4 handheld vacuums you should consider

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A handheld vacuum provides unbeatable convenience whether you are just cleaning the backseat of the car or a bedroom floor. Boasting a slim profile, this compact cleaning machine easily fits into tight spaces. It is also lightweight and superbly easy to store.

Although handheld vacuums are not exactly cut out for deep cleaning, they serve well for handling quick messes that a full-size vacuum would be overkill to use on.

When selecting this kind of cleaning appliance, you will need to first determine if a cordless model is sufficient for your needs or you would love the sustained power provided by a plug-in unit. In terms of ease of use, cordless handheld vacuums are more preferred. However, the battery life will be a big consideration here since it would be annoying to have the machine use up all its energy when you are not even halfway through one spot.

While corded models have cables that limit their reach, they do offer sustained running. Choose a model with attachments that add to its versatility.


The budget seekers should give the Black & Decker Dustbuster CHV1410 a try. This model features a sleek head plus an ergonomic handle to help ease up on the cleaning chore. Getting into tight spaces is easy with the streamlined nozzle.

The device is quite easy to maneuver as well. With a smaller battery compared to other options, this machine has been subjected to testing and has been found to provide much power. The convenience accessories include a combo brush that swings out and a crevice tool that slides out for more cleaning functionality.

In terms of battery life, the Dirt Devil Gator BD10165 outclasses others in its category. There’s an attachment for a variety of applications so you can freshen up the upholstery, clean up messes on the carpet, and reach into tight corners with ease.



The device ships with a telescopic crevice tool and a power brush roll attachment that add to its versatility. It operates up to 25 minutes on a single charge. Pet hair can be a problem for it though.

That is where the Shark Pet Perfect II SV780 is reliable for. It can handle bare floor and carpet messes. The unique charging stand is another selling point as it features convenient slots for all the tools and attachments that come in the package. It excels at removing pet hair from carpets.

If getting into hard-to-access spots is a primary concern, you should give the Black & Decker MAX Lithium Flex Vacuum BDH2020FLFH a second look. This option carries a higher price tag but it does come with a 4-foot hose that is quite flexible and enables you to reach the messes in those tight areas. The machine is also able to clean a larger variety of surfaces compared to other models with the same size. Moreover, it runs for 16 minutes between charges.