It is clear that it is not worth taking out the vacuum cleaner every time we drop something on the sofa, but what if the vacuum cleaner was small enough to have it at hand and go unnoticed anywhere? Well, this is the good thing about a handheld vacuum cleaner, they are small and you don’t need a cable. So you can use them anytime, anywhere (Yes, I know what you’re thinking, also in the car ).
A handheld vacuum may not be able to replace a traditional vacuum cleaner, but they are more practical, easy to use, and fast in case of accidents. But now comes the big problem, are they all equally effective? Not, and I assure you that there are models that only make noise and absorb almost nothing.
Power, suction capacity, autonomy… Uff, what a mess! Do not get overwhelmed because, in this article, we will suck up all your doubts so that your new handheld vacuum cleaner does not end up being another sad and abandoned object in the storage room.
What do you need to know to choose?
Battery life is critical, but power is even more important. In other words, a very powerful vacuum cleaner may drain the battery in less time, but you will also finish cleaning much sooner.
Weight can be crucial. The handheld vacuum cleaner is a very useful device for cleaning sofas, carpets, beds, and even curtains. If this task is heavy, it can be a bit “uphill”.
The accessories add extra utilities to the vacuum cleaner, for example, you can find models that include brushes for pet hair, narrow places, or cars. Make sure the filters are washable.
10 best handheld vacuum cleaner review
10. AADD Handheld Vacuum
A very economical model that weighs very little.
- Capacity: 500ml
- Battery: 7.4v
- Autonomy: 30 min
- Weight: 0.653 Kg
- Charging time: 5 hours.
- Dimensions: 35×10.25×15cm
If you are sure you want to try a handheld vacuum but you have a very limited budget, the cordless AADD can be a great option. This handheld vacuum cleaner is compact and the lightest of the models I have analyzed (it barely weighs 650 grams), making it ideal for removing dust, pet hair, cat litter, and any small residue.
The AADD vacuum cleaner is very versatile and is one of the most complete accessories in this price range. In addition, it is a vacuum cleaner with a washable filter. The HEPA filter is reusable and very easy to clean under the tap.
It is not heavy at all, comfortable, and manageable. I find its rounded handle very practical, which is very comfortable and easy to grip. However, some aspects do not convince me, such as there is no dirt retention system in the tank. In case, you let it fill too much and take it upside down, the dirt can come out again. I didn’t like the tank release button either, as it sometimes gets stuck and is hard to press. What I would highlight about the AADD (apart from the low weight) is its autonomy of 30 minutes.
Accessories and features
- In addition to the nozzle for small areas and the brush (which is usually the usual), it includes a 35cm flexible extension tube, a floor brush, and another for carpets or upholstery such as mattresses or sofas.
- Includes bag to store all accessories in one place.
- Indicator light on the power adapter that alerts you when the vacuum is 100% charged by changing from red to green.
- Safe charging system with protection against overvoltage, temperature increases, or short circuits.
- It is not very noisy ( 70 dB ), to give you an idea it is like a loud conversation.
- It has a 2,200 mAh and 7.4V lithium-ion battery, for 30 minutes of autonomy and a fast-charging system, with which you can have it recharged in less than 5 hours.
- Includes manual in Spanish, although somewhat concise.
[i2pc show_title=”false” title=”Pros & Cons” show_button=”false” pros_title=”Pros” cons_title=”Cons” ][i2pros]The lightest
Cheap and very complete
Washable HEPA filter[/i2pros][i2cons]Only for light waste
Does not include support for recharging
9. URAQT Handheld vacuum
A mini handheld vacuum cleaner for a home that allows USB charging. It is compact, includes many accessories, and has good autonomy.
- Capacity: 610ml
- Battery: 5V
- Autonomy: 30 min
- Weight: 0.71Kg
- Full charge time: 3-5 hours.
- Dimensions: 36x14x12cm
URAQT is a little-known brand, but it has carved a niche for itself in the cleaning market due to the quality of its handheld vacuum cleaners. This vacuum cleaner bases its efficiency on cyclonic technology and a 120W motor with 4,500 Pa of suction, more than enough for dust or pet hair but somewhat limited for heavy debris.
Use HEPA filters, which you can eliminate mites and germs. They are washable, and you can reuse them many times, as long as you respect the manufacturer’s recommendations and let them dry before reinstalling them in your vacuum cleaner.
One of its strengths is the battery life, which reaches 30 minutes. Its charge is fast, from 3 to 4 hours, using a charger connected to a USB port. I have to point out that the adapter is not included in the purchase. So if you have one available at home make sure the output is not higher than 2 Amp before using it.
The URAQT is a model that you can take advantage of even to clean the car since it has good power, low weight, and great autonomy. But I think it is not prepared for intensive use since at first glance, you can see that the quality of materials is not one of the best. If you don’t treat things like the filter release tab carefully, it can end up breaking.
Accessories and features
- It includes a complete set of accessories that includes a brush, a nozzle for narrow areas, an extension tube, and connectors with which you can reach any corner to vacuum.
- Maintenance is easy, just by pressing a button you release the tank and have access to the filter.
- It does not make too much noise, since it does not reach 78 dB in operation.
- The tank is a 610 ml capacity.
- It uses a 5V 2,200 mAh lithium-ion battery.
[i2pc show_title=”false” title=”Pros & Cons” show_button=”false” pros_title=”Pros” cons_title=”Cons” ][i2pros]The cheapest
Washable HEPA filter
Little heavy[/i2pros][i2cons]Does not include the adapter for the USB cable
Does not include a base for recharging
Improvable quality of materials[/i2cons][/i2pc]
8. Cecotec Conga Immortal Extreme
A handheld vacuum cleaner with very good autonomy and that you can vacuum dry or wet.
- Capacity: 500ml
- Battery: 22.2v
- Autonomy: 25 min
- Weight: 1.1kg
- Charging time: 4-5 hours
- Dimensions: 0.13 x 0.43 x 0.14cm
Are you looking for a vacuum cleaner that allows you to remove both liquids and solids? The CECOTEC Conga Immortal Extreme 22.2V includes the Wet & Dry system, which consists of a special rubber accessory with a central groove to facilitate the suction of liquids.
This vacuum cleaner includes cyclonic technology and is one of the models with the most suction power of the analyzed vacuum cleaners. Even it is capable of sucking up even heavy particles such as chickpeas. In addition, it is very efficient against dust particles and mites, since it incorporates a special filter (HEPA) for this purpose. So it is very useful for allergy sufferers.
Something that for me is essential and that not all vacuum cleaners include is the charge indicator, which warns when the battery is running low. If you have a pet, I would advise you to choose the Animal Hand version, which includes a very effective brush for removing animal hair, without compromising the operation of the vacuum cleaner. CECOTEC has developed a complete line of Conga Immortal Extreme models. You can see them in detail in our article on the CECOTEC handheld vacuum cleaners.
Accessories and features
- In addition to the liquid nozzle, it includes 2 accessories: a nozzle for narrow areas/corners and a brush for textile surfaces. Also, a flexible tube to extend the range and a spare filter.
- The slanted handle is ergonomically shaped and helps to eliminate wrist strain while vacuuming and with its low weight, it ensures maximum comfort without stress and injury.
- Something surprising is that its main filter is not washable, but it comes with a spare filter and by following the manufacturer’s instructions its useful life can be extended. eye! There are no spare parts for this filter for sale yet.
- Its high-efficiency secondary filter is contained within a plastic cover that protects its lifespan by causing large particles to collide, lose their speed, and sink to the bottom of the tank.
- The battery is Ion-Lithium and is removable. It has 22.2V and 2,200 mAh, making it a very powerful handheld vacuum cleaner. It takes 4 or 5 hours to charge.
- Includes charging base, much more comfortable than the usual connector system.
[i2pc show_title=”false” title=”Pros & Cons” show_button=”false” pros_title=”Pros” cons_title=”Cons” ][i2pros]The one with the most accessories
Good suction power
Valid for liquids and solids
Charging cradle[/i2pros][i2cons]Improvable quality materials
The main filter is small, which makes it necessary to clean it frequently[/i2cons][/i2pc]
7. Rowenta Extensive Cyclonic
A low power consumption handheld vacuum cleaner, ideal for cleaning the kitchen every day.
- Capacity: 380ml
- Battery: 7.2v
- Autonomy: 16 min
- Weight: 1.3kg
- Charging time: 15 hours.
- Dimensions: 11.5x12x40cm
The Rowenta Extenso Cyclonic is not a powerful handheld vacuum, but the most powerful is not always the best. Its tank is also not one of the largest (380 ml), but from my point of view this model is perfect for collecting surface dirt from anywhere in your house, breadcrumbs from the countertop, or the annoying remains of coffee or sugar that accumulate on the furniture.
I found its accessory for narrow slots very practical with which you can clean drawers, for example. As it is small and manageable, it is not difficult to introduce it in small places, but a flexible tube for deep areas would have been good. It also incorporates a small bristle cleaner for upholstery.
It has a very comfortable charging base. So, you don’t have to worry about plugging in the cable, and includes a battery indicator light. It can take up to 15 hours to charge, so I advise you to always have it on the base (you can fix it to the wall). The interesting thing about this vacuum cleaner is that it is one of the few that includes class A energy efficiency, so consumption is much lower than similar proposals such as the Conga Immortal.
Finally, to comment that, despite not having a very high suction, it has not seemed exactly silent to me either (80 dB), although this aspect for me is not the most important thing in handheld vacuum cleaners, since use is normally limited to a few minutes.
Accessories and features
- It has a standard filter (NOT HEPA) that you can easily wash with water
- The charging base can be placed horizontally on any surface or fixed on the wall
- It only has one power mode
- It cannot vacuum liquids, only solids
[i2pc show_title=”false” title=”Pros & Cons” show_button=”false” pros_title=”Pros” cons_title=”Cons” ][i2pros]low power consumption
Small and easy to use
Extensible rigid tube
Includes charging base[/i2pros][i2cons]limited power
It takes a long time to charge
Does not collect liquid
6. BOSCH Move: A powerful cordless handheld vacuum
Efficient, with a good battery, and robust, ideal for families that are going to give it a good jog.
- Capacity: 400ml
- Battery: 14.4v
- Autonomy: 12 min
- Weight: 1.2kg
- Charging time: 12-16 hours
- Dimensions: 36.8x11x13.8cm
Even though today we have boring vacuum cleaner brands, only a few manage to convey confidence just by hearing their name, and an example of this is Bosch. The Bosch Move is a powerful cordless handheld vacuum cleaner, with a 14.4V battery, and 2 speeds. A triple filtering system that even traps dust before expelling the air (the manufacturer calls this High Airflow). It is capable of sucking up breadcrumbs, popcorn, and all the dust and dirt that it finds in its path without any problem.
The battery lasts 40 minutes, which is not bad at all, but we must clarify that this duration is at normal speed. If we put it at maximum speed this autonomy is reduced to just 12 minutes. As usual in Bosch, the battery is Lithium-Ion and is of good quality and durable. It does not have a fast charge and cannot be used while charging. So I advise you to pay attention to the state of charge before using it, because it may take more than 12 hours to charge.
Something that does not convince me about this model is that the power button is sensitive and can be activated accidentally by touching it. In addition, it only includes 1 accessory (a narrow nozzle for joints), although they can be purchased separately. From my point of view, they are not cheap.
In the same line, BOSCH has several models of rechargeable handheld vacuum cleaners with identical characteristics but different voltages: 18v and 21.6v. These models have more suction power but the autonomy is similar.
Accessories and features
- Includes a triple filtering system: mesh filter, which retains large particles; foam filter, for small particles and internal fabric filter that acts as final support, ensuring that tiny particles do not leave the vacuum cleaner.
- The filters can be shaken to remove dust, although they are also washable, a saving that must also be taken into account.
- It has a charge indicator that shows a red light when it is discharged and blue light when it reaches full charge.
[i2pc show_title=”false” title=”Pros & Cons” show_button=”false” pros_title=”Pros” cons_title=”Cons” ][i2pros]The smallest
Triple filter system
Robust and light
Recognized and reliable brand[/i2pros][i2cons]The power button is too sensitive
Does not have a fast charge
5. SEVERIN HV 7146
A versatile model that sucks up liquids and includes 3 LED lights that are very useful for cleaning your car.
- Capacity: 650ml
- Battery: 18.5v
- Autonomy: 30 min
- Weight: 1.1kg
- Charging time: 10 hours
- Dimensions: 44×12.5×13.5cm
If you’re looking for a handheld vacuum that can do anything from picking up crumbs to cleaning your car or keeping your sofas free of pet hair, the Severin HV 7146 is a great choice. It has one of the highest power (18.5 v), very similar to the Black & Decker, but with better autonomy (30 minutes). Of course, only in Eco mode, because in Turbo it only works for 20 minutes.
I have found the rotary accessory that it incorporates to be very practical, with it it is very easy to clean the upholstery of your armchairs or cushions, adapting to the shape of each one and eliminating hair. It also includes a rigid tube for narrow areas and a bristle brush. But, as with the Rowenta Extenso Cyclonic, I would have liked it to include a flexible tube for difficult corners. Not all handheld vacuum cleaners are useful for the car. However, I loved this one, because it is powerful, durable, and has 3 LED lights so you can illuminate any corner. In addition, it is capable of collecting liquid.
Note: Lighting can affect autonomy, please take this into account when using it.
Its tank is not the largest of those analyzed, but its 650 ml capacity is not bad at all. You can also easily clean it with water, just like the membrane filter it incorporates. The only thing I do not recommend is mixing solid and liquid, as it can create a paste that is difficult to clean.
Accessories and features
- Allows you to collect up to 150 ml of liquid
- It has a charging station that you can fix to the wall
- Two power modes: Eco and Turbo
- It has a double filter: one H7 (not HEPA) and a hair screen
- It may take up to 10 hours to fully charge
[i2pc show_title=”false” title=”Pros & Cons” show_button=”false” pros_title=”Pros” cons_title=”Cons” ][i2pros]A good option is to clean the car
Great suction and autonomy
2 power modes
Collect solid and liquid
It has a charging base
Led lights[/i2pros][i2cons]Your filter is not HEPA
It’s not the quietest
Does not include a flexible tube[/i2cons][/i2pc]
4. Black & Decker DVJ325JQW
A very powerful handheld vacuum cleaner, with a charging base, and with good battery life.
- Capacity: 700ml
- Battery: 18v
- Autonomy: 21 min
- Weight: 1.86Kg
- Charging time: 5-6 hours
- Dimensions: 40×20.3×16.5cm
The most important thing in a handheld vacuum cleaner for the home is that it sucks… yes, it seems logical but sometimes we get lost in the details. That is why this Black & Decker is one of the best on the market since its motor is capable of providing 36 Wh of power.
This vacuum cleaner has 2 power levels, but at the lowest level, it sucks enough to remove normal dust and dirt, with a battery life of about 20 minutes. The most powerful level consumes more battery, but with this vacuum cleaner it is only necessary to use it on rare occasions when the dirt is resistant, so the autonomy is greater than other less powerful models with which you have to always be vacuuming at maximum speed. power.
It is ergonomic and light and includes a charging base, which I find very useful to always have it charged and accessible. In addition, this model includes what the manufacturer calls Smart Tech, which consists of a series of sensors to adapt the power to dirt, or to warn that the dust filter is dirty. Something that stands out in this model is the capacity of the tank (700 ml), the largest of the models in the comparison.
What does not convince me about this model is that it has a button to change modes (off-1-2), and if you are on power 1 you have to go through power 2 to turn it off, and this is somewhat annoying.
Accessories and features
- The battery takes about 5-6 hours to complete.
- Includes a charge indicator with 3 states.
- Includes an extendable nozzle.
- It is not one of the quietest (82.5 dB)
[i2pc show_title=”false” title=”Pros & Cons” show_button=”false” pros_title=”Pros” cons_title=”Cons” ][i2pros]The largest deposit on the list
Filter dirt sensor
A sensor that adapts power to the dirt
Charge indicator[/i2pros][i2cons]It is not one of the quietest (82.5dB)
Only includes 1 accessory[/i2cons][/i2pc]
3. Hoover Ultra Vortex
The best-corded handheld vacuum to remove dust, bacteria, or mites. Ideal if you are allergic.
- Capacity: 300ml
- Battery: Wired
- Autonomy: With cable
- Weight: 2.3kg
- Charging time: Wired
- Dimensions: 26x26x34cm
No matter how well-behaved pets are, they cannot be prevented from shedding hair, and if you have allergies on top of that, you have the perfect storm formed. But before considering putting it up for adoption, you should know that there are compact vacuum cleaners that can easily solve this problem, such as the Hoover Ultra Vortex.
I have to admit that this vacuum cleaner has surprised me with its power, I would even say that it is more efficient than better known and more expensive models such as Dyson. It is also compact (although somewhat heavy), works with cyclone technology, and has 3 operating modes:
- Vacuum: Ideal for delicate surfaces, removing dust and dirt
- Rool&beat: Get rid of dirt, allergens, and mites with the help of a rotating brush.
- UV-c lamp: Adds ultraviolet light to kill allergens, bacteria, and dust mites, also preventing their appearance.
The tank has been very easy to disassemble and clean, and also all the filters are washable, although I have to say that the size of the tank has not seemed practical to me, which is 300ml and has to be emptied often. I have also noticed that activating all 3 operating modes at the same time gets a bit warm. Finally, I would improve the placement of the buttons, since when using it I accidentally pressed the UV light on some occasions.
Accessories and features
- Cyclonic technology causes large particles to crash against the tank wall and sink to the bottom.
- It has an extra-long power cable of 5 meters, something unusual and that gives a lot of play.
- This vacuum cleaner is validated by the British Allergy Foundation: Allergy UK of Approval for its germicidal action, very useful for reducing symptoms of asthma, allergies, or dermatitis.
- The filters are easy to find and they are also cheap (about 7 euros)
[i2pc show_title=”false” title=”Pros & Cons” show_button=”false” pros_title=”Pros” cons_title=”Cons” ][i2pros]Best filtration system
Ultraviolet light kills mites, bacteria, and allergens
Good suction power
5-meter cord[/i2pros][i2cons]It is not the lightest
The location of the buttons could be improved
Somewhat small deposit[/i2cons][/i2pc]
2. Bissell PET Hair Eraser
The best handheld vacuum for pets, good power, quality materials, and a brand that has been in the US for more than 140 years.
- Capacity: 650ml
- Battery: 14.4v
- Autonomy: 18 min
- Weight: 1.36Kg
- Charging time: 8 hours
- Dimensions: 14x43x17cm
Bissel is not just any brand, it has specialized in-floor cleaning for 140 years. The Bissell PET is one of its most popular products. This handheld vacuum cleaner is a model that stands out for its versatility since it is designed for homes with pets. It includes practically compatible accessories to clean different surfaces: wooden floors, marble floors, sofas, curtains, furniture, the car… even the clothes. If the surface is smooth, it has left the blanket on the sofa as good as new.
This is the updated version of the Pet Hair Eraser in which the battery has been changed, the autonomy time (15 by 18 min), and the capacity (600 by 650 ml) have been increased. In addition, a LED light indicates when it needs to be charged. The price is somewhat higher than other models, but you get used to using it for everything and it pays off a lot. It includes accessories that I have not seen in any other model:
- Upholstery nozzle
- Accessory for slots or narrow areas
- Rotary brush accessory: For me the most important!
The one that seems most useful to me is the rotary brush accessory since it helps a lot to eliminate everything that sticks to the upholstery. Are you tired like me of seeing your pet’s hair stuck to the sofa or the cushions? No one can resist this Bissel, whether you have a pet with short or long hair, even the fine one of a guinea pig.
If you are looking for efficiency and versatility, there are few vacuum cleaners like this. It cannot be used while charging (8h) and I miss a charging base. It is much more powerful and faster than other models with less power and more autonomy
Accessories and features
- The reservoir is 650 ml, and it is released very easily with the push of a button.
- This vacuum cleaner only has 1 operating mode and emits 68dB of noise.
- It has a triple filtering system made up of a washable grid, which works as a primary filter, retaining the larger particles that remain in the tank, and a secondary filtering cartridge, to trap the smaller ones, without allowing the dust to recirculate back into the environment.
[i2pc show_title=”false” title=”Pros & Cons” show_button=”false” pros_title=”Pros” cons_title=”Cons” ][i2pros]Best for pets (very effective rotary brush)
Versatile and practical accessories.
Good suction power
Washable filters (Double filtering system)
Quality materials[/i2pros][i2cons]Does not allow use while charging
Does not include a charging base or indicator
1. Cecotec Conga Rockstar Micro 15000
The most innovative and powerful handheld vacuum on the list.
- Capacity: 200ml
- Battery: 14.8v
- Autonomy: 30 min
- Weight: 1Kg
- Charging time: 4-6 hours
- Dimensions: 16×10.5×44cm
The first thing that stands out about the Cecotec Conga Rockstar Micro is its shape. It does not look anything like the usual handheld vacuum cleaners, rather it is shaped like a hand mixer. What advantages does that have? It is more manageable and lighter, you can use it in small spaces without any problem and it is easy to store.
But not only does it have a beautiful and practical structure, but it also has a high-power motor with 20 kPa and two power modes (eco and turbo). Its autonomy can reach up to 30 minutes, although it depends on the mode of use, and it has one of the lowest charging times, between 4 and 6 hours. It has a charging base, like others, but with the advantage that you can store the accessories included in it. So, it is perfect if you have space problems. And best of all, it includes a charger for the car! You can take it in the trunk or leave it at home.
It includes only two accessories, a rigid one for narrow slots and a brush to clean upholstery. They are enough for most people, although it is true that I expected more variety like in the Cecotec Conga Immortal Extreme.
Obviously, like all models, it has some downside, and in his case, it is the tank. To make it finer and more manageable, they had to reduce it to 200 ml. Which means emptying it more often. But it is a modern, powerful and versatile version that is very reasonably priced, even less than the Bissell or Hoover. So it’s worth it.
Don’t have that much budget? You also have the same model in the previous series (series 6000, 8000, and 12000) which are less powerful, but cheaper.
Accessories and features
- Includes an LCD screen that indicates the battery percentage
- Accessories are very easy to attach and remove
- It has a 2500 mAh Lithium-Ion battery that is removable.
- With turbo, mode autonomy is reduced to 15 or 20 minutes
- Includes a 12v car charger. It takes about 4-6 hours, and it doesn’t work while charging
- It has a small HEPA filter that you can easily clean
[i2pc show_title=”false” title=”Pros & Cons” show_button=”false” pros_title=”Pros” cons_title=”Cons” ][i2pros]The most powerful (20 kPa)
Thin and light
Two power modes
Indicates battery status
Includes vehicle charger[/i2pros][i2cons]Reduced deposit
Only 2 accessories[/i2cons][/i2pc]
Our recommendations vacuum cleaner
Still don’t know which compact vacuum to buy? Here are some ideas depending on what you are looking for.
The best handheld car vacuum: Cecotec Conga Immortal ExtremeSuction
I have been captivated by the great autonomy of this Conga model. Precisely for this reason, it seems to be a good vacuum cleaner for the car. With its 22.2 volt Li-Ion battery you have up to 25 minutes to work with peace of mind. You can start with the upholstery at home and end with the car, and you will still have the battery left over!
Within the Conga Immortal series, it is the one that offers the greatest autonomy, as well as the one that has the greatest power. Compared to lower-wattage models, this wet/dry handheld vacuum provides 10kPa suction which is great for making car mats look new.
All those traces of mud and pebbles that often accumulate in the vehicle, the dirt in the boot, or the dust on the seats magically disappear. Although there is no trick: they will stay stored in their spacious 0.5-liter tank until you decide to dispose of them in the trash.
Best Powerful Handheld Vacuum: Honiture 18000Pa
Where other handheld vacuums barely reach 9 kPa, the Honiture 18000Pa blows away with 200 watts and 18 kPa of suction. It is the winning combination for those looking for a model that stands out, above all, for its great power.
It is not a bad vacuum cleaner, but you should not overlook that so much power also has some negative aspects. The battery is a bit limited and, although it depends on the type of vacuuming you do, the autonomy can be easily reduced from 20 to 10 minutes. To get back to work you will have to wait between 3-4 hours, so if you need to vacuum large surfaces, this may not be the best option.
Of course, what it sucks cleans it thoroughly. It uses two types of filters, one HEPA and one stainless steel. The result is a 12-level filtration effect that is very suitable if you live in a house with pets or allergy sufferers. It is an ideal option if what you are looking for are “maximum suction power” vacuum cleaners.
The best quality-price handheld vacuum cleaner: Bosch Move 14.4 v
It is not necessary to break the piggy bank to buy a good handheld vacuum cleaner. The Bosch Move 14.4v is a successful model that for just over 50 euros will allow you to enjoy the main advantages of this type of vacuum: comfort, versatility, and speed.
It uses a High AirFlow suction system capable of sucking up and separating dust efficiently, especially those little crumbs on the sofa that end up becoming a headache. With an autonomy of 12 minutes, it falls within the average of low-medium range vacuum cleaners.
Yes, be patient. A full battery charge can last up to 16 hours. It is a cheap vacuum cleaner, but it will only be really useful for quick and punctual cleaning, such as clearing the table after eating or vacuuming the gaps in the sofa at the end of the day.
Best Handheld Carpet Vacuum: IAB 17,000 PA
When you’re determined to make your carpets look new, you can’t settle for a conventional handheld vacuum. You need one that, like this IAB, provides you with at least 17,000 kPa suction power and a head specially designed for this purpose.
As with other vacuum cleaners (even with more power), I have had to insist on brushing the carpets to remove all the dirt, with the soft brush extension of this vacuum I have not had that problem. It is a slightly wider than usual head that allows you to work more comfortably and efficiently on mattresses, carpets, and rugs of any pile length.
This type of surface is the favorite place for dust and mites, so the efficient filtering system it uses is appreciated. A three-step solution that includes HEPA, sponge, and screen filters. Dirt has no escape once it enters this vacuum and is stored in its 0.5-liter reservoir.
Best Handheld Pet Vacuum: Bissell Pet Hair Eraser
I think that specialization is a guarantee of efficiency. Do you want to get rid of your pet’s hair? With its motorized suction head, this Bissell model has exceeded my expectations for a compact vacuum cleaner for homes with dogs and cats.
Floors, carpets, car seats, the sofa at home… Wherever your pet leaves a trail of hair, Pet Hair Eraser removes it with its large detachable head. A double-action HEPA filtering system is responsible for retaining all dirt particles and returning the air free of health threats.
The battery is the weak point of this model. Just 12 minutes of continuous operation after nearly 5 hours of charging. Personally, the numbers don’t add up. Of course, it is light (1.3 kg), has a 0.6-liter tank, and has numerous accessories for cleaning homes with pets. In this aspect, it is a very efficient handheld vacuum cleaner.
A small and powerful vacuum cleaner: AEG HX6
You don’t have to go without power if you want a small vacuum. This AEG cyclonic model has a very powerful 18v battery, but at the same time, it is small and light.
It has a range of up to 30 minutes in normal power mode and a turbo mode perfect for the most difficult dirt. But, without a doubt, what I like most about this version is that you can separately purchase specific accessories for the use you want to give it, for example, to clean the car or a special pack for those allergic to dust. And you can easily find spare parts.
Even so, it has an integrated rigid extendable tube to reach all corners, small wheels that allow you to handle it better when you are cleaning the furniture, and a normal filter that you can easily wash with water. You can use it even at night or in dark areas, as it includes practical LED lights. It also has a light indicator for charging and it only takes about 4 hours, less than what most handheld vacuums usually need.
The only catch? It is that it is not exactly a cheap vacuum cleaner, especially considering that it does not include additional accessories such as a flexible tube or heads for upholstery, you have to buy them separately. That’s a plus because you don’t have to have the ones you don’t use, but it’s lame for a lot of people. Despite that, I find it to be a very easy-to-use, powerful, and durable vacuum cleaner, with a reasonable 500ml tank. It’s worth it if you want a quality device.
Handheld Vacuum Buyer’s Guide
Determined to enter the world of handheld vacuum cleaners? If you have any questions in this guide you will find answers.
What is a handheld vacuum?
A handheld vacuum cleaner or manual vacuum cleaner is a device equipped with a battery and a motor that sucks in the air, circulating it through a series of filters and elements that trap waste, dust, and impurities, depositing and accumulating them in a tank for later use. emptied.
You can also find models of small corded vacuum cleaners that can be considered handheld models. You can also see several models in our comparison of the best broom vacuum cleaners, since many of them are “2 in 1”, being able to dismantle the main unit as a portable vacuum cleaner.
What is the most important thing to choose a handheld vacuum cleaner?
A handheld vacuum cleaner may seem like a simple device, but I assure you that there are models that all do is noise and practically nothing is vacuumed, so it is better to be clear about what you should look for when choosing.
Electric motor power
Defines the energy generated by the vacuum cleaner during its operation. It is usually measured in watts (W) and is characteristic when we talk about corded vacuum cleaners. Handheld models for the home can generate between 400 to 900 W. Conventional vacuum cleaners can generate power in the range of 2,000 to 3,000 W.
It is very common to think that power defines the power and efficiency of the appliance, but nothing is further from the truth. It is only the measure of the energy that your vacuum cleaner consumes to work, which is directly proportional to the size of your electric bill. The higher the watts, the higher the electrical cost. What is certain is that the power of the motor must generate a good suction power.
In a rechargeable vacuum cleaner, the power is represented by the battery voltage; the motor watts take a backseat. In these cases, it is recommended that the motor has at least 100W and that they have batteries with enough volts to generate the suction power according to the use that you want to give the equipment (animal hair, leftover baby food, or screws). in the hardware store).
Suction power defines the maximum pressure difference, or vacuum, that your vacuum can generate. You can understand it as the maximum force exerted by your vacuum cleaner to suck up particles. It’s the ease with which it lifts dirt. It is usually measured in KPa, KiloPascal, or Pascal, to define the difference between the pressure of the atmosphere and that generated inside the vacuum cleaner. The greater the difference, the greater the suction pressure, and the suction is carried out more easily.
Remember that we already commented that the vacuum cleaner generates a vacuum to work. To give you an idea 2 KPa, or 2000 Pa, generate enough suction force to lift an AA battery from the ground
But this also depends on many other factors associated mainly with the operation and maintenance of the vacuum cleaner.
Noise in decibels (dB)
Decibels are a measure that determines the level of noise. Specifically, the one carried out by the equipment’s engine during its operation. Of course, the higher the engine power, the higher the electrical cost and the noise it will generate.
A silent vacuum cleaner can be used in the children’s room while they sleep, noisy equipment cannot. As a general rule of thumb, stay away from any bagless handheld vacuum that produces more than 80dB during operation. Please note that 88 dB is equivalent to traffic noise at peak times.
Compact vacuum cleaners with noise levels below 60 dB are great, but not believable. Most of the commercial brands promise between 65 and 80 dB.
The capacity is determined by the size of the container included in the bagless handheld vacuum. You will find brands that offer equipment with capacities from 100 ml to just over 500 ml.
But is it an important factor to take into account? The answer will always be: “It depends on what you need from your handheld vacuum.”
Where do you live?
If your answer is not near the Sahara desert, a large capacity won’t make any difference. You can always stop and empty the tank to continue and not affect the operation of the engine.
On the other hand, the children may water the kitchen with the cereal box and a vacuum cleaner with a good tank will make the job easier.
Do you see it? It depends on what you plan to use it for. In any case, keep in mind how easy it is to remove the tank and empty the contents to continue vacuuming. There are vacuum cleaners in which the tank is removed at the touch of a button.
If you have a handheld vacuum cleaner that is powered by the mains, you will not have any problems with the cleaning time; but if it is a cordless handheld vacuum cleaner, you should pay attention to the battery life, which will dictate its autonomy.
You will find commercial brands that offer from 12 to more than 60 minutes. But this duration is always drastically reduced if the vacuum cleaner has “Turbo” mode and you use it for a long time.
The time it takes for the battery to reach 100% charge is another detail to consider. There are devices with fast charging batteries, which can take about 4 hours to charge. But others can take even more than 16 hours. In this sense, lithium-ion batteries are the best alternative.
Another important aspect, if you opt for a wireless vacuum cleaner, is that it has a charge indicator. It will make a difference if you forget to leave the device charging overnight.
Ergonomics and weight
In 2016 ergonomic studies carried out at the Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea concluded that prolonged use of a vacuum cleaner with inadequate ergonomic parameters can cause shoulder, forearm, or wrist injuries.
In 2017, at the Royal Institute of Technology Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, in Stockholm, Switzerland, a study was carried out that allowed the Ergonomic Guidelines for the Design of Handheld Vacuum Cleaners to be established. Special importance was given to the weight of the equipment and the characteristics of the handle, as determinants of comfort and injury prevention.
The study concluded, in the case of the European female population, that the optimal diameter of the handle should be 34 mm and the length, for a comfortable grip, between 90 and 110 mm. It was also established as a priority to reduce the weight of the equipment to achieve adequate comfortable parameters. The ideal weight is between 1 and 2 kilograms.
It doesn’t have to be many, but the useful ones, that allow you to suck up dirt on any surface, reach narrow places, and you can store discreetly and without mishaps.
Usually including nozzles and brushes that have been widely proven to work for any situation in the home, such as crevice nozzles. After trying them you will discover that you cannot do without them.
Wired or wireless?
If it is not the first, at least it is one of the main factors that will determine your purchase. Cordless vacuum cleaners are gaining in popularity, but are limited by battery life. Keep in mind that the battery is what generates the suction power in cordless equipment. Naturally, when the battery starts to run out, the vacuum cleaner will also lose its strength.
If you are determined, make sure it is a high-voltage lithium-ion battery, so that the power it generates is high and constant as long as the charge lasts. A portable vacuum cleaner with a good battery can easily compete with corded models.
Advantages of a cordless handheld vacuum
There are no restrictions on the length of the cable or the position of the sockets.
They go where you need them. With the right accessory, they can reach the most difficult corner.
They are small, light, and easy to handle and store.
Why couldn’t you like it?
The suction capacity is usually less than in the cable models
You have to be aware of the battery life so as not to be left halfway
You will always have a plug dedicated exclusively to the vacuum cleaner since when you do not use it you must have it charging.
The importance of the filter in your handheld vacuum cleaner
The filters trap the dust particles and separate them from the sucked air, allowing it to return clean to the environment and the dirt to remain isolated in the tank, or on the filter. The efficiency of the filter is directly related to the performance of the vacuum cleaner and its useful life.
Depending on the model, the vacuum cleaner can have several levels of filtering:
- The primary filter is formed mainly by meshes that prevent the passage of large particles, which generally collide, lose momentum, and fall to the bottom of the tank. They also serve as protection for secondary or high-efficiency filters.
- Secondary filters are the heart of the vacuum cleaner, responsible for retaining the tiny particles that are dragged through the air. They largely define the quality of the vacuum cleaner. The most efficient is known as HEPA, but there are also washable filters that have achieved an excellent reputation.
HEPA filter, what function does a handheld vacuum have?
HEPA filters (High-Efficiency Particulate Air ) have a mesh of fibers that retain almost 99.9% of dust particles, making them very efficient. In addition, they retain pollen, spores, dander and pet hair, mites, mold, bacteria, viruses, and a wide variety of microorganisms. Their structure makes them fragile and subject to wear, which is why they need to be replaced regularly.
There is a new generation of washable HEPA filters, made on a stainless steel base, which allows extending the useful life of the accessory.
Where people with allergies and respiratory conditions live, and HEPA filters indicate them. Its efficiency is only achieved in equipment that operates in a sealed manner, without leaks or deviations in the airflow, guaranteeing the discharge of clean air, without recirculation of dirt.
Many the manual vacuuming equipment use washable filters, which use a microfiber surface, or a soft foam, to trap dirt particles. Once they become saturated they are washed, dried, and used again, instead of being replaced with a refill. As in all cases, they have a useful life, but they can withstand many cleanings before you have to change them.
Thanks to this they are the most economical option. The disadvantage is that they do not capture all the allergens, so they can be a limiting factor when it comes to choosing your handheld vacuum, in case this is your main motivation for the purchase.
How does a cordless handheld vacuum cleaner work?
To explain how your vacuum cleaner works, I just need you to know this basic principle:
Air from the environment (normal atmospheric pressure zone) will always move towards a lower pressure system in its attempt to balance these differences.
The motor of your vacuum cleaner rotates and activates a fan that evacuates the air from the equipment, generating an instantaneous pressure difference with the external environment, or vacuum. It is this difference that mobilizes the air inside the vacuum cleaner, which flows through the only opening that the equipment has, dragging with it the particles that are in its path, which are trapped on the filter while it releases clean air. through the exhaust.
Different commercial brands offer different mechanisms to generate this pressure difference that vacuum cleaners use to clean. This is how we will find cyclonic technology, High AirFlow, or others, as the basis of the function of the different vacuum cleaners.
You’ll also find equipment that operates at different power levels or rotational speeds. They offer “Turbo” mechanisms, with 2 or 3 operating modes to achieve the final results.
How to improve the suction on your vacuum cleaner?
As it performs its suction cycle, the equipment loses power due to the deposition of solid particles on the walls of the filter. The filter is normally located before the engine face and prevents dirt from reaching and clogging it, but it also limits the passage of air.
A clogged filter, whether due to dust or moisture, becomes your worst enemy, so check the recommended procedures for equipment maintenance in the manual. Many commercial brands include washable filters that make work easier and improve the economy. There are even vacuum cleaners that notify you when the filter is dirty or you have to change it.
They can also lose power due to air leaks, if the accessories are not properly adjusted, or if you work with a very long extension accessory. If you are ready to adjust the equipment correctly and the suction does not improve, it is probably time to replace your old appliance.
What is the best cordless handheld vacuum?
The effectiveness of a vacuum cleaner depends on several factors, such as the battery, filter system, or motor power. Taking all this into account, among the models analyzed, the best cordless handheld vacuum is the Bissell Multiclean.
What is the Lidl handheld vacuum cleaner?
Lidl has in its catalog a handheld vacuum cleaner with a 7.4v battery, a range of 22 minutes, and 400ml deposits for dust and 150ml for liquids, it is not a powerful model, but it is economical.
What is the best OCU handheld vacuum?
The Organization of consumers and users (OCU) regularly publishes product comparisons, however to date it does not have a comparison on handheld vacuum cleaners (it does have one on sled vacuum cleaners).
Handheld or robot vacuum?
It depends on what you are looking for since they are very different devices, with the handheld vacuum cleaner you can clean corners, sofas, and furniture… but do not try to vacuum the entire floor of your home because it can be a beating. Robot vacuums do the work for you, but they only vacuum floors, rugs, or carpets.
Are there handheld vacuums that scrub?
No, at the moment that function is reserved for broom-type models, but there is no cordless handheld vacuum cleaner that can scrub. Since the battery limits the power needed for it, and also these vacuum cleaners need a double tank, which would make them very bulky and would cease to be hand models.