Hand vacuums are an easy way to clean up a small mess and when you live in a small space, they may be the only realistic option for vacuuming; however, their utility goes far beyond simple vacuuming. A hand vacuum can easily reach into crevices, the inside of furniture, car interiors, and other places where your average vacuum struggles to reach.
We've chosen a selection of hand vacuums with powerful suction to remove tough dirt and exceptional durability for reliable performance, while being portable enough to reach almost anywhere you need to clean. They also offer features such as extra long power cords and cleaning tools for specific needs like pet hair. We've included a variety of models which will suit any number of tasks from lightweight to heavy-duty.
A slim rotating nozzle helps the Black & Decker CHV1510 easily get into crevices and spaces you'd normally never reach. Offering extremely powerful suction for a cordless hand vacuum, this unit performs a long time off a single charge. Read Full Review
The Black & Decker CHV1510 is an extra powerful, 15.6 volt handheld vacuum offering some of the highest rated suction power available from a hand vacuum. The slim rotating nozzle has a long reach, allowing easy access to spots where you'd normally never be able to vacuum. Cyclonic action spins the dirt away from the filtration so it won’t interrupt suction. The bag-less dirt cup is clear so you can see it filling up, and easily removed for emptying and washing.
Vacuum attachments are provided onboard, but this cordless hand vacuum remains very lightweight and portable. This vacuum holds a battery charge well and features a charging indicator light to show when it’s ready to go. While there are cheaper hand vacuums out there, the Black & Decker CHV1510 is nonetheless very affordable and well worth the money for the convenience it brings.
With convenient features such as a quick-use crevice tool and 16 foot power cord, the Dirt Devil SD20005RED is an easy purchase to justify. This handheld vacuum has powerful suction, easy-to-use, and is very budget-friendly. Read Full Review
Dirt Devil products tend to offer lots of features and functionality for reasonable prices and the handheld SD20005RED is no different with a seven amp motor which is powerful enough to suck up even heavy cat litter. This vacuum has a Quick Flip crevice tool which flips down from the front, useful for vacuuming between cushions or car crevices.
The SD20005RED is lightweight, easy to use, has 16 foot power cord and comes with a hose and dusting brush. Although the bag-less dust cup isn't too large, this size limitation is to be expected from any small handheld vacuum. The filter is easy to clean, and replacements are easy to find. Although the SD20005RED is a bit loud, it works very well for quick clean ups.
The Eureka 71B lets you clean vertical surfaces such as stairs with its Riser Visor feature allowing you to direct the suction accordingly without the use of extra hoses. This solid all-around hand vacuum offers overall performance at a decent price. Read Full Review
At 5 pounds the Eureka 71B weighs a bit more than other models on this list but conveniently keeps its stretch hose and crevice tool onboard while featuring a carpeted stairs tool called the Riser Visor. This plastic cover can be flipped up or kept down depending on the surface you're trying to clean allowing you to direct the suction to clean both horizontal and vertical surfaces.
5.5 amps of power makes this unit suitable for a variety of uses, whether in the house or car with one motor powering the revolving brush (which can be switched on or off) while a second motor provides suction power. The 20 foot power cord offers a good amount of mobility while the bag-less dust cup and filter are simple to clean.
This lightweight hand vacuum offers excellent convenience and performance to justify its slightly more premium price tag. The Shark Cordless Pet Perfect II uses a powerful rechargeable battery and multiple attachments to offer strong cleaning performance for a wide range of applications. Read Full Review
The Shark Cordless Pet Perfect II hand vacuum might cost a little more, but it offers top-notch versatility and performance. This lightweight and easy to use cordless vacuum uses a rechargeable 18 volt battery, contributing to more suction power for longer lengths of time. The vacuum comes with its own wall-mountable charging stand while an LED charging indicator ensures you it’s fully charged before use.
Despite being designated for use in a pet-friendly household, this hand vacuum is popular thanks to its excellent performance in a variety of situations. Attachments include an extra large motorized pet hair rush, a dusting brush, and a crevice tool. The dust cup is easy to empty and the removable filter is washable.
If you're willing to pay quite a bit more for Dyson technology and design, the DC58 delivers exceptional performance. Thanks to its boost mode feature, this model is well-suited for the even the most brutal vacuuming tasks. Read Full Review
Dyson is well known for their excellent vacuums and if you're looking for a high performance hand vacuum, the DC58 Handheld is worth a look. This model is powered by Dyson's digital V6 motor with 350 watts and 2 tier radial cyclones delivering three times the suction power of any other handheld vacuum. If more suction is needed for difficult areas, activate the boost mode feature providing up to six minutes of enhanced suctioning power.
Dirt is disposed of with one-touch bin emptying for sanitary disposal of collected grime and filth. The DC58 is lightweight weighing only 3.4 pounds and features a unique, ergonomic design. Although some users have expressed a desire for more accessories given the price, the Dyson DC58 offers the best in high-end vacuum technology.