Written by Nadie

Advice on handheld vacuums

Ok, handheld vacuum might not sound very exciting, but it's very useful. It's too much of a hassle to grab the vacuum for every tiny crumb or dust speck. Easily tackle these smaller cleaning jobs with a handheld vacuum. I'll explain what the possibilities are.

How does a handheld vacuum work?

How does a handheld vacuum work?

A handheld vacuum is a cordless hand vacuum cleaner that you use to clean smaller surfaces. Think of the kitchen sink, windowsill or the dining table after a nice dinner. Handheld vacuums work on a battery. You charge this battery via a charging station. If you put the handheld vacuum back in the station after each use, the hand vacuum cleaner is always ready for use. Most handheld vacuums work with a dust container that, as soon as it becomes full, easily empties into the dustbin.

The pros and cons


  • Handy and compact
  • Cordless
  • Time-saving


  • Limited dust collection
  • Short battery life
  • Mouthpiece may cause scratches

Battery type

Type of battery handheld vacuums

There are different types of batteries on which handheld vacuums work. The better the battery, the longer the operating time of the handheld vacuum. If you find a long useful life important, choose a Lithium ion battery. This battery is the most powerful, and therefore the most pricey. Another type is the NimH battery. This is a good middle way, but the disadvantage is that the capacity of the battery decreases faster. The Ni-Cad battery is the weakest battery.


Attachments of handheld vacuums

In some situations it is wise to opt for a handheld vacuum with attachments. If you have pets for example. Then it is smart to opt for a handheld vacuum with turbo brush. The rotating brush in this attachment easily catches dog and cat hair. Or opt for an attachable furniture suction nozzle to suck the couch out properly. With a crevice tool you can also easily vacuum up the dust in the corners of the windowsill.

Special functions

Special functions handheld vacuum

Certain handheld vacuums are also capable of sucking up wet dirt in addition to sucking dry dirt. This is especially useful for rush jobs, when a glass of milk goes over the table, for example. The absorbed wet and dry dirt is easily disposed of after use. Another function that some petty thieves have is a connection option in the car. This way you can easily drain the car seats and a short battery life is no problem.


Ease of use handheld vacuums

The one handheld vacuum is more user-friendly than the other. For example, you have to press a button continuously for some models, and switching a switch for other models is sufficient. But there are more things that determine user-friendliness. If you do not easily get anywhere at home, it is wise to opt for a handheld vacuum with extension stalk. You simply click on the suction nozzle of the handheld vacuum and thus you increase the range considerably.

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