The Best Handheld Vacuum

The Best Handheld Vacuum

Our pick

Black+Decker 20V Max Lithium Pivot BDH2000PL

Black+Decker 20V Max Lithium Pivot BDH2000PL

A great all-purpose hand vacuum

This handheld vacuum’s distinctive pivoting nozzle and powerful suction make short work of tidying up around the home or in the car.

Buying Options

$110* from Wayfair
$94 from Amazon

May be out of stock

*At the time of publishing, the price was $70.

The Black+Decker 20V Max Lithium Pivot BDH2000PL has more suction than any other handheld vacuum we tested (apart from a super-expensive Dyson). In our tests it easily picked up cereal, dust, sand, and other common messes quickly, and it’s strong enough to pick up pet hair without special tools. The strong suction makes up for the Pivot’s 10 minutes of no-fade run time, which is below average—with the extra cleaning power, that run time should be just enough for you to tidy up the interior of a three-row minivan or SUV. The pivoting nozzle makes getting into crevices, such as in between car seats, a lot easier than with a traditional Dustbuster. We especially like the all-in-one design, with no attachments to lose.

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Runner-up

Black+Decker 16V Max Lithium DustBuster Hand Vacuum CHV1410L

Black+Decker 16V Max Lithium DustBuster Hand Vacuum CHV1410L

For quick cleanups

If you need something simple for quick cleanups, this small, affordable handheld vacuum will get the job done.

Buying Options

$54* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $50.

If you plan to use your hand vacuum only for occasional tidy-ups, the Black+Decker 16V Max Lithium Dustbuster Hand Vacuum CHV1410L is a simpler, slightly cheaper alternative to our main pick. It can’t reach as many awkward spots or get hair off upholstery, but it costs a lot less and still manages to pick up most common debris. The 12-minute, no-fade run time is fine, and the recharging time is faster than that of many similar models.

Also great

Bissell Multi Auto 19851

Bissell Multi Auto 19851

More cleaning power for the car

Impressive suction and built-in attachments make this handheld vacuum especially convenient for car use.

Buying Options

$157* from Wayfair

*At the time of publishing, the price was $160.

Black+Decker 20V Max Lithium Flex BDH2020FL

Black+Decker 20V Max Lithium Flex BDH2020FL

A great handheld vacuum for cars

Decent suction, a 4-foot flexible hose, and clip-on tools help this handheld vacuum reach spots in your car and home that other models at this price can’t touch.

Buying Options

Buy from Amazon
$105 from Home Depot

*At the time of publishing, the price was $98.

If you need to clean hard-to-reach spots in your car, the Bissell Multi Auto 19851 and the Black+Decker 20V Max Lithium Flex BDH2020FL are both great options because of their extendable hoses and useful tools. The Multi Auto has stronger suction than the Flex, as well as 20 minutes of run time, twice that of the Flex. The Multi Auto conveniently stores its hose and attachments within the main unit, too; its relatively short hose, however, means you’re more likely to need two hands for hose operation. The Flex, in contrast, is less powerful, but you can use its longer hose with just one hand. The Flex is usually a better value, but if you find the Multi Auto for $130 or less, it’s worth considering.

Upgrade pick

Dyson V7 Car+Boat

Dyson V7 Car+Boat

The strongest handheld vacuum cleaner

If price isn’t your top concern, this model is the strongest handheld vacuum you can buy, with attachments to help it clean almost anywhere in your home or car.

Buying Options

$240 from Amazon
$240 from Wayfair
$347 from Walmart

The Dyson V7 Car+Boat is by far the strongest handheld vacuum we’ve ever tested, sucking up more grit of all sizes in less time. It’s so effective that you might actually be grossed out by how much debris it picks up at first. It also has a set of useful attachments that make cleaning corners, upholstery, and tight spaces easy. The 30-minute battery life is enough for you to thoroughly clean the interior of a large vehicle. To be fair, the V7 Car+Boat is wicked expensive for a vacuum that can’t really clean your floors. But if you want the best, this is it. (And yes, Dyson handhelds are essentially the same vacuums as the Dyson sticks that we cover in our cordless vacuum guide, just without the floor-extension tube or cleaning heads.)

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Our pick

Black+Decker 20V Max Lithium Pivot BDH2000PL

Black+Decker 20V Max Lithium Pivot BDH2000PL

A great all-purpose hand vacuum

This handheld vacuum’s distinctive pivoting nozzle and powerful suction make short work of tidying up around the home or in the car.

Buying Options

$110* from Wayfair
$94 from Amazon

May be out of stock

*At the time of publishing, the price was $70.

Runner-up

Black+Decker 16V Max Lithium DustBuster Hand Vacuum CHV1410L

Black+Decker 16V Max Lithium DustBuster Hand Vacuum CHV1410L

For quick cleanups

If you need something simple for quick cleanups, this small, affordable handheld vacuum will get the job done.

Buying Options

$54* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $50.

Also great

Bissell Multi Auto 19851

Bissell Multi Auto 19851

More cleaning power for the car

Impressive suction and built-in attachments make this handheld vacuum especially convenient for car use.

Buying Options

$157* from Wayfair

*At the time of publishing, the price was $160.

Black+Decker 20V Max Lithium Flex BDH2020FL

Black+Decker 20V Max Lithium Flex BDH2020FL

A great handheld vacuum for cars

Decent suction, a 4-foot flexible hose, and clip-on tools help this handheld vacuum reach spots in your car and home that other models at this price can’t touch.

Buying Options

Buy from Amazon
$105 from Home Depot

*At the time of publishing, the price was $98.

Upgrade pick

Dyson V7 Car+Boat

Dyson V7 Car+Boat

The strongest handheld vacuum cleaner

If price isn’t your top concern, this model is the strongest handheld vacuum you can buy, with attachments to help it clean almost anywhere in your home or car.

Buying Options

$240 from Amazon
$240 from Wayfair
$347 from Walmart

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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