Corded vs Cordless Handheld Vacuum

Do you know anyone who does not have a vacuum cleaner? Today, only Harry Potter would need a broom, and it’s not for cleaning. Because of technology, vacuums have become smaller yet still powerful enough to clean anything. Handheld vacuums are the new norm in every household. But which one should you choose – corded or the cordless? Here are some of the things to consider when choosing between these two:

Battery Life

Corded, of course, will last as long as its connected to a power outlet. Cordless, on the other hand, have to be recharged for a while and run only for a short time, usually between 5-30 minutes. Unlike smartphones, you cannot use it while it is being recharged. So if your place is big and needs more time to be cleaned, corded is the way to go.

Charging Time

Obviously, this does not apply to corded. The average charging time of cordless differs depending on its power. If you are the impatient type, you might find it tedious having to wait for your vacuum to be fully charged.

Span of Reach

The main argument for buying cordless is its portability. With corded, you are limited by the length of the cord, so you will need to constantly plug and unplug as you clean. But a lot of manufacturers have become aware of this limitation and offer longer cords. So if you have a small place, you can finish cleaning the entire area without unplugging.


You will want a vacuum with decent and consistent suction power. As a general rule, corded rule this category because the power they get is consistent. The life of batteries usually wane after a while, so cordless loses a little of its suction power as time goes by. The good news is that more manufacturers have addressed this problem. You will find some models with more powerful batteries these days.

The average cordless run around 20-200 watts, while the corded vacuums will be between 1,000-2000 watts. Evidently, power lies with the corded.


Because of its portability, you will have to pay more for a cordless than a corded. They range between $50-120, depending on the model and the other features. Cordless will set you back of less than $50. With a little research, you can find a corded vacuum cleaner that can outperform a cordless vacuum.


Cordless vacuum very rarely come with a HEPA filter. So if you or a family member has an allergy to dust or pet dander, then this is not the vacuum for you.

Which is better – corded or cordless? Unfortunately, if you are contemplating this question, you will not find an unequivocal answer. Everyone will have their own opinion. The best thing to do is to prioritize your needs.

  • Do you have a large space that needs cleaning often?
  • Are there plenty of outlets spread throughout your home?
  • Do you need to use a vacuum for your vehicles? How much are you willing to spend?
  • Is this your only vacuum cleaner or is this going to be used for minor clean-ups?

Answer these questions and you will come up with the best handheld vacuum for you.

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