1. Home

Before You Buy a Handheld Vacuum Cleaner


Handheld vacuum cleaners are great for quick pickups, pet messes, and cleaning areas that are inaccessible by bigger vacuum cleaners. But what do you need to look for when you're searching for the right handheld vacuum cleaner.


Because a handheld is meant to be a convenient vacuum for tight areas and quick pick ups, you'll want to make sure that it's comfortable to use. There are some handhelds on the market that seem to heavy and can cause discomfort with extended use. Make sure that the handle is comfortable and that the weight feels right for you.

Battery Time

Handheld vacuum cleaners work through a charging system so that they'll be ready to use at all times. That being said, there is quite a range in the amount of time that one charge will give you for vacuuming among the different brands. Some models will give only 5 minutes while others may last for nearly 30. Look for a model with a wall mounted charging system as the most convenient type.


Capacity has a wide range among handheld vacuum cleaners. Choose a vacuum cleaner that has a large capacity. Be sure to check the method for emptying the dirt cup. There are models that have a one-touch system to empty the dirt cup, and others that force you to remove a dirty filter with your hands before you can dump the dirt cup.


Do you need wet/dry function? Is a motorized brush attachment most important? Check out models that have a crevice attachment, extension wands, or upholstery brush attachments.


Handheld vacuum cleaners don't tend to last as long as other models of vacuum cleaner. Check out the warranty on the model you are interested in to help your decision making. Keep in mind that less maintenance is required on a handheld vacuum cleaner, but there is still some that should be done for optimal performance.
Related Video
How to Buy a Vacuum
  1. About.com
  2. Home
  3. Housekeeping
  4. Choose Products and Tools
  5. Vacuum Cleaner Reviews
  6. Before You Buy a Handheld Vacuum Cleaner What To Know About Handheld Vacuum Cleaners

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.