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So Long, Suckers! Your Guide to Buying Handheld Vacuums for Cars



If you have a relationship like Star-Lord has with his ship, then you know how much effort you have to put in to maintain a very satisfying one.

We’ve handpicked a variety of vacuum brands that you can add to your repertoire of toys to make sure your car is taken care of. (wink wink)

1. The first to catch our attention is Bissell Multi Auto. This cordless vacuum is powered by a removable and rechargeable 22V lithium-ion battery. It has led lights installed to make sure you get a good view of the underside of car seats and all the dark and secret places your car likes to hide from you. No more trust issues so you don’t have to worry about your car smelling weird for your passengers. Additional equipment to make cleaning effortless is available: a dusting brush to remove the dust off from dashboards and hard surfaces, an extension hose for people who don’t simply have enough arm reach, and a crevice tool to suck out all the debris from tight spaces. You’re gonna need breaks if you’ve been vacuuming for a while because the 3.2 pound vacuum, although portable, puts some strain on the wrist. Good thing there’s a hose attached.

2. Dyson has been known for amazing products. They’re the luxury equivalent for vacuum cleaners and rightfully so – they’re innovative and proof of this is its first sale in Japan, the home of high-tech products. It’s another cordless vacuum to this list and what sets it apart from the Bissell is the length of the shaft or hose, whichever you prefer to call it. The stick length is actually useful and Dyson made sure you can attach a variety of accessories and tools to help you clean your car. There’s a soft roller cleaner head ideal for hard surfaces, a motorhead for gritty dirt strewn across carpets, a smaller version of the motorhead for cleaning upholstery, a soft dusting brush for delicates, and a combination tool for a brush and wide nozzle so you can increase efficiency. Like the Bissell, it also has a crevice tool to suck in debris from narrow areas and when you’re done cleaning your car you can simply place it on a wall-mounted docking station to have it recharged. If you prefer to leave it lying around, there’s also the charger. Make sure to get the cables away if you don’t want to trip over.

3. This pet-focused-and-friendly handheld vacuum looks more premium than its price. It’s also lighter than the Bissell and Dyson so you can clean longer. The Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ dust cup capacity can hold in half a quart, upgradeable to an XL, so you can pick up more dust and dirt, or food and fur – you get the idea – it sucks up a lot. If you own cats or dogs, you know how it can be so annoying to get the fur off of your clothes or furniture. To prevent a buildup and a reduction in the sucking power of the Pet Pro+, it has a self-cleaning brush. You also don’t have to get dirt and fur on your fingers as there is a hands-free mechanism to allow you to dispose the contents of the dust cup. Fur can be one of the most laborious to clean so the Pet Pro+ has a lithium-ion battery to power through the whole duration.

4. Another fur-baby focused vacuum device is from Bissell. Their Pet Hair Eraser Lithium Ion Cordless Pet Hand Vacuum (oof, that’s a substantially descriptive title) has a motorized brush tool to remove embedded dirt and pet hair in carpets. It looks nice as the attachment looks more like a detachable flat iron so it can be satisfying and relaxing to use. The upholstery tool has a wide mouth and is recommended for soft surfaces so it’s going to be perfect for the rear seats and front driver seats if you like to have your babies seated front row. The 14V may not be as large as the capacity on the first Bissell on this list, it performs just as good. This is easier on the wrist and is the lightest compared to the first three, as it only weighs 2.5 pounds.

5. The DustBuster by Black + Decker has one of the best nozzles for cleaning. It’s handheld yet has a long reach. This should make cleaning at a distance easier. It’s ideal for cleaning the interior of SUV’s, trucks, and minibuses. The 4 hour charge duration on the vacuum can handle cleaning on wide surfaces of seats, floors, dashboards – anything inside your car. There’s also a battery indicator to let you know it’s time to recharge and give yourself a well-deserved break from vacuuming so much. The filter is also washable so you have to worry less about buying replacements.

6. The best vacuum in terms of ease of use and portability. Weighing only 1.3 pounds, the Shark WandVac is more of a fancy gadget to add to your collection than a good cleaning tool. Sadly, this the worst investment for a vacuum and we’ll tell you why: the dust cup is too small, and if you’re vacuuming pet hair, it’s going to build up and the only option is to manually unclog the shaft. It’s a cool vacuum though, and we think you can store it in your compartment to clean the center console in your car.

7. The suction power on the DeWalt Half-Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum is impressive. As the name suggests, the suction can fill the half-gallon dust tank in a matter of seconds. The only problem is its power only last so cleaning will be in short burst. There are no attachments to make cleaning easier. Add in an expensive price tag and it’s definitely a no-go. You might as well go for corded vacuums and it will do the same thing. But hey, each to his (or her) own, right? The black and yellow color scheme is reminiscent of CAT and personally, it will appeal to said brand loyalist.

Whatever you choose, make sure your machine baby is ready anytime and anywhere. A clean car interior is something to be proud of.

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