Best cordless vacuum cleaners: tried and tested 

Say goodbye to tangled cords and hello to convenience with our list of the best cordless vacuum cleaners of 2023

We’re all for anything that can help make cleaning more enjoyable, which is why we decided to put the best cordless vacuum to the test. 

They offer convenience, flexibility and ease of use over the standard corded uprights and cylinders, and thanks to advances in technology they’re also pretty powerful. No longer relegated to a second vacuum cleaner, brands like Dyson now have more cordless options available than corded, proving this type of vacuum cleaner is here to stay.  

Of course, compared to those that you plug in, there are differences you need to consider before parting with your cash – especially as many cordless vacuum cleaners retail at over £300. 

Shark Stratos IZ400UK
Editors Choice

Best overall

Shark Stratos Anti Hair Wrap Plus Cordless Vacuum IZ400UK


RRP: £449.99
Who’s this for?
If you’re after a versatile cordless cleaner that works well across different floor types, this powerful design can give you up to 60 minutes’ use at a time – depending on which setting you choose, however. It’s ideal for clearing up after pets or small children who naturally like to leave a mess in their trail. We found it easy to use as it has an on/off button that means you won’t have to hold the trigger down the entire time you use it. As the vacuum can be folded down to half its size, it’s easy to store too.
Vax ONEPWR Blade 4 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Best budget buy

Vax ONEPWR Blade 4 Cordless


RRP: £179.99
Who’s this for?
If you’re someone who wants a vacuum cleaner that won’t break the bank and yet is super versatile, the ONEPWR Blade 4 is for you. It’s perfect, too, if you want to vacuum your car or upholstery, as it comes with a variety of attachments that make the separate handheld cleaner into a versatile piece of kit.
Samsung Bespoke Jet Pro Extra
Recommended

Best premium cordless

Samsung Bespoke Jet Pro Extra


RRP: £999
Who’s this for?
Anyone that doesn’t mind spending a bit more for easier emptying and the allergen sealant abilities this represents – and the mop head addition on this Pro Extra model variant.
Dyson V15 Detect Absolute+ Gold
Recommended

Dyson V15 Detect Absolute+ Gold


RRP: £699.99
Who’s this for?
If you have the budget and need a well-crafted stick vacuum that comes with lots of useful attachments, the Dyson V15 Detect Absolute+ Gold is a great pick. With an eye-catching design, it can easily be mounted on the wall, making it convenient to reach for whenever you need it. While it comes with two heads to tackle all floor types, the illuminated cleaner head works particularly well on hard flooring as it makes it easy to see dirt and dust that isn’t immediately obvious.
Dyson Gen5detect
Recommended

Dyson Gen5 Detect


RRP: £849.99
Who’s this for?
This is definitely one for the avid Dyson fans out there, who want to add to their collection. Aside from that, it is a great vacuum if you suffer from allergies as it comes with a genuine HEPA filter, which can capture particles as small as 0.1 micron.
GTech Air Ram Platinum
Recommended

GTech AirRam Platinum


RRP: £349.99
Who’s this for?
If you love the suction of an upright but the convenience of a cordless, the AirRam Platinum is perfect. As it’s so lightweight, it’s also great for anyone with mobility issues or those who struggle to push heavier vacuum cleaners around.
Vax Blade 5 Dual Pet and Car
Recommended

Vax ONEPWR Blade 5 Dual Pet and Car


RRP: £449.99
Who’s this for?
The Vax ONEPWR Blade 5 is a great choice if you want a versatile vacuum cleaner that can tackle all floor types, as well as upholstery and the car. It’s very effective on pet hair so an affordable choice for pet owners.
GTech Air Ram MK2
Recommended

GTech AirRam MK2


RRP: £229.99
Who’s this for?
This is a great vacuum cleaner for those who love an upright but want the flexibility of a cordless one. If you struggle with heavier machines, the AirRam MK2 is also a great choice, as it’s lightweight and easy to manoeuvre around the house.
Shark ICZ300UKT Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Upright Vacuum Cleaner
Recommended

Shark ICZ300UKT Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Upright


RRP: £399.94
Who’s this for?
This cordless vacuum cleaner is great for anyone looking for a reasonably priced vacuum cleaner that is versatile and powerful. It’s also a great option if you hate normal stick cordless styles as the upright design means it’s easy to store and won’t fall over mid-clean. It’s a good all-rounder of a vacuum cleaner.
Hoover Cordless Pet Vacuum Cleaner with ANTI-TWIST™ (Single Battery) - HF500

Hoover HF500 Pet vacuum cleaner


RRP: £299
Who’s this for?
Anyone who wants a light vacuum that’s very easy to use, tackles pet hair well, and is compact enough to take up very little storage space.
Hetty Quick
Recommended

Hetty Quick


RRP: £300
Who’s this for?
Anyone who wants a reliable British-made vacuum which uses bags to keep allergens and dust trapped. It’s also larger in capacity than most stick vacuums but doesn’t weigh too much more.

“For cordless vacuums, you should look at the battery life and charge time to see if it’s practical for your needs,” advises Sarah Dempsey at Myjobquote.co.uk

As well as large bin capacity, she recommends thinking about ease of use when it comes to choosing the best cordless vacuum cleaner.  

“Weight is an important factor that’s often overlooked,” she says. “The heavier they are, the more difficult they’re going to be to manoeuvre and use for long periods of time.” 

In our buyer’s guide to the best cordless vacuum cleaners, we’ve looked at a wide range of designs from the top brands available in the UK. Every cordless vacuum cleaner featured in our guide has been rigorously tested by our experts in the Saga Exceptional test centre and reviewers in a home environment. We can safely say they’ve been put through their paces.  

Read on to discover which vacuums we thought didn’t suck – except when they were supposed to.

What we look for

What our testers look for

Probably the most important thing for any cordless vacuum cleaner is runtime – too short and you risk not being able to finish vacuuming the house. Not only did we look at how long the battery lasted in our test centre, but we also tested the room coverage on one single charge. 

Most modern houses have a mixture of hard floors and carpets, so a truly great cordless vacuum cleaner will be able to tackle both. 

The battery that gives cordless vacuum cleaners their freedom unfortunately also adds weight. We looked at how portable all our cordless vacuum cleaners were, as well as seeing how easy the controls were to operate and understand. 

Let’s be honest, a vacuum cleaner can be lightweight and have a long battery life, but without good suction is it really worth using? We tested them across various floor types with a variety of different debris, from wool to dog hair.   

All our cordless vacuum cleaners needed some element of putting together before we could use them. It’s also important to regularly clean your vacuum cleaner, especially the filter, to ensure good suction, so we tested how easy this was to do on each model. 

One of the downsides to cordless vacuum cleaners is that the bin size is generally smaller than that of cylinder or corded uprights. Bin capacity is therefore important as it may mean emptying several times while vacuuming your home. 

Shark Stratos Anti Hair Wrap Plus Cordless Vacuum IZ400UK Overview

Best overall

Shark Stratos Anti Hair Wrap Plus Cordless Vacuum IZ400UK

Shark Stratos IZ400UK
Editors Choice
Luxury

We found this flexible vacuum glided effectively across the floor and its body flattened smoothly, which made it easy to vacuum under beds, sofas and furniture. We were able to easily turn it into a handheld vacuum cleaner when needed and team it with either of the two cleaner tools to vacuum stairs and mattresses or to reach up high in ceiling corners and curtain tops. The vacuum isn’t the lightest design we’ve come across and we found it a little cumbersome after extended use, but it does provide an impressive pick-up, capturing dirt and debris with ease and lifting hair and pet fur without leaving too much tangled on the brush bar. The anti-odour cartridge that leaves rooms smelling fresh is a nice bonus.

Design

Ease of use

Performance

Value


Who’s this for?

If you’re after a versatile cordless cleaner that works well across different floor types, this powerful design can give you up to 60 minutes’ use at a time – depending on which setting you choose, however. It’s ideal for clearing up after pets or small children who naturally like to leave a mess in their trail. We found it easy to use as it has an on/off button that means you won’t have to hold the trigger down the entire time you use it. As the vacuum can be folded down to half its size, it’s easy to store too.

Our likes and dislikes

  • Intuitive Clean Sense IQ adjusts cleaning power automatically to suit the surface
  • LED smart display shows battery status and lets you adjust suction level
  • Anti Hair Wrap Plus removes hair from the brush-roll as you clean
  • Can feel a little clunky if using over an extended period
  • Expensive
  • Battery life varies considerably depending on which mode you choose

Expect to pay

RRP: £449.99 At £449.99 the Shark Stratos Anti Hair Wrap Plus Cordless Vacuum IZ400UK doesn’t come cheap. It is packed with lots of ergonomic features, however, and we think its excellent pick-up performance and comfortable design justifies the cost. Keep your eye out for variations on the price, as we have previously seen it on offer for £329.99 over on the Shark website.

The best cordless vacuum we’ve tested 

Scoring the highest across the board in our cordless vacuum tests is the Shark Stratos Anti Hair Wrap Plus IZ400UK. While it’s not the most expensive vacuum we tested, it doesn’t come cheap at £449.99, but the thoughtfullydesigned features really do make it a standout cleaner. Plus, if you buy it directly from the official Shark website, you get a fiveyear guarantee. 

What we liked 

The Shark Stratos scored top marks for performance, thanks in part to its Clean Sense IQ mode, which is designed to automatically sense dirt, adjusting the cleaning suction performance to suit the task in hand. Anti-hair wrap technology also ensures that minimum hair is left on the brush bar after use, while the anti-odour cartridge leaves room smelling fresh after vacuuming.   

The cleaner head glides very easily under furniture and pivots smoothly, while the cleaner wand bends with a click of the button, giving it the ultimate flexibility when cleaning around or under awkward furniture. It also transforms to a handheld vacuum cleaner really easily and comes with some attachments that help make it a more versatile cleaner. 

The design, while it may not be on a par with the Dyson V15, still has a premium finish and we loved that it can be stored by pinching the middle of the stick and folding downwards. 

What we didn’t like 

As with many cordless stick vacuum cleaners, it is a little clunky to use. In fact, at 3.92kg (8oz 10lb) it’s one of the heaviest cordless vacuums we’ve tested. For short bursts of vacuuming, it wasn’t too much of a problem, but it could be exhausting if you need to do a whole house. 

The RRP of £449.99 also tips this into the expensive bracket, however, the Shark website regularly offers deals throughout the year and we’ve previously seen it on offer for £329.99. 

Read our full Shark Stratos Anti Hair Wrap Plus IZ400UK review

Vax ONEPWR Blade 4 Cordless Overview

Best budget buy

Vax ONEPWR Blade 4 Cordless

Vax ONEPWR Blade 4 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
Budget

While this cordless vacuum cleaner wont blow your socks off, it will make light work of your carpets and all for a great price. If youre watching the pennies or want a second vacuum cleaner, you cant go wrong with the Blade 4.  

Design

Ease of use

Performance

Value


Who’s this for?

If you’re someone who wants a vacuum cleaner that won’t break the bank and yet is super versatile, the ONEPWR Blade 4 is for you. It’s perfect, too, if you want to vacuum your car or upholstery, as it comes with a variety of attachments that make the separate handheld cleaner into a versatile piece of kit.

Our likes and dislikes

  • Good value for what you get
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Great on carpets
  • A bit top heavy, so might not suit everyone
  • Not so effective on hard floors
  • Bin is a bit on the small side

Expect to pay

RRP: £179.99 The price for the Vax ONEPWR Blade 4 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner is pretty standard across the board, but there are some deals to be had. If you purchase from the official site, for example, you get an additional free toolkit of attachments worth more than £50.

The best budget cordless vacuum we’ve tested 

The Vax ONEPWR Blade 4 cordless vacuum is a great choice if you’re watching your pennies or want a second vacuum cleaner.  For under £200, you’re getting a decent all-rounder that can tackle upholstery, carpets and hard floors.  

What we liked 

This vacuum is made for carpets and is a “carpet warrior”, according to our head tester Philip Sowels. Aside from the great suction, it comes with a wide variety of tools, which can easily take you from carpets to cars in just a quick click of an attachment.  

We also loved the simplicity of how easy it was to put together and use, including the control panel. You won’t get the wow design factor of more expensive machines, but you will get a vacuum cleaner that will do the job well and is simple to use straight out of the box. Our one recommendation? Buy a second battery to extend runtime.  

What we didn’t like 

It is a slightly top-heavy cordless vacuum, which can be tiresome at times, but it’s lighter than the more expensive Vax Blade 5. We would have liked a bigger bin capacity, but we still found it sufficient for a small-to-medium house. 

Read our full Vax ONEPWR Blade 4 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner review

Samsung Bespoke Jet Pro Extra Overview

Best premium cordless

Samsung Bespoke Jet Pro Extra

Samsung Bespoke Jet Pro Extra
Recommended
Luxury

An expensive vacuum that justifies this with powerful suction, long (dual) battery life, mop mode, ease of use and that frankly wonderful self-emptying bin feature.

Design

Ease of use

Performance

Value


Who’s this for?

Anyone that doesn’t mind spending a bit more for easier emptying and the allergen sealant abilities this represents – and the mop head addition on this Pro Extra model variant.

Our likes and dislikes

  • Self-emptying
  • Mop feature
  • Attractive design
  • Powerful suction
  • Lightweight
  • Very expensive
  • Hair clogging on brush head

Expect to pay

RRP: £999 The good news is the price has come down since launch, and it can now be readily picked up for £649. As you might hope, this comes with all you need, including two batteries and multiple attachments plus a five-year warranty on parts and labour. While this Pro model also comes with a mop attachment, you could make a saving by going for the non-Pro version, which won’t mop but is priced lower at £549.

The best premium cordless vacuum we’ve tested 

There’s no denying that Samsung’s Bespoke Jet Pro Extra vacuum cleaner is one of the most expensive vacuum cleaners available , but we think its features make it worth the price. Thankfully there are deals to be had on this model as well and if you can get it at a cheaper price, you’ve got a deluxe cordless that not only empties itself, but also mops floors. 

What we liked 

Without a doubt this is the most stylish cordless vacuum cleaner we’ve tested – it’s a rare vacuum that you don’t mind having on display. The premium build quality is obvious and combined with the powerful suction, makes it a must-have for any modern home. 

The cleaning station really makes this vacuum stand out from the cordless crowd. It automatically empties the bin and charges the machine, meaning you can forget about it until your next vacuuming session. It’s a particularly good buy for allergy sufferers as not only does this vacuum empty itself while in the cleaning station, but it also seals the bags, meaning no dust, dander or allergens can escape back into the room. 

The ultimate accolade for this beauty? After putting it through its paces at the Saga Exceptional testing centre, Sowels bought one.  

“The build quality is phenomenal, as is the suction – this thing rocks and it’s quiet as well,” he told us.  

What we didn’t like 

The price is on the expensive side at £999, but there are deals to be had, especially if you have an old vacuum cleaner to trade in. We also found the mop head was redundant, so if you don’t feel the need for this you can go for the slightly cheaper model, priced at £549. 

Read our full Samsung Bespoke Jet Pro Extra review

Dyson V15 Detect Absolute+ Gold Overview

Dyson V15 Detect Absolute+ Gold

Dyson V15 Detect Absolute+ Gold
Recommended
Luxury

This vacuum stands out from the crowd for its thoughtfully designed features. For a start, we love the illuminated cleaner head that highlights dust on hard flooring so it’s easier to clean. The digital motorbar cleaner head also works smoothly across carpets and floor tiles, with minimum hair and dirt clogging up the brush. The digital display shows you which dirt particles are being picked up as you clean, which is a nice bonus. We wish it had an On/Off button that doesn’t require you to continuously hold the trigger, and its auto mode was occasionally too powerful for the task in hand, but overall its enticing features make it well worth consideration.

Design

Ease of use

Performance

Value


Who’s this for?

If you have the budget and need a well-crafted stick vacuum that comes with lots of useful attachments, the Dyson V15 Detect Absolute+ Gold is a great pick. With an eye-catching design, it can easily be mounted on the wall, making it convenient to reach for whenever you need it. While it comes with two heads to tackle all floor types, the illuminated cleaner head works particularly well on hard flooring as it makes it easy to see dirt and dust that isn’t immediately obvious.

Our likes and dislikes

  • Useful illuminated cleaner head highlights dust
  • Attractive design with a bin that’s easy to empty and store
  • Useful attachments including a hair screw tool for pet hair
  • The On/Off trigger needs to be held down continuously
  • You’ll need space to store the attachments
  • Auto mode can be too powerful for the task

Expect to pay

RRP: £699.99 At £699.99, the Dyson V15 Detect Absolute+ Gold doesn’t come cheap. It does, however, include a wide range of attachments and built-in tech that we think makes it good value for money.

An allergy fighting machine

With is Hepa filtration system and illuminated cleaner head, the Dyson V15Detect Absolute+ is a great option for anyone who suffers from allergies and wants to ensure their house is dust-free.

What we liked

Stylish and versatile, there’s lots to like about the Dyson Detect Absolute+ Gold. It was smooth to use on both wooden flooring and carpets, and we particularly loved the illuminated cleaner head that highlights dust on hard flooring. It comes with eight attachments to tackle various surfaces, including a dusting brush and a low reach adaptor that allows you to vacuum underneath furniture.

The digital display is a useful addition and shows the remaining runtime as well as allowing you to switch between eco, auto, and boost modes easily. We also liked the fact that it shows you which dirt particles are being picked up as you clean.

What we didn’t like

If you can get over the cost, the real downside to this cordless vacuum cleaner is the fact that the on/off trigger needs to be pressed constantly to work. While this didn’t particularly bother our tester, if you have a poor grip or reduced mobility in your hands, this won’t be the vacuum for you.

The only other downside was the short battery life, which was around 35 minutes. For the price and considering how long it takes to charge (nearly four hours), it really could do with a longer runtime.

Read our full Dyson V15 Absolute+ Gold review

Dyson Gen5 Detect Overview

Dyson Gen5 Detect

Dyson Gen5detect
Recommended
Luxury

Pricey, but not perfect. The Gen5 Detect is a thoughtfully designed vacuum with mega suction power. However, its short run time and heavy handling prevent it from being a truly five-star product.  

Design

Ease of use

Performance

Value


Who’s this for?

This is definitely one for the avid Dyson fans out there, who want to add to their collection. Aside from that, it is a great vacuum if you suffer from allergies as it comes with a genuine HEPA filter, which can capture particles as small as 0.1 micron.

Our likes and dislikes

  • Strong suction
  • Nicely thought-out design
  • Quieter than most cordless vacuums we’ve tested
  • Very expensive, especially as it’s not perfect
  • Heavy and quite tiring to use
  • Need to change floor heads

Expect to pay

RRP: £849.99 There are no real deals to be had on this vacuum cleaner, although sometimes Dyson has offers on the website, which might make this machine slightly more affordable.

Super suction power  

Dyson claim this is its most powerful cordless vacuum cleaner yet and, while it has undeniable suction, it comes at a price – £849.99, to be precise. It’s the most expensive vacuum in the Dyson range but it’s loaded with lots of innovative technology that fans of Dyson will love.  

What we liked 

Undoubtedly one of the most stylish cordless vacuums we’ve tested, the Dyson Gen5detect comes loaded with technology. Unlike many Dyson vacuums, instead of a trigger it has a power button on an LCD display. This not only shows you the mode and remaining power left, but also the type of dust and debris it’s sucked up.

It’s a brilliant choice if you have allergies as the Hepa filter captures even the smallest microscopic piece of dust, and the suction is so strong that our carpets have never looked cleaner.  

What we didn’t like 

The price is off-putting, especially as it’s not perfect. As with many cordless stick vacuums, it’s top heavy and given the powerful suction, pushing this around was like a workout at times. The exceptional suction also stopped the brush head from working occasionally, which we found frustrating.  

Read our full Dyson Gen5detect review

GTech AirRam Platinum Overview

GTech AirRam Platinum

GTech Air Ram Platinum
Recommended
Competitive

In a sea of Dyson-wannabes, the GTech AirRam Platinum really stands out both in design and usability. It’s a straightforward vacuum cleaner that is easy to use and super lightweight. We also like the fact that it has cordless capability but in the style of an upright, making it easy to store. Just don’t expect it to be multi-faceted – it’s there to clean floors and that’s it.

Design

Ease of Use

Performance

Value


Who’s this for?

If you love the suction of an upright but the convenience of a cordless, the AirRam Platinum is perfect. As it’s so lightweight, it’s also great for anyone with mobility issues or those who struggle to push heavier vacuum cleaners around.

Our likes and dislikes

  • Easy to set up and use
  • Lightweight
  • Can be used across all floor types without the need to press buttons or change heads
  • Doesn’t have any attachments
  • The large head makes it a bit too big to tackle stairs easily
  • The handle is a bit low

Expect to pay

RRP: £349.99 The AirRam Platinum has an RRP of £349.99. While most other retailers offer it at this price, it’s worth looking at the official site, as they often have deals. GTech also offers bundles that incorporate its handheld machines.

Straightforward and lightweight 

As the latest vacuum from GTech, the AirRam Platinum offers cordless convenience in an upright model. With its innovative technology, such as Forward Inertia Drive, it’s been designed to be easy to operate and promises a runtime of one hour, which means more cleaning before being recharged.  

What we liked 

Compared to many of the cordless stick vacuums, we loved how light the AirRam Platinum was. It was definitely the best lightweight cordless vacuum we tested, making it perfect if you don’t have the grip or strength to deal with heavyweights like the Dyson Gen5detect or Vax Blade 5. It’s simple to operate straight from the box and with no fiddly controls or LCD displays – you literally step on the power and go. The upright design also makes it easy to store.  

What we didn’t like 

The only thing that lets it down is the lack of attachments. Yes, you can buy an attachment which allows you to add a hand-held handle to the floor head, but we really missed attachments like a crevice tool. You can buy a hand-held GTech separately and the company does do special bundles, but it seems a faff having two machines. 

Read our full GTech AirRam Platinum review

Vax ONEPWR Blade 5 Dual Pet and Car Overview

Vax ONEPWR Blade 5 Dual Pet and Car

Vax Blade 5 Dual Pet and Car
Recommended
Competitive

With two brush bars that tackle both carpets and hard floors, the Vax ONEPWR Blade 5 Dual Pet and Car vacuum cleaner is a good value option for those who want a versatile, everyday cordless. The attachments allow you to clean everywhere from your car to your keyboard, while the battery display is easy to read and great for alerting you to low battery life. And we love that it comes with two batteries, meaning that run-time is easily extended. 

Design

Ease of use

Performance

Value


Who’s this for?

The Vax ONEPWR Blade 5 is a great choice if you want a versatile vacuum cleaner that can tackle all floor types, as well as upholstery and the car. It’s very effective on pet hair so an affordable choice for pet owners.

Our likes and dislikes

  • Has a great array of attachments
  • Comes with two batteries
  • LCD display shows battery life
  • Machine is top heavy
  • Doesn’t have anti-tangle technology
  • Not as powerful as some other cordless vacuums we’ve tried

Expect to pay

RRP: £449.99 Even though the RRP is £449.99, most places, including the official site, have it for £279.99. If you buy via the official VAX website, you’ll also get a free toolkit, worth more than £50, which includes more attachments.

Perfect for pet owners 

The Blade 5 Dual Pet and Car is powered by a replaceable battery that can be shared across all products in Vax’s ONEPWR range. Featuring a “CleanControl” LCD display and a new brush head technology, it’s Vax’s most innovative cleaner on the market.  

What we liked 

This is a versatile vacuum that’s definitely one of best cordless vacuums for pet hair. It works well on carpets and comes with a dazzling array of attachments, which we used across the home on upholstery, blinds and even our computer keyboard. It also comes with two batteries, which makes sense as you can always have one ready to go.

The single battery life is pretty impressive as well – we were able to do four runs of a three-bedroom house before needing to swap batteries. 

What we didn’t like 

The distribution of weight in this cordless vacuum cleaner meant it was a bit of a struggle to vacuum the whole house. You will need an element of strength and a firm grip, which won’t suit everyone. Despite this, the head is lightweight and easy to manoeuvre under furniture and around corners.  

Read our full Vax OnePWR Blade 5 Pet & Car review

GTech AirRam MK2 Overview

GTech AirRam MK2

GTech Air Ram MK2
Recommended
Competitive

If you want versatility, this isn’t the vacuum cleaner for you. If you are, though, looking for a simple-to-use, yet effective cleaner, you can’t go wrong with the AirRam MK2. It’s lightweight, has great suction power and is easy to store. And if you can pick it up at a reduced price, you’ve got a bargain on your hands. 

Design

Ease of use

Performance

Value


Who’s this for?

This is a great vacuum cleaner for those who love an upright but want the flexibility of a cordless one. If you struggle with heavier machines, the AirRam MK2 is also a great choice, as it’s lightweight and easy to manoeuvre around the house.

Our likes and dislikes

  • Easy to use and set up
  • Good battery life
  • The innovative bin slider makes emptying the bin less messy
  • Doesn’t come with any attachments
  • Can be a bit noisy, especially on hard floors
  • The handheld handle is sold separately

Expect to pay

RRP: £229.99 The AirRam MK2 is a reasonably priced vacuum cleaner at £229.99 and comes with a two-year warranty. We have, however, spotted it at a cheaper price of £179 on both Amazon and Argos. GTech itself also does bundles with its handhelds, so it’s worth keeping an eye on the official site if you want to go down that route.

Easy to use and store away 

The AirRam MK2 is cited by GTech as its bestselling cordless vacuum cleaner, and it combines the design of an upright vacuum cleaner with the flexibility of a cordless. The range was designed by founder Nick Grey in 2012 when he saw his elderly mother struggling with heavy corded uprights.  

What we liked 

At just £179.99, this cordless vacuum cleaner provides excellent value if you’re after a cordless upright. It’s simple to put together and use and though it’s lacking the fancy technology of some other cordless vacuums, it’s got good suction power on both floor types, picking up 99% of debris in our in-house tests.  

What we didn’t like 

We do wish this model came with attachments as it would make it a super versatile machine. But if you just want an effective carpet cleaner it’s a great choice. It is a tad noisy, especially on hard floors, thanks to its innovative “AirLOC” technology, but it’s a trade-off with the great performance.  

Read our full GTech AirRam MK2 review

Shark ICZ300UKT Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Upright Overview

Shark ICZ300UKT Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Upright

Shark ICZ300UKT Anti Hair Wrap Cordless Upright Vacuum Cleaner
Recommended
Competitive

The Shark ICZ300UKT is a larger and heavier-duty vacuum cleaner than most cordless sticks. It’s versatility also means it’s a bit more complicated to work out. However, these drawbacks are easily outweighed by the vacuum’s superb cleaning performance and reasonable price. 

Design

Ease of use

Performance

Value


Who’s this for?

This cordless vacuum cleaner is great for anyone looking for a reasonably priced vacuum cleaner that is versatile and powerful. It’s also a great option if you hate normal stick cordless styles as the upright design means it’s easy to store and won’t fall over mid-clean. It’s a good all-rounder of a vacuum cleaner.

Our likes and dislikes

  • Easily switch between hard floors and carpet
  • The ‘lift-away’ design makes it super versatile
  • Easy to steer
  • Poor battery life, especially if you use anything other than eco mode
  • Need to use boost mode to pick up everything

Expect to pay

RRP: £399.94 Shark often has deals on the website and, at the time of writing, this model was reduced by £100. There are also deals on Amazon and other retailer sites such as Argos, so it’s worth looking around before your splash the cash.

A good all-rounder 

The Shark ICZ300UKT Cordless Upright Vacuum combines the power of an upright vacuum with the convenience of being cord-free. It also utilises Shark’s anti-hair wrap technology, which actively separates and removes hair as you clean, helping to leave the bristle brush-roll tangle-free.  

What we liked 

We love that this vacuum has the power of a corded upright but with the convenience of a cordless. It also makes it much easier to store. The “lift away” technology allows you to convert it easily into hand-held, upping the versatility factor.

While it’s not the most powerful cordless we’ve tested, it’s a delight to use – going from carpet to hard floor mode with the touch of a button – and does a pretty good job at picking up most debris.  

What we didn’t like  

The battery doesn’t last as long as we would’ve liked, but that’s probably because to be truly effective you need to use the Boost mode frequently. The design was also divisive – not all our reviewers loved it but we liked how Shark had useful instructions printed across the vacuum, such as how to remove the battery pack, which makes things simple.   

Read our full Shark ICZ300UK Upright Cordless review

Hoover HF500 Pet vacuum cleaner Overview

Hoover HF500 Pet vacuum cleaner

Hoover Cordless Pet Vacuum Cleaner with ANTI-TWIST™ (Single Battery) - HF500
Budget

An affordable vacuum cleaner that’s lightweight and easy to use, with lots of power, pet-specific hair cleaning tools, and easy controls. It’s only let down by its limited battery performance and suction that could be stronger.

Design

Ease of use

Performance

Value


Who’s this for?

Anyone who wants a light vacuum that’s very easy to use, tackles pet hair well, and is compact enough to take up very little storage space.

Our likes and dislikes

  • Lightweight
  • Good-looking
  • Anti-twist floorhead
  • Space saving size
  • Pet-specific motorised head
  • Battery life not great
  • Touch controls fiddly

Expect to pay

RRP: £299 The price has dropped since launch, and at the time of publishing it’s sitting as low as £172 for this Pets Edition model. However, this is a sale price, so it may jump back up. There is also a Home Edition model at the even cheaper price of £163. These prices are all for the single battery models.

Punches well above its price point for quality 

The Hoover HF500 Pet vacuum offers some staple features, as well as new anti-wrap pet hair-tackling technology. Not only does it convert easily to a hand-held for versatile cleaning, but it’s also super lightweight, easy to use and small enough to store without taking up much space.   

What we liked 

Built to tackle pet hair, this reasonably priced vacuum is easy to use. Even though it is a stick design, we liked that it stands unaided so you don’t have to prop it up. The outstanding feature of the HF500, though, is that it’s lightweight, making it a must-buy for anyone who wants to keep storage to a minimum or has issues with mobility. 

What we didn’t like 

The Hoover HF500 isn’t as powerful as many other models out there, even similarly priced ones. It took several passes to get both carpets and hard floor clean. We also wish it had a longer battery life, as at 29 minutes runtime, it was just enough to do one run around a three-bedroom house before needing a recharge. 

Read our full Hoover HF500 Pet Model review

Hetty Quick Overview

Hetty Quick

Hetty Quick
Recommended
Competitive

A relatively affordable cordless vacuum that packs in plenty of power with a solid build that’s reassuringly simple to use and features large removable bags to keep allergens trapped – ideal for daily use with a long battery life.

Design

Ease of use

Performance

Value


Who’s this for?

Anyone who wants a reliable British-made vacuum which uses bags to keep allergens and dust trapped. It’s also larger in capacity than most stick vacuums but doesn’t weigh too much more.

Our likes and dislikes

  • Good suction and solid build
  • Excellent waste storage size
  • Contains allergens well
  • Simple to use
  • Ongoing bag costs
  • Not the lightest

Expect to pay

RRP: £300 This has dropped in price on the official site recently and, at the time of publishing, it costs 249.99. This does require ongoing spend though as you will need to replace the dust bags, which the company calls filter pods. You can buy six filter pods for £12.99. There are also scent additions, if you want, charged at £10 for a pack of 10.

Impressive battery life 

The first cordless from the home of the infamous Henry vacuum cleaner lives up to expectations. Unlike most other cordless stick vacuums, this model uses throwaway dust bags. If you have allergies, it’s a perfect choice as this ensures all dust is safely packed away, ready to be thrown into the rubbish bin. 

What we liked 

Hello big bin capacity. At 1 litre (1.75pts), the Henry Quick has the largest bin volume of all the cordless vacuums we tested, which means no annoying stops mid-vacuum to change the bag. We are also impressed with the battery runtime – a whopping 75 minutes in our tests – which surpasses the one hour suggested by Numatic. 

What we didn’t like 

While we can see the appeal of using bags to collect the dust, especially if you suffer from allergies, it does add to the cost of running the Quick. We also found that to really give our carpets a deep clean, we needed to use the Boost mode frequently. This does drain the battery – but with such a long runtime, it’s not something to worry too much about.

Read our full Hetty Quick review
Jayne Cherrington-Cook

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Jayne is the Senior Editor at Saga Exceptional. She cut her online journalism teeth 24 years ago in an era when a dialling tone and slow page load were standard. During this time, she’s written about a variety of subjects and is just at home road-testing TVs as she is interviewing TV stars. A diverse career has seen Jayne launch websites for popular magazines, collaborate with top brands, write regularly for major publications including Woman&Home, Yahoo! and The Daily Telegraph, create a podcast, and also write a tech column for Women’s Own.

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