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10 Best Handheld Vacuums for Getting Rid of Little Messes

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When it comes to cleaning, we’re all about efficiency. No one wants to lug a big, hulking vacuum cleaner around when you’ve only got a small mess to clean, and and with the best handheld vacuum cleaner, you won’t have to. Convenience is the name of the game when it comes to these handy little appliances, which are compact, portable, and meant to help you clean on-the-go. We’ve rounded up the top models from brands such as Black + Decker, Bissell, Dyson, and Dirt Devil that will suck up crumbs, dust, pet hair, and even kitty litter in a flash. 

How to Shop for a Handheld Vacuum

When you’re on the lookout for a handheld vacuum, you’ll want to pay special attention to the following details. 

Weight: If you’ll be using your vacuum to clean high-up, hard-to-reach areas, you’ll probably want something relatively lightweight.  

Battery life: Most cordless handheld vacuums can run for an average of 20 minutes on a single charge, but if you plan to use yours for some intricate dust-busting, a corded version, or one with longer battery life, would be advisable.

Price: As with many things, you tend to get what you pay for when it comes to vacuums. If you plan to use your mini vacuum for heavier use, it might be worth shelling out a bit more. Otherwise, for daily little messes, a budget pick will suffice. 

Bin size: If you don’t mind emptying your handheld vacuum cleaner after every few uses, you won’t need to worry about bin capacity. If you want to avoid regular trips to the trash can, however, it’s a good idea to opt for one with a larger bin size. 

Accessories: For basic clean-up, you probably won’t need a ton of accessories, but when getting in between those couch cushions, in corners, and along skirting boards, extras, like nozzles and brushes, can prove invaluable.

The Best Handheld Vacuum Cleaners on the Market

From a wet/dry vac that will make it a cinch to vacuum out your car ($49.99, Amazon), to the World’s Smallest  handheld vacuum ($15, Urban Outfitters), we’ve done our homework on the best mini cleaners around. We know you’re itching to see which ones made the cut, so we won’t keep you waiting: Keep scrolling for FIRST for Women’s picks for the best handheld vacuums.

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