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The 25 Top-Rated Handheld Vacs to Make Cleaning a Breeze

After having a regular stand up vacuum for a while, most people find themselves wishing it wasn’t so hard to clean up smaller messes. Finding a handheld vacuum is the next logical step. These vacuums often end up surprising their owners with all they can do. While in search of the best handheld vac for your needs, keep in mind your budget, your typical cleaning tasks, and added features that can make your life easier and cleaning a little bit more fun.

To help you find the best handheld vac for your needs, we’ve listed 25 top-rated handheld vacuums below, in alphabetical order for easy reference (especially if you’re a fan of a particular brand like Dyson or Bissell). Ratings, based on Amazon reviews, are current as of the time of this writing. Whether you need a spot lifter, a hair remover, or a mattress cleaner, one of these handheld vacs is sure to fit the bill.

1. Armor All 12V Car Vac, AA12V1 0901

Current Rating: 3.5

BISSELL SPOTLIFTER 2X ESSENTIAL

 

Although this vacuum is labeled “car vac,” that dramatically understates its versatility. You can use the 15-foot electric cord and attachments for any number of home uses. From under the refrigerator to the couch cushions, this vac can handle it all.

Key Features:

  • Built in LED light
  • 1-year warranty
  • Uses a electric plug, or a 12-volt plug in your car

Cost: Est. $20

2. Bissell Cleanview Deluxe Corded Handheld

 

Current Rating: 4.4

Bissell Cleanview Deluxe Corded Handheld

 

Don’t judge this little powerhouse by its size! This handheld vac is only 10 inches long but still has a 4-amp motor that gets the job done. Lugging this vac around is not a problem, especially with its 18-foot cord.

Key Features:

  • Lightweight and compact
  • 2-foot hose attachment included
  • 1-year warranty

Cost: Est. $45

3. Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum, Corded

 

Current Rating: 4.4

Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum, Corded

 

This little vacuum easily adapts to hardwood and carpet with two different specialized nozzles. Boasting a 16-foot cord and a 5-pound weight, this vac is wonderful for moving around your room with ease.

Key Features:

  • 4 amp power rating
  • 2 different nozzles for hardwood and upholstery/carpet
  • Compact and lightweight

Cost: Est. $30

4. BISSELL SPOTLIFTER 2X ESSENTIAL

 

Current Rating: 3.4

BISSELL SPOTLIFTER 2X ESSENTIAL

This vac is the perfect cleaner for the occasional spill or oops. The cleaning brush scrubs the stain with cleaner and the suction removes the stain from your carpet with virtually no fuss. If you don’t want to bother with cleaning a whole room, this is perfect.

Key Features:

  • 2 color options
  • Wet vac for stain removal
  • Cordless battery lasts for 15 minutes of straight use

Cost: Est. $50

5. Black + Decker BDH2000L 20-Volt Max Lithium Ion Battery Cordless Hand Vacuum

 

Current Rating: 4.3

Black + Decker BDH2000L 20-Volt Max Lithium Ion Battery Cordless Hand Vacuum

This cordless vac lets you take it where you need it. Whether you’re cleaning spilled cheerios or vacuuming your car, this little guy can do it. Its dual-filtered suction has one washable filter and one that takes replacements. Cleaning the plastic filter, though, will extend the life of the replaceable filter.

Key Features:

  • Cordless
  • Long nozzle to reach in tight places
  • Flip-up brush for a dusting feature

Cost: Est. $70

6. BLACK + DECKER CHV1410L 16V Cordless Lithium Hand Vac

 

Current Rating: 4.3

BLACK + DECKER CHV1410L 16V Cordless Lithium Hand Vac

This Black + Decker hand vac has an incredibly long lasting battery life. Black + Decker says it can hold a charge for up to 18 months! After use, clean up is as easy as removing the nozzle and dumping the dirt.

Key Features:

  • Cordless
  • 2-year warranty
  • Bagless dirt bowl

Cost: Est. $60

7. BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FLFH MAX Lithium Flex Vacuum with Stick Vacuum Floor Head and Pet Hair Brush, 20-volt – Cordless

 

Current Rating: 4.3

BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FLFH MAX Lithium Flex Vacuum with Stick Vacuum Floor Head and Pet Hair Brush, 20-volt - Cordless

Most handheld vacuums suffer the problem of causing back strain: you have to crouch down to use it on your floors. This vacuum has beat that problem by giving you the choice. It’s a handheld vacuum with a floor extension, meaning no more bending over to clean up messes on the floor.

Key Features:

  • Pet hair brush attachment
  • Floor extension
  • Cordless

Cost: Est. $115

8. Black+Decker Dustbuster Cordless Lithium Hand Vacuum, Magic Blue

 

Current Rating: 4.1

Black+Decker Dustbuster Cordless Lithium Hand Vacuum, Magic Blue

This handheld vac has a nozzle extender which allows a greater range of cleanup. The bagless design lends to a fast finish; just a open, dump, and done. Weighing in at 2.4 pounds, this vac is one of the lightest on our list.

Key Features:

  • Cordless
  • Nozzle extender for a longer reach
  • Vacuum end rotates to accommodate hard to reach places

Cost: Est. $40

9. Car Vacuum Cleaner High Power RETECK DC 12v Portable Handheld Car Vacuum Wet Dry

 

Current Rating: 4.5

Car Vacuum Cleaner High Power RETECK DC 12v Portable Handheld Car Vacuum Wet Dry

This vac has options! Whether you plug it into your car or you use a standard wall plug, you won’t have to worry about the battery cutting your cleanup short before the mess is gone. With its attachments and bag, this set makes for a complete vacuum package.

Key Features:

  • Wet/Dry suction
  • Car plug and electric power options
  • Comes with 3 attachments and storage bag

Cost: Est. $30

10. Carrand AutoSpa Bagless Auto-Vac Hand-Held Vacuum

 

Current Rating: 3.9

Carrand AutoSpa Bagless Auto-Vac Hand-Held Vacuum

Although this vacuum claims to be bagless, it does still have a collection basket. This allows for a quick clean up (take it to the outside trash so you don’t put any dust back in the air when you empty it), but when a normal bagless would need a deep scrub, this vac would just need its basket tossed in the sink for a quick cleanup.

Key Features:

  • 3 attachments store on vac
  • Reusable storage bag
  • 20-foot cord

Cost: Est. $45

11. Dirt Devil Extreme Power Wet/Dry Cordless Hand Cleaner

 

Current Rating: 3.2

Dirt Devil Extreme Power Wet/Dry Cordless Hand Cleaner

Don’t want to have to maintain two vacuums for wet and dry cleanup tasks? This handheld vac may be just what you’re looking for. With a simple flip-down extender, you can reach even further cleaning up your dry AND wet messes!

Key Features:

  • Wet/Dry vac
  • Cordless
  • Flip-down nozzle extender

Cost: Est. $40

12. Dirt Devil Hand Vacuum Cleaner Classic

 

Current Rating: 4.0

Dirt Devil Hand Vacuum Cleaner Classic

The filtration system on this vacuum includes a replaceable filter that will need replaced periodically, but you can wash the filter to extend its life. The lightweight hold makes sweeping up your upholstery simple, and the 20-foot cord means you can take it all over the room should the mood strike.

Key Features:

  • Comes with 4 attachments
  • 20-foot cord
  • Bagless

Cost: Est. $50

13. Dirt Devil Hand Vacuum Cleaner Ultra Corded Bagged

 

Current Rating: 4.0

Dirt Devil Hand Vacuum Cleaner Ultra Corded Bagged

This vac may require replacement bags, but let’s not undersell the cleanliness of the bag. It’s as simple as pulling a bag and dropping it in the trash, and there’s no extra dirt and dust flying back into the air after you’ve just cleaned it all up. You won’t have to clean the machine out as often, either. It may be a bit pricier, but the convenience is undeniable!

Key Features:

  • Motorized brush adds efficiency on upholstery
  • Crevice tool and stretch hose stores on vac
  • 3-year warranty

Cost: Est. $30

14. Dirt Devil Scorpion Quick Flip Corded Bagless Handheld Vacuum

 

Current Rating: 4.3

Dirt Devil Scorpion Quick Flip Corded Bagless Handheld Vacuum

This corded vac doesn’t come with a lot of bells and whistles, but it does have a simple fix for the hard to reach places. The top of the vac has a plastic extender that just flips down into place. It flips back up and that’s it. It’s as simple as it can be, with no extra parts to lose.

Key Features:

  • Bagless
  • Lightweight – under 4 pounds
  • 3-year warranty

Cost: Est. $30

15. Royal Appliance Dirt Devil Purpose For Pets Hand Vac

 

Current Rating: 3.8

Royal Appliance Dirt Devil Purpose For Pets Hand Vac

This little guy has a big appeal for pet owners. The motorized brush is great for picking up dog hair and clean up is a breeze with the bagless, one-button dump cup. The 20-foot cord allows you to clean up after your fur babies in the car as well as in the home.

Key Features:

  • HEPA filtration
  • 5 attachments
  • 2-year limited warranty

Cost: Est. $45

16. Shark Cordless Pet Perfect II Hand Vac

 

Current Rating: 3.8

Shark Cordless Pet Perfect II Hand Vac

The Shark Cordless Pet Perfect II comes with an array of attachments to suit your needs. Whether your goal is to remove pet hair or to clean up the occasional mess, this vac has you covered. You just switch out your attachment based on your specific needs.

Key Features:

  • Cordless
  • Includes wall hanging mount, 3 attachment tools
  • Bagless

Cost: Est. $50

17. Shark Rocket Corded Hand Vac

 

Current Rating: 4.5

Shark Rocket Corded Hand Vac

This vac is designed very similarly to the Dyson, and while it may not have as many features, it’s half the price! For your money you’re still getting a lightweight vac with a bagless one touch empty and a filter that is completely washable and reusable.

Key Features:

  • 15-foot cord
  • Bagless
  • “TruePet” motorized brush accessory plus 3 more attachments

Cost: Est. $90

18. Eureka EasyClean Corded Hand-Held Vacuum, 71C

 

Current Rating: 4.1

Eureka EasyClean Corded Hand-Held Vacuum, 71C

The filter in this vac is replaceable, but based on the reviews, you may never need to actually replace it. You can simply pull it out, give it a quick wash, and let it air dry. It has a hose that can be stretched up to 3 feet for use on stairs and in your car.

Key Features:

  • 2 color options
  • 20 ft cord
  • On-board storage for tools

Cost: Est. $45

19. Holife Handheld Cordless Vacuum

 

Current Rating: 4.4

Holife Handheld Cordless Vacuum

This handheld vac has all kinds of extra features. A quick recharge, a long battery life, and wet/dry versatility sets this vac apart from the rest. But you can’t ignore that this vac is quieter than most, too: 40 decibels lower!

Key Features:

  • Quick charge
  • Set comes with extra filters, 3 nozzle attachments and a cleaning brush
  • 2-year warranty

Cost: Est. $60

20. Hoover Air Cordless 20V Lithium Ion Bagless Hand Vacuum Cleaner

 

Current Rating: 4.1

Hoover Air Cordless 20V Lithium Ion Bagless Hand Vacuum Cleaner

This vac is probably just the kind that comes to mind when you think of handheld vacuums. It has the traditional look but with lots of added features. The suction, for one, is much stronger than what you had as a child. With a longer battery life and crevice attachment, this is definitely an upgrade from the traditional hand vac.

Key Features:

  • Cordless
  • Lightweight – less than 4 pounds
  • Comes with extra filter and extender nozzle

Cost: Est. $90

21. Housmile Anti-Dust Mites UV Vacuum Cleaner with Advanced HEPA Filtration and Double Powerful

 

Current Rating: 4.6

Housmile Anti-Dust Mites UV Vacuum Cleaner with Advanced HEPA Filtration and Double Powerful

This is definitely the most unique hand vac on the list. It’s designed for a very specific use: The UV light and hot air work together to kill the dust mites, bed bugs and allergens that bother you without ever being seen. In case you’re worried it won’t reach all the deep down mites, the vibrating feature beats the mites to the surface. It will vacuum up as it goes, but it’s primary function is to eliminate the creatures; it’s not focused on absorbing dust. This isn’t a dual function vac, though; it’s a mattress vac. But it’s the best at its job.

Key Features:

  • HEPA filtration
  • UV light, vibration, and heated air
  • Lightweight – less than 3 pounds

Cost: Est. $75

22. Pet Hair Eraser Cordless Hand Vacuum

 

Current Rating: 3.9

Pet Hair Eraser Cordless Hand Vacuum

This little vac has plenty of versatility with its attachments. The motorized brush foot is perfect for removing pet hair and getting deep-down messes. The upholstery tool is designed for your cushions and couches and the crevice tool is perfect for getting hard to reach places like under your refrigerator.

Key Features:

  • Cordless
  • Motorized brush, upholstery and crevice tool attachment
  • 1-year limited warranty

Cost: Est. $45

23. Dyson V6 Baby + Child Handheld Vacuum – Cordless

 

Current Rating: 4.1

Dyson V6 Baby + Child Handheld Vacuum - Cordless

Dyson has a reputation for having the most powerful vacuums on the market. The Dyson V6 Baby even has a “Boost Mode” to increase the suction for bursts of extra suction. The battery can operate at full power for 20 minutes straight, and the bin drops dirt directly into the trash. This vacuum is the most expensive on the list, but you know what they say: You get what you pay for.

Key Features:

  • Cordless
  • 4 attachment tools
  • 2-year warranty

Cost: Est. $220

24. Dyson V6 Mattress Handheld Vacuum – Cordless

 

Current Rating: 4.2

Dyson V6 Mattress Handheld Vacuum - Cordless

This vac’s whole-machine HEPA filtration system boasts to remove 99.97% of unwanted particles in your mattress. While it’s focused on the specialized task of cleaning your mattress, that’s not all it can do. The anti-allergen machine is ideal for cleaning any upholstered furniture, or add the dusting brush attachment and use it to dust.

Key Features:

  • HEPA filtration system
  • Cordless
  • Motorized mattress tool and dust brush attachment

Cost: Est. $190

25. Dyson V6 Trigger Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

 

Current Rating: 4.4

Dyson V6 Trigger Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

The ergonomic feel of this vac just can’t be over-stated. Having a vacuum that feels good in your hand is going to make you more likely to use it. And when you’re using it, you’re more likely to use it for longer. This vac could increase the cleanliness of your home for that alone. However, it also happens to come with enough other features that mean you just won’t have to use it as often.

Key Features:

  • Cordless
  • Hygienic one-touch bin empty
  • Dyson’s V6 Motor

Cost: Est. $160

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