Portable, Cordless or Handheld Vacuum Cleaner Information

Portable. Cordless. Handheld. This type of vacuum cleaner is known by all of these names, and is a very handy tool to have around the house. It's portable, runs on batteries, and is handheld. Have a small spill or small area to clean? Want to quickly vacuum out your car? Vacuum your stairs? These are all chores we often have to deal with in addition to our regular schedule of vacuuming our homes. They are also small chores, and who wants to drag out the big vacuum cleaner to take care of a small cleaning job? Not me! Portable, (or cordless or handheld) vacuum cleaners were made for these small jobs. Hang the portable vacuum cleaner with its charging unit on a convenient wall where it will be charged and ready for you at a moment's notice. When you need it, your portable vacuum cleaner will be ready to use. This article will give you information on portable makes and models, features, and prices. These vacuums are less expensive than a full-sized model, should fit in anyone's budget, and are well worth the money!


As we've already mentioned, portable handheld vacuum cleaners are small, easily stored, and ready for those small jobs that don't require your full-sized vacuum. Most are cordless, although there are a couple of corded models. You can also find some portable vacuums which come with a hose and attachments such as a crevice and upholstery tools. Some models even include upholstery and agitator brushes for quick stain removal. While they are nowhere near as powerful as a standard vacuum cleaner, they are certainly handy for those quick pick-up chores, which is what you'll be using them for, right?

The following paragraphs will give more information on the best brands we've found.

Top-Rated Handheld Vacuum Cleaners

We've looked at many online sources to come up with the following recommendations; including Vacuumwizard.com, Smartguider.com, Consumersearch.org, Howstuffworks.com, and ConsumerReports.com. Here's what we have found:

  • Black & Decker PHV1800 Pivot Vac
    Bagged capture, weighs about 5 pounds, and sells for $50-$75. Rated #1 by Smartguider.com at the time this article was written, this vacuum has about 35% more suction power than the average handheld vacuum. The PHV1800 Pivot Cordless has a long nose which fits into most tight areas. It also features a 10-position pivotal nose for reaching into more difficult places. The cyclonic action keeps dirt moving inside the vacuum, which helps keep the filter dirt-free. The dirt cup is easy to remove and empty, and the filter is easily cleaned by turning the EZ Clean wheel system on the handle. Comes with a crevice tool and upholstery brush. The nose folds down for compact storage. The only drawback listed was its price, somewhat more than the usual portable vacuum. Rated number 1 at both Smartguider and Howstuffworks.com
  • Euro-Pro Shark SV736 Cordless Hand Vac
    Prices range from $35-$45. Consumers give it great reviews for powerful suction and attachments such as a motorized brush. It holds a good charge for up to 30 minutes, and comes with a wall-mounted charging unit where this vacuum can reside when not in use. Strong points include being solidly built, the good charging system and battery power retention. On the downside, reviewers said it was awkward to get out of the charging unit but this small inconvenience was worth the other great features. Includes a crevice tool and motorozed attachment brush.
  • Black & Decker CHV1400 DustBuster Cyclonic Power Vac
    Another Black & Decker handheld makes it to Smartguider's Top Ten list. Features cyclonic action filtration, making this model more efficient and longer lasting on a charge than most other models. Dirt doesn't stick to the filter as easily on other models. You can buy this one for $35-$50.

  • Eureka 71A Quick Up Lightweight Vacuum
    This model weighs around 4 pounds, comes with a stretch hose for easier vacuuming of your carpeted stairs, cars, and upholstery. Prices range from $40-$50. Attachments include a revolving brush and crevice tool.
  • Black & Decker CHV1500 DustBuster
    A third model by Black & Decker makes it to the Top Ten. This vacuum is the first portable to include a Hepa filter. Also features cylonic action for more efficient vacuuming. Prices range from $40 to $65.
  • Dirt Devil Quick Power Rechargeable M0915X
    Top feature for this one is it's quick flip crevice tool. It also has a 3 year warranty, something most of the other portable vacuum cleaners do not offer.
  • Dirt Devil KONE by Karim Rashid
    Not your standard handheld vacuum cleaner, this one gets good reviews mostly for its looks. Now you don't have to hide your portable vacuum cleaner, you can leave it on a table where it is ready to use very quickly. Priced at $33-$50, this one is lightweight, too, at only 3 pounds. Main drawbacks are the small dirt cup and a bit of awkwardness in removing it for emptying.
  • Oreck Zip100 Cordless Zip Vac
    Costs about $40, accessories included are a brush and crevice tool. It's cordless, quiet running and tidies up very well. One strong feature is the headlight, which doubles as a flashlight if needed.

In Conclusion

If you're looking for a portable, handheld vacuum cleaner for those small jobs, we hope we've given you plenty of possibilities to select from. But don't just take our word for it, be sure to check out the sources we mentioned earlier. Things change, including vacuum cleaners. What is top-rated today, may be replaced by better technology tomorrow.

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