Cleaning your house can take up time that you’d rather spend doing more enjoyable things. There are many ways that you can keep your home clean without spending so much time on the cleaning process.

Having the right equipment and using your time wisely means that your home stays neat without using up all your free time.

Top 10 Dustbuster

Bestseller No. 1
BLACK+DECKER Dustbuster Cordless Vacuum, 16V (CHV1410L)
16023 Reviews
BLACK+DECKER Dustbuster Cordless Vacuum, 16V (CHV1410L)
  • Lithium Ion for long battery life and outstanding performance. Always ready - holds a charge for up to 18...
  • Long life, Lightweight, and no memory effect.Suction Power-15.2 AW; Dustbowl Capacity: 20.6 oz.
Bestseller No. 2
BLACK+DECKER HHVI315JO42 Dustbuster Cordless Lithium Hand Vacuum, Flexi Blue
2100 Reviews
BLACK+DECKER HHVI315JO42 Dustbuster Cordless Lithium Hand Vacuum, Flexi Blue
  • Lithium technology provides strong suction and extended run time, 1.5AH
  • Increased bowl capacity, washable bowl and filter
Bestseller No. 3
[Upgraded Version]Handheld Vacuum, HoLife Cordless Vacuum Cleaner with 14.8V Li-ion Battery Powered...
706 Reviews
[Upgraded Version]Handheld Vacuum, HoLife Cordless Vacuum Cleaner with 14.8V Li-ion Battery Powered...
  • 【THOROUGH CLEANING & SUPER SUCTION】 90W super power motor provides strong suction up to 6Kpa, not only...
  • 【WIDER CLEANING SCOPE】Equipped with 2200mAh li-ion batteries, 30-min long-lasting running time. 600ML...
Bestseller No. 4
Homasy Portable Handheld Vacuum Cleaner Cordless, Powerful Cyclonic Suction Vacuum Cleaner, 14.8V...
767 Reviews
Homasy Portable Handheld Vacuum Cleaner Cordless, Powerful Cyclonic Suction Vacuum Cleaner, 14.8V...
  • 【Strong Suction, Deep Cleaning】Homasy portable vacuum utilizes a 100W ultra-high power motor with suction...
  • 【Super Long Cleaning Time】Adopted 4x2200mAh high capacity lithium-ion batteries with working time up to 30...
Bestseller No. 5
BLACK+DECKER Handheld Vacuum 2Ah, Power White (HNV220BCZ10FF)
1035 Reviews
BLACK+DECKER Handheld Vacuum 2Ah, Power White (HNV220BCZ10FF)
  • Designed for quick + easy cordless cleaning
  • Ideal for quick clean ups and spills
Bestseller No. 6
BLACK+DECKER BDH2000PL MAX Lithium Pivot Vacuum, 20-volt
7786 Reviews
BLACK+DECKER BDH2000PL MAX Lithium Pivot Vacuum, 20-volt
  • Lithium Technology for strong suction and fade free power; Innovative, patented nozzle pivots to clean up...
  • Exclusive pivoting nozzle means huge power in a compact size. Suction Power : 35 AW. Weight is 3.0 pounds
Bestseller No. 7
BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Lithium Ion Hand Handheld Cordless Vacuum Purple
485 Reviews
BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Lithium Ion Hand Handheld Cordless Vacuum Purple
  • Buy BISSELL, save pets. BISSELL donates up to 10 dollars to the BISSELL pet foundation for every pet product...
  • Remove more embedded dirt and pet hair with a motorized brush tool and lithium ion battery
Bestseller No. 8
BLACK+DECKER BDH2000L 20-Volt Max Lithium Ion Battery Cordless Hand Vacuum
1791 Reviews
BLACK+DECKER BDH2000L 20-Volt Max Lithium Ion Battery Cordless Hand Vacuum
  • Uses replacement filter VF110
  • Lithium Integral Batteries
Bestseller No. 9
BLACK+DECKER HHVI320JR02 dustbuster Cordless Handheld Vacuum (Magic Blue)
2769 Reviews
BLACK+DECKER HHVI320JR02 dustbuster Cordless Handheld Vacuum (Magic Blue)
  • Slim nozzle targets dirt in tight spaces. Power rating: 10.8 Volt, suction power: 16 AW
  • Cyclonic action spins dust & debris away from the filter so suction power stays strong
Bestseller No. 10
NOVETE Handheld Vacuum Cordless 7kPa Powerful Suction Rechargeable Hand Vac, Removable Battery Up to...
101 Reviews
NOVETE Handheld Vacuum Cordless 7kPa Powerful Suction Rechargeable Hand Vac, Removable Battery Up to...
  • 【Powerful Cyclone Vacuum】Ultra-powerful 100 W motor and advanced cyclone technology enable 7 kPa suction...
  • 【Up to 30 Minute Runtime】The replaceable 4 x 2200 mAh 14. 8 V Li-ion battery delivers up to 30 minutes of...

How We Test Hand Vacuums

Hand vacuums are made to clean up small spills and light debris, not to the deep-clean carpet. We test how well they capture surface litter by evenly dispersing 50 grams of sand, 50 grams of rice, and 25 grams of Cheerios on a medium-pile carpet in a designated area, then measuring how much the machine can pick up in 15 seconds. For bare floors, we use the same amount of debris and the same time frame over a tile floor with grout lines.

For edge cleaning, we measure how far the hand vacuum hose or crevice tool allows it to reach within tight spaces. For pet hair, we use one gram of Maine Coon cat fur and note whether the vacuum leaves clumps across the floor—and how much you might have to clean off the brush bristles if your model comes with an airflow or pet hair brush.

For emissions testing, we feed 10 grams of Maplewood flour into each vacuum, then track how many particles escape into the room. We also distribute 10 grams of wood flour onto an evenly marked floor area, then vacuum that area. As we’re vacuuming, we track how many particles scatter about the room as a result of the vacuum’s agitation.

If you’re looking for full-floor cleaning, see our vacuum buying guide for uprights, canisters, stick, and robotic vacuums. But if you just need a compact machine for spot-cleaning, read on for reviews of the best hand vacuums from Consumer Reports’ tests—and a couple to skip—listed in alphabetical order.

Does your handheld vacuum last long enough?

When you need a portable vacuum to take care of small spills, clean pet hair, or vacuum your car seats, handheld vacuums sure come in… well, handy! Tell us about your experience of owning a handheld vacuum. Your responses could inform our testing.

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