There are many different features that consumers are searching for when they consider the best handheld vacuum cleaners on the market and some aspects are more important to some consumers than others. With this in mind, some designers have tried to provide the most multi-functional model possible, with lots of convenient features and
accessories for different surfaces and jobs, while others have focused more on the power and suction they can offer in their cordless or corded model or on specialized tasks. The following models for 2018 have similarities in their purposes and designs and share a few common pros and cons, notably the weights, battery lives, tools and dust capacity, but they each have their key selling point.
Choosing Between Some of the Best Handheld Vacuums
As the Eureka RapidClean 41A Step vacuum has the word step in its name, there are bound to be high hopes for its weight, cleaning power and capabilities in hard to reach places. The latter is clear immediately with the heavily promoted 28ft reach system, a 25ft cord and 3ft hose, and there is also a crevice tool for those annoying angles on the stairs. There is also versatility in the cleaning power of this machine, as the brush roll lets users switch from carpet cleaning to hard floors with ease and that all important light weight of 6lbs. A small, portable stairs vacuum does mean a small dust capacity but it makes up for this limitation with a convenient filter and other helpful features.
Eureka are clearly quite smart when it comes to small, convenient handheld vacuum models because they have another product here in the form of the Easy Clean Handheld 71B. This model is designed to be a bit more versatile than the ‘stairs’ model, with its many cleaning tools, and buyers have said that even though these attachments lower the power, they are pretty helpful for hard-to-reach areas, cars and upholstery. Again this model has bagless dust storage and filtration and is pretty easy to clean out but buyers still say it could be bigger. There are some nice features where the designers have though about the user, like the cord wrap and hose caddy but the hose is short and the machine a bit noisy.
Like many of the handheld models being discussed here, the Shark Rocket Corded HV292 is pretty small and light with an emphasis on the dust removal system but there is also a lot of praise for the high suction and power, something that can be lacking in small models. This is partly due to the cord, which unfortunately is not retractable, but there is simply a lot of strength behind the different attachments and it doesn’t lose suction. The attachments are varied, a pet hair brush, hose and crevice tool, and buyers are pretty happy with the performance, praising this machine for its worth across the home for a number of different jobs. The 15ft cord and versatility mean that this one model can be taken pretty much anywhere.
The Hoover Air Cordless BH52160PC handheld vacuum is one of those models that instantly looks powerful. The strong lithium battery certainly works in its favor here and helps to provide a strong suction for dirt and hair, particularly with the additional turbo tool; the only issue here is that the mouth of the head is a little small. Power and high performance are a must in any small handheld vacuum but there are also some interesting design features here for ease of use. One of the most important is the fact that the vacuum weighs just 2 pounds, making it much lighter than the other models mentioned above and easier to carry around, but the 0.7 liter capacity is pretty helpful too.
There are lots of different shapes and sizes with handheld vacuum cleaners and the Black & Decker CHV1410L is quite a sleek number with its rounded body, the handle on the top and a long nozzle, 50% longer than previous models for greater access to dirt in tight spaces. Like the cordless Hoover Air mentioned above, the mouth on the nozzle is perhaps a little small but it also shares the benefits of a light weight (2.7lbs), some helpful brushes for a deeper clean and decent power. The power and suction may be promising, with the fade-free power allowing for a strong performance across a range of cleaning areas, but the short 9 minute battery life and “smart charge” station are not to everyone’s liking.
Last but not least in this collection of the best handheld vacuum cleaners we have one of the models that has gained the most attention and praise from loyal buyers. Dyson handhelds are always set to wow audiences with their suction and convenience but the Dyson V6 Trigger has the benefit of the improved V6 motor for improved particle management as well as a motorized brush and other tools for dealing with problem areas. As with many high power handhelds, the battery life could perhaps be a little better and there are mixed views on the energy-saving trigger mechanism; however, most would say it is worth putting up with this, and the noise, for the capacity, suction, accessories and balanced feel.