Best Handheld Vacuums in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 29, 2018
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
BEST 2018
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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
25W
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

35W

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

This stick vacuum has a fairly large dust container, allowing you to perform several clean-ups till it needs emptying.

CONS

The container detachment button feels quite flimsy, so be careful.

OUR VERDICT

The VonHaus 600W stick vacuum has a highly efficient HEPA filter that blocks even the smallest particles and, thus, doesn't pollute the air you breathe. This tool is the best for allergic people!

detailed parameters
Operation

2.9 kg, corded ( 6 m )

Power

600W

Attachments

Standard brush head, crevice tool, upholstery brush

Extras

Sponge and HEPA filter, removable container, telescopic tube (~1.2 m)

Warranty

2 years

PROS
The appliance can work for up to 15 minutes on a 10.8V battery. Gator Mouth technology ensures quick dust bowl emptying.
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
10W
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

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

90W

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

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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

 

VonHaus 07/200

REMOVES ALL DUST!

This VonHaus stick vacuum is unique for having a really large dust container (1.3 L), one of the biggest in its class, actually. The advantage is obvious: you can carry out several clean-ups without emptying the container. Therefore, this appliance is the best choice for cleaning a large house. Emptying the dust container won’t cause you any trouble, just push the orange button on it and the bin will detach from the appliance.

This model has quite an extended set of cleaning attachments so that you could have a proper tool for every corner of your house. The brush head is pretty wide, so it covers larger areas at a time, and it has fully rotatable wheels for smoother operation. At the same time, with a narrow crevice tool, several brushes, and quite a long telescopic tube, you will reach such awkward places as under the bed or behind furniture with ease. Performance-wise, the VonHaus stick vacuum has shown its cleaning efficacy on carpets, laminated flooring, furniture, and wood. With the vac that versatile you'll be able to do cleanups just as often as needed.

Review of VonHaus 07/200 Upright Stick & Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

CONVENIENCE AD MAXIMUM

The VonHaus EPT2 is a pretty multifunctional appliance that you can use as a stick vacuum cleaner (when the wand is attached) or as a small handheld vac. In the latter case, you will be able to remove dust from your furniture or clean in confined places. The VonHaus has also been highly ranked for its applicability as a car vacuum cleaner. The power cord of this appliance is 19.5 feet long, which is enough for cleaning a room without plugging the vac to another outlet. The absence of a battery has a certain positive aspect: you will be able to use the VonHaus stick vacuum once you've plugged it in! No worries about the charge level or other similar problems!

VonHaus 07/200 Upright Stick & Handheld Vacuum Cleaner in the use

BREATHE THE CLEAN AIR

This VonHaus electric broom is fitted with an efficient HEPA filter that is far superior in terms of dust-blocking properties to conventional washable filters. It can block even the smallest particles of dust, so the air in your room becomes cleaner than before a clean-up. As you might know, tiny particles of dust may be infested with bacteria, mites, sporules, etc. Therefore, allergic people might suffer from allergy after breathing such 'dirty' air. If you or someone from your family is allergic, the HEPA filter will be a real life saver. 

We do believe that this vac has got a lot of advantages and recommend it for buying, especially given its such a low price.

Detailed review of VonHaus 07/200 Upright Stick & Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

 

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 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 sides 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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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 {KeyWord: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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