Handheld vacuums for smaller homes and tighter corners

Bust that dust!

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.

Most portable: Shark WV201 WANDVAC Handheld Vacuum

Slimmest Option

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Weighing less than two pounds, this mini vac is great for all your cleaning needs. It has about a 10-minute battery life and comes with a crevice tool, so you can get all the crumbs of hard to reach areas. To empty the Wandvac dust compartment, you push a single button that lets the dust fall from the bottom. It comes with a charging base that doesn’t take up much room.

Budget pick: BLACK+DECKER Dustbuster Handheld Vacuum

Cheap And Effective

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This classic dustbuster 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.

Strongest motor: Dyson Handy Cleaner Cyclone Vacuum Cleaner Mattress

Get Into The Cracks

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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.