Updated: June 8, 2015

Handheld Vacuum Reviews:

We've all had a cleanup job at home where getting the upright vacuum seemed like to much of a hassle, so we grab the handheld vac and go to work. Many times when something spills we just reach for the hand vac since it is so convenient. A handheld vacuum is small, lightweight, and extremely portable. The majority of handheld vacuums are cordless, but some are corded. A dirt cup, or small bag, is what the debris is collected into inside the hand vacuum and when it becomes too full you can release the top of the vacuum and pour out the contents into the trash. My Black & Decker sits on a power charger that is constantly plugged into the wall so it keeps it at full power. When I need to use the hand vac I just release it from the charger and clean-up the mess. Recently I noticed that the charge is not as strong as it used to be so I decided to go out and research and buy a new one.
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Buying Guide - When you are looking for a good, quality handheld vacuum, you want to find one that is powerful enough to clean up dirt, glass, and other small debris. Also, look for features like wands or attachments that may let you get into hard to reach areas. I once dropped a glass in my kitchen and the shards of glass got into tiny crevices that were really hard to reach. My hand vac had a wand attachment that let me get into the smallest places and clean up the glass with no worries of small splinters being left behind for someone to step on. Some of the newest hand held vacs have crevice tools with extension wands, furniture upholstery brushes, and agitator brush for stains and spills on carpets or furniture. In terms of power, we know that smaller hand vacuums will never do as well as the more powerful barrel or upright vacuums, but you want to be able to pick up dirt, leaves, bugs, and dust balls with no problem. Lastly, a handheld vacuum with a decent charge will go a long way to cleaning up areas like staircases. I find that when I try to use the hand vac on hard to reach areas on my stairs it always runs out after about 13 stairs and there are 16 to do. I end up having to let the vacuum recharge and finish the job at a later time. The wall mountable hand held vacuums are great and allow easy storage in laundry rooms or garages. Popular brands include Black and Decker handheld vacuum cleaners, Dirt Devil, Hoover, Eureka, Dewalt, Euro Pro, Bissell, Dyson, and Conair. We researched the major brands online and read customer reviews at Amazon.com and Epinions.com, looked in the forums at Davesgarden.com, and viewed expert comments at Consumer Guide. Our results are below. View the list of best-selling handheld vacuums here.

Best Handheld Vacuum:

The Eureka 71B Hand-Held Vacuum ($40) is the best hand held vacuum per customer reviews on Amazon.com and on several other leading consumer sites. It offers strong suction with 5.5 amps and has a stretch hose that lets you clean upholstery, stairs, and cars with no problems. The revolving brush is powered by 1 motor while the suction is done by another motor. The Riser Visor is for carpeted stairs and there is an excellent crevice tool for hard to reach spots. The bagless filter and clean dust cup are easy to clean and the 20-foot cord is long enough for almost any job. Users say they love that it is lightweight (about 5 lbs), has lots of power, and it cleans pet hair off of fabric quite easily. A few people mention that the hose wand is a tad too short, but still say it manages to clean windowsills just fine. The Black & Decker CHV1500 15-3/5-Volt HEPA Cyclonic DustBuster ($50) is a close 2nd and worth mentioning here. The Dustbuster from Black & Decker has a HEPA filter and a cyclonic-action filter system. Owners say it charges fast, has powerful suction, and is a breeze to clean out. On board attachments include an upholstery brush and crevice tool while the translucent dust bin lets you see just how much debris, hair and dust you are collecting.

Top Corded Hand Vacuum:

The Black & Decker Corded Hand Vac HV8000 ($45) makes an excellent corded hand vacuum that will do more than your standard cordless model. Although you are limited a bit since it has to plug into a wall somewhere, the additional suction power (compared to cordless hand vacs) will let you cleanup much faster. The HV8000 is durable and heavier than most others in this category and it comes with plenty of tools so you can get into strange places if you need to. You will have to empty the dust bin often and clean the filter, but overall comments were very positive on this corded hand vac.

High End Hand Held Vacuum:

Want something more powerful than the average handheld vacuum? The Dyson DC16 ($150) is the tool for you. This household hand vac has almost double the sucking power of other handhelds and charges up to 3 times faster. There are no bags or filters to replace and you get the integrated brush and crevice tool which make it handy on keyboards and other uneven surfaces. The one big drawback is the battery life on this baby. Owners repeatedly say you get maybe 5 minutes of suction and then it's done. If you can handle the short battery life, then buy this powerful handheld vacuum that will pick up things other hand held vacs just can't. We look into the DeWalt DC515K Heavy Duty Wet/Dry Vacuum ($150) as another high end option for hand held vacs, but it too has limited battery power per consumer reviews.

Budget Hand Vac:

The Dirt Devil M0914 Extreme Power Handheld Vacuum ($30) is cheaper than the Dustbuster from Black & Decker and the Eureka above, but still functions pretty well. It's rated high by consumers as a budget, or value, buy when it comes to handheld vacuums. The cordless operation make it easy to maneuver and carry around your house. The Dirt Devil has enough suction power to clean up car mats, around fireplaces, and in tight corners. Although the battery life is still short, owners say the Dirt Devil hand vac will cleanup most messes rather quickly and efficiently. Good value for the money is the comment we heard the most.