Upright vacuums are often more cumbersome than they have a right to be. If you’re fed up with wrestling your heavy upright vacuum for a 3-second mess, it’s time to get a handheld vacuum. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best handheld vacuums in Canada so you can choose an excellent helper for your quick pickups and non-floor-related vacuuming. And while we’re at it, we’ll highlight some useful information about handheld vacuums and how to choose one that will work for you.
Our choice for the best handheld vacuum in Canada is the Black + Decker CHV1410L Dust Buster. It is a lightweight, portable vacuum that can help you with every messy area in your home. With attachments for the stairs, your vehicle, crevices and narrow spaces, corners, and more, this dust buster is a top choice for versatility and vacuuming freedom. It’s very easy to store and charges conveniently for less hassle – plus, you’ll never have to struggle with a long cord again.
This handheld vacuum will hold its charge for up to 18 months, saving you from the annoyance of going to use it for a quick pickup only to find that the battery died. This comfortable, ergonomic vacuum is the right choice for quick jobs and regular cleaning of all the awkward places that an upright vacuum becomes more of a hindrance than a help.
Best Handheld Vacuums In Canada 2021 –
- Best Overall – Black + Decker CHV1410L Dust Buster
- Best Upgrade – Black + Decker BDH2000PL Max Pivot
- Best Budget – Dirt Devil Scorpion SD20005RED
- Best for Pets – Shark Cordless Pet Perfect II Hand Vac
- Best Battery Life – Hoover ONEPWR BH57005
- Best Compact – SharkNinja WV201 Ion
|1. Black + Decker CHV1410L Cordless Dust Buster||Crevice and brush tool||16V Lithium Battery|
|2. Black + Decker BDH2000PL Max Pivot Vacuum||Crevice and brush tool||20V Lithium Battery|
|3. Shark Cordless Pet Perfect II Hand Vac||Motorized pet brush||18V Lithium Battery|
|4. Bissell AeroSlim 29869 Handheld Vacuum||2-in-1 crevice tool and dusting brush||Lithium Battery|
|5. SharkNinja WV201 Ion Handheld Vacuum||Crevice tool and multi-surface tool||Lithium Battery|
|6. Hoover ONEPWR BH57005 Cordless Handheld Vacuum||Crevice tool||20V Lithium Battery|
|7. Shark CH951 UltraCyclone Pet Pro Plus Cordless Handheld Vacuum||Crevice tool and a scrubbing brush||Lithium Battery|
|8. Dirt Devil Scorpion Quick Flip SD20005RED Vacuum||Crevice tool, dusting brush, hose, shoulder strap||Corded|
|9. Bissell Pet Hair Eraser 33A1C Handheld Vacuum||Rubber and hard nozzle||Corded|
|10. Holife Handheld Vacuum Cleaner||Crevice tool and dusting brush||14.8V Battery|
Benefits Of Using A Handheld Vacuum
Handheld vacuum cleaners can go places and do things that an upright vacuum cannot ever dream of going or doing. You’ll get multiple attachments and maybe even a motorized tool to clean every nook and cranny in your home, from between the cushions on your couch to the tiny crack between your fridge and the wall. A soft-tip brush tool can even do your blinds, keyboard, vents, valuables, and decorations on shelves. The possibilities truly are endless with a handheld vacuum.
Lightweight and portable
A handheld vacuum will rarely weigh more than 5 lbs, making them the ideal choice for quick cleanups where a larger upright vacuum is too cumbersome for the job. Due to their low weight, they are the ideal choice for elderly users or for those with injuries, disabilities, or physical restrictions that make lugging around a big heavy vacuum difficult or impossible. Plus, since they are lightweight and portable, they can be used anywhere on any floor without you unwittingly getting an arm workout in while you’re at it.
Easier to use
Handheld vacuums are very simple machines that generally only need to be turned on and aimed in the right direction. Changing the attachments is usually only a matter of popping one-off and popping the other on, making them easy to use for people of any age. Your kids can help you out with chores or clean up their own messes for once, and they won’t cause damage to your floors if dropped accidentally.
Some handheld vacuums are so small that you can wrap your hand around the girth of them with little trouble. They are the optimal choice for smaller living spaces, travel vehicles, campers and RVs, and dorm rooms. They can often get into any nook or cranny where you wish to get rid of dust and hair, and they can be stored anywhere, no matter whether they mount on the wall or need a small spot on a shelf. Their size also makes them much easier to tote around and carry from one floor to the next without struggle or strain.
Handheld vacuums are known to be much more affordable than their full-size cousins and are the best choice if you’re on a strict budget or when your vacuum breaks down, and you need a replacement immediately.
Best Handheld Vacuums Canada 2021 Reviewed
The Black + Decker cordless dust buster has a suction power threshold of 15.2 air watts, slightly above average for handheld vacuums. This vacuum will hold its charge for up to 18 months, allowing you to use it irregularly without having to charge it back up before each use. An automatic shutoff extends your battery life by automatically blocking the charge once the battery is fully charged. As a result, the battery will maintain its battery level for years, rather than slowly decreasing over time for shorter and shorter run times as the machine ages.
This vacuum was designed from handle to nozzle with the user in mind. It is very lightweight with a comfortable, ergonomic handle that makes reaching or extending the arm more comfortable. The dustbin is easily emptied and washed without having to get your fingers dirty. The vacuum has a few accessories, including a brush tool for stairs and hair, as well as a crevice tool for corners, edges, and those annoying creases in your vehicle. The filter is machine washable to eliminate efficiencies from clogs, and the slim rotating nozzle says goodbye to narrow-space frustrations. For all of your everyday surfaces, this is the balanced hand vac for the job.
The Black + Decker max pivot vacuum is a very powerful and incredibly versatile handheld vacuum for those high-traffic or pet-friendly homes. This vacuum eliminates all of the usual frustration of trying to clean at awkward angles since the pivot nozzle can reach to easily clean the top of your tall bookshelves or get in behind obstacles. The nozzle is incredibly slim when on its side but is very wide for a larger cleaning path for improved efficiency. The nozzle is also compatible with a crevice tool and a brush tool for your other surfaces.
This vacuum boasts 35 air watts of suction power with a 20V battery and offers some of the best suction available on a hand vacuum. Given that most handheld vacuums don’t exceed 15 or maybe 20 air watts, this is truly remarkable. However, for that power, you’ll have to put up with a louder operating noise. The dustbin is larger and empties with a side door for convenience as well.
The Shark cordless pet perfect handheld vacuum offers total freedom when tackling all of your messes, from your sofa to the back seat of your car. The wide nozzle paired with motorized technology makes this handheld vacuum your pet hair’s worst nightmare. Even that stubborn pet hair in your carpets won’t stand a chance against the cyclonic technology and wide bristled nozzle designed to grab deep-down dirt. This vacuum has a wall-mounted charging dock for out-of-the-way storage that can be placed anywhere in your home for quick access.
The power controls are positioned at your fingertips for total control, and the dustbin is incredibly easy to empty so you barely have to pause before tackling another big mess. The battery power on this vacuum ensures fade-free suction until the battery runs out. LED lights when charging indicate when the machine is ready for another round with your shredder’s leftovers. Though you have less than 15 minutes of power before needing a new charge, the strong suction and motorized tool will make quick work of any hair-covered surface. If you don’t wish to use the motorized tool, the curved dust brush can be used on smaller areas.
The AeroSlim handheld vacuum by Bissel isn’t the slimmest option out there, but it is certainly a competitor. This hand vac can easily get into your smaller areas when vacuuming your car or navigating chair and table legs around the dining table. The widest part of this vacuum doesn’t exceed 4” so you have a lot of freedom when using this vacuum. Your battery life caps out at around 12 minutes of use, which is enough for your quick pickups whenever they happen. Plus, you can charge this vacuum using a USB, making it a great option to keep in your car for accidents.
This vacuum comes with a crevice tool for corners and edges and a dusting brush for your other surfaces. It is an aesthetically pleasing vacuum and looks great on it’s charging station. It is incredibly lightweight and won’t tire your arm if you need to reach above your head or stretch your arm horizontally to reach the back of deep-set shelves. The dirt canister is a bit small, but since you won’t be using it for big jobs, this is in no way a deal breaker.
The SharkNinja handheld vacuum is an incredibly lightweight and compact vacuum. Weighing only 1.4 lbs, you can use it anywhere one-handed and never get tired. Plus, it is so slim that it can fit anywhere you may need to vacuum – even in between your fridge and stove or under your tv stand without having to rearrange your whole home. The dustbin is incredibly small on this vacuum, which is a small sacrifice, but this vacuum isn’t designed for large jobs anyway.
The charging dock supports the vacuum as well as its accessories to keep everything neatly in one location. You can use a crevice tool for even narrower spaces and corners/edges or opt for the multi-surface tool on upholstery, stairs, or your vehicle. The battery charges quickly, which is a small saving grace given the short battery life of this compact vacuum. The dustbin empties with a single press of a button on the handle, so you don’t have to get anywhere near the dirt to empty your vacuum. This is one of the best vacuums for cleaning your car thanks to the incredibly slim design, and it will store anywhere.
The Hoover ONEPWR cordless handheld vacuum has a robust 20V battery capable of tackling heavier particles and larger crumbs. The compact design makes it great for dozens of applications, including cleaning your car, vacuuming your sofa for the first time in 3 years, and vacuuming your stairs safely. An on-board crevice tool makes it easy and convenient to reach those crevices and narrower spaces that the regular nozzle cannot reach. Plus, it stores on the vacuum, so it is always there when you need it, and the entire unit is well balanced when empty or full.
The battery is removable for more convenient charging and easily snaps back into place when you’re ready to go again. The vacuum stores easily either horizontally or vertically, depending on your storage situation. The extra-large dustbin can hold as much dirt as you can pick up in a single vacuuming session, which is great, but it has to be removed entirely from the body of the vacuum to be dumped. A brush tool would be incredibly useful for carpet and hair, but you can agitate your softer surfaces with the nozzle well enough to get deeper. The wide nozzle can easily pick up larger crumbs and makes vacuuming a bit more efficient.
The Shark pet pro plus cordless handheld vacuum is a powerful machine designed for pet-friendly homes that don’t want to look or smell like pet-friendly homes. The vacuum comes with a scrubbing brush for dried or stuck-on dirt as well as a crevice tool to get every last hair and piece of debris out of your corners, crevices, and hard-to-reach spots. This hand vac is best suited to pet hair and longer hair since it has a self-cleaning brush to eliminate annoying hair wrap that most other vacuums can’t escape.
This stylish vacuum has a large dust cup to keep up with champion shedders and large messes, as well as an easy-eject button to dump all that dirt out without getting your hands near it. Plus, the filter is washable to extend the life of the vacuum. This vacuum weighs less than 3 lbs and is very portable; it can be used in any area in or out of your home. Strong suction and reliable power ensure that no mess is too big for this portable vacuum.
The dirt devil scorpion handheld vacuum is a bit bulkier width-wise but comes with a hose so you can still reach those tighter, narrower spaces with excellent reach. This vacuum also comes with a shoulder strap when using the hose as well as a crevice tool and dusting brush for all of your surfaces, fine particles, and corners. The wider nozzle makes tackling larger messes more efficient and is ideal for high-traffic areas. This handheld unit is corded, so you have less freedom even with the 15ft power cord, but don’t have to worry about a battery dying in the middle of your clean.
This is a more affordable model, and the 7amp motor does alright for lighter debris such as hair, dust, and finer particles. This isn’t a great choice if you want a lighter vacuum to reach the cobwebs on a ceiling or for your vehicle unless you have an outlet close by. This model is full of helpful attachments for versatile use within the limits of the power cord.
The Bissel pet hair eraser handheld vacuum is the perfect choice for stairs and upholstery that are covered in hair on a daily basis. If you’re sick of scrubbing with a brush tool trying to get every last hair out of your carpeted stairs, area rugs, or sofas, let the rubberized nozzle save that elbow grease for more deserving jobs; the rubber attracts the hair and gives you a superior clean for once. For bare surfaces, the hard nozzle will maintain efficiency without causing friction. We would’ve liked to see a crevice tool as well, but we’ll have to do without when it comes to this handheld vacuum.
This vacuum weighs less than 4 lbs and is very portable since the handle is positioned above the body rather than as an extension of the vacuum. This placement also makes it easier to apply force on stubborn messes, though it does reduce the reach of the vacuum. This unit is corded and has a longer 16-ft power cord, so you can vacuum for as long as you need to so long as you have an outlet handy. This vacuum isn’t recommended for your vehicle but will make quick work of your carpeted staircases and your upholstery.
The Holife handheld vacuum is a budget-friendly machine with numerous attachments for versatile use. The vacuum can be mounted to the wall for accessibility and charges within 3-4 hours, depending on how much battery your latest cleaning session used. On a full charge, you can expect between 25 and 35 minutes of battery life before you must recharge the unit. This is a relatively impressive number considering some others on our list only last 15 minutes or less and take longer to charge. This vacuum has a dual filter system to trap large and small particles and be cleaned as often as you like to prevent clogging.
Its accessories include a crevice tool for tight spaces and a brush tool for stairs, upholstery, your vehicle, a dozen more applications. Though it cannot be used with wet spills and messes, this vacuum can handle nearly any other task thanks to a 5.5KPA suction power. This lightweight and portable unit is one of the best budget-friendly models for everyday use, quick pickups, or spot cleaning between vacuuming.
How To Choose Your Handheld Vacuum
Of course, suction power is the main reason you’re purchasing a vacuum. If it can’t suck up what you need it to pick up, it is worthless to you. Handheld vacuums will never be as powerful as full-size units, but they can come close. Most in Canada average 13-15 AW (air watts) of power while some reach more than 30 AW. If you only want to do spot cleaning of dust bunnies or cobwebs, lower suction power is enough, and you may be able to save some money. If your intention is to regularly clean your stairs and vehicle, higher suction power is probably necessary to clean your satisfaction.
Anything you purchase should always be within a comfortable budget for you and your family, but sometimes it is worth spending a little extra to get the right product. When it comes to handheld vacuums, the price will vary depending on the power, the battery life, the attachments, and the overall quality and durability of the machine. A general rule of thumb to follow is to get the best you can afford to be sure that it will meet your suction and application needs.
This is one of the main considerations when choosing a handheld vacuum and can be a tricky one since there are pros and cons to both options. A corded electric handheld vacuum has limited reach and may not be convenient for high-up areas or for doing your vehicle if you don’t have a cord outside, and they are a bit more of a hassle for quick pickups if you need to find somewhere to plug them in. However, they will never run out of juice so you can vacuum to your heart’s content without a dead battery or fading suction getting in the way.
On the other hand, a battery-powered handheld cordless vacuum gives you complete freedom to vacuum anywhere, including outdoors, but they have a limited battery life, are usually not as powerful depending on the model, and take a while to charge. However, they are the more convenient option for vehicles and quick pickups since you don’t have to look for an outlet or worry about cord length.
The dustbin capacity on a handheld vacuum generally ranges from 0.3 to 0.6 L. A larger dustbin results in a less compact machine but needs to be emptied less often and is more convenient when it comes to big jobs. The size of the dustbin that’s right for you depends on how you plan to use the vacuum. Still, we recommend a larger size on a corded vacuum that will handle regular cleaning and large messes and a smaller size for battery operated vacuums with a shorter battery life meant for quick pickups.
A handheld vacuum will never be silent, but some are much louder than others. The more powerful the vacuum is, the louder it will be, so make sure to balance those two features if you want to keep your eardrums intact. Of course, not all noises are created equal. A squealing or loud whining sound is much less tolerable than the white noise from a more normal vacuum sound, so keep pitch in mind as well.
The attachments that come with your handheld vacuum impact how useful and versatile it is around your home, office, or other areas such as your car or home workshop. Most vacuums come with a brush tool and a crevice tool, but others also include a motorized tool, a dust tool, or a combination of these. The number and type of accessories you need will depend on the traffic in your home, the presence of pets, and your intended applications.
The size of your handheld vacuum will determine how functional it is in tight spaces. Some handheld models are quite slim and compact, while others are a bit bulkier but are more powerful and have a larger dustbin. If you need something you can store anywhere, smaller size is best. If you’re not too concerned about a bulky machine as long as it is effective and useful, you can look at larger (more expensive) models.
Is Corded or Battery Power Better?
The answer to this question comes down to preference. Each type comes with its advantages and disadvantages, and what works best for one person may not work best for another. There are numerous factors that dictate which type is best, and it is mostly a situational question as neither type is of better quality, stronger, or objectively better than the other.
What Are Handheld Vacuums Best Suited For?
Handheld vacuums are not designed to clean your whole house. Still, they do very well in applications like spot cleaning, quick pickups, awkward areas, vehicle cleaning, travelling, cleanup of pet messes, and intricate surfaces such as blinds, windowsills, knickknacks and belongings, and more.
All in all, a handheld vacuum is an excellent cleaning tool to have in your home. No matter which type you choose, it will definitely get a lot of use and may become an everyday tool for maintaining an orderly home, especially if pets or children are present. We hope we’ve given you several great choices for your unique vacuuming needs and are glad to have been able to help with your search for a new handheld vacuum in Canada.