Choosing a cordless vacuumTraditional vacuum cleaners are getting better and better, but sometimes you don’t want to take your cleaning monstrosity out of its storage space just because someone left a few bread crumbs on the carpet.

A cordless vacuum cleaner is a great solution for these kinds of spontaneous cleanup jobs, but what do you need to look out for when choosing the right one?

In terms of price, we find that the adage “you get what you pay for” comes pretty close to our own experience. The cheapest models tend not to have enough power when dealing with a tougher or longer lasting cleaning task.

Top of the line models can even give some brand name conventional vacuum cleaners a run for their money, but the steep price tag makes such a purchase prohibitive. Our advice is to go for a healthy mix of price and performance.

Other than price, the most important thing to consider when buying cordless is the device’s battery life. Here the differences are quite pronounced – some models can clean only for 10 minutes at a time while better ones can go on for 45 minutes or longer without needing a recharge.

Since you can’t be expected to clean a single large room properly in 10 minutes most of the time, let alone your entire flat, going for long-lasting battery life is obviously the solution.

Being able to clean for longer periods is great, but it would be even better if charging your cleaner up didn’t take ages. This ranges drastically again from 2 to as much as 16 hours. Many models come with wall-mounted chargers that make charging more straightforward, but you’ll have to resign yourself to having a vacuum as a decorative piece.

As far a capacity goes, don’t expect to be able to clean your entire house without emptying the canister – capacity ranges from 0,3 to 1 litre, which means you’ll either have to clean more frequently or empty it on the fly.

All cordless models only have tanks, so there’s no need to fret over disposable bags and their annoying replacements. Still, using canisters can be messy as well, so mind how you go about it if you’re allergic.

If the weight of the device is your primary concern, then the good news is that cordless cleaners outperform regular ones by a wide margin in this respect. The lightest weigh as little as 2 kilograms while the “bulkiest” have only 2,5 kg more. Regardless of your preferred model, you’ll be able to manoeuvre throughout your home much more gracefully.

Even though manufacturers claim that cordless cleaners can go toe to toe with their corded cousins when suction is concerned, we find that this is mostly not the case. You should go cordless if you have many hardwood floors which will be adequately maintained.

If you’re the type of person that enjoys carpeted surfaces a lot more, then only the best cordless vacuum cleaners will suffice, and that might not be the optimum solution for your budget.