These handheld vacuum are lightweight, easy, and well, handy.

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Sure, stick vacuums can clean the heck out of your floors and can do all the dirty work for you without having to get up from the couch. But sometimes, you need a tool that can easily reach awkward spots (like in your car), quickly clean up messy spills, and bust the dust in no time. Enter, handheld vacuum cleaners.

Handheld vacuums are a great buy because they’re some of the most convenient cleaning devices you can own. These tiny workhorses are lightweight and compact, meaning they’re easy to store, and you can quickly grab one when your pet knocks over some Cheerios or you need to scurryfunge (i.e., quickly clean when a friend or an in-law is on their way over — eek) and make countertops, curtains, window sills, and shelves presentable in, like, minutes.

But what should you look for in a handheld vacuum? First things first, they need to be lightweight (under four pounds is best) unless you want an arm workout every time you clean. Even though you’ll probably be using them for quick cleanups, battery life is one of the most important things to consider in a cordless vacuum, especially if you want to clean large spaces (a car, for example) in one go. Look for models that can run up to 10 to 20 minutes per charge. Some handheld vacs also come with useful attachments and tools, such as a crevice tool to get into nooks and crannies, or a soft brush for targeting dust.

Here are our top seven picks for the best handheld vacuum cleaners:


Light and compact • Ergonomic design • Good battery life

Only a few minutes of suction time when run on high with certain attachments • Pricey

This lightweight powerhouse is an effective all-around cleaner and will become your go-to for cleaning small messes.

1. Dyson V7 Trigger Cord-Free Handheld Vacuum

This cordless, lightweight vacuum is a game-changer for small cleaning jobs inside the home and beyond.

  • Suction:
    100 AW
  • Run time:
    Up to 30 minutes
  • Bin type and volume:
    Bagless, 0.2 gallons
  • Weight:
    3.77 pounds
  • Tools included:
    Combination tool, Mini motorhead, Crevice tool
Looking for a powerful, handheld vacuum? Look no further than the . This compact handheld vac may be small in size, but it’s big in power; it’s a great choice for small messes around the houses or quick cleanups in the car.
The V7 Trigger boasts up to an impressive 30 minutes of fade-free suction time. It features a fast, strong motor and a series of cyclones that create powerful suction. There are two modes — max and powerful — and a motorized brush bar that’s great for grabbing ground-in dirt. And it comes bearing gifts. Well, attachments, really. The Dyson V7 Trigger comes with three tools for cleaning a variety of surfaces, corners, upholstery, stairs, and crevices. Handy!
This handheld vac weighs less than four pounds, so using it for spills and messes won’t feel like an intense workout. It’s a great choice not only for indoor cleaning, but for out of the house, too—your car will never look better, trust us.
Amazon customer writes:

“I have had several other hand vacs over the years. In fact several years ago I had actually bought one of these and returned it, figuring why do I need to spend this kind of money for a hand vac when there are so many other cheaper choices. Fast forward to today and I finally decided to spring for the best product. It is. So far I have never run out of power doing any job. The power brush picks up cat hair as well as my canister vac attachment. The unit does not come with a wall mount. I was able to call Dyson and they sent one. It was inexpensive and beautifully engineered. The unit is not cheap, but what really fine tool is?”


Great for pet hair • Lighter than many handheld models • Flexible hose

Win the pet hair battle with this small-but-powerful handheld vacuum.

2. Black+Decker Max Lithium Flex Vac BDH2020FL

The powerful Black+Decker Max Lithium Flex Vac is tough on pet hair but easy on you.

  • Suction:
    24 AW
  • Run time:
    Up to 30 minutes
  • Bin type and volume:
    Bagless, 18.9 ounces
  • Weight:
    3.2 pounds
  • Tools included:
    Pet hair brush, Flip-up brush, Crevice tool
Yep, pets are great. But what’s not so great? Pet hair. Pet parents know they spend a lot of their housekeeping time cleaning up pet hair because they get everywhere. Black+Decker to the rescue. The has great suction power, is light, flexible, and tackles pet hair like a boss.
The included pet hair brush removes your furry best friend’s stubborn hair from upholstery, carpets, and from your favorite bedding. And the vac’s decent running time of up to 30 minutes also means you can give your car a thorough clean. And you simply cannot beat its portability at 3.2 pounds, while the flexible four-foot hose that lets you reach up high, down low, and in tight, awkward spaces.
Amazon customer writes:

“I was on the hunt for a handheld cordless vacuum that handled small jobs and edges, as well as pet hair with ease. After reading many reviews, watching videos, and product comparison sites, I settled on this one, though the price was more than I wanted it was better than other options… It’s exactly what I needed though. Makes the pet hair battle on my sofas a non-issue. What takes 3+min per side per pillow, with my upright Dyson (not the animal version) takes seconds with this pet hair tool. Good suction, great size and awesome versatility. It fits comfortably and is very light. It’s a little loud, but for the stronger suction and longer run time, I’m happy with that trade off.”


Slim nozzle great for variety of applications • Easy to empty • Washable dirt bowl

Reviewers have reported short battery life

A budget-friendly choice for when you need a quick spot clean but don’t feel like lugging out your larger vacuum.

3. Black+Decker 16V Cordless Lithium Dustbuster Hand Vacuum

A good choice if you’re looking for an effective cordless hand vacuum without breaking the bank.

  • Suction:
    15.2 AW
  • Run time:
    Up to 10 minutes
  • Bin type and volume:
    Bagless, 20.6 ounces
  • Weight:
    2.6 pounds
  • Tools included:
    Flip-up brush, Crevice tool
It probably won’t replace your upright, heavy-duty upright vacuum cleaner but the is super convenient and very effective at reaching hard-to-clean spots, getting hair off upholstery, and spot-cleaning dusty areas of your home. And it’s extremely well-priced, making it a good addition your cleaning arsenal. 
The Dustbuster Hand Vacuum uses a cyclonic action to keep its filter clean, and its rotating nozzle is great for picking up tough messes and cleaning up dirt and hair. It comes with two useful attachments—a flip-up brush for dusting and vacuuming upholstery, and a crevice tool for those tricky areas that are usually a pain to reach.
Amazon customer writes:

“My first day of using this hand vac has proven it’s a very powerful unit, blowing away my previous hand vacuums. I found this vacuum strong enough to pull animal hair embedded in Berber carpet, and the internal filter catches seemingly every bit of dust. While this level of filtration is a great feature, it does come at a price. Fine dust quickly packs the surface of the filter, requiring a complete disassembly/cleaning to maintain the highest suction power. Fortunately, I plan to use this as a shop vac to pick up bits of wire, watch parts, and stones. To that end, I tested what it could pick up on a hardwood floor. I’m impressed that it quickly sucked up everything, including some large and heavy pieces which my Oreck upright could never grab. The extendable small nozzle is great for reaching into tight areas. My favorite feature—the first filter stopped everything, making it very easy to empty and reclaim anything that I lost on the floor. The Lithium-powered unit recharges very quickly, and I hope it will give me years of reliable use.”


Powerful suction • Flexible 15-foot cord • Convenient tools included • Great price

Reviewers have reported overheating during long periods of use

If you’re short on space but don’t want to sacrifice suction, the corded Fuller Brush Mini Maid can’t be beat.

4. Fuller Brush Mini Maid Hand Vac

  • Suction:
    600 watts
  • Run time:
    Corded
  • Bin type and volume:
    Bagless, 0.1 gallons
  • Weight:
    2.7 pounds
  • Tools included:
    Upholstery brush, Dusting brush, Crevice tool
This miniature handheld vacuum from Fuller Brush Co. may be corded, but don’t let that scare you cordless vac fans off. Its 15-inch power cord means you can still reach tight spaces, making it easy to clean in and all around your car, or under the stairs. And besides, the cord also means this vacuum is always ready to go (and with consistent power) in case of surprise messes. No charging needed.
comes with three convenient tools—an upholstery brush, a dusting brush, and a crevice tool—to tackle any kind of dirt that come between you and a spic-and-span house or car.  At less than three pounds, it’s also pretty lightweight, and the ergonomic handle makes this vac super easy to operate with one hand until the job is done.
Amazon reviewers have a lot to say about this small-but-powerful vac. Customer writes:

“Wow! This little baby is amazing! I am very pleased with the amount of suction power this has. I’ve had popular brand rechargeable cordless vacuums in the past, but this ‘plug-in’ handheld by Fuller Brush is light years more powerful. As other reviewers have noted, it DOES seem to get warm when using it, but I don’t think this is meant for big jobs where you would have it running for a long period of time where it would get too hot. I use this strictly for smaller jobs (crumbs and hard-to reach places) and it really makes life easier. I’ve not had ANY problems with the attachments coming off as some reviewers have claimed. Only slight criticism I have is that there is no convenient way to wrap the cord for storage, but I can live with that. Oh, and this was quite a bit cheaper than the cordless handhelds I’ve had in the past; I know what I’m getting MY kids for Christmas now.”


Powerful suction • Includes full suite of attachments and tools • Quiet operation good for enclosed spaces

Designed especially for cars and vehicles, this is one of the most powerful handheld vacs you can buy, and is equipped with practical tools.

5. Dyson V7 Car+Boat Handheld Vacuum

  • Suction:
    100 AW
  • Run time:
    Up to 30 minutes
  • Bin type and volume:
    Bagless, 0.2 gallons
  • Weight:
    3.77 pounds
  • Tools included:
    Mini soft dusting brush, Mini motorhead, Crevice tool, Combination tool, Stubborn dirt brush, Car charger, Extension hose
Powerful suction and a convenient assortment of effective attachments and tools are at the forefront of this handheld vacuum’s design. It’s a Dyson, what do you expect? This unbeatable, cord-free workhorse will leave your car interior spotless, tackling everything from dried mud, leaves, and dust to crumbs and pet hair that annoyingly get stuck in the tight spaces and narrow gaps of your vehicle. 
Attachments for the include the combination tool for reaching crevices and dusting car dashboards; the mini motorized tool for removing pet hair and ground-in dirt; a stubborn dirt brush for cleaning coarse or hard-wearing carpets and mats; a soft dusting brush which features longer, softer bristles to lift dust from screens and other hard surfaces; and a combination tool, a two-in-one tool that quickly pick up dirt, crumbs, and small debris and a brush that gathers fine dust from any surface.
And there’s more. It also comes with a flexible extension hose to get underneath car seats and deep into truck space or stowage, and a handy in-car charger that connects to a standard 12V accessory socket for changing on the move.
Amazon customer writes:

“By far the most powerful vacuum I’ve ever used!! I use it for everything, my truck, boat, my rug, my bed, my recliners, everything. Comes with so many attachments that are good for every situation. The only downside is the battery life, with that being said it does have a lower suction mode that lasts significantly longer as long as you can sacrifice the major difference in power. Despite that I would still recommend it to anyone looking for the most powerful handheld vacuum on the market.”


Targets stains and spots on carpets • Long power cord

Really just for carpets and upholstery • Not cordless

No more scrubbing with a rag and formula to eliminate carpet stains, the Bissell SpotLifter cleans and dries in one step.

If carpet stains, spots, and dirt are the bane of your existence, consider a portable carpet cleaner like the , which targets those pesky spills and messes. No more wasting your precious time and effort blotting, spraying, and scrubbing stains with a rag and cleaning formula. The SpotLifter’s rotating brush loosens dirt and stains and sprays, suction cleans, and dries in one step. 
The corded design also allows this portable powerhouse to run for as long as you need to. And the 18-foot cord also gives you flexibility to reach spots on stairs or upholstery. 
But don’t take our word for it. See what Amazon reviewers have to say about the carpet-cleaning wonder. writes:

“This is by far the best spot cleaner that I have purchased and I think I have tried almost all of them available on the market… What I really like about this SpotLifter, in addition to how well it cleans up puppy messes, is the ability to totally clean this machine, right down to the brushes which are removable. This is an important feature to me and most cleaners are lacking in that area. I also prefer the brushes on this unit instead of the round brush that was on the previous models that I have bought. Keep in mind that this is not a full sized carpet cleaner and it is meant for spills, spot cleaning, cleaning furniture, or cleaning up stains and puppy messes. If you use it for what it is intended for you will be happy with this purchase. If you want to clean large carpet areas purchase a full sized upright model. I am very happy with my purchase and I highly recommend.”

Amazon customer also raves about the cleaner’s performance on a couch:

“I bought this little life saver after purchasing a couch, now this couch was dirty but it was a huge 3-piece sectional and I decided to restore it. I had hand scrubbed the couch 3 times before using the deep cleaner and it sure did its job! I got 3 pans of chocolate milk-like liquid out of that couch! This thing is amazing!”


Works for wet and dry messes • Relatively quiet operation • Easy to empty and clean • Sleek, modern design

This handheld vac lets you clean up both dry messes and liquid spills, making this an excellent choice for its versatility.

For the ultimate in cleaning versatility, you need a vacuum cleaner that can target dirt and hair and take care of liquid spills. We present the , which rounds out our list and takes the number one spot for the best wet/dry option.
This cord-free, handheld cleaner boasts a pretty powerful suction (strong enough to pick up coins!), making it a good choice for quick pick-ups. It also comes with three practical, happy-to-have attachments that make daily cleaning easy peasy. The crevice tool lets you reach debris in tight corners; the dusting brush picks up hair from delicate surfaces and upholstery, while the rubber jar tool cleans up (oops!) liquid spills not more than 100ml. And because it’s cordless and portable, you can bring this vac wherever there’s dust to bust, whether it’s the stairs, the car, or wall edges. So, pretty much everywhere. 
Plus, the super-sleek, modern, ergonomic design makes this cleaner nice to look at and nice to use. Amazon reviewers seem to agree. writes:

“HoLife Handheld Vacuum is an easy-to-use lightweight vacuum perfect for cleaning up crumbs, dirt and liquid spills in the kitchen, dining room, staircase and car. The vacuum attachments make this the perfect choice for fast spot cleaning in tight corners and crevices, and works well on multiple surfaces like throw-rugs, cushions, counters, tile and hardwood floors. The HoLife vacuum recharges pretty quickly when placed in its plugged-in pedestal with the LED light changing from red to green to let you know its fully charged. The handheld vacuum provides an ample amount of power to tidy up multiple rooms in the house with one battery charge. The sleek ultra-modern appearance of this handheld vacuum looks very attractive, so you can store it on the kitchen wall or counter along other kitchen appliances for easy access. Highly recommended!”

Amazon also writes:

“I love this vacuum! The fact that is cordless yet very powerful is amazing to me. It picks up things surprisingly well. I have a toddler who always spills crumbs and food around where he sits. I use this to pick up all the crumbs. It is fast and easy to use. This is also great in the car. I also use this a lot when I am doing home projects where I need to drill into the wall and vacuum up sheet rock. I think this is pretty quiet compared to other handheld vacuums. There are three fittings for different uses… Charging this is as simple as placing on the dock. Cleaning this is really simple as well. There is a button to remove the main unit, then there is a filter and catcher that you can just pull out. I love having this around the house for small jobs when I am just too lazy to pull out the normal vacuum.”

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