Best Handheld Vacuum

There are a hundred and one reasons to own a handheld vacuum cleaner – maybe your home has mostly hard flooring and you only need it for a small area, maybe you have a limited amount of space and can’t find space to store a full-sized vacuum. Whatever your reason, we’ve taken the time to research some of the best handheld vacuums on the market today and as such, we feel we can safely say that there is a model in this list that’s perfect for your needs.

Best Handheld Vacuum 2018 – Top 10

We’ve started by creating a table that shows some of the most basic attributes of each of our recommendations. This is to help you get a feel for the range of vacuum cleaners we’ll be discussing, but don’t worry – we’ll be going more in-depth with each individual model shortly.

Product NameWeightPower cord
Dirt Devil SD20005RED Scorpion3.75 pounds16 feet
BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Cordless Hand Vacuum3 poundsCordless
Black + Decker BDH2000L3.9 poundsCordless
BLACK+DECKER BDH1620FLFH MAX6.3 poundsCordless
Oreck Compact Canister Vacuum Cleaner4 pounds30 feet
Hoover CH30000 PortaPower Lightweight Commercial Canister Vacuum8.3 pounds33 feet
Dyson V6 Trigger Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner3.4 poundsCordless
Holife Handheld Vacuum3.27 poundsCordless

As promised, we’re now going to take a closer look at each handheld vacuum cleaner. We’ll be discussing any advantages and strengths that each model has, whilst making sure to mention any areas that might need a little work. The first product we’ll be talking about is the Dirt Devil SD20005RED Scorpion, so let’s begin.


Dirt Devil SD20005RED Scorpion – Best Budget Handheld Vacuum

The Dirt Devil SD20005RED Scorpion is a visually striking handheld vacuum cleaner, that’s for sure. The glossy scarlet casing sets it apart from the all too often drab-looking competition and drives home the point that just because it’s a cleaning appliance, it doesn’t have to look boring.

It is a very lightweight product, weighing just 3.75 pounds, which makes it comfortable to use, even for long periods of time. It isn’t bulky either, at 12” long, 5” tall and 7” wide, so you can easily fit it in a cupboard or even under the sink when not in use. These features make it a great choice for use in a very small space, like a mobile home or dorm room, plus the fact that it’s so inexpensive (retailing at under $30) will undoubtedly make it very attractive to buyers on a budget.

So how does it perform? Well, it makes short work of dust, debris and even the bane of many people’s lives: pet hair. This is due in no small part to the powerful 7 amp motor which provides a large amount of suction, more than you might expect for such a small vacuum.

The power cord is reasonably long at 16 feet, so you can easily clean a whole room, although you will probably have to unplug it to clean around your home. This is to be expected though, especially in a low-cost handheld vacuum cleaner. This is a bagless unit too, so emptying it is a simple matter of carefully unclipping the back part and tipping it into the trash – with no replacement bags needed, there are no additional costs and as such, this is a very economical vacuum in the long term as well as the short, which is a huge advantage seeing as some vacuum bags cost $10 a pack.

This model has a really useful little feature built in: instead of physically attaching and removing a crevice tool as you need it, it’s actually built into the vacuum itself. You can extend it by sliding a button in front of the handle forward, which is a time saver if nothing else. We did notice that the crevice tool had a little less suction power than normal, which is likely due to the small size of the nozzle opening – regardless, for most tasks, it’ll get the job done. In addition, Dirt Devil have included a dusting brush, sliding brush and upholstery tool so that you’ll always have the perfect tool for any given job.

With such an inexpensive product, you might think that if it breaks, you’re on your own, but that’s not the case. Dirt Devil provide a three-year limited warranty upon purchase, which is longer than a lot of regular vacuums even last! It’s great to see a company stand behind their products to this extent, and we believe it’s mutually beneficial for them to do so, so hopefully, that’ll help put your mind at ease.

Overall, there’s a lot to like about this vacuum cleaner – it’s a very small, powerful product that has a lot of personality. It’s very inexpensive and has a fantastic warranty, so if anything goes wrong, you’re not out of pocket, and as a plus, it can even handle pet hair. There is some loss of suction when using the crevice tool, but other than that, it’s hard to find anything to complain about with this model, so credit where credit’s due: Dirt Devil, great work.

  • Very low cost
  • Powerful suction
  • One button activation of crevice tool
  • Three year warranty
  • Some loss of suction when using crevice tool

BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Cordless Hand Vacuum – Best Handheld Vacuum for Pet Hair

This, as you might have guessed, is a handheld vacuum cleaner aimed squarely at pet owners. If you have a cat or a long haired dog, you’ll know that feeling of dread that comes whenever molting season comes around – pet hair, wherever you look and on every surface! Luckily, this model takes care of this quickly and with no problems whatsoever, and as an added bonus, it’s not too expensive.

Now, we’ll admit that the colour scheme isn’t great – this vacuum has a black plastic body with a luminous green trim – but, if you can look past this, you’ll find that the product as a whole is pretty good. Take the filter, for instance. It’s dual-action, meaning that the dust passes through a screen before ending up in the filter itself and cannot get out again once it’s in. In short, once this vacuum is full, it won’t start spitting dust all over your floor. As an added bonus, it’s pretty quiet too, which was a surprise – we were expecting a vacuum cleaner with this level of suction to be a lot louder.

The body of this unit is 4.5” tall, 6.8” wide and 16” long, so it’s larger than the Dirt Devil, but this comes with its advantages. For example, the length combines with the shape of the vacuum to ensure that you never have to lean too far forward, which reduces the risk of back strain, especially if you need to clean for a long period of time. This unit also weighs slightly less, at just 3 pounds, despite being larger, which is great. Operation is simple as there are only two buttons: one for power and one to release the back portion in order to empty it.

There’s no power cord to trip over as this model uses rechargeable batteries (which are included) for power. These batteries take around three hours to fully charge, but unfortunately don’t last very long – between 15-20 minutes each, so we’d recommend picking up a spare battery or two. The reason for the short life is the large power requirement caused by the high-powered motor – we’d have liked to see a battery life of at least half an hour, however, if you only need to clean a small space, or select areas in a large space, you’ll probably be okay.

There are a few accessories included, but they’re pretty standard fare – a motorized brush, crevice tool and upholstery tool which all clip onto the front, exactly as you’d expect. You can, however, stack these tools together to extend their reach, which is useful for cleaning those nooks and crannies around your home that are hard to get to. Each purchase comes with a year’s limited warranty, too, so BISSELL will replace your vacuum should anything break up to 12 months after buying – low cost doesn’t have to mean a lack of peace of mind, after all.

All things considered, we think that BISSELL have created a high-performing little handheld vacuum that will appeal to an audience far wider than just pet owners. The lack of a power cord will be a big draw for a lot of people, and whilst the battery life leaves something to be desired, there’s no denying the suction power present in this model. If you live in a small apartment and are looking for something to clear up the hair that your pet leaves lying around, you could certainly do worse than the BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser.

  • Quiet operation
  • Powerful suction
  • No power cord
  • Dual action filter
  • Battery life is a little too short

Black + Decker BDH2000L – Best Handheld Vacuum for Small Homes

Black + Decker are a company well known for their variety of high-quality products, and the BDH2000L just goes to show that this level of quality is available even in their lower cost models. It’s an attractive handheld vacuum that’s as easy on the eyes as it is powerful, whilst having a price tag that won’t break the bank.

This model has a sleek black and gray design and looks more expensive than it actually is. There are just three controls – a power button, a slider which unlocks the dust cup and a nozzle locking switch. Yes, a nozzle locking switch. The thing about this vacuum is that you can rotate the front part in order to reach narrow or difficult to access areas, which really adds to its versatility and ensures that it can be used no matter the situation.  

The BDH2000L measures 14.5” long, 8.1” tall and 5.6” wide, so it’s pretty easy to store, no matter how cramped your living space. It weighs a little under four pounds too, so it’s not particularly heavy. Its small size makes it perfect for throwing in the back of the car, plus the rotating nozzle makes sure that you can get into all those narrow spaces – down the sides of the upholstery, for example.

The filter in this model is a triple layered one, so it’s very rare that it gets clogged, plus the cyclonic action does its best to remove anything that does get stuck in there before it becomes a problem. The transparent dust catcher makes it easy to see when the vacuum needs emptying too, so it’s functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. If any problems do arise, though, Black + Decker offer a three-year warranty on this product, so they’ll fix any issues that crop up for the foreseeable future.

The crevice tool is built into the front of the unit and can be extended by pulling a small tab outwards (and retracted by pushing it back). This removes the need to keep the tool in a safe place or attach and remove it as necessary. Similarly, the brush tool is mounted onto the side of the unit and can be flipped up to completely cover the nozzle mouth. Whilst it does make the vacuum feel a bit like a Swiss army knife, is that really a bad thing? You’re always ready for any challenge, after all.

This is another cordless vacuum cleaner, so it relies upon batteries in order to work. The charging port has a power cable that’s about a foot long, so it will have to be pretty close to an outlet, but it does have smart charge functionality, meaning there’s no risk of overcharging and damaging the battery – it only charges if the battery isn’t at 100%.

There’s also a convenient little LED light that tells you when it’s fully charged, which is nice. Each charge is good for around 20 minutes of vacuuming, so we’d recommend just keeping it on the charging dock so that it’s always ready when you need it.

There’s a lot to like about the BDH2000L – it’s a very versatile little handheld vacuum cleaner that doesn’t weigh much or take up too much room, and yet is powerful enough to tackle most common household problems. The filter ensures that maintenance is quick and simple, plus the smart charging system will keep your batteries at their peak performance for years to come.

  • Rotating nozzle reaches tight spaces
  • Accessories are attached directly
  • Smart charging system protects batteries
  • Simple, no fuss maintenance
  • Battery life could be longer

BLACK+DECKER BDH1620FLFH MAX – Best Handheld Vacuum for Large Areas

This vacuum cleaner is something of a hybrid between a traditional vacuum and a handheld one. You pick it up and carry it around with you, but it can be converted into something not dissimilar to a canister vacuum if that’s more suitable to you. It’s an interesting concept, and one thing is for sure: what the BDH1620FLFH MAX lacks in a catchy name, it makes up for in ease of use.

First things first, this model weighs 6.2 pounds and measures 14.4” deep, 10.7” tall and 6.5” wide, so it’s slightly heavier and bulkier than the vacuums we’ve seen above, but it’s also easier to maintain for a couple of reasons. Firstly, both the filter and dust bowl can be removed for no fuss cleaning, and secondly, it holds up to 18.9 ounces of dust, so you shouldn’t have to empty it all that often.

This is a cordless vacuum, so its batteries do have to be charged in order to work – thankfully, the charging station has an LED that glows when they’re full. Additionally, it’s relatively fast, taking around 4 hours to fully charge the batteries. This gets you around about 20 minutes of cleaning, which is a respectable time, although obviously if you have a very large area to clean, a corded model might be better.

There’s a high power motor in this vacuum that’s capable of producing up to 20AW of suction, and thanks to the fade free design, this should be pretty stable. The three stage filter also makes sure that clumps of dirt don’t get stuck, and once something is inside the filter, it ensures that there’s no escape, until you clean it, at least.

There are a couple of methods to extend the reach of this vacuum, the first of which is the 4-foot long extendable hose – this is pretty standard, it’s exactly the same as the one on a traditional vacuum cleaner, but a little longer. The second is by attaching the stick vac floor extension, which is basically a vertical style vacuum head. This is perfect for cleaning larger areas of flooring, a task which can take quite some time with such a small vacuum cleaner.

This is a product which can be used in a wide range of situations, for light to medium duty tasks at home or in an office. It offers strong suction, a high build quality, and a decent battery life, so there really are very few downsides to this model. If we had to focus on one, we’d say that it could be slightly smaller, although it’s only a couple of inches larger than the other models we’ve reviewed so far.

  • Decent charge time and battery life
  • Attachable head for cleaning large areas
  • High capacity dust bowl
  • Three stage filter
  • A little larger than its competitors

Oreck Compact Canister Vacuum Cleaner – Most Versatile Handheld Vacuum

The Oreck Compact Canister Vacuum Cleaner is a pretty large handheld vacuum, but it’s this large for a reason, namely, because it contains a ridiculously powerful motor capable of picking up just about anything from dirt to pet hair to a 16-pound bowling ball. Seriously, that’s a thing this model can do.

It has a hard, textured plastic casing and controls that are as simple as they come: one switch which turns the vacuum on and off. This model has a 30-foot long power cord, so whilst it will have to be unplugged as you go from room to room, it does allow for a pretty significant range of movement.

It weighs just four pounds and measures at 19.7” long, 11” tall and 9.7” wide, so it is, as we mentioned, pretty bulky, however, you have a choice in terms of how you carry it around – you can either use the top-mounted grip, or you can use the included strap and wear it over your shoulder. This method leaves one of your hands-free for other tasks and also has the added benefit of distributing the (reasonably low) weight of the unit to avoid tiring your arm out.

This model catches dust in a hypoallergenic dust bag for easy removal. Whilst this factor does raise running costs a little bit, it’s not a massive deal, plus the fact that the bags are hypoallergenic means you won’t suffer from any ill effects like sneezing when the time comes to empty it, even if you have a dust sensitivity. There’s also a blower on the reverse side of the casing, which is great for getting dust out from underneath the furniture, although whether or not you use this feature will depend on your situation.

There’s a good range of accessories included; in addition to the shoulder strap, there’s also a pair of extension poles which greatly increase the reach of the nozzle, a crevice tool, a dusting tool, upholstery tool, and detachable vacuum head, similar to the one that comes with the BDH1620FLFH. The hose can be extended to up to 40”, so it already has a decent reach without any accessories attached, and can easily clean items like chandeliers which are ten feet off of the ground.

Oreck offer a three-year warranty on parts and a virtually unheard of ten-year warranty on the housing, so you can rest assured that once you buy this model, you’ll be taken care of should anything go wrong. Given that this vacuum cleaner costs just a little over $100, this warranty makes it a particularly sound investment for your home or business, since it’s already less expensive than similarly powerful vacuums, and comes with a better warranty than most.

The only real flaw with this product is the noise it makes. People usually expect a handheld vacuum to be reasonably quiet, but due to its high-powered motor, this model is about as loud as a standard upright vacuum, at around 80dB. This is fine during the day but might annoy the neighbours if you try to use it in the evening.

All things considered, though, this is a pretty solid product. It’s not too expensive and provides very strong suction, as well as a whole host of accessories to make sure that you’ll always have the right tool for the job. Additionally, the warranty is fantastic, and although you might never need it, it’s always a good thing to have, just in case. If you need to clean in a variety of different scenarios, this is the product for you.

  • Long power cord
  • Wide range of included accessories
  • Very powerful suction
  • Includes a blower
  • Louder than most handheld vacuum cleaners

Hoover CH30000 PortaPower Lightweight Commercial Canister Vacuum – Best “Built to Last” Handheld Vacuum

The Hoover CH30000 PortaPower Canister vacuum is a very versatile handheld vacuum cleaner with a simple, understated design. It aims to address the problem a lot of handheld vacuums have where they excel at cleaning very small areas and does a pretty good job, thanks to the myriad of accessories that come included.

This is a corded model, but don’t worry, at 33 feet, it’s long enough to make sure that you don’t have to unplug it every time you want to go more than ten steps away. In fact, you might even be able to do multiple rooms without disconnecting it, although, obviously, this will rely on the layout of your home.

This model is a fair bit heavier than the others we’ve seen so far (it’s actually the heaviest one in this list) at 8.3 pounds, but like the Oreck, it comes with a shoulder strap to help reduce the burden if you find it uncomfortable to carry. For what it’s worth, though, this vacuum cleaner is pretty easy to maneuver and move with, so you shouldn’t have any issues.

The CH30000 is a pretty large model, for a handheld vacuum. It’s 20.9” long, 12.5” tall and 7.8” deep, so it might be a little difficult to find a place to store it, but thankfully, the power of the suction is powerful enough to justify this model’s larger size. Whether it be dust, dirt or even pet hair, the CH30000 has no problems lifting it, so it’s suitable for any everyday mess. There’s even a blower built-in, so you can use it to quickly remove a large amount of dust.

There are a huge range of accessories that come with this model. As well as your standard attachments like the crevice tool and extension wands, you also get a wall/floor brush, a soft bristled dusting brush, a furniture nozzle, a rug and floor nozzle which is essentially the detachable standard vacuum head that keeps cropping up, a storage strap and a shoulder strap.

This means that no matter the surface, you know that you’ll always have the exact tool for the job, plus the various bristle strengths minimize the risk that you’ll damage something whilst cleaning. No one wants to scratch their floors, after all. When using the floor/rug nozzle, you get a 10” wide cleaning path, so you can quickly cover a large area of the floor in one go, which is obviously a huge advantage if you’re lucky enough to have a spacious home.

Maintenance is simple – all dust goes into the included reusable cloth vacuum bag, so you just have to empty it into the trash and maybe clean the filter every now and then. The filter itself has three stages to help break down any clumps and stop them from clogging the system, so it keeps itself relatively clean. If anything does break or go wrong, Hoover provide a two-year limited warranty with this model, so you’re taken care of.

When you take the large number of accessories and high suction power into account, it becomes clear that the Hoover CH30000 is a pretty versatile product. Hoover are known for creating high-quality products and this one is no exception – everything from its easy to maintain components to its sturdy body emphasize that this vacuum is built to last, and the two-year warranty is a safety net to help you if, for some reason, it doesn’t.

  • Long power cord
  • Huge range of included accessories
  • Quick and simple maintenance
  • Includes a blower
  • Bigger and heavier than the competition

Dyson V6 Trigger Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner – Best Everyday Handheld Vacuum

The Dyson V6 Trigger is a very powerful, pistol-grip handheld vacuum that stands head and shoulders above the competition in terms of suction power and aesthetics. The silver and purple colours complement each other very nicely, making this an attractive vacuum both visually and performance-wise.

It features an ergonomic grip and a centre of gravity that leans towards the back to allow for easier maneuverability and high-precision control of the nozzle. This model is perfect for getting into those hard to reach spots, and given that it’s just 16.3” long, 10” tall and 6.1” wide, it’s great for keeping in the car. Cleaning under the seats and down the sides of the upholstery is quick and easy, but is a task which a lot of bulkier models struggle with. Additionally, it weighs just 3.4 pounds, so it’s nice and light – no more tired arms.

This model relies upon batteries for its power but offers flexibility in terms of how you use them. For instance, fully charged batteries allow for around 20 minutes of cleaning, but there’s also a high-power mode which offers much higher suction power, whilst cutting the battery life down to 6 minutes. Whether you view cleaning as a marathon or a sprint, it’s nice to know that this vacuum cleaner can keep up. As an added bonus, the charger takes 3.5 hours to fully charge the batteries, so it’s faster than most, although this model is slightly more expensive than most of its competition, so that’s always worth consideration.

Let’s talk build quality. Now, first, it’s important to note that this is a premium product with a premium price tag, but the additional cost goes towards ensuring its build properly and with high-quality components. Dyson claim that the motor in this vacuum is twice as strong as any other, however, whilst in normal mode, it achieves 28AW of suction, which, whilst an improvement is not double (see the BLACK+DECKER BDH1620FLFH MAX and its 20AW, for example). Whilst in high-power mode, though, it does get considerably closer.

The transparent container in front of the trigger holds up to 14 ounces of dust and can be emptied with one touch, straight out of the bottom of the unit and into the trash. This is much more hygienic than bag-based models as there’s no need to get anywhere near the dust at any point, which is great if you have allergies.

Both a brush and crevice tool are included, as you’d expect. They’re fairly standard, but the real pièce de résistance is internal. This model uses 15 cyclones layered in such a way as to increase airflow, capture fine dust particles and prevent any kind of suction loss. This is the kind of technology that you just can’t find in a lower end handheld vacuum and illustrates the difference between an overpriced product and one designed with the customer in mind.

Overall, whilst we like this product a lot, it might be a little hard to justify spending so much for occasional usage. That said, if you’re in the market for an everyday use handheld vacuum, and you don’t mind spending a little more for quality, then this is the model you’re looking for. It offers a level of suction and ease of use that is unparalleled by any low-end vacuum and the level of flexibility provided by the high-powered mode is invaluable.

  • Strong suction
  • Features a "high power" mode
  • One touch emptying
  • Lightweight, ergonomic design
  • May be too expensive for some people

Holife Handheld Vacuum - Best Handheld Vacuum for Wet Messes

Having a high-powered vacuum is great when you have to clean up a dry mess, but what if your cat kicks its litter tray over or you drop a jar of sauce or something? In these situations, you’ll benefit greatly from a vacuum that can handle wet messes, and this model by Holife does exactly that.

This is a reasonably small model, measuring 16.1” long and 4.3” wide and tall. It weighs just 3.27 pounds and has an ergonomic design to provide greater comfort for the user. For such a small vacuum, it has pretty good airflow and suction – taking in 18 liters of air every second and producing up to 22AW of suction power – not bad at all for a product that costs less than $80. This is largely owed to the high-powered 90W motor, which is uncommon in a handheld vacuum.

This model does not need to be plugged in to work – it comes with a charging station and uses batteries to provide up to 30 minutes. This is a cleaning time of up to 50% longer than its competition (for example, the BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser), which is fantastic, especially given the relatively low cost of this product. The batteries take between 3 and 5 hours to fully charge, and there’s a handy LED on the charging station to let you know when this has happened. Whilst in use, noise levels are around 80dB, which is about average for a standard upright vacuum cleaner.

This unit has a capacity of 14 ounces, which is a little lower than other models we’ve seen, but still allows for a decent amount of cleaning, especially if you’re only picking up dust. The filter is made of fabric and can be washed out when it starts to get dirty, so there’s no need to buy replacement filters, which helps to keep running costs down.

Three accessories are included: the standard crevice and brush tool that come with most vacuum cleaners are there, but there’s also something which Holife call a rubber jar tool. This is essentially a hose with a rubber seal around it which stops any liquid escaping before it can be sucked up by the vacuum – this is really only for use on wet surfaces and as a result, may or may not be useful to you, but it’s good to have the option. Holife also provide a two-year warranty on this product, so even if something stops working, you won’t find yourself out of pocket for at least two years.

We’ve mentioned the strong amount of suction provided already, but let’s explain what that means for you, practically. Any mess – wet or dry, a speck of dust or a flooded kitchen, light or heavy – can be cleaned up with this vacuum, if you give it enough time to do so. This model even does a great job at lifting pet hair, so there’s no need to worry about that.

All things considered, this is a pretty great vacuum cleaner. It’s small, powerful and best of all – affordable. It’s capable of handling any mess, wet or dry and to top it all off, the battery lasts for a pretty long time. Holife may not be a brand name you’re familiar with, and they likely have a way to go before they’re as well-known as Hoover or Dyson, but if they keep making products of this quality, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be up there with the greats.

  • Can be used on wet or dry messes
  • Long battery life
  • High suction power
  • Lightweight, ergonomic design
  • A little loud for a handheld vacuum

Best Handheld Vacuum - Buyer's Guide

Buying a handheld vacuum doesn’t have to be difficult, but there are a hundred and one different things to compare between two different models. Don’t worry, though, we’ve written a short guide to help you get to grips with what’s important and what isn’t so that you can make the decision that best suits your needs.


How exactly do you plan to use the vacuum? If it’s just for occasional use at home, you probably don’t need a super-expensive model, but if you plan on using it frequently, you might want to consider spending a bit more money to get one that’ll last.

So, your next choice is this: do you a vacuum that’s one single unit, or do you want one with a hose? The single unit style excels at working in tight spaces like cars, but the ability to add various accessories to the other type make them better at cleaning large areas quickly.

On that point, more is not always better. A vacuum cleaner can come with a hundred different attachments, but if you never use them, they’re not a benefit. Sure, you might be able to vacuum something very specific, but most of the time, the crevice tool or brush will take care of it.

It’s also worth noting that not all vacuums are created equal – some may be more powerful than others, some may be designed to suck up wet messes, whereas others aren’t and some might have a really short power cord. Take note of any attractive features and weigh them against any alternative products you might be considering, that way you can come to a decision that works for you in the long run.

Battery vs corded

You should also consider the power supply that the vacuum needs. There are two options here: traditional mains supply or batteries. Connecting to a wall outlet gives you unlimited cleaning time, which is a bonus if you have to clean a large space, but your movement is restricted by the length of the cord, and an overly long one can become a tripping hazard if you don’t keep track of it.

Batteries aren’t a magic bullet, however. They often have short lives, usually around 20-30 minutes and can take up to 5 hours to fully recharge, so they’re more suited towards short bursts of productivity. There’s also the chance that it starts to lose suction as the batteries lose their charge, which is an annoyance for everyone involved.

Generally speaking, if you plan to use the product mostly indoors, a corded version is best, but if you want to clean your car or take the vacuum out to the garage, a cordless one would do the job quicker and more easily. It’s entirely dependent on your situation, so give this some thought before you commit to any one model.

Physical Considerations

How large is the vacuum? Handheld models are usually quite small, but they come in various different shapes and lengths, so make sure you actually have a place big enough to store them when not in use. Similarly, the size of the unit can determine how much dust it can store, as well as how powerful the motor is – larger usually (but not always) means more suction power.

Suction power is measured in air watts (AW) and takes into account the amount of air that the model takes in every second, as well as the power it uses. It can get pretty complicated, but if you’d like to read up on this, there’s a pretty decent explanation here.

Suffice it to say – a larger AW rating means a more powerful vacuum cleaner. Depending on your situation, you might not actually need a monster of a vacuum though, but as handheld models tend to be between 20-25AW, there’s not a whole lot of variance until you reach the most high-end models.


Well, we’ve come to the end of our list. Every product we’ve reviewed is a great handheld vacuum cleaner, but there’s one that we think would suit the needs of a particularly large number of people, and that’s the Oreck Compact Canister Vacuum Cleaner. It offers very strong suction, a long cable and a large number of accessories, all of which are sure to come in useful at some point.

Hopefully, you’ve found a model that you like, and if so, we’d ask you to remember us anytime you’re looking for product advice – we’d love to help you again. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and we look forward to seeing you next time.