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For small or quick messes that don’t require the big cleaning machine, the best handheld vacuum lets you conveniently clean things up.
These are much smaller and can easily be pulled out of the cabinet to pick up dirt, dust or messes that just happened. Handheld vacuum cleaners are great because they do the work that the bigger models often can’t.
This means clean counter tops, stairs and vehicle interiors. Plus they have the added benefit of you being able to carry them anywhere you want.
Our reviews and picks below cover a wide variety of compact products. These range from the corded to the cordless devices. We also have those that are built for power, and those for reach.
Read through the different product reviews below and see which of the hand vacuum cleaners fit your needs.
This lithium ion battery powered unit is also an ideal choice if your home has a lot of tight spots where you need a slim nozzle to get to. The CHV1410L is an upgrade over the CHV1410 version which comes with the older NiCad battery. The upgraded lithium ion battery offers better power consistency and will keep its charge longer over the years.
The unit is also equipped with a smart charging technology that automatically shuts the charging base off when the battery is fully charged. This protects the battery from burning out or shortening its life.
This is a handy cleaner that can be used on counter tops, vehicles and also stairs. It works well for both bare floors as well as carpets. This is also a great maintenance cleaning tool for pet owners who want to be able to quickly pick up pet hair and fur balls, without pulling out the main vacuum cleaner.
The CHV1410L comes 2 on board tools, namely the crevice tool and a brush attachment. You can clip this onto the nose of the device should you need it. This bagless vacuum also uses a washable filter so you can easily empty the dirt bin and rinse out the filter without buying or replacing the dust bag or filters.
Best Corded Hand Vacuum: Our top pick if you have pets, have carpets, or both. If being cordless or corded didn’t matter, this is our top pick for the best hand vacuum.
It packs a good amount of power, has a wide mouth and a stretch hose with attachments that lets you get to areas the flat suction path can’t get to. Best of all it costs under $40. This makes it the best value for money options available.
The one major advantage of this hand vacuum over the others is that is comes with a brush roll. That’s the reason why it has a broader mouth compared to the others. This gives you better cleaning ability when dealing with rugs, carpets, upholstery and carpeted stairs.
The extendable hose and crevice tool make up for the lack of a long, slim nose. This lets you get into the nooks and crannies that the wide nozzle can’t reach.
While this is a corded device, it does have a generous 20 foot cord. This makes it easier to use. Like the Black + Decker vac above, this Eureka cleaner does not require any vacuum dust bags. Just pull out the clear dirt bin and unload its contents over the trash can when it gets full.
For more power: If you don’t mind its slightly bigger size. And, you’re willing to make an investment for your cleaning tasks, then the Dyson V6 Trigger is a good option.
This is one of the best handheld vacuum cleaners around. Its one drawback is that it costs much more than the other products in our review. With this device you’re paying for quality and power. It packs more suction power compared to the smaller units and has the capability of being extended into a lightweight upright device, which is what the other Dyson V6 versions are.
The reason behind its power are 2-fold. One there’s the stronger 350 watt motor that runs on 110,000 revolutions per minute. And another is the better flow design, where dual tier radial cyclones work together for increased air flowing through its passageways and collecting more dirt.
The device holds like a power tool and operates through the use of a handle trigger. This makes it easy to control. The unit has an average run time of up to 20 minutes making at par with the top cordless hand vacs.
This device is ideal if you want something that has the power to make cleaning quick and more convenient.
Should you want cordless power without having the pay for the price of a Dyson, this is a good option. The BDH2000PL packs more power, and a wider opening compared to the CHV1410L above, though it has a shorter nose.
This makes the BDH2000PL more ideal if you want more suction power, need to pick up larger dirt particles. It also has the advantage over the CHV1410L in terms of folding up. This unit comes with a unique pivot head so you can turn and fold the nozzle into the body. This makes it store much better on the charging base.
The device is likewise very easy to clean as the motor component can be separated from the dirt cup and nozzle section. This lets you clean the dirt bin with water without risking any electrical issues.
Very similar to the other Black+Decker device above, it uses a rechargeable lithium ion battery and comes with a couple of on board tools to help with more specific tasks.
Cheap Hand Vacuum: This is the cheapest and most compact among our handheld vacuum cleaner reviews here. This is a cordless device that measures 10 inches long by 5 inches wide and 8 inches high (including the handle).
Designed for cleaning after pets and quick messes, you can change the front cleaning nozzle from a hard nose to a softer rubber nozzle. This lets you switch depending on the type of surface you’re vacuuming.
The flexible rubber nozzle is the ideal choice when you need to clean fabrics like pillows or sofas. They also work well for different types of upholstery as well as carpeted stairs.
Running on a 4 amp motor it weighs around 5 lbs. and comes with a sufficiently long 16 foot cord. The bagless design also saves you from needing to buy and replace and vacuum bags.
Low cost and effective, this is a good choice for pet owners who want a small device for cleaning quick messes.
Designed to handle pet cleaning chores, this handy cleaner is equipped with the suction ability and the tools to pick up pet hair from stubborn areas like carpets and car upholstery. The unit is easy to carry making it versatile.
You can use it on carpeted stairs, car seats and flooring as well as around you dog or cat’s cleaning area. Like many of the others, it uses a lithium ion battery that allows you around 20 minutes to use.
What makes this an effective pet vacuum are its:
- Pivoting nozzle: allowing for up to 25 degrees of turn so you can pick up dirt on different surfaces easily.
- Pet upholstery tool: this is a good sized attachment that has brush rollers to help pick up more pet hair and fur.
- Dusting brush: another attachment that helps with upholstery and delicate surfaces.
The tools can be interchanged by attaching them to the nozzle. You can as easily remove them depending on what you plan to clean.
Small Handheld Vacuum: So far, our focus has been more on function and cleaning ability. If however you want something that is very inexpensive and to be used for quick cleaning and tidying up messes, then this is a good choice.
While it isn’t as powerful, nor have as big a dirt bin as the others, the unit lets you do maintenance cleaning of smaller messes. It also takes up less space and costs half to a third of most of the other units in our cordless handheld vacuum reviews.
The unit comes with a nice design that blends in with almost any home’s interior. It also has a compact charging base to set the device on. A brush tool as well as a crevice accessory is included to let you make cleaning more convenient.
So there they are. Five easy to use cleaning tools that are very effective for picking up dirt and debris in the home. Use them to keep your family’s surrounding clean and hygienic.