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

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.

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2. 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.

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3. 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.

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