17 Best Hand Vacuums of February 2019

Find the 17 best hand vacuums, based on 62050 reviews

  1. 1.

    Shark ION W1 WV201

    $ 109.99 92 %230 reviews
  2. 2.

    Bissell Pet Hair Eraser 2390A

    $ 64.99 90 %419 reviews
  3. 3.

    Dyson V7 Car+Boat

    $ 198.98 89 %507 reviews
  4. 4.

    Dirt Devil Scorpion Quick Flip SD20005

    $ 29.99 88 %3624 reviews
  5. 5.

    Bissell Pet Hair Eraser 33A1

    $ 34.99 88 %7142 reviews
  6. 6.

    HoLife HM036

    $ 39.99 86 %1291 reviews
  7. 7.

    BLACK+DECKER Dustbuster BDH2000L

    $ 73.50 86 %1830 reviews
  8. 8.

    Bissell Pet Hair Eraser 1782

    $ 49.99 84 %2357 reviews
  9. 9.

    BLACK+DECKER Dustbuster CHV1410L

    $ 57.67 82 %15833 reviews
  10. 10.

    Shark Rocket HV292

    $ 89.99 82 %747 reviews
  11. 11.

    BLACK+DECKER Pivot Vac BDH2000PL

    $ 69.98 82 %7851 reviews
  12. 12.

    Shark Cordless Pet-Perfect II SV780

    $ 56.00 80 %4722 reviews
  13. 13.

    BLACK+DECKER Dustbuster HHVI315JO42

    $ 34.15 80 %1996 reviews
  14. 14.

    Homasy Portable Handheld Vacuum

    $ 51.99 78 %695 reviews
  15. 15.

    BLACK+DECKER Dustbuster HNV220BCZ26FF

    $ 27.99 77 %1245 reviews
Shark ION W1 WV201Bissell Pet Hair Eraser 2390ADyson V7 Car+BoatDirt Devil Scorpion Quick Flip SD20005Bissell Pet Hair Eraser 33A1
(230 reviews)
(419 reviews)
(507 reviews)
(3624 reviews)
(7142 reviews)
Price$109.99 $64.99 $198.98 $29.99$34.99
Dust Cup Capacity-- gal0.19 gal0.2 gal-- gal0.21 gal
Cord Length-- ft-- ft-- ft16 ft16 ft
Battery TypeLi-IonLi-IonLi-Ion----
Removable BatteryNoNoNo----
Max. Battery Run Time10 mins17 mins30 mins-- mins-- mins
Wet/dry Vacuum?Dry onlyDry onlyDry onlyDry onlyDry only
Wall Mount Included?NoNoNoNoNo
Weight1.4 lbs3.1 lbs3.77 lbs3.75 lbs5 lbs

A Great Vacuum for Small Tasks

Anyone with a handheld vacuum knows it doesn’t replace a bigger one but what a great addition it is to have! No longer will you need to drag a canister vacuum outside to clean your car, but simply use your handheld vacuum to get all the crumbs and dirt out of the tight corners and crevices of your car. It also makes a great tool to clean out your kitchen pantry and cabinets. The small size makes it lightweight and easy to keep out of sight.

Things to Consider Before Choosing

  • Dust Bin Capacity – Because of the size, the handheld vacuum has limited capacity. Make sure to empty it after each use. Not only will it make room for the next time you clean, but it also allows the filters to last longer.
  • Attachments – Most handheld vacuums will come with basic but useful tools such as the crevice tool and the upholstery brush to clean furniture, car seats and other fabrics. Some of the newer handheld vacuums will even come with a liquid nozzle to clean unexpected spills.
  • Charging station – Look for one that is small and lets you hang your vacuum from it, making it a great tool for storing inside a cabinet or closet somewhere. You’ll need an electrical outlet nearby though, so keep that in mind. A tabletop charging station might work out as well, depending on how much space you have available and where you want to place it.
  • Run time – Because it isn’t meant to replace your normal vacuum, the run time might not be too important to you. Most handhelds have an average run time of 15-40 minutes before having to return to the charging station. Most are made with Lithium-ion batteries, meaning charging it before it’s all the way low, won’t hurt the battery. Keep in mind the time it takes to charge fully is often around 6-8 hours. So make sure to make it a habit to return it to its charger base after each use.
  • Weight and dimensions – A major advantage of a handheld vacuum is how lightweight it is. On average they weigh around 3 lbs. making it much lighter than any other kind of vacuum.
  • Price Range – You can get a decent vacuum for around $30-$150 depending on your budget. If you choose one of the cheaper ones, just keep in mind they might not come with any attachments.

Pros and Cons of Handheld Vacuums

  • Lightweight and easy to handle
  • Great for quick pickups and spills
  • Most are cordless
  • Easy to store
  • Great for out of reach places
  • Affordable
  • Less power than regular vacuums
  • Less capacity
  • Corded handheld vacuums have limited reach
  • Cordless vacuums have limited runtime