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Finding The Best Handheld Vacuum

If you have a small apartment or living space or a need to vacuum smaller areas, you might be in the market for a handheld vacuum cleaner. Believe it or not, these little machines are powerful, work well on pet hair and nooks and crannies, and offer you the opportunity to leave your behemoth vacuum stored in the closet.

All of us have quick clean-up needs from time to time, and according to an article from Vacuum Companion, finding the best handheld vacuum for your home might be one of the most cost-effective investments you could make .

Most Important Factors to Consider

Corded or Cordless

If you plan on using your machine outside, say, in your car, you might want to consider going cordless. But only choose this route if you plan on using it for quick spurts and not on large areas. Although very convenient, battery life can become an issue.

Eureka EasyClean 71B

When looking at cordless battery-powered units, it’s best to find one that has a charge indicator, showing you how much battery is left. At the very least, make sure it comes with a warning light letting you know when power is getting low.

Charge Time/Run Time

How long will this little sucker run? See if the average run time on a single charge meets your needs. Also, consider how long your vacuum will take to charge. If it recommends “overnight” I would consider a different machine–one that quick charges in a few hours or less.


This is usually the first consideration for shoppers, but that is a mistake. I once set a budget for my larger upright vacuum. It was too low. All the machines in my budget range were substandard. They sucked–but not in the way I wanted! I ended up spending over $100 more than I wanted to. In the end, I was happy with my purchase. Consider which options are important to you first, then see how much it will cost you to attain what you want.

Weight and Size

If you are like me, strong as an ox, you won’t have to worry too much about the dimensions of your handheld. If you’re a little more petite, you will need to be sure you can handle your machine with relative ease. The only way to know for sure is NOT guessing based off the information listed on a website. You need to get a hold of a machine and heft it around a bit.

Head to a local appliance store and do some in-person perusing. You can even do this before you know which unit you’re interested in because you’re just learning how heavy you can go. Once you get that crucial information you can now shop online with ease.

Accessories and Attachments

Believe it or not, some of these small vacuums come with hoses and attachments, just like their larger relatives. If you do not need these features, you could save some money.

Finally, spend some time browsing website stores that sell these machines and peruse the reviews. Pay particularly close attention to the Average User Rating for each model. I love shopping online now because real people are giving their real opinions on their purchases, and this makes it so much easier now to find the best handheld vacuum. It’s simple to line up these ratings from best to worst and make an informed purchased.