At the very least, it means plenty of spare batteries should be available for several years. The low point is the awful dustbin, which falls off too easily if you bump it. In our tests, we always struggled to reattach it because it offered no tactile cues for where to line it up and no audible click when it slotted into place.
They both work well on bare floors, too, though the V15 is especially great when equipped with its soft-roller, laser-lit cleaning head. The battery life is ample, thanks in part to an automatic suction-adjustment feature. And some variants have extras that are also useful, such as a real-time countdown of the remaining battery life. A representative from Dyson told us that the V15 Detect will be hard to find through at least the rest of because of the same supply-chain problems affecting many industries, but the V11 Animal should be widely available.
The V15 Detect in particular is so strong that it essentially defeated our controlled rug-cleaning tests. Very few cordless vacuums can clean that well even on their highest power settings, and none even come close on their lower settings. Dyson told us that although the V15 and V11 have the same motor, the V15 is stronger because the company tweaked the cyclonic separators for more power.
Another useful feature on both the V11 and V15 is Auto mode, which automatically adjusts the suction level depending on the situation to maximize the cleaning ability while preserving battery life when possible. It works a little differently depending on the model: For the V11, the suction automatically changes depending on the floor type, using a brush-resistance sensor. For the V15, the suction changes depending on how dirty an area is, based on what the built-in particle counter finds more on that feature in a bit.
You can close the gates to increase the cleaning power, open them to allow big debris like breakfast cereal under the head preventing snowplowing , or set them in between. The battery life for the V11 and V15 is ample, anywhere from nine to 60 minutes depending on the power setting but typically around 30 to 40 minutes on Auto mode. The other feature that makes it a true pleasure to use the V15 and a few other high-end variants though not the V11 Animal is the LCD screen. After six weeks of steady testing, we found no tangles on this brush.
Having the tool built right into the vacuum was especially handy, and the tool made it even more convenient than usual to switch a stick vac into a ready-for-action handheld mode. Fine, clingy dust is one example.
Pebbly debris like cat litter is another, as is large, snowplowable debris like Fruit Loops. Dyson has made a version of the Fluffy head for a half decade and plenty of other brands have copied it. A Fluffy comes packaged with some V7 and V8 models, and it will work with the V10 and V11 if you purchase the head separately. The V15 Fluffy also has a headlight—a green laser headlight.
They guide your path, showing what areas you still need to clean and reassuring you that the vacuum is actually picking up debris. Usually headlights are just a strip of white LEDs, and they work great. Dyson reps told us that the engineers tested other colors but found that green did the best job of highlighting debris. Another is that you have to manually switch between the heads. Vacuums from Lupe, Shark, and some other brands avoid the awkward swapping by equipping their cleaning heads with both a soft-fabric roller and a stiff-bristle roller in the same chassis, and it works.
But Dyson took this good idea way over the top. Do you feel cleaner when you can quantify your filth? At best, the particle counter is more information for the kind of people who like to count and track everything. Most people will probably ignore it most of the time once the novelty has worn off.
The first time I personally used the V15, I was astounded to learn from this vacuum that my bedroom, which a Roomba had cleaned the day before, could contain ,, of anything, especially since the dustbin appeared to be mostly empty when I was finished. The next few times I used the V15, I treated the particle count like a video game, trying to find every nook and crevice to jam the vacuum into so I could try to beat my high score.
One time I caught 1. I stopped paying attention at all after about a month. The main one is that the V11 and V15 are exceptionally expensive vacuum cleaners. Also, like the cheaper Dyson sticks, the V11 and V15 are top-heavy and use a trigger-style power switch, which you need to squeeze constantly. The switch can be uncomfortable to use for long sessions. Each of these variants comes with slightly different sets of clip-on tools, but they always include a crevice tool, a bristled brush, and a motorized brush for vacuuming carpeted stairs and upholstery.
You might also consider the older Dyson Cyclone V10 , with caveats. We nearly made the cheapest version of the LG CordZero the runner-up pick in this guide, and buying this vacuum instead of a Tineco S11 or a Dyson V8 is a reasonable choice. The low-end CordZero A9 is an in-betweener option, and a great fit for some people. The main weakness is that it snowplows more types of big debris on bare floors—even cat litter, to some extent—than most stick vacuums.
According to our analysis of customer reviews, the CordZero also seems to be a reasonably reliable cordless vacuum. And LG appears to keep spare parts including batteries in stock, for non-ridiculous prices. We had written off the CordZero in previous versions of this guide as an overpriced Dyson wannabe. They are all essentially the same vacuum with the same cleaning power. The Miele Triflex HX1 was an upgrade pick in this guide from late through late , but we had to demote it because we identified in customer reviews a high rate of battery defects and a pattern of poor customer service.
We still think the Triflex is a wonderful vacuum in a lot of important ways. Its best quality is the comfort—no other cordless vacuum beats the handling. You can convert it between two different body styles by rearranging the order in which the parts fit together no tools needed. The modern stick-style configuration is fine, too, and it can also separate into a Dustbuster-like handheld vac.
The only major downside we could glean from our initial testing was the small, hard-to-use dustbin. One battery pack lasts anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes, depending on the power setting and whether the brush is attached. The Lupe Pure Cordless is billed as a strong, long-lasting cordless vacuum that will allow you to continually replace parts over time instead of chucking the whole machine when a single part fails.
It began as a Kickstarter project by some former Dyson engineers, and it actually came to fruition—good for them. The Shark Rocket lineup was thoroughly mediocre in our testing, but the new Shark Vertex IZ is worth a look if you frequently need to suck up large debris think yard waste or breakfast cereal alongside your regular rug-cleaning routine.
Its carpet performance is respectable for a vacuum with such magnet-like prowess on bare floors—a great compromise for people who really need both, in other words. For those who might be keeping track: This is an updated version of the Shark Ion F80, which we recommended in this guide a few years ago.
Despite its modest suction and short battery life by the standards of the past few years, it was unusually sturdy for a battery-powered appliance. That alone is why we continued to recommend it for people who wanted something not too expensive for quick cleanups. Thanks for the memories! The traditional self-standing design is easy to steer and store. The second is the Shark Navigator Freestyle. This model has a long track record of okay reliability, but its suction is weak.
One of the most common complaints from owners is that it tends to get jammed with fur though that should be a problem only if you have a really hairy pet. What about all those cheap sticks on Amazon? We did try a couple of the cheapest, best-selling models from Amazon back in , sold under the Aposen and Moosoo names. But new names like Inse, Nequare, Toppin, and Wowgo have popped up to take their place, often selling vacuums that look suspiciously similar to the ones sold by the blacklisted brands.
We did some digging into their origins, and most of these brands have almost no traceable presence outside of Amazon and maybe a sloppy-looking brand site. Roborock which makes some of our favorite robot vacuums makes a strong, comfortable-to-use, somewhat overpriced cordless stick vacuum, the H7. We also tested its predecessor, the H6, a couple of years ago.
We tested the Jet 70 and found that it was just okay, really nothing special among a crowded field. In our tests it was a decent carpet cleaner, though not quite as strong as the similarly priced Tineco S11 or Dyson V8. It was also the worst snowplower we tested on bare floors—it pushed around more types of debris without sucking the stuff up than the other models we tested. Samsung sells a few other variants of the Jet sticks, but the main differences are the suction levels and accessory kits.
Dreame, a newish vacuum brand, makes a few vacuums with similar specs and at similar prices to those of our main picks, so we tested the midrange Dreame T20 to see how it stacks up. The T20 is rather ordinary, with decent performance but a worrying rate of defects according to our analysis of customer reviews.
The electrical wiring that runs through the wand, to connect the cleaning head to the main vacuum unit, seems like it wears out much more frequently than on other vacuums. The Dyson Omni-glide is meant to be a nimble vacuum designed for cleaning bare floors.
The Dyson Micro 1. Hoover makes a bunch of other vacuums in the OnePwr series that we may test in the future, though nothing jumps off the page as an obvious challenger for any of our picks. We tested the Bissell AirRam a few years ago.
It also felt heavier in the hand than most models and was otherwise unremarkable. On rugs and bare floors, the Eureka Stylus performed below average for the price. The loop-style handle and light body weight were pretty comfortable to us. Tacony makes cordless vacuums under its Simplicity and Riccar labels, but none of them are standouts.
Several brands that sell cordless power tools also sell stick vacuums that use the same battery packs. Results vary. We know of about a half-dozen others, and we may take a closer look at some of them someday. You can sometimes find a good discount on gently used vacuums that have been reconditioned to work just as well as a brand-new one. Although some refurbished vacs are available only from the manufacturer, many companies also sell them through storefronts on Amazon, eBay, or Newegg.
To see whether reconditioned vacuums are worth seeking out, we asked the manufacturers of some of our picks how they handle refurbished models. Dyson takes models returned by retailers and customers, inspects them, and then disassembles them into sub-components. From there, each part is cleaned, tested, and inspected. The unit is tested and inspected again after reassembly. Dyson sells its refurbs through the Dyson Outlet as well as through its eBay storefront and at retailers like Walmart, and all refurbished units come with either a six-month or one-year warranty depending on the item.
Companies also tend to recommend that you avoid overusing the maximum suction setting on your vacuum, as well as to let the battery pack cool off for a few minutes after use before you plug it in to recharge. Apart from their batteries, cordless vacuums need most of the same type of maintenance as any other vacuum.
Samsung announced the launch of its new cordless stick vacuum, the Bespoke Jet , in April Some notable features: The Bespoke Jet has a charging station that empties the dust bin for you into a bag within; the battery can supposedly last up to two hours compared to one hour for the Dyson V15 ; and the stick is adjustable in length.
You can also purchase a non-suctioning head that spins two washable pads to wipe up spills and that can spray water from a small attachable reservoir. We plan to test the Bespoke Jet and will update this guide with the results. Consumer Reports spokesperson, phone and email interviews, January 15—16, Mary H.
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How we picked Hands-on testing. We evaluated vacuums on how comfortable they were to handle and maneuver in tight spaces. Our pick. Dyson V8 Animal Better on rugs, less comfy The Dyson V8 is better than nearly all other cordless vacuums besides other Dysons at deep-cleaning rugs. Budget pick. Upgrade pick. Dyson V11 Animal Exceptional cleaning, clever features If you want a cordless vacuum that fully replaces a plug-in, a high-end Dyson is as close as it gets.
Everything we recommend. Why you should trust us Are cordless vacuums worth it? Cordless vs. Care and maintenance What to look forward to Sources Why you should trust us. Are cordless vacuums worth it? How we picked and tested. Photo: Michael Hession. Comfort, convenience, and ease of use. Our pick: Tineco Pure One S Tineco cordless vacuums all come with a basic cleaning head for all surfaces pictured , though some models also come with a soft-roller brush not pictured , which is great on bare floors.
Other Tineco models worth considering. Runner-up: The cheapest Dyson V7 or V8 you can find. Different variants of the Dyson V7 and V8 come with different clip-in tools. The soft-bristle brush bottom right comes with Absolute variants and is useful for dusting. The basic crevice tool bottom left comes with all variants and is widely useful.
Wall mount dock. It has become a common thing in the cordless vacuum world. You can hang the cleaner on the wall with three additional accessories on-board. Cleaner heads with LED lights. No matter the vacuum comes with one or two cleaning heads. Those always have LED lights to help to track dust under poor lighting conditions. The standard head does the job well on both surfaces but the soft roller is quieter on solid floors and also is able to pick up large debris such as cereals.
Compared to the S12 series, those two have weaker suction and none of these includes an additional battery. The LED display is also more basic. It still shows the same info but lacks a countdown timer or battery level at all , and is smaller in size. The previous models A10 and A11 have weaker suction and lack smart things such as an LED display and dust recognition. But it can be bought separately. As always, the company is generous with accessories in the box and even the PURE ONE S11 has a lot coming with the vacuum for ceiling-to-floor cleaning.
Each model has:. It has 2 modifications:. Automatically recognizes dust. It has an adjustable power control so you can set suction depending on cleaning tasks. Can be connected to the app. Has two detachable batteries, both give minutes of cleaning time. It has the same specifications as the S12 V and S12 but comes with more accessories.
The LED display changes color as the sensors recognize high-traffic areas. It also shows battery level, current cleaning mode, and sends maintenance alerts. There are two cleaning modes: Auto and Manual. In Auto mode, the cleaner automatically increases suction when detects a big amount of messes. Manual control allows adjusting suction which only the Tineco cleaners have.
The S12 PLUS is an ideal cleaner for those who want to have it all with great cleaning performance on carpets and hard floors as well as large homes. Another thing is resisting hair tangling. The Tango modification additionally comes with a soft roller. However, this model lasts longer than other models. You pay less for this one, yet you would still get dust recognition. This model is nor suitable for deep carpet cleaning, only some surface pick up. The models will be on sale by spring The purchase links will be updated shortly after release.
Tineco is a technology innovation company specializing in intelligent technology, a premium brand in smart electrical appliances. Founded in , with the invention of its first vacuum cleaner, Tineco obtained hundreds of domestic and international patents and generate impressive sales globally.
On March 13, , Tineco launched the first smart vacuum cleaner and became the pioneer of the category.
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