Best Handheld Vacuums in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update March 11, 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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OUR VERDICT
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PROS

Thanks to the extended crevice tool, cleaning corners and hard-to-reach places is simple as never before.

CONS

Battery charge is slow-ish.

OUR VERDICT

The Dustbuster is a powerful handheld vacuum cleaner designed with the SmartTech system that informs you about the condition of the battery and filter, making this model so pleasant in use.

detailed parameters
Operation

1.9 kg, cordless

Power

35 W

Attachments

Integrated long crevice tool, Flip-out brush

Extras

Filter sensor, Battery sensor, Floor sensor, LED light to illuminate the cleaning area, Base charger

Warranty

2 years

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 LED light will let you vacuum dimly lit corners without missing hairs. The noise levels do not go above 70 decibels. The crevice nozzle is surprisingly good at absorbing liquid spills. 

CONS

Some plastic parts are pretty flimsy. 

OUR VERDICT

TOPWOLF Handheld Vacuum Cordless Cleaner's suction prowess is almost comparable to budget upright vacs. Using the supplied attachments, you'll be able to reach most corners and vacuum anything from sofa seams to car crevices.

detailed parameters
Operation

1.13 kg, сordless

Power

120 W 

Attachments

Brush nozzle, Long nozzle, Long hose, Small cleaning brush, Storage bag

Extras

2 x washable HEPA stainless steel filters, Dust bin release button, Battery Indicator, LED light

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
Some users would like this handheld vacuum to deliver better suction power.
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

10 W

Attachments

Main nozzle, Built-in crevice tool

Extras

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

Warranty
2 years
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

Black & Decker DVJ325BF-AMGB

Smart Technology

The Black & Decker Dustbuster is a real finding for those who value high suction power and a user-friendly design united in a handheld vacuum cleaner; this model does have something to offer.

The first feature that many cordless vacs miss is high suction power. With some models, cleaning even the slightest mess becomes frustrating. But, this one proves that using a battery operating compact handheld cleaner can be effective and pleasant. The Dustbuster can remove almost any spill from hard floors, carpets, furniture, and textile surfaces even in its default mode. And when you double press the on/off button, the Intelligent Boost mode turns on. It offers some extra suction power and helps you clean very fine dust from carpets and textile with ease. Also, the suction power is so high due to the cyclonic suction that spins dust away from the filter thus improving the cleaning process.

As for the usability, the manufacturer has equipped the DVJ325BF-AMGB model with the SmartTech sensors that detect and then inform you about the condition of your vacuum cleaner. There is a sensor that monitors the level of the battery charge and the filter sensor that informs you when the filter is clogged and needs replacement or a cleanup. All this information is arranged on the LED screen right next to the on/off button.

Review of Black & Decker DVJ325BF-AMGB 10.8 V Lithium-Ion Dustbuster Hand Vacuum

Handy Extensions

High efficiency and better control of the vacuum are not the only clever touches of Black & Decker design. It also has quite a long integrated crevice tool that can be extended out twice its length when you need to clean up hard-to-reach places. It is not easily retracted, not until you press the release button of course. There is also a flip brush that you can use to clean spills on your carpet more effectively with the crevice tool in its original position.

The filtration system is well-thought-out as well. The dust container is translucent and easy to clean: when you notice that the bowl is full, just press the blue lever on the right side of the unit to remove and empty it. The filter is inside the bin. It is water washable and quite durable, so it will take a long time until you need a replacement.

The Dustbuster vacuum cleaner comes with the charging base, manual, and several screws to wall mount the charging unit. The battery is already charged, so you can give your new vac the first try right from the box. The battery needs about 6 hours to fully charge but some users claim it sometimes takes only 4 hours. The runtime of the full battery could be longer though. But considering how powerful this vac is, you will less likely need more time to clean small messes here and there. All in all, this Black & Decker rechargeable handheld vacuum can become a reliable assistant in every house where quick and effective cleaning is welcome.

Black & Decker DVJ325BF-AMGB 10.8 V Lithium-Ion Dustbuster Hand Vacuum in the use

 

NOVETE SGNV008AHUK-19NEW

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 SGNV008AHUK-19NEW Handheld Cordless Vacuums

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 SGNV008AHUK-19NEW Handheld Cordless Vacuums in the use

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TOPWOLF Handheld Vacuum

The Beefy One

The TOPWOLF Handheld Vacuum Cordless Cleaner was an easy decision to make. The price puts the appliance in the budget section, whilst its performance matches much more expensive mid-range cordless vacs. Plus, the unit looks quite brilliant. The outline is not too gaudy yet not necessarily understated either. The black parts look sleek, whilst the see-through part makes the appliance both literally and figuratively more transparent.

Its construction is alright, though the plastic parts approaching the nozzle are relatively flimsy, so we'd recommend avoiding smacking them and all that. On the bright side, the handle is more than ergonomic, with the fingertip button letting you easily turn the appliance on and off and the angled nose allowing you to control the sucking direction with more comfort and precision.

The model does not look modest and its performance matches the immodest disposition, boasting this 120-watt beefy motor with 9,000 PA suction. In addition to absorbing hairs (including pet hairs), paper scraps, spilt liquids, food residue, cigarette ashes, and relatively large particles, the vac is also able to absorb debris as minute as 0.1 microns, usually hiding on sofas, cushions, mattresses, and such.

Review of TOPWOLF Handheld Vacuum Cordless Cleaner

Very Little Noise

Considering the unit's impressive performance, you'd think it would be pretty loud but that's not necessarily the case. Something that the people behind the product call behind a "low-noise system" is basically anti-vibration padding/inserts but, as rudimentary as these are, they're able to keep the noise levels below 70 decibels, making the vac work its magic whilst maintaining a relatively quiet cleaning environment.

The battery is not where the product drops the ball too, an unexpected but always welcome treat with cordless handheld vacuums within this price. It is able to last 40 minutes straight without taking any breaks and usually takes no more than 2.5 hours to recharge, which is not bad at all.

Last but not least, the vac is quite versatile, supplied with three different attachments to enable you to target sofa seams, clean staircase corners, reach car crevices, and get to/inside most hard-to-reach spaces. The brush nozzle will let you clean cloth materials and reaching narrow areas, from sharp corners to tight gaps. Meanwhile, the crevice nozzle allows the appliance to absorb liquids with ease.

To sum this up, the TOPWOLF Handheld Vacuum Cordless Cleaner will let you keep the entire house and even any vehicle to go with the house nice and neat, which is much more than handheld vacs at ~35 quid can usually do.

TOPWOLF Handheld Vacuum Cordless Cleaner in the use

 

Vax Gator Cordless

User-friendly and Affordable

The recent model of the British VAX company works off 10.8V electric motor which you may mistakenly associate with low performance. In practice, Vax H85-GA-B10 Gator generates enough power to cope with most cleaning tasks around the house like collecting fine dust, scattered breadcrumbs, pet hair and other small debris we find tiring picking up by hand or with a conventional broom. The main nozzle is positioned just at the right angle to edge through upholstered cushions, clean dirt from carpets and around the stairs. The wide opening allows for catching more debris in one pass, setting VAX hoover apart from many other models within the same price range. On the downside, the vac isn’t fitted with a motorized brush tool that could enhance cleaning efficiency by times when picking up hair; that’s what pet owners should think about in advance and possibly, purchase it optionally. 

Another great way to remove pet dander is to use a hand roller with an adhesive sheet moving it over the carpet forward and backward and quickly gathering tiny invisible hairs a vac might have missed. VAX handheld hoover takes about 12 hours for recharge and provides 15 minutes for cleaning. Even though 12 hours is much longer than 4 hours or 5, it shouldn’t be a dealbreaker factor anyway, for if you leave it on charge overnight, the next morning it will be fully geared up for work.

Review of Vax Gator Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

Never Lose Never Misplace

As for usability, VAX hoover can boast of several design features that shouldn’t go amiss. Firstly, it’s got a wide edged nozzle on it that better than many other tools sweeps between upholstered furniture, cushions, under the seats, and in the cracks. Secondly, it’s always there and taking it off is not needed at all, which means you won’t lose or misplace it. Thirdly, emptying the dust bin is done in a simple yet quite a clever way - there are two release buttons on each side that you need to press together. By doing this way, the chances of accidentally dropping collected debris on the floor are equal to none. The filter installed in the vac is washable and can be reused for 6-7 months; to clean it, all you need is to rinse it under the tap water and leave to dry. That’s pretty much it. The maintenance is intuitive and straightforward like that. 

We can easily rate VAX vacuum as a great budget-friendly appliance for people, striving for efficiency and simplicity of use. It can meet the demands of most customers, ensuring comfort and cleanliness of the house at all times.

Vax Gator Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner in the use

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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 model 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

 

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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