Handheld vacuums for smaller homes and tighter corners

Bust that dust!

person cleaning rug near door with dustbuster
Suck it up and keep your house clean.Amazon

If you live in a smaller apartment or dorm room or simply don’t have enough storage space, a full-sized vacuum isn’t a total necessity. There are some powerful handheld vacuums currently on the market that are just as effective as their bigger counterparts and in some cases more versatile. These smaller handheld vacs, known commonly as “dust busters,” are also great for cleaning cars and reaching the top of shelves or fan-blades where dust tends to go unnoticed. If you have a pet that likes to perch on the couch or your bed and need a quick de-dander, a handheld vacuum can deliver a quick and hygienic solution. Here are some of the best options for dust busters currently available.

Shark Rocket Ultra-Light with TruePet Mini Motorized Brush and 15-foot Power Cord Hand Vacuum

Shark Rocket Ultra-Light with TruePet Mini Motorized Brush and 15-foot Power Cord Hand Vacuum

De-dander your home for those sensitive guests.Amazon

Weighing less than four pounds, this mini vac is effective for deep-cleaning, with three different attachments: a motorized brush for dander, an extended hose, and a tool for nooks and crevices. You can also empty the dust compartment easily, pushing a button and letting the dust fall from the bottom. The Shark Rocket has a 15-foot long cord, which is long enough for reaching any corner of the house, so you don’t need to charge it.

BLACK+DECKER dusbuster Handheld Vacuum

BLACK+DECKER dusbuster Handheld Vacuum

Few frills but gets the job done well.Amazon

This classic dust-buster has strong suction and two attachments, a crevice tool and brush tool, which can be pushed into the mouth of the vacuum. Its dust compartment capacity is 13 ounces, and you can empty it by removing the plastic portion of the vacuum. This is a wireless vacuum with a rechargeable lithium ion battery. It also comes with a wall mount for easy, out of the way storage.

Dyson V7 Trigger Cord-Free Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

Dyson V7 Trigger Cord-Free Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

Cleanest dirt dispenser.Amazon

Dyson is a well-trusted brand in the vacuum world, and this product does not disappoint. The V7 motor is extremely powerful and leaves no dust behind. The three extensions are all effective in their own right. The small motorized tool is great for pet hair and hidden dirt in fabric. The combination brush tool is best for gentle dusting on shelves or in the car. The crevice hose is meant for harder to reach spots. Dispensing the collected dirt is especially easy and clean with this vacuum—just hold it over the garbage and pull the lever. This is a cordless and rechargeable vacuum that will give you 30 minutes of full power on one charge.