Our Top 10 Best Handheld Vacuum Cleaner Comparison Chart

We have done our research and compiled our very own list of what we consider to be the top 10 best handheld vacuum cleaners. You can compare them side-by-side in the comparison table chart below.

Please read the notes below the chart for more specific information on certain points.

Scroll across at the bottom of the table / mobile and tablet users just swipe...
 

Black & Decker
CHV1410L

Black & Decker
Pivot BDH2000PL

Shark
Rockt HV302

Dyson
V6

Black & Decker
BDH2020FL

BISSELL
Pet 1782

Black & Decker
BDH2020FLFH

Black & Decker
BDH2000L

Hoover
Air

Eureka
EasyClean 71B
 
Our Verdict4.7 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 starsOur Verdict
CordN/AN/A30 ft.N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A20 ft.Cord
CordlessCordless
Air Watts23 aw35 awN/A28 aw (100 on Boost)24 awN/A25 aw23 awN/AN/AAir Watts
PowerN/AN/A500WN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A5.5 ampsPower
Battery14.4V Lithium Ion20V Lithium IonN/A22.2V Nickel Manganese Cobalt / Li-Ion20V Lithium Ion14.4V NiMH20V Lithium Ion20V Lithium Ion20V Lithium IonN/ABattery
Removable Battery N/AN/ARemovable Battery
Battery IndicatorN/AN/ABattery Indicator
Charging4 hrs2-3 hrsN/A3.5 hrs4 hrs4 hrs4-5 hrs4 hrs9 hrsN/ACharging
Run Time15-30 mins20-35 minsN/A20 mins (6 on Boost)15-25 mins20-30 mins20-30 mins45-60 mins15 minsN/ARun Time
Filter**VF110****PVF110****HV302**Standard**PVF110**Two-Stage Filtration**PVF110****VF110FC****BH50140****DCF11**Filter
Washable FilterWashable Filter
CapacityN/A0.44 liters0.472 liters0.4 liters0.53 litersN/A0.5 liters0.6 liters0.7 liters0.5 litersCapacity
BaglessBagless
Accessories• On Board Brush
• Built-in Crevice Tool
• Charging Base
• Built-in Crevice Tool
• On-Board Brush
• Charging Stand
• Washable Filter
• Pre-Filter
• Motorized Floor Brush
• Extension Wand
• Dusting Brush
• Pet Upholstery Tool
• 12" Crevice Tool
• Dust Away Kit
• Car Detail Kit
• Wall Mount
• Accessories Bag
• Motorized Cleaner Head
• Low Profile Cleaner Head
• Combination Tool
• 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
• Brush Roll
• Crevice Tool
• Stretch Hose
Accessories
Dimensions14" x 8.1" x 5.4"18" x 6.9" x 6.8"46" x 9.8" x 10.5"9.8" x 8.2" x 46.4"14.9" x 10.7" x 6.5"4.5" x 16" x 6.8"6" x 14.4" x 10.7"14.5" x 5.6" x 8.1"4.75" x 17.5" x 4.2"15" x 8" x 7"Dimensions
Weight3.8 lbs4.3 lbs7.5 lbs4.5 lbs3.2 lbs3.75 lbs6.1 lbs2.9 lbs2.1 lbs4.8 lbsWeight
Warranty2 years2 years5 years2 years2 years1 year2 years3 years2 years1 yearWarranty
Price
**CHECK PRICE**
**CHECK PRICE**
**CHECK PRICE**
**CHECK PRICE**
**CHECK PRICE**
**CHECK PRICE**
**CHECK PRICE**
**CHECK PRICE**
**CHECK PRICE**
**CHECK PRICE**
Price

Table Notes

  • Product Name & Model (click on it for more information, user reviews and to buy)
  • Our Final Verdict: These are our own ratings based on carpet, upholstery & hard floor performance, battery performance, pet hair removal and value for money.
  • 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 Do You Buy The Best Handheld Vacuum?

Many handheld vacuums have a short lifespan and that could be due to many different reasons, the most common being poor quality components. If you want a hand vac that will last you longer than a couple years, you should pay close attention to the following points when making your purchase.

Style of Hand Vac

This is probably the first thing you’ll think of when you buy a handheld vacuum. There are really only two types of designs and they are the long nozzle type and roller head.

Long nozzle hand vacs are better for maneuvering around and getting into tight spaces and ceilings. Many of them have integrated attachments at the end of the nozzle which extends its reach.

Roller heads consist of a motorized brush head that is better for cleaning carpets and stairs. Some models may have an extension hose on board which allows you to reach into tight areas.

Is It Corded or Cordless?

As a general fact, corded handheld vacuums will last longer than a cordless model and that’s down to one reason only – The battery. A corded model will always be powered from the mains outlet so it won’t have a battery to ‘go wrong’, while a cordless model’s main power source is its internal battery.

This simply means that you need a vacuum with a great battery, one that can recharge quickly and hold a charge well for both short and long term. It’s recommended that you go for a lithium ion battery as they meet the aforementioned criteria.

It’s also preferable (but not necessary) to get a model that has a removable battery so if the battery fails, it can be replaced. However, some batteries can be expensive and you’ll find that it may be better just to buy a new hand vac.

Suction Power

Yes, we all want a handheld vacuum that has super strong suction power to clean up mess as quickly as possible. However, there are very few hand vacs that has suction power that comes close to what a full sized vacuum can produce.

If you want superior suction in a handheld vac, do not buy cheap as they’re usually at the weaker end. It also helps to get one with a good filtration system to efficiently filtering dust so that your system doesn’t get clogged and that the dust doesn’t escape.

Contrary to what some people think, it’s not true that a corded handheld vacuum will have more suction power than a cordless, but having a corded model does often mean that its suction power is more consistent whereas a cordless model may fade when the battery is near the end of its charge.

Suction power is measured in air watts, and the higher the number, the more powerful it is. Unfortunately, many manufacturers do not state the figure.

Attachments

Now this may not be a very important factor for you, but at the very least, you should aim for a hand vac that includes a crevice tool and brush. Anything more than that is really a bonus as most won’t give you much more. Bear in mind that many attachments will be built into the unit already for better convenience.

Size of Handheld Vacuum

Does size and weight matter to you? It will if you are whoever else in your family that uses it has hand problems or you have limited storage space. Certain models are also easier to handle as the weight is distributed more evenly throughout instead of towards one location.

Warranty

It goes without saying that a longer warranty gives you more peace of mind. You should aim for a handheld vacuum that gives at least 2 years warranty. It’s a good idea to read into what’s offered in the warranty, but most manufacturers generally only offer warranty on replacement of certain parts.

Recommended For You
- Top 10 Best Cordless Handheld Vacuums Comparison Chart 2016
- Our Top 10 Best Handheld Vacuums Comparison Chart 2016
- Top 5 Best Corded Handheld Vacuums Comparison Chart 2016
Keep up with the latest articles and deals on the best handheld vacuums by subscribing to our RSS Feed.