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What is a cordless vacuum?

Find out how you can make cleaning a breeze with a lightweight cordless vacuum.

Break free of the cord and zip around your home without having to stop and unplug. Cordless vacuum cleaners are great for quick cleaning, and many come with detachable handheld cleaners and different types of tools. Keep reading and discover our favourite things about cordless vacuums.

Super lightweight

Cordless vacuums are a great alternative to upright models because they make it easier to get those hard to reach places. They’re much lighter but still pack a punch, so you can clean high and low with ease, ensuring every inch of your home stays spotless.

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Run time

Cordless vacuums don’t need to be plugged in - they run off a battery that you’ll need to charge every now and then. Batteries are really easy to clip out and pop into a charger, and some models even come with special wall mounted docking stations. Run times vary, with some models running for 15 minutes for super-speedy tidy ups, and others running for up to 50 – perfect for doing the whole house. This powerful Dyson V11 Absolute has a fantastic 60 minutes run time, and has an LCD screen that makes monitoring that run time really easy.

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Detachable handheld

Many cordless vacuum cleaners come with a detachable handheld unit. These are really easy to clip off and on again, and are perfect for when you need to clean your upholstery and curtains, and are great for giving your car a quick once over. Because they’re so lightweight, handheld units are also ideal for cleaning your stairs. The handheld might not give you as much power as your upright or cylinder vacuum, but it’s much easier to handle and run – great for a quick pick up.

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Extra tools

Cordless vacuums may be small and light, but there are still plenty of jobs you can get done with them. Most models come with a crevice tool, which lets you get stuck into all your nooks and crannies and in between your sofa cushions. Dusting tools will also make sure that your delicate parquet and wooden floors stay scratch-free. This Dyson V11 Absolute cordless comes with a mini motorised tool which works deep into carpet fibres and lifts even the most stubborn pet hairs out with ease.

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