12 Best Cordless Handheld Vacuums in 2017

Vacuum cleaners come in dozens of variations these days, but for home use, you generally have the trusty old uprights and handhelds. Each has their own place in your cleaning arsenal, with the latter being a wise choice for light cleaning, couch cushions, and crevices. While you would wear yourself out cleaning your entire abode with a handheld, they are a perfect fit for certain jobs.

When it comes to handheld vacuum cleaners, some have cords, and others do not. Wall-based units may offer up more power, but Lithium Ion batteries have come a long way.

With that in mind, we are going to help you find the best cordless handheld vacuum by highlighting the top 12 products and providing you detailed reviews of our five favorite models.

Top 12 Cordless Handheld Vacuums Comparison Table

DesignNameBattery SizeWeightRating (1-5)
  1. Dirt Devil Quick Flip Plus Cordless 16 Volt Lithium Ion Bagless Handheld Vacuum 16 Volt 2.2 lbs. 4.5
  2. Black+Decker BDH2000PL MAX Lithium Pivot Vacuum 20 Volt 3.8 lbs. 4.4
  3. Dyson V6 Trigger Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner 21.6 Volt 2.3 lbs. 4.4
  4. NEW Bissell Best Hand Vac Pet Hair Eraser Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner 14.4 Volt 4.4 lbs. 4.4
  5. DECKER CHV1410L 16V Cordless Lithium Hand Vac 16 Volt 3.8 lbs. 4.3
6. Holife Handheld Vacuum, Cordless Hand Held Vac Car Pet Hair Cleaner 14.8 Volt 3.2 lbs. 4.3
7. Decker BDH2000L 20-Volt Max Lithium Ion Battery Cordless Hand Vacuum 20 Volt 5 lbs. 4.2
8. Bissell 1985 Multi Cordless Hand Vacuum 22 Volt 3.9 lbs. 4.2
  9. Dyson V6 Car + Boat Handheld Vacuum – Cordless 21.6 Volt 3.4 lbs. 4.2
  10. Hoover Air Cordless 20V Lithium Ion Bagless Hand Vacuum Cleaner 20 Volt 2.1 lbs. 4.1
  11. Shark Cordless Pet Perfect II Hand Vac 18 Volt 4.2 lbs. 3.9
  12. Stanley Black & Decker FHV1200W Cordless Mini Canister Vac 12 Volt 5.2 lbs. 3.8

Consider the Power & Battery Life

The power section in our table refers the battery size of the handheld vacuums on our list. Obviously, the bigger the battery, the better but there are a few things to keep in mind. A larger juice box often increases the weight and vacuums with quick charge tech can make up for the size difference.

A bigger battery doesn’t necessarily equate to more horsepower either as suction is going to vary from model to model. This comes down to the tech used by each manufacturer and overall quality. In other words, it is safe to say a Dyson is going to have better pulling power than the dust buster you picked up at the Dollar Store.

What about the Filters?

We aren’t going to bore you with talk of the filtration and will try to make this simple. If you have allergies, look for a vacuum with a HEPA filter. They aren’t nearly as common in the handheld world, but some vacuums do still offer up this feature. Replacement filters are also something to consider. Some vacuums let you wash the old ones out, while others have filters that need to be frequently replaced.

Regardless of which type of filter you choose, check on replacements before you pull the trigger. Some can be hard to find, which could make your buying decision simple. The cup or bag on the vacuum is also important if you have a lot to clean as you don’t want to have to run to the trash can every few minutes.

Attachments Are Always Useful

Just like their larger brethren, the best cordless handheld vacuum cleaners can come with a few extras. Upholstery brushes or tools for pet hair are a few of the more common ones you may find. Motorized brushes are a possibility as well, and a lifesaver if you have debris trapped in treads or deep in the carpet.

Top 5 Best Cordless Handheld Vacuum Reviews

1. Dirt Devil Quick Flip Plus Cordless Lithium-Ion Vac

Dirt Devil is one of the more affordable vacuum cleaner manufacturers, and they produce everything from simple dust buster to high-powered uprights. The Dirt Devil Quick Flip Plus is a cordless handheld vacuum cleaner that won’t break the bank or your wrist at only 2.2 lbs.

Despite its stature, the Quick Flip Plus is powerful thanks to a 16-Volt Lithium Ion battery that should provide you ample time for a quick cleaning. When the battery does get low, you will be notified through a low battery light and charging it back up should be a breeze with the company’s rapid charging technology. Have nooks and crevices full of dust bunnies? That won’t be a problem with accessories that include a Turbo and Crevice tools.

This model is bagless with a clear bust bin which lets you know when you need to take a trip to the trash can. On the downside, the filter cup will need to be cleaned regularly due to its size. The Dirt Devil Quick Flip is a good cordless vacuum for light cleaning and touch ups, but not necessarily for anyone that needs to do some serious cleaning.

2. Decker MAX Lithium 20-Volt Pivot Vacuum

Black + Decker may not be known for their prowess in the vacuum world, but the MAX Pivot made our best cordless handheld vacuum list. It is one of the stronger competitors as well with a 20-Volt battery which ensures plenty of suction and solid battery life. It has an unusual style, but there is a good reason for that.

As the name implies, this model “pivots” which allows for easy storage when folded while also giving you a few unique angles to work with. It uses cyclonic action inside the chamber to keep the filter clean while you vacuum. That filter is of the two-stage variety and is hand washable while the dust bin is clear and can be easily washed out in the sink.

Like most of the models on our list, the Black + Decker Pivot comes with a few extras including a crevice tool and brush to go along with its cool little charging base. It is fairly light at 3.8 pounds and provides more than enough power to get to the tough dirt and suck up those pesky dust bunnies as well.

3. Dyson V6 Trigger Cordless Handheld Vacuum

Now we are going to take a look at something a little more high-tech with the Dyson V6 Trigger vacuum cleaner. It has the company’s powerful V6 motor and is powered by a simple trigger mechanism. That trigger can provide access to 20 minutes of continuous suction around the home or 6 minutes at maximum power if you really have some tough cleaning to do.

One of the reasons Dyson made a name for themselves was their unique suction system. It extends to their hand vacuums as well. The Trigger has a 2 tier radial cyclone setup with 15 cyclones arranged in a manner which traps more dust while providing powerful suction. The bin isn’t the largest but can be easily dumped from the bottom with a button. The charging time is around 3 ½ hours on this one, and it weighs in at 3.4 pounds.

As for the filters, you don’t get HEPA on this one, but you do get a filter that can be easily washed by hand. Replacements are readily available as well if you want to stock up on a few extras ahead of time.

4. Bissell Hand Vac Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum

If you own pets, you already know their hair can wreak havoc on your sinuses and flooring. Plenty of big manufacturers claim that their vacuums are billed for pet lovers, and you’ll find just as many on the handheld side. Well, the Bissell Hand Vac Pet Hair Eraser is one that can actually live up to its name and you’re getting some cool extras with this one to boot.

The Pet Hair Eraser is the second heaviest machine on our list at 4.4 lbs. It’s big, but that means it can hold more dirt and there’s also room for a special multi-stage filter. The dust bin is clear, and the regular head is wide enough to accommodate everything from dog food and kitty litter to dust.

If you have cushions of furniture to clean, you will be thrilled with the motorized brush head. A crevice and upholstery tool is included as well. While we don’t have a firm number on the battery life, it’s a 14.4-Volt unit, which is about average. In other words, don’t expect to go clean too long with this big boy compared to some of the slim 20-Volt models.

5. Decker CHV1410L 16-Volt Lithium Hand Vac

While the ability to pivot is definitely nifty, it is not a perk that everyone needs. The Black + Decker CHV1310L is more basic than its flexible brother but still powerful at 16-Volts. It can put out 15.2 “Air Watts” according to the manufacturer and sports the popular cyclonic action tech as well.

Like the pivot, you can wash the dust cup out in the sink when it gets grimy, and there is a large removable filter that can be easily cleaned. Not that you’ll have to do that often as it is designed to keep debris away from the filter – not stuck to it. The battery life is solid as a rock with 18-months of standby time in case you’re the type to only whip out the handheld for special occasions or car cleaning.

The CHV1410L comes with a charging base, washable filter, washable pre-filter, and onboard tools. There is also a brush that flips up onto the nozzle and a crevice tool on the side.