Handheld Vacuum Cleaner Puts The Fun In Cleaning

Vacuuming is an easy way to keep your floors clean. With the advancements of technology in vacuum cleaners, you can clean more than your floors. Now you can clean mattresses, upholstery, dust furniture, hard to reach areas, drapes, etc. How? Say hello to handheld vacuum cleaner!

Handhelds can be cordless or corded but the cordless vacuum cleaners are more common. They use rechargeable batteries that last for varying lengths of time. These lightweight mini vacuums good suction power and will do a great job for spot cleaning.

Eureka EasyClean Lightweight Handheld Vacuum Cleaner, Hand Vac Corded, 71B,EasyClean-Yellow


There are models that are capable of wet and dry vacuuming so you can clean the spill and debris at once.

The portability of handheld vacuum cleaners make them versatile as you can easily carry them anywhere to clean, including your car.

Still on versatility, there are attachments you can use with your handheld vacuum cleaner that lets you different types of cleaning.

Keep reading to learn more on handheld vacuum cleaners and how to choose the best one for your needs.



The Handheld Way

Welcome to the 21st century where everything is going wireless. There most likely has been a significant drop in your household gadgets that still use wires. The convenience that comes with wireless electronic appliances cannot be underestimated.

You probably have been using vacuum cleaners for years. Does the thought of one without the restriction of wires excite you? Not only that, a portable handheld variant for that matter!

You can already think about those parts of your home that you couldn’t clean. Not because you don’t want to, the full sized vacuum cleaners just wouldn’t get there.

Don’t get so carried away yet, though, not all handhelds are wireless. But one by itself opens up the versatility of vacuuming as you will soon find out.


Corded or Cordless

Dirt Devil Scorpion Handheld Vacuum Cleaner, Corded, Small, Dry Hand Held Vac With Cord, Red, SD20005RED (Design Might Vary)Truth be told, you shouldn’t expect a cordless handheld vacuum cleaner to have as much power as a corded variant.

It is a given, the power from an AC source is way more that what you can get from a battery on a portable device.

So, the style, convenience, and freedom of a cordless handheld vacuum cleaner come with a trade off.

Some brands have designs that let you plug in the handheld to a cigarette lighter port for power. That way you can use the handheld vacuum cleaner clean your car interior.

So, depending on what you need a handheld vacuum cleaner for and how you intend to use it, you can decide if a corded or a cordless handheld vacuum cleaner is best for you.



Battery Life

BLACK+DECKER dusbuster Handheld Vacuum, Cordless, Magic Blue (HHVI320JR02)As you might have figured, cordless means battery. And battery means time-sensitive. If you want to use a cordless handheld vacuum cleaner, you better be in some hurry.

Honestly, you will find some that will last a little over 30 minutes while some won’t even afford you time to sneeze.

There are handheld vacuum cleaner models that last just 7 minutes. These timing can be relative though, if you consider suction power.

If the suction power on a handheld vacuum cleaner is strong, you won’t need too much time to do the job.

That a battery has enough power to last a while is not always enough. How long a battery takes to charge is also an important issue. You don’t want a handheld vacuum cleaner that lasts 30 minutes but needs the whole day to recharge, do you?

Some handheld vacuum cleaner models have a charging station while the more basic ones still need accord to plug them in.


Dust Cup Capacity

VonHaus 2 in 1 Stick & Handheld Vacuum Cleaner - 600W Corded Upright Vac with Lightweight Design, HEPA Filtration, Extendable Handle, Crevice Tool and Brush Accessories - Ideal for Hardwood FloorsThey are handheld, they are convenient, they are portable, so, you can’t expect a large dust capacity on these things.

Even at that, the capacity varies. Only a few handheld vacuum cleaner models will have up to 1 liter dust capacity.

So, remember that the smaller the dust capacity, the more often you will need to empty it. Since handheld vacuum cleaners are meant for lightweight jobs anyway, you won’t be emptying too often.

There are some models that have a see through dust can. That way you can easily tell when it is time to visit the trash can.




One of the most important features of a handheld is convenience. So, it is expected that they won’t come in dumbbell weights. The heaviest handheld vacuum cleaner you will find shouldn’t exceed 5.5 lbs.

Most of them average around 3 to 4 lbs. so that should be relatively easy for most users to handle with ease.



Another good thing about a handheld vacuum cleaner is that it allows you do different types of cleaning. You can go from cleaning floors, to furniture, drapes, upholstery etc.

Some handheld vacuum cleaner brands such as the HoLife Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner can even handle wet spills. With the right attachment, you can do almost any type of vacuuming with your handheld vacuum cleaner.

Crevice tools, soft brushes, flexible hose, etc. are some of the attachments available that you can combine with your handheld vacuum cleaner.



Handheld Vacuum Cleaner Types

Handheld vacuum cleaner models come with different specialties. Some are better at a particular type of cleaning than others. This is why it is important to categorize them based of their peculiarities. That way, you can easily decide which to go for based on your needs.


APOSEN Cordless Vacuum Cleaner 5 in 1 Wet & Dry Handheld Vacuum Ultra Lightweight 14.8V Lithium with Quick Charge Tech Stick Vacuum for Hard Floor A7S BlackWet/Dry handheld vacuum cleaner models let you clean both wet and dry mess. If you have kids or pets in your home, you will know that a handheld vacuum cleaner like this is great to have.

Imagine that you can clean spilled milk on one side of your kitchen and then move to the counter top to suck up some breadcrumbs.

Handheld vacuum cleaners with this capability will surely make vacuuming an easier experience.

One great example of a handheld vacuum cleaner that is capable of wet and dry cleaning is the Shop-Vac 2021000 Micro Wet/Dry Vac.

A wet/dry handheld vacuum is designed slightly differently from the regular handheld variants. Some have a different compartment for the liquids that you suck up.

Some have specialized filters that separate the liquids from the debris in order to keep the internal components safe.


The transformers

Vacuum Cleaner, Deik Cordless Vacuum, Stick Handheld Vacuum, 2 in 1 Lightweight Rechargeable Bagless with LED Light for Dark Corners and Washable Filteration for Carpets and Hard Floors, RechargeableNo, we are not talking about the movie. Your handheld vacuum cleaner will not turn into a sports car or a semi.

These types of handheld vacuum cleaners can cross between two types of vacuum cleaners. There are cordless vacuum cleaners that can transform into handhelds.

The Dyson V8 stick vacuum cleaner can quickly go from that to a handheld vacuum cleaner. With the power and capabilities of that cordless vacuum cleaner, it is almost like transitioning from an upright to a handheld.

That’s not all, the V8 has a whopping 40 minutes runtime. That means you just got yourself a handheld vacuum that can go for that long.




BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Lithium Ion Cordless Hand Vacuum, PurpleIf you own a pet, you also know that they can litter the whole place with hair. Another thing you might have noticed is that it is quite a hassle cleaning those hairs especially off carpets.

Furry buddies are great to have around but they don’t seem to concern themselves with keeping the place spic and span.

That leaves the burden of cleanup to you. Deploying your full-size vacuum every time you see pet hair is a quick way to frustration.

This is why you need a handheld vacuum cleaner in your home. Not just any handheld though, not all of them are capable of doing a good job with hairs on carpets and upholstery.

That is where this type comes in. There are handheld vacuum cleaner models that are designed for dealing with pet hairs. These types will save you a lot of time and effort. With these handheld vacuum cleaners, you can get rid of hairs from your carpet, mattresses, upholstery, you name it.

There are different brands and models of handheld vacuum cleaner that are suitable for this purpose. You shouldn’t have a lot of problems finding a brand and model regardless your budget.



APOSEN Handheld Vacuum Cleaner with HEPA Filter 7Kpa Wet Dry Hand Vac 14.8V Lithium with Quick Charge Tech Powerful Cyclonic Suction A7-BHigh Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) is a filtration system in vacuum cleaners that trap tiny air particles to prevent the users from inhaling contaminants.

This feature is intended for people with sensitivities and allergies. The HEPA filters can trap particles as small as 0.3 microns, that’s hundreds of times as small as the human hair.

This is a popular feature among full-sized vacuum cleaners and you can now easily find handheld vacuum cleaner models boasting of this property.

Inhaling clean air is always a good thing and having a vacuum to take out contaminants from the air is value for money. So, handheld vacuum cleaners with HEPA filtration are not just nice to have, they tend towards a necessity. One great example is the Housmile Anti-Dust UV Vacuum Cleaner.



How to choose the best handheld vacuum cleaner

Deciding on a handheld vacuum cleaner can quickly become an issue. This is understandable considering how many variants are available.

One way to easily narrow down your options is to be clear on how you will be using the vacuum. Understanding this will help you choose the option that is best suited for that purpose.

We will be helping you with some suggestions of what you can consider when deciding on a handheld vacuum cleaner.


How long will it run for?

If you opt for the cordless variant, for the obvious reasons, you must consider how long the battery will work for at a time.

Depending on the types of jobs you will be using the handhelds for, you want to make sure that the runtime will always be sufficient.


How fast does it charge?

While it is sensible to want a cordless handheld that lasts long, it is even more sensible to know how long it takes to recharge. Just as the battery runtime varies, the recharge time is also not constant.

Your best bet will be one that does not take too long to charge. If not, you might have to wait the whole day before you have to use the handheld again. So, after considering the runtime, keep an eye out for the recharge time too.


Bin capacity

VonHaus 2 in 1 Stick & Handheld Vacuum Cleaner - 600W Corded Upright Vac with Lightweight Design, HEPA Filtration, Extendable Handle, Crevice Tool and Brush Accessories - Ideal for Hardwood FloorsIf you don’t have a problem emptying the bin every 5 minutes, this isn’t worth considering. But if you think about how much time and effort you will spend emptying that often, you will know it is worth considering.

Handheld vacuum cleaners are designed to be portable, that is accepted. However, the dust bin still has to be sizeable enough to make spot cleaning reasonable. If 5 pounds isn’t too heavy for you, there is a Shop vac handheld vacuum cleaner that has a 1-gallon capacity. Now, that’s sizeable.



Talking about 5 pounds, it might seem too lightweight for anyone to have a problem with. That won’t be true within the reality of the older citizens and those with dexterity challenges.

In such circles, weight is a serious factor for consideration. Fortunately enough, most handheld vacuums are lightweight as they average 3 to 4 pounds. That is a weight almost no one will struggle with.


What about wet mess?

Handheld vacuum cleaners are mostly useful for spot cleaning which could be wet or dry. If you’d like to clean both without worries, you have to consider if that handheld you’re eyeing is capable of that. One advantage of this type of vacuum cleaner is that you won’t need mops or paper towel to clean spills again.

When choosing these types, however, pay attention to the voltage level. That influences the suction power which is quite important to clean wet mess. Remember you don’t want to use paper towels again.

GeeMo Handheld Vacuum Cleaner 8500PA Wet Dry Powerful Cyclonic Suction Lightweight Quick Charge Vacuum Cleaner Cordless for Home&Car X4


Of course you are going to consider the price tag even if we don’t tell you to. Since money is likely a thing to you, the last thing you want is to pay for what you don’t need. This is why we advised that you need to be clear on what you expect from your handheld vacuum cleaner.

With that cleared up and your budget gripping your attention, you will be able to make a great choice without overshooting your budget.



Filters on a handheld need cleaning or changing every once in a while. You might want to consider the availability or cost of replacement filters.

Some handheld models have a switch that is designed to be held on to work. Once you release the switch, the vacuum goes off. Such a design may seem cool and useful but does not work for everybody. So, watch out for design peculiarities to choose a model that suits you in every way.

Some models of handheld vacuum cleaner come bundled with attachments. It is possible that your choice does not or it does not have the particular attachment you want.

This is why you need to consider the available attachments for the handheld  of your choice.


It is our belief that this article has helped you make your decision easy. Now you can confidently purchase a handheld  knowing well that it is a good choice.














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