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How to select the right cordless vacuum cleaner?
Why buy a cordless vacuum – Originally, the main advantage was freedom of movement, but due to rotating brushes, some cordless vacuums now clean significantly better than the classic ones.
Disadvantages of a cordless vacuum – The main disadvantage is a combination of higher cost and shorter lifespan.
Important parameters – When choosing, pay attention mainly to the design, type of floor nozzle, brush diameter, suction power, and battery life.
Accessories – A rod or a fixed base is never missing in the basic package. However, the package may also include a wide range of attachments, a stand, or a floor mop attachment.
Features – Among the most interesting features are the display, floor lighting, mopping function, solid particle counter, or automatic power adjustment.
Favorite brands – The most popular brands with a good reputation are Dyson, Shark, Xiaomi, Roidmi, or even Samsung.
Why buy a cordless vacuum
- Unrestricted vacuuming – With a cordless vacuum, you can move around the entire household without a cable or take it to places where you don’t have access to a socket at all.
- 2-in-1 design – The vast majority of models on the market allow you not only to perform the classic vacuuming function but also to detach the main part of the vacuum and use it as a handheld vacuum. This comes in handy when vacuuming furniture or even the trunk of a car.
- Rotating brush – In contrast to classic vacuums, most models come with a rotating brush. This helps clean the floor, including carpets, more quickly and efficiently.
- Brush Diameter – In line with our findings from testing cordless vacuums, brushes with a larger diameter always perform better. Narrow brushes spin too quickly, scatter debris, and don’t reach down to the floor edge. They also tend to get tangled with hair.
- Brush Type – If the manufacturer includes two types of brushes in the package, one for hard floors and the other for carpets, it is always a better solution.
- Bristle Hardness – Pay attention to ensure that the brush bristles are not too hard. If they are, you could easily scratch a harder surface (such as vinyl flooring) when vacuuming tougher debris like stones or glass.
Disadvantages of a cordless vacuum
- Battery Life – Manufacturers often state the battery life only for the lowest power setting, and it should never be shorter than 30 minutes.
- Higher Price – In comparison to traditional vacuums, anticipate a double or triple cost. The reward is significantly better ergonomics, and with pricier stick vacuums, enhanced cleaning quality.
- Shorter Lifespan – Batteries lose capacity, and rotating brushes may malfunction. If you’re investing in a more expensive stick vacuum, consider extending the warranty. Also, check if the manufacturer allows the purchase of new batteries.
- Battery – Ideally, the battery should be removable, and additional batteries should be purchasable from the manufacturer.
- Suction Power – This parameter defines the vacuum’s ability to suck dirt from the floor. The value should not be lower than 60 AW.
- Dustbin – Bins vary in capacity and emptying method. Convenient emptying is facilitated by a button.
- Filtration – If the vacuum lacks a HEPA filter, it may not be suitable for allergy sufferers. Cheap vacuums with a HEPA filter may have gaps in the construction, allowing dust to pass outside the filter.
- Weight – Ideally, the handheld vacuum should not exceed 2 kilograms.
- Noise Level – Vacuum cleaners typically have noise levels over 75 decibels. Too low noise may indicate low performance.
- Charging Time – Typically ranging from 2-5 hours, although manufacturers often state longer charging times in their brochures. According to our knowledge, most manufacturers indicate a longer charging time than the actual one.
- Operating Time – Manufacturers usually present the operating time for the lowest vacuum power. In practice, this can be significantly shorter than the device’s full-power runtime. Consider this parameter in relation to the size of the spaces you want to vacuum.
- Battery Type – The battery can be integrated or removable. If the battery is removable, check whether the manufacturer allows the purchase of additional ones. Some batteries are also part of product lines, meaning you can use the same battery for a vacuum and, for example, a cordless drill.
- Technology – The vast majority of products on the market are equipped with Li-Ion or Li-Pol batteries. While technology is not a fundamental characteristic for selection, avoid old battery types like NiCd or NiMH.
- Capacity – Manufacturers state capacity in milliampere-hours. A higher value theoretically means longer battery life, but don’t be misled. The actual operating time significantly depends on the vacuum’s power consumption.
- Pole – The detachable pole can be fixed, flexible, or telescopic
- Floor Nozzle – Distinguishing between a standard nozzle and a nozzle with a rotating brush. A brush provides better results during vacuuming. For optimal performance, the nozzle should be rectangular, with a large-diameter brush at its front
- Mop Attachment – Some models come with a mop attachment, which can be fixed or electrically rotating. Rotating attachments provide better mopping results
- Additional Accessories – In the package, you may also find crevice tools, brush tools, and various other nozzles, rotating brushes for hair, upholstery or mattress cleaning, and much more.