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Handheld Vacuums: Expert and User Reviews

By: Kelly Burgess on March 22, 2018

Handheld Vacuums: Ratings of Sources

Liam McCabe and Michelle Ma, Nov. 14, 2017

After 100 hours of research and testing of 72 handheld vacuums, testers name four top picks -- all cordless. A main choice is made, as well as runners up in several categories. Testing is well-detailed and the conclusions are thoroughly explained -- value is also taken into account.

Jonathan Chan, March 8, 2018

Seven handheld-only vacuums and two stick vacuums that convert to handhelds are included in this roundup. While testing is not quite as well detailed as in Reviewed's more comprehensive individual reviews, it's clear that testing was conducted and the conclusions are presented in this more abbreviated format. Handheld vacuums are all price points are represented, including one cordless model.

Noel Case, Jan. 26, 2018

Top Ten Reviews tests and ranks 10 vacuums, with the top choice earning a Gold Award. Hand vacs are tested for performance on a variety of surfaces and their effectiveness at picking up several types of debris. Suction power, noise level, design features and warranty and support are also considered. Although testing is done (hundreds of hours are claimed), there are surprisingly few notes that specifically address the tester's impressions.

Editors of Consumer Reports, Not Dated

Consumer Reports editors compare just a few hand vacuums in this review. Tests are conducted on both carpet and hard floors. After evaluating run time, recharge time, emissions, noise level, and ability to clean along edges and pick up pet hair, editors recommend three vacuums -- one cordless and two corded models.

Contributors to Amazon, As of March 2018

There are several handheld vacuums that have earned hundreds of owner-written reviews at Amazon, and even a few with thousands -- and tens of thousands -- of 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.

Contributors to Walmart, As of March 2018

Like Amazon, Walmart has an extensive selection of handheld vacuum cleaners and many have dozens or hundreds or reviews. Dirt Devil, Bissell and Eureka are the top-sellers here, but Walmart also carries more expensive brands, like Dyson.

Contributors to Best Buy, As of March 2018

Best Buy sells fewer handheld vacuums than either Amazon or Walmart, and they garner less feedback. However, there are a good number that get quite a few reviews, in the hundreds. Shark is well-represented here, as are Dyson and Black & Decker. Reviewers can indicate if they would recommend the portable vacuum to a friend.

Contributors to Home Depot, As of March 2018

Many hand vacs sold at Home Depot 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, Hoover 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.

Contributors to Lowe's, As of March 2018

Like Home Depot, Lowe's isn't necessarily known as a top destination for vacuum cleaners, although Dyson and Black & Decker are well-represented. Some reviews are culled from the manufacturer's website, most notably Dyson, which gives that brand many more reviews than some other brands.

Contributors to Kohl's, As of March 2018

Kohl's carries fewer handheld vacuums than other retail sites, around 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.

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