Best Overall Cordless Vacuum
#1 Dyson V10 Absolute
Our Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dLMmIkRLP4&t=223s
#2 Shark Ion P50
Our Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5E0qqxyHT4&t=1s
#3 Dyson V8
Our Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TzXfzHaYHY&t=101s
Best Budget Cordless Vacuum
#1 Dirt Devil
Our Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hy22fx2fao
#2 Bissell Multi Reach
Our Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzaEkMBgOmQ&t=1s
Eureka Power Plush
Our Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5l8txrQ-qeM
Deik Cordless Vacuum
Our Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgjc2hllehw
Hoover React Whole Home
Our Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZDwfuFccGY&t=2s
With the budget cordless vacuums that main thing that separates them from the premium vacuums like the Sharks or Dysons besides the price is their lack of HEPA filtration and or a sealed system. All 5 of the budget vacuums we tested did not pass fog test which either shows a lack of HEPA filtration an unsealed system or both , but this is typical of any type of vacuum under a certain price range.
That being said there is a lot to like with the budget vacuums. Here is a quick summary from our tests.
The Hoover React had the most power at 37 cfm at the wand with the Dirt Devil Reach Max Plus coming in second at 33 cfm
The Dirt Devil had the best battery life at 24:06 with the Deik 2nd and the Hoover React 3rd Though it should be noted that the Dirt Devils battery life number was on its low power setting which tested at 29 cfm. It was also the only budget cordless that had 2 power settings.
The best budget cordless vacuum for hard floors was probably the Eureka Power Plush with its soft roller, but that is about all the Euraka Power Plush was good for as it was terrible with carpets and it had the worst battery life. But the 2nd place for hard floors was the Bissell Mutli Reach which was really good, followed by Dirt Devil Reach Max Plus
On carpet most of them did good with the pickup tests with surface debris, whether that was fine debris, pet hair or large debris, but deep cleaning carpets is hard for all cordless vacuums, that being said the three that did the best were the Dirt Devil, the Hoover React and the Bissell Multi Reach Plus.
So our choice for the best budget cordless vacuum was the Dirt Devil Reach Max Plus, it also comes with good attachments, and is extremely inexpensive, with the main negative being that it is prone to clogs, and can loose power easily, the next choice would be the Bissell Mutli Reach which is a bit more expensive but is really solid overall.
All three of the premium cordless vacuums we tested proved to be sealed systems with HEPA filtration so that is a huge plus especially if you have asthma or allergies.
As far as the specs, the Dyson V10 had the most power on high power and the Shark Ion P50 had the most power on Low Power.
Battery life numbers require some explanation, all these numbers are with the cleaner head attached despite the fact that you can get higher battery life numbers if you test them without the cleaner head attached.
Its seems that the Dyson V10 and Shark Ion P50 have basically the same battery capability but the V10 give you more options, including its low power setting which takes the CFM way down to 24 but give you 46:16 of runtime which is by far the longest., and we found that 24 cfm was sufficient for most tasks, So you have to give the V10 the edge here.
On hard floors it also depends, If you get the more expensive “Absolute” versions of the Dyson V8 or V10 which come with the soft roller or Fluffy brush, then its pretty close to even, since soft rollers are amazing with hard floors, picking up just about anything and everything they come into contact with.
On carpets, despite the fact that the Shark Duoclean does better at sheer ability to gobble anything on top of the carpet, the Dyson V8 and V10 with their standard motorheads attached do much better with deep cleaning carpets as we saw in the flour and black carpet test.
To make a long story short I have to give the premium cordless crown to the Dyson V10 Absolute, it is the most expensive of all 3, but the price has come down considerably since its release early in 2018, and it’s a much better value these days.
But a close 2nd place would go to the Shark Ion P50, I love its versatility and its handling and I really love the Duoclean technology, so it’s a really good utilitarian choice.
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