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The Best Handheld Vacuum – Top 6 Models, Buyers Guide and Detailed Reviews

Choosing the best handheld hoover and 6 models with impressive suction 

Ever since we were kids, health and hygiene have been stressed topics in our learning process. This virtue of cleanliness has followed us into adulthood. We want every surface to be clean. To aid us in the quest of cleaning up messes is the faithful handheld vacuum.

They are light to use and can get to areas where a whole functional vacuum might have trouble reaching. Some are not inhibited by cords and they are easy to use. When looking for the best handheld vacuum UK that you can purchase, be keen as there are so many products in the market. This review will show you what to look for feature-wise and the different type of brands in the market that are doing well.

Before we get into our top recommended handheld Vacuum Cleaners we would like to bring your attention to the winner of our 'Best Pick' the Gtech Multi MK2 K9 Handheld Vacuum Cleaner which we think is the best model for most people and specially good for anyone who has pets.

OUR BEST PICK

Gtech Multi MK2 K9 Handheld Vacuum Cleaner Review
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    Features an adequate dirt box capacity for different cleaning jobs.
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    Offers a longer running time of 20 minutes compared to basic models.
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    Features an LED indicator to make notify the user on the battery operations.
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    Easy to use with adequate suction supported by the strong motor.
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    Offers a long warranty of 2-years and scents for better air quality.

Our top 6 recommended handheld Vacuums that were impressive enough to make it into our review

Our Buyers Guide

What are the qualities of a good handheld vacuums? Knowing what to look for makes life a whole lot easier as you are aware of what you want. Factors like general cost are important but there is more to a handheld vacuum. Below you will find what qualities to look for when getting a dependable hand vacuum.

Whether you are making mental or physical notes, this information will be of value in future transactions.

Corded vs cordless?

Where you need the hand vacuum used will determine if you can get a corded or cordless model. In places where one is far away from sockets or connecting power sources, a cordless unit will be of more help. Cordless hand vacuums can be carried in the car for quick clean ups or the office or be used at home. With the right battery packs the vacuums can operate for long periods but eventually will have to be recharged. This take time.

Corded units usually offer more in terms of suction power and features. The only limitation facing these models is the cord. The cord will definitely give you a hard time when you need to squeeze into tight areas. However, this boils down to personal preference which cannot be standardised.

Wet or dry functions?

Messes are not always composed of dry particles, sometime your toddler will send a packet of juice hurling to the floor and you need fast clean up. Vacuums that are able to handle both dry and wet situations are recommended. They save time and keep stains from setting in fabrics like carpets and upholstery.

Alternatively, you can make a careful assessment of the type of messes that you regularly deal with then make a decision. If you work in a juice bar, a wet handheld vacuum would be of very good service. If your children enjoy having mini food fights as you drive, then a dry handheld vacuum would fit right in.

In short make an assessment of the messes you deal with and select wisely.

Our Largest Handheld Model In Dirt Collection Capacity

BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser, Cordless Handheld Vacuum Review

This model had no contention in this field as it has the largest dirt compartment. Treading in at 1.8litres, you might do a while before having to empty it. Other than that, we see features such as the secure cleaning accessories and adequate running time.

The replaceable filters offer good value for your money as you can use them over and over. For those who need to clean quick and empty later, this is a model that you should put down in your list of considerations.

What is the weight and capacity?

Weight contributes to the general handling and steering of the vacuum. A light machine is easy to move around and reach those tight places. A hefty machine will give you sore muscles at the end of a long working day. Also if it is too heavy you won’t be able to direct it well as your hand will be overwhelmed. Depending on the scale of cleaning to be done, choose a model that will enable you to work comfortably.

When speaking on capacity, we mean how much dirt the vacuum is able to collect comfortably. Different models have different ways of collecting the dirt, it is either by a collection bag or dirt compartment that can be emptied. Any model will come with specified dirt collection system capacities that you can safely operate with.

Most units offer between 2-5 litres of dirt collection capacity. Remember that the larger the collection bag/compartment the heavier the unit will get.

Power and Suction 

The motor is the heart of the machine. The more power the power that can be produced, the more suction can be experienced. Whether it is a corded or cordless models, you can tell the power output by the specified rating. It may be in volts, amps, or what’s, the point is, the larger the motor the more power is rendered for suction.

Centrifugal action seems to be the norm these days. This is simply because it has a more effective suction, and prevents the reintroduction of dust particles back into the air. The higher the cyclones operating, the more effective the machine becomes.

What of filters and nozzles?

Filters are like vacuum sieves. They prevent the already trapped dust particles from decontaminating the air. Filters are made from various materials but only a few are effective at keeping dust well trapped. Health specialist recommend HEPA filters due to their 99% effectiveness at trapping dirt. As a convenience some of these filters can be washed and reused making them economic on the pocket.

It might be pet hair, red wine on the carpet or a crevice that hasn’t seen cleaning in a while. The fact of the matter is that you need different nozzles to engage with different surfaces. The more nozzles provided, the more areas you can clean effectively. Make sure that the connection of the nozzle is secured to avoid flimsy work.

What of storage and ease of use? 

Depending on the design and size, some models come with their own docking stations or can be mounted safely somewhere. If you have limited space, you can always seek compact and self-sufficient handheld vacuums.

Full dirt tanks or bags need to be removed carefully. The best models fit quick release buttons that simplify the ejection process. Starting to fiddle with badly fixed mechanism will give you a headache that you certainly can do without.

If there are any controls on the vacuum, they should be easy to access by both hands and should be clearly illustrated to give simple directions.

Our Best Lightweight Handheld Model

BLACK+DECKER 10.8 V Lithium-Ion Dustbuster with Cyclonic Action Review

The BLACK+DECKER 10.8 V Lithium-Ion Dustbuster with Cyclonic Action is our lightweight model. It weighs around 1.49kgs and has some excellent qualities to it. Apart from a few flaws here and there, this little darling can clean your car or house.

The little unit has inbuilt cleaning attachment that are surprisingly easy to access. For light work, this is not a bad choice. The dirt collection system also supports effective dirt collection so you can be sure that your air and surfaces are clean.

Price and warranty 

Do you need a small or somewhat larger vacuum? How much are you willing to spend? Are you working within a budget or you’re going after only the best? These are some of the questions that you ask yourself. They are good guides as to the quality of vacuum that you can get. The best and simplest way is to come down with a budget and select the one that needs your needs in that range.

Warranties are a sure sign that the manufacturer is comfortable with this product. The manufacturer is confident on the quality and is sure that the unit won’t break down without cause. In the case of warranties, we say the longer the better just like vacations are meant to be.


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Our Top 6 handheld vacuums

They say give credit where credit is due and that is what we are about to do. Below you find 6 handheld vacuums that are guaranteed to meet your needs one way or another. The different models are guaranteed to provide the best handheld vacuum cleaner services you can experience according to industry standards.


Handheld Hoover Reviews

Gtech Multi MK2 K9 Handheld Vacuum Cleaner Review

OUR BEST PICK

Gtech Multi MK2 K9 Handheld Vacuum Cleaner Review

Gtech Multi MK2 K9 Handheld Vacuum Cleaner Review

Our rating:

The Gtech Multi MK2 K9 Handheld Vacuum Cleaner is an easy to use cordless handheld vacuum. This means that it relies on Lithium-Ion batteries to fully extend its services. This 3kg unit depends on 22V batteries to offers you excellent performance.

When it comes to the running time you are looking at an average of 20 minutes. This is far longer than some units are capable of offering. Since the batteries have to recharged, you just hope it won’t take a dreadfully long time. Four hours is a good waiting time but just incise, get a book to read.

The unit handles are very ergonomic letting the user work as comfortably as possible. You will notice an LED indicator on the handle that will show you how much power you have left. This is helpful if you have a tendency of getting lost in your work.

Being that it is fashioned from aluminium, you can expect durability. Even the 0.8l dirt box is well made and easy to access. The vacuum features an integrated brush to deal with pet hair and other levels of dirt. If that is not what you need, the other nozzle types are provided to make cleaning a bit easier.

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    Easy to manoeuvre with adequate suction for dirt collection.
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    Features an adequate dirt box capacity for different cleaning jobs.
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    Offers a longer running time than basic models.
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    It has an LED indicator to make notify the user on the battery level.
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    Offers a long warranty of 2-years and scents for better air quality.

CONS

  • The cleaning heads might have a hard time fitting in tight corners.
  • Quite heavy for some to handle.

Thoughts and Recommendations

The Gtech Multi MK2 K9 Handheld Vacuum Cleaner is a great cleaner. It can really help you out especially if you have some light /medium cleaning to do. The unit is built to feature brushes which is good if you have pets. It also operates quietly thus won't disturb people around you and it is rather well designed. 

Although it might be heavy especially when the dirt compartment is full, it is otherwise a good way to clean your house or office. Accessories for cleaning crevices and other areas can never miss from such a lovely product, enjoy!


BLACK+DECKER 18 V Lithium-Ion Compact Pivot Vacuum Review

BLACK+DECKER 18 V Lithium-Ion Compact Pivot Vacuum Review

BLACK+DECKER 18 V Lithium-Ion Compact Pivot Vacuum

Our rating:

The BLACK+DECKER 18 V Lithium-Ion Compact Pivot Vacuum looks like something from the future and is also quite sufficient. This unit that is powered by 18V lithium-ion batteries gives you around 10 minutes of running time. That is adequate time to get a few things done in the house or clean your car.

Having a pivot nozzle is among the more interesting features of the vacuum. It can pivot up to 200 degrees which basically covers most surface designs and tight spots. The nozzle in itself has built-in accessories like a dusting brush and an extendable crevice cleaner. Whether you poured some quinoa on the ground or find sand in your sofa, this unit can take care of it.

The handle is easy to access and the manufacturer made sure that the start/stop button was within reach. The handle is wide enough to support the 1.38 kg unit. Since filters are required, this features an integrated exhaust filter that prevents dirty air from polluting your environment.

Being that it is a unit that takes 4 hours to charge, it has to have an indicator to show when the battery is full. The capacity of the easy to empty capacitor is estimated at 440ml. This does not allow you to gather a lot of dirt but for small purposes it is effective.

When you are done using the unit, it is possible to fold it into compact size for easy storage. It only has a noise level of 85dB which means it operates with minimal disturbance. For a unit with the suction power rating of 615mm/water and air flow rate of 1190 l/min it is not bad at all.

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    It is able to provide powerful suction for effective cleaning.
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    Features built-in brushes and crevice tools thus no need of extra storage.
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    Can be folded away easily for storage purposes.
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    Operates silently and is light to manoeuvre around with.
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    Features an indicator that shows when battery is full.

CONS

  • Capacity collector fastenings are a little flimsy.
  • Battery life seems to depreciate fast.

Thoughts and Recommendations

The BLACK+DECKER 18 V Lithium-Ion Compact Pivot Vacuum is a good product if you are looking for convenience, style and function. The unit looks well-made and is pretty light to carry around. Since it is a cordless unit, you can take it anywhere and clean up when you want to. The foldable feature is especially brilliant for those with space limitations. 

The quality of the product is good but be careful not to push it to its limits. Recharge the unit after every use so that it will be ready for the next session.


Dyson DC34 Multi Floor Handheld Vacuum with Longer Run Time Review

Dyson DC34 Multi Floor Handheld Vacuum Review

Dyson DC34 Multi Floor Handheld Vacuum

Our rating:

The Dyson DC34 Multi Floor Handheld Vacuum is a 1.3kg cordless unit that relies on batteries just like the models before. This unit will operate optimally on 22.2V batteries that are accompanied with a functional charger.

When the unit has been sitting and charging for a while, you get about 15 minutes running time in total. While it is not as long as some, it will facilitate cleaning processes for as long as it powers in it. The filter that is fitted also carries out a function that you cannot do without. All that dust collected can be washed out and the filer ready for use again.

The handle is positioned and designed correctly to offer support even in weird angles. The trigger is positioned next to your thumb and index finger for easy an easy squeeze as you work The suction can be controlled in two settings, normal and maximum. According to the severity/heaviness of dirt, select wisely.

For those wondering about the tank capacity, it is estimated at 0.35litres which is acceptable for light cleaning tasks. When the compartment fills, there is a simple release mechanism provided to dump the dirt. The suction provided by this machine is rates between 28-65 airwatt. This indicates that the suction produce will be strong enough.

Like all good cyclonic vacuums, different cleaning heads/ nozzles are required so as to deal with some areas. All these features are accompanied by a 2- year warranty. This is a long time for you to figure out if the unit does what it advertises. This unit measures 32.2 x 11.5 x 20.5 cm.

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    Features a washable and reusable filter thus cost saving.
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    Lightweight and more than enough dirt collection capacity suck up all that dirt.
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    Offers normal and boosted suction settings for dealing with different levels of dirt.
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    Offers a 2- year warranty.

CONS

  • No indicator provided to notify of the remaining battery life.
  • Suction could be better.
  • Battery life lowers over time.

Thoughts and Recommendations

The Dyson DC34 Multi Floor Handheld Vacuum definitely costs a pretty penny. The quality however is not so bad. For such a size the unit might not have as much suction as you would expect. That is why we recommend this for those who need top notch products at top-notch prices. The unit does offer a manageable running time and comes bearing all the accessories one needs to clean. If you are an occasional cleaner, then this might be the handheld vacuum you have been looking for. The battery life and suction may need some tweaking but none the less manageable.


BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser, Cordless Handheld Vacuum, 14.4V, Power Brush roll Review

BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser, Cordless Handheld Vacuum Review

BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser, Cordless Handheld Vacuum

Our rating:

The BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser, Cordless Handheld Vacuum is a cool looking cordless vacuum that depend on 14,4V NiMH batteries. Considering that it is lightweight vacuum and it is cordless you can take it anywhere you want. Those accidental food spills can be taken care of on sight with no hassles.

This handheld vacuum features a brush roll foot for optimised suction. You do not want to find out how frustrating it is to deal with a vacuum with underpowered suction. It’s like cutting onions with a blunt knife. The felt will capture pet hair efficiently without living bits being.

The compartment featured for dust collection is quite big, you won’t have to empty every time you have a cleaning session. The 1.8l capacity compartment is easy to empty aided by a simple release mechanism. An ergonomic handle is fitted right above the dirt compartment. The handle is soft to touch and still offers adequate grip.

Charging this handheld vacuum takes roughly 4 hours or 5 depending on electrical supply. This accumulated charge provides you with a running time of 15 minutes. This is enough time for you to clean up the mess unless you wanted to clean the whole house. While cleaning the vacuum uses 2 filters to trap the dirt and clean the air. These filters can be easily replaced at affordable prices.

The 1.29kg vacuum measures 47.8 x 12.4 x 17.5 cm with all the cleaning accessories provided. Be it a crevice or upholstery, this marvellous machine has you covered.

PROS

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    Cool design with all the cleaning attachments provided.
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    Offers a large capacity for dirt collection therefore less time spent emptying.
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    Lightweight machine that is easy to manoeuvre.
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    It offers 15 minutes of running time which is commendable.
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    Operates quietly and can be used at any time .

CONS

  • Battery life could last longer.
  • Due to the design, the model feels heavier in some positions.

Thoughts and Recommendations

The BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser, Cordless Handheld Vacuum would do well on light cleaning functions. The suction is adequate but for its size, it may fail to be effective in some areas. The unit has an amazing design that lets you collect dirt easily and dispose of it. Running time is not very long but for contained ordinary messes, it will do just fine. Those who need an affordable vacuum, with a large dirt capacity can select this model.


BLACK+DECKER 10.8 V Lithium-Ion Dustbuster with Cyclonic Action, 21.6 W Review

BLACK+DECKER 10.8 V Lithium-Ion Dustbuster with Cyclonic Action Review

BLACK+DECKER 10.8 V Lithium-Ion Dustbuster with Cyclonic Action

Our rating:

The BLACK+DECKER 10.8 V Lithium-Ion Dustbuster with Cyclonic Action is another self-sufficient vacuum with inbuilt features. The 21airwatt model offers enough suction to deal with a wide range of dirt particles. The cordless model uses 10.8V Lithium-ion batteries that are guaranteed to supply you with adequate running time.

As said before, the Black Decker model has the accessories that are usually separate in one inbuilt mechanism. If you want the brush function or crevice cleaner all you have to do is extend some flaps and get on with it. This feature will save you the time taken to connect different nozzle heads and lets you work with easy access.

Capacity wise we are talking we are talking about 0.5 litres. This is larger than what small models offer. You can empty once in a cleaning session depending on the level of dirt. Let us not forget the filters which play an important role in air quality. the good thing about the filters on this model is that they are washable offering good value for your money.

You have the choice to work at different suction speeds, this is either high or low depending on the controls. This unit’s long nozzle will get your nooks and crannies looking like they never knew dirt. This 1.49kg unit measures 43.5 x 17.2 x 13.2 cm.

PROS

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    Lightweight therefore easy to work with.
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    Offers washable filters and dirt compartment making it affordable and easier to clean.
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    Designed to have varied speed settings for effective cleaning.

CONS

  • Lacks indicators to show when the battery is charged or low.
  • Cannot be mounted thus inconveniencing space conscious people.
  • Lacks proper attachments for stairway cleaning.
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    Battery life could be a bit better.

Thoughts and Recommendations

The BLACK+DECKER 10.8 V Lithium-Ion Dustbuster with Cyclonic Action is a good little unit that you can have in your car or at the house. 

We like the simple to use design that allows the user to take a short time getting all the surfaces clean. This is facilitated by the integrated cleaning heads system that puts them within reach. The extendable slim nozzle is a big help in tight corners. The price charged for this unit is fair and the quality is not so bad either. If it fits your bill, we don’t know what you are waiting for.


BLACK+DECKER 18 V Lithium-Ion Flexi Vacuum Review

BLACK+DECKER 18 V Lithium-Ion Flexi Vacuum Review

BLACK+DECKER 18 V Lithium-Ion Flexi Vacuum

Our rating:

The BLACK+DECKER 18 V Lithium-Ion Flexi Vacuum is one of those models that can reach a lot of places. What makes this possible is its 1.5 meter hose that is easily positioned to reach different places like under low furniture or high hand pictures. 

The 2.28kg unit measures approximately 27 x 30 x 16 cm. it is not a large unit but do not underestimate it. This model will need 18V Lithium-ion batteries to function optimally. Since this is an eco-friendly model, it won’t take up much electricity and it charges for few hours. When completely charged you have 15 minutes to get your surfaces spic and span. A charging cable has been provided.

Another thing we like about this handheld vacuum is the east to empty dirt door. The door located at the side of the vacuum easily opens to dispense the dirt in the trash. No more dust covered hands that make your skin dry out. The capacity of the collection compartment is 0.5litres which is manageable.

This design incorporates the handle and the passage for the flexi cord to make it easier of the user. One hand is on the handle while the other is directing the flexi cord. The crevice cleaner and upholstery cleaner head are very much available and can be securely fixed without dropping.

Offering 3 layers of filtration we highly doubt you will experience the dirty air produced by lower quality handheld models. The filters are easy to disengage and clean therefore no headaches for you.

PROS

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    Offers 3 layers of filtration for good air quality.
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    Designed with an easy side collection system that is easy to clean out.
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    It has a long flexi cord that lets the user get to those hard to reach places.
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    The design facilitates easy cleaning head control and storage.

CONS

  • Proper suction is inhibited by an almost full dirt compartment.
  • Quite noisy for some reason.
  • Battery life could be better to offer more years of service.

Thoughts and Recommendations

The BLACK+DECKER 18 V Lithium-Ion Flexi Vacuum is a good one if you have high walls and curtain. This is because the flexi cord can be stretched to provide reach in those areas. Considering the size and the price of this unit, you may not experience powerful suction as compared to the full models. 

However, you can make the best out of the 15 minutes you have been provided with to clear the dust in your car or crumbs from last night’s movie session. Either way, it can take care of light cleaning applications. Any more and you are setting yourself up for some trouble.


Our Final Conclusion

Messes are inevitable and it is always good to have products like the handheld vacuum around. In the world we live in, new products are introduced to the market every day.

You have to have the basic knowledge at hand just to simplify the selection process.  If you have a keen eye for detail and you know what you want, that perfect handheld vacuum for your house or car is not far from reach.


Our Best Pick

Gtech Multi MK2 K9 Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

Gtech Multi MK2 K9 Handheld Vacuum Cleaner Review

Although all the products presented are all unique in their own way, we had to pick a winner. We agreed that the Gtech Multi MK2 K9 Handheld Vacuum Cleaner was a good choice.

This is simply because this handheld vacuum had excellent features and went out of the way to add an air freshener compartment. It still offers a longer running time than the others and the LED battery life indicator a convenience for all.Its also the best choice for tackling pet hair and the price is within reach and therefore we ask, why not?


Our Largest Handheld Model In Dirt Collection Capacity

BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser, Cordless Handheld Vacuum Review

This model had no contention in this field as it has the largest dirt compartment. Treading in at 1.8litres, you might do a while before having to empty it. Other than that, we see features such as the secure cleaning accessories and adequate running time.

The replaceable filters offer good value for your money as you can use them over and over. For those who need to clean quick and empty later, this is a model that you should put down in your list of considerations.


Our Best Lightweight Handheld Model

BLACK+DECKER 10.8 V Lithium-Ion Dustbuster

BLACK+DECKER 10.8 V Lithium-Ion Dustbuster with Cyclonic Action Review

The BLACK+DECKER 10.8 V Lithium-Ion Dustbuster with Cyclonic Action is our lightweight model. It weighs around 1.49kgs and has some excellent qualities to it. Apart from a few flaws here and there, this little darling can clean your car or house.

The little unit has inbuilt cleaning attachment that are surprisingly easy to access. For light work, this is not a bad choice. The dirt collection system also supports effective dirt collection so you can be sure that your air and surfaces are clean.


Now that you have gotten the hang of it we suggest you smile and have a little fun selecting the best cordless handheld vacuum for your house or car! See you next time!


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