The Pros and Cons of Battery-Powered Cleaning Equipment

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There is a lot to consider when deciding which piece of cleaning equipment to purchase.

Below are some Pros and Cons of using battery-powered cleaning equipment:


Advances in battery technology have led to crucial improvements in cleaning equipment such as vacuums, floor scrubbers, polishers and sweepers. These battery-powered machines are becoming more and more popular and are usually a better option for most cleaning situations.


Better Maneuverability

The main benefit of battery-powered equipment is not being restricted by a cord. This provides you with the ability to clean in areas that have limited access to a power source. It also allows you the freedom of mobility throughout the facility and the ability to clean small spaces with ease.



Slips and falls are the leading causes of worker’s compensation claims. Battery-powered cleaning equipment eliminates the risk to the operator, or anyone else in the building, from tripping over the cords and hoses behind the operator.


Battery-powered cleaning equipment is much quieter than corded vacuums. With a corded vacuum, you can reach decibel levels up to 80db, but a battery-powered vacuum often registers below 50db.


Ease of Use

Battery-powered cleaning equipment is often well designed, lightweight and can improve productivity. This allows the user to use the equipment comfortably, safely, and efficiently.




Although battery-powered cleaning equipment is safer and often easier to use, the price is higher compared to machines with cords. The price has come down considerably from when they were first introduced, but the price can still be a obstacle to a lot of customers.


Run Time

Another concern customers have is run time. Although manufacturers continue to achieve better battery life with each new equipment release, the battery still needs to be charged and the run time limits use. One way you can combat this is to have a second battery charged and ready for use when the first dies, but this comes at an additional cost to the customer.



The advantages far outweigh the disadvantages, especially if you are using battery powered cleaning equipment in confined spaces or a place that requires a low noise level.

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Written By: AML Staff