Best Handheld Vacuums in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update April 21, 2021
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

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 with a dual-filtration system, One-step empty dust cup, LED battery indicator, Battery release button

Warranty

3 years

PROS

The unit weighs 650 grams, 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

The brush nozzle is excellent at cleaning upholstery items from dust and collecting loose hairs. The crevice tool will have no trouble reaching tight corners. The liquid nozzle can handle liquid spills that are less than 100 millilitres.

CONS

Some find the model a little loud. 

OUR VERDICT

The Holife 8500Pa Cordless Handheld Vacuum is an easy sell. Delivering 8.5 kPa, this handheld vacuum can handle even more demanding cleaning jobs. Plus, its 2200-mAh battery will give you 30-35 minutes of use from a single charge.

detailed parameters
Operation

~1.6 kg, cordless

Power

90 W

Attachments

Brush nozzle, Long crevice tool, Liquid nozzle, Charging base

Extras

Washable HEPA filter with a dual-filtration system, One-step empty dust cup

Warranty

3 years

PROS

Bright LED lights will make it easier to spot dust and dirt in awkward and hard-to-reach areas. A wealth of nozzles supplied with the package makes it suitable for a variety of cleaning tasks.

CONS

The cleaning brush from the kit is a bit wobbly. 

OUR VERDICT

Though not the most powerful, 6500pA of suction output will be enough to handle most light vacuum cleaning jobs. To add to that, the model provides a wide cleaning radius, so it will come in useful for cleaning car seats, stairs, and other hard-to-reach areas without a hassle.

detailed parameters
Operation

0.94 kg, cordless

Power

65 W

Attachments

Crevice nozzle, Pet hair nozzle, Carpet nozzle, Cleaning brush, Power adapter

Extras

Bright LED light, Washable HEPA filter, One-button empty dust cup, Battery indicator

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 £59.00
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.

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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

 

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 grams, 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.

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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
Stock In stock
ASIN B07FPVQX4Q

 

Holife 8500Pa 14.8V Cordless

Robust Cyclonic Suction

The Holife 8500Pa Cordless Handheld Vacuum makes an interesting proposition, considering the price that this 'proposition' comes at. To start with, as the name suggests, the model's suction prowess reaches 8.5 kPa, which is more than adequate when you take into account its size and handheld design first. With its robust cyclonic suction action, the model can handle the toughest cleaning jobs. Likewise, the 600-millilitre dust bowl offers more than enough storage space to support these jobs. Plus, the bowl is not difficult to clean. But we're not quite there yet. Before that, let's pivot towards the attachments that come with this handheld vacuum.

Between the brush nozzle, long crevice tool, and the liquid nozzle, the model has no problem collecting crumbs, debris, loose hairs, and liquids. The brush nozzle will clean upholstery from hairs/dirt, the crevice tool will let you sweep tight corners, and the liquid nozzle will tackle liquid spills (below 100 millilitres).

Most handheld hoovers come with a single filter. Because that's the case, they break down quite often whilst sucking liquid. Enabling actual wet use, this vacuum from Holife incorporates a dual-filtration system, with the outer plastic part blocking liquids and large particles that come into the motor and the inner HEPA filter providing finer filtration. With this approach, the hoover's service life is extended, and its filtering efficiency is improved.

Review of Holife 8500Pa 14.8V Cordless Handheld Vacuum

One-Step Empty Dust Cup

Appearance-wise, this model looks very similar to the majority of handheld vacuums. The dust bowl is transparent, so you can always tell to what capacity it is filled. What's more, the one-step empty dust cup lets you empty the bowl with one hand and without wasting more than a few seconds on it.

There are two things that we don't quite like about this vacuum. First, it is a little loud, which is understandable considering how powerful it is, but a bit upsetting nonetheless. Second, the model weighs 1.6 kilogrammes, whereas its competition with comparable suction action usually caps at around 1.3. Of course, 300 grams make very little difference but it is an issue anyway, albeit a small one.

On the flip side, the included charging stand enables convenient storage and reassuring charging space, whilst the 2200-mAh lithium battery lasts at least 30 minutes on a single charge.

In other words, assuming you don't mind the noise, the Holife 8500Pa Cordless Handheld Vacuum should fit you to a tee.

Holife 8500Pa 14.8V Cordless Handheld Vacuum in the use
Last updated price £43.98
Stock In stock
ASIN B07WD7T61J

 

VACPOWER Cordless

Best for Quick Pick-Ups

Though the VACPOWER cordless handheld vacuum cleaner falls in a budget range, it makes sure the job is done and done pretty well at that. So, if for any reason you can't afford a large vacuum cleaner or you are in search of a lightweight thing for quick pick-ups, this model should be right up your alley.

To start things off, the appliance yields quite a strong suction power capping at 6500pA. While this might be slightly less than some of its more expensive rivals offer, this power will still be more than enough to effortlessly pick all the tiny debris and dust from carpeted surfaces. Plus, it's equipped with handy LED lights. Thanks to that, cleaning under furniture and in other hard-to-reach areas will be a much easier and hassle-free job.

Speaking of the other strengths of the model, what we like is that it has a very lightweight design. With a weight of just 0.97kg, it will be easy to move it from place to place as well as clean at heights and pick up litter under the sofa, armchairs, and furniture. Besides, it's supplied with a rich set of nozzles. In addition to the vac itself, alongside the power adapter and manual, the package also contains a crevice nozzle, a pet hair nozzle, a carpet nozzle, and a cleaning brush, making it perfectly suitable for a variety of cleaning tasks.

Review of VACPOWER Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner for Home and Car

Nice Little Thing

Despite its lower price tag and smaller overall dimensions, this vac doesn't trail behind in terms of performance. It cleans well and lasts long, providing you with a typical run time of about 25-30 minutes from one full 3-4 hour recharge. Besides that, it's not very loud so if you decide to spruce up your home early in the morning, you will be able to do it without disturbing the people around.

It's also worth noting that the unit provides a quite wide cleaning radius. With an additional nozzle attached at the front, it will increase accessibility and let you clean your car, stairs, rooms or other spaces without restrictions.

Finally, the vac has a HEPA filter, which means it will trap not only small dust particles but also germs and bacteria and help improve the quality of air that you breathe.

To conclude, the VACPOWER Cordless Handheld cleaner is a nice little thing. Naturally, it doesn't work like a wet/dry vacuum cleaner, but when it comes to light vacuum jobs and cleaning carpets, in particular, the vac's performance is nothing to sneeze at. Supplied with a wealth of attachments, it'll be useful for all households.

VACPOWER Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner for Home and Car in the use

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Last updated price £33.99
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ASIN B08CMQG9VH

 

What Is a Handheld Vacuum?

Everybody knows what a vacuum cleaner is - they are used in every home. However, when it comes to cleaning furniture, tight spots, corners, shelves, and stairs, using a conventional vac can be quite tricky due to its bulky size. That's where a handheld vacuum will come to your help. As it follows from its name, it is a small vacuum cleaner for handheld use, which has a lightweight construction, making it ideal for quick fix cleaning around your house. Despite the smaller weight, though, most handheld models do not fall behind full-size vacs in terms of suction power and can be used for cleaning even some serious messes. Another advantage to having handheld vacuum cleaners is that they can be used for cleaning cars, handy if you don't have a dedicated car vac cleaner.

If you have carpeted floors, go ahead and take a look at our pick of wet-dry vacuums. These devices are high-performing and can tackle even very old stains without breaking a sweat. Or you may want to read about robotic vacs, automated appliances that can slip under low-profile furniture and clean on demand.

What Features to Compare

There are many handheld vacuum cleaners offered on the market yet picking a decent one may still be quite a challenging task. To help you out, we've compiled this review along with the important features that need to be considered when making your choice. Let's take a closer look at these features.

Operation

First of all, you should decide which operation mode you're going to use most often.

In general, handheld vacuum cleaners can be divided into two types - cordless that have a battery and corded requiring direct connection to a power outlet. No need to say that if you want to be fully autonomous and use your dustbuster anywhere - at home and in your car - a cordless model will be a better choice. It offers mobility and can be used for picking debris in all of the trickiest spaces without a hassle.

When it comes to corded models, the advantage of those is that they are more powerful (usually) and can operate at any time without a need for recharging. The downside is, they somewhat restrict the cleaning area, but you can solve this issue by using an extension lead.

Power

It goes without saying that for a vac to be able to pick all sorts of debris from all types of surfaces, it has to be equipped with a powerful motor. Therefore, make sure to consider its power yield. Naturally, the higher this number will be, the more suction power it will generate and the more efficient it will be at collecting spills and messes. In general, though, as we've mentioned earlier, corded handheld vacuum cleaners are usually more powerful than cordless models.

Attachments

Anyone who appreciates versatility and is looking for a handheld to tackle a variety of cleaning tasks should pay attention to the supplied kit of attachments. More often than not, these cleaners come including such attachments as a brush, a hose, etc. Some models will also have a special pet hair brush which will be especially useful for households with four-legged friends. With some vacs, you'll also get a rubber contour nozzle for cleaning smooth surfaces like 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 both for allergic people and for families with kids.

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