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The Best Handheld Vacuum (Corded or Cordless) – Top 8 Cleanest Review for Jul. 2020
Moving into a new home or apartment usually requires buying the major appliances you’ll need for daily life and maintenance. And a powerful vacuum cleaner is certainly one of the tools you’ll want to have in your home on day one.
A smaller, handheld vacuum doesn’t immediately make it onto most peoples’ list, though. You’re more likely to realize that you need a smaller unit only when you’re wrestling with your shiny new, monstrous Dyson or Hoover, simply trying to clean some spilled cereal or tracked-in dirt.
Please find our detailed analysis, buying guide and test results of all the best handheld vacuums after the summary table.
Also, don’t forget to check out our list of models to avoid – in the section called “Products the Groom+Style Team Did Not Fancy!”
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The Utility of Handheld Vacuums
Handheld models are naturally invaluable for small, everyday cleaning jobs, but the versatility of the best handheld vacuums also allows you to easily take care of many medium-sized tasks both in the home and out of the home such as the car. And if you haven’t used a portable vacuum in recent years, you’d be surprised at how advanced the technology has become.
Sure, you can still buy tiny vacuums similar to the Dust Busters that first came out 40 years ago. But there are also models with amazing suction that can rival many upright or canister models, along with flexible hoses and helpful attachments which can get into spaces like car seats, window sills and tight corners that bigger vacuums can’t handle.
The Groom+Style team has rigorously reviewed all of the handheld models on the market and determined the five best currently available. We’ll get to our honor roll after some quick tips on making your decision.
Get the Right Handheld Vacuum for the Jobs You’ll Be Doing
The first choice you’ll face is whether to buy a corded or cordless model.
If you plan on using the unit mostly in one area like a workspace or kitchen, a corded vacuum will provide continuous cleaning power without the need to stop and recharge the battery periodically. You’ll want a long power cord, though, so you’re not constantly moving from outlet to outlet.
Cordless handhelds are extremely convenient when you plan to take them around the house, into the garage and outside to clean out the car. Be aware, though, that most will only run for ten or twenty minutes per charge.
When choosing a cordless handheld vacuum, pay close attention not only to the amount of running time you get with one charge but how long each recharge will take. A lithium-ion battery will last longer and charge faster but may make the vacuum more expensive than one with a NiCad battery.
Also consider the weight of your cordless handheld, since carrying a heavy model from place to place can quickly become a chore.
Handheld Vacuums and Suction Power – Cordless vs. Corded
Comparing the suction power of handheld vacuums can be confusing, especially corded vs. cordless models.
The best measure of suction is either airflow in CFM (cubic feet per minute) or air watts, but many manufacturers don’t offer either of those specifications. Even worse, some describe their suction in amps, volts or watts. Don’t panic, though. There’s a reason that different specs are used, and there’s a way to compare them.
Corded -> Here’s why there’s a discrepancy when CFM or air watts aren’t listed. In that case, the suction of a corded vacuum is usually rated in amps (and sometimes in watts, a common way of avoiding amps if the number is low).
Cordless -> On the other hand, cordless vacuums’ suction is measured in volts.
You can convert one to the other with formulas like amps x 120 = watts.
However, conversion is not an exact way to compare suction. It ignores factors like the efficiency of the motor and the vacuum. It doesn’t draw the important distinction between watts (which doesn’t tell you much about suction) and air watts (which does). Also, a manufacturer’s specification for amps may describe either the current used by the motor or by the entire vacuum. Simply using a conversion formula will usually give you a meaningless comparison.
Here’s a better way to do it, if you’re juggling different units of measurements. Look to see where each model falls on a scale of “low” to “high.”
– You can expect the suction rating of corded handheld vacuums to range between 2-10 amps. The average (and minimum acceptable) rating is between 4-6 amps, with 6-8 amps considered powerful suction.
– For cordless vacs you’ll see suction ratings between 12-22 volts. The average is between 14-18 volts, with 15 volts the minimum you should accept and 18-20 considered powerful.
So if you are looking at a corded machine that’s rated at 4 amps, it’s on the low end of the corded scale.
A cordless model rated at 18 volts, though, is on the high end of the cordless scale. That tells you that the cordless unit has a lot more suction power than the corded one.
If possible, however, forget amps and volts and look at air watts or CFM. That’s a truly valuable comparison.
Additional Factors to Consider
The power of the unit isn’t the only important factor to consider. The size of the dirt container is equally important because smaller handheld models (most of which have bagless collection cups) must be emptied and cleaned more frequently than standard vacuums.
Another key factor: the accessories that come with the product. Crevice tools and upholstery brushes are common and important, but you may want specialized extras like motorized brushes for carpets or pet-hair attachments which are an enormous help if Fluffy sheds a lot.
Extendable hoses are also great for reaching tight spots or high areas. And you can find wet/dry handheld models if they fit your needs.
Finally, consider the filter. Some vacuums require replacements that are much more expensive than others, and you might want to invest in a model that has a HEPA filter which can remove allergens and dust mites as you vacuum.
Here’s our best handheld vacuum top 8 list. Let’s clean up.
1. Black & Decker CHV1410L Cordless Handheld Vacuum Review
When you’ve been in business for as many years as Black+Decker, your engineers are always searching for ways to improve on prior models. They did their job well when designing the CHV1410L.
It features a slim, rotating nozzle with a built-in crevice tool for tight spaces, which provides 50 percent more reach than any of the company’s previous handhelds. Combined with the “cyclonic action” that Black+Decker is known for, this new model is Groom+Style’s new favorite and #1 on our list of the best handheld vacuums – its long crevice tool and powerful suction means it excels as the best car vacuum cleaner and around the home.
If you’re not familiar with B+D’s cyclonic action, it basically spins collected dirt and dust away from the filter and into the collection bin. Here’s why that’s a big deal: keeping the filter clean is not only a time-saver, but it lets the vacuum maintain powerful suction even as it fills with dirt.
Speaking of dust collection, another feature the review team really likes is the translucent, bagless bin that lets you see when it’s time to empty the bowl, a one-minute task. The washable filters (including pre-filter) are equally as convenient because you don’t have to buy replacements regularly.
The CHV1410L has power to spare, able to pick up everything from fine dirt to cat litter with ease. It’s very lightweight and comfortable to use and runs on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery which will give you 15-20 minutes of runtime on a charge. It’s also equipped with smart-charge technology, which turns the vacuum off after it’s charged; it can hold that charge for as long as 18 months so that it’s always ready when you need it.
Black+Decker’s CHV1410 model is exactly what every home and car needs for quick clean-ups or spills that get into cracks and crevices. It’s a terrific dust buster.
Facts and figures for the Black+Decker CHV1410L Cordless Handheld Vacuum:
2. Black & Decker BDH2020FLFH MAX Lithium Flex Handheld Vacuum
Yes, here’s another B+D model, but what can we say? They make great cordless vacs, and this one is their best option at a higher price level.
This one is about as far from the old-school Dust Buster as you can get. It’s a pretty compact cordless unit and is shaped more like a canister vacuum – you have the option of using one hand or extending the hose and using two hands.
However, at 20 volts it’s a lot more powerful, it’s extremely flexible and it comes with a terrific assortment of accessories. Even better, it’s a lot lighter than our Groom+Style reviewers feared at first glance – and much less expensive than the relatively-comparable Dyson model we’ll get to shortly. Once again all these features means this vacuum cleaner is perfect for use in the car and around the house!
The review team liked the BDH2020FLFH most because of its versatility. This handheld comes with a four-foot long flexible hose, a nozzle and brush tool, a crevice tool, a pet hair brush and a pivoting floor head for an attachable stick. The combination allows you to easily clean high, clean low, clean corners, clean Fluffy’s hair and even use the stick to mimic a more traditional vacuum.
This isn’t the most powerful handheld on the market, but at 20 volts it’s in the upper echelon, with the cyclonic dust collection mechanism preventing dirt from accumulating on the filter too quickly, plus a three-stage filter.
You’ll get about 15 minutes of vacuuming time with this Black+Decker model, and a charge of the lithium-ion battery takes about four hours, well within the parameters of the best handheld vacuums on our list. It’s rather noisy, definitely louder than your upright vacuum, but not objectionable for short vacuuming tasks.
Note: there are many variations of this model with different suction power, attachments and of course price – we have linked to a variety of these below (in order from most featured and powerful).
The BDH2020FLFH will suck up almost anything you need it to (and is great for pet hair), and it’s a terrific value that will extract dirt from even the tightest spaces.
Looking deeper at the Black & Decker BDH2020FLFH MAX Lithium Flex Vacuum:
3. Dyson Trigger Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
Please note that there are multiple versions of the Dyson vacuum available, such as the V7, V8, V10, V11… the newer models effectively get a bit more suction and battery life (maybe a few specialized attachments), and they also get more expensive.
You don’t need Groom+Style experts to tell you that the Dyson option is the most expensive on our list. You also don’t need us to tell you that it’s top-of-the-line and worth every penny if you are going to give your handheld vacuum a real workout.
The 100-watt V6/V7 Trigger is powered by a Dyson digital motor which provides great suction; what makes this model unique, though, is that it uses the company’s famous two-tier cyclone collection system with a total of 15 cyclones arranged for increased airflow – the key to effective dust collection.
This handheld normally runs for about 20 minutes on a charge (and takes 3½ hours to recharge) but has a “max power” mode for tougher jobs that gives you six minutes of maximum power for tough jobs.
The V6 looks more like a Star Trek weapon (or a stylish hand drill with a small gumball machine in the middle) than a vacuum. You hold it in one hand to operate the trigger, which only activates the lithium-ion battery when you actually need it and is great for saving battery power.
The oddly-shaped tool at the end of the handheld unit functions as both a regular head and a nozzle that can fit into tight squeezes. (A similar model, the Dyson V6/V7 Car and Boat comes with extra attachments and an upholstery tool.)
It may sound unwieldy, but this handheld is ergonomically designed and comfortable to use. The hygienic dust bin is easy to empty, too.
The Dyson Trigger is a premium product and priced accordingly. It could be more handheld vacuum than you need, but as with all of their products, Dyson doesn’t disappoint.
Details for the Dyson V6 Trigger Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner:
4. Black & Decker Platinum Handheld Pivot Vacuum
* Please note the BDH2000PL has been updated to a more powerful model HHVK320J10.
Aaaand…..here’s another Black+Decker. This model can do just about everything the company’s more powerful vacuums can do, since it is also rated at 20 volts. The BDH2000PL is one of the best car vacuum cleaners or “hard-to-reach areas” cleaners for shelves or counters, thanks to a pivoting nozzle which can be rotated to a nearly unlimited number of positions. The pivot feature is relatively uncommon for hand vacs, but the review team found it to be very convenient.
Many of this machine’s other features will sound familiar by now: great suction, cyclonic action to keep dust and dirt away from the filter, an onboard, extendable crevice tool and brush, a translucent, removable dirt container and washable filters.
The BDH2000PL also has three-stage filtration, a full 35 air watts of suction (more than the company’s other models) and folds up smaller for storage than the other B+D handhelds. Be aware, though, that it weighs almost four pounds, and that its dustbin is smaller and it has a slightly shorter runtime per charge than the Black+Deckers we’ve mentioned previously.
Note: The Black & Decker PHV1810 Model is effectively the same but is rated at 18 volts and is available in a lower price bracket.
The BDH2000PL is an extremely versatile hand vacuum, with plenty of power and a pivoting head that lets you reach dirt and dust just about wherever it’s hiding.
More details on the Black+Decker Platinum PHV1810/BDH2000PL Handheld Pivot Vacuum:
5. Eureka EasyClean Corded Handheld Vacuum, 71B
The Groom+Style review team finds corded handheld vacuums to be something of a pain to use because we keep getting the cord tangled. Maybe we’re just not coordinated enough.
But many people prefer a corded model for use in their kitchen or workshop, and this unit from Eureka does the job extremely well, at a very low price compared to the cordless models we’ve discussed so far on our list of the top 8 best handheld vacuums.
A pair of motors (one for suction and one for the attached revolving brush) totaling 5.5 amps provide the power for the 71B, and it sucks up dirt almost as well as the Black & Decker and Dyson – including stubborn pet hair.
It has amazing reach as well, thanks to the 20-foot (7 meters) power cord and the long stretchy hose that’s much like the hose on an upright model.
The motorized brush we mentioned works equally well on carpets and bare floors (but needs frequent cleaning), and it has an on-off switch so you maintain control over the way the EasyClean picks up dirt.
Perhaps the coolest feature, though, is the “Riser Visor” nozzle cover that is normally in the down position for flat areas but flips up for easy cleaning of vertical surfaces like stair risers. There’s also an onboard crevice tool for nooks and crannies, an easy to empty dust cup and a washable, not-too-expensive-to-replace filter.
Eureka’s 71B is a little heavier than most cordless models and isn’t for everyone. But it’s powerful, inexpensive and can do almost anything the pricier handheld vacuums on our list can do.
More info on the Eureka EasyClean Corded Hand-Held Vacuum, 71B:
6. Dirt Devil BD30025B Quick Flip Plus Cordless Handheld Vacuum
“Quick Flip” sounded intriguing to the Groom+Style team. As it turns out, the phrase simply describes this handheld vacuum’s onboard crevice tool, which flips down for usage and flips back up when not needed. What’s more intriguing about this Dirt Devil is the extremely reasonable price. Is it good value? That depends on what you’ll be vacuuming.
The Quick Flip is a 16 volt unit, and is pretty good for the price bracket, although not as powerful as the top models in our rankings; that means it’s fine for easy cleanups on carpet or wood floors, stairs (thanks to the quick-flip tool), pet hair (thanks to the powered upholstery tool), but for more challenging jobs like vacuuming out cars it isn’t the answer if you are a perfectionist.
The BD30025B is also best used for small tasks, because you’ll only get about ten minutes worth of vacuuming on each battery charge that takes 4-6 hours. And since there’s no cyclonic action inside, the vac can clog more easily than Black+Deckers.
You may be thinking that we didn’t like this Dirt Devil, but we actually did. It is ergonomically designed and weighs just a shade over two pounds, so it’s a pleasure to use. The filter is washable and should last for at least six months of regular use before it has to be replaced.
A great powered upholstery and stairs tool comes with the vacuum, the dirt cup is transparent so you can see when it needs to be emptied, and it’s quieter than many competitors. It’s a very good value for smaller jobs.
The Dirt Devil Quick Flip isn’t a heavy-duty handheld vacuum, but it’s not priced like one either. It will clean up most in-home messes and spills quickly, without breaking the bank.
Looking deeper at the Dirt Devil BD30025B Quick Flip Plus Cordless Handheld Vacuum:
7. Bissell 33A1 Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum, Corded
The Bissell 33A1 isn’t terrific for regular household messes, but it stands out when used in a home with pet hair problems. The reason is the unit’s design; it has a flexible rubber contour nozzle that the company says “attracts” hair, although what it really does is “rake” carpets and upholstery to dig out stubborn pet hair and suck it into the vacuum.
The concept is perfect, because you’ll find this inexpensive vacuum can deal with pet hair just as well as most high-priced uprights or canisters marketed as pet hair solutions. It’s pretty good for other vacuuming jobs on rugs and carpets as well.
However, the Groom+Style team can’t recommend this Bissell as an “everyday” handheld vacuum, because it doesn’t perform very well on wood floors or when used to pick up grains of dirt or sand. In fact, its cyclonic blowers release air from the sides of the unit, so you may find it actually blowing dirt around on slippery floors instead of vacuuming it up.
There’s a hard nozzle that can be swapped out for the rubber one, and it isn’t bad for cleaning up spilled food or kitty litter. Our recommendation, though, is to pay attention to the name of the Pet Hair Eraser and use it for its designed purpose. If this does not sound like what you are after, but you like the Bissell brand then check out the 1985 model which we look at next on our list.
The Bissell 33A1 isn’t a rechargeable model, so you’re tethered to the wall when you use it. It’s fairly heavy for a handheld model. It isn’t the right choice for an all-purpose hand vac. But for pet hair, it’s terrific.
More info on the Bissell 33A1 Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum, Corded:
8. Bissell 1985 Multi Cordless Handheld Vacuum
This is an extremely good cordless handheld vacuum. Unfortunately, it’s priced somewhere between the Black & Decker and Dyson, so it falls lower in our rankings because we’re not sure the price is completely justified.
However, the Groom+Style team agrees that we’d all be happy to have the Bissell 1985 in our home.
Powered by a fade-free (meaning it doesn’t slowly lose power as you use it) 22-volt lithium-ion battery, this unit has terrific suction that compares well to the top vacuums on our list.
What our reviewers really liked was the well-designed crevice tool, dusting brush and powered brush roller that make it easy to clean just about anywhere and pick up just about anything including pet hair.
What they didn’t like as much was the relatively-short extension hose which requires you to bend over to use the Bissell for most applications, and the fact that it’s heavier than most competitors. The short recharging time is another big plus.
The 1985 Multi Cordless may be somewhat overpriced, but it’s a great cordless handheld model that is definitely worth your consideration, particularly if you can find it on sale.
Looking closer at the Bissell 1985 Multi Cordless Hand Vacuum:
Products the Groom+Style Team Did Not Really Fancy!
Welikera 12V Handheld Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
This is certainly not a horrible product, however, based on some reviews you expect to be blown away – unfortunately, the 12 volts of suction is just not strong enough for that to happen. If you are just looking for a product to pick up surface level dust on stairs or crumbs in the kitchen then this product will certainly do the trick, but for car crevices, stubborn dirt and pet hair focus on the other models higher up on the list.
There are a few things to like about the Welikera hand vacuum – and its stainless steel HEPA filter tops the list. Most filters are made from fiberglass and have to be replaced regularly, but the stainless steel filter in this hand vac can be washed and reused 500 times, and will last twenty times longer than normal fiberglass ones.
It has an LED on the front to illuminate the area you’re cleaning, is lightweight and comes with a soft extension pipe, a crevice tool and brush which are pretty handy.
If you have allergies, don’t like changing filters, and don’t want a powerful handheld vacuum cleaner then you will not be disappointed – however, for the money we believe there are better models available.
Specs for the Welikera 12V Handheld Cordless Vacuum Cleaner:
HoLife Handheld Cordless Vacuum
Once again based on the reviews you would expect this product to be life-changing, unfortunately, we were left underwhelmed mainly due to the vacuums weak suction.
It is a wet/dry vacuum, sort of, but you need to accurately assess whether the amount of liquid is less than 100ml otherwise you run the risk of the excess flowing into the motor housing and breaking the machine. Honestly, it is just easier to reach for a towel instead.
The filter on the HoLife is washable, the vacuum runs for 20-30 minutes on a 4-5 hour charge, and it comes with a crevice tool, brush and liquid nozzle attachment.
The 3HLHM036BWUS is a newly-upgraded model from the older HoLife LSHLHM036BUS. The review team was unable to find anything that distinguishes the two models, other than HoLife’s claim that the newer version is a little quieter – so we’d suggest looking at the cheaper model while it’s still available.
HoLife’s handheld cordless vacuums aren’t as good as the models we’ve listed at or near the top of our rankings, but they’ll still pick up light dirt and dust if that is your only real expectation.
Summarizing the HoLife 3HLHM036BWUS Handheld Cordless Vacuum:
DirtTamer Supreme V2400 Cordless Wet/Dry Hand Vac
Underpowered in our view at 12 volts, and the battery is lead-acid instead of lithium-ion.
The three-stage HEPA filter does a good job of removing contaminants as it cleans up.
It did suck up liquids but the liquid sort of leaked out – a nice idea but using a cloth or towel is more effective.
The accessories are great: a long extendable wand, an upholstery brush and a squeegee for wet use.
The DirtTamer Supreme’s charging time is long and its runtime is short, and the lead-acid battery makes it quite heavy. There are better value, more powerful options available.
Looking closer at the DirtTamer Supreme V2400 Cordless Wet/Dry Hand Vac:
Dust Daddy or Dust Buddy Vacuum Attachment
If you ever find yourself not vacuuming an area because it is very cluttered or full of lots of small items, then this simple product is a must-have. For example, we have kids who have lego everywhere and like to do arts and crafts – with this handy device we can still vacuum their room, around the mess, without worry about having to sift through the filter for lost items. We have found it works best with vacuums that have more powerful suction.
Note: this product will also work well with stick or upright vacuums.
That is it for our updated best handheld vacuum list for Jul. 2020 – if you are curious about our choices from previous years then continue reading.
Hoover Platinum LINX BH50030 Handheld Vacuum
The Hoover Platinum LINX BH50030 is a compact, lightweight, cordless handheld vacuum that excels at cleaning up pet hair around all areas of the home. It features a Pet Upholstery Tool that offers a three blade design for pet hair pick-up. The Platinum LINX vacuum offers a Lithium-Ion interchangeable battery that provides fade free power, with a 25-degree pivot design nozzle for easy maneuverability. Hoover also boasts of its Deluxe Dusting Brush with dual rows of gentle bristles that quickly allow you to dust delicate surfaces.
Pro & Cons
Several customers praised the vacuum’s Lithium-ion battery, which is both powerful and long-lasting. In terms of pet hair, the unit’s power brush attachment was also a big selling point, as the attachment itself is motorized which works great on removing pet hair from furniture; this feature was pointed out by a lot of customers and appears to be the single biggest selling point. Several reviewers also remarked on the vacuum’s versatility, making it easy to get into tough-to-reach areas, and noting how well it works on stairs and in cars as well. Other pros of the Platinum LINX vacuum include it being very easy to empty and clean, its compact design, and that the battery is removable for when its time to charge.
There were some things that customers did not like about the Platinum LINX vacuum. The Platinum LINX is a bit pricey for a handheld vacuum. Some reviewers noted that the vacuum sometimes struggled on carpeting, and the crevice tool needs to be handled carefully.
Dirt Devil Scorpion Quick Flip Handheld Vacuum
Replaced by the Dirt Devil BD30025B Quick Flip Plus Cordless Handheld Vacuum.
The Dirt Devil Scorpion Quick Flip is powered by a 7 amp motor that is able to pick up pebbles, sand, dirt, and other debris that many other vacuums leave behind. It comes with a quick flip crevice tool that cleans tight spaces between couch cushions and car seats. All dirt and debris that are suctioned by its flexible hose, dusting brush, or crevice tool is transported into a bag-less dirt disposal that is easy to remove, dump and use once more. The Quick Flip comes with a 16-foot power cord as well.
Pro & Cons
Several reviewers noted that what makes the suction successful and clean is that the vacuum is equipped with an F5 filter that can either be washed in the washer or sink. The Quick Flip comes with a sixteen-foot power cord for when you do not want to charge it, which was a big selling point for many customers. The power cord is easy to wrap around and use inside the home. The vacuum is powered by a motor that runs on seven amps and weighs only three pounds, so it’s easy to carry for a quick clean up, which is essential when shopping for a handheld vacuum
A few other users wrote that for its minuscule size, the Quick Flip can become quite noisy when it’s in use. Another customer noted that the accessory bag that comes with the vacuum is too small to hold it.
Dyson DC34 Handheld Vacuum Review
Replaced by the Dyson V6/V7 Trigger Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner.
The Dyson DC34 has a powerful digital motor that is designed so that there is no suction loss anywhere in the vacuuming process. The motors, unlike other vacuums, do not rely on carbon brushes, so there are no carbon dust emissions. The DC34 is a lightweight vacuum that only weighs three pounds. For messes that are difficult to clean with an ordinary vacuum, the DC34 has a dual power mode between fifteen minutes (28 air watts) of high suction, or six minutes (65 air watts) of higher suction if needed.
Pro & Cons
Customers enjoyed many features of the DC34. The product comes with accessories for effective cleaning such as the combination brush, crevice tool, and wide debris nozzle that is able to remove dirt no matter the location. Reviewers were also impressed with the powerful 22.2-volt Lithium-ion battery that easily charges for reuse. The DC34 stands out from its competitors in that it does not require a bag as debris and dirt move into a bin – press the button to release the dirt, and simply reuse.
What did customers not like about the DC34? Well, to begin with, it is on the expensive side for a handheld vacuum. Other than price, a few reviewers noted that the DC34 cannot operate while being charged.
Dyson DC44 Animal Digital Slim MK2 Handheld Vacuum Review
The Dyson DC44 stands at twenty-eight inches and weighs only ten pounds. The product features a digital motor that is three times more powerful than conventional motors. The vacuum contains a nickel manganese cobalt battery that allows for a quick recharge, so it’s ready for use and operates long enough for the job’s completion. Dyson boasts of the DC44’s motorized floor tool with carbon fiber brushes, which work great on hard floors.
Pro & Cons
Customers raved about the carbon fiber brushes and brush cleaners, which are meant to enhance the cleaning process. The DC44’s “Root Cyclone” technology also drew praise, as it spins air at an incredibly high speed into a bin, as being a bag-less unit means having no loss of suction or mess. Other pros include a detachable long-reach wand that allows for cleaning those hard-to-reach places and a “boost mode” that gives an option either twenty minutes of constant suction or eight minutes of higher suction.
Reviewers generally noted two common complaints with the DC44. The first is that the dump cup is small and fills up quickly, requiring users to chronically empty and clean. The second is that for the price it’s one of the most expensive handheld vacuums on the market.
Black and Decker FHV1200 Handheld Vacuum Review
Replaced by the Black & Decker BDH2020FLFH MAX Lithium Flex Handheld Vacuum.
The FHV1200 comes with a four-foot flexible hose that can easily extend to reach those hard-to-reach places, whether on top of cabinets, under the couch cushions, or under a car mat. It features a three-stage filtration system with cyclonic action that spins dirt away and into an empty dirt canister. The cyclonic action also prevents dust and debris from escaping, so the only air exhaust is clean. Other equipment that comes with the product to assist cleaning is a long crevice tool, a brushing tool, and pet hair cleaning tool.
Pro & Cons
Some customers were impressed by the FHV1200’s high-performance motor, which produces a strong suction. Three words seemed to sum up how most felt about the FHV1200 — small, light, and powerful. Other reviewers loved that the filter is easily washable and dishwasher-safe. After you are done with the vacuum it can be stored in its handy storage caddy, along with its accessories, which several users found to be quite useful
There are, however, a few cons that a few other customers pointed out with the product. The first is that the brush wears out quickly. The second is that replacement filters are costly at $10. And the third is that it has a relatively long recharge time compared to its competitors.
Dirt Devil Accucharge Handheld Vacuum Review
Replaced by the Dirt Devil BD30025B Quick Flip Plus Cordless Handheld Vacuum.
The Dirt Devil Accucharge features an energy star qualified battery charger that results in a longer battery life, always an important factor in a handheld vacuum. The vacuum’s charger replenishes energy two times faster than its competitors, the reason being that it contains AccuCharge technology. The AccuCharge technology of the product uses seventy percent less energy, despite using fifteen volts of suction power to suck up dirt and debris.
Pro & Cons
Users noted that dirt and debris that is sucked through the mouth of the vacuum cyclones away from the F4 filter and into a transparent bag-less bin that dumps directly into the trash for easy and quick reuse. At three pounds, the vacuum is easy to carry from room to room while holding to complete cleaning jobs on stairs. The Dirt Devil comes with a quick flip crevice tool that reaches intricate spaces on both the floor and above-ground – air vents, baseboards, and small spaces.
Some customers felt that the wall mount could be improved on this unit — the wall mount stays put on the wall, but there is no click that proves that it is secure to the mount. Another drawback noted by reviewers is that the product is quite a bit noisy for such a small sized vacuum.
If all this seems a little too much like hard work then you might want to consider the best robot vacuum – as reviewed by Groom+Style.