Why is a handheld vacuum a good tool to have in my home?
A handheld vacuum is a great cleaning device that allows you to clean up small messes and get into awkward spaces that regular vacuums can’t reach. Instead of having to drag around a big upright vacuum just to vacuum up a spill, a handheld vacuum is lightweight and easy to use at any time in any area.
Can a handheld vacuum be used on both bare wood and carpet?
Generally, yes. Many handheld vacuums are suitable for use on either surface; some models, such as many offered by Eureka, have special brushes and settings for either carpet or bare wood that provide optimal performance on either.
Which is better, corded or cordless handheld vacuums?
Corded handheld vacuums will generally offer more suction and power since they don’t ever lose their charge. However, cordless vacuums are easy to maneuver and can often be used in places that you can’t reach with a corded model.
Can a handheld vacuum clean up wet spills?
Depends. Most handheld vacuums are primarily for dry dirt and debris, but there are wet/dry models available that can handle wet spills as well.
What is cyclonic technology?
Cyclonic technology is offered on many higher-end handheld vacuums like Dyson and Black and Decker. It essentially works like a cyclone, as its name would suggest. It uses high-speed rotations and airflow to create centrifugal force within the model; dirt and debris are automatically dispersed to the sides of the chamber and then sucked into the dirt cup. This technology is more thorough for picking up small particles and the filter remains cleaner. Cyclonic technology is something you should seriously consider if allergens are a concern for you, because it allows the vacuum to pick up invisible allergy-causing particles and debris in the air.
Should I buy a handheld vacuum with an air filter?
Without an air filter, miniscule and microscopic debris can pass through the vacuum and be released back into your home through the vacuum’s vents. If you’re not looking for super cleaning action and just need a vacuum for the occasional spill or to get into cracks and crevices in your home, an air filter might not be necessary. However, if you’re concerned about allergens and air pollution in your living space, you will probably want to invest in a model that has an air filter.
What sort of air filters are there?
A handheld vacuum might offer electrostatic, micron, or HEPA filters. Any of these would be sufficient to trap pollen, mold spores, dander, and other tiny allergens, but a HEPA filter is the most technologically advanced and effective. Some units, especially higher-end Dyson models, will offer two or more filtration systems, like a pre-filter, an exhaust filter, and a HEPA filter. The pre-filter catches large particles, preserving the life of the more sensitive HEPA filters, while the exhaust filter prevents any small particles from escaping back into the air. If clean air is your priority, look for a model that offers multiple filtration systems.
Will I have to replace my filters?
Depends. Many filters are washable, and some Black and Decker models are even dishwasher friendly. Other filters need to be replaced entirely over the course of 6 months to 2 years, depending on the filter. Factor in the cost of replacement filters when you are considering a model that needs them.
What features should I look for in a handheld vacuum?
Some top-grade features to keep an eye out for in a handheld vacuum include having a stretch hose, a bagless dirt cup, and crevice or upholstery brush attachments.
What are the benefits of having a stretch hose?
A stretch hose can help you reach difficult areas easily, and can make vacuuming stairs or your car easy. A stretch hose gives you extra mobility on any sort of handheld vacuum, but especially on a corded unit. Since a stretch hose is flexible, it’s very easy to clean between your couch cushions or between furniture where the actual vacuum might not be able to fit.
What is a bagless dirt cup?
When a vacuum catches dirt and debris in a bag, it means you have to take the bag out and shake it over the trash or outside to release the particles. You might have to use your hands to clean out dust bunnies and other dirt that sticks to the bag, and it can cause the debris to fly everywhere. A dirt cup doesn’t use a bag, and can easily be removed and emptied simply by emptying it into the trash. Since there’s no fabric for dust or dirt to stick to, it’s much easier to clean and can be done in seconds.
What are the benefits of crevice and upholstery brush attachments?
Crevice and upholstery brush attachments give you a bigger range for cleaning. An upholstery brush will help get stubborn messes and dust out of carpets, sofas, and other fabrics, while a crevice attachment allows you to get a deep clean between your floorboards or in very, very small spaces. Both are especially useful if you plan on using your handheld vacuum to clean out your car.
What power levels should I look for in a handheld vacuum?
You’ll want to purchase a model that offers at least 15 volts of motor power to effectively clean large particles and messes. The more volts, the more suction and the better cleaning power. However, keep in mind if you decide to purchase a cordless vacuum that higher energy models will use up their battery life quicker; the upside is that they also tend to perform quicker, so you don’t need to use them for as long.
What are the differences between lithium, NiCad, and NiMH batteries?
Lithium, or lithium ion, batteries offer the most lightweight and long-lasting battery life for your handheld vacuum. They charge quickly and tend to have very long lifespans, so you shouldn’t need to worry about replacing it. NiMH (nickel-metal-hydride) batteries are fairly lightweight and offer a good amount of power, and they can be re-charged even when they are partially charged. NiCad (nickel-cadmium) batteries are the heaviest battery type, and the battery should be fully depleted before recharging. You also have to be careful not to overcharge NiCad batteries because it could damage the battery’s lifespan and ability to hold a charge.
What sort of battery time should I look for in a cordless vacuum?
Battery times can vary greatly. Some cordless vacuum cleaners work for as little as 10 minutes, while others can run for a full hour. Obviously, the longer the battery life the better, but don’t necessarily trade quality suction for battery life. After all, a powerful motor will take up more energy but can get the job done quicker. Look for a model that gives you at least 20 minutes of battery life per charge.
What about cleaning my handheld vacuum?
Cleaning a handheld vacuums should be very easy. Most units can be cleaned by popping off the dirt cup or bag and simply throwing away the dirt and debris. If you have a model with various brushes, you might want to occasionally clean out the brushes, as well.
How heavy are handheld vacuums?
Lightweight is an important quality of handheld vacuums because you will want to be able to use once comfortably without your arm getting tired. A handheld vacuum can weight under 3 pounds or as many as 6 pounds. Heavier models sometimes offer more features and technology that help keep your home clean.
Will a handheld vacuum help me get rid of pet hair?
While any vacuum you purchase should give you adequate suction to clean up pet hair in your home, you might consider purchasing a model that is specifically for pet hair, which is available on many Hoover models. If pet hair is your main concern, buying a dedicated pet vacuum can help a lot.