If you’re looking to get your buy a new handheld vacuum then firstly I would highly recommend that you take a look in our reviews section where we have looked at the best handheld vacuum’s on the market, however before you start to read the review, we highly recommend that you read this review where we’re looking at how to choose a handheld vacuum.
Google handheld vacuums and there are literally hundreds of models, designs and even styles for you to chose from making choose whats best for you a real challenge. The good news is that it does not have to be completely overwhelming especially if you follow a few simple tricks and tips, and prioritising what kind of things you’re seeking.
First thing to think about is whether you’re willing a shell out a little more money for a brand named model. If you pop down to your local super-store, handheld vacuums will be for sale for what seems a very low price tag. This type of vacuum will have been designed and manufactured in a cheap labour region such as China with the key problem being that you have no idea how well they are designed and built. Some work great, whilst others don’t work at all.
Brand Names such as Dyson, Black&Decker and Bosch vacuums are designed and manufactured to perform as you would expect, have a selection of features and add-ons to help you vacuum faster and easier and most importantly are built to last. Yes they cost more, but by buying a brand name, you’re buying a quality product that will last you into the future.
What Are You Using It For?
Next up, what are you going to be using it for? Typically handheld vacuums will be designed for something specific. Some are designed for the home, some are for the car, some specialise in picking up pet hair, and others are built for mobility. This being your first consideration, it’s handy to bear this in mind when you’re on the hunt.
Other vacuums are built for wet conditions, which is useful if you’re seeking a device to suck up something liquid-based. If this is what you’re opting for, it’s best to grab something high-voltage, as the lower voltage cleaners can sometimes struggle with the demand.
Corded Or Cordless
Another big concern is whether to opt for cordless or corded. While corded dryers don’t need to be charged, it makes them less mobile and means that you must be near a socket when you’re using them. Cordless cleaners require regular charging but can be carried wherever needed. When buying a cordless device, it’s important to research how long the battery will last, how long it takes to charge and whether the cleaner has an indicator to tell you how much battery life is left. The last thing you want to happen is to be caught short mid-clean!
It’s also worth considering whether the battery is removable and replaceable – because if this isn’t the case, it essentially means that when your battery is dead, your vacuum cleaner is dead.
Size And Weight
This is probably the most over looked part of choosing a great handheld vacuum, but it’s actually the most important. Carrying a one kilo object above your head for more than a couple of minutes is actually very difficult so make sure that you think about what you’re going to use it for. If you’re going to be doing lots of above your head work, then make sure that you look at a lightweight, probably corded design as these are typically the lightest models given that they don’t have a battery.
It’s also good to think about the attachments which come with your cleaner, as many have brushes, hoses and crevices, while others come with absolutely nothing, which is fine if you only want something functional and minimal. Many also have more high-tech touches like pivoting heads and ultra-mobile designs. It’s also a good idea to think about how easy it is to clean the vacuum, including whether it holds a quick-release button and whether there is a transparent design to allow you to see when it needs cleaning and emptying. This capacity in itself is also a consideration – the smaller the capacity, the more often you’ll need to clean it.
You might also want to consider the cost of filters used by the machine. Often, a device might need new filters, which can mount up in cost over time. Expensive filters usually imply better quality, though this isn’t necessarily always the case.
It’s Your Choice
All in all, it’s good to consider all of the above – but your first port of call should always be online reviews. If you check the reviews of particular models which take your fancy, you’ll be able to find out all you need by matching user comments with the tips in this article. Happy vacuuming!