You love your hardwood floors, right? And you know that nice looking floors go a long way towards making the whole room look nice. This means you want to make sure that you are doing everything to make sure they’re presentable. Sure, you’re going to clean deep from time to time, but for most light cleaning, a vacuum can do the trick.
But, what type of vacuum should you get? There are a lot of styles and designs available, but one of the easiest, most convenient, and most flexible models you can buy is the hand-held vacuum. These lightweight vacuums are built to be versatile and easy to use, making sure that keeping your floors spotless is less of a chore.
So, you might be wondering how to pick the right hand-held vacuum for your floors. As you might imagine, there are several factors that go into choosing just the right vacuum, which can make it difficult to decide. However, after reading this you should have a much better idea of the best handheld vacuum cleaners for hardwood floors (and other surfaces) on the market today.
The VonHaus 600W 2-in-1 is an extremely convenient and versatile vacuum designed to go anywhere and everywhere. As an upright, this vacuum boasts 600 Watts of power to create powerful suction. The 1.2-liter debris tank is large enough to last for a long time before needing to be emptied, and easy to remove and replace when it does. The HEPA filter removes all but the smallest of contaminants to help keep your air clean and breathable, filtering out allergens and bacteria along the way.
What’s even better, the vacuum works just as effectively on hardwood floors, rugs, carpets, stairs, and other surfaces to keep your home clean from top to bottom.
However, the real magic of the VonHaus 600W is in its versatility. With just a couple of quick changes, this vacuum goes from a full upright to a small and portable handheld vacuum with the same suction power for fast and easy cleanup of small messes on floors or the furniture. The vacuum also comes with a crevice tool to help dig deep into nooks and crannies, and a small brush attachment to dig out particles from deep down in your carpet fibers.
You probably already know the name Dyson, and for good reason: the Dyson name is synonymous with innovation and quality, and the Dyson V6 Motor Head Cord-free Vacuum is no exception. This high-powered vacuum comes equipped with a motorized brush head that provides a deep-down clean, cleaning deeper and more thoroughly than vacuums without that feature. This vacuum is cordless and provides up to 20 minutes of suction time on a single charge, giving you enough time to clean any standard-sized area. When finished, the vacuum stored quickly and conveniently on the wall to charge, making it easily accessible whenever you need it.
And talk about versatility: the lightweight design makes it a snap to lift, so you can reach even the highest places, and the provided crevice tool allows you to reach into all the tight corners. Even better, in no time at all the wand can be easily attached, turning the Dyson V6 into a handheld vacuum that you can take anywhere. Because it’s cordless, this is perfect for stepping outside to clean up the crumbs in your car. And when you’re done, the wand easily reattaches to provide you with the stability and ease of an upright again.
The Hoover BH52210PC is another solid and versatile entry in the lineup of handheld 2-in-1 vacuum cleaners. Coming in at under 5 pounds, this convenient vacuum is a cinch to take from place to place. Since it’s cordless, with up to a 30-minute run time per charge, it lets you clean non-stop without having to worry about unplugging and replugging it along the way. The attached pole allows for you to reach even the highest shelves, ledges and fans, and the variety of attachments -- including a crevice tool, dusting brush, and upholstery tool -- let you put a serious cleaning on practically every surface your house has to offer.
What’s more, with the touch of a button the vacuum transitions from hardwood floors to rugs to carpeting to thoroughly clean every room in your house.
To step up its game, with a quick removal of the attached pole this vacuum transitions into a powerful handheld model for cleaning smaller messes or reaching into tight places. All of the available attachments work in both configurations, allowing you maximum versatility. With all of these convenient and versatile options, the Hoover BH52210PC might be the last vacuum you ever need.
The Prolux Ion comes equipped with a number of features that you’re going to like. At just shy of 6 pounds, it’s one of the lighter options on the market. This lightweight design still manages to boast an extremely powerful 80 Watt high air-flow motor that creates a strong suction. The powered electric brush roller helps to dig deep down into your carpets and rugs for superior cleaning power, but the unit also comes with a multi-surface floor nozzle to clean your hardwood and tile as well. The bagless debris container is a snap to empty and clean, and the included micron filter removes almost all allergens and particles in the air, allowing you to breathe easier. This cordless vacuum gives you up to 24 strong minutes of suction on a single charge.
As a handheld, this vacuum delivers just as powerful and versatile of a performance. It comes with tools for dusting, upholstery, and crevice cleaning to help deliver a deep, thorough cleaning of all of your surfaces and floors.
The last model on our list, the Eufy HomeVac Lightweight Cordless Upright-Style Vacuum is the very definition of “last, but not least.” This powerful vacuum lasts for up to 50 minutes on a single charge, and during that time the 28.8 Volt cyclonic system delivers powerful suction to ensure a thorough cleaning. At less than six pounds, this vacuum is easy to carry from room to room, and its easy maneuverability lets you turn on a dime to easily get under and behind obstructions in your way.
The 0.9 Liter bagless debris container is easy to empty, and the HEPA-style filter helps make sure your air is clean and breathable by removing mold, pet dander, dust mites, and other microscopic particles.
The versatility of this vacuum doesn’t end there; although this is the only vacuum on this list to not feature a separate “handheld’ configuration, the lightweight construction, long running time, and convenience of use make this vacuum every bit as functional. What’s more, the convenient wall-mounted charging station make storage a snap.
With so many great vacuums to choose from, it might be hard to know which of these to pick. All of them rate high on the features of convenience, versatility, effectiveness, and value, and therefore would be great picks. So, which of these is the right choice for you? Well, for sheer power and effectiveness, the Vonhaus is a clear winner. This is a powerful unit with a large debris container which allows you to clean thoroughly without having to ever stop. If versatility is your main goal, however, the Dyson is the definite front-runner, as it easily changes to meet your needs, and comes equipped with enough features to clean just about anything you put in front of it. If you’re looking for something that hits all the bases, though, the Hoover BH52210PC seems to be the one to beat. Lightweight, powerful, cordless, and with several accessories, this particular model seems to have it all, and with a relatively modest price tag to boot. So, if you haven’t already, check out these models and get the one that seems right for you!
Convenience might not be just one of the factors to consider--it might be the factor. After all, why else you would be looking at a handheld in the first place? The smaller size, lightweight construction, and easy-to-carry portability of a handheld makes it far more convenient and easy to use than a traditional upright vacuum. This means that cleaning up a mess doesn’t have to turn into a big production where you’re dragging around heavy items from room to room looking for plugs. Instead, a small mess can be cleaned up with a quick solution that’s no more difficult or inconvenient than it has to be. Finally, since many vacuums are available as cordless models, the convenience factor is even higher.
When you’re looking for a handheld, make sure to pay special attention to those features that make the vacuum a convenient tool for use. Is it easy to carry and move from place to place? Is it difficult to get it set up? Does it require a lot of time and effort even for small messes? And what about cleaning the vacuum itself: is it difficult to take apart to dump the debris out, and to clean the filters when needed? If you answer “yes” to any of these then it might be a good idea to look for a different model.
These days, when you buy a handheld vacuum, you’re not just buying a model that does one thing. You’re buying something that can be changed to meet your particular needs at that time. Looking to vacuum your whole floor? No problem. Have a small mess that needs a quick pick-up? Easy. Want to clean your couch? Done. A good handheld vacuum comes with the equipment and attachments needed to handle all of these tasks and more--whatever gets thrown at you. Whether it’s getting into hard-to-reach areas behind the furniture or extending into the corners of the ceiling, you should be able to accomplish all of these tasks with ease.
To judge the versatility of a handheld vacuum, check out its included attachments. It should come with everything you need to be able to effectively clean your room, home, or office -- every type of surface, every location -- from floor to ceiling and in between. In addition, many handhelds themselves can transform from full vacuum cleaners to quick pick-up artists. Make sure you get a vacuum that offers the most bang for your buck!
It might be tempting to think that the smaller design comes with a drop in cleaning power, but it doesn’t have to. A good handheld vacuum should still come with the power needed to clean even the worst messes, even if that power comes in a smaller package than what you’re used to. And all of those attachments mentioned before help to ensure a clean finish, regardless of where the mess occurs or on what surface.
When looking for an effective vacuum, pay attention to the numbers: the suction power should be high to ensure that your vacuum can pick up anything in its path, and the debris container should be big enough so that you don’t have to stop every five minutes to dump it. The vacuum should also come with a filter that’s effective at keeping your air clean and breathable, and be designed so that clogs and other problems are kept to a minimum.
When it boils down to it, everything depends on how much the vacuum you’re looking to buy actually costs. But “cost” is more than just asking how much money you have to pay. It also has to do with what you get for that money in the long run. Why spend more money than you have to on a model that only does the bare minimum? As you look through the handheld vacuums on this list, make sure you note all of the above features as you decide if the vacuum is, indeed, worth the cost of your money and time.
I have a passion for clean floors and living areas, so it is no surprise that I know a lot about vacuum cleaners and how to clean different surfaces. Sharing this knowledge gives me a lot of pleasure which is why I started this blog and I hope everyone who needs help will find the help they are looking for here.