A handheld vacuum provides the portability and convenience you need to clean up those small messes without dragging the larger vacuum out of the closet. Particularly if your handheld vac is cordless. These days there are many added features to the handheld vacuum and it can be tough to know which ones are right for you. We’ve selected the best cordless handheld vacuums based on criteria such as:
We may also add helpful extras such as a clear dirt cup, etc. Let’s take a look.
10. Dirt Devil BD30015 Quick Flip 12 V Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
The “Quick Flip” model from Dirt Devil features a very durable, yet lightweight design at less than two pounds. Perfect for carrying anywhere that needs cleaning. It has a large capacity dirt cup to clean up the big messes, and it’s both clear and easy to empty as well.
It does lose a few points on suction power and filtration as some users claim the suction is not strong, and the filter doesn’t grab pet dander well.
9. Pet Hair Eraser Cordless Hand Vacuum
Because not all models can handle pet hair with equal ease, we like this one from Bissel, designed for it. Because it is designed for an often difficult task, it’s specially-made with excellent suction and filtration. It’s a larger model, so it has a large capacity for bigger jobs, too. Of course, though it excels at pet hair removal, it can be used to clean up any debris.
Possible downsides are the side vents blowing other debris everywhere, and the size. It is a little larger and heavier than comparable handheld cordless models.
8. Handheld Vacuum, HoLife Handheld Cordless
A very lightweight model at about 3 pounds, this cordless vac will be a great addition to your cleaning tools. It also features powerful 90 watt “cyclonic” suction to help you tackle the toughest dirty jobs. We like the fairly large, clear container for quick and easy disposal as well.
Some nice extra features include a particularly long-lasting battery and ability to use it in wet or dry conditions.
In rare cases, users had difficulty charging the vacuum.
7. Hoover Air Cordless
This vac from Hoover is also pretty lightweight at less than four pounds, so you won’t get tired out on those lengthier cleaning jobs. It has excellent filtration ratings and not only that, but comes complete with two washable filters; this will be a very long-lasting product indeed. Powerful suction will even clean up pet hair, according to some users.
A small number report some difficulty with charging and removal of the battery.
6. 18V Shark Cordless Hand-Held Vacuum
This is another model that excels at most jobs including pet hair cleanup. We like the large capacity container and extra powerful suction abilities of the Shark. It’s fairly lightweight for easy portability, and the charging station is also a spacesaver.
Having said that, the battery takes a long time to actually charge, and the vacuum doesn’t run very long on that charge, leaving much to be desired in that area.
5. Ryobi P713 ONE + 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Hand Vacuum
This model has a powerful dual-filter system for increased effectiveness. Large capacity clear containment allows you to easily see when it’s time to empty out the mess. It’s a surprisingly lightweight model at less than three pounds, too.
While there’s a lot to like here, we don’t like that it isn’t shipped with a battery, which must be purchased separately. It works with any 18v “One+” battery.
4. Black+Decker HNV220BCZ10FF Compact Lithium Hand Vac
This a particularly strong model given that it is also what we’d call a budget model. For one low price, you’ll get a very lightweight cordless vac at around two pounds. It also has a large capacity container, cutting down on your cleanup time. Its lithium-powered technology offers decent suction, but this is definitely a “light duty” vac, ideal for smaller jobs.
We find the suction adequate, though a small number of users had issues with weak suction.
3. BISSELL SPOTLIFTER 2X ESSENTIAL
A very ergonomic and high-capacity design, this cordless vacuum is a convenient space-saver option. In addition to its suction capabilities, we like that it also includes brush and spray functionality to give you that extra helping hand during stubborn cleanup jobs. It is a bit heavier than other models at around 5 pounds.
Some users had trouble with stain removal, but many reported that it pulled out stains that were several weeks old, with very little effort.
2. Cordless Vacuum, WELIKERA 12V 100W Hand-held Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
We like to recommend a good car vacuum or two because not only are they convenient and versatile, they generally come with a few extra accessories to make cleaning easier. This one has brush, crevice and hose attachments; useful in the car as well as the home. Strong cyclonic suction makes cleaning easy, and its weight of less than three pounds make it a great choice for convenience and portability.
1. BLACK + DECKER CHV1410L 16V Cordless Lithium Hand Vac
This one from Black + Decker easily takes our top spot for best handheld cordless vacuum. It features strong cyclonic suction for extra power, and this action helps to keep filtration clean and smooth as well. The long-lasting ion battery is a nice plus. Another very lightweight choice at less than three pounds, and including a large capacity storage cup, it’s the ideal hand vac for stress-free cleaning.
There are certainly other considerations you may wish to use for your hand-vac purchase. You may be more concerned with power use, or battery life, or even noise levels. But we can guarantee that any of the models on our list will clean effectively, and offer you the convenience of a lightweight machine. The best handheld cordless vacuum is just waiting for you.