A handheld vacuum is one of the most convenient appliances you can have in your home. Especially if you have a two or three-story house. Few things are as agonizingly annoying as dragging your canister or stick vacuum from the basement and up flights of stairs just to clean up a small spill. Having a small and compact handheld vacuum stored away close by for when you need it can be a real blessing.
And don’t think handheld vacuums are only for your house. These helpful cleaning gadgets can be a luxury when it comes to cleaning your car. Having one of these available in a garage or stowed in a compartment in your car, especially if you travel with pets and kids, can be the only thing that helps keep your once-clean car from becoming a total pet-hair and crumb-filled war zone.
To Cord, or Not To Cord, That is the Question
Handheld vacuums come in two varieties: corded and cordless. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. Corded vacuums provide non-stop run time, so if you feel like cleaning your entire apartment, or your SUV with a handheld, you can get the job done without having to stop and recharge. Of course, you’re physically bound by wherever there is a power outlet. You may also need to run extension cords if you run out of slack.
Cordless handheld vacuums on the other hand provide the freedom to clean anywhere. These can be ultra-convenient for spot cleaning jobs, especially if you’re on a road trip and you’re trying to keep your car clean. Nowadays, cordless vacuums are just as powerful as corded models, but you run the risk of running out of juice before your cleaning is done. Of course, we recommend a full cordless vacuum for large cleaning jobs.
The Best Handheld Vacuums for Sale in 2021
Wave goodbye to the frustration of spilled coffee grounds, cereal or ground-in pet hair in your car’s carpeted floor. We have a handheld for you that can run through the task at hand.
Below are our recommendations for the best handheld vacuums available in 2021.
1. Black+Decker 20V Max Handheld
Powerful suction and a pivoting head combine for a versatile handheld vacuum that can handle most jobs. It quickly picks up dust, dirt and larger messes like cereal. And if you’re more concerned about getting pet hair off your upholstery, it can do that, too. The pivoting head gives it the edge on other handhelds when it comes to getting into tricky places. Power, price and versatility, this vacuum has it all.
2. Bissell AeroSlim
This is a great option for small-mess cleanup. It stands upright and is compact enough that you could keep it in the corner on your kitchen counter and it wouldn’t be out of place. It quickly picks up dust, spilled coffee grounds and is great for sucking crumbs off your laptop when you have a “working lunch.” The dust cup is pretty small, hence why it’s best for smaller cleanups.
3. Black+Decker Dustbuster
It’s not as powerful as its 20V counterpart, but it’s about $20 cheaper and has longer battery life. Plus, it can still clean plenty of messes without compromise. Sure, it’s not the best pick for pet hair, but cleaning dust, dirt and debris is all within its wheelhouse. And when this little fella runs out of juice, it recharges quickly.
4. Work WX030L Power Share
GREAT FOR CARS
It’s a bit boxy and bulky, but the flexible hose plus the attachments ensure that even the hardest to reach spots in your car can get cleaned. It’s strong enough to snag even the most crushed-up debris or pet hair that’s been stomped into the car’s floor carpet. And if your car is really needing a cleaning, the 23-minute battery life offers plenty of time to get the whole job done on a single charge.
5. Bissell Pet Hair Eraser
BEST CORDED PET HAIR VACUUM
If you got a heavy shedding animal in the home, you might want to opt for this handheld vacuum of the corded variety. You don’t have to worry about running out of battery, and the rubber nozzle on the Bissell works the pet hair out of carpet and rugs as you make your passes. And for messes that aren’t pet hair, just remove the nozzle and you’re set.
6. Black+Decker Dustbuster for Pets
CORDLESS PET HAIR REMOVAL
When your pets travel with you, or you just don’t feel like unplugging and replugging your handheld vacuum in and out of every room, the Dustbuster for Pets is a solid solution. A motorized mini brush attachment makes light work of pet hair. It also comes with a long crevice tool for hard to reach spots. Plus, a large dust cup that empties at the bottom and a washable filter make cleanups easy and convenient.
7. Dyson V7
This is like having the power of a canister vacuum in a handheld device. It easily traps dust and pet hair thanks to the mini motorized tool. And when it comes to cleanup, the hygienic dirt ejector gets rid of the mess without you ever having to touch the cup or dirt. Beyond the easy cleanup, it has a lengthy 30-minute runtime without its power fading. This is a ridiculously powerful handheld vacuum with a great design. It’s also priced like that, too.
8. Eufy by Anker
If you read the award and thought, “how can a handheld vacuum be elegant?” just take a look at the Eufy and you’ll understand. It’s sleek, extra lightweight, comfortable to hold and looks more like a designer piece of tech compared to a standard home appliance. Beyond looking great, it actually has quite a bit of cleaning power, too. This is a great option that you can leave out and available whenever you need it.
9. Vapamore MR-50 Wet-Dry Steam Cleaner
VACUUM AND STEAM CLEANER
Anyone that has introduced a new puppy to the family knows that not all messes are dry ones. For those unfortunate (and frequent) wet accidents, a wet-dry handheld vacuum like the Vapamore comes in handy. It sanitizes without the need for added chemicals and the wheels make it easy to maneuver back and forth around an area. It can handle both wet and dry clean-up jobs and it’s quiet when in use.
10. Iris USA Mattress and Furniture Cleaner
BEST FOR MATTRESSES
When was the last time you cleaned your mattress? If you don’t remember, it’s probably well overdue. Thankfully, the Iris handheld vacuum cleaner can help. It has a colored lighting system that will let you know when a section is completely clean. The powerful suction traps allergens and removes pesky dust mites that might be stuck in your mattress. It also does wonders on furniture but isn’t the best option for other surfaces.