Corded vs. Cordless Vacuum Cleaners

Vacuuming is a necessary part of life for many people. As we are now a generation accustomed to all things wireless, there’s an increasing amount of cordless vacuums on the market. It, like many items nowadays, is easier to use. However I think we need to establish if it’s more effective than having a cord, and for what lifestyle it’s more effective.

When considering which type of vacuum cleaner is the best option, keep in mind the following:

  • Cordless vacuum cleaners have to be charged, and run off a battery (typically a low ion one). They don’t have a steady stream of power, which makes them less powerful.
  • While cordless vacuums are generally less powerful, they’re more compact and easier to maneuver around small areas. Honestly, it’s a drag busting out the corded beast to push around and attach the tools, for a four by four inch square area. It’s like outfitting a medieval knight in armor to go for a stroll.
  • The lifespan of a cordless vacuum cleaner is typically shorter than a corded one, although I think how you care for it plays a significant role.
  • Having to wait ages to charge a cordless machine can be frustrating, especially if you want to just vacuum a mess up at that exact moment, and discover your electric anteater’ is drained and needs replenishment.

It’s ultimately your choice when deciding which vacuum cleaner best fits your needs. If you don’t mind using a corded vacuum and enjoy jump roping over the cord, (which I’ll admit I don’t mind doing since it gives me a work out) then maybe stick with a good quality, affordable corded vac. If your lifestyle is fairly simple, or fast paced, and you don’t have kids or pets leaving a Hansel and Gretel trail of everything everywhere, then a cordless vacuum cleaner may be more conducive to your cleaning routine.

So Many Vacuums to Choose From

There is a plethora of vacuum cleaners on the market. Weighing up the pros and cons of each one and matching them against your needs, will help you find a suitable vacuum. Some things to consider when vacuum cleaner shopping:

  • Cordless vacuum cleaners have an electrical input of between 20 and 200 watts typically, and corded ones have an input of between 1,000 and 2,000 watts.
  • A small handheld cordless vac may be cheaper to replace, but unfortunately, it’s probably necessary to replace more often than a traditional corded cleaner.
  • Cordless vacuums usually have a smaller dirt holding capacity, which needs to be emptied more frequently and don’t usually come with a HEPA filter.
  • While they have the propensity to force you to stop, unplug and plug them in somewhere else, corded vacuums are better options for cleaning large expanses of floor.

Because there are so many vacuums out there, it may be prudent to do further research on them and see exactly what is available. You can actually do this quite easily by reading customer reviews and feedback from Amazon.com, or by visiting the vacuum company’s website to find out more regarding the features of each machine and decide if it will fit your situation and lifestyle.


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