Lean, Mean, Cleaning Machines — The Best Handheld Vacuums to Buy Right Now

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When it comes to cleaning, having a vacuum that works well on any surface and can last as long as the job at hand (held) is essential. Handheld vacuums are a great addition to your collection of cleaning products if you need something for cleaning up quick, daily spills. But if you’re living in a small space, having a handheld vacuum that does the job of its full-sized competitors is vital.

Handheld vacuums are one of the most convenient cleaning tools available. They can reach spaces that full-sized vacuums can’t access, they provide a suitable alternative to using a broom and dust bin, and they’re not cumbersome to use, making them perfect for people with hand and wrist issues. Handheld vacuums are portable, making them easy to transport to the garage for quick detailing jobs on your car, or even to your office when it’s time for spring cleaning. Time to put your cushions outside for the summer? A handheld vacuum will quickly get rid of dirt and dust that may have built up over the winter months.

Whether you are pet-friendly or pet-free, have a big or small space, or need help cleaning dry or wet messes, these handheld vacuums live up to the hype.


1. BLACK+DECKER Dustbuster Cordless Lithium Hand Vacuum

The BLACK+DECKER Dustbuster Cordless Lithium Hand Vacuum packs a considerable amount of storage for such a small vacuum, meaning you can go a long time without emptying the washable bowl and filter between cleanings. With a large opening, the vacuum can pick up big items like spilled cereal, making it ideal for cleaning messes of all sizes. A wall mount makes it easy to keep the vacuum out of the way when it’s not in use and easy to access when life gets messy. The Dustbuster comes with two attachments, including a brush and a crevice tool for small spaces.

Pros: The translucent dirt bowl makes it easy for users to see when its time to empty the container.

Cons: Like any vacuum, it’s not recommended to keep the Dustbuster plugged into its charger at all times as it will shorten the lifespan of the battery.

BLACK+DECKER Dustbuster Cordless Lithium Hand Vacuum Image courtesy of Amazon


2. Lozayi Handheld Vacuum

Using long-lasting lithium-ion batteries, the Lozayi Handheld Vacuum won’t stop until the job is done. The Lozayi has a 304-stainless-steel filter that can be removed and cleaned and a 100-watt high-powered motor that quickly and easily sucks up dirt and dust, including pet hair and unseen particles and allergens. With an LED light on the front of the vacuum, it’s easier than ever to see where you’re cleaning. The Lozayi comes with four attachments, including a pet brush, a crevice tool, a dusting brush for delicate surfaces and a liquid nozzle for cleaning wet spills. We also like that the Lozayi comes with safety features like temperature and input voltage protection to ensure it won’t overheat.

Pros: The Lozayi has a 35-minute runtime, which is the longest of all the vacuums on our list.

Cons: The Lozayi has a smaller dust bag than other vacuums on the list and therefore needs to be emptied more frequently.

Lozayi Handheld Vacuum Image courtesy of Amazon


3. Dirt Devil Scorpion Quick Flip Corded Hand Vacuum

If you’re looking for a handheld vacuum that is big in power and small in price, the Dirt Devil Scorpion Quick Flip Corded Hand Vacuum has what you want. It’s lightweight and has a cord that extends 16 feet, which is long enough to reach any mess that happens near an outlet. Its bag-less design means it won’t take up much room, which is essential if you’re living in a space with no room to spare. The filter can be rinsed for easy cleaning and the sizeable .45L dirt cup can handle big jobs.

Pros: The Dirt Devil has a QuickFlip Crevice Tool that makes it easy to switch between cleaning large spaces and small nooks and crannies.

Cons: The Dirt Devil is the only vacuum on our list that isn’t cordless, which reduces its portability.

Dirt Devil Scorpion Quick Flip Corded Hand Vacuum Image courtesy of Amazon


4. Homasy Portable Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

Clean hard to reach areas with the Homasy Portable Handheld Vacuum Cleaner, which includes multiple attachments for jobs of all sizes. Clean pet hair, paper scraps, cereal and even unseen motes that measure as small as 0. 3 microns and can live in furniture and mattresses. The Homasy has an impressive 600ml capacity dust-collection cup that lets you keep cleaning, while the four 2200mah high-capacity Lithium batteries power the vacuum for up to 30 minutes on a single charge. The Homasy reaches fully charged in under four hours and its powerful 100-watt motor has a 8Kpa suction. The Homasy can be charged up to 500 times, giving it a five-year lifetime, which is significantly longer than competitors.

Pros: The Homasy is one of the only vacuums on our list that can tackle wet messes, with the rubber jar attachment enabling the vacuum to suck up 100ml of liquid in one pass.

Cons: The Homasy gives off 78dB of noise, making it slightly louder than other models on our list.

Homasy Portable Handheld Vacuum Cleaner Image courtesy of Amazon


5. BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Lithium Ion Cordless Hand Vacuum

Calling all pets owners! It’s time to put an end to furniture covered in dog and cat hair thanks to the BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Lithium-Ion Cordless Hand Vacuum. The powerful motorized vacuum comes with a brush tool to remove embedded dirt and pet hair from carpets and furniture, with the Bissell also including an upholstery tool and crevice tool. The dirt cup has a 0.7L capacity and is easy to remove and empty, with triple-level filtration helping to improve the cleaning performance.

Pros: Bissell donates part of the proceeds from every vacuum purchased to a foundation for dogs.

Cons: The Bissell is designed specifically to be used on pet hair and not to replace full-sized vacuums, with the 14.4V lithium battery having a run time of only 17 minutes, which is shorter than other models on our list.

BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Lithium Ion Cordless Hand Vacuum Image courtesy of Amazon


6. BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX Flex Handheld Vacuum

Clean big jobs without having to stop and empty the large 20.6-ounce dust bowl with the BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX Flex Handheld Vacuum. The Flex Handheld has a strong suction and 20 V Lithium-Ion battery for fade-free power that means it will pick up objects big and small throughout the cleaning process. The large bowl is easy to empty and can be cleaned with water. The Flex Handheld comes with a pet hairbrush to help remove stubborn pet hairs from carpet and furniture.

Pros: The Flex Handheld has a three-stage filtration system that prevents dust and dirt from escaping back into your home.

Cons: The Flex Handheld is the most cumbersome vacuum on our list and requires two hands to use.

BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX Flex Handheld Vacuum Image courtesy of Amazon