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Best Handheld Vacuum – Top 8 Review

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The best handheld vacuums available – we were lucky enough to be able to test them all! Some are great all-rounders, some specialize in car cleaning or pet hair removal, corded or cordless, there is something to meet your needs. If you have any questions then please contact us directly via email, or in the comment section below, to ask our team’s advice.

 

The Best Handheld Vacuum (Corded or Cordless) – Top 8 Cleanest Review for May, 2022

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!”

IMAGE PRODUCT
  • Long Nozzle with Crevice Tool
  • Versatile & Easy to Clean
  • Powerful & Long Run Time
  • Peak power: 16V, 15 Air Watts, no loss of suction
  • Battery: Lithium-ion, rechargeable
  • Run/charge time: 15 minutes/3-4 hours
#1 CHOICE FOR MOST HOMES
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  • Flexible & Long Nozzle
  • Versatile & Easy to Clean
  • Powerful & Long Run Time
  • Peak power: 20V, 25 Air Watts, no loss of suction
  • Battery: Lithium-ion, rechargeable
  • Run/charge time: 15 minutes/four hours
#1 CHOICE FOR MOST HOMES & CAR
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  • Premium Design & Price
  • Extremely Powerful & Long Run Time
  • High Quality & Washable Filter
  • Peak power: 100 Air Watts on Max, 28 Air Watts on standard, no loss of suction
  • Battery: Lithium-ion, rechargeable
  • Run/charge time: 20 minutes/3½ hours
BEST PREMIUM CHOICE
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  • Perfect for Pet Hair
  • Corded & Powerful
  • Easy to Maneuver
  • Peak power: 12V
  • Battery: None – corded model with 16’ cord
  • Run/charge time: N/A
BEST CHOICE FOR PET OWNERS
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– if you are curious about our choices from previous years then continue reading.

 

Hoover Platinum LINX BH50030 Handheld Vacuum

best handheld vacuum - Hoover Platinum LINX BH50030
Hoover Platinum LINX BH50030. Click on the photo to see the Price on Amazon.

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.

Check Hoover Platinum LINX Price On Amazon

 

Dirt Devil Scorpion Quick Flip Handheld Vacuum

best handheld vacuum - Dirt Devil Scorpion
Dirt Devil Scorpion. Click on the photo to see the Price on Amazon.

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.

Check Dirt Devil Scorpion Quick Flip Price On Amazon

 

Dyson DC34 Handheld Vacuum Review

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Dyson DC34 Vacuum. Click on the photo to see the Price on Amazon.

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.

Check Dyson DC34 Hand-held Price On Amazon

 

Dyson DC44 Animal Digital Slim MK2 Handheld Vacuum Review

best handheld vacuum - Dyson DC44 Vacuum
Dyson DC44 Vacuum. Click on the photo to see the Price on Amazon.

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.

Check Dyson DC44 Animal Handheld Vacuum Price On Amazon

 

Black and Decker FHV1200 Handheld Vacuum Review

best handheld vacuum - Black and Decker FHV1200 Vacuum Review
Black and Decker FHV1200 Vacuum. Click on the photo to see the Price on Amazon.

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.

Check Black & Decker FHV1200 Flex Price On Amazon

 

Dirt Devil Accucharge Handheld Vacuum Review

best handheld vacuum - Dirt Devil Accucharge Vacuum
Dirt Devil Accucharge Vacuum. Click on the photo to see the Price on Amazon.

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.

Check Dirt Devil Accucharge Price On Amazon

 

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.

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  • Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Lisa spent her days writing for a local newspaper in the early parts of her career. That writing aptitude came in handy when G+S expanded from just fashion to home luxury. Lisa and her wife have too many dogs to count, and when she isn’t at work, Lisa continues her musical ambitions as she masters the piano and bass.

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Lauren Ligouri
Lauren Ligouri
2 years ago

Thank you for the excellent reviews! I’m looking for a handheld vacuum for quick, daily clean ups for my patio & small patch of artificial grass. I don’t like lugging out the blower/vacuum/mulcher. Do you think any of theses would work well outside for debris/leaves? Suggestions?

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2 years ago
Reply to  Lauren Ligouri

Hi Lauren, Aaaah, the age old question, can I use my indoor vacuum outside… I took our Dyson and Black & Decker Flex (the flexible hose one, not the fixed end) outside to see how they would behave. After cleaning up a small section of artificial grass, on which I had dumped a whole lot of leaves, dried grass and small flowers, my learnings were the following: – the vacuums picked up most debris easily (dirt, small flowers etc) except for the leaves which I had to sometimes “feed” into the end. – the Dyson fixed and shorter hose/end was… Read more »

Alex
Alex
3 years ago

great article . lots of very helpful info. i am also happy with much of the questions and answers.
thanks for all your research. great site and i really like your logo. good luck!

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Groom+Style
3 years ago
Reply to  Alex

Thanks for the kind words Alex,
Kind Regards,
Lisa and the Groom+Style Team

Md. Ashifur Rahman
Md. Ashifur Rahman
3 years ago

You’ve covered almost all the popular handheld vacuum cleaners in depth and accurate!

Tony Mayer
Tony Mayer
3 years ago

I’m looking for the best option for a specific application – vacuuming air out of compression bags so I can make space in my car for my camping trip. Looking for a circular nozzle with as high suction as possible … from the article above it appears the #2 Black & Decker option is my best option on a budget and the Eureka is better if I want to spend a bit more. Would you agree with that assessment?

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3 years ago
Reply to  Tony Mayer

Hi Tony, Thanks for the great question. Price wise I think, brand new on Amazon, the Black & Decker BDH2020FLFH MAX and Eureka EasyClean Corded Handheld Vacuum, 71B see quite similar when I check – but this can certainly change depending on sales etc. From a performance perspective if you don’t mind the cord I think the Eureka EasyClean, with its mains power, would be better suited to handle the job of vacuuming the air out of compression bags. We have done this sort of task before using upright vacuums (upright corded vs. upright cordless vacuums) and the corded models,… Read more »

Dan
Dan
4 years ago

whoever took the time to research all this and compile everything thanks! this is the best

Anonymous
Anonymous
4 years ago

Many thanks — zoë

z werth
z werth
4 years ago

Hi — I am looking for a handheld vacuum to use pretty much exclusively for cleaning the interior of my car. Which of the above would you recommend ?

And would the fact that I live in an area with winter snow make a difference in terms of moisture on the the car’s floor carpeting?
— Thanks so much for the helpful information you provide.

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4 years ago
Reply to  z werth

Hi Z Werth, If you were after a handheld vacuum only to use in the car then Black & Decker mades a version of our number 1 choice which is designed exclusively for that purpose. It has great reach (with the hose and the cord), a 12V cigarette lighter socket for the car, great suction and 3 attachments to get to all the hard to reach areas. You can read more by following this link to amazon -> http://geni.us/handheldcarvacuum I guess any level of moisture will make it slightly harder to pick up dirt, but as this Black & Decker… Read more »

Jasmin
Jasmin
4 years ago

Hi really really useful, I want a vacuum that I can preferably use whilst my kittens are around and not scare them half to death like my big dyson and Henry do – which of the handheld would you say is the quietest?

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4 years ago
Reply to  Jasmin

Hi Jasmin, What a great question – cats (and pets in general) and young kids can certainly hate the sound of vacuum cleaners (as a total aside I have linked at the end to a brilliant “Dear Kitten” commercial where the kitten hides from the Vacuuuum, I think you will appreciate it!). We can probably only deal in ranges, and cannot guarantee that your kittens (not sure how sensitive they are etc.) will be okay with any specific vacuum, but hopefully we can point you in the right direction. So stepping back for a moment, sound levels are measured in… Read more »

Ruth P Potvin
Ruth P Potvin
4 years ago

I have arthritis in my hands so I need a cordless handheld vacuum that is lightweight with good suction. I also need it to pickup cat hair. Can you provide a recommendation?

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4 years ago
Reply to  Ruth P Potvin

Hi Ruth, Thanks for the question. I think you have a few good options available (we’ll take you through 3 of them below) depending on your price sensitivity etc. Firstly, you could choose our top choice handheld vacuum on our top 5 list above, the Black & Decker BDH2020FLFH MAX Lithium Flex Handheld Vacuum. The key reason I think this might work for you (other than the fact that it will work well on pet hair) is that you use this handheld vacuum by using 2 hands. This way you could roughly distribute the 3.2 pounds weight between your two… Read more »

amir najam
amir najam
5 years ago

I am big fan of your blog and I used to read your blog. First of all thank you so much for researching features of different product and sharing only useful information. I am confuse between BLACK + DECKER CHV1410L Cordless Dustbuster Hand Vac and Black & Decker PHV1810 Cordless Pivoting Hand Vac. I just want to know which is best for regular use?? I want to use it everyday. So please let me know which one should I buy.

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5 years ago
Reply to  amir najam

Hi Amir,
Thanks for your kind words.
The GroomNStyle team would suggest that you go for the Black and Decker CHV1410L. The battery is long lasting, durable (with no performance loss) and quick to charge. It has great suction power and is very easy to clean/maintain. For everyday use the team feels that the CHV1410L has an edge on the PHV1810 (which might actually also be difficult to find at the moment).
Kind Regards,
Lisa

jhony_isaacs
jhony_isaacs
5 years ago

Is Black and Decker FHV1200 Vacuum cleaner item easy to use? Some vacuum products look small but this maintain was so hard.

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5 years ago
Reply to  jhony_isaacs

Hi Jhony,
Yes, the testers found the Black and Decker FHV1200 Vacuum cleaner very easy to use. It is lightweight, compact and the 4 foot hose provided amazing versatility.
As mentioned in the review the filter can be washed in the dishwasher which makes for easy maintenance.
Kind Regards,
Lisa

Mahmud Hossain
Mahmud Hossain
6 years ago

You’re all info is definitely helpful. But i have allergy problem. So which one do you think the best that will be helpful for allergy or even for asthma …?
Do you think, its possible by handheld vacuum cleaner…?

Dora Mitchell
Dora Mitchell
6 years ago

Thank you for this article. Bit I have one question in my mind for a long time, Which is the best vacuum to use handle vacuums or stick of full vacuums? because I haven’t seen any comparison of this two type of vacuums, if you have any idea about it then please share.

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GroomNStyle
6 years ago
Reply to  Dora Mitchell

Dora-

I realise you havent mentioned the usage requirement of the vacuum. Stick Vacuums will always outperform the hand held ones due to sheer motor power manufacturers tend to fuse into them as there is no weight constraint on them unlike in hand-held motors.
Hand-held vacuums have come a long way since their foray into mainstream but will need some way to replace the traditional vacuums. For heavy duty home use, i suggest sticks and light weight frequent usage, stick to hand-helds!

-Lisa

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