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Best Corded Handheld Vacuum

By: Kelly Burgess on May 04, 2017

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 71B (Est. $40).

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. It also earns good scores in professional tests, landing near the top of the pack in one comparison test conducted by a well-respected consumer testing organization. The 71B receives 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 71B 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 71B, saying it has excellent suction and is 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 ConsumerReports.org, with scores of Excellent for bare floors and edges; Very Good for carpet, Good for noise, but, ironically, Poor for pet hair. ConsumerReports.org 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 TopTenReviews.com it comes in ninth out of 10, but tester Angie Parkinson says it "does a stellar job of removing pet hair." The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser has a multilevel filter, but a HEPA Filter (Est. $10) is also available.

The only other corded handheld vacuum that we saw decent reviews for is the Dirt Devil Handheld Vacuum Cleaner M0100 (Est. $35). It earns scores of Excellent for edges, Very Good for bare floors and pet hair, and Good for carpet and noise at ConsumerReports.org. It's popular with owners too, who say it has plenty of suction that, combined with the small, motorized brush, is terrific for removing pet hair from furniture, blankets and car carpets. It also includes a five-piece tool set with a hose and upholstery attachment, a crevice tool, extension wand, and small brush. It has a 20-foot power cord. The dirt cup is easy to empty, users say.

This Dirt Devil, however, seems to be less powerful than the other corded handhelds in this report, with some saying the attachments are almost a joke there is so little suction with them on the vacuum. In general, this hand vac seems to be most popular with those who just want a small, easy-to-use vacuum for light messes.  

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