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10 Best Handheld Vacuums

Large vacuums offer high-powered suction, but their size limits the places they can reach — and that’s why it’s helpful to have one of the best handheld vacuums. Compact and lightweight, these vacuums are designed to reach almost anywhere. Whether you’re getting into tight corners or cleaning between your sofa cushions, a handheld vacuum makes the job quick and easy. The trick? Choosing a model with the right amount of suction and the accessories you need for pet hair, edges, and other hard-to-reach spots.

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1. Shark Rocket Ultra-Light


Shark Rocket Ultra-Light with TruePet Mini Motorized Brush and 15-foot Power Cord Hand Vacuum (HV292), Maroon best handheld vacuum


Don’t worry about charging batteries when you have the Shark Rocket Ultra-Light in your closet. This model comes with a 15-foot power cord, so it’s always ready to go when you have a mess to clean. The super-lightweight body is a breeze to lift and move, making cleaning a comfortable and hassle-free experience. Operating it is a breeze — just grip the handle, and the power switch is in easy reach. The powerful suction lifts everything from dust to allergens, and the including TruePet motorized brush removes pet hair from your furniture and rugs. We love the crevice tool, which is perfect for corners and the tops of molding.


2. BLACK+DECKER Dustbuster


BLACK+DECKER dustbuster Handheld Vacuum, Cordless, 16V (CHV1410L) best handheld vacuum


Need an affordable handheld vacuum? The BLACK+DECKER Dustbuster is a great option. This little vacuum runs on a lithium-ion battery, so you can take it virtually anywhere for effortless cleanup — plus, since the batteries can maintain their charge for up to 18 months, this is a great option for camping, RVing, and off-the-grid adventures. The washable dirt bowl cleans quickly, and the easy-empty design allows you to pour out dust and debris without getting your hands dirty. The best part? The flip-up brush and extendable crevice tool are built-in, so you don’t have to worry about keeping track of them.


3. BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser


BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Lithium Ion Cordless Hand Vacuum, Purple best handheld vacuum


Looking for the best handheld vacuum for pet hair? It’s hard to beat the BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser. It’s engineered with a special motorized brush and upholstery tool, each designed to remove pet hair and debris from your carpets and furniture. As you clean, the triple-level filtration system helps keep hair, dust, and allergens in to leave your air feeling cleaner and fresher. Rely on the large dirt bit for longer-lasting cleaning times and effortless emptying.


4. Homasy Portable Handheld Vacuum Cleaner


Homasy Portable Handheld Vacuum Cleaner Cordless, Powerful Cyclonic Suction Cleaner, Rechargeable 14.8V Lithium w/Quick Charge, Wet Dry Vacuum Cleaner for Pet Hair, Dust, Gravel Cleaning, Black best handheld vacuum


With its small frame and lightweight design, the Homasy portable vacuum is the perfect tool for quick messes. The compact body is easy to maneuver with one hand, so you can clean up messes in seconds. The best part? This model features a wet-dry design that’s useful for a wide range of situations. A full charge provides up to 30 minutes of cleaning, and the washable filter reduces waste. Just detach and rinse it for continuous high-performance suction — no need to run to the store for a new filter.


5. Hikeren Handheld Vacuum


Hikeren Handheld Vacuum, Hand Vacuum Cordless 7Kpa Strong Suction Powered by Li-ion Battery Rechargeable Quick Charge Tech, Mini Vacuum for Home and Car Cleaning, Black& Orange best handheld vacuum


If you have kids, you know that spills and crumbs are inevitable. That’s where the Hikeren vacuum comes in. It’s the best handheld vacuum for the car — and for good reason. The ultra-small body tucks under a seat, and the wide handle is easy to grip. Use the narrow nose for most messes, or snap on the crevice tool, brush, and extension hose to reach every corner of your vehicle. This budget-friendly model is cordless, so you don’t have to pull out an extension cord when it’s time to clean.

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6. BLACK+DECKER Dustbuster AdvancedClean+


BLACK+DECKER dustbuster Handheld Vacuum, Cordless, AdvancedClean+, White (HHVK320J10) best handheld vacuum


The perfect combination of small size and powerful suction, the BLACK+DECKER Dustbuster AdvancedClean+ is a lightweight handheld vacuum for people with frequent cleaning needs. The compact frame is easy to lift, so you can grab it quickly and get to a mess before it spreads. Choose from two speeds to suit tough and light jobs. Need to reach between cushions or into a tight spot? Just snap on the included extra-long crevice tool, and you can get into tight spots with ease.


7. Shark WV201 WANDVAC


Shark WV201 WANDVAC Handheld Vacuum, Lightweight at 1.4 Pounds with Powerful Suction, Charging Dock, Single Touch Empty and Detachable Dust Cup best handheld vacuum


Sleek and streamlined, the Shark WV201 WANDVAC is as stylish as it is powerful. It features a long, slim body that fits into almost any spot — and when you need extra length, just attach the duster crevice tool. Thanks to its small size and compact charging base, this vacuum is small enough to place on a countertop. When the bin is full, simply push a button on the handle for one-touch emptying; that way, your hands stay far from the dirt and debris.


8. Audew Cordless Handheld Vacuum


Audew Cordless Handheld Vacuum, Upgraded Hand Vacuum Cordless Rechargeable Pet Hair Vacuum, Car Vacuum Cleaner for Home and Car Cleaning best handheld cordless vacuum


Need a cheap cordless vacuum to add to your collection of cleaning tools? This Audew model is a budget-friendly option. It features a small, streamlined body for comfortable cleaning and cyclone technology to ensure efficient suction. The included accessories help you lift up liquids, hairs, dust, and more. With its quick-charge mechanism, this model is always ready to go.


9. Holife Powerful Handheld Vacuum


Holife Powerful Handheld Vacuum Cordless Cleaner Rechargeable, 30mins Portable Suction Hand Vacuum with Diploid Filtration, Lightweight Wet Dry 14.8V Lithium Hand Vac for Home Pet Hair Car Cleaning best handheld vacuum

If you’re dealing with both wet and dry messes, this Holife vacuum has the versatility you need. Its unique design enables it to remove everything from liquid to pet hair. The high-efficiency diploid filter keeps tiny particles out of the air, and the powerful motor delivers exceptional suction. Weighing in at just 3.4 pounds, this model feels comfortable and light in your hand. It comes with a handy charging station — just pop the vacuum on the base between uses. The battery charges fully in just 2-3 hours, so you can grab it for fast cleanup at any time.


10. Arster Handheld Vacuum


Handheld Vacuum, Handheld Vacuum Cleaner Cordless 8Kpa Strong Suction Powered by Li-ion Battery Rechargeable Quick Charge Tech, Mini Vacuum for Home and Car best handheld vacuum

Keep your car clean at all times with the Arster handheld vacuum. It’s made with a small body, so you can keep it in the vehicle or carry it out of the house in seconds. The small nozzle maneuvers easily around your car seats, and the included attachments enable you to get into almost any crack or crevice. With the included brush, you can even pick up pet hair after a road trip. This vacuum comes with two HEPA 2.0 filters; both can be washed and reused, so you can cut back on waste and ensure that your vacuum is always able to filter dirt and allergens effectively.

When you have a portable vacuum on hand, it’s a breeze to tackle a small mess or get into a hard-to-reach area for a truly deep clean. The best handheld vacuums are light and easy to carry, creating a more comfortable cleaning experience.

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By BCR Staff

March 2020