The Best Handheld Vacuum

Posted on 30 May 2022

After 21 hours of research, in-depth examination of 23 models and the test of 7 of them, the Black+Decker PV1820L seems to be the best handheld vacuum of the moment thanks to its good performance-price ratio.

This comparison is certified 100% impartial and follows our selection process.

Our choice, Best high-end

Black+Decker PV1820L

In addition to a good suction power, this vacuum is also very easy to handle. Its pivoting suction head allows access to the smallest corners and its ease of use is quite convincing.

£ 106.75 on Amazon

This handheld vacuum is a great performer despite its small size. Its triple filtration system is effective even on the smallest dust particles and its nose swivels on eight levels of inclination, up to 200°, allowing it to reach every corner of the house. Its battery life is average, with 11 minutes of continuous suction, and is compensated by a nice suction power of 35 W, effective on hard surfaces as well as on upholstered furniture. During our tests, it is this handheld vacuum that was the most convincing on all counts.

 

 

High-end alternative

Bissell Pet Hair Eraser

Despite a perfectible maintenance system, this handheld vacuum seems to us to be the best choice for the car thanks to a good autonomy of 14 minutes and a large dust collector of 600 ml.

£ 112.42 on Amazon

Much more traditional than some of the handheld vacuums we have tested, the Pet Hair Eraser is imposing, weighing in at 1.270kg on the scale. However, the wide handle is comfortable to hold and the power button is easy to reach. It comes with 3 accessories, including a motorised brush that can suck up all surfaces and is particularly useful in the car, although it is basically designed for pet hair. Vacuuming on hard surfaces was also no problem for us in practice.

 

Our selection

Our choice, Best high-endHigh-end alternative
Black+Decker PV1820LBissel Pet Hair Eraser 19
Black+Decker PV1820LBissell Pet Hair Eraser
In addition to a good suction power, this vacuum is also very easy to handle. Its pivoting suction head allows access to the smallest corners and its ease of use is quite convincing.Despite a perfectible maintenance system, this handheld vacuum seems to us to be the best choice for the car thanks to a good autonomy of 14 minutes and a large dust collector of 600 ml.
£ 106.75 on Amazon £ 112.42 on Amazon

 

Honorable mentions

Invictus One (£106.39 upon publication): a small tank for extra use. This handheld vacuum performs well on hard surfaces, has a convincing Dyson look and is light enough to hold. During our tests, we found its emptying system very practical (it avoids contact with the dust), as was the rest of the maintenance. Unfortunately, the small size of its dustpan (90 ml) and the absence of other accessories than the flat nozzle (which does not hold well) make us question its price-quality ratio.

Black+Decker PD1820L (£84.00 upon publication): advantages… and disadvantages. With a power of 25 W, this vacuum performed well in our tests, particularly thanks to its 14-minute battery life. It stands out from the competition thanks to an integrated hose that allows you to extend the suction head to 1.5 m and thus easily vacuum at height. However, we found its weight to be poorly distributed and its hose to be loose, making it uncomfortable to use and to empty from the side.

 

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How to choose your handheld vacuum?

As the centrepiece of today’s household appliances, the vacuum has become an indispensable part of daily or weekly cleaning sessions.

Compact and cordless, they can be very effective for short cleaning jobs. But small size does not have to mean small power. So it is important to choose a competent model within the vast vacuum market.

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The handheld vacuum can be an interesting addition to your main vacuum. | Source: Selectos

To help you in your choice, we have selected some criteria to pay attention to:

  • Power: it is important to define the use you will make of it before determining how much power you need. Generally speaking, below 15 airwatts (AW), your vacuum will only be useful for a few quick and easy tasks. If you want to clean certain textiles or your car, at least 20 AW is recommended.
  • Ergonomics: as the name suggests, these vacuums are handheld. Above 1.5 kg, you will probably find it difficult to hold it for several minutes without tiring. The handle should also ensure a comfortable grip and allow you to access high surfaces or less accessible corners. Larger models have the advantage of increased tank size and/or battery life, but are less manoeuvrable and heavier.
Invictus One
If you want to clean textiles and/or your car, a power of 20 AW is recommended. | Source: Selectos
  • Power button: it should be positioned so that it is easily accessible wherever your hand is located on the handle. If it is too small or offers too much resistance, it can quickly become difficult to use.
  • Battery life: intended for small cleanings, handheld vacuums generally last a little less than upright ones. It is rare to see them last more than 10-15 minutes.
  • Accessories: these can include an extension tube for floor cleaning, a wider brush to increase the treatment surface, a long nozzle to reach less accessible areas or a charging cable via the cigarette lighter, which is very practical if you use the handheld hoover to clean your car.
  • Noise level: even for small, occasional cleaning jobs, it is preferable that the noise of the machine is not deafening. Unfortunately, the actual noise level is rarely as low as advertised.
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For pet owners, there are accessories such as larger brushes. | Source: Selectos

 

Translated by Aylin Akturk 

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