The Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab tests vacuums on low-pile carpets and bare floors to see how they pick up small debris such as sand, baking soda and dry oatmeal. We also test their ability to suction heavy objects like nuts and screws. We also record the weight of the vacuum and evaluate how easy it is to clean or change the filter, as well as how easy it is to empty the dust cup and how comfortable it is to use. We also evaluate any attachments or special features. We also monitor the run-time of cordless models. Before we choose our winners, we ask consumers to rate the vacuums.
The GH Cleaning Lab has a wide range of vacuums that it tests, including upright and robot vacuums as well as canister vacuums. We evaluate how well they remove dirt from pile carpets and simulate pet hair. We assess how they remove dirt and other debris from hard floors (such as hardwood, tile or laminate), and how they clean around edges. They are also tested for their ease-of-use, cleaning/emptying, maneuverability, weight, and battery life when applicable. Here are some things to consider when shopping for a handheld vacuum
Both corded and cordless vacuums have their advantages and disadvantages. Corded handheld vacuums are more reliable than corded models. The battery will never run out, no matter how long it is being used. It can be difficult to change plugs when you’re moving around or not close to a power source. The cordless handheld vacuums allow you to move the vacuum around, but there is a risk that the battery will run out.
Dimensions and weight: Take into account the dimensions and weight of your handheld vacuum. If possible, you can test it out to ensure it is comfortable to hold. The vacuum should not cause strain to your wrists or hand.
Attachments: You may need attachments if you plan to use the handheld vacuum to do more than a quick sweep on hard surfaces. A crevice tool can reach corners and brushes can be used to vacuum upholstery or pet hair. Brushes make it easier to clean dust from curtains, windowsills, doors frames, mattresses, and other places that are difficult for larger vacuums to reach.
Storage: Small vacuums with attachments or stored in the charging base make it easy to store neatly, especially when you have limited space. You can store only the battery and the attachments away from sight on models with removable batteries.
Other features: Both cordless and corded models have other innovations such as comfortable grips and easy-to-empty dust cups. They also feature washable filters and multiple speeds. They can pick up and remove stains from wet areas.