The 5 Best Handheld Vacuums to Buy For Your Home in 2018

UPDATED APRIL 2018 | BY KATE APPLESON

Ultra-portable handheld vacuums are a tidy home's essential tool: they're quick to the draw, lightweight, and handy enough for any surface or hard to reach corner.  They're ideal for pet hair, couch cushions, and making your car feel as new as the day you bought it.  The countless handheld vacuum cleaner options on the market offer an array of power, flexibility and specialty that can be confusing - we found the best matches for your specific needs below.

Best Overall: BLACK+DECKER CHV1410L Lithium Cordless Dust Buster 

Our favorite handheld vacuum of 2017 - and the overall top-selling vacuum on Amazon - has it all.  The Black + Decker CHV1410L Lithium Cordless Dust Buster is powerful, lightweight, and sleekly designed to reach into crevices and behind appliances.  It can hold a battery charge for an unheard of 18 months while sitting in your closet or trunk. All of those high-end features comes in at a surprisingly affordable price.

The CHV1410L solves the battery problems that plague many handhelds.  Its suction is strong and consistent, powered by a lithium ion battery that doesn't lose charge over time. Its smart charger protects the battery by turning off when it reaches full strength.

In addition to being powerful and stylish, the CHV1410L is efficiently designed for every kind of space - users love the versatility of its narrow extended nozzle. Other owners appreciate the clear bagless canister that shows you when the vacuum is full. The CHV1410L is the surest bet we've seen on the vacuum market, and easy on the pocketbook to boot.  Check Amazon Rating >>

Best Low-Cost: Dirt Devil SD2005RED Scorpion Corded Quick Flip Handheld

The cheapest vacuum on our list is a good choice for anyone looking to save money and clean a small space like a dorm room.

The Dirt Devil Scorpion is compact enough to fit in a cupboard, and weighs under four pounds, yet has enough surprising suction in its 7 amp motor to clean up serious messes. Its Quick Flip Crevice tool flips out to reach any nook or cranny with the push of a button.

The downside of the Scorpion is that it is corded, which is the only way you can get enough power at such a cheap price.  That makes it a no-go for owners who have larger homes or cars to clean, but the 16-foot cord is long enough for most uses. We're willing to overlook the plug-in inconvenience for the very low cost. Check Amazon Rating >>

Best for Pet Hair: Bissell Pet Hair Eraser, 33A1

Handheld vacuums are as essential to pet owners as leashes and litter boxes.  Pet owners depend on them regularly to suck pet hair off couches, stairs, and bed spreads. 

Not all handhelds are created equal when it comes to cleaning up pet hair, however, as some don't have the right nozzle to trap hair and others can damage furniture with too much pressure.  The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser is specifically made for cleaning hair off upholstery, with a flexible rubber nozzle that allows you to clean deep into the contours of your couch or stairs without leaving any marks.

The Pet Hair Eraser is corded, like the Dirt Devil, which is a necessary tradeoff for good power at such a low price. It's not meant to be your only home vacuum, but it it is an essential tool for any pet owner looking to keep their home truly clean of pet hair.  Check Amazon Rating >>

Best for Car Owners: BLACK+DECKER BDH2000PL 20V MAX Lithium Pivot Vacuum

Black+Decker's high-power 20V MAX Lithium Pivot is in the same handheld family as our top pick. It's an ideal choice for car owners due to its unique pivot nozzle's compactness, power, and ability to get under car seats.

The 20V Max's pivoting nozzle is perfect for car owners who can adjust the angle at will to use it to reach under seats and floor mats. It's smaller than other high-power models due to that flexible nozzle, which folds up tightly to collapse the 20V Max to the size of a shoe box, easily fitting in a trunk or on a shelf.

The 20V MAX Pivot is revved by a high performance motor designed for users who need more power for heavy-duty cleanup jobs like messy car floors and garage workshops.

A handful of owners noted that the dust canister clean-out hinges had trouble staying closed after heavy use, but most rave about the Pivot's power and flexibility. Check Amazon Rating >>

Best Upright Combo: VonHaus 600W 2-in-1 Corded Stick & Handheld Vacuum

The VonHaus 600W 2-in-1 vacuum is an attractive option for small-space owners who want two effective vacuums for the very reasonable price of one.  

The VonHaus 2-in-1 is a corded stick vacuum first, with 130 watts of air suction power in its motor.  It has a large 1.2 Liter cylinder which allows multiple rounds of cleaning without having to empty the canister, and a HEPA filtration system to trap and dispose of dust.

The Vonhaus easily detaches from its floor nozzle to transform into a handheld vacuum with a similar design to our best overall pick. While it's not as convenient as the cordless Black + Decker CHV1410L, many users will prefer to opt for its versatility and power as an upright.  The Vonhaus is more than enough vacuum to handle studios and one-bedroom apartments, although large homeowners with carpeting may be better off with a more powerful traditional upright. Check Amazon Rating >>


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