• Top 10 Best Cordless Handheld Vacuums Comparison 2017

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    If convenience and portability is a priority for you, then our 10 best cordless handheld vacuums for 2017 are the way to go. We’ve compiled 10 of what we consider the best, and drawn up a comparison chart. Please read the notes below the chart for more specific information on certain points.

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    Black & Decker
    Pivot BDH2000PL

    Black & Decker
    CHV1410L

    Dyson
    V6

    Dyson
    V6 Animal

    Black & Decker
    BDH2020FL

    BISSELL
    Pet 1782

    Black & Decker
    BDH2020FLFH

    Black & Decker
    Platinum BDH2000L

    Hoover
    Air

    Shark
    Pet Perfect II
     
    Our Rating4.7 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.3 Stars4.3 Stars4.1 StarsOur Rating
    Battery Type20V Lithium Ion14.4V Lithium Ion22.2V Nickel Manganese Cobalt / Li-Ion22.2V Nickel Manganese Cobalt / Li-Ion20V Lithium Ion14.4V NiMH20V Lithium Ion20V Lithium Ion20V Lithium Ion18V NiCadBattery Type
    Removable Battery Removable Battery
    Charging2-3 hrs4 hrs3.5 hrs3.5 hrs4 hrs4 hrs4-5 hrs5 hrs9 hrs16 hrs (initial)Charging
    Run Time20-35 mins15-30 mins20 mins (6 on Boost)20 mins (6 on Boost)15-25 mins20-30 mins20-30 mins25-40 mins15 mins15-30 minsRun Time
    Air Watts35 aw23 aw28 aw (100 on Boost)28 aw (100 on Boost)24 awN/A25 aw24 awN/AN/AAir Watts
    Filter**PVF110****VF110**N/AN/A**PVF110**Two-Stage Filtration**PVF110****VF110FC****BH50140****F4 Filter**Filter
    Washable FilterWashable Filter
    Capacity0.44 liters0.6 liters0.4 liters0.4 liters0.53 litersN/A0.5 liters0.6 liters0.7 litersN/ACapacity
    BaglessBagless
    Accessories• Built-in Crevice Tool
    • On-Board Brush
    • Charging Stand
    • Washable Filter
    • Pre-Filter
    • On Board Brush
    • Built-in Crevice Tool
    • Charging Base
    • Motorized Cleaner Head
    • Low Profile Cleaner
    • Combination Tool
    • Aluminum Wand
    • Wall Mountable Docking Station
    • Motorized Cleaner Head
    • Mini Motorized Tool
    • Low Profile Cleaner
    • Combination Tool
    • Crevice Tool
    • Mini Soft Dusting Brush
    • Aluminum Wand
    • Wall Mountable Docking Station
    • 4' Hose
    • Pet Hair Tool
    • Long Crevice Tool
    • 2-in-1 Nozzle / Brush Tool
    • Charging Base w/ Accessory Storage
    • Motorized Brush
    • Crevice Tool
    • Upholstery Tool
    • 4 ft. Flexible Hose
    • Stick Vac Floor Head
    • Pet Hair Brush
    • 2-in-1 Nozzle/Brush Toot
    • Long Crevice Tool
    • Charging Base
    • Built-in Crevice Tool
    • Brush
    • Charging Stand
    • Powered Turbo Brush
    • Crevice Tool
    • Battery Charger
    • Washable Filter
    • Motorized Brush Roll
    • Crevice Tool
    • Dusting Tool
    • Wall Mountable Charging Stand
    Accessories
    Dimensions18" x 6.9" x 6.8"14" x 8.1" x 5.4"9.8" x 8.2" x 46.4"9.8" x 8.2" x 46.4"14.9" x 10.7" x 6.5"4.5" x 16" x 6.8"6.5" x 14.4" x 10.7"14.5" x 5.6" x 8.1"4.75" x 17.5" x 4.2"9.1" x 18.1" x 7.6"Dimensions
    Weight4.3 lbs3.8 lbs4.5 lbs4.5 lbs3.2 lbs3.75 lbs6.1 lbs2.9 lbs2.1 lbs4.3 lbsWeight
    Warranty2 years2 years2 years2 years2 years1 year2 years3 years2 years1 yearWarranty
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    Table Notes

    • Product Name & Model (click on it for more information, user reviews and to buy)
    • Our User Rating – This is our own opinion based on our research of the product through our own and/or other user’s testing and testimonials. Clicking through to one of the featured products directs you to Amazon’s product page, where you’ll find reviews depicted by real customers. We highly recommend that you read what they say about the model you’re interested in.
    • Best Value / Top Rated / Top Specs – Products that we consider to excel in a certain area such as value for money, reputation or technology have been given one of our aforementioned labels of recognition.
    • Charge Time: This is based on how long it takes for a full charge according to the manufacturers.
    • Run Time (minutes): This is an average based on both manufacturer specifications and users experiences.
    • Accessories / Attachments: Standard accessories are included but are not mentioned e.g. manual.
    • Price: This is based on Amazon’s marketplace. Please note that prices can change occasionally due to promotions and discounts.

    How to Choose the Best Cordless Handheld Vacuum

    It feels good being able to clean any spot in your home with a portable cordless handheld vacuum without having restrictions such as having a cord attached at all times. This kind of convenience is the sole reason why most people would rather purchase a cordless model rather than a corded one.

    However, with the added convenience comes with greater risk of failure in the long term if you end up buying an inadequate model. So how do you know which cordless hand vac is best when it comes to effective vacuuming and a long lifespan?

    The main things you need to look into when making your purchase are:

    Battery Quality

    This is the number one component you need to consider because whenever something goes wrong with any cordless handheld vac, most of the time it’s usually the a battery issue. Either it won’t hold a charge properly or just completely dies.

    Fortunately, battery quality has improved drastically over the years and that’s due to the advancement in lithium ion batteries, which are now integrated in the majority of mid end cordless hand vacs. Cordless vacuums that uses a Nickel–cadmium battery (NiCad) are less common now but are still around. They’re usually cheaper and generally do not hold a charge as well as a lithium battery, nor do they last as long.

    All the signs of a cordless hand vac with a great battery are:

    Quick Recharge Time – You don’t want to have to wait ages to completely recharge the unit after the battery has been depleted. A battery that’s able to recharge quickly is usually a sign of quality. However, certain batteries will take around 24 hours to completely charge the first time you ever use it.

    Long Run Time – Just because a battery has a long run time doesn’t always mean that it’s fantastic. What you have to consider is how powerful the vacuum is relative to the time you’re getting out of a full charge. If your hand vac has good suction power and you’re getting at least 15 minutes or more of constant and consistent run times, then you’ve got yourself a good unit.

    Doesn’t Fade Late – Certain batteries, most notably NiCads will diminish in suction power towards the end of its charge, which means that your last few minutes of vacuuming will not be as effective. This can occur in lithium ion batteries too, but often near the end of the battery’s life cycle.

    Is It Removable? – Though this shouldn’t be the deciding factor, it’s sometimes useful to have a removable battery since it’ll be a lot easier to replace should the existing battery come to the end of its lifespan. However, some replacement batteries are quite costly so it may be better just to buy a new hand vac.

    Suction Power

    It’s not always the case that a cordless vacuum will have less suction power than a corded model. However, the power consistency among all corded vacs are generally better. There are a few select cordless hand vacs that are powerful and perform its cleaning tasks very efficiently.

    The type of battery that’s used doesn’t affect how powerful a vacuum is, but how consistent the power is. A general rule of thumb is to aim for ones that have a higher voltage which supplies more power to the unit, and also one with a high figure or air watts.

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