These Top 7 Handheld Vacuums Tackle Messes and Save Storage Space

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These Top 7 Handheld Vacuums Tackle Messes and Save Storage Space

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For smaller messes, a good handheld vacuum offers a quick clean-up without hogging storage space. It won’t replace a full-size vacuum, but comes in handy for quickly tackling dry spills, tracked-in dirt, and pet hair stuck to just about everything. The Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab tested some of the handheld vacuums available on the market, and these top picks won’t leave you disappointed. Top Lab Pick: Bissell Pet Stain Eraser $49.76 SHOP NOW

The Bissell Pet Stain Eraser is perfect for those who are blessed with messy pets and carpets — and it’s a Good Housekeeping Seal holder, too. It doubles as a wet/dry vacuum and a stain remover and comes with a unique cleaning formula that stores on board to remove not only your pet’s messes, but food and other spills as well. This appliance works on carpet and upholstery, and it also includes a brush in case your mess needs a little extra scrubbing. You can even use it in the car! With an 18-minute runtime, you’ll be able to tackle multiple stains in one cleaning session. Amazon’s Choice: Karcher TV1 Indoor Vacuum KARCHER $79.99 $59.99 (25% off) SHOP NOW

The Karcher Wet/Dry Vacuum can tackle most messes all around the house — from a toppled plant to a spilled glass of wine or a leaky dishwasher. Weighing in at about 6 lbs. with a conveniently placed handle, you can move around with this vacuum without breaking a sweat. It’s much more portable and easier to use than typical wet/dry vacuums, and you can easily store it when not in use. It comes with an entire toolkit of attachments, like extension wands that make tough spots easy to reach.  Best Value: Craftsman C3 19.2 Volt Hand Vacuum CRAFTSMAN $34.99 SHOP NOW

For fans of Craftsman cordless power tools, this mini vac is the perfect add-on accessory for quick clean-ups. It uses the same battery pack as the other tools (which you can buy separately) and comes with a crevice tool, dusting brush, and a replaceable filter. In our tests, its battery life was longer than others we tested and it’s built to be used indoors and out — meaning it’ll come in handy after backyard parties in the summer.  Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

Bonus Attachments: Dyson V7 Handheld Vacuum $174.62 SHOP NOW

Yes, it’s pricey, but the Dyson V7 comes with features you just won’t get with other vacuums. It had a runtime of about 27 minutes in our tests (at the lowest setting). The cordless vac is lightweight and you can empty the dust cup without getting your hands dirty. It comes with six different attachments, and many more are available to purchase separately. By using the Dyson Mattress tool (sold separately), it can suck up dust and other surface allergens trapped in your mattress and other fabrics. Long Reach: Black+Decker Cordless Hand Vacuum BLACK+DECKER $49.35 SHOP NOW

When you’re wielding this Amazon best-seller, no dirt pile is out of reach. The long nozzle pivots a full 360 degrees to nab dust around chair legs, banister rails, and other tight spaces. And the pull-out crevice tool extends the vacuum’s reach into narrow spaces and along baseboards. With the flip-up dusting brush, you can gently remove dust from delicate furniture surfaces, carpet, and upholstery.  Mini Handheld: Bissell Pet Hair Eraser BISSELL $34.99 SHOP NOW

The nubby rubber nozzle of this little (less than 4-pound) vacuum was made for those annoying pet hairs. It flexes and contours around chair arms and stair treads to get every last piece. For dry spills on bare floors (like kitty litter), remove the rubber tip and extend the wide, built-in crevice tool for quick pick-up. Even though it’s not cordless, the power cord is 16-feet long. Advertisement – Continue Reading Below

Wrap-Around Hose: Black+Decker 20V Max Lithium Flex Vacuum BLACK+DECKER $97.06 SHOP NOW

While the Good Housekeeping Institutehasn’t put this model through rigorous tests yet, we did evaluate a previous version. (We like how the hose wraps around the unit, making it easy to store and carry.) It’s a popular top-rated pick according to Amazon and Target shoppers. It has a 4-foot wrap-around hose and comes with a pet hair brush, too. One reviewer on Amazon says they are able to use it for up to 45 minutes at a time without signs of slowing down, while another wrote that his is still “going strong” after a year and a half of use.  CAROLYN FORTE, GOOD HOUSEKEEPING INSTITUTE Director, Home Appliances & Cleaning Products Lab and Textiles, Paper and Plastics LabCarolyn Forté, a certified consumer science expert, is the director of the Home Care & Cleaning Products Lab and the Textiles, Paper and Plastics Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute.

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