As a general guide, we look for a car vacuum cleaner with strong suction, a manoeuvrable design that’s suited for small spaces and value for money. If it’s a cordless, it needs to have at least 10 minutes run-time on normal power mode to be eligible for the list (preferably longer though).
Dyson V7 Trigger
The Trigger has almost everything you expect from a V7 model, including an improved 30-minutes run-time (compared to the V6), hygienic bin emptying system and two tiers of radial cyclones. The only real difference between this and “full” V7 models is the lack of a stick or floorhead. Check full reviews.
Black + Decker PD1420LP Flexi Vac
The Black + Decker Flexi Vac is a cordless handheld vacuum cleaner that’s built to offer both performance and convenience. Unlike many other handheld models, the Flex Vac comes with a 1.5 metre integrated hose. This makes it perfect for reaching tricky areas in your car and is one of the main reasons it’s made this list. Check full reviews.
Miele Complete C3 PowerLine
The Miele Complete C3 PowerLine is one of the best vacuums we’ve ever reviewed. While it’s clearly not as manoeuvrable as a cordless model,it’s powerful and highly versatile. This makes it a great option if you want a corded and bagged cleaner for your car. Check full reviews.
Black + Decker PV1820L Lithium Pivot
One of the most innovative handheld vacuums is the Black + Decker PV1820L Compact Pivot – which is why it’s one of our top recommended handheld models. It doesn’t come with an flexible hose, which we like to see on a car vacuum, but its unique pivot design and extendable nose makes it much easier to clean beneath car seats or other tricky locations. Check full reviews.
Dyson V8 Absolute
There’s absolutely (no pun intended) no doubt in our minds that the V8 Absolute is one of the best vacuums for cleaning your car in 2018. It’s powerful and the handheld mode allows you to go from a dirty car interior to spotless in quick time. The only problem is the price – but if you can afford it the V8 Absolute is a fantastic option. Check full reviews.