Best Handheld Vacuums in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update June 27, 2019
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
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OUR VERDICT
Operation
Power
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PROS

ECO smart charge technology charges the battery 4 times faster than other handheld vacs. Triple Filtration increases the efficiency of the unit and maintains strong suction.

CONS
The dust bowl is rather small.
OUR VERDICT
That's a good handheld vacuum that will help you clean the most hard-to-reach areas in your house or apartment. Carpets, furniture, and even floors won't be a problem for this appliance.
detailed parameters
Operation
2.3 kg, cordless
Power

25 W

Attachments

Combined 2-in-1 nozzle with a flip-out upholstery brush, Crevice tool, Flexible hose (1.5 m)

Extras

One-button bin emptying, washable filter, charging cable

Warranty
2 years
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

Thanks to the cyclonic 7000PA 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

1.2 kg, сordless

Power

120 W

Attachments

Brush Nozzle, Crevice Nozzle, extension hose

Extras

2 Washable Filters, dust bin release button

Warranty

1 year

PROS

This vacuum comes with three attachments: dusting brush, crevice tool, and rubber jar tool to clean wet spills from hard surfaces. 

CONS

The filter needs frequent cleaning.

OUR VERDICT

Are you looking for the vacuum that will clean small messes for you throughout your house, car, and garage? The Holife cleaner is an inspired choice then. It charges quickly and hoovers effectively.

detailed parameters
Operation

1.86 kg, cordless

Power

90 W

Attachments

Crevice tool, Dusting brush, Liquid nozzle

Extras

Washable & reusable filter, extra-large & click-off dirt bin

Warranty

1 year

Black & Decker Lithium Flexi

Small Hoover For Daily Dust Removal

Throughout our search for the best Handheld Vacuums, we’ve come across Black & Decker PD1820L with a distinguishing design and a number of other spectacular peculiarities. Unlike most other models of handheld vacuums, this one is very easy to pick for quick cleanups around the house, tidying up upholstered furniture and vacuuming in a car. The vac’s performance relies on a Li-ion 18V battery with 1.5Ah capacity, which allows for 15 minutes of work until the next charge is needed. That’s not much, of course, yet this model being so much favored by many users worldwide had to be brought on our shortlist. Even though 15 minutes isn’t that long like in some other models, it’s enough to perform daily cleanups that require pickup of small debris and dust.

Review of Black & Decker Lithium Flexi Vacuum

Cordless in Every Way

All handheld vacuums suggest light weight and ease of use and that’s what we’ve also been looking for when analyzing a great number of popular hoovers. Black & Decker PD1820L justified our expectations and here are the reasons why. Its small weight of only 1.5 kg make it extremely easy-to-operate even by a child, so you can start to involve your little son or daughter in cleaning from the earliest age sharing home duties between all family members. Owing to a long 1.5-meter hose, the hoover can reach out for the remotest places - under the ceiling, under your coach, along baseboards and in the corners where many other vacs wouldn’t get to. The release button allows hassle-free unit’s emptying after each cleanup, making the whole procedure simple and what’s more important, highly hygienic. Speaking of hygiene, Black & Decker PD1820L is fitted with a filter that can be used for 6-9 months in a row before it needs replacing. Before that it’s easy to rinse the filter under tap water and use again. We liked the fact that this vacuum cleaner comes also with a charging unit that allows neat and compact unit’s storage without excess wiring around along the corner. The indicator on the vac will tell you of the battery status so that you know when it’s ready for use or when it’s time to leave it for charge.

Black & Decker Lithium Flexi Vacuum in the use

More Products to Consider

Thorough cleaning around the house cannot be complete by vacuuming only and using some extra things like micro fibre clothes to brush off dust or dirt from the furniture without scratching it would come in useful too.

Detailed review of Black & Decker Lithium Flexi Vacuum

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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.

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

It’s Ready When You Need It

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.

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

 

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.

NOVETE SGNV008AHUK-19NEW Handheld Cordless Vacuums in the use

Double Protection from Dust

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.

Detailed review of NOVETE SGNV008AHUK-19NEW Handheld Cordless Vacuums

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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

A Reliable Companion on a Trip

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.

AivaToba ZY-3301-A Cordless Handheld Vacuum in the use

For Car, for Home, for Everywhere

The AivaToba handheld vacuum is not the most expensive hoover on our list. In fact, this is the cheapest model. It 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.

Detailed review of AivaToba ZY-3301-A Cordless Handheld Vacuum

 

Holife HLHM036AB

Better Suction – More Cleaning Options

The Holife rechargeable handheld vacuum cleaner is a simple and operative device designed for cleaning up small messes throughout your house and garage on a daily basis. It is compact and manoeuvrable. And thanks to its lightweight design, it won’t strain your hand in the process. In addition to the dusting and cleaning brushes that come in the box, there is an extended crevice tool that allows you to clean in the corners, stairs, between the cushions of your sofa, and other hard-to-reach places in a breeze.

The suction power of this model is 6000 PA. That is to say, it takes only a few passes to hoover a mess on a carpet or textile surfaces, not mentioning the hard floor. No more of those annoying multiple passes! More so, the manufacturer has managed to make this hoover pretty quiet (≤78dB). So if you have a small kid or a pet, you won’t shock them or disturb much with a sudden loud noise. As for the dustbin, it can hold about 600 ml of dry dust and about 100 ml of liquid. Yes, that’s right, you can clean wet spills with this Holife portable vacuum. So if you notice water, milk, or any other spill on a hard surface, you can take your hoover, attach the rubber jar tool that comes in the box and get rid of it. Indeed, this is a great option that not too many vacuums of this price range can offer to their users.

As for the filtration system, this model comes with two washable filters that you can switch with ease: if the filter has gotten clogged with pet hair in the middle of the cleaning, there is no need to wait until it dries out, just replace it for the extra one and continue hoovering. Not the must-have feature, but simplifies the use a lot.

Review of Holife HLHM036AB Handheld Cordless Cleaner

Charge Faster, Hoover Longer

Apart from all the useful features that this powerful handheld vacuum by Holife supports, it is equipped with the Fast Charging system which speeds up the charging process so that the battery becomes full after only 4 hours or so. And when it is ready, the charge stops automatically. Moreover, the runtime on the full battery has also become longer. Now you can hoover for 25-30 minutes non-stop. And when the charge is low, the battery power light will warn you about that.

Holife HLHM036AB Handheld Cordless Cleaner in the use

Excellent Vacuum at an Excellent Price

Without a doubt, with all its features, this handheld vacuum can rightly be put in the row with more high-end vacuum cleaners. It is powerful, user-friendly, and works longer on the full charge. So if you are looking for the rechargeable handheld vacuum cleaner that will help you remove any small mess wet or dry, the Holife should be right up your alley.

Detailed review of Holife HLHM036AB Handheld Cordless Cleaner

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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