Best Handheld Vacuums

Review & Comparison, Last Update March 16, 2017
A handheld vacuum cleaner is a truly must-have appliance for any household. This small appliance makes cleaning easy and trouble-free. We have chosen 5 best handheld vacuum cleaners for you so now you can make a reasonable choice. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
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CONS
OUR VERDICT
Operation
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PROS

3x better suction power than most competitors offer.

Powerful Dyson V6 digital motor.

2 Tier radial cyclones.

CONS

It's more expensive than most similar appliances.

OUR VERDICT

One of the most efficient and high-performing handheld vacuum cleaners with a comfortable grip. Also, it has a powerful boost mode.

detailed parameters
Operation
3.4 lbs, cordless
Power
100 AW
Attachments
Mini motorized tool / Combination tool / Crevice tool
Extras
Hygienic bin emptying
PROS
3-step filtration system ensures the highest filtration level possible and prevents clogging. High power and high-capacity battery ensures the long and performing work of the appliance.
CONS
Check the rubber valve inside a filter: it may get clogged.
OUR VERDICT
This high-performing portable handheld vacuum cleaner can clean floors, carpets, furniture, rugs, etc. Combines efficiency and usability.
detailed parameters
Operation
4.4 lbs, cordless
Power
20 V
Attachments
Crevice tool, On-board brush
Extras
Washable filter, Pre-filter, Charging base
PROS
Cyclonic Action technology provides the most powerful suction regardless of how full the dust bowl is. All components are attached to the appliance so you will never lose them. Excellent battery life for a cordless handheld vacuum cleaner - up to 1.5-2 hours.
CONS
Some users think this compact handheld vac is somewhat loud, but this isn't an issue for the vast majority of owners.
OUR VERDICT
A convenient and modern handheld vac which is both efficient and easy-to-use thanks to an elaborate design and long battery life.
detailed parameters
Operation
4.8 lbs, cordless
Power
16 V
Attachments
Crevice tool, Flip-up brush
Extras
Removable and washable dust tank, Washable filter, Washable pre-filter
PROS
Motorized brush roll is very handy for cleaning carpets. 4 available cleaning options for all kinds of surfaces. Twister cyclonic technology provides a constant powerful suction.
CONS

The charging base is quite big (21 inches long) and requires a lot of space for storage.

OUR VERDICT

An efficient and inexpensive Shark handheld vacuum cleaner is very good at removing pet hair.

detailed parameters
Operation
4.9 lbs, cordless
Power
18 V
Attachments
Motorized pet hair brush, Crevice tool, Dusting brush
Extras
Washable filter
PROS

Powerful 5.5 Amp electric motor.

A long power cord (20 feet).

Several colors are available.

CONS

It’s a corded handheld vacuum cleaner so you use it within a reach of a power outlet.

OUR VERDICT

It’s a good Eureka handheld vacuum at a really attractive price. This dust buster is particularly efficient for cleaning cars.

detailed parameters
Operation
4.8 lbs, corded
Power
605 W
Attachments
Stretch hose / On-board crevice tool / Riser visor
Extras
Bagless filter

What is a Handheld Vacuum

Everybody knows what a vacuum cleaner is - they are used in every home. However, a conventional vac is quite difficult to use if you need to cope with cleaning furniture, narrow places, shelves, etc. And that’s why you need a handheld vacuum that will make the cleaning easy as never before. A handheld vacuum, as it goes from the name, is a small vac that you hold in a hand. It must be lightweight, very convenient, yet provide impressive suction. Also, handheld vacuum cleaners are very often used to clean up the interior of cars.

However, if you need a high-performing vacuum cleaner for cleaning the whole house, please, check our review about canister vacuums that provide powerful suction and can remove the finest dust. And if you need a small, portable vac for cleaning a car - make sure to read our review on car vacuum cleaners.

What Features to Compare

There are many handheld vacuum reviews on the web yet picking a decent one is still a problem for most customers. However, you do not want to waste your money, do you? That is why we have compared 5 most popular dust busters by the most important features.

First of all, you need to choose the mode of Operation - there are cordless handheld vacuum cleaners that have a battery and corded vacs that require a direct connection to a power outlet. No need to say, if you want to be fully autonomous and use the dust buster anywhere - at home or in a car - a cordless model will be preferable. The good thing about any cordless handheld vacuum is that it is always ready for operation - you do need to unwrap a cord, find the nearest power outlet, wrap the cord up again, etc. If the perfect efficiency and simple design are the priorities - then you can pick a corded model. Don’t forget to check how long the power cord is if you choose a corded dust buster.

The next essential feature is the Power of the electric motor every handheld vacuum has. The higher the motor power is, the more suction it creates and, therefore, the handheld vacuum cleaner is more efficient. Also, any corded handheld vacuum cleaner is more powerful than its cordless rival.

If you are going to clean narrow crevices you must be sure your vac can handle it. Handheld vacuum cleaners are used not only for crevices but also for all kinds of surfaces, so you need to know what Attachments each model includes and how handy they are. As usual, there are a number of additional attachments included in a package such as a brush, a hose, etc. Some models have a special pet hair brush which is a must-have item if you have a pet at home. Also, certain handheld vacuums go with a rubber contour nozzle for cleaning smooth surfaces or glass.

Finally, pay attention to the Extras every handheld vacuum cleaner has. For example, the best handheld vacuums include filters that capture all the dust so you don’t breathe it. It’s very good for human health, particularly if you are allergic or suffer from asthma.

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Review of Dyson V6 Trigger

Dyson V6 Trigger

Dyson V6 Trigger

Operation

This is a cordless handheld vacuum cleaner with a fade-free Li-ion battery. It takes 3.5 hours to charge the battery. The battery has enough capacity to work up to 20 minutes in a boost mode and even longer in a usual mode.

Review of Dyson V6 Trigger

Power

Dyson V6 boasts the unique Root Cyclone technology which allows it to capture dirt and small dust more effectively. The suction power this vac creates is 3 times larger than any other handheld vacuum provides.

Dyson V6 Trigger in the use

Attachments

There are 3 useful attachments included in a package: a mini motorized tool for cleaning floors or carpets, a combination tool with a brush (used to clean the furniture), and a crevice tool (for narrow places).

Detailed review of Dyson V6 Trigger

Extras

No need to say, this best handheld vacuum cleaner has an advanced filtration system which prevents any breathing problems. Next, this super-powerful handheld vacuum has a Boost mode which ensures the top suction for the most difficult tasks.

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Dyson V6 Trigger
Dyson V6 Trigger
 
Review of BLACK & DECKER BDH2000PL MAX Lithium Pivot Vacuum

BLACK & DECKER BDH2000PL MAX Lithium Pivot Vacuum

BLACK & DECKER BDH2000PL MAX Lithium Pivot Vacuum

Operation

This portable Black & Decker vacuum cleaner is one of the best cordless vacs available on the market today. It boasts a compact size and a cordless design (it runs on a battery), so you can carry it around your house without any inconvenience. This portable handheld vacuum cleaner is designed to clean even the most hard-to-reach areas of your house such as cupboards, shelves, areas between furniture and walls, and so on. This Black & Decker vac has a pivoting nozzle which makes it so efficient. Also, this vac has a Li-ion battery that gives you around 15 minutes of continuous operation which is enough to cope with most areas of your house (keep in mind that handheld vacuum cleaners aren't designed for cleaning all floors in your house).

Review of BLACK & DECKER BDH2000PL MAX Lithium Pivot Vacuum

Power

Although, it's a cordless handheld vacuum cleaner, yet it generates strong suction power that allows you to pick all the dust and debris at home. Just like other cordless Black & Decker models, this handheld vacuum boasts the cutting-edge cyclonic action. The voltage this handheld vacuum cleaner works on is 20 V, so this model is more powerful than Black & Decker CHV1410L model. Some cordless handheld vacs suffer from a gradual decrease in power when the battery is running low, but this model guarantees a fade free operation.

BLACK & DECKER BDH2000PL MAX Lithium Pivot Vacuum in the use

Attachments

This Black & Decker handheld vacuum cleaner has an exclusive pivoting nozzle that ensures efficient clean-ups in the narrowest places. The pivoting nozzle is, actually, a crevice tool. Also, there's a small brush on the tip of the nozzle. Therefore, this small cordless handheld vacuum cleaner ensures the efficient cleaning of stairs, floors, carpets, shelves, and so on. Though some other dust busters have more attachments, this model is extremely efficient without any add-ons.

Detailed review of BLACK & DECKER BDH2000PL MAX Lithium Pivot Vacuum

Extras

Black & Decker dust buster takes care of user's health thanks to a sophisticated 3-stage filtration system. The pleated filter is very performing and prevents the vac from clogging. The dust container is transparent, so you always know when it's time to empty it. Besides, you can detach it and clean right under the running water.

BLACK & DECKER BDH2000PL MAX Lithium Pivot Vacuum application

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Reviewed- Black & Decker 20v Lithium Pivot Hand Held Vacuum
BLACK & DECKER BDH2000PL MAX Lithium Pivot Vacuum
BLACK & DECKER BDH2000PL MAX Lithium Pivot Vacuum
 
Review of Black & Decker CHV1410L 16 volt Lithium Cordless Dust Buster Hand Vac

Black & Decker CHV1410L 16 volt Lithium Cordless Dust Buster Hand Vac

Black & Decker CHV1410L 16 volt Lithium Cordless Dust Buster Hand Vac

Operation

Black & Decker CHV1410L is a brand-new model which has conquered its market niche. This is a cordless handheld vac which runs on a battery and boasts quite a good battery life. As usual, this compact vac can work for up to 1.5 or 2 hours before charging. As you can see, Black & Decker handheld vac allows you to cope up with the whole house, unless it's a huge mansion with 20 bedrooms, of course. The charging time is quite short - just a bit over an hour and the vac is ready again.

Review of Black & Decker CHV1410L 16 volt Lithium Cordless Dust Buster Hand Vac

Power

The Black & Decker handheld vacuum cleaner has quite a powerful electric motor that yields a voltage of up to 16 V. That's quite a good result for a compact appliance and the suction is stable thanks to Cyclonic Action technology which spins all dust and small debris and doesn't clog the dust bowl. As usual, this small dust buster can pick even cat or dog nutrition, pet litter, small debris, etc. However, you shouldn't use this appliance for picking too large debris.

Black & Decker CHV1410L 16 volt Lithium Cordless Dust Buster Hand Vac in the use

Attachments

This best handheld vacuum cleaner has a relatively long narrow nozzle with an expandable crevice tool that helps you pick up dust behind the furniture, in the furniture, on the shelves, and so on. There's also a flip-up brush for cleaning upholstery. Of course, you can use a brush for cleaning the seats in your car - you're gonna save some money on a special car vacuum cleaner. No need to say, some other additional attachments are available but you mightn't even need them since the original package of Black & Decker is good enough for all the necessary tasks a handheld vac is designed for.

Detailed review of Black & Decker CHV1410L 16 volt Lithium Cordless Dust Buster Hand Vac

Extras

Though it's a compact dust buster, it has quite a large dust bowl which is easily removable and washable in a running water. Next, your health is protected by washable filter and pre-filter. Of course, you can simply throw the dust and garbage away since thorough cleaning of a bowl and a filter takes more time. However, the more often you will do it, the better the suction will be.

Black & Decker CHV1410L 16 volt Lithium Cordless Dust Buster Hand Vac application

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BLACK + DECKER CHV1410L 16 volt Lithium Cordless Dust Buster Hand Vac
Black & Decker CHV1410L 16 volt Lithium Cordless Dust Buster Hand Vac
Black & Decker CHV1410L 16 volt Lithium Cordless Dust Buster Hand Vac
 
Review of Shark SV780 Pet Perfect II Hand Vac

Shark SV780 Pet Perfect II Hand Vac

Shark SV780 Pet Perfect II Hand Vac

Operation

It’s the 3d cordless handheld vacuum cleaner in our dust buster review. The battery is good enough but it takes a long time to fully charge it (up to 20 hours), so you need to think about it before you are going to use a vac. Actually, some owners prefer charging the handheld vacuum for about a half hour, then use the device for some time.

Review of Shark SV780 Pet Perfect II Hand Vac

Power

The manufacturer claims this is the most powerful cordless handheld vacuum on the market, but we have failed to find out the exact power the motor yields. The only available information about the handheld vacuum is the fact that the motor has an 18V direct current electric motor. A twister cyclonic technology maintains a really strong suction.

Shark SV780 Pet Perfect II Hand Vac in the use

Attachments

Shark handheld vacuum cleaner goes with the following attachments: a motorized pet hair brush (particularly helpful for pet owners), a crevice tool, and a dusting brush. As you can see, this small handheld vacuum is perfect to clean surfaces from pet hair. Of course, this device can't perform the wet cleaning.

Detailed review of Shark SV780 Pet Perfect II Hand Vac

Extras

This portable handheld vacuum has a washable filter and dust cup filters that you will change from time to time. It is recommended to change the dust cup filter if you do not want to breathe a dusty air when using a vac. Also, the advantage of this vac is a charging base with a special space for storing all the attachments. Therefore, you won't lose them which is very convenient for any user.

Shark SV780 Pet Perfect II Hand Vac application

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Shark Pet Perfect Portable Vacuum Review
Shark SV780 Pet Perfect II Hand Vac
Shark SV780 Pet Perfect II Hand Vac
 
Review of Eureka 71B Corded EasyClean

Eureka 71B Corded EasyClean

Eureka 71B Corded EasyClean

Operation

It’s a corded Eureka handheld vacuum cleaner that goes with a long 20-foot cord. However, you might need an extension cord if there’s no power outlet near a place you are going to use a vac.

Review of Eureka 71B Corded EasyClean

Power

The motor of this Eureka handheld vacuum has the power of 5.5 Amp which is enough to create a strong suction that will remove dirt and fine dust. The unique feature of this vac is the fact that it has 2 motors: one creates suction, while the second one revolves the brush.

Eureka 71B Corded EasyClean in the use

Attachments

First thing you notice is a stretch hose that is very helpful for cleaning furniture or shelves. There is an onboard crevice tool and even a riser visor for carpeted surfaces (including stairs).

Detailed review of Eureka 71B Corded EasyClean

Extras

This dust buster vacuum has a bagless filter which protects you from dust and bacterias. Also, there is a dust cup which you can easily clean.

Eureka 71B Corded EasyClean application

Eureka 71B Corded EasyClean
Eureka 71B Corded EasyClean
 

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