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A handheld vacuum cleaner is a whole lot easier to maneuver than a full-size model, especially when cleaning hard-to-reach corners or pet-hair-covered couches. And while we’ve written before about our favorite vacuums to keep your space clean — including the best cordless stick vacuums on Amazon, the best vacuums for pet hair, and a relationship-saving robot vacuum — here we’re looking at the best handheld vacuums according to the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.

Black + Decker 16V Handheld Cordless Vacuum

Black + Decker 16V Handheld Cordless Vacuum

With suction that’s “very substantial and powerful” for this compact cordless vacuum, this top-rated Black + Decker is used to deal with tasks ranging from cleaning kids’ messes to catching stink bugs. One reviewer specifically purchased it to clean up cat litter and says that “it seems that it is ALWAYS charged and always provides great suction.” It’s also “so efficient and much easier to get than pulling out the large vac.” They’ve tried other hand vacuums before, but “NOTHING has worked as well as this.” Another reviewer (and organic gardener) purchased it “as part of [their] stink bug eradication strategy,” using it to vacuum the critters off their plants. “So far, it works great,” they write. “I pull hundreds of the horrible death creatures from my garden every day thanks to my Dust Buster!” And even though it isn’t specifically designed for removing pet hair, another reviewer writes that the vacuum collects it “flawlessly.” “I frequently use it to grab up the stray tumbleweeds of dog hair that often migrate into the various corners of the house … it works great.”

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Black + Decker HNV220BCZ26FF Cordless Handheld Vacuum

Black + Decker HNV220BCZ26FF Cordless Handheld Vacuum

The brush attachment on this well-reviewed (and more affordable) Black + Decker handheld vacuum stood out to reviewers who regularly vacuum their couches and area rugs. It’s not the only handheld vacuum on this list with a brush attachment — the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser also has one —but customers think this one is especially versatile. “It is small but powerful,” says one customer who “used the brush attachment on the couch and the rug,” writing that “it worked great.” She recommends this vacuum to anyone “looking for a quick and easy way of cleaning up messes without having to take out the vacuum.” Another reviewer uses hers “pretty much every day to clean up small messes” and says the attachments “help get into crevices and ‘brush’ the dirt up.” Others say that, even if you’re using it a lot, you won’t have issues with battery life. One reviewer claims to have “used it for up to 30 minutes with no problems.” Plus reviewers say it’s so powerful that you don’t even need to use it for that long. As one reviewer writes, “My life no longer sucks, but my vac sure does, boys and girls. The first time I turned this vac on, it was pointed toward the sofa and it started pulling the sofa toward me and I yelled ‘HOLY MOLY’ and quickly turned it off.” She goes on to say that this vacuum has “changed [her] life in an amazing way.”

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Dirt Devil Scorpion Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

Dirt Devil Scorpion Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

Hundreds of reviewers describe this vacuum as small but powerful, like one student who writes, “I normally don’t take the time to write Amazon reviews, but I was blown away by how powerful this little vacuum is. It picks everything up no matter what size and very quickly! Makes vacuuming so easy for me in my dorm room.” And dozens specifically cite the flip-open crevice tool as the feature that makes this handheld vacuum especially useful in tight corners. “The crevice tool is incredibly useful for nooks and crannies that gather dust,” writes one, who adds, “The attachable nozzle has been great for vacuuming our rug. We have a delicate faux sheepskin rug that really shouldn’t be vacuumed using such a powerful tool, but with the nozzle it’s much more manageable and doesn’t cause too much shedding.” Another satisfied reviewer raves, “The flip-up yellow crevice cleaning attachment is a stroke of genius — it’s onboard so you can never misplace it. No messy bags. The filter is very quick and easy to clean. Love the long cord. I can’t find a single negative thing to say about this vacuum cleaner.”

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Shark Wandvac Lightweight Handheld Vacuum

Shark Wandvac Lightweight Handheld Vacuum

Reviewers agree that this Shark vacuum — which weighs just under 1.5 pounds — has got “great suction [and] awesome battery life” despite its compact size. A once-skeptical reviewer writes, “Initially, I scoffed at the idea of spending $100 on a souped-up dustbuster, but as long as this unit lasts, it is worth it … This miracle, sleek vacuum device is a GODSEND and a GAME CHANGER.” Another satisfied customer was just as surprised: “Lightweight, doesn’t sound powerful, but don’t let that fool you!”

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Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Lithium Ion Hand Handheld Cordless Vacuum

Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Lithium Ion Hand Handheld Cordless Vacuum

Hundreds of reviewers call out the brush attachment on this pet hair-busting model from Bissell. “I have a white dog with hair that embeds (EMBEDS!) into fabrics — our sofa, car seats, etc. This vacuum does a MUCH better job than anything else I have used. And it is very easy to use,” notes one. “The rotating brush in this little vacuum is SO MUCH BETTER than just using a regular attachment.” “It has several nice attachments but the only one you really need is the motorized brush. It cleans as well as my upright vacuum and my canister vacuum,” observes another reviewer, while a third says it “did a better job of cleaning [dog] hair than the shop vac.” Another says they “went to town on the steps with the motorized brush attachment, and in under five minutes, they were cleaner than they’ve been since I moved in (and the vacuum’s canister had the cat hair to prove it).”

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Black + Decker 20V AdvancedClean Handheld Vacuum for Pets

Black + Decker 20V AdvancedClean Handheld Vacuum for Pets

Pet owners say this vacuum’s extra-long crevice tool makes it possible to suck up pet hair from hard-to-reach places, like in-between couch cushions and the depths of household corners. Plus, compared to the other two pet-hair-busting models on this list, it just so happens to be the lightest. One reviewer, who lives full time in an RV with four cats and four small dogs, says, “This thing will pull pet hair off cushions and pillows in one pass like it was never there,” adding that when you “pull off the brush and extend the nozzle” it will “reach into crevices well.” Another pet owner, with only two dogs and a cat, describes this handheld vacuum as “small for convenience but strong enough for daily cleaning,” adding that it removes all the animal hair from their two couches. And while it’s designed to pick up pet hair, it works on a wide variety of messes. “This little vacuum is bad ass, it’s super lightweight and it’s got plenty of suction power — especially when you [turn on] turbo mode,” another writes. “It gets the job done … [even] when you have children spilling all kinds of things on the floor.”

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Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum

Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum

“We have never had a couch or furniture that wasn’t constantly covered in dog hair … until I found this,” reads one of thousands of positive reviews for the corded cousin of the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser mentioned above. “I was skeptical that the rubber brush attachment was a good idea — wouldn’t it collect hair and resist the suction? Nope. This thing powers through couch hair,” a converted skeptic writes. “Often, only a single swipe is needed, which makes for a quick job. There was hardly any hair stuck to the brush. All of it ended up inside the dust container, which is super easy to detach, empty, and clean.” Another pet owner writes, “I have a grey cat that prefers a particular chair of my dining set. Just a few swipes with this Bissell product and I knew I had a winner.” The nozzle is versatile, too. “It gets alllll the hair off of furniture, the bed, the fabric shower curtain, rugs, clothes, everything,” enthuses one reviewer.

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Black + Decker 20-Volt Max Lithium Ion Battery Cordless Hand Vacuum

 

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“In one afternoon, I did my Jeep, my minivan, my stairs and outer perimeter of my kitchen and could have still kept going,” one reviewer says of this Black + Decker’s 20-volt lithium-battery cordless model. “Extremely happy with the power and battery life of this,” adds another. Another reviewer describes the charging unit as “wonderful. Just set the vacuum on it, no snapping into place.“ And the powerful lithium battery means “you can leave it on the charger without losing charge,” as another writes. “The battery lasts sufficiently long for such a small unit, and it charges quickly,” an owner writes. “Love this little guy. We have a 600 square foot apartment so sometimes it’s just not worth pulling out the big ol’ Miele to do a deep clean. I highly recommend getting this version.” Another reviewer, who works as a Lyft and Uber driver and uses this vacuum to regularly clean their car, says of the battery, “I charge it overnight … after several uses, and it lasts for several days of five- to ten-minute uses.”

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Black + Decker Dustbuster Handheld Vacuum

 

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“Hangs discreetly on the wall,” says a reviewer of this Black + Decker handheld vacuum, a functionality that one reviewer describes as “really handy.” Another reviewer loves that “it’s so lightweight and recharges quickly. It’s a snap to empty and there’s no cords to drag for small or medium size spills.” Says another, “It’s easy to use, easy to empty, has a good capacity for a hand-vac, and was easy to set up on the wall where I needed it.” It’s the “best handheld small vacuum I’ve ever owned,” in the words of one reviewer. “Does a great job.”

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Makita Lithium-Ion Cordless Vacuum Kit

Makita Lithium-Ion Cordless Vacuum Kit

This cordless vacuum from Makita is lauded by reviewers for its ease of use and lightweight profile, like one who admits, “I thought of buying a corded stick vac because they were so much less expensive but my husband is a Makita tool user and recommend I try this. I am so glad I did. The amount of dust and cat fur it picks up daily is just amazing. I don’t even see all the dust and fur but when I empty the canister, I am shocked. It is lightweight, easy to maneuver, easy to change attachments, easy to empty.” Plus, reviewers note that the longer floor attachment makes it easy to keep hardwood, carpeted, and even tiled floors clean. One explains, “I’ve had it now for a month or so, and my house looks great. I’ve found missing socks in the dust bunnies I’ve sucked up. It has enough power to twist in my hand when it starts, and it will suck a penny up the long tube off a hardwood floor.” Another writes, “We built a 162 square-foot tiny home trailer and having a lightweight, cordless, easy to store vacuum is a must. This thing is absolutely perfect. We use it every day and it does a great job getting up all the dirt, dog hair, and fallen food from our hardwood floors. It works well on the small pieces of carpet that we have on the stairs.”

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Black + Decker 20V Max Flex Handheld Vacuum

Black + Decker 20V Max Flex Handheld Vacuum

“This little vac cleans like a big vacuum should,” writes one slightly begrudging customer. She’s gone through dozens of vacuums in “37 years of marriage and family life” and most of them don’t last or work as well as she wants. She even bought “the Mercedes of the high end, full size vacuum cleaners,” but reports that this smaller model from Black + Decker has become more useful. “I use this little guy nearly everyday for maintaining and quick cleanups,” up to 45 minutes at a time. Many customers credit its power and functionality to the hose. “Holding the vacuum body in one hand while holding the hose and nozzle in the other is surprisingly convenient, and allows me to easily reach into areas and quickly vacuum up messes,” writes one customer, who thinks that the length is also excellent. And though it looks like it might be heavy, one reviewer reports, “It is smaller than it looks and comparable in size to a traditional handheld vacuum.” And another says that the detached hose actually makes it much easier to hold and for “cleaning in tight spaces. The hose is four feet long and extremely flexible.”

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Oreck Commercial XL Pro 5 Super Compact Canister Vacuum

Oreck Commercial XL Pro 5 Super Compact Canister Vacuum

Dozens of customers bought this commercial vacuum for their jobs, whether they’re professional cleaners or construction workers looking to tidy up on-site. One home-improvement contractor laments no matter how careful you are with placing tarps, “the dust finds its way onto the floor or carpet,” so in order not to leave a huge mess, he bought this heavy-duty handheld vacuum. He likes that it’s small enough to keep in his truck at all times, but it’s still large enough to clean a larger space. He calls it “a good little machine.” Another is impressed with how powerful it is for its size. He says it has “exceptional suction power for a handheld vacuum” and actually thinks it’s worth more than its price. “Includes all attachments, easy to switch on and off, light in weight, not burdensome or awkward. It comes with a commercial cord, not a flimsy one, AND the length is ample.” But the best part for him is that it actually comes with a bag. “It ensures the dust and small particles stay in one place and do not ‘fly’ out when emptying like the bagless ones.” Even if you’re not commercially cleaning, some reviewers just like it as a heavy-duty option for pet hair and dirt. As one customer puts it, “Pet hair hasn’t got a chance against the power of this commercial vacuum. It’s easy and convenient to use in every room including the stairs.”

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ThisWorx Handheld Car Vacuum Cleaner

ThisWorx Handheld Car Vacuum Cleaner

This handheld car vacuum, which plugs into a cigarette lighter or 12V car outlet, boasts over 85,000 five-star reviewers, and thousands say it’s just what they need to keep their car dust- and pet hair-free. “This thing is awesome,” begins one such reviewer, who purchased it for their fabric seats in their Dodge Durango. “I own three dogs and it is just a nightmare pulling out my extension cord to vacuum my truck. I can now just plug this little guy into my 12v car outlet and I’m good to go,” they write. “Also the attachments are fantastic.” Another purchaser uses it to clean their commercial van after gardening jobs, and it “sucks up every last bit of dirt — and there was plenty,” they assure us. And most importantly, “I no longer need to use extension lead and drag my house Hoover outside. I defo use this regularly and recommend.”

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