The Best Vacuum for RVs – My 7 Data Backed Choices and Market Leading Pick!

So you want the best vacuum for RVs on the market? Well, I looked at over 30 products that you could use in your rig, and found the Dyson Cyclone V10 (Animal) to be the best.

See, I spent hours working on this list. And as you know, there’s hundreds of vacuums on the market. Luckily I narrowed it down to a small selection of 30 models. These were picked using RVer recommendations, consumer reviews, and common sense on what would be practical for a long road trip and small spaces. Then, I actually used an objective scoring system (like the one Consumer Report uses) and ranked each model against eight factors.

The Dyson Cyclone V10 (Animal) came in at the top, with a high overall score of 95.6. The V10 excelled in several areas, including suction power, versatility (you can quickly turn it into a handheld), and size. It’s small enough to store in your motorhome, but also powerful enough to clean everything from carpet to upholstery. For you, it makes a great do-it-all tool that eliminates the need for more than one vacuum. Plus it saves you space, and keeps your “space” clean.

That being said, the Dyson isn’t for everyone. For some, it’s their budget. In that case I selected the VonHaus 2-in-1 Stick Vacuum as my budget pick. For others, they don’t want a vacuum hanging from a wall mount, or their RV doesn’t have enough wall space for it. For this, my Editor’s Pick was the Dirt Devil Central Vacuum. It can be mounted pretty much anywhere (including in your exterior storage compartments).

But let’s dig into the details. Keep reading below for more top picks and why I rated them amongst the best RV vacuum cleaners.

Table of Contents

Our Top 7 Picks

Below is our selection of the best vacuums for RVs.

Best Overall

Dyson Cyclone V10 (Animal) – (95.6/100)

The Dyson Cyclone V10 (Animal) came in with the highest score. The V10 series actually consists of two separate models, but I felt that the Animal was more suited to the needs of an RV owner. The added features of the Absolute just aren’t worth the extra cost for such a small living space.

I really liked the fact that this vacuum came with a lot of suction. Not quite as much as a heavier, bulkier upright model, but for a stick vacuum it’s top of class. This is great for you, since it means that you won’t have any problems picking up pet hair, fine dust, and larger debris. It’s frustrating when you have to get out the broom or reach over for that pesky piece of popcorn.

Another nice feature is that you can flip between three levels of power while cleaning. Users report that the lowest is okay for hard surfaces, while medium and high settings are ideal for carpet and rugs. This is nice if you’re going on a marathon clean and want to maximize battery life.

I also liked the fact that you can quickly turn this model into a handheld. With the crevice, dusting brush, and upholstery attachments this makes it easy for you to hit things like furniture and tight spaces. However, one user did report that the “handheld” version was wieldy compared to its smaller counterparts.

Lastly, I like the docking station. There’s not a lot of storage space inside RVs so being able to hang it securely on the wall is a plus. When you’re done cleaning, it makes it easy to throw it back into place and let it charge. However, the wall mount itself only has enough room for two attachments, which means you’ll need to stash away the others or leave them behind. Some users have also reported that the mount is a bit flimsy, but I’ve never had a problem with it breaking or bending.

There were two major flaws I found with the Dyson Cyclone V10s. One, the batteries aren’t removable. From a cleaning perspective this isn’t a problem. The 30-45 minutes of battery life most users reported is more than enough to clean your motorhome at least a few times. However, it does become a problem for RVers wanting to boondock for longer periods of time that can’t recharge the product. And if the battery fails after the warranty expires, you’ll be out of a vacuum and will either need to send it in, or buy a new one.

Second, in order to run this vacuum cleaner, you need to hold down a button or “trigger” to activate it. Several users reported slight discomfort while using this product for extended periods of time. A common request is that a “locking” feature be added, and hopefully we’ll see this in future models.

Editor’s Choice

Dirt Devil Central Vacuum (CV1500) – (85.4/100)

Also listed as Model 9880, I picked out this product as our Editor’s Choice because of its overwhelming popularity amongst RVers. Out of all the verified reviews I read, only one customer was using this system in a space other than their motorhome. Numbers wise, this product ranked third on the list, although its weight rating was a little skewed. Because the whole unit weighs around 20 lbs, it received low marks. However, when you’re cleaning you only pull a few pounds worth of hose and accessory, which makes it a lot easier for you to handle and pull around.

Almost all users reported a very high level of suction (the highest on our list). This is great since it will allow you to pick up almost anything. Even stubborn pet hair that seems glued into the carpet. This model comes with a lot of storage. According to my stats, it’s able to pick up an entire gallon of debris, almost 70% more than its next closest competitor.

The system is bagged, which is a double-edged sword. It’s nice because emptying the product is simple and clean, and you won’t be spraying dust everywhere. However, some users did report that since it’s out of sight, it’s easy to overfill or forget altogether. Burst bags can create quite a mess, so it’s best to check at the end of each season, if not more.

The thing that stood out to me is the total control you have over where you store this vacuum. It can be mounted straight up, to the wall, on the ceiling, wherever you want it. The most popular option was to mount it in an exterior storage compartment and running the inlet valve to a central location inside (steps were popular since it seems to hide the hole). Just make sure that you can access the bag and plug it into power and you’re good to go! Regardless, you have total control over where you put it which is nice, especially when storage is short.

This RV vacuum cleaner comes with a lot of accessories, which is great since it adds to its overall versatility. Need to clean the floor? Attach the wand and floor brush. The couch? It comes with an upholstery tool. You can even purchase a sweep port that sucks up the crumbs in the kitchen instead of scooping them into a dustpan. You get a lot of functionality with this system, meaning you’ll be able to clean your whole rig with just this.

I did find two main flaws with this vacuum. The first being the extendable hose. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not the end of the world, but having to stretch that behind you on the way to the cockpit is a pain in the butt. A lot of users pointed out the fact that they had to fight the hose once they got closer to the ends of their rig.

The second issue deals with installation. It’s not as easy to rig up as the other vacuums on the list. If you’re somewhat handy, it shouldn’t be a problem, but some users did report difficulty when trying to set things up (pieces not fitting, not sure where to mount the central unit, etc). Also, you’ll need your own set of tools since this product doesn’t include any.

Budget Pick

VonHaus 2-in-1 Stick Vacuum – (80.5/100)

This little 2-in-1 model came in as our favorite budget pick. I don’t think you can beat its price point, especially when looking at the features it offers. The durability isn’t great, but this makes it a good choice for weekend warriors. If you’re a full-timer, I’d spend the extra money for a nicer model like the Dyson Cyclone V10 or Dirt Devil Central System.

I was surprised by the amount of suction users reported. This model only creates a modest 13 kPa of suction, which is pretty low considering the industry standard is between 17 to 20. But most users said that this product worked well on hard surfaces (which is the majority of most motorhome floors anyways). It’s not very proficient on carpet or rugs, especially if they have any depth to them, but you can get away with it. Point is, if you’re using this for touch-ups and deep cleaning when you get back to the house, this model will work fine.

I like the warranty. As a budget-level RV vacuum, there will be flaws. But having a company that will replace any defective items you receive is great.

Lastly, this product is corded. I usually prefer cordless, but having 35 feet that can trail behind me is pretty nice. That length will give you a lot of flexibility, and you shouldn’t have any problems cleaning your rig end to end without unplugging it.

However, keep in mind that this is a budget level product. Which means that pieces are going to wear out faster and you’re going to lose out on specific features. For example, it doesn’t have a beater bar, which makes it really difficult to pick up matted pet hair off the floor. Also, this product is made entirely from plastic, which means if it takes a hard fall it’s toast. There’s no stand included, which means you have to be creative in finding a safe place to store it. Especially when you’re driving down a bumpy road.

Second, the pieces don’t fit together snug, which means you may have to reattach them from time to time. I don’t see this being a big problem when dealing with small RV interiors, but it is something to be aware of.

Other Models We Reviewed

Tineco A10 Hero – (91.5/100)

The Tineco A10 Hero is a very high level product that’s score fell just short of the top spot. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with this vacuum cleaner. It was the lightest stick model I researched and was quiet at only 71 dB. That’s four decibels lower than the industry average, which means your ears won’t be ringing by the time you’re done.

Users report that the A10 Hero works well on a variety of surfaces. Hard flooring, carpets, rugs, you name it, it does a good job. While it’s suction isn’t quite as powerful as the Dyson Cyclone V10 Animal, it’s close. For you, it should be able to clean most surfaces in your RV and save you time switching back and forth between tools.

The Tineco also can switch over into a handheld model. With a crevice tool and mini powerbrush you should be able to tackle any tight spaces or upholstery with leftover Cheetos. I noticed a lot of users raving about the fact that the on-switch does have a lock, which will keep your hand from cramping while holding it down. This is something the Dyson lacked, and it’s a frequent complaint about their cordless models.

The main thing that most users reported not liking was its power source. The batteries on the Tineco, while removable, are weaker and don’t last quite as long as Dyson’s. That translates into weaker suction when cleaning various surfaces (think bits of leftover dog hair and large debris) and shorter battery life.

Dometic RVac (CS8) – (76.9/100)

The Dometic RVac is the only other central type vacuum I included on my list. It scored well in my analysis, however there was a lack of information, even on the company’s own website, which made some of the features and specifications difficult to determine.

However, I did like the fact that the central unit of this product is actually slightly smaller than that of the Dirt Devil. Central vacuums are already a great choice for RVs because you can fit them in small spaces that are out of sight, but this one is really small. Great for you, because it could fit in some of your lower cabinets or exterior storage and minimize the amount of items you have to move or leave behind.

Dometic actually offers a six year warranty on this vacuum. Which was the longest of any product I sampled, pretty sweet. Plus, since the company only builds appliances and tools for people that live on the road, their customer service tends to be more useful for RVers. If you have any problems with installation or have motorhome specific questions, they’ll be more apt at answering those.

There are a few negative things worth mentioning. First being that all central vacuums require the buyer to install them. So you’ll need to be at least a little handy and have the tools to complete the job. The second being the hose length. It’s 5 feet shorter than Dirt Devil’s system, which isn’t terrible, but if you have a larger motorhome, that can make a difference. Especially when you’re fighting the resistance of the hose stretching. Some users also reported an annoying high-pitched whistle when they had the hose extended.

Black+Decker Dustbuster AdvancedClean+ – (72.4/100)

The Dustbuster was the only handheld model I included in my list of the best RV vacuums. In general, I’m not a fan of using handhelds to clean RVs. Despite other reviews or listings ranking this product as their “overall best” or “editors choice”, I just can’t bring myself to buy one and clean the floor from my knees for an hour.

That being said, everyone’s needs are different, and this is a real, high quality handheld that deserves a spot on the list (just not the top). It’s the second lightest vacuum I looked at, which makes it great for weekend warriors that need something to touch up and clean the upholstery. A lot of users commented on how light and nimble it is, so you’re not going to have to worry about being worn out if you’re cleaning tall spaces.

The battery is also great! I have a Dyson handheld for my business, and the battery life on the Black+Decker spins circles around it. Running it on max power, you’ll get around 15 minutes from it, which is phenomenal compared to most cordless models. Plus it does come with a lighted charge indicator that users really like. It is worth pointing out though that there is no charging station. It plugs into the handle, and the port isn’t in the most convenient spot.

That being said, it isn’t a stick or upright vacuum. A lot of users reported that the suction was “lackluster” at best. The Dustbuster doesn’t work very well on carpet, so I’d plan on mainly cleaning hard surfaces, upholstery, and countertops. I also saw several complaints about the lack of a dusting brush. The crevice tool does include one, but it’s not a standalone if that’s something you’d like.

Bissell Crosswave – (67.8/100)

The Bissell Crosswave is actually a wet/dry vacuum, and a pretty popular one at that. I included it on this list for RVers that have mostly hard floors (no carpet) and want the ability to mop and vacuum at the same time.

However, I didn’t put it at the top of the ranking like most other reviews out there. Why? Because like the Black+Decker Dustbuster AdvancedClean+ it lacks the versatility you need in a motorhome. You can’t use it on carpet or rugs, especially if they have any depth (I did read a few comments where people used it on low-pile carpet with mediocre results). And any furniture or upholstery is an automatic no.

That being said, users reported good suction and cleaning power on their floors. Dust bunnies, spills, that little drop of ketchup that dried on there. It all comes up and leaves the floor really clean. There were some comments about small strips of water being left behind, but for most this shouldn’t be a problem. You can hurry and pick it up with the dry mode. The Crosswave also comes in a “Pet Pro” package that uses a brush better at picking up hair.

Overall, this vacuum will save you time and space if you’re constantly sweeping and mopping the hard floors in your rig. It’s two tools in one small unit that’s just over 10 lbs (not quite as light as others, but you won’t break your back moving it around). One last point, this Bissell product does actually come with a few bottles of cleaning solution so you don’t have to buy your own. It also includes a docking station that actually charges and cleans the cordless versions of this product.

How I Picked The Best RV Vacuum

Let’s be honest. I could have thrown up any selection of vacuums on this page and called it “the best”. But I’m about honest, thought out selections drawn from things that matter to you. Because let’s face it, life in your RV is different from life at home, right? Here’s the things that I took into consideration and how much importance (%) I placed on each factor.

In this day and age, nothing quite speaks the truth about a product like legit, verified reviews. In my hunt for the best vacuum for RVs, I placed a lot of importance on reviews. And no, not those on the company’s site, I dug around in forums, checked out verified comments on Amazon, and anything else I could find on each model listed.

Anyone’s review is an “opinion”, but using hundreds of ratings I was able to bring out a more objective view of each product. Fortunately, doing so in my rankings ensures that you look at the vacuums that will last the longest and make you the happiest with your purchase.

Reviews of the best vacuum for RVs.

A.K.A. how much your RV’s vacuum can hold before you need to empty it. Since motorhomes are pretty small, I didn’t put a lot of weight on this factor, but it was still on the list. I penalized models with an really small capacity (lower than 0.2 gallons). But that being said, those with overly large canisters (over 0.5 gallons)  weren’t rewarded since that extra storage isn’t necessarily relevant to RV spaces.

This one also didn’t carry a lot of influence in rankings, but it did matter. Out of our list of the best vacuums for RVs, the heaviest weighed 21 pounds. Which is pretty minimal when compared to the weight of everything else you stuff in. However, there was some consideration about how that weight would affect “usability”. Heavier models are going to be harder to lift and move around tight spots. Plus, if they’re in a tricky storage spot you don’t want to break your back getting it out do you?

A handeld vacuum cleaning a shelf.
Handhelds like this one aren’t very heavy.

Ah yes, who doesn’t want attachments? Especially when you’re dealing with everything from upholstery to overhead sleeping areas. I looked into each model to see if they had things like crevice tools, dusting brushes, and stretch hoses.

I even went as far to see if the roller brush (the end of your vacuum with spinning bristles) turned on and off. Yes, I know it’s a lot but it’s important. You’ll want to turn it on since it cleans carpet better, but when cleaning hard surface floors and rugs it can cause damage.

Overall, attachments make your life easier. You’ll have an easier time cleaning around corners, in between cracks in the upholstery, and those dusty shelves in the bedroom.

When you buy a vacuum, the last thing that you want is for it to break a few weeks later and be out a couple hundred bucks. Let’s be honest, it’s happened to the best of us. Fortunately, a lot of companies out there actually include warranties with their vacuums. Meaning if yours breaks you can get it replaced or refunded.

I looked at the length of each product’s warranty, as well as the coverage it provided, and ranked them accordingly.

If you don’t know what a HEPA filter is, don’t worry, neither did I. A HEPA filter stands for a “high efficiency particulate air” filter. When it comes to vacuums, a model installed with one of these does make a difference. Since your vacuum recirculates air back into the room, these filters actually extract more fine dust and contaminants beforehand.

If you have allergies to things like pollon, dust mites, even mold spores, a vacuum situated with a HEPA filter would definitely be a great choice. Less runny noses and itchy eyes.

A HEPA filter being pulled from a vacuum.

Vacuums have always been loud. But with advancing technology and changes you can actually find models that are a lot quieter than you’d expect. Which is great, especially if your pet’s mortal enemy is a vicious vacuum and they’re stuck in the same small space. Plus, I’ve always found quieter models a little more enjoyable to use since they won’t leave your ears ringing afterwards.

Someone plugging their ears because the vacuum is so loud.

This was an important consideration that I made sure to include. I gave this factor a little more weight in the decision process. Since RVs are used outdoors, you and the kids are going to track in more dirt and sand than at home. And because of that you want something that can pick it up. Bonus points if the vacuum is strong enough to pull up pet hair.

Suction power was a large part of our ranking in the search for the best vacuum for RVs.

I put some importance on how easy each model is to use. Why? Well, I sure don’t want an RV vacuum that takes ten minutes to set up each time, and I don’t want to be cussing it out while trying to move it around a tight space. And I’m sure you don’t want to either.

That being said, I took a couple of things into consideration:

If the vacuum could be converted into a handheld (including using accessories), it ranked higher in this category than one that couldn’t. If I have to drag along hoses that will catch on corners and under cabinets, that model loses a few points. And finally, the overall mobility of each RV vacuum. Is it nimble enough for the tight spaces in your RV, or does it struggle?

Point is, “easy to use” is different in your RV than your home. So I tried to factor in motorhome specific points that would make your time vacuuming shorter with less hiccups and headaches.

A 2-in-1 product like the Dyson we have included on our list of best RV vacuums.
2-in-1 vacuums like this are great because you can quickly switch them from a standing position to a handheld.

There’s several different models of vacuums out there. I mean seriously, they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. For you, certain types may not be applicable to your RV lifestyle.

For example, I completely cut out steam vacuums from my selection. The only reason you’d need one is to clean up pet stains and that’s not something that I imagine would be going down on a daily/weekly basis.

I also cut out robot vacuums such as Roomba. Most of the comments and opinions I got we’re that these little machines just don’t fit in with the RV lifestyle. And it makes sense, think of all the little nooks, crannies, and steps in your RV that Roomba wouldn’t be able to get to.

Here’s the types of RV vacuums that I did however take into consideration:

Stick – Also known as sweeper vacuums, these guys are a lighter version of your typical upright vacuum (think Shark or Kirby with big canisters). The thing I like about stick vacuums is that they’re light and compact. Most are under 10 pounds, and with a wall mount you could fit them in a tall closet or narrow space. You won’t have to cram them in or worry about emptying your wardrobe to squeeze these in.

The other nice thing I liked about the stick models is the fact that most of them also convert to handhelds. So “A”, you can still stand up to vacuum the carpet (no more sore knees and crawling around), and “B”, you quickly pull it apart to clean upholstery and little nooks. Ultimately, you’ll be able to clean more, clean faster, and clean in comfort.

The only concern I had about these models was suction. If you’re bringing along furry friends, stick vacuums work fine for cleaning up mild to moderate amounts of hair. Anything more and I feel that uprights will do a better job.

A stick vacuum and a person using it. These were some of the best vacuums we reviewed for RVs.

Handheld – The smallest type of vacuum cleaners for RVs, handhelds work on upholstery, tight spots, and small patches of carpet. Plus, since they’re the smallest model on the market, it makes them extremely easy for you to store. These can be put in almost any small cabinet or space, so you won’t have to worry about leaving behind other items on your road trip.

While I like the fact they’re super nimble, making it easy for you to clean tight spaces that you normally couldn’t, I don’t like the fact that you have to get on your knees to clean the floor. If your rig’s small or doesn’t have a lot of carpet, you might be able to get away with one of these for frequent cleans. But, anything bigger you’ll end up with some sore knees at the end of the day.

Upright – Upright vacuums are the most common type you’ll see in people’s homes. They’re tall enough to use from your feet, come with a large canister, and an extension hose with accessories. Some models come with a holding tank that trails behind and these are known as “canister vacuums”.

If you need maximum suction to clean up things like pet hair and dust, these are your go-to. They also come with a lot of storage, which is great for you, since you won’t have to empty these as frequently.

But, most upright RV vacuums are heavy and bulky, so storing these can be tricky. You’ll have to place them in exterior storage compartments or leave other things behind to make room. The sheer size of these typically makes them a less popular choice and keeps them from breaking into our top seven.

A corded, upright vacuum in action.

Dry/Wet – Think of a shop vacuum and that’s what a dry/wet model is going to look like. Typically they come with a canister, an extension hose, and several attachments that go on the end.

The great thing about dry/wet vacuums is that they’re not limited to picking up dry debris only. They can also take on wet spots and spills, which is great for you since you won’t need to snag a rag or mop. It’s one and done.

Our main beef with these was two-fold. One, they’re not really meant for RVs. That doesn’t mean you can’t use them, but they’re boxy and tough to store. Most models I looked at would be limited to a large exterior storage compartment. Second, since I’ve used them before at home and work, I know that the hose isn’t very long. This means you’ll be cussing the canister out as you drag it around and bounce it off the walls.

Central – I hadn’t used a central vacuum system until about five years ago when my parents installed one in their business. And to be honest, I liked it. The way these work is the “central” unit is installed in a discreet spot. For example, in your RV you might install it in an exterior storage space underneath the rig, and then run a hose to your main valve in the middle of the floorplan.

This type of RV specific vacuum is awesome because it’s out the way and still allows for a lot of flexibility. Since most canisters can be mounted with screws, you won’t have to worry about it sliding around while driving. And with included attachments, you can still reach little nooks and crannies, while also being able to stand and vacuum the floor.

Most central vacuums do include bags that store debris. Since the system is “out of sight, out of mind” you’ll need to set reminders or remember to check the bag often. Otherwise, filled up it will decrease suction and possibly tear shooting dust and debris everywhere. And trust me, cleaning that up isn’t a fun way to spend your time.

A central vacuum system in use by a lady in a yellow shirt.

The best RV vacuums are powered in one of two ways. The first is by battery, otherwise known as “cordless”. The second being by an extension cord, or “corded” power. And truth is, both of these excel in their own specific situations.

For example, let’s say you plan on mostly boondocking your RV. Unless you have a large inverter system and battery bank, a cordless vacuum would be better for your situation since it won’t draw power from the rig. I tended to rank cordless models with a longer battery life (over 30 minutes) higher since you’d be able to use them more often between charges.

But if you’re planning on staying at campsites and hooking up to their power, a corded option would be preferable. That way you don’t have to worry about the battery dying midway through cleaning. I found that vacuums with around 15-20 feet of cord were just long enough, brownie points if there was more.

A lithium-ion battery. The best RV cordless vacuums use these.

FAQs About The Best Vacuum For RVs

According to an article by Consumer Reports, the answer is yes. Most of their top rated cordless vacuums for homes came with removable or replaceable batteries. And out of my picks, the second highest rated vacuum does have a battery that is removable.

Why is that though? Well, the first thing to fail in these specific models is the battery. And if you’re going to drop a couple hundred dollars on a vacuum, I’m sure that you’ll only want to replace that part, not the entire thing. So while this feature seems obscure, it’s going to save you some money in the long run.

Corded vacuums are great, but sometimes that line of power can be difficult to manage.

Yes, there’s a few actually. For starters, you don’t have to replace bags every few months, which can save you some cash (although you’ll still need to replace HEPA filters at around the same rate). Not only does going bagless save you cash, but it also keeps trash out of the landfill since that’s where each full bag ends up.

I’ve also heard from consumers that your RV vacuum’s max power dips once that bag begins to fill. This is also avoided when going bagless.

However, it’s up for debate as to whether or not emptying the canister is any easier or cleaner than removing a bag. I’ve emptied my bagless Dyson several times, and to be honest, I find it more difficult, more messy, and a lot more dusty than just pulling out a sack of debris.

Yes, and no. If you’re only using your rig for a few days at a time, I’m not going to lie and say that you absolutely need a vacuum. I mean, even if there is some dirt or sand tracked in, you’ll be able to vacuum it up as soon as you get home from your weekend adventure.

But if you’re going on trips longer than a week or two, then yes, this purchase is a no brainer. A broom isn’t going to cut it, especially if you have any carpet or want to clean the upholstery mid-trip. A vacuum meant for your RV is going to reduce a lot of stress and help you enjoy the moment. Not simmer over the fact your husband won’t clean off his shoes before entering.

Someone sweeping the floor

Whoa there, now we’re getting complicated! kPa, simply put, is the product’s ability to lift large pieces from the floor. The higher the rating, the larger and heavier objects it can suck up. If we want to get more complicated, a kPa rating is actually the maximum difference in pressure created.

Most RV models can generate around 20 kPa of pressure, which is more than enough to pick up dust, hair, food crumbs, and other small debris.

That’s great and all, but why does that matter to you? Well, when you’re looking at vacuums, you want to make sure that it has over 16 kPa of suction. This is the minimum required for small debris and food crumbs. Go any lower and you’ll be bending over to pick up a lot of things you “missed”.

Loaded question here. Honestly, it depends on your motorhome and how detailed you want to get. I usually don’t run my vacuum for any more than 15 minutes, but that number varies.

If you’re worried about the time it’s going to take (especially if you’re thinking of going cordless), I’d suggest doing a quick test run. Time yourself and don’t rush it. This should give you a good benchmark moving forward. If you’re outlasting the battery life of your RV’s vacuum, try sweeping up the majority of the debris first and then doing a quick spot clean.

Timing the best RV vacuums on the market.

Yes, people do! While researching forums and scrolling through Facebook posts I actually found that several people bring their Roomba along for the ride. Some RVers actually commented on how easy they are to store.

However, I didn’t include any robot models in my review. RV interiors are too small and slim to really make these practical for most cleaning.

2-in-1 models can be switched between an upright position, and a handheld cleaner. And typically all it takes is the press of a button to separate the two, or a simple click back into place to rejoin.

These vacuums work well for motorhomes for two reasons. One, you get the flexibility of a handheld that can reach into tight spaces between upholstery and cabinets. Two, you can still stand up to clean the floor. I hate crawling around on my knees, especially when I have to squeeze underneath the dinette.

A 2-in-1 vacuum that looks like the Dyson from our list of best vacuums for RVs.
Vacuums like this one are great because they can quickly switch between standing and handheld modes.

Yes! Stick vacuum technology has been advancing, and most of them come as 2-in-1 models (which are great for RVs). You can use these on carpet and hard surfaces, and since they’re light, you can pick them up and move them around quickly without straining. Plus, their smaller size makes them easier to store.

I love the stick vacuums I’ve used.

However, cordless models do have an achilles heel, the battery. These are usually the first component to go, and 30 to 60 minutes of battery life isn’t “great”. But modern batteries have come a long way, and I don’t expect that progress to slow.

According to data gathered by Consumer Reports the average vacuum has a lifespan of eight years. Which is great! That’s a lot of traveling around the country, while making sure your motorhome stays clean.

That number isn’t universal though. For example, the batteries on cordless models begin to see deterioration after around three years, and complete loss of functionality after five. If your RV vacuum doesn’t have a removable battery, or the company doesn’t replace them, you’re out of luck.

An hourglass representing how long an RV might last.

The answer to this question is, at its root, subjective. Cordless vacuums are great for people that like to boondock and don’t mind limited run time. They might also be a good option for someone who doesn’t want to deal with the hassle of cords.

Corded vacuums on the other hand are great for RVers mostly using campgrounds. These models tend to last longer and run better than their counterparts. There’s no wrong choice here, and I’d suggest you take into consideration where you’ll be camping and what you prefer to use at home.

There’s a few reasons for this. A clogged filter can cause this, and in this case remove the filter, shake off any dust or debris, wash with warm water, and replace when dry. A large object plugging the line can also be the culprit, and you can turn off the product and remove the intruder.

More complicated problems include broken brush bearings or motor fans. Unless you’re feeling savvy, these will need to be repaired in a shop.

Any central system model you order is going to require installation once it arrives. Fortunately for you, this process isn’t too complicated (I would always look at reviews though).

You’ll need to start off by pinpointing a location for the central unit. Typical spots include closets, cabinets, and exterior storage compartments. I’ve also heard of other people modifying unused space, such as underneath kids bunk beds, and putting it there. A few pointers here: One, make sure that the location is within reach of an outlet for power. Two, make sure you have enough room to remove the bag once it’s full of debris. The last thing you want to be doing is unattaching your vacuum because you can get inside.

Next you’ll want to position the inlet valve. This is where the hoses you’ll actually be using to vacuum connect. It’s best to run this to a spot that sits in the middle of your RV so that you can reach everything. You will need to cut an opening during this step, and a hole saw bit works perfect.

Lastly, you’ll want to test the system and store the leftover pieces. Make sure these are conveniently located, as you’ll be using them to clean.

A hole saw bit meant for installing vents and ports.

Closing Thoughts

Well, there you have it. With the Dyson Cyclone V10 (Animal), you’ll be taking on any mess in any RV in no time. Feel free to email me at with any other suggested products for my list or comments!