Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Handheld Vacuum

When dragging out your upright vacuum seems like too much for a small mess, turn to a handheld vacuum.

Vacuuming car interior with handheld vacuum
Modern handheld vacuums are more powerful than ever.Shark

Chances are good your home could use a solid vacuuming right now, but let’s be honest, you don’t always have the time or energy for that. That’s okay, because if cleaning one small mess at a time is more your style, you can turn to a handheld vacuum. Handheld vacuums don’t require a mess of cords or as much effort to run as a standard vacuum, and they’re the first tool you’ll reach for in a variety of messy situations. If you’re thinking about getting a handheld vacuum, think about charging time, weight, and power as you also consider how it feels in your hand and the price tag attached to the handle.

Charging Time

BLACK+DECKER dustbuster Handheld Vacuum, Cordless, 16V
There may not be much time between messes at your home, so you want a handheld vacuum that charges quickly.BLACK+DECKER

Between remembering to charge our phones, our laptops, our iPads, our Kindles, and any other device, it feels like we spend our lives charging things. You don’t want one more thing to worry about charging every night. Thanks to a quick charging base, there are handheld vacuums that can fully charge in approximately four hours so you can get back to vacuuming without waiting too long.

Weight

Shark WANDVAC Handheld Vacuum, Lightweight at 1.4 Pounds with Powerful Suction
Lugging around a heavy vacuum in hand is not something you should be wasting your energy on.Shark

One of the greatest benefits of a handheld vacuum is the ease of use, but that ease can quickly become difficult if you have a handheld vacuum that is heavy. Make sure you pick a device with a weight you can manage. With a light handheld vacuum, you’ll have no problem toting it around to different parts of the house to get those little hidden messes cleaned up.

Power

Dyson V7 Trigger Cord-Free Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
There’s no point in owning a vacuum that isn’t powerful enough to do its job.Dyson

More than anything else, you should look for a handheld vacuum that is going to get your messes cleaned up with as little effort on your part as possible. This is easy to do when you’ve got a vacuum that comes equipped with a powerful motor. The more suction power, the greater time you can spend in a more valuable way than vacuuming.