Should I buy a cordless vacuum?

Liz’s old vacuum cleaner has given up the ghost and she wants to know if cordless vacs are up to the task.


Q. Liz
I have had a solid barrel vacuum cleaner for the last 20 years, but it recently gave up the ghost and now I am in the market for a new one.

I see lots of ads suggesting that modern cordless vacuums are just as powerful as more traditional vacuum cleaners these days, but is this just advertising hyperbole, or are they up to scratch?

A: Stick vacuum cleaners have some advantages over the traditional barrel or upright vacuum cleaner.

Stick vacuums are compact, light and easy to manoeuvre around, making them perfect for vacuuming up crumbs, cobwebs and pet hair. They’re also perfect for quick cleans before visitors arrive.

Most stick vacuums on the market these days will also split into a smaller handheld vacuum, which you can pull apart for more convenience, if needed.

Consumer group Choice, however, does explain that stick vacuum cleaners are not expected to perform as well at cleaning carpets as a standard vacuum cleaner, although new design and technology such as lithium-ion batteries have led to improved dirt pick-up and running times.

If you are looking for a stick vacuum that you want to use on high pile carpet, look for those models that have a rotating brush in the head.

On the other hand, if you are looking for one to use on mostly hardwood floor or tiles, you may need to seek out vacuums that come with special attachments, as a rotating brush can scratch hard floor surfaces.

How to pick the best stick vacuum
Some of the key components you want to consider when comparing stick vacuums is the battery life and recharge time, how much dust the vacuum can hold, and any attachments or extras that come with the purchase.

A high-voltage lithium-ion battery will stay charged for longer, so these are often better, but they do come with a higher price tag.

What vacuum cleaner do you use at your house? Would you recommend it to others?

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Written by Ben Hocking

Ben Hocking is a skilled writer and editor with interests and expertise in politics, government, Centrelink, finance, health, retirement income, superannuation, Wordle and sports.

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