These best hand vacuum reviews comprise of five products that stand above the rest among handhelds on the market. What makes them good?  They’re all light enough and comfortable enough to move about easily, they have strong enough suction to vacuum up both cat litter and spilled cereals, and none of them will break the bank (although one does go a little over $100, but it’s arguably merited).  Three of them are corded and two are cordless, but all are great little vacuums to have for the times when you just don’t want to pull out the big upright stashed in the closet under the stairs.

Eureka EasyClean Corded Handheld Vacuum

Eureka EasyClean Corded Handheld Vacuum

This corded handheld comes with a motorized revolving brush and hose.  It also has a washable dust cup and a bagless filter.

Pros

  • Extremely cheap
  • Riser Visor innovation works very well
  • Motorized brush

Cons

  • Just a touch on the heavy side (5lbs) for a handheld

This is a fantastic little product.  It has great suction, for one thing, and gets even better cleaning results because of the addition of a motor just for the brush.  It also has a Riser Visor that can be used to clean vertical carpeting with the revolving brush.  Then there’s the price, which is just $35.  There’s really a lot to like about this model, even if it can get a touch heavy if you’re on the light side.  Then again, handheld vacuums aren’t meant to be used for long cleaning sessions, so the 5 lbs. shouldn’t trouble you that much when it comes right down to it.  On the whole, this is one of the first products to consider if you want a good handheld, at least if you don’t mind going with the corded type.

Bissell Pet Hair Eraser

Bissell Pet Hair Eraser

The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser comes with a multi-stage filtration for meticulous cleanup.  It has an integrated dirt container, two nozzles, and an easy-grip handle.

Pros

  • Rubber nozzle is amazing at picking up hair
  • Strong suction
  • Very cheap

Cons

  • A little bit loud for its size

This is a stellar option if your main gripe about your place right now is a profusion of pet hair.  One of the most brilliant (yet oh-so-simple!) design innovations in vacuums is included in this vacuum cleaner’s package—namely, the rubber nozzle.  The rubber attracts loose fur naturally and allows the vacuum to suck it up into the canister.  It does it so effectively, in fact, that you may as well find yourself forgetting about even your regular-size vacuum when it’s time to clean up Rover’s shedding.

The only real issue with this device is perhaps that it can be a bit noisy.  It’s not deafening, at least, but it does sometimes sound louder than one would expect for its compact frame.  If you’re a pet owner who can live with that, though, this vacuum is definitely something you can’t do without.

Dirt Devil Scorpion Quick Flip

Dirt Devil Scorpion Quick Flip

Overview: This cordless and bagless vacuum cleaner has a strong 7-amp motor powering it.  It has a quick-flip crevice tool for tight-space cleaning and a washable dust cup.

Pros

  • Strong suction
  • Very long (16ft) power cord
  • Easy-access crevice tool

Cons

  • Noisy
  • Lacks a good cord wrap solution

This $33 vacuum cleaner offers surprisingly good suction for its size and price, no doubt thanks to the 7-Amp motor nestled at its core.  It cleans up quite well and the built-in crevice tool functions as one would want it to, but it can get a bit loud.  Still, you do get amazingly consistent strong suction in exchange, so you may consider that a relatively small price to pay.

Black+Decker BDH2000PL Max

Black Decker BDH2000PL Max

This Black and Decker handheld has a 20V Lithium-Ion battery.  It also has a pivoting nozzle for easier access of awkward places and makes use of a triple-stage filtering procedure.

Pros

  • Good, reliable battery
  • Handy, multi-position charging cradle
  • Crevice tool is integrated into nozzle

Cons

  • Only suitable for small, 10-minute jobs
  • A bit costly compared to the corded vacs on this list

This is one of the costlier items in this lineup, but that’s probably to be expected given that it’s equipped with a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery.  It’s fairly strong for its size and has pretty good build quality; it’s also among the better-looking options out there.  But like many other cordless varieties, it can only be used for short bursts of activity.  The battery on this thing will keep the suction running for a good 10 minutes only, so keep that in mind if you do choose it.

Hoover Platinum Collection LINX BH50030

Hoover Platinum Collection LINX BH50030

Another of the vacuums marketed to pet owners, it comes with an upholstery attachment specifically for removing fur from your furniture.  It also has a dusting brush made for working on delicate surfaces.

Pros

  • Great battery life offers 15-20 minutes of continuous suction
  • Great suction
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • Battery has to be removed and plugged into charging stand for a recharge

This is the most expensive item on the list, but you get some great things in exchange for the $115 you pay for it. First, it’s cordless—and also comes with a stellar battery that lasts as much as double the runtime of its competition.  Second, it’s quite strong, especially considering how compact it is.  Finally, it really does pick up fur very well, which is exactly what it’s supposed to be doing given its marketing.  The only true complaint is perhaps the fact that you have to charge the battery separate from the unit, but it’s so easy to take out the battery that you won’t think much of this after a while.

Conclusion

Assuming your preference is for the corded options, the Eureka should be your first choice if you want something for general-purpose cleaning.  Those who want to focus almost entirely on pet cleanup may want to head for the Bissell first, though. It’s a bit specialized, yes, but it really does outperform all the others in that special function.  Those seeking cordless devices may have to go for the Hoover—which, despite its cost, is in fact well worth it given its superb battery life and overall performance.