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Best Corded Handheld Vacuum

By: Kelly Burgess on March 22, 2018

Corded vacuums can handle longer cleaning jobs

Cordless hand vacuums, which we cover elsewhere in this report, are a terrific choice for quick cleaning jobs, but they do have one big downside: short run times. That issue can be avoided with a corded hand vac like the Eureka Easy Clean 72A (Est. $50). This is identical to the Eureka Easy Clean 71B, which was our top pick several years in a row.

Expert reviewers agree that the Easy Clean excels thanks to its powerful suction and durable design -- several say they've owned and used this vacuum for more than five years. At Consumer Reports the 71B (which is identical to the 72A) earns a Recommended nod as well as an Excellent score for bare floor and edge-cleaning performance, a Very Good for pet hair and noise, but a slightly lower score, just Good, for its performance on carpeted surfaces. However, most portable vacuums do better on hard floors than on carpeting, so that's not surprising.

While the Easy Clean 72A offers the unlimited run time that only a corded vacuum can provide, a few reviewers quibble about having to unplug and plug back in the power cord when they want to clean multiple areas of their home. Most, however, say the Easy Clean's 20-foot cord is more than sufficient, and many others just use an extension cord.

Owners love the versatility of the Easy Clean 72A, saying they love the included dusting brush and crevice too, and that it's great for picking up pet hair thanks to its motorized brushroll. The brushroll can also be turned off for vacuuming smooth surfaces. Eureka's "Riser Visor" lifts from the brushroll to clean vertical surfaces and it includes a crevice tool for tight spaces. The Eureka has a standard, reusable filter.

For people who struggle with pet hair landing on anything and everything, the corded Bissell Pet Hair Eraser 33A1-B (Est. $30) is the perfect fit. It features a special rubber nozzle that Bissell says attracts hair, and reviewers say it really works. This Bissell has a 16-foot cord that some owners say is way too short, but there is always the extension cord option.

Most users agree that the Bissell has powerful suction and is built to last, earning high praise for durability. Some owners say they've owned it for years and had no issues even after regular and fairly rigorous use. It also earns a Recommended nod from Consumer Reports, with scores of Excellent for bare floors and edges; Very Good for carpet, Good for noise, but, ironically, Poor for pet hair. Consumer Reports does not detail its testing, it merely offers scores without context, so it's hard to tell why it didn't work well at that task. At Top Ten Reviews it's named the "Best Pet Hair Eraser," but comes in ninth overall, out of 10 handhelds tested. The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser has a multilevel filter, but a HEPA Filter (Est. $10) is also available.

It's not tested by any professional testing organizations, but the Shark Rocket Corded Hand Vac HV292 (Est. $90) is very popular with owners, earning high ratings in hundreds of reviews across several retail websites. It comes with a wide selection of accessories that make it nearly as versatile as the very pricey Dyson V7 Car+Boat (Est. $240), which we review in our section on cordless handheld vacuums elsewhere in this report. Of course, what the Shark has that the Dyson doesn't is an unlimited runtime thanks to its 15-foot-long cord.

Accessories that come with the Shark include a crevice tool, dusting brush, mini motorized brush and a flexible hose to extend the vacuum's reach. Owners love this hand vac, with many saying they've purchased more than one to keep in an office or a vacation home. Quite a few bought the Shark Rocket HV292 after being disappointed with cordless handhelds that had poor suction and short runtimes and are thrilled to be able to finish even bigger jobs in one sitting. And many also say they bought it specifically to vacuum stairs because of the hassle -- and danger -- of trying to haul a full-sized vacuum around. We did see a few minor quibbles about the power not being quite enough, but, frankly, many people seem to expect this to clean like an upright vacuum (which we cover in a separate report), and that's simply not a realistic expectation.

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