Are you hauling out your big vacuum cleaner every day because the pets and the kids keep dragging in the dirt and dander? Think about getting a handheld vacuum that can pick up that everyday dirt and spills without breaking your back — or the bank.
Handheld vacuums offer many advantages. They are much lighter than other vacuums, so vacuuming those carpeted stairs is a lot easier. Handhelds do not need a bag and reach into tight corners and hard-to-reach spaces where their larger companions can’t go. While their power does not match the larger vacuum, they have enough power to clean up those ubiquitous spills and occasional messes — from the kids making Valentine’s Day cards or popcorn balls. They’re also wonderful to use to clean your car interior. Handheld vacuums are available in cordless and corded models.
Handheld Vacuums offer a variety of features. Some come with a special pet hair upholstery brush or filters to capture allergens. Others have special brushes to get at that ground-in dirt, adapters to give that bare floor a shine, a tool for cleaning the stairs, or a wet-dry function. There are even models that charge from the cigarette lighter in the car — the perfect fit for cleaning the car. And don’t worry that handhelds are behind the times when it comes to the environment. Eco-friendly options abound, such as hoses that don’t use PVC. There are even hand-held carpet cleaners available!
Prices range from $25 to $50, depending on the accessories. Check out different brands and recommendations by reading consumer reports or go online. You can always check with your neighbors and friends as well to figure out which brand is the one for you. So what’s holding you back — check out a handheld vacuum for safe and effective vacuuming!