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In this review:
  1. Best Cheap Handheld Vacuums
  2. Cordless Handheld Vacuums
  3. Corded Handheld Vacuums
  4. Handheld Vacuum Reviews
  5. Best Handheld Vacuums, Hand Vacuum Battery
  6. Discount Handheld Vacuums Features Comparison Table

Cheap Handheld Vacuums Buying Guide

It's a hassle to get out a large upright vacuum to clean up a small mess. This is where a cheap handheld vacuum comes in, er, handy.

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If something spills or breaks, you can pull out a handheld vacuum and leave the upright in the closet until the whole house is due for a cleaning.

Prices for handheld vacuums range from just under $30 to more than $200, which gets you a top-of-the-line Dyson. We looked at cheap handheld vacuums between $30 and $80. Models in this price range have limited features and moderate suction power. Higher-end vacuums give you more suction power, more accessories, and lighter weight for added convenience. They also can clean up both wet and dry spills.

The good news for frugal shoppers is that there are cheap handheld vacuums that will meet most users' spot-cleaning needs. When shopping for handheld vacuums, keep in mind that they come either with or without a cord. Cordless handheld vacuums are convenient and easy to maneuver but need to be charged. A corded handheld vacuum cleaner will run as long as you need it to, but you have to move the cord from outlet to outlet. Despite the convenience of cordless vacuums, for the most part, users give higher ratings to models with cords. However, we also found some good cordless handheld vacuums.

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Other features that help make a handheld vacuum even more convenient include the weight of the machine and the special features. Handheld vacuums are designed to be used one-handed, so they should be as light as possible. Many pricey models pride themselves on being feather-light, but plenty of options in our price range are also fairly lightweight; none of the cheap handheld vacuums on our list weighs more than five pounds. Special features include attachments such as crevice tools and upholstery brushes. Some handheld vacuums are specifically designed to pick up pet hair or come with special attachments just for that purpose.

Buyers should also consider the filter type and warranty. Most cheap handheld vacuums use standard filters; only a few use high-efficiency particulate air filters, or HEPA filters, which are said to collect even more dust, dirt, and allergens. All the machines we researched have at least a one-year warranty.

Popular brands in this category include Bissell, Dirt Devil, Black and Decker, Eureka, and Dyson. Dysons are out of our price range, but all the other brands offer cheap handheld vacuums. Our favorites are the Eureka Easy Clean Hand Vac 71B (starting at $40) and the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Corded Hand Vacuum (starting at just $29). Both are lightweight, have long cords, and receive near-perfect reviews from users. We also like the Black and Decker 18V Platinum Series Cordless Hand Vacuum (starting at $50) and the FilterStream DirtTamer Ultima V2510 (starting at $79). Both are cordless and receive good user reviews. The FilterStream DirtTamer Ultima V2510 is also the only cheap handheld vacuum we found that cleans both wet and dry messes, while the Black and Decker 18V Platinum Series Cordless Hand Vacuum is the only model with a replaceable battery, so the entire machine isn't rendered useless if the battery stops holding a charge. The battery is our major gripe with the Euro-Pro SV75 Shark Cordless Hand Vac (starting at $40); it seems to have major issues holding a charge.

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Best Cheap Handheld Vacuums

Eureka Easy Clean Hand Vac 71B
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Eureka Easy Clean Hand Vac 71B

The Eureka Easy Clean Hand Vac 71B gets near-perfect reviews from users, who report that it does an excellent job picking up small messes, including pet hair. It weighs in at just four pounds and comes with an on-board crevice tool and a unique Riser Visor, which flips up to reveal a brush that can clean vertical or horizontal surfaces.

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Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Corded Hand Vacuum
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Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Corded Hand Vacuum

The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Corded Hand Vacuum also gets high marks from users for attacking pet hair and other messes. This vacuum features a HEPA filter and weighs five pounds. The super-low price includes a crevice tool and a flexible, specialized upholstery tool, which users report works wonders on pet hair.Read Full Review and Compare Prices »

Good Cheap Handheld Vacuums

Black and Decker 18V Platinum Series Cordless Hand Vacuum
Gold Medal

Black and Decker 18V Platinum Series Cordless Hand Vacuum

Most low-cost, cordless handheld vacuums are rendered useless when the battery stops holding a charge, but the Black and Decker 18V Platinum Series Cordless Hand Vacuum comes with a replaceable battery. Users also praise this vacuum's cleaning ability, especially when it comes to sucking up pet hair.

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FilterStream DirtTamer Ultima V2510
Gold Medal

FilterStream DirtTamer Ultima V2510

The FilterStream DirtTamer Ultima is the only cheap handheld vacuum we found that can tackle both wet and dry messes. Users find it easy to use, especially with all the extra features, which include a headlight to help locate dirt, a low-charge indicator, a cleaning wand, a crevice tool, and an upholstery brush. This cordless machine also boasts a HEPA filter and a two-year limited warranty.

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Don't Bother

Euro-Pro SV75 Shark Cordless Hand Vac

While users report that the Euro-Pro SV75 Shark Cordless Hand Vac is easy to use, its suction power seems to be lacking and the battery is a problem. According to reviews, the vacuum runs for only a few minutes at a time and the battery soon stops holding a charge. The attachments are also not up to par; this machine comes with only a crevice tool.

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