Best Handheld Vacuums in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 23, 2020
A handheld vacuum cleaner is a truly must-have appliance for any household. This small appliance makes cleaning easy and trouble-free. We have chosen 5 best handheld vacuum cleaners so you can see how they compare and choose the one that fits you most. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS

The see-through dust bowl takes the guesswork out of the emptying equation. The nozzle pivots 200 degrees, letting you reach inaccessible corners and tight spaces, cleaning underneath and between various furniture pieces. 

CONS

The markings on the buttons do not last. 

OUR VERDICT

The BLACK+DECKER 18 V Lithium-Ion Compact Pivot Vacuum is modern, elegant, and ergonomic. The model's also easy to use, easy to empty, and fast to recharge. Using this vacuum, you can keep the entire place clean, including every corner.

detailed parameters
Operation

1.38 kg, cordless

Power

980 W

Attachments

Charging base, Integrated soft brush, Integrated crevice tool

Extras

Triple-action filtration, Folds in half for compact charging and storage, Easy empty feature, Charge indicator, Eco smart charge

Warranty

2 years limited

PROS

The vacuum is compact and lightweight. It is equipped with an ergonomic charging base and three cleaning tools for maximal cleaning efficiency.  

CONS

The operational time on one charge might be shorter than claimed.

OUR VERDICT

The Novete handheld cordless vacuum is one of the most powerful hoovers in its price range. Plus, it supports both dry and wet cleaning, thus, making the process pleasant and fast.

detailed parameters
Operation

0.97 kg, сordless

Power

100 W

Attachments

Brush nozzle, Crevice nozzle, Rubber nozzle, Charging base, Cleaning brush

Extras

Washable HEPA filter-dual filtration, One-step empty dust cup, LED battery indicator, Battery release button

Warranty

3 years

PROS

The appliance can work for up to 15 minutes on a 10.8V battery. Gator Mouth technology ensures quick dust bowl emptying. A crevice tool is built in the appliance, so you won't need to store it elsewhere.

CONS

Cleaning the filter is a little awkward. 

OUR VERDICT
Vax Gator portable vac is a compact cordless appliance suitable for daily clean-ups of small dirty surfaces (such as stairs or car interior).
detailed parameters
Operation
1.3 kg, cordless
Power

100 W

Attachments

Main nozzle, Built-in crevice tool

Extras

Removable transparent dust bowl that you can empty with the push of a single button, Removable washable filter, Charger

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The unit weighs 650 grammes, which is about as much as most tablets. The noise levels do not go above 70 decibels. Using the 2 pipe connectors shipped with the unit, you'll be able to extend the vacuum's reach. 

CONS

The instructions are lacking. 

OUR VERDICT

The Audew Handheld Vacuum keeps the price low and the operation quiet, effective, and efficient. The unit enables both dry and wet cleaning. You can use this cordless hoover to keep sizable workshops, garages, and cars clean.

detailed parameters
Operation

0.65 kg, cordless

Power

120 W

Attachments

Long flexible tube, Crevice nozzle, 2 x pipe connectors, Brush nozzle, British standard adapter

Extras

2 HEPA washable filters, Dust bin release button, LED battery indicator, Quick charge, Quiet operation, Carry bag

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Thanks to the cyclonic 6000 PA suction, powerful 120 W motor, and pretty lightweight design, this vacuum helps its user remove any mess quickly and effortlessly.

CONS

A bit noisy.

OUR VERDICT

The AivaToba handheld vacuum cleaner is a reliable tool for your car and home. It is durable, comes with two nozzles and an extension hose to make cleaning more convenient for you. 

detailed parameters
Operation

0.75 kg, сordless

Power

120 W

Attachments

Brush nozzle, Crevice nozzle, Extension hose

Extras

2 x washable filters, Dust bin release button, LED battery indicators 

Warranty

1 year

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Black & Decker 18 V Lithium-Ion

Packing More

Whereas most handheld cleaners are not that capable, designed to complement standard vacuums but not replace them, the BLACK+DECKER 18 V Lithium-Ion Compact Pivot Vacuum is a different story. This portable appliance is huge, allegedly outputting 980 watts to capture anything from the tiniest dust particles to sizable debris.

Despite that, the model's almost as compact and lightweight as most handheld vacuums, measuring 17.8 x 15.5 x 29.2 centimetres and 1.38 kilogrammes. This is not the sleekest package we've looked at but easily the sleekest package at its output level.

Where the unit's size proves too much, you can use the integrated extendable nose to access awkward places, easily cleaning between car seats, sofa cushions, beneath the couch, and more. The on-board cleaning brush will let you capture dirt and debris from soft furnishings without breaking any sweat.

But even where the extendable nose cannot reach, this unit does not retreat. Instead, the vacuum offers its biggest standout feature - the patented nozzle that pivots 200 degrees so that even the most awkward, hard-to-reach spaces become easily accessible from any angle, letting you clean underneath different furniture pieces and reach high shelves without any support structures.

Review of Black & Decker 18 V Lithium-Ion Handheld Compact Pivot Vacuum

Elegant and Ergonomic

The pivoting nozzle is what separates this product from its peers before everything else but its strengths do not end there. To start with, there's the large translucent dust bowl that tells you when you ought to empty the bowl without opening anything, whilst the sizable door latch and the removable bowl allow you to do that within seconds.

Thanks, in part, to this translucent bowl but also to the model's entire form that's both sleek and elegant, the unit complements most modern environments. Setting its elegance aside though, the form is also ergonomic and balanced evenly, facilitating long use with little hand fatigue. Plus, you can fold this vacuum in half, enabling compact charging and convenient storage. The blue light below the handle will flash so that you know it is charging and stop flashing when the vacuum is fully charged.

Construction-wise, things only get somewhat hairy with the markings on the buttons since they do not necessarily last. Besides that, the BLACK+DECKER 18 V Lithium-Ion Compact Pivot Vacuum easily lands among the best handheld models, with the flip-out soft brush cleaning delicate surfaces without damaging them and the Eco Smart charger taking no more than 4 hours to make the unit's battery go from 0 to 100%.

Black & Decker 18 V Lithium-Ion Handheld Compact Pivot Vacuum in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer

Last updated price £88.95
Stock In stock
ASIN B00IUK800O

 

NOVETE Handheld Cordless Vacuums

Cleaning Is Easy with Novete

The Novete handheld vacuum cleaner is a new product on the market. It not as well-known as Dyson or Black&Decker hoovers. But what it lacks in fame, the VT-DH001 makes up for in performance.

Its light weight is the first notable feature of this cleaner. It weighs only 970 grams which makes it handy for any user. So if you have started to teach your preschooler picking up after themselves, this cleaner is the best tool for the task.

In addition to its lightweight design, this hoover is equipped with a powerful 100W motor with 7kPa suction that handles any dry and wet mess on a hard floor, carpet, upholstered furniture, etc. The advanced cyclone tech system also adds to the suction power greatly, thus helping to remove pet hair or very fine dust from a carpet, for example.

Also, the vacuum comes with a brush, crevice, and rubber nozzles for easier hoovering. As for wet cleaning, this model can remove up to 100 ml of liquid from the surface. This is convenient when you notice a small spill while hoovering.

Review of NOVETE Handheld Cordless Vacuums Pet hair

A Long-Term Investment

Regardless of the brand, cordless handheld vacuums have two weak spots in their construction: the motor and the battery. With Novece cleaners, the manufacturer uses a HEPA filter to protect the motor from fine dust and guarantee its long service. As for the battery, the Novice VT-DH001 runs on a 2200 mAh Li-ion battery. It works about 30 minutes after the full charge which takes about 4.5 hours. 

There are 3 LED indicators on the handle that light up when the cleaner is ready. So you always know exactly how much charge you have. Also, the battery promises up to 500 cycles or even more, but this is not what helps the cleaner serve you longer. The detachable construction of the battery aids in this considerably. That is to say, if the battery runs dead due to extended use, you can replace it and continue to enjoy cleaning with the Novece.

In order to enhance the performance of the VT-DH001, the manufacturer has equipped the hoover with a dual filtration system. It contains the filter holder that catches large particles and the HEPA filter inside of it for very fine dust. Both the filter and the holder are washable and replaceable. As for the dust bin, its capacity (600 ml) is enough for a couple of cleanups.

Overall, if you are in the market for a middle priced cordless vacuum that can help you clean spills and leaks quickly, then the VT-DH001 cordless vacuum by Novete is the best bet.

NOVETE Handheld Cordless Vacuums Pet hair in the use

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Last updated price £43.99
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ASIN B07K2T9QXF

 

Vax Gator Cordless

User-friendly and Affordable

Right off the bat, the Vax Gator Cordless H85-GA-B10 works off a 0.8V electric motor which despite a seemingly modest rating generates plenty of power to let the device cope with most typical cleaning jobs, including collecting fine dust, scattered breadcrumbs, pet hair and other small debris which you would otherwise have to pick by hand. The main nozzle is positioned at the optimal angle to easily edge through upholstered cushions and clean dirt from carpets and around the stairs. This nozzle has a rather wide opening which allows the vac to catch more debris per one go, setting it aside from many other models within its price range.

The only complaint that we have with this vacuum cleaner is that it doesn't have a motorised brush tool, meaning the device won't be able to increase the suction power and as a result, might struggle to pick up all dander and hair from carpets.

When it comes to the run time, the device provides the average 15 minutes of operation. Though it needs about 12 hours to recharge, so it is best to leave it to recharge overnight.

Review of Vax Gator Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

Never Lose Never Misplace

As for usability, the VAX hoover boasts of a few design features that shouldn’t go amiss. First things first, it comes with a rather wide edged nozzle - this makes it easier to sweep dust between upholstered furniture, cushions, under sofas, and in the cracks. Secondly, this nozzle is fixed, meaning you won't need to remove it nor will there be any risk of losing it. Thirdly, the vac has a hassle-free dust emptying system - there are two release buttons on each side of the cleaner that you need to press together. The filter built into the device is washable and can be used for up to 6-7 months without replacement. In order to clean it, it's enough to wash it with some warm soapy water and leave to dry. The maintenance of the vac is intuitive and straightforward.

Wrapping things up, the VAX vacuum is a sound choice for those who're looking for a budget-friendly cleaner offering efficient performance and requiring minimum maintenance.

Vax Gator Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner in the use

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Last updated price £39.99
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ASIN B015QZH2EU

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VAX Gator 10.8v H85-GA-B10 Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner (unboxing and noob tutorial)
 

Audew Handheld Vacuums Cordless

Two Pipe Connectors Too

The Audew Handheld Vacuum costs around 25 quid, which is cheap even compared to most budget models. Despite that, the unit is more than comparable to these models. The instructions are lacking and the vacuum's 120-watt output and 4-kPa suction are only passable but, aside from that, the product is not cutting any corners. Besides, these specs make sense considering that the unit measures only 35.1 x 14.6 x 10.3 centimetres and weighs less than 700 grammes, making it even more lightweight and compact than the most nimble and lightweight cordless vacuums we've reviewed before.

More often than not, these handheld vacuums are used to access and clean awkward spaces, the area where this unit excels. First, using the soft long tube attachment, you can reach high places and access narrow spots, using its flexible construction to come from different angles when necessary. There's nothing unique about the crevice nozzle though, which's fine since these nozzles are designed to clean between narrow gaps and tight corners and the subject nozzle has no problems doing that. The brush nozzle is pretty standard too, capturing hairs from carpets and soft furnishing. What's not necessarily standard are the two pipe connectors that allow you to extend the nozzles' reach and make them even more capable where accessing hard-to-reach places is concerned.

Review of Audew Handheld Vacuums Cordless Portable for Pet Hair

Quiet Enough

Sometimes, these cordless models can be quite loud. Fortunately, loud is not the word we would use to describe this unit's operation. Quite the opposite, producing less than 70 decibels, the vacuum will not disturb kids and frighten pets, enabling quick touch-ups even when the kids are sleeping nearby.

They're not necessarily the sexiest parts but filters can easily break hoovers as much as they can make them. Here, we're pivoting more towards the "making" end. Made from stainless steel, the two HEPA filters are durable and reliable, making sure that the rubbish is sealed inside. The sponge on these filters is washable and reusable, so you won't have to replace them anytime soon. When the dust bin is full, all you have to do is press the release button and empty the bin without facing any challenges.

Long story short, the Audew Handheld Vacuum is the most complete budget package, shipping not only five attachments but also a British standard adapter and a carry bag that allows you to bring this vacuum with you on the road and keep the temporary place of residence nice and clean.

Audew Handheld Vacuums Cordless Portable for Pet Hair in the use

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Last updated price £27.99
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ASIN B07FPVQX4Q

 

AivaToba ZY-3301-A

Best Cleaner for a Car

The AivaToba ZY-3301-A is highly manoeuvrable and reasonably priced. The suction power is good. The performance is quite smooth. In other words, this portable vacuum has everything to keep a car neat. Without further ado, let’s find out what makes this item so great.

The heart of the ZY-3301-A is a powerful 120W copper motor that produces strong cyclonic suction so that the vacuum can handle both wet and dry messes. The filtration system is simple. The device comes with two washable filters. So, you can switch between them when it’s time to wash the dirty one. You won’t have to wait until it’s dry, your hoover is constantly ready to serve you.

This leads us to another peculiar spec this hoover features - the battery. It offers a bit more than its rivals in the same price range. The operation time on a single charge is 35 minutes. Even some more expensive vacuums can’t offer such productivity. It also charges pretty quickly.

The AivaToba handheld vacuum has a couple of more extras to please its users, including a nice set of accessories. It comes with a crevice tool, brush, and extension hose to reach some awkward places like the back wall and corners of the trunk, for example. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve started a regular cleanup or are going to liquidate the mess after a long car trip, with this hoover you can reach and clean every nook and cranny.

Review of AivaToba ZY-3301-A Cordless Handheld Vacuum

For Car, for Home, for Everywhere

If you often travel by car, this handheld vacuum can become an irreplaceable assistant in your journeys. The AivaToba cleaner can be charged right from your car cigar lighter socket; the charger is included. So, no matter how long your trip is, you can charge the hoover on your way and clean any mess in the car whenever the need be. How great is that! The ZY-3301-A also comes with a UK mains charger, so you can hold the hoover in your garage for car cleaning days.

In the end, the AivaToba handheld vacuum is one of the cheapest models in our list that costs only £39.99. This is not much for a cordless handheld vacuum, that is why it doesn't offer all those handy indicators or a charging base. However, if we talk about usability and performance, the ZY-3301-A does the job very well. Its suction power is enough to remove up to 100ml of liquid from a hard surface or any dry mess from hard and soft surfaces efficiently. Since it comes with an extension hose, the cleaning area extends greatly. So, if it sounds like that portable vacuum you’ve been looking for, then the AivaToba hoover is a good investment.

AivaToba ZY-3301-A Cordless Handheld Vacuum in the use
Last updated price £37.99
Stock In stock
ASIN B07JVF83H6

 

What Is a Handheld Vacuum?

Everybody knows what a vacuum cleaner is - they are used in every home. However, a conventional vac is quite difficult to use if you need to cope with cleaning furniture, narrow places, shelves, etc. And that’s why you need a handheld vacuum that will make the cleaning easy as never before. A handheld vacuum, as it follows from its very name, is a small vac that you hold in a hand. It must be lightweight, very convenient, yet provide impressive suction. Also, handheld vacuum cleaners are very often used to clean up the interior of cars.

If you’ve got carpeted floors or you need to freshen up the look of upholstery, what you may need to try is a wet-dry vacuum. These appliances are high-performing and can clean quite a big area within a short period of time, removing old stains and sucking in from small to coarse litter. Or you can get a hi-tech robotic vac, schedule it to do the cleaning and go read a book. Technologies progress so quickly that now we’ve got thousands of alternatives to choose from. Hopefully, our recent reviews with comprehensive analyses of the most popular models will help you make your mind and get the right thing to suit your needs.

What Features to Compare

There are many handheld vacuum reviews on the Internet yet picking a decent one is still a problem for most customers. However, you do not want to waste your money, do you? That is why we have compared 5 most popular dust busters by the most important features.

Operation

First of all, you need to choose the mode of operation - there are cordless handheld vacuum cleaners that have a battery and corded vacs that require a direct connection to a power outlet. No need to say, if you want to be fully autonomous and use the dust buster anywhere - at home or in a car - a cordless model will be preferable. The good thing about any cordless handheld vacuum is that it is always ready for operation - you do need to unwrap a cord, find the nearest power outlet, wrap the cord up again, etc. If the perfect efficiency and simple design are the priorities - then you can pick a corded model. Don’t forget to check how long the power cord is if you choose a corded dust buster.

Power

The next essential feature is the power of the electric motor every handheld vacuum has. The better the motor is, the more suction it creates and, therefore, the handheld vacuum cleaner is more efficient. Also, any corded handheld vacuum cleaner is more powerful than its cordless rival.

Attachments

If you are going to clean crevices you must be sure your vac can handle this task. Handheld vacuum cleaners are used not only for crevices, but also for all kinds of surfaces, so you need to know what attachments each model includes and how handy they are. As usual, there are a number of additional attachments included in a package such as a brush, a hose, etc. Some models have a special pet hair brush, which is a must-have item if you have a pet at home. Also, some handheld vacuums come with a rubber contour nozzle for cleaning smooth surfaces or glass.

Extras

Finally, pay attention to the extras the chosen handheld vacuum cleaner has. For example, most modern handheld vacuums will include special filters to capture dust and bacteria so you won't breathe it. This feature will be important not only for allergic people but also for families with kids.

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