"With single swipes, I was able to rake up and suck up all the hair."
For smaller messes, a good handheld vacuum provides quick cleaning without a lot of heavy lifting and without hogging precious storage space. These mini vacs won't replace a full-size vacuum when it comes to deep cleaning, but they are handy for speedily tackling dry spills, tracked-in dirt, and pet hair stuck to just about everything. And handheld vacuums don't just clean messes from inside your home: Stash one in the garage to keep a workshop, garden bench and your car clean, too.
Today's newest cordless models have more powerful batteries to pick up more debris and run longer than the wimpy models of years ago. Other innovations include more comfortable grips, easier to empty dust cups, washable filters, multiple speeds and more. Some even pick up wet messes and remove stains, and whether they come corded or cordless, those with brushes and other attachments make it easy to remove dust from draperies, window sills, door frames, mattresses and other out-of-the-way spots that may be awkward for a larger vacuum to reach. Here are our favorites:
Best Overall Handheld Vacuum: Dirt Devil Gator Lithium Cordless Hand Vacuum
Best Value Handheld Vacuum Cleaner: Hotor Corded Car Vacuum Cleaner
Best Handheld Vacuum for Pet Hair: Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum
Best Handheld Vacuum for Stairs: Black+Decker Cordless Hand Vacuum
Best Handheld Vacuum for Cars: Black+Decker 20V Max Lithium Flex Vacuum
Most Versatile Handheld Vacuum: Dyson V7 Handheld Vacuum
Best Wet/Dry Handheld Vacuum: Karcher TV1 Indoor Vacuum
Best Handheld Carpet Cleaner: Bissell Pet Stain Eraser Cordless Portable Carpet Cleaner
The Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab tests handheld vacuums on bare floors and low pile carpets for how well they pick up light debris like sand, baking soda, dry oatmeal, orzo pasta, and pet hair. We also test their suction with heavy items, like screws and nuts. We record the run time and weight and judge how easy the filter is to change or clean, how easy the dust cup is to empty and how comfortable the vacuum is to hold and use. Any special features or attachments are also assessed. We then ask real consumers to use and rate each vacuum before we determine our test winners.
The handheld vacuum cleaners below are ones that have done well in our tests or are upgraded models of ones we've previously tested. Whether you are replacing a vacuum that has bitten the dust or are adding one to your cleaning arsenal, here are the ones we recommend:
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