On Black Friday, many retailers lure people in with big discounts on home appliances. It’s time to banish the corded vacuum cleaner and get a modern cordless vacuum cleaner. Or is it better than a robot vacuum? This is how you will make the right decision.
Let’s be honest, hardly anyone likes vacuuming with a corded vacuum cleaner. First, the heavy part needs to be pulled out of the closet or basement, and then you’re constantly on the lookout for the next free hold. It remains to be seen which device to switch to.
During Black Friday, generous discounts are offered on robot vacuums and cordless vacuum cleaners. To help you decide, we’ve compared the pros and cons of both solutions.
Cordless vacuum cleaner: The logical step
Cordless vacuum cleaners work like a regular vacuum cleaner. However, the suction unit, including the battery, is located in the handpiece. This makes the handpiece a bit heavier, but you don’t need to carry a vacuum with you.
Most cordless vacuums are bagless and have a capacity of around 500 to 750 milliliters. Therefore, they need to be emptied more frequently. There are also models that work with a bag for people allergic to house dust. For example, the new Roborock H7.
Advantages and disadvantages
A cordless vacuum cleaner can completely replace a conventional vacuum cleaner. Thanks to its small and light design, you can use a cordless vacuum cleaner anywhere in the house. Additional brushes and accessories such as an upholstery brush or a seal rod are available as with conventional vacuum cleaners or are usually even included in the delivery.
Thanks to the built-in rechargeable battery, a cordless vacuum cleaner is always at hand and can also be used effortlessly on the stairs or even in the car. In addition, a cordless vacuum cleaner requires much less electricity than a conventional vacuum cleaner. According to Stiftung Warentest, you can save around half of your electricity costs here.
Vacuuming with a cordless vacuum cleaner is much more convenient, but you still have to take care of it yourself.
What should I pay attention to when buying?
Should the cordless vacuum cleaner completely replace the conventional vacuum cleaner? In this case, you absolutely must opt for a large model with a rod and sufficient power. You should also make sure that the floor brush has a motorized roller. We have summarized further tips for buying a cordless vacuum cleaner in a separate article.
How much does a good cordless vacuum cost?
Inexpensive, but still good, cordless vacuum cleaners are available for around $150-200. It is necessary to plan between 250 and 350 euros for a good premium device. If you want a cordless vacuum cleaner, you’ll find tips and great deals for Black Friday here.
Robot vacuum cleaner: Not just for tech fans
Would you rather not have to vacuum yourself? Then a robot vacuum cleaner can help you. A smart robot vacuum cleaner can take over the daily cleaning of the house for you and start a scheduled cleaning or via an app. You don’t even have to be home for this.
Advantages and disadvantages
The big advantage of robot vacuums is fully automatic cleaning. Especially if you opt for a model with an automatic dump station, you won’t have to pick up the device for weeks.
However, there is a limit. Robot vacuums therefore only clean the “surface”. On the other hand, narrow corners, skirting boards, steps and of course upholstered furniture are not accessible. Even the best robot vacuum cannot completely replace the conventional vacuum cleaner.
Tips for buying a robot vacuum cleaner
When buying a robot vacuum, there is more to consider than with battery vacuums. There are different types of navigation. The rule of thumb here is: models with card function are much more practical in everyday life because you can send them to individual rooms. If the robot is only supposed to take care of one room anyway – like a party room – then a simple model with gyroscopic navigation is sufficient.
You can find more advice, such as about the different brushes, the applications of the respective manufacturers and more, in our robot vacuum cleaner buying advice.
How much does a good robot vacuum cost?
Good, reliable robot vacuums are nowhere near as expensive as they were a few years ago. With a card function, it starts at around 200 euros. Without a card, there are suitable models for just over 100 euros. If it’s a robot vacuum, you’ll find tips and great deals for Black Friday here.
Conclusion: find the right combination
We can recommend a cordless vacuum to almost anyone who still uses a corded vacuum. Although the devices are a little more expensive to buy, they make daily use much easier and only require half the electricity.
A robot vacuum cleaner, on the other hand, is more of a complement to the manual vacuum cleaner. Especially if you have children or pets, it’s a huge relief to be able to automatically remove crumbs or pet hair from the floor every day. Unfortunately, a robot doesn’t completely save you from vacuuming. But you have to deal with it much less often and for less time.
The best solution is a combination of both gadgets. If you opt for a robot vacuum, an inexpensive cordless vacuum is the perfect addition for vacuuming anywhere the robot can’t reach. If a robot vacuum cleaner is not an option for you, a high-quality battery vacuum cleaner is a good choice, which – always at hand – at least makes vacuuming less tiring.