Our latest tests reveal how the Dyson Cyclone V10 cordless vacuum stacks up against the competition, and have uncovered a new top-scoring cordless vacuum cleaner.
Our new high-scorer joins one other cordless vacuum with a top score of 81% to sit at the top of our recommendation table. But another premium cordless vacuum really disappointed, scoring a dismal 47%.
The difference? One cleaned all floor types effectively, and kept allergens safely trapped within the vacuum. The other was poor at picking up dust and fluff from carpets, and leaked allergens and dust particles back into the room.
Read on to find out more about the models we’ve tested, or skip straight to our cordless vacuum cleaner reviews to find out which model triumphed, and the ones that trailed behind.
Dyson Cyclone V10 reviewed
Dyson says that the Cyclone V10 is so good the brand will no longer develop new corded vacuum cleaners, as its cordless models are now good enough to replace them.
The V10 has a longer battery life (43 minutes in floor cleaning mode) and a larger dust capacity (0.8 litres) than its predecessor, the Dyson V8. These updates certainly make it a more attractive prospect as a main vacuum, especially if you have a larger home. But at £400+, it doesn’t come cheap, so you’ll want to be sure it’s worth the money.
Other premium cordless models to go through our recent tests include the Philips SpeedPro Max Animal (£420) and the unusual Hoover Synthesis Activ (£300), which looks just like a cylinder vacuum cleaner without the cord. We’ve picked out four recent rivals to the V10 below.
- Dyson Cyclone V10 review – get our full independent verdict
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Four rivals to the Dyson V10
1. Philips SpeedPro Max Animal, £420
The SpeedPro Max has a battery that can last for more than an hour, and its floor head is claimed to offer 360 degree cleaning, so no corner or edge is left untouched. Unusually, it also has built-in crevice and upholstery tools on the cleaning tube, to save you doubling back to swap them over while cleaning. Like the V10, a rubber strip on the back means you can rest it against a wall while cleaning. LED lights illuminate your cleaning path, to help highlight stray debris.
It costs as much as a Dyson, but which one cleans better? See the Philips SpeedPro Max Animal review to find out.
2. Shark DuoClean IF250UKT True Pet, £380
The Shark DuoClean has two spinning brush bars on its floor head: a soft roller and a bristled brush. These spin in opposite directions, which Shark says helps to pick up both larger debris and fine dust from floor surfaces – something that not all vacuums manage particularly well.
It also has a flexible tube that can bend to clean under low furniture and allows you to fold the vac down for storage, and LED headlights. This Shark comes with two interchangeable batteries, extending the battery life to 40 minutes (24 minutes on turbo), and meaning you can keep one charged and ready so you don’t get caught short.
Is this Shark a better bet than the Dyson V10? Read the full Shark IF250UKT True Pet cordless review to get our verdict.
3. Gtech Power Floor K9, £250
With the Gtech Power Floor K9, Gtech has left behind its more traditional upright stick design and adopted a convertible handheld vacuum-and-wand design similar to Dyson and other cordless rivals. It comes with a combination floor head, a turbo brush pet tool and a crevice and upholstery tool. The battery lasts for 37 minutes on its standard setting and 20 minutes on turbo.
It’s almost half the price of the Dyson V10 – can it clean your home effectively? Read the Gtech Power Floor K9 cordless vacuum review to find out.
4. Hoover Synthesis Activ STC18LI, £300
For something a little more out of the ordinary, you could consider the Hoover Synthesis Activ. Like the Numatic Henry cordless vacuum before it, Hoover has opted for a traditional cylinder design, but without the cord.
It’s more than twice as heavy as most cordless vacuum cleaners, but also has a much larger dust capacity of 1.7 litres. It comes with a combination floorhead, a crevice tool and an upholstery tool. The battery lasts for 35 minutes on standard and 19 minutes on turbo.
Read the full Hoover Synthesis Activ STC18LI review to find out if it puts the Dyson V10 in the shade.
Not obsolete yet: best new corded vacuums
Along with the V10, Dyson launched its ‘last ever’ corded vacuum cleaners in April 2018 – the Dyson Ball Multi Floor and Animal 2. We put these models to the test alongside eight other corded vacuums. These include the latest edition of Numatic’s iconic Henry vacuum and new models from Sebo and Shark.
We found several excellent Best Buys among the group, and a handful of mediocre models that we wouldn’t recommend. Find out if Dyson’s final corded vacuums are a piece of history worth owning by checking our Dyson vacuum cleaner reviews.
Latest vacuum cleaner reviews for 2018
Here’s the full list of recently tested models. Click on the links below to get straight to the individual reviews, or head to our vacuum cleaner reviews to see the best and worst models at a glance.
Cordless vacuum cleaners:
- Dyson V10 Total Clean, £500
- Dyson V10 Absolute, £450
- Dyson V10 Animal, £400
- Gtech Pro, £200
- Gtech Power Floor K9, £250
- Gtech Pro cordless bagged vacuum ATF301, £250
- Hoover Synthesis Activ STC18LI, £300
- Philips SpeedPro Max Animal, £420
Corded vacuum cleaners:
- Dyson Ball Animal 2, £300
- Dyson Ball Multi Floor, £200
- Numatic Henry HVR160-11, £120
- Numatic HVT160 Henry with AiroBrush Turbo Head, £160
- Sebo Airbelt D2 ePower, £250
- Sebo Airbelt K1 ePower, £200
- Sebo AUTOMATIC X7 Extra ePower, £350
- Sebo Automatic X7 Pet ePower, £400
- Shark Lift-Away Upright Vacuum Cleaner NV601UK, £170
- Shark Lift-Away Upright Vacuum Cleaner NV601UKT True Pet, £190
- Shark NV681UK 40, £170
- Shark NV681UKT Powered Lift-Away vacuum Cleaner TruePet, £195
- Shark NV801UK 40 DuoClean Powered Lift-Away Vacuum Cleaner, £350
- Shark NV801UKT DuoClean True Pet Powered Lift-Away Vacuum Cleaner, £370
Prices correct as of 14 June 2018.