An upright or cylinder vacuum is essential for a deep clean, but for small patches of dirt and dust a handheld vacuum is far more convenient. Handheld vacuum cleaners have a shorter battery life than upright cordless models. They aren’t designed to replace your upright or cylinder. They aren’t good for cleaning large areas, don’t have much comparative suction power and run out of battery quickly. Instead, they are designed for convenience.
Black + Decker Lithium Compact Pivot
One of our favourite hand held cleaners is the Black + Decker Lithium Compact Pivot 18V. It’s a stylish model with excellent suction, ECO charge technology and an easy-to-empty dust container – along with its unique pivoting design. While it’s one of the more expensive vacuum cleaners on this list, it’s worth the money if you need a handheld with more power than budget vacs. Check full reviews.
Dyson V7 Trigger
What’s the difference between the V7 and other handhelds though? The Trigger is built with the same motor and design as the company’s excellent V7 range of cordless stick vacuums. It doesn’t come with the rigid tube or floorhead though, so it’s effectively a Dyson V7 cordless but in permanent handheld mode. Check full reviews.
It’s a corded handheld with a powerful 700W motor, stretch hose and a crevice nozzle. The model comes with a “Stubborn Brush” visor which helps to clean deeper into carpets. It also excels at car cleaning – although the cord makes it less portable. Check full reviews.
The Black+Decker PD1420LP is a great all-rounder that’s also one of the best car vacuums – so it’s no surprise the more powerful 18V version is also an excellent choice. The standout feature is the flexible 1.5 metre hose, which provides greater versatility than a typical portable vacuum. The hose can be fixed in place when not needed (see picture). Check full reviews.
AEG Rapido AG6106WDT
The AEG Rapido range has been designed to provide quick cleaning with a low charging time (approx. 4 hours). It also uses cyclonic technology to prevent dust clogging the filters as it fills up. This is a big advantage over lower-quality cleaners, as without cyclonic air movement the vacuum can gradually lose suction as it cleans. Check full reviews.