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Shark Cordless Handheld Vacuum review: Just plain excellent

Vacuuming awkward spaces like car interiors and furniture can be a pain with a hefty upright, which is why you might invest in something like the Shark Cordless Handheld Vacuum. It’s light, slim, and conveniently small, and it’s designed to make it easy to keep those awkward crevices clean.

Shark Cordless Handheld Vacuum review: What you need to know

Best known for its DuoClean cordless stick vacuums, the WV200UK is Shark’s first foray into the world of handheld suction. Measuring 43cm from end to end, the Shark Cordless Handheld Vacuum is designed to keep the corners of your home, office, or car clean: it won’t match your regular upright, but it will theoretically make a fine replacement for your tired old dustpan and brush.

In the box, you’ll find the Shark Cordless Handheld Vacuum itself, plus two head attachments – one for deep crevices, one for pet hair – and the charging dock. The model I’m reviewing also comes with a second battery, which means double the usage time. Not all of these particular models are sold with two batteries.

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Shark Cordless Handheld Vacuum review: Price and competition

You’ll have to pay a respectable £180 for the twin battery model; the single batter model is £130. Simply put, this is a lot of money for a handheld vacuum. The Dyson V7 Trigger is the only rival that costs more, at £200; Hoover’s tiny Jovis Plus will set you back £80, and the Vax Gator is £100. Admittedly, the latter two machines are more basic than the Shark, so it does depend on what you’re after.

Shark Cordless Handheld Vacuum review: Features and design

Fundamentally, though, what that high price gets you is a high-quality product. The first thing that strikes you about the Shark Cordless is how stylish it is: it’s not often I use that word to describe a vacuum cleaner but in this instance, it seems more than appropriate.

The machine itself is wonderfully sleek, with a trim frame that makes clever use of the space available. It sits comfortably in the hand, with the weight nice and central and it has a way of making you feel less a cleaner than a household Jedi. I particularly appreciate the fact that Shark has opted for a button, rather than a finger-operated trigger to turn the machine on and off. Holding the machine like a club is definitely kinder on the wrist than a trigger-activated machine like the Dyson V7.

Complementing this stylish handheld vacuum is a narrow charging dock that can charge the spare battery and store one of the two attachments. It’s no coincidence that the dock is angled so as to imitate a Shark’s fin but it’s also compact enough to sit neatly on a chest of drawers without getting in the way. The matte black-and-grey finish of both vacuum and dock is a far cry from the lurid orange trim of the Shark DuoClean that we reviewed, and to be honest, it’s a welcome change. I would be quite happy to leave this portable cleaner out on display.

The Shark cordless is a simple vacuum cleaner with no variable power modes: it’s either on or off. Above the power button, ever so slightly out of reach of my thumb, is the bin release mechanism. The Shark can’t go long without being emptied but, fortunately, it’s a hassle-free experience. Simply hold the machine horizontally over the bin and release the catch. The bin flips outward and hurls its contents with remarkable force, so be careful where you aim.

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Shark Cordless Handheld Vacuum review: Performance and usability

At 0.25l that bin is, sadly, pretty small. It’s fine for collecting dust and other tiny bits of detritus but move on up to something like cereal and you’ll find that it needs emptying constantly. Of course, a bigger bin means a more unwieldy machine, but even a vacuum like the Black and Decker Dustbuster offers 0.4l of bin space without compromising too much on weight.

The battery doesn’t last long, either, running for a mere eight minutes before needing to be topped up. Despite this, though, I didn’t once find myself caught short, mid-clean. And if you do run out of charge, the Shark handheld has a couple of aces up its sleeve. First, it only takes 2hrs 30mins to charge; that’s a lot shorter than the 12 hours the Vax Gator needs to replenish its battery. Second, the Shark can be purchased with a second battery pack which sits in the charging dock, ready a little more cleaning time. The twin battery model costs £50 more but the doubled run-time is certainly worth the money.

So the Shark Cordless Handheld Vacuum looks the part, but we’re not here simply to admire it. Fortunately, the Shark also performs exceptionally well. The angular head has a wide enough opening to make short work of everything from flour to uncooked pasta, and slots very nicely down the back of the sofa for an incredibly satisfying clean.

The crevice tool can help in really tight spaces but for most jobs the regular head will suffice. This intelligent design is aided by a powerful vacuum motor that has no real use for a “boost” mode; carpet or linoleum, the Shark handheld powered through my cleaning tests without breaking a sweat.

It’s a light machine, which means you can keep it aloft for quite some time without feeling the weight: this makes it an ideal candidate for removing dust or cobwebs from bookshelves, curtain rails and ceiling corners (if you can reach that high).

The biggest issue I found was that the filter can become clogged quite quickly when dealing with thick powders like flour. Like every other detachable part of the Shark handheld, however, the filter is easy to remove and can be cleaned by bashing it into a bin.

When faced with the cramped spaces of my Ford Fiesta, the Shark didn’t bat an eyelid, taking on dried mud and ingrained dust with equal vigour. The soft bristles of the crevice tool proved particularly useful for vacuuming dashboards and cupholders. A bigger vacuum might have done a better job of removing particularly tough bits of gravel but the Shark wins that particular contest by virtue of its size and manoeuvrability.

Shark Cordless Handheld Vacuum review: Verdict

The Shark Cordless Handheld Vacuum might be small but it’s a very appealing alternative to the traditional cordless stick vacuum. In fact, it might be the best-looking vacuum I’ve ever seen (sorry, Henry) and it offers a level of sheer convenience that not many of its competitors can match.

Where most handhelds might sacrifice power for portability, the Shark Cordless Handheld Vacuum strikes a good balance between the two. This is a vacuum cleaner that more than earns its price tag.

Shark Cordless Handheld Vacuum review

Bin capacity


Charge time

2 hours 30 minutes

Run time

8 minutes per battery

Filter type


Dimensions (WDH)

9.5 x 22 x 38.5cm




2 years (including battery)

Shark’s new WV200UK cordless handheld vacuum cleaner is designed for quick clean ups around the home. But is it worth spending £130 on when you can buy a full-sized cordless vacuum that also cleans floors for this price?

Unlike the clunky looking dust-busters of old, the Shark handheld vac has had a slimline makeover, so it won’t look out of place in a modern kitchen.

It’s tiny, and has a smart charging stand so you can keep it to hand on a worktop, ready for tackling stray crumbs or spilled cereal.

If you’re not quite ready to go cordless with your main vacuum, or yours doesn’t have a handheld cleaner, it could be handy to have around. But can it suck up spills effectively, and last long enough to tackle car interiors, stairs and more?

Get our verdict in the full Shark handheld vacuum first look review.

Shark WV200UK cordless: key features

The Shark comes in two versions: the £130 version has just one battery which lasts for eight minutes of cleaning.

There’s also a version with two swappable batteries, doubling your cleaning time. It’s usually more expensive but we’ve seen it on sale for the same price as the one-battery version, so it’s worth keeping an eye out for deals as 16 minutes gives you much more cleaning time to play with.

Both models come with a tool for cleaning stairs and upholstery, and a two-in-one crevice tool and dusting brush.

You can store the vac on its stylish charging base, which also has space to store the spare battery and one of the two provided tools.

The dust container is a modest 0.25 litres, which is pretty small, and it weighs 1.3kg.

Best handheld vacuum cleaners – see our top picks

Shark Cordless Handheld vs Dyson V7 Trigger

At £130 the Shark is more expensive than most other cordless handheld vacs we’ve tested, apart from Dyson’s handheld-only model, the V7 Trigger. Here’s how the two models compare on spec:

Shark WV200UK Dyson V7 Trigger
Price £130 £199
Weight 1.3kg 1.4kg
Dust capacity 0.25 litres 0.5 litres
Run time on standard 8 mins (single battery) 30 mins
Tools Upholstery tool, crevice tool and dusting brush Mini turbo tool, crevice tool, 2-in-1 upholstery tool and dusting brush

The Dyson V7 Trigger has a much longer 30 minute runtime (on the standard setting) and comes with a motorised mini-turbo tool for sucking up pet hair from carpets. It’s a little heavier than the Shark, weighing 1.4kg, but also has a larger dust capacity.

However, the Dyson is also much more expensive, and at that price point, you may as well pay for a full-sized Dyson V7 cordless vacuum, which can clean floors too.

We’ve tested the older Dyson V6 handheld vacuum, and the Dyson V7 handheld unit as part of our cordless vacuum tests. Read our Dyson V7 review to find out how this model copes with tough cleaning jobs such as clearing stray pet hair and crumbs.

Handheld vs cordless vacuum cleaners: which should you buy?

Many cordless vacuums convert to handheld cleaners, so it’s worth considering whether spending more than £100 on a handheld vacuum cleaner could be better invested in trading up to a cordless vacuum that can clean floors as well as small spillages.

Cordless vacuums can range in price from £50 to £600. However, if you’re on a budget you need to choose with care as our independent tests have shown that more than a third of cordless vacuums are terrible at cleaning.

See which models we recommend in our round-up of the best cordless vacuum cleaners and know the models to avoid by checking our list of Don’t Buy cordless vacuums for 2019.

There are several key features to look for when hunting the best car vacuum: lightweight, versatile, but plenty of power. The following are the best vacuums for car detailing.

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Best Value Car Vacuum

Dyson V7 Trigger

What’s the best car vacuum? Overall, we’ve got to go with the Dyson V7 Trigger. It’s cordless, offers Dyson level suction power, sizable ~30 minute run times, and extra cleaning attachments, including a powerful motorized brushroll. For raw performance, the Dyson is simply the best vacuum for cars.Check Price

If the V7 Trigger is too expensive, or you just want something a little different, there are plenty of other options. Below we’ve listed what we think are the best 7 car vacuums on the market.

7 Best Car Vacuum Cleaners

This quick list below includes the top 7 car vacuums we’ve reviewed to date.

Use the table of contents below to jump right to the in-depth section in the guide…

  1. Dyson V7 Trigger (cordless)
  2. Bissell Pet Hair Eraser (cordless)
  3. Shark Pet Perfect II (cordless)
  4. Dyson V10 (cordless)
  5. Black and Decker 16V (cordless)
  6. Bissell Pet Hair Eraser (corded)
  7. Eureka EasyClean (corded)
  8. What to Look For In A Car Vacuum

Or quickly compare each model using the table below.



Dyson V7 Trigger
  • Type: Cordless
  • Weight: 3.77 lbs.
  • Best For: Everything
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Shark Pet Perfect 2
  • Type: Cordless
  • Weight: 4.2 lbs.
  • Best For: Pets
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Bissell Pet Hair Eraser (cordless)
  • Type: Cordless
  • Weight: 5 lbs.
  • Best For: Pets
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Dyson V10
  • Type: Cordless (2-in-1)
  • Weight: 5.9 lbs
  • Best For: Everything
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Bissell Pet Hair Eraser (corded)
  • Type: Corded (16′)
  • Weight: 5 lbs.
  • Best For: Pets, Upholstery
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Black & Decker 16V
  • Type: Cordless
  • Weight: 2.6 lbs.
  • Best For: Tight spaces
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Eureka EasyClean
  • Type: Cordless
  • Weight: 4.8 lbs.
  • Best For: Upholstery
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1. Dyson V7 Trigger (cordless)

The Dyson V7 Trigger has a similar body style compared to the V10, but this model is not a 2-in-1. The Trigger is designed to just be a handheld vacuum and is able to hit a lower price point because of its limited use.

Cleaning the car with a Dyson V6 Trigger (sister to the Dyson V7 Trigger)

The V7 Trigger has about a 30-minute run time and the same size dust bin as the full-size Dyson V7. Accessories typically include a crevice tool, dusting brush, and motorized brushroll.

Cleaning Performance

Regarding cleaning performance, the V7 was equally as impressive as the mode expensive V10. When tested on low carpet (the closest comparable to automotive upholstery), it scored 99% in terms of overall cleaning performance.

The Trigger is available as a V7 or V6. Both offer similar performance, but the V6 will be less expensive.

Dyson V6 Trigger (slightly less expensive sister of the V7 Trigger)


Read our Dyson V6 Trigger review here.

What’s To Like

  • Less expensive compared to full-size Dysons: If you like the power and design of a Dyson, but don’t want the higher price tag and don’t need a 2-in-1 stickk vacuum, the Dyson Trigger is an excellent option.
  • Long run time: At 30 minutes, the Dyson Trigger still has a sufficient run time for most automotive cleaning jobs.

What’s Not So Good

  • More expensive that others: Again, compared the traditional handheld models, the Dyson V7 Trigger is still going to be more expensive than other traditional handheld models.
  • Struggles with large debris: The V7 Trigger struggles with large debris types, like cereal in the backseat or large dirt and debris on the floorboard.

2. Bissell Pet Hair Eraser (cordless)

The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser is a cordless handheld vacuum with a long body and a motorized brushroll cleaning head. There are two simple controls on this vacuum; one to turn the vacuum on or off and one to release the dust bin and clean the filter.

But what parts come with it?

1) crevice tool, 2) upholstery tool, 3) charger, and 4) motorized brushroll

This small vacuum is nice for cleaning cars because it is lightweight and cordless. The longer body is a little awkward for getting into tight areas, but it does have some nice accessories, including a crevice tool, upholstery tool, and motorized brush.

Regarding cleaning performance, this model did pretty good. When tested on low carpet (the closest comparable to automotive upholstery), it scored 96% in terms of overall cleaning performance. It’s a definite contender for the best car vacuum for pet hair (specifically).

Bissell Pet Hair Eraser cordless handheld vacuum

  • Model: Pet Hair Eraser 33A1B
  • Size: 10×5″
  • Weight: 5 lbs.
  • Run Time: up to 15 minutes
  • Dust Bin Capacity: 0.78 liters
  • Cleaning Performance: 97%

Read our full Bissell Pet Hair Eraser review here.

  • Cordless Power: The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser is cordless and has a 15-minute run time.
  • Great for Pet Hair: This handheld comes with a motorized brushroll that helps with pet hair. In addition, it also comes with a crevice tool and upholstery tool for variable use.

  • Long Charge Time: This vacuum takes a while to charge, especially considering the shorter run time.
  • Fading Suction: The suction tends to fade after continual use. Combined with the short run time, it really limits the amount of time that this vacuum is performing at its best.

3. Shark Pet Perfect 2 (cordless)

Similar to the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser (cordless), the Shark Pet Perfect also has a long and narrow body style. There are two buttons on this vacuum, one to turn it on / off and one to release the dust bin and filter for cleaning.

1) pet hair tool, 2) dusting brush, 3) crevice tool, and 4) charging base

What tools does Shark Pet Perfect 2 come with?

The Shark Pet Perfect comes with a motorized brush for tackling pet hair, a soft dusting brush, and a short crevice tool. This model is lightweight and easy to carry, but may feel a little awkward to use in certain parts of your car.

Regarding cleaning performance, this model did well. When tested on low carpet (the closest comparable to automotive upholstery), it scored 97% in terms of overall cleaning performance.

Shark Pet Perfect 2 cordless handheld vacuum

Read our full Shark Pet Perfect 2 review here.

  • A Pro At Pet Hair: The motorized brushroll was excellent at cleaning up pet hair from upholstery.
  • Multiple Accessories: It comes with three different accessories and cleaning heads, making it a bit more versatile than some other more basic models.
  • High Replacement Costs: Concerning maintenance, the costs of replace the battery is high. A new battery costs as much as entire new unit.
  • Awkward Body Size: Not unlike the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser cordless, the Shark Pet Perfect 2 is a little awkward when trying to access hard-to-reach places inside an automobile.

4. Dyson V10 (cordless)

The Dyson V10 cordless is a 2-in-1 vacuum that doubles as a stick vacuum as well as a portable handheld, which works great for cleaning your car.

The V10 is a part of the Dyson V-series and is currently the most advanced model. It has a 60-minute run time, numerous cleaning tools and two different cleaning heads when using the V10 as an upright stick vacuum.

Dyson V10 in handheld mode (with notes): 1) HEPA filter, 2) power switch, 3) trigger and bin release, 4) dust bin, and 5) tool connection point

If you’re looking for something to keep in your car, the V10 may be a bit of overkill, but if you’re looking for a car vacuum that doubles as a nice vacuum for cleaning the inside of your home as well, the Dyson V10 is an excellent option.

RELATED: Like the V10, but want something a little less expensive?

Check out our reviews of the Dyson V8 (40-minute run time), Dyson V7 (30-minute run time) or Dyson V6 (20-minute run time). They have many of the same features and body style as the V10, but with less suction, a shorter run time, and a lower price tag.

Dyson V10 configured into handheld mode

Regarding cleaning performance, the V10 was excellent. When tested on low carpet (the closest comparable to automotive upholstery), it scored 99% in terms of overall cleaning performance.

Dyson V10 in extended handheld mode

Read our full Dyson V10 review here.

  • Long time time: The Dyson V10 can run for up to 60 minutes before needing to juice up.
  • 2-in-1: Not only is the V10 a powerful car vacuum, but the fact that you can use it as a stick vacuum as well makes it more versatile and increase the overall value.
  • Pretty expensive: If you’re just looking for a traditional handheld and don’t need all the bells and whistles or 2-in-1 body style, you may find the V10 to be a little pricey.

5. Black & Decker 16V (cordless)

The Black & Decker 16V cordless handheld has a bit of a different shape from other models above. It has rounder edges and a few more buttons. It only comes with one cleaning head and that is a nozzle tool that helps to reach tight crevices.

1) Nozzle, 2) base of vacuum, and 3) charging base

There is an additional notch that allows the cleaning head to rotate to fit into different areas. In addition to the single cleaning head, this vacuum also comes with a charging base.

Regarding cleaning performance, this model did great. When tested on low carpet (the closest comparable to automotive upholstery), it scored 98% in terms of overall cleaning performance.

Black and Decker 16V cordless handheld vacuum

Read our Black & Decker 16V review here.

  • Strong suction: For a handheld, we were surprised at the sheer amount of suction this little vacuum had.
  • Lightweight design: At only 3 pounds, this is one of the lightest handheld vacuums we’ve tested to date.
  • Few Accessories: Doesn’t come with much in the way of accessories and attachments.
  • Awkward charging base: The charging base was a little awkward, in my opinion. We found the base to be a bit unstable.

6. Bissell Pet Hair Eraser (corded)

The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser is a corded model, but this compact handheld is truly impressive at tackling small messes, especially cleaning pet hair from upholstery.

It has a smaller dust bin, but the small dust bin also allows for an extremely compact size.

1) duct cup release, 2) power switch, 3) HEPA filter, 4) dust cup, 5) rubber brush

Despite the size, this vacuum is arguably the best car vacuum for pet hair. The corded power and rubberized brushroll work together to great effect.

It comes with two cleaning heads, one rubberized head for cleaning pet hair and one hard nozzle for cleaning surfaces.

Regarding cleaning performance, this model was great. When tested on low carpet (the closest comparable to automotive upholstery), it scored 97% in terms of overall cleaning performance.

Bissell Pet Hair Eraser corded handheld vacuum

  • Model: Pet Hair Eraser 33A1B
  • Size: 10×5″
  • Weight: 5 lbs.
  • Run Time: NA, 16′ cord
  • Dust Bin Capacity: 0.78 liters
  • Cleaning Performance: 97%

Read our Bissell Pet Hair Eraser review here.

  • Great for pet hair: The rubberized nozzle was exceptional at cleaning pet hair from upholstery, like car seats.
  • Lightweight and easy to store: Its compact design was lightweight and easy to store. Depending on the model of your car, this may be able to fit in the center console or tucked away elsewhere.

  • Corded: This model is corded and the cord is not exceptionally long, at that. This may make it difficult to clean certain areas of your vehicle without a close power outlet or an extension cord.
  • Fan blower: The fan located at the back of the unit has a tendency to blow debris around, especially off of slick surface like leather seats, or hard plastic trim of an automobile.

7. Eureka EasyClean (corded)

The Eureka EasyClean handheld vacuum is a corded vacuum, but with a different look and feel compared to the smaller models.

Is it good for car detailing?

Instead of having a long slender neck with a narrow cleaning head at the end, the Eureka EasyClean has a wide cleaning path and a rotating brushroll, more like a traditional vacuum. This is a great option for vacuuming cloth seats, as well as general car detailing.

There is also an extension hose that comes with a crevice tool which helps to access nooks and crannies in a vehicle.

This is a corded model, which is not as convenient as cordless, but the cord is long and the suction power does not noticeably fade with continued use.

Regarding cleaning performance, this model was okay. When tested on low carpet (the closest comparable to automotive upholstery), it scored 84% in terms of overall cleaning performance.

It seems appropriate to note that the majority of the problem was cleaning up cereal using the brushroll.

When cleaning up large debris (like cereal) with the extension hose and using the brushroll for the other debris (rice, kitty litter, and sugar), it had an improved overall cleaning performance of 96%.

  • Model: Eureka EasyClean 71B
  • Size: 16×7.5″
  • Weight: 4.8 lbs.
  • Run Time: N/A – Corded; 20′ cord
  • Dust Bin Capacity: Not Listed
  • Cleaning Performance: 96% (adjusted to exclude cereal problems)

Read our Eureka EasyClean review here.

  • Wider cleaning path: The wider cleaning path and spiral brushroll makes this vacuum feel more like a traditional vacuum, but with the benefits of a compact size. Makes it a good option for cars that have more wide space to clean.
  • Extension hose: The extension hose is something a little less common compared to most handheld vacuums. But this extension makes it easier to clean tight areas with ease. It also comes with a crevice tool that easily attaches.
  • Difficulty cleaning large debris: If you have large debris messes like cereal, beads, etc, you won’t be able to use to central brushroll. Only the extension hose tool can capture these larger debris types, which could be an issue for some users.
  • The filter: The filter itself is a little awkward and it can be difficult to easily clean it. In most cases, you’ll need to pull the debris off of the filter using your hand which can be messy, not to mention unhygienic.

What to Look For In the Best Car Vacuum

When you’re in the market for a high-performing car vacuum, there are a few key factors that you may want to be on the lookout for.

While the best car vacuum can vary from user to user, depending on your lifestyle and the mess you’re tacking, many factors remain consistent of these most popular factors include:

Lightweight Design

If you’re going to be dragging it around your car and on-the-go, having a lightweight vacuum is a big factor. There is a wide range of portable handhelds that easily fall under 10 lbs.

The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser is only 5 pounds

What about even lighter vacuums?

Some of the most compact units come in closer to 5 lbs. For a more powerful and robust unit, you may want to look into stick or canister vacuums which typically range from 10-15 pounds. While these vacuum types are more expensive, they also generally come with larger dust bins and stronger suction.

Cordless Power

A cordless vacuum certainly isn’t a requirement to vacuum out a car in your own garage, it generally is a requirement for vacuuming on-the-go. Cordless vacuums have the benefit of being portable and easy to maneuver, but sometimes can lack power and run time.

For most, the convenience of cordless is worth giving up a little performance

Cigarette Lighter Power

Some car vacuums can be powered by your cigarette lighter. For many users, this is the ultimate convenience, however, the relative power vs. lithium ion batteries or corded power, usually isn’t there.

Nevertheless, for the right user it’s a good option.

So what’s the best car vacuum cigarette lighter?

One of the most popular choices on the web is the ThisWorx TWC-01. Comes with a tote bag and useful accessories.

THISWORX car vacuum, plugs into a 12V cigarette lighter

Additionally, the LIBERRWAY 12 volt car vacuum and BLACK+DECKER BDH12000FVAV 12V are both solid choices. All 3 of the above are 12 volt powered through the cigarette lighter.


For most I generally think that a more traditional cordless handheld vacuums offers better performance. Even so, if convenience and portability is key, any of these cigarette lighter car vacuums can be a good fit.

Relevant Accessories

Again, accessories are not necessarily required, but can make your cleaning task significantly easier, depending on the mess that you’re cleaning.

For instance:

The Shark Pet Perfect 2 is a cordless handheld vacuum that comes with a motorized brushroll specifically designed for pet hair. This is a low-cost, high-quality option of pet hair is your main concern.

Shark Pet Perfect 2 cleaning the floor mats

But if you don’t have pets, this accessory may be less useful to you.

Other models, like the Dyson V10 comes with a wider selection of tools. In the case of the V10, it comes with a combination tool, crevice tool, soft dusting brush, and mini-motorized tool.

Which Model is the Best Value?

For a great value, it’s hard to beat the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser models. Bissell offers two different versions of handheld Pet hair Erasers, one model is corded and one model is cordless.

The benefits of the corded Pet Hair Eraser is the impressively low price tag.

This model is extremely compact and surprisingly effective at cleaning up pet hair.

As a trade-off to its impressive cleaning performance and compact size, you’ll need to make sure you’re close to a power outlet. And even then you might need an extension cord to get everywhere you need to in an automobile. (The cord it comes with is only 16′ long.)

If you don’t love the idea of have a corded handheld vacuum for a car, Bissell also offers the cordless Pet Hair Eraser. This model has a 15-minute run time and comes with three accessories:

  1. crevice tool
  2. upholstery tool
  3. motorized brush tool for pet hair

Although the cordless model is larger in body size, it’s interesting to see that it actually has a smaller dust bin capacity. (0.78 for the corded model and 0.7 for the cordless model)

1) handle, 2) on / off switch, 3) dust cup release, and 4) filter

Both of these models come in at a very low price point and make them a smart choice for a great value when looking for the best car vacuum.

RELATED: Want more options? Click here to check out our recommendations for the best handheld vacuums.

What’s the Best Car Vacuum for You?

In closing, there are many different kinds of car vacuums on the market. Depending on what exactly you’re looking for, I would make the following recommendations:

If you’re looking for a car vacuum with a long run time, I would recommend one of the following models:

  • Dyson V10 for the best performance (up to 60 minutes of run time)
  • Shark Pet Perfect II for a great value (up to 30 minutes of run time)

Dyson V10 cleaning floor mats in handheld mode

If you’re looking for a car vacuum to tackle large debris (like cereal), I would recommend one of the following models:

  • Shark Pet Perfect II
  • Black & Decker 16V

Both of these models scored 100% on cleaning up large debris during our cleaning tests.

1) handle, 2) power, and 3) dust bin

If you’re looking for a car vacuum that is lightweight and portable, I would recommend one of the following models:

  • Dyson V7 Trigger
  • Bissell Pet Hair Eraser (corded or cordless models)

Dyson V6 / V7 Trigger cleaning deep into the cracks

All of these models weigh less than 5 pounds and have their own advantages and disadvantages.

The corded Bissell Pet hair Eraser is certainly the most compact, but is also restricted by the cord. The Dyson V7 Trigger is cordless, but it’s also significantly more expensive than the other models.

As you can see, depending on exactly what you’re looking for, there are many different car vacuum models that may be right for you.

Need help deciding? and we’d love to help you make a selection that is right for you.