10 Best Hand Vacuums | March 2017
- riser visor for carpeted stairs
- deluxe stretch hose
- misses the deepest dirt and hair
- stylish chrome finish
- 500 watts of power
- bulkier than many handhelds
- washable components
- battery offers constant voltage
- awkward vertical charge orientation
- operates in dual power modes
- ergonomic pistol grip design
- no battery indicator
|Model||V6 (same as DC58)|
- quick charging base
- stick vac extension for larger jobs
- pivoting head gets under furniture
- telescoping extension wand included
- two length carrying strap
- easy access bin door
- brushroll ejects for easy cleaning
- powered turbo device
- fade-free technology
Who You Calling Buster?
Growing up, your mom may have referred to your "DustBuster" - meaning, your rechargeable handheld vacuum. However, that's actually a brand name, like Kleenex or Q-Tips. Black + Decker released the original DustBuster in 1979, and to call it a revolution would be an understatement (or maybe you're just referring to its motor's rotation? I digress).
Its rechargeable battery and included wall mount was EPIC for the average American family, and it quickly became ubiquitous. In the first year of production, one million DustBusters were sold - four times that of any upright vacuum on the market that year. It was such a big deal that the Smithsonian Institution added one to their collection in 1995. And you thought your hand vacuum was just good for scaring your cats.
Can't You Just Tell Me What To Buy?
If you're like most people, you probably haven't thought too hard about the features on your hand vacuum recently, probably because you could think about almost anything else in the world. But when the hand vacuum your parents bought you for your college dorm room dies (you know, the one so neglected it didn't destroy dust bunnies so much as it seemed to create them out of thin air), you may find yourself inundated with options at your local vacuum dealer or friendly Internet super-warehouse.
Don't start looking at the vacuums before you figure out what you need! If you have the smallest apartment on the planet (or an averaged-sized apartment in NYC or SF), with no pets and no carpet, you won't need all the endless attachments and gadgets and fancy marketing. Some things to consider:
Wet/dry vac: If you have a small child around, you may want to consider a handheld vacuum that can pick up both wet and dry messes.
Cord vs. cordless: While cordless provides a truly portable experience, they don't provide as much suction as their tethered counterparts.
Attachments: What sort of spaces do you plan to clean? Even a wide open floor plan comes with a certain number of nooks and crannies. Consider what material you'll be cleaning as you weigh the use of each attachment. On the other hand, if you have a specific use for your hand vacuum, you might not need all the endless attachments taking up space in your closets.
Bag vs. bagless: While bagged vacuums have lagged behind bagless vacuums in sales, they have great uses. For asthma or allergy sufferers, there's no better option. Most bags are made with HEPA material so very few particles leave the vacuum once filtered. Disposing of the bag, however, can be a real chore - though most companies have worked to improve the process. Bagless vacuums create less waste, as there's no bag to dispose of; you also never have to remember to pick up bags before you can clean. However, the filters get dirty more quickly, and the fuller the dirt cup, the less effective your handheld vacuum will be.
So no, we can't tell you the very best vacuum to buy, because you haven't invited us over to your home (yet). We'll try to take the hint, but it means you'll have to weigh these options for yourself. As Tolstoy maybe said, all clean homes are alike; each dirty home is dirty in its own way.
The Right Tool For Every Job
Citizens of the Internet,
We need to have a conversation. We all know you love to gripe and roar and rage comic your way through life's indecencies, and hand vacuums are not immune to your outbursts. But let's consider this important caveat: a hand vacuum is not meant to replace your upright vacuum. If you have a two-story house and a cat that loves to push plants off the windowsill while shedding its entire coat, don't get upset that your hand vacuum isn't up to the task each and every time.
For most households, your portable vacuum will complement your existing upright vacuum, helping you with small messes while sparing you the labor of hauling out your 16 gallon wet/dry vacuum. If your expectations are in line with the intended use of the product, you'll set yourself up for less rage in the future.