Handheld Vacuum

Pros and Cons of Handheld Vacuum Cleaners

Dyson DC31 Handheld Vacuum

Dyson Handheld Vacuum by Rob Boudon

Cleaning tasks around any home vary considerably because some are light while some are very taxing. It is for this reason you should critically evaluate your vacuum cleaners before purchase. Here is a look at some of the pros and cons of lightweight handheld vacuums according to Homefloorexperts, which are meant to assist you with your purchase.


Handheld vacuums have the capability to clean small messes around your home. It is even possible to get a device that picks up solid particles and liquid spills. Suction power in these appliances varies from 6 to 22 volts, which allows you to select products that can serve you appropriately.

The downside to their cleaning capabilities is evident when you need to pick up large particles, or when you need to clean large areas. These types of cleaners are ill equipped in such situations, which means you need to own larger and more powerful alternatives such as canisters and uprights to supplement them.

Dust Container

All particles collected by these types of cleaning gadgets are held in a dust container. It is conveniently sized to allow you carry the device around your home during cleaning and is made of translucent material to enable you see the amount of dirt collected before emptying.

Emptying the dust container in a handheld vacuum exposes you to inhaling fine and invisible dust and other particles that may cause allergic reactions and other respiratory complications. In addition, the small size of the container means that you have to empty it now and then because its carrying capacity is limited.

Cords and Batteries

These appliances are corded, or battery powered. The running time of their batteries is usually sufficient for light cleaning, while corded models allow unlimited cleaning. Battery powered cleaners come with indicator lights to warn you when power supply is running low so that you can use the device efficiently.

One obstacle in owning a battery powered vacuum cleaner is that the running time hardly exceeds thirty minutes. Recharging the batteries to their full capacity is a major drawback since most devices take approximately 20 hours before they can be used again. The cord, on the other hand, is an impediment when cleaning around furniture legs or when you need to move from one room to the next.

Some of the batteries fitted on these devices cannot be replaced, making the vacuum cleaners unusable in case of total battery failure.

Nozzles and Stretch Hoses

The greatest advantage of owning a handheld cleaner is that it’s easy to clean areas that are difficult to clean with other types of cleaners. Features such as slim nozzles and stretch hoses are to credit for this.

One notable disadvantage of stretch hoses is that they make the devices heavier and, making it difficult for you to clean large surfaces without tiring. They also add to the overall cost of the products.


Handheld vacuums are the most affordable cleaners on the market. This is enabled by their characteristics. They include:

  • Lighter weight
  • Compact size
  • Simplicity in design
  • The absence of bags
  • Lower suction power when compared to alternatives

It is, however, sad to note that handheld machines also tend to be the least durable you can find. This can make them very costly because; if they suddenly breakdown, you have to incur costs to replace them.


It is clear that handheld vacuum cleaners are invaluable appliances for every home’s light to medium cleaning tasks. However, your home needs a canister or upright vacuum cleaner too for heavier cleaning tasks. For example, if you have large areas of hardwood floor, your best bet is a powerful hardwood canister vacuum. With this in mind, handheld vacuums are ideal if used in conjunction with their alternatives because they cannot replace them entirely.