I’ve spent a good number of hours gathering this information for this blog post. Many sites online discuss which vacuum cleaner has the best suction, performs the best overall, the number of “required” features and whether it can make your morning coffee!
Do not get me wrong, technology is advancing quickly to make people’s lives easier, heck, a vacuum cleaner that can charge itself and then vacuum on its own? Who would criticise that? Not me!
All I’m saying, with the advancement of technology, comes draw backs (at least until the problems are fixed) and that’s no different to vacuum cleaning technology.
With added features and advancements comes the requirement of more power. How often have we heard of this new bit of kit that performs excellently, only to feel let down due to its lack of run time?
Sure it does amazing things, but I can barely use!
Selecting a vacuum with an acceptable run time is imperative, there has to be the right balance between cleaning capability performance and run time, and often you need to sacrafice a bit of one for the other to find that right balance.
But that’s the point, what exactly is the right balance? That will depend on your requirements, which is why I have added this run-time vs charge-time database for cordless vacuum cleaners!
Battery Run Time For Popular Cordless Vacuum Cleaners
Vacuum cleaner batteries last one hour approximately. Settings, model and type of battery will affect the time.
|Vacuum model||Run time||Charge time|
|Bissell Multireach Active||30mins||5hr|
|Black+Decker PowerSeries Extreme||78mins||5hr|
|Eufy HomeVac S11||40mins||3.5hr|
|Gtech AirRam MK2||40mins||4hr|
|Gtech Pro 2 K9||40mins||4hr|
|Hoover H-Free 300||40mins||5hr|
|Hoover H-Free 800||35mins||5hr|
|Miele Triflex HX1||60mins||4hr|
|Moosoo M X6||30mins||4hr|
|Samsung Jet 90||60mins||3.5hr|
|Samsung Powerstick Jet||60mins||3.5hr|
|Tineco A11 Hero||60mins||3hr|
|Tineco Pure One S11||40mins||3.5hr|
|Vax ONEPWR Blade 3||40mins||2.5hr|
|Vax ONEPWR Blade 4||45mins||3hr|
* Run times are calculated with the vacuum cleaner on eco mode – turbo mode usually halves battery life
How Much Run Time Is Enough?
This is a ‘depends’ answer, as it depends on the size of your home and even the surface you want to clean.
Areas where vacuuming take take longer than expected:
As seen, the area alone doesn’t dictate how long a vacuum session takes. A vacuum cleaner for hardwood floors will likely use less power than one that’s more catered for rug areas. So be sure to take these into consideration when estimating the required run time of your vacuum cleaner!
Why Run Times On This Table May Not Be Accurate Enough?
Vacuum manufacturers are similar to car manufactures who often claim their product’s performance is better than what it actually is.
This is not to imply the information provided is inaccurate, but rather, economical with the truth.
Vacuum cleans have different settings, such as turbo (uses more power) and eco (uses less power). When tests are run, the least demanding setting will be selected to generate longer run times for more impressive figures.
But it does get more confusing as these appliances get fancier. For example, stick vacuums, can be detached so they convert into more portable hand-held vacuums.
This means the vacuum no longer needs to suck dust up a long shaft and therefore less energy is consumed… so, as you’ve probably guessed, some manufactures test run time this way for even more impressive figures.
Other factors are attachments, such as the power nozzle, with a rotating brush to help clean carpets. Such features would naturally consume more energy and may be remove during run time tests.
Therefore, comparing manufacture’s actual run times becomes tricky, even on this table.
Extending The Battery’s Run Time
Although cordless vacuum cleaners are awesome for accessing any room without tripping over cords, damaging them while you machine over them, or having to find power points, I personally still haven’t made the jump.
However, with battery technology ever improving, that jump may not take long, as mobility is an important factor to getting around the house with ease, I’m even getting frustrated with having to unplug and wind up the cord after finishing!
The main question, if you’re a cordless fanatic, how can you help the run-time of your vacuum so it does not die on you at the most awkward moments?
Furthermore, battery packs are expensive, they are usually around the $40 price tag. As a general rule, the less unnecessary strain you put on the battery and the longer it’s life span.
Should you replace your regular vacuum cleaner with a cordless one?
A cordless vacuum is hardly a replacement for your regular vacuum cleaner. They tend to be 30% less efficient and the bags have less than half of the capability. It is a great complement, good for cars and close spaces, but don’t expect much in bigger spaces.
It is important to mention that you have to think ahead of time if you are going to use a cordless vacuum cleaner since the standard charging time is of 4 hours.
Lastly, the lifespan of a vacuum battery is less than 5 years. You will start noticing a significant performance drop after just 3 years depending on the use you give them.
My Final Thoughts
Going cordless is ultimately a personal choice. Like anything with life, the advantages something provides often comes with some caveats.
I for one, as mentioned, I still use corded for instant power. I would hate forgetting to charge up my machine, only not to be able to use it in emergencies.
Also, all things equal, it is assumed a cordless machine would use up more energy due to insufficiencies in the battery charging process, not to mention the impact to the environment when manufacturing batteries. A water filter vacuum cleaner is also going to be different from a hepa.
I do not want to make this an argument about how bad batteries are. This isn’t a comparison between gas vs electrical cars, because in this case, we are comparing two machines that use only electricity and source that electricity from the same place… ultimately I am expressing my preference.
Other’s will clearly prefer cordless machines which is precisely why I add the battery run time list above.