Using a cordless vacuum cleanerCleaning up after a party or if you haven’t cleaned in a while, for some reason are best accomplished with your traditional vacuum cleaner, but sometimes you’d just like to make a quick pass over everything or fix a quick mishap.

This is where a cordless vacuum cleaner could come in very handy, but what exactly are they and what sets them apart from traditional models?

Let’s start with the obvious difference – there’s no cord! We realise that this isn’t exactly a ground-breaking discovery, but bear with us. Traditional vacuum cleaners have always had the drawback of being leashed to one outlet or another, and having to turn them off, plug them in elsewhere and turn them on again in the middle of a cleaning is a nuisance.

Cordless models are powered by rechargeable batteries that supply them with a constant source of power for a limited while, but make them much more mobile as well. Speaking of mobility, they weigh much less than coded variants and are perfect when you need to clean a set of stairs or make a foray into the garage or patio.

There are a number of different archetypes to choose from. First, there’s the standard vacuum cleaner replacement model which is basically a lighter, more portable version of a normal one with most of the accompanying features you’d expect.

There are also models where the handle can be taken off the main body, essentially turning it into a handheld vacuum cleaner perfect for getting onto hard to reach nooks and crannies and for cleaning cramped interior spaces like the insides of your car.

Finally, there are handheld models which are smaller, cheaper and don’t have that much capacity, but are great when used for the aforementioned situations.

There are a few drawbacks you’ll need to be aware of as well, the biggest two being battery life and suction power. The freedom of movement comes at the cost of the amount of time you can actually spend cleaning.

The best cordless models when battery life is concerned don’t exceed 45 minutes of running time, which is sufficient for smaller houses or flats, but might not be enough if you want to do a thorough cleaning of a larger living space.

Add to that the fact that charging the battery up again can take as much as 16 whole hours, and the problem of not being able to use your vacuum whenever you want and as long as you want becomes painfully apparent.

Suction is another issue on the other hand.

Since the power source and motor are weaker and the cleaner is lighter, most models simply can’t produce enough suction to be as effective as traditional vacuums on more demanding surfaces such as carpets. They’re great for wooden surfaces though, so if your home has many of those, cordless might be the way to go.

At the end of the day, a cordless vacuum cleaner is a practical household appliance that makes having to clean something up in a pinch much less of a bother.

If you prefer a cleaning routine that is lighter but takes place more frequently, then the portable nature of a cordless vacuum cleaner will shine, and its smaller dirt storage canister won’t present much of a problem.