Cordless vacuum cleaners come in various profiles, depending on where the vacuum unit is placed. We look at some of the best cord-free upright vacuum cleaners with the vacuum unit near the top.
The Different Cordless Upright Vacuum Cleaners
There are three different cordless upright vacuum cleaners, these are differentiated by the location of its vacuum unit where the main motor is housed:
With Vacuum Unit Near The Top – these are cordless vacuum with the vacuum unit near the told. You would carry the bulk of the weight of the vacuum unit in your hand as you steer with the stick and vacuum head attached. The stick and vacuum head is pretty minimalist. Some model comes with powered motor head where power is passed from the vacuum unit on the top through the stick to the suction head on the floor. Dyson, Shark Rocket, Vac and Hoover offers these.
With Vacuum Unit In The Middle – these are small handheld vacuums that convert into an upright vacuum cleaner with a stick attachment. The vacuum unit locks on to the middle of the stick. As the vacuum units are small, the dirt capacity is also smaller and does not offer much in way of suction. These are typically sold as 2-in-1 cordless handheld and stick vacuum cleaners. Hoover, Electrolux, Bissell and Black & Decker offer cordless upright vacuum cleaners in this profile.
With Vacuum Unit Near The Base – not as common as the top two, but offering equally impressive suction given its distance from the floor, these are typically boxed vacuum unit with broom like profile. It does not convert between a handheld and a stick vacuum like the former two but stays mainly as a upright stick vacuum. The vacuum unit has a dirty tray rather than a canister. Bissell and Gtech offers these vacuum cleaners.
Top 5 Best Powerful Cordless Upright Vacuum Cleaners: Dyson Cord-Free Vacuums and Alternatives
In this article, we focus on the cordless upright vacuum cleaners with the vacuum unit near the top. Here is an overview of our line-up with a quick comparison on dust bin size and cleaning time per charge.
- Dyson V8 Absolute Cord-Free Vacuum 0.54 Litre – 40MINS, PET [LONGEST BATTERY LIFE]
- Dyson V6 Animal Cord-free Vacuum 0.4 Litre – 20MINS, PET
- Vax Cordless SlimVac Total Home Vacuum Cleaner 0.6 Litre – 25MINS, PET
- Hoover FD22G Freedom Lithium 2-in-1 Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner 0.7 Litre – 25MINS [BIGGEST BIN CAPACITY]
- Hoover BH52210PC Cruise Cordless Lightweight Stick & Vacuum Cleaner 0.4 Litre – 20MINS
Lets take a closer look at each of these upright vacuum cleaners.
Dyson V8 Absolute Cord-Free Vacuum 0.54 Litre – 40MINS, PET [LONGEST BATTERY LIFE]
The most expensive cordless vacuum cleaner in our line-up but it is also the most powerful and long lasting with up to 40 minutes cleaning time per charge, it outlast most vacuum cleaners by twice. It has a mini motorized tool to remove pet hair and ground-in dirt in the brush bar and many other accessories.
Tools include; combination tool for crevices and surfaces, crevice tool for hard to reach places, soft dusting brush for gentle dusting and soft roller cleaner head for large debris. It is also the only vacuum cleaner with HEPA filtration to capture allergens. However, if you have the motorised floor tool attached, it lasts up to 25 minutes. Other notable features include the hygienic dirt ejector, emptying the dust from the bin in a single action and quiet operation.
Dyson V6 Animal Cord-free Vacuum 0.4 Litre – 20MINS, PET
If you cannot afford the Dyson V8 Absolute and still want a cord-free vacuum cleaner from Dyson for a household with pet then the Dyson V6 Animal is your answer. It still has that all important direct drive cleaner head albeit a little less powerful than the V8.
With that compromise, the battery lasts up to 20 minutes for continuous suction. The Dyson V6 Animal also comes with a combination tool for crevices and surfaces, crevice tool for hard to reach places, mini motorised tool to remove pet hair and ground-in dirt and soft dusting brush for gentle dusting.
Vax Cordless SlimVac Total Home Vacuum Cleaner 0.6 Litre – 24MINS, PET
The Cordless Slim Vac Total Home perform as good as it looks but due to its slim, sleek, lightweight design it glides across carpets and hard floors making cleaning effortless. Its easy and quick to switching from floor to handheld cleaning with fast releases and quick click on tools. This machine really is a perfect companion for powerful, effortless, lightweight everyday cleaning.
The 22.2v lithium battery technology offers long lasting performance powers the vacuum for up to 24minutes of powerful cleaning – enough to clean a medium sized home (up to 5 rooms) from top to bottom on one single charge.
The cordless slim vac comes with a powered floorhead, great for enhancing pick-up performance on the floor but also perfect to attach directly onto the handheld for stairs, car and upholstery cleaning.
Extra cleaning attachments include 3-in-1 tool for tricky corners and crevices, upholsteries (curtains, sofa), furniture and hard surfaces. There is a pets and stairs tool to tackle pet hairs, up top tool for high, hard to reach areas including curtains, cupboards and wardrobes as well as hard floor tool that leaves delicate hard floor scuff less.
Hoover FD22G Freedom Lithium 2-in-1 Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner 0.7 Litre – 25MINS [BIGGEST BIN CAPACITY]
Freedom offers convenient cordless cleaning throughout your home, with powerful 22v lithium performance. The rotating brush bar works wonders on your carpets whilst the removable handheld helps you to tackle stairs and other tricky spots. Features include an easy empty bin, continuous power mode and a battery indicator light. The brush head has a low profile allowing you to glide it under furniture. Like all the other cordless vacuum featured here in our line-up it comes with a wall mount holder for the vacuum and tools for above floor cleaning.
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Hoover BH52210PC Cruise Cordless Lightweight Stick & Vacuum Cleaner 0.4 Litre – 20MINS
The Hoover Cruise cordless ultra-light vacuum offers the power you need to keep your home clean, without the hassle of a cord. At less than five pounds (4.7lbs), the Hoover Cruise makes it easier than ever to clean up, down and all-around. With multi-floor cleaning performance, you can move from room to room, cleaning both hard floors and carpet.
The long slim pole lets you reach anywhere under the furniture or up high for cleaning shelves and ceiling fans. The 2 in 1- removable hand vac is great for cleaning small messes and tight spaces. It has multi floor cleaning capabilities and can transition from hard floor to rungs and low pile carpets with just a push of a button. Includes a battery charger, crevice tool, dusting brush, upholstery tool and a wall mount for easy storage. Run time around 20 minutes per charge.