Handheld Vacuums: Ratings of Sources
Total of 8 Sources
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Small Vacuum Ratings and Reliability
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org editors compare eight hand vacuums in this review. Tests are conducted on both carpet and hard floors. After evaluating ease of use, run time, recharge time, emissions, noise level, and ability to clean along edges and pick up pet hair, editors recommend three models -- one cordless and two corded models.
The Best Portable Vacuum
by Liam McCabe
Our AssessmentThis detailed review builds on testing that has been done over the years as this particular category has evolved. Early winners were nickel-cadmium battery powered vacuums, they have been supplanted as "best" by lithium-ion models. Currently, the top hand vac is the Black & Decker MAX Flex Vac. It's worth noting that some version of a Black & Decker portable vacuum has always landed in the top spot.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentThere are several handheld vacuums that have earned hundreds of owner-written reviews at Amazon.com, and even a few with thousands of reviews. Many of these portable vacuums have better than 4-star reviews. Write-ups tend to be detailed and extremely helpful for determining how the vacuum works in real-world use. Many users come back after a year or more to offer updates on battery life, runtime and general durability.
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentLike Amazon.com, Walmart.com has an extensive selection of handheld vacuum cleaners and may have dozens or hundreds or reviews. Owners can say whether or not they'd recommend the hand vac filter to a friend. Dirt Devil, Bissell and Eureka are the top-sellers here, but Walmart also carries more expensive brands, like Dyson, as well.
by Contributors to BestBuy.com
Our AssessmentBestBuy.com sells fewer handheld vacuums than either Amazon.com or Walmart.com, and they garner fewer reviews. However, they do have some brands that are not as common elsewhere, like Kalorik. Reviewers can indicate if they would recommend the portable vacuum to a friend, and the key attributes that each owner notes is helpfully curated at the top of the page.
by Contributors to HomeDepot.com
Our AssessmentMany hand vacs sold at HomeDepot.com have just a few owner-written reviews, others have hundreds -- though in some cases that includes reviews written at the manufacturer's web site. Popular brands include Eureka, Black & Decker, Ryobi and Dirt Devil. Owners can assign star ratings in three categories -- quality, value and features -- and can indicate if they would recommend the product to a friend.
by Contributors to Lowes.com
Our AssessmentLowes carries just over 30 handheld vacuums, and some get a few dozen reviews, others get just a few or none. Black & Decker is by far the most prominent brand here, and we see several popular Black & Decker models with good, 4+ star ratings.
by Contributors to Kohls.com
Our AssessmentKohls.com carries fewer handheld vacuums than other retail sites, less than a dozen, but the ones they have accumulated a good number of owner-written reviews. Reviewers can also indicate if they would recommend the product.