Being outdoors all the time means RVers are regularly dragging in dirt and leaves. Mix in the constant shedding of pet hair and falling of crumbs in the kitchen, and the floor seemingly gets dirty ten times faster than a regular home.
Full-timers on iRV2 forums recently discussed the best portable vacuum cleaners for RVs, fifth wheels, and travel trailers. These five brands were among the top picks.
1. Bissell Cordless Stick Vacuum
Equipped with a 14.4V lithium ion battery, Bissell’s cordless vacuum runs for about 25 minutes on a full charge. It’s easy to maneuver as a stick vacuum, and includes a detachable hand vacuum to clean the hard-to-reach areas.
2. Dyson V8 Absolute
Dyson’s V8 Absolute is one of the most powerful cordless vacuums. Lightweight and easily changeable between stick and handheld, the vacuum has a strong suction that deep cleans floors, carpeted areas, ceilings, and more.
It’s pricier than others on this list, at $530 on Amazon, but the vacuum delivers in both how much it picks up and how long its lithium ion battery lasts on a full charge. Compared to the 25 minutes that the Bissell vacuum offers, Dyson’s V8 Absolute nearly doubles that with 40 minutes of running time.
3. Shark IONFlex DuoClean
Though not as expensive as Dyson’s vacuum, Shark’s IONFlex cordless vacuum is also not the cheapest option on the market. But you get what you pay for: it has features that other vacuums don’t offer. Most notably the vacuum has a unique folding design that makes it easier to reach tight areas in the RV and makes for compact storage.
In addition the vacuum’s brush is more powerful than others at sucking up dirt, hair, and allergens. Unlike many other vacs, the IONFlex also has a warning light that flashes when the battery is running low. The vacuums are about $260 on Amazon.
4. Hoover Cruise Cordless
Hoover’s Cruise vacuum has everything an RVer could want: an ultra-light design, detachable hand vacuum, the ability to deep clean, and a lower price than other cordless vacuums.
On a full charge the vacuums run for about 30 minutes. They’re currently about $104 on Amazon.
5. Deik Cordless Vacuum
Another quality, affordable cordless vac is Deik’s vacuum cleaner. They’re lightweight and easy to switch to handheld at the push of a button.
The vacuum cleans floors, carpets, and rugs for about 20 minutes on full charge, and comes with an AC power adapter. You can find Deik’s cordless vacuums for about $113 on Amazon.
What type of vacuum do you use to clean your rig? Let us know in the comments below.