Best Mini Vacuums in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update March 25, 2019
Mini vacuums are compact, lightweight, agile, and powerful to clean up small messes. They easily suck up dust and crumbs in hard-to-get places around the house and can even reach those spots where a full-size vac usually fails, which makes them an essential appliance in any household. For this review, we have selected the best mini vacuums that can make cleaning an easy and hassle-free job for you. Take a look and make your choice. ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
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PROS

This vac comes with three attachments: a dusting brush, crevice tool, and rubber jar tool, which allow you to clean all types of dirt from the floor.

CONS

The filter needs frequent cleaning.

OUR VERDICT

The Holife HLHM036AB is one of the strongest handheld cordless vacuums that will allow you to pick up all the common debris quickly and with minimum effort. Very few models have such strength and versatility as this vacuum.

detailed parameters
OPERATION

Cordless (4 hours charge, 25-30 minutes running time)

POWER

100 W

ATTACHMENTS

Crevice tool, Dusting brush, Liquid nozzle

EXTRAS

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

WEIGHT

1.86 kg

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

The vacuum cleaner comes equipped with LED backlighting, so poor lighting conditions won't stand between you and a clean car.

CONS

The carry bag is a bit small for all attachments.

OUR VERDICT

The Zerhunt Handheld Mini Vacuum is a good cleaner to live in your vehicle or in your house. With its cordless operation, it gives you the freedom to clean just everywhere. Ideal for light cleaning jobs.

detailed parameters
OPERATION

Cordless (4.5 hours charge, 25 minutes running time)

POWER

75 W

ATTACHMENTS

Crevice tool, Brush hair nozzle

EXTRAS

Removable and washable stainless steel filter, Soft pipe, One-Step empty dust bucket, LED light and LED battery indicator, Zippered carrying case

WEIGHT

0.82 kg 

WARRANTY

3 years

PROS

The HEPA filter effectively traps dust particles and allergens. The filter is made from stainless steel, so it'll serve you for long years to come.

CONS

The plastic tube attachment isn't as rugged as it could be.

OUR VERDICT

Whether you're the kind of person who likes to keep his car clean and neat or you're the type that only cleans it once in a blue moon, the HOTOR UK000109BL car vacuum cleaner will be able to match your needs. Plus, the vac doesn't make a whole lot of noise.

detailed parameters
OPERATION

Corded (5 m power cord)

POWER

106 W

ATTACHMENTS

Main brush, Crevice tube

EXTRAS

Extension hose (0.72 m), Stainless steel HEPA filter, Zippered carrying case, LED light

WEIGHT

0.45 kg

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

The charging docking station can be placed on a countertop or attached to the wall (screws are included in the package).

CONS

Relatively short runtime.

OUR VERDICT

The BLACK+DECKER dustbuster is a versatile tool for quick cleanups. It's an excellent match for people who need a mini vac that could quickly remove both wet and dry messes. 

detailed parameters
OPERATION

Cordless (10 hours charge, 8 minutes running time)

POWER

15.5 Air Watts, 10.8 Wh

ATTACHMENTS

Crevice tool, Squeegee accessory, Brush tool

EXTRAS

Charging base / wall attachment, Removable and washable dirt bowl and filters

WEIGHT

0.61 kg

WARRANTY

2 years

PROS

With 120W turbine motor and strong 4500 PA suction, this car vac can easily clean both wet and dry messes.

CONS

The nozzles feel a little cheap.

OUR VERDICT

The Trehai car cleaner comes with a generous set of extra attachments that can help you get in any nook and cranny. Keeping the interior of your vehicle clean will become much easier with this car hoover.

detailed parameters
OPERATION

Corded (4.5 m power cord)

POWER

120 W

ATTACHMENTS

Carpe/keyboard brush, Multifunction static brush, Long flat slit nozzle

EXTRAS

Detachable and washable HEPA filter, Carry bag, Hose (0.7 m)

WEIGHT

0.72 kg

WARRANTY

1 year

Holife HLHM036AB

Better Suction – More Cleaning Options

The Holife HLHM036AB is a compact and manoeuvrable handheld vacuum cleaner that houses in a powerful suctioning capability allowing it to clean messes of all types in your house and car. It's small in size and light in weight and it is easy to grab it even for the smallest jobs.

In addition to dusting and cleaning brushes that come in the box, the Holife HLHM036AB offers an extended crevice tool for cleaning in corners, around stairs, between cushions, and other hard-to-reach places.

As far as performance goes, the model is featured with a 100W motor and delivers 6000 PA of suction power which allows it to quickly clean messes both from carpeted and hard floors. The best thing is, the vac is absolutely quiet and doesn't produce any annoying noise so that you can easily use it in the morning without worrying about waking up your family.

The highlight of the Holife HLHM036AB is that it's suitable for cleaning both dry and wet debris. So if your kids or pets ever spill some foods on the carpets, you can rest assured knowing that the vac will handle them. Just attach the rubber jar attachment included in the set and run it over the stain.

The dust bin of the Holife HLHM036AB is rather capacious for a handheld model and can accommodate about 600 ml of dry dust and about 100 ml of liquids, meaning you won't need to empty it often during cleanup.

As for the filtration system, this model comes with two washable filters that can be washed and reused. This option is handy and saves you a lot of hassle of having to wait unit the filter you washed dries out completely. Not all mini vacuums come with two filters, which gives the Holife HLHM036AB an edge over its rivals.

Review of Holife HLHM036AB Handheld Cordless Cleaner

Charge Faster, Hoover Longer

In addition to all the useful features we've already covered, the Holife HLHM036AB boasts the Fast Charging system. Thanks to this, it takes only 4 hours to fully charge the hoover, which is very fast compared with other models at this price point. And when it is ready, the charge automatically stops.

The runtime on the full charge has increased too: you can grab it and hoover for 25-30 minutes non-stop. Though this time is not very long especially compared with full-size vacuums, but with the suction power that this vac offers, you won't spend longer than that vacuuming your floors.

So if you're looking for a powerful handheld vacuum cleaner suitable for picking up both dry and wet messes, the Holife HLHM036AB should be right up your alley.

Holife HLHM036AB Handheld Cordless Cleaner in the use

 

Zerhunt Cordless Handheld

Long Lasting

The Zerhunt Cordless Vacuum Cleaner is a small, neat, and modern-looking appliance that can clean up small messes just in seconds. Fitted with a 75W motor, it's sufficiently powerful to tackle such garbage as dust, crumbs, pet hair, and spilled liquids. It delivers 6000 PA strong suction that is ideal for small cleaning jobs.

The mini hoover performs best on hard floors and carpets since it has a quite large cleaning path. That said, it can be used for cleaning the interior of your car as well, thanks to the three additional attachments included in the set. The crevice tool is intended for precise cleaning in narrow gaps or around edges. The brush hair nozzle is good for removing dust, pet hair, or pollen from sofas, plush toys, pillows and other soft surfaces. And the soft pipe is good for cleaning distant spaces such as under sofas, beds, desks, or tables.

For easy maintenance, the manufacturer has made this vac with a one-step empty dust bucket - you just need to push the latch to release the dirt container. All the debris will fall out directly into the bin. This way of disposal is quick, easy, and, more importantly, hygienic - you won't get your hands dirty.

Another thing that contributes to usability is the removable filter. The filter is made from stainless steel and is very simple to clean and dry. Importantly, it is incredibly lasting and can be washed over 500 times, which is 20 times more compared to normal filters.

Review of Zerhunt Cordless Handheld Mini Vacuum

Attention to Lights

The vacuum features a built-in rechargeable 2600mAh Lithium Ion battery that provides up to 25 minutes of operation. And what is great, the suction doesn't fade after a while, as it might happen with cheaper models. You can get a strong airflow to capture dust, pet hairs, and other microscopic particles throughout the whole battery life. The full charging takes about 4-5 hours and a vacuum has a handy LED indicator on the top so that you can know how full the battery is.

Also, the hoover emits LED light during operation, which is great if you need to clean your house or car interior in the dark. By the way, the Zerhunt comes with a storage bag that allows you to store the vac in the boot of your car in a very hygienic way, or the bag can come in handy when you need to carry the vacuum with you.

So, this is a good cleaner to live in your vehicle or in your house. With its cordless operation, it gives you the freedom to clean just everywhere.

Zerhunt Cordless Handheld Mini Vacuum in the use

 

HOTOR UK000109BL

Keep It Clean

The vac from HOTOR is a pretty good option for people who absolutely cannot stand seeing their car filthy and messy. That said, you don't have to be a neat freak to appreciate all that it has to offer.

As it is with most appliances, it is the power of the machine that is often the biggest deciding factor to its worth. Fortunately, there's not much to complain about here on that front. It may not seem like the most imposing tool out there but the 12v will easily handle just about anything you'll throw its way. The vac easily picks up dry leaves, crumbs, dust, and anything of the kind.

Of course, it is a bit of a different issue with trash stuck in the carpet. If you do not loosen it beforehand, this handheld car vacuum probably won't be able to lift it up. But that is where the complementary main brush comes in. With it, you'll be able to break up some of that trash and dirt. After that, the vac will pick it up with ease.

Along with that brush, you'll get a crevice tube that will allow you to clean the cracks in the car. That tube will also prove to be quite useful if you intend to use the vacuum around the house, especially in the kitchen, with its multitude of household appliances.

In addition to the brush and the crevice tool, the manufacturers have included a soft long tube. Using the latter, you'll be able to clean some of the more hard-to-reach areas.

Review of HOTOR UK000109BL Corded Car Vacuum Cleaner

Take It With You

Other than that, there really isn't much left to say here. Unlike other entries on our list, the model features a corded design. Some view it as a disadvantage but there's actually quite a bit of an upside to it as well.

First, it uses your car cigarette lighter as the source of energy, so you won't have to bother recharging the battery between every cleaning session. Furthermore, the 5-metre cord is long enough to reach any part of the car.

The vacuum cleaner comes equipped with LED backlighting, so poor lighting conditions won't stand between you and a clean car. On top of that vacuum and all of the attachments, you'll get a zippered carrying case. There's enough space in it for the cleaner itself and all of the additional parts. With it, you will be able to carry it with you, leave it inside your car, or rotate between the trunk and garage.

Again, whether you're the kind of person who likes to keep his car clean and neat or you're the type to only clean it once in a blue moon, the HOTOR UK000109BL car vacuum cleaner will be able to match your needs. Plus, the vac doesn't make a whole lot of noise.

HOTOR UK000109BL Corded Car Vacuum Cleaner in the use

 

Black & Decker WDB215WA

For Wet and Dry Cleaning

Looking for a versatile little vac that could tackle both dry and wet messes? Then the BLACK+DECKER 7.2 V Lithium-Ion dustbuster is definitely worth your consideration. With wet and dry functionality, it's ideal for a wide array of cleaning tasks around the house. And what is notable, it lifts up bread crumbs and spilled drinks equally well. Designed with a 10.8 Wh motor, it delivers 370 mm/water suction pressure to suck in any liquids. However, the tradeoff for this strong suction is relatively short run time. After a full charge, the dustbuster runs for 8 minutes only.

Thanks to the powerful motor and wide open mouth, the vacuum easily collects larger debris from carpets, hardwood, and hard floors. And the translucent dirt bin allows you to clearly see when it requires emptying. To release the bowl, you simply need to push one button. The vac is designed in such a way that your hands won't get in contact with the dirt.

Though the dustbin is fairly large, the whole unit feels well-balanced and easy to grip. It's lightweight and sits comfortably in hand without causing fatigue.

Review of Black & Decker WDB215WA Cordless Dustbuster

Extras

This mighty one comes with an additional crevice tool, a brush attachment, and a squeegee accessory to extend the cleaning possibilities. Also, the package includes a charging base that can be installed permanently, as it comes with a charging wall attachment and two screws. Hence, you can mount the charging base to a wall and never worry that you'll somehow lose the docking station. It's small and neat-looking, so it won't spoil the integrity of your interior. It also doubles as a storage stand to keep the vacuum docked when it's not in use.

Speaking about the maintenance of the device, you can use a mild detergent and a wet sponge to clean the casing. And to clean the black rubber-like filter, you should remove it and wash in soapy water.

Summing up, we can say that the BLACK+DECKER dustbuster is an excellent match for those who need a mini vac that could quickly remove both wet and dry messes. A good versatile tool for quick cleanups.

Black & Decker WDB215WA Cordless Dustbuster in the use

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Trehai TAI-YT01

Decent Car Cleaner

If you're in the market for an affordable car cleaner that could swiftly remove all those mud and sand left by your kids or pets, the Trehai TAI-YT001 mini vac might be a solid fit. With a powerful 120W turbine motor, it really sucks! The strong 4500 PA suction can help you clean out pet hair, liquids, crumbs, and other garbage of your vehicle.

The high suction power is provided by the corded operation. The unit should be plugged into your car's DC 12V cigarette lighter. Luckily, the vac has a 4.5-meter power cord to let you clean any hard-to-reach area. The power cable is long enough to let you easily access the car back and front seats, as well as the driver and passenger footwell carpets.

Now, let's run over one of the strongest points of this vac, namely its filtration system. Once the unit sucks in the dirt, it's filtered by a 0.3-micron cloth net. That means that the hoover can suck out unseen dust mites, bacteria, and microbes hidden in your seats, let alone pet hair and other debris. Then, the dirt is trapped inside the premium HEPA filter, which is especially important if you suffer from some types of allergy. It can help remove up to 99.9% of pollutants such as pollen, pet dander, and dust mites. The HEPA filter is removable, washable, and reusable. Hence, you won't need to spend money on replacements, while the vac will maintain its high performance for long years to come.

Review of Trehai TAI-YT01 Car Mini Vacuum

Multiple Attachments

Though this little vacuum is intended for use in your car mainly, it comes with a generous set of accessories that make it more usable. The set includes a carpet/keyboard brush, a multifunction static brush, a long flat slit nozzle, and a 70cm hose. As the name suggests, the carpet/keyboard brush is designed for cleaning rugs or computer keyboard; the multifunction static brush is great for upholstery; a long flat slit nozzle can get into crevices; a 70-cm hose offers ample of flex to let you vacuum the interior of your car without extension cables.

It's worth emphasizing that the vac comes in a drawstring bag which is very handy for keeping the hoover along with the attachment neatly in one place. Everything arrives nicely boxed, safe and secure.

All this makes the Trehai set an excellent option to live in your car. It's ideal for cleaning up after messy kids who are always dropping crisps and spilling their juice all over the back of the car.

Trehai TAI-YT01 Car Mini Vacuum in the use

 

What Is a Mini Vacuum?

A mini vacuum is one of those modern conveniences that can make our life better. It's a very compact appliance that delivers strong suction power to remove the smallest messes at a single touch of a button. Naturally, because of the compact design, this type of vacuums is very lightweight and easy to handle. Plus, it allows you to get in all those nooks and crannies where a full-size vac fails. A little vac can easily reach those tricky corners behind the furniture, in-between couch and armchair, behind TVs, under car seats, and other hard-to-get places. Also, this easy-to-carry device can be just indispensable for cleaning small messes left by kids or pets here and there. Simply put, a mini vac is suitable for a wide array of applications indoors and outdoors. Of course, it's not a substitution for conventional hoover, but if you need something small for quick cleanups, a mini vac is just the thing. For this review, we've selected the best mini vacuum cleaners presented on the market so you can compare their specs and make your choice.

What Features to Compare

Type

Mini vacuum cleaners fall into two main types - cordless and corded models. Cordless vacs are naturally more portable. They are powered by rechargeable batteries and have no cords to hinder your movement and limit your cleaning area. They can be used just anywhere. Besides portability, the other good thing about cordless handheld vacs is that they are always ready for use if charged timely. You won't need to unwrap a power cord and look for a power outlet nearby. Simply turn it on and go. However, the tradeoff for that conveniences is relatively short run time and decreased performance. That's why cordless mini vacuums are mainly good for light cleaning jobs.

As for corded dustbusters, they are less independent but more powerful. They deliver strong suction power and continuous operation. The only gripe is that you'll be restricted by the length of a power cord. Though, you can use extensions if needed.

Performance

As mentioned, corded vacs appear to be more powerful than their cordless rivals, however, that's not true for all dustbusters. So, always check the suction power of a chosen model prior to purchasing. The more power a vac offers, the more debris it will be able to suck per one go.

If you make your choice in favour of cordless mini vacuum, check the battery capacity as well. This aspect will determine how long you will be able to vacuum without a need to recharge the unit. By the way, charging time also matters. The quicker, the better. Who knows when you kid spills Cola the next time or your pup do a mess on your carpet?

Attachments

The set of extra accessories defines what type of surfaces you'll be able to clean with ease. For example, if you are going to clean narrow corners and other tight spots, a crevice tool will be a welcome addition. Upholstery and car interior? Special brush attachment will be able to tackle that. Need to reach hanging picture frames on walls or remove spider webs from a ceiling? Look for an additional extra-long hose. Last but not least, you can benefit from a special pet hair brush if you own a pup or cat.

Filtration

Most mini vacuum cleaners come with the filters that can keep all collected dirt inside the bin. The filters trap all the dust to protect you from breathing it in, which is very important for allergy and asthma sufferers. Vacs with HEPA filters are considered the best since they not only sift dust but also purify the air. Plus, they need no replacement.

Did you know?

Before the Invention of Handheld Vacs

The vacuums have a very long history. The very first carpet sweeper was created in the 1860s by Daniel Hess. It was powered manually and used bellows on top to create suction power and two water chambers to trap dirt. It was too bulky and never mass produced.

Another early model, the “Whirlwind” sweeping machine was patented by Ives W. McGaffey. Although it was awkward to operate, it was commercially marketed.

The first powered cleaner, "pneumatic carpet renovator" was invented at the end of the 19th century. Later, the powered vacuums have undergone many improvements but remained “luxury” for families. Only after the Second World War, hoovers become a popular household item among the middle class. Canister type models were the most popular for domestic use.

Today, upright vacuums are most popular in the US, while canister cleaners dominate in the European market.

It was the Moon Science that Gave Us the DustBuster

When you use a mini vac to clean up dirt around your house, you probably see no connection between this handy appliance and outer space, right? But actually, it’s the moon science that has given us this modern wonder. So, let’s dive deeper into details and figure out how it all began.

The Black & Decker company has cooperated with NASA for some time. Between 1963 and 1972 the Black & Decker engineers developed inner mechanisms for the devices used during Apollo, Moon-landing project. Namely, one of the main tasks of Apollo 11 astronauts was to gather lunar rock and soil samples and bring them to Earth. A special drill was required for that, a drill that could penetrate hard lunar surfaces. Black & Decker produced that special drill using a magnetized motor that was powered by batteries. Later on, the same technology proved to be useful on Earth as well. Using the same parameters as it did for the lunar drill, the Black & Decker company manufactured a range of cordless tools for different applications. The DustBuster was one of them. It was introduced to the mass market in January 1979. It weighed less than two pounds and had enough suction power to suck up dust or crumbs in hard-to-reach places. It was the first battery-operated handheld vac ever.

Dry or Wet

Do you know that today, you can find handheld mini vacuums for wet cleaning? Just like dry vacuums, they contain a motor that supplies power to the fan. But in wet vacs, this fan takes liquid and debris, whilst moving the air through the nozzle. Also, these cleaners are designed in such a way to prevent the liquid from getting in the internal components. Some models are fitted with a filter cartridge which separates dirt and liquid, while others come with a special liquid-collection cup that should be attached to their nozzle.

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Publish Date: 2019-03-25 10:58:49