Handheld vacuums have greatly simplified our cleaning chores; no more trying to make a hose stretch from a canister vac or struggling on stairs with an upright. Toting a handheld out to the garage to clean out the car is a snap.
There are handhelds in nearly every price category; here we look at four of the best.
Best Cordless Vacuum Kit
The Makita BCL180w 18-Volt Compact Lithium Cordless is a leader for users wishing to “cut the cord.”
At the higher end of cordless prices, the Makita is a mere 18″ long and weighs less than three pounds, greatly reducing the chance for user fatigue. A soft, ergonomically-designed handle provides for easy handling.
The unit uses the standard rechargeable Makita 18v battery, which powers all Makita brand hand tools. The vac will run for 10 minutes continuously on a charge, and new technology makes recharging much quicker than comparable tools.
A completely redesigned receptacle holds more waste than previous models, thus requiring fewer waste dumps while operating. Included in the box are a battery, charger, filter, extension, crevice and floor nozzles. The vac comes with a three year warranty.
Best Pet Handheld Vacuum to Buy
From one of the most trusted and venerable names in vacuum cleaners, the Hoover Platinum Collection LiNX Cordless BH500030 is not only great for all household and auto chores, but has been especially engineered to make short work out of cleaning up pet hair, traditionally one of the great ‘enemies’ of vacuums. A special pet hair attachment is included. The LiNX Cordless is considered a great tool in the middle price range.
The Hoover works on a Lithium-Ion battery, which Hoover claims lasts twice as long as competitor models, and features “no-fade” technology, that is, the vac will run at full power until the battery is dead, rather than gradually slowing down. The entire unit weighs less than five pounds.
The unit is easy to maneuver with a 25 degree pivot head. In addition to the pet hair attachment, also included are a power head brush roll, and a deluxe dusting brush. The Hoover vac is bagless, and the waste container is easy to empty and takes reusable (washable) filters. The Hoover comes with a two year limited warranty.
Best Corded Hand-Held Vacuum
Eureka! You’ll have to try the Eureka Easy Clean (Corded) 71B. Sitting nicely at the economical end of the handheld price spectrum, the corded Eureka Easy Clean is not going to run out of power, nor will you need to stop and recharge.
The unit features strong 5.5 amp suction, and includes a 20′ long stretch hose. Two separate motors control the front rollers and suction.
Weighing in at five pounds, the bagless unit features an easy to clean filter and disposal cup, with a six inch wide cleaning swath.Users like the heavy suction and durability, with some reporting faithful service from this economical unit for many years.
Top Handheld Pivot Vacuum in the Market
Another cordless in the medium price range is the Black+Decker BDH2000PL MAX Lithium Pivot Vacuum, 20-volt.
A three-stage filtration system, and rotating brushes help keep suction strong in this four pound unit.
Users like the standing charging base, and the unit’s ease of use, with its pivoting nose for hard to reach areas.
The entire dust bowl is removable for washing in the sink on occasion. Black + Decker has been making small tools and appliances for over one hundred years, and their engineering expertise and constant product refinement is evident in the BDH2000PL MAX.
Included in the package is the vacuum, battery, charging base, washable filter, and on-board brush and crevice tool.
The MAX comes with a two year limited warranty, guaranteeing the unit to be devoid of any defects in materials or workmanship. Should anything go wrong, he product will be replaced or repaired at no charge.