The Best Canister, Upright, Robot, and Cordless Vacuums of 2018


Dyson V8 Absolute

Best Cordless Vacuum

Cordless vacuums are the way to go when you want to clean your car or behind furniture. However, if you want a cordless vacuum that could potentially replace your regular vacuum, you’re going to have to shell out big money.

The Dyson V8 Absolute is the pinnacle of cordless vacuum technology, and it comes with absolutely everything: a powered brush head that’s designed for hardwood floors, a motorized mini brush for upholstery, a soft brush for hardwood, a combination upholstery / bare floor tool, a crevice tool, and a soft dusting brush for computers and delicate items. They all attach to a 5.6-pound wall-mountable package—one of the lightest cordless vacuums on the market.

The V8 Absolute’s brush head is made from carbon fiber and nylon. It’s softer than a puppy—and infinitely more gentle on floors and better at picking up dirt. In our labs, the V8 picked up 88 percent of the dirt we put down for our tests—more than any other cordless vacuum we’ve tested, and better than many full-size vacuums.

On the low setting, the V8’s battery lasted an amazing 40 minutes. When you’re done cleaning, the dustbin empties out with the pull of a single lever on top of the machine.

For more, check out our roundup of the best cordless vacuums.