The best handheld vacuum cleaners for your car

Don't get bogged down in dust with these handheld car vacuums


by Myles Warwood |

Keeping your car clean can seem like a constant battle. The space we spend the most time inside our vehicles can get very dusty and we don’t even notice. What's more, if you have kids, those little ankle-biters love crushing up food and throwing wrappers on the floor, not to mention the mud off their shoes; it can get everywhere.

Sometimes we have no option and the big vacuum that we use in our home has to come out. This usually means that it's a big job and that we have to spend a good hour just getting the dust cleaned up.

While these larger vacuum cleaners are great for big jobs, picking them over a smaller, easier to use option can be the wrong move, certainly on the carpets of our cars. While larger vacuums don't damage carpets, the extra suction power can grab the carpet pile, not leaving room to suck up the dust and dirt. This can be a pain when all you want to do is have a quick surface-level clean around.

In these cases, you need a little something handheld to help you get to those hard-to-reach places to pull out quickly and get something sucked up. Here’s a list of the best handheld vacuums under £100.

If you like all your tools to be by the same manufacturer, you may already be aware of the Bosch EasyVac – or after reading that sentence, you may be relieved to know Bosch makes a handheld vacuum for your car.

This lower price is because the EasyVac comes without a battery or charger, but if you already own a Bosch product with a 12V battery, you can use that same battery in the EasyVac. Weighing just one kilogram and with a noise level of 50dB, the Bosch EasyVac seems like a sound choice.

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This cordless handheld vacuum gives you the freedom to not be snagged around the seats. It’s lightweight with a powerful motor and long battery life. It’ll pick up all the kiddy crumbs, pet hair and dirt from your seats and carpets, and a bright LED light helps clean in the dark and the thin design gets under the seats.

It also comes with two attachments to help you get into every nook and cranny.

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The Black & Decker Dustbuster Flexi Hand Vac is compact but powerful due to its 'motor in the filter' technology. It can be used as a traditional hand vacuum or removed the handle to tackle those hard to reach areas. The cyclonic action spins dirt away from the filter, maintaining optimum suction power. With a five-metre cable, you can get all areas of your car, including the boot.

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The Hoover name has become synonymous with vacuuming. So much so that people often call a Henry a Henry Hoover, which would be like calling your Mercedes a BMW Mercedes.

Here, this ultralightweight Hoover vacuum with a powerful and ergonomic car cleaning tool. Cordless, with an impressive suction power of 40 Airwatts for up to 12 minutes, takes just three hours to recharge.

The Shark CH950UKT Handheld Vacuum Cleaner is great for on-the-spot clean-ups, with powerful suction from the high-efficiency motor. Clean up kiddy litter spills or crumbs from the floor without needing to get your main vacuum cleaner out. One button pops the dust cup release so that you can empty it in seconds. No fiddling, so no spilling the dust before making it to the bin.

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