2023 Handheld Vacuum, Portable Vacuum, Car Vacuum Buying Guide

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Eric wang

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A number of people like to use a portable cordless vacuum cleaner to do their homework today.

In the previous article, for the purchase of household wireless vacuum cleaners, I put forward the following necessary conditions:

  1. Multi-cone cyclone separation – Compared with the ordinary separation method, the multi-cone method is less likely to block, the suction force is not easy to decay, and the service life is longer.
  2. HEPA12 filter screen – filter particles above 0.3um, less dust flying out for the second time, protect family health.
  3. Equipped with an electric ground brush head – it is better to have an electric mite removal brush, which is an important factor in the ground vacuuming ability.
  4. The suction power is above 120AW—mainstream and sufficient suction guarantee.

Obviously, it is impossible to achieve the above configuration with portable vacuums. The main point of portable vacuums is ease of use, light hand feel, small size, it is impossible to design multi-cone separation, and the battery capacity is not large, and it cannot achieve the suction power of mainstream vacuum cleaners.


It is not a professional vacuum cleaner based on performance.

This level of vacuum cleaner can’t make too many tricks. The motor + filter + battery form three simple core components. It is not a problem to suck up ordinary dust, but it is more difficult to have a strong cleaning power.

But in fact, there are application scenarios for portable vacuums. It is actually a bit troublesome to use a larger handheld vacuum cleaner in the corners of keyboards, desks, cribs, and clothes.There is a natural advantage in this aspect.


What to look for when shopping for a handheld vacuum

  • HEPA filter

 – Standard on any premium vacuum cleaner

  • Must be wireless

 – Wired will lose the meaning and experience of handy vacuums

  • Lithium battery parameters

 – the volume of the vacuum cleaner is small. If the battery is too weak, it will be attenuated after half a year, and the vacuum cleaner will be useless.

  • Appearance and portability

 – Good appearance and feel, which is also the premise for a good experience of this type of vacuum cleaner

  • The cheaper the better

  – This kind of vacuum cleaner does not have much technical content. My psychological price is less than $50.


Best-rated handheld vacuum

Shark® WANDVAC™ Cordless Handheld Vacuum – Slate

Extraordinary power for the everyday mess: the lightweight Shark® WANDVAC Cordless Handheld Vacuum packs suction power to take on any mess with quick maneuverability and pure Shark® performance.

  • Unbelievable suction delivered by a high-speed, brushless motor.
  • Ultra-lightweight and balanced hand vacuum at just 1.4 lbs. for maneuverability and easy cleaning.
  • Tapered nozzle for easy pickup of large debris and fine dust.
  • Zero in on tight spaces and car cleaning with the Duster Crevice Tool and use the Multi-Surface Tool for upholstery, carpets, and pet hair.
  • Charging dock for quick access and fast charging.
  • Empty debris in a single touch of a button—no getting your hands dirty.
  • Filtration technology captures dust and large debris.
  • Ergonomic Handle design provides comfortable cleaning and heightened control.
  • LED light indicates charging status and remaining battery life.
  • Hand vacuum maintenance is simple with a detachable dust cup and easily removable filter housing.


Best handheld vacuum for tight spaces

HomeVac H30 Mate (Black)

  • Cordless Suction Power: Incredible 80 AW / 16kPa suction power delivers extra strength to effectively clean up. Switch between Eco or Max mode, depending on your messes.
  • Ultra-Lightweight: At 1.78 lbs (808 g), you can effortlessly clean places that you haven’t been able to before—like air vents, high shelves, or light fixtures.
  • Pet Hair Magnet: Can’t live without pets, can live without their hair. Easily pick up fur from upholstery in fewer passes.
  • Charge and Store: Keep everything charged and stored in one place, so HomeVac is always ready when you need it.
  • Versatile Usage: Choose between various tools, like the mini-motorized pet brush and 2-in-1 crevice tool to tackle different messes.


Best compact handheld vacuum

BISSELL AeroSlim Lithium Ion Cordless Handheld Vacuum, 29869

  • Every Bissell purchase helps save pets. Bissell proudly supports Bissell Pet Foundation and its mission to help save homeless pets.
  • Cordless Power: Lithium-ion battery provides up to 12 minutes of cordless cleaning power for quick clean ups almost anywhere.
  • On-the-Go Cleaning. Compact enough to store, clean and charge in your car or office.
  • Tools Included. 2-in-1 Crevice Tool & Dusting Brush store together with hand vacuum on one stand, so they’re always ready to clean.
  • USB Charger. Charging is convenient and versatile with the standard charger and included USB charging cable.
  • Sleek Design. Fits into any space with its modern aesthetic and integrated tool storage and stand.


Best Handheld Vacuum for Cars:

WAGAN TECH 7207 12-Volt Cyclone Auto Vac

  • Cyclone Action: Able to separate out large particulate matter from the smaller ones; this helps the 2-Stage filter to not clog up quickly like traditional vacuums and allows the entire filter surface to be utilized.
  • HEPA Filter: The washable and removable 2 stage HEPA filter won’t clog and keeps the air clean
  • Powerful 120W Motor: Powered by a class-leading 120W motor, the 12V Cyclone Auto Vac sucks up dirt with ease
  • Storage bag: the included custom fit zippered carry/storage bag ensure all of the included attachments stay with the vacuum; The hook and loop tape on the bag keeps your vacuum from rolling around in your vehicle
  • Power Cord: With an 11 ft. cord, the Cyclone vacuum is able to reach those far-away places in your vehicle


Best Lightweight Handheld Vacuum:

Eufy by Anker, HomeVac H11,Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

  • Lightweight and Compact: Completely cordless, weighing just 1.2lbs, and being roughly the size of a wine bottle. Cleaning is made effortless and storage is made simple.
  • Dust Devouring Suction: With 5500Pa of power, you can suck up every spec in seconds when everyday mess is made.
  • Every Nook and Cranny Covered: Use the 2-in-1 crevice tool to reach into the deepest corners of your sofa or under low-lying furniture.
  • Micro USB Connectivity for Convenient Charging: Simply use a USB charger anywhere in your home and charge with ease.
  • What’s in the box: eufy HomeVac H11 2-in-1 Crevice Tool USB to Micro-USB cable Worry-free 24-month warranty


Best wall-mounted handheld vacuum

BLACK+DECKER dusbuster Handheld Vacuum, Cordless, Magic Blue (HHVI320JR02)

  • Slim nozzle targets dirt in tight spaces; Power rating: 10.8 Volt, suction power: 16 AW
  • Cyclonic action spins dust & debris away from the filter so suction power stays strong
  • Translucent, bag less dirt bowl makes it easy to see dirt & empty; A pull out crevice tool provides access to hard to reach areas
  • Included Components: (1) HHVI320JR02 hand vacuum, (1) Jack plug charger, (1) Wall mount, (1) Extendable crevice tool, (1) Flip up brush: Power Source: Cordless


Best-rated (less expensive) handheld vacuum

PEAKVAC E7 Handheld Car Vacuum Cleaner

  • Wireless no brush
  • Smart body
  • Fine steel screen 
  • USB charging
  • Smart body, easy to collect and handle, small size and large energy, strong power output from the brushless motor; type C charging, long endurance, portable and easy to clean when going out; fine.steel
  • Filter screen + HEPA filter, wear-resistant and durable, not easy to aging; plug in extension tube and floor brush and other brush heads, transform into a household vacuum cleaner: one machine dual-purpose switch at will.


How we test handheld vacuums

The Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab tests handheld vacuums on bare floors and low pile carpets for how well they pick up light debris like sand, baking soda, dry oatmeal, orzo pasta and pet hair. We also test their suction with heavy items, like screws and nuts. We record the weight and judge how easy the filter is to change or clean, how easy the dust cup is to empty and how comfortable the vacuum is to hold and use. Any special features or attachments are also assessed. For cordless models, we monitor the run time. We then ask real consumers to use and rate each vacuum before we determine our test winners.

If you’re looking for other top-rated vacuums, rest assured the GH Cleaning Lab tests all types of vacuums, from canister vacuums to robot vacuums to upright vacuums. We assess how well they remove dirt that’s deeply embedded into pile carpet and simulated pet hair that s spread evenly on a carpet’s surface. We look at how well they remove large and small debris from hard flooring (like hardwood, tile or linoleum), how well they clean along floor edges and how strong their suction is. We also test them for ease-of-use and cleaning/emptying, maneuverability and weight as well as battery run-time when applicable.

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