Best Handheld Vacuum CleanerSource: Vax

Best Handheld Vacuum Cleaner TechnoBuffalo 2021

If you have kids or pets, a handheld vacuum cleaner is well worth investing in. Being able to deal with crumbs, pet hair and even spilt liquids quickly and easily with a cordless cleaner is living the dream for parents and carers. Handheld vacuums are also great for your kitchen countertops, the dining table, your car interior, and if they have the correct tools, like our overall best pick the Vax Gator Cordless Cleaner, fab for getting into the grotty crevices of your furniture.

Best Overall: Vax Gator Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

Handheld Vacuum Vax Gator Lifestyle SofaSource: Vax

This cordless, bagless option from vacuum cleaner giant Vax offers quick, effortless cleaning that to its lightweight (1.3kg) design, its ergonomic handle, and its "gator mouth" technology for quick emptying. This sees the top half of the cleaner flip open at the push of a button so you can easily tip the contents straight into a bin.

There's a built-in crevice tool that simply slides out of the cleaner's head for getting into hard-to-reach areas, while the 0.3-litre capacity and 15-minute runtime should cover you for most small-scale spills.


  • Built-in crevice tools
  • Gator mouth technology for easy emptying
  • 0.3-litre capacity


  • Only 15 minutes runtime

Best Overall

Handheld Vacuum Vax Gator Product

Vax Gator Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

Savvy sucker

This capable cleaner from major brand Vax has excellent functionality at the right price.

Best for the Car: Black + Decker DVJ325BF-GB Dustbuster Hand Vacuum

Handheld Vacuum Black Decker LifestyleSource: Black and Decker

Another option from a big brand, this Black + Decker cleaner has some clever tech on board. This includes a filter sensor that detects when the filter becomes clogged and needs to be cleaned, and a battery sensor display that shows the charge that is remaining, so you don't run out of power halfway through a job.

There's an extendable nozzle that works as a crevice tool with an optional brush you can flip up to use, and the dirt bowl and filters are removable and washable so you can easily keep them clean.


  • Extendable slim nozzle and flip-up brush
  • Battery sensor display
  • Smart filter sensor technology


  • Only 15 minutes runtime

Best for the Car

Handheld Vacuum Black Decker Product

Black + Decker DVJ325BF-GB Dustbuster Hand Vacuum

Smart sucker

Thanks to smart sensors, you can be confident using this cleaner anytime, anywhere.

Best for Pet Hair: Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Cordless Handheld Vacuum

Handheld Vacuum Bissell LifestyleSource: Bissell

This high-end cordless option from Bissell can handle pet hair thanks to its motorised brush roll foot with that creates added suction and lifts and captures more animal dander and embedded dirt. At the same time, the two-stage filter system prolongs the life of the filter and helps towards easier cleaning.

As well as the foot attachment, you also get a crevice tool and an upholstery nozzle. This is another lightweight option, weighing in at just under 1.3kg.


  • Dual-layer filtration system
  • Motorised brush roll foot
  • Crevice tool and upholstery tool


  • Only 15 minutes runtime

Best for Pet Hair

Handheld Vacuum Bissell Product

Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Cordless Handheld Vacuum

Slick sucker

Designed primarily to eliminate nuisance animal hair, this Bissell option is excellent for pet owners.

Best Wet and Dry: Tabiger Wet and Dry Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

Handheld Vacuum Tabiger LifestyleSource: Amazon

We like this cordless handheld vacuum cleaner for its great 30 minutes of battery life, its ability to hoover up liquids, and its reasonable price tag. It comes with a good set of accessories too, including a crevice nozzle for narrow gaps, a brush nozzle for cleaning hair, and long flexible hose nozzle for extending your cleaning range.

The filter and dust bin are removable and washable, and the suction is excellent thanks to the 2,0000RPM ultra-high rotating speed 120-watt motor.


  • Up to 30 minutes runtime
  • Capable of vacuuming liquids
  • Five attachments included


  • Produces 78db of noise

Best Wet and Dry

Handheld Vacuum Tabiger Product

Tabiger Wet and Dry Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

Skilfull sucker

A good budget option from Tabiger for all types of vacuum cleaning, including liquid spills.

Best Desktop: Clauss 2Clean Handvac

Handheld Vacuum Clauss LifestyleSource: Amazon

Our final choice is this teeny-tiny "Handvac" cleaner from Clauss. It's perfectly suited to fit in your glove box as a mini car cleaner, to clean up dinner table debris, clear kitchen countertop crumbs, and sort small-scale spills on desks and craft benches.

Battery-operated, it weighs in at a mini 132 grams and measures just 8.4 by 8.4 by 6.3 cm, making it perfect to fit in the palm of your hand.


  • Tiny size
  • Great suction
  • Quick and easy to use


  • Not rechargeable

Best Desktop

Handheld Vacuum Clauss Product

Clauss 2Clean Handvac

Small sucker

This useful tool is a mini tabletop cleaner perfect to deal with small-scale spills.

Suction seduction

There's no question in our minds that everyone needs a handheld vacuum cleaner in their lives; the only quandary is which one is best for you. If you have just general hoovering needs, we strongly recommend our overall best pick, the Vax Gator Cordless Cleaner, it's a well-rounded choice for a great price.

If you have pets, then give the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser some consideration. It's more expensive, but it has special features that means it's great for gathering up animal fur and dander.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide


Amy-Mae Turner Constantly battling mess from cats, dogs and kids made Amy-Mae ideally qualified to compile this collection.

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