Looking to clean up your stairs? A handheld vacuum will make the work so much easier than lugging your huge vacuum cleaner up and down the stairs every time you need to clean; and if you have pets, you’re probably cleaning those stairs more than once a week!
These handhelds will do the job, and do it well. Whether you are looking for a cordless vacuum or a corded vac, consumers have rated their top picks and we’ve gathered them right here for you.
Best Handheld Vacuum to Buy
The top-rated cordless handheld vacuum is the Black and Decker. Their Black+Decker BDH2000PL MAX Lithium Pivot Vacuum, 20-volt, which allows you access to hard to reach places (like the corners of your stairs). Customers say the Max Lithium holds a charge for a very long time and you rarely have to worry about recharging.
This model is also bagless, and you simply clean it by emptying out the bowl. If you want a more thorough cleaning, you can take the bowl out and rinse it in the sink, which customers say is very easy to do.
Reviews note that this has the strongest rating among Black and Decker handheld vacs, and it is the smallest, which is great if storage area is an issue.
The battery pack can be changed, if needed.
Best Handheld Vacuum on the Market
Next is the Dyson. The Dyson V6 Trigger is a bit more expensive than the Black and Decker but it does get top marks. The Dyson weighs about 3 lbs and has two power levels, but reviewers note that even on the lower power setting the Dyson sucks up all the dirt in sight!
Reviewers also note that the battery lasts about 20 minutes when fully charged–but that is on the lower setting. They say that on the ‘Max’ setting expect the vac to last only about 6 minutes.
This handheld vac comes with two accessory tools, which are great for getting in the corners of your stairs.
The Dyson is also bagless.
Top Lightweight Bagged Upright Vac
The final cordless handheld is the Hoover Platinum. The Hoover Platinum LiNX is perfect for picking up pet hair! In fact, that’s what it was designed to do, and reviewers say it is great at it.
They say that the LiNX’s 18 volt Lithium-ion battery doesn’t fade. In fact, it runs at full power until the end. Customer says the Hoover has some serious power! They also note that instead of additional brush attachments that are powered only by the suction of the vacuum, the Hoover’s ‘on board tools’ are actually part of the vacuum: they are motorized so they really pick up the fur!
The Platinum comes with a great warranty, too (6 year limited on the vacuum, 2 year limited on the charger). Instead of charging the entire vacuum, you simply charge the battery and then pop it back in when you are ready to vacuum!
Emptying the Hoover is simple and easy. It is bagless, so you just dump it out and go! No muss, no fuss.
Best Handheld Vacuum for Pet Hair
The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser gets top marks in the ‘corded’ category. If you don’t mind a cord, reviewers say this one does what it promises. It will pick up the pet hair, reviewers swear to it!
This multi-level filtration system does the job–no filters to replace (although some reviewers note that HEPA filters will fit, if you are worried about getting dander and dust back out into your home environment). It is a bagless vacuum, so no bags to buy.
Reviewers say the suction is great, and it works on much more than just pet hair! This is a smaller vacuum that is perfect for cleaning the stairs.
Best Handheld Corded Vacuum for the Price
The RapidClean Step Handheld Corded Vacuum is perfect for, well, the stairs! It’s in the name. This corded vacuum is great for bare floors or carpeted stairs, say reviewers. They also note that it comes with a hose attachment, so you can use it anywhere.
They note that the suction will surprise you, it is so strong. The Eureka is another bagless option, so again, no bags to purchase. The RapidClean has a powerful motor and a very comfortable handle, making it very easy to use.
Reviewers also note that the Eureka has a longer power cord than most vacuums, allowing you to get the entire job done without plugging and unplugging several times.