if you opt for a bagged model, you’ll need to keep some empty bags in stock at all times.
Picking the best lightweight vacuum cleaner isn’t easy. You’ll have a lot of different things to think about, from design and functionality to power and performance.
Our favourite stick models are also just fun (yes, really) to use. They’re sleek, lightweight, and come with useful attachments and tools. Some even transform into handheld vacs with one easy click. They’re enough to make cleaning a chore to look forward to — or at least, make it less terrible.
Thank you for reading our review for the best cheap cordless vacuum in UK 2021. Good luck choosing the vacuum that makes light work of your cleaning tasks!