Although it used to be that a powerful vacuum cleaner with strong suction meant pulling a bulky, unwieldy and cordless vacuum cleaner from outlet to outlet in the hopes that you can fit into cramped spaces and suck up all those annoying dust particles, it is very not longer case. If you need to maintain a living space, you need a wireless vacuum. The best modern vacuum cleaners are not just wireless, they are lightweight, powered by rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and are seriously powerful.
Wireless vacuum cleaners are also versatile: Most can handle different types of floors, from hardwood to thick carpet, and they often come with useful attachments (a brush head is especially useful!) To help with chores in the house. If you have the choice between a large, bulky machine that weighs a ton and an easy to maneuver and powerful vacuum that you can carry around with one hand, well, you probably choose the latter every time.
Especially a company saw this trend coming.was the first to take place in this area with a series of skilled – and expensive – cyclones in the V series. Other companies have since followed suit and are now selling their own wireless vacuum cleaners. Some have even shamelessly cloned Dyson products. Others are distinctive new riffs on the wireless vacuum with their very own innovative features.
We then conducted them through a rigorous series of floor care tests on hard floors, carpets and other surfaces. The process took over 150 hours to complete. It also consumed many kilos of sand and rice plus hundreds of handfuls of animal hair. We have then determined that these products are our choice for the best wireless vacuum in 2021. We update this wireless vacuum list on a regular basis.
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Say hello to Dyson’s latest and greatest stick vac, the $ 700 Dyson V15. As the company’s flagship wireless vacuum cleaner, the V15 has a sky-high price to match. It is by far the most expensive machine in our test group. Like its predecessor V11, the V15 passed our vacuum test package with ruthless competence.
This cordless vacuum cleaner did not just surpass competitors from other brands. The V15 demonstrated more suction power than the Dyson V11, the former wireless vacuum master. V15 also achieved these cleaning results on our most difficult experiment, sand.
It was able to remove 88.4% of test sand we laid on carpets. V11 passed 71.6% on the same test. More impressively, the V15 pulled 95.3% of the sand particles we lost on carpets. It’s much better than the 78.4 percent V11 was able to muster here. V15 was also not phased by animal hair. Whether it was vacuumed across hardwood, low pile or medium-height carpets, the V15 barely left a spout in the wake.
A few other features help set the V15 Detect apart. One is the vacuum “Laser Slim Fluffy” cleaning head. It is designed specifically for hard floors and shines a green laser out on the floor in front while you clean. The purpose is to highlight dust and other small pieces of dirt that are otherwise difficult to spot with the naked eye. The system works and we observed lots of dirt we would normally miss. A disadvantage, however, is that the laser is not visible under strong indoor lighting or sunlight.
Also interesting is a reading on the back of the vacuum. This report shows the ratio of dirt collected by particle size. Aside from that and a battery that is easier to remove, the D15’s bagless vacuum design remains pretty much the same. That’s a good thing, as we found both models’ bins easy to empty.
With vacuum comes seven different cleaning equipment. Including the Laser Slim Fluffy, you get a cleaning head with a high torque, a hair screw tool and a cracking tool, just to name a few. All of this contributes to why the Dyson V15 Detect is currently the best wireless vacuum cleaner nearby if it is not a barrier to spending a lot of money.
Read more about the Dyson V15.
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As the second best in our current test group, the Tineco A11 Hero represents a unique deal. So much so that it has officially knocked the Shark Rocket Pet Pro Cordless out of our top choice for the best mid-range wireless vacuum. With an average 72.5% sand collection from carpets in the middle of piles and 82.5% sand removal from carpet, the hero does better. This wireless stick vac also costs less than the shark, a fact that is hard to overlook.
The A11 Hero also tackled animal hair without major problems. Barely a trace of the material was left after the machine vacuumed carpets and hardwood floors. The hero left some threads visible as they traveled across our low pile of test blankets. Midpile rugs usually cause vacuum cleaners several problems.
The hero’s design is not too shabby either. Its trash can is almost as easy to empty as the Rocket Pet Pro. The container release valve is difficult to engage with Shark’s model. That said, its battery pack is removable. There is also a handy release lock to keep the vacuum running without constant finger pressure.
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Moosoo is not exactly a house name. Nevertheless, the Moosoo M X6 wireless vacuum packs a respectable punch given the low price. Despite costing much less than competing optional wireless vacuum cleaner options, the M X6 was the fourth best in our test group of eight models.
Stick vac collected 99% (on average) of our hardwood test sand. On carpet, this figure dropped to 41.3%. However, the M X6 performed better across thicker mid-arrow carpet, earning a higher sand collection average of 52.2%.
Black rice, our large particle test soil, was a breeze for the Moosoo vacuum. It managed a pick-up average of over 90% on hardwood, low pile and medium-sized carpet (95.4, 96.8 and 94%, respectively).
However, do not buy Moosoo M X6 if you are a pet owner. Disadvantages are that at least some visible dandruff remained after vacuuming, regardless of the test surface. The brush roller also tends to wrap strands of hair around itself.
However, if you want wireless vacuuming on a tight budget, consider the Moosoo M X6. This wireless vacuum cleaner might just fit the bill and for far less cash.
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If you want to own a Dyson vacuum, but would rather not spend top dollar, consider the Dyson V8 Absolute hand vac. This stepless wireless model is a few years old, but it still has powerful suction and works like a master. On our floor cleaning test, the V8 came in a respectable third. In our test group, only the Dyson V11 and Shark Rocket Pet Pro scrubbed floors better than the V8.
On a hard floor, the vacuum managed on average to collect 98% of the sand we lost. For carpet, the average fell to 68.3%. The average slipped further across the middle pile carpet, but remained at a respectable 52%.
Animal hair also did not confuse the V8 handheld vacuum cleaner much. The vacuum pulled the hair completely away from the blankets in the middle of the pile and with low pile. Failed to remove a small amount of scales on hardwood. In addition, some fibers were wound around the brush brush of the vacuum. But the washable filter was convenient.
And like the V11 Torque Drive, the V8 Absolute upright vacuum comes with a generous range of additions. It includes gadgets for dusting, a cracking tool to reach into a tight crack, a soft cleaning head for bare floors, a motorized brush roller to grab dirt and grime, and a docking station for charging the battery. So for those who would like to own a Dyson brand stick vac for a little less cash, the V8 Absolute is worth a look.
Read our Dyson V8 hands-on first take.
This is how we test wireless vacuum cleaners
Putting cordless vacuum cleaners through their crotch is not as complicated ascleaner, but it still takes a lot of time and careful effort to find the best wireless vacuum cleaner. We run each vacuum in a straight line across three different surfaces (hardwood, low carpet, medium carpet). On all three test beds, the test area is the same length (30.25 inches).
The width of the test layer is proportional to the nozzle width of the vacuum. We measure this width ourselves. We also use nozzle width plus floor type to calculate soil density for each test according to International Electrotechnical Commission guidelines. The IEC is an international standard body responsible for managing vacuum testing procedures, including for vacuum manufacturers.
We use three types of soil. To simulate small particle sizes, we use a mixture of play sand and landscape sand. To mimic larger dirt particles, we use untreated black rice. To see how vacuum cleaners handle animal hair, we use our mix of clips that come to us through our local pet groomer.
We perform three runs (minimum) on each floor type. We also test absorbency with sand and rice separately. It comes to at least 18 tests per. Vacuum. We weigh the vacuum dust container both before and after each run.
From there, we can calculate the percentage of dirt and grime for each run and the average amount of soil a vacuum manages to remove. In addition, we run anecdotal (visual) animal hair tests for each vacuum on all three floor types to help us choose the best wireless vacuum.
Do you want more wireless vacuum options? Here is a list of the other stick vacs we tested in addition to the above models: