When it comes to choosing the ideal hand vacuum, there are several factors that count and today, we’ll be comparing the cordless and corded hand vacuum. Although cordless vacuums have replaced the corded ones because of several advancements, the latter still remain a top choice for some due to their superior quality. Let’s look at both of their features and drawbacks to help you make the right choice.
What Are They?
Going by the name, a corded vacuum is attached to a power cord that is plugged into a switch. You might have seen your mum using one. On the other hand, a cordless vacuum has no such cord extension and can be carried around easily. Some of these are small and some look like the traditional ones, only without a cord. But the major distinguishing factor is the cord, pros and cons of which are discussed further below.
In terms of suction, the good old corded vacuum is the winner. This suction effect is its main advantage. Due to its powerful motor support, its cleaning capacity is next to none. If you want to get your carpets cleaned spic and span, then you would definitely love to own it.
But that doesn’t mean the cordless vacuums are any less. Their suction power is also an impressive one, however they still lag a little behind because of not being directly connected to a power supply.
Let me tell you, cordless vacuums are the champions when it comes to portability. These are lightweight and compact. And the best part, they are cord-less! You can easily use them without having to worry about plugging them in or even the length of the cord.
Corded vacuums can also be portable but it’s not an easy task. Due to their size and cord (which is a pain in the neck, believe me), it often becomes a hassle to carry them.
If you don’t already know about HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air), then it’s time to get your head around it because both these vacuums have different filtration techniques. Most of the corded vacuums have HEPA filtration installed which is a top-level filter in vacuums. This filter eliminates any toxic allergens like dust or smoke from your homes. If you suffer from asthma or want a better air quality, then corded vacuums will keep you set. You can also read more about it in a study by University of Colorado.
In case of cordless vacuums, most of them do not have the HEPA filter which is really not a big deal. Some vacuum cleaners without this filter also have high performance and have the best cleaning power.
Corded Vacuums play it safe when battery is concerned, it’s the cordless hand vacuums that need battery support in order to function to the best of their capabilities. The latter needs to be charged before use and most importantly the run time for these needs to be checked before buying. If you have a big house and you intend to clean it with a cordless model, then you must reconsider your options because some vacuum cleaner models take awfully long to charge up and you don’t want to go back to charging it (once it’s discharged) in the middle of cleaning.
Corded hand vacuums are always cheaper than the cordless ones. Because of their easy-to-use and lightweight feature, cordless vacuums will cost you a little more. You must also watch out for the quality along with the price that the unit offers. To get a clearer idea on which handheld vacuum to buy, feel free to refer to our review of the best handheld vacuum cleaners.