Best handheld vacuum cleaners 2017 - Group Test

Tired of dragging your bulky household vacuum cleaner around your car's interior? Find out what the best handheld vacuum cleaners are in our product test

Words By Doug Revolta

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Name Gtech Multi MK2

Price Β£149

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Rated 4 out of 5

The Gtech Multi MK2 gets a 22V battery and has a run time of 20 minutes from a four-hour charge. The handheld cordless vacuum only weighs 1.6kg and is very easy to use. It’s an excellent product with brilliant build quality and the attachments are very useful. It’ll reach every nook and cranny in the interior and boot, and is powerful enough to leave the carpets in pristine condition. Indeed, despite the gulf in price, it’s not far off delivering the same results as the Dyson – although the Gtech is missing a β€œmaximum” mode to get rid of the most stubborn, ground-in dirt. The Gtech also usefully has LED lights to illuminate dark interiors to help see what you’re doing. Comes with a two-year warranty.

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Name Black & Decker dust buster flexi auto PD1200AV

Price Β£34.83

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Rated 2 out of 5

The cheapest vacuum in our line-up is also the least versatile. It’s powered by the 12V cigarette lighter in a car, so its use is limited by the length of the chord, which, although it will stretch to the back of any car, does make it more of a hassle to use than the cordless options. It’s especially awkward to clean the boot.

It’s also the most difficult to use because it has a hose that’s separate from the main body, so it really requires two hands to use it – this is a bit awkward, especially in smaller cars. But it’s the cheapest option tested here and still delivers decent results, so if saving money is your first consideration, then it’s worth a look. Ultimately, though, its rivals are worth the extra money.

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Name Hoover Discovery

Price Β£169.99

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Rated 4 out of 5

This is an excellent product and has lots of similarities with the Gtech, but it’s not quite as ergonomically sound as the Multi MK2. The Hoover is noticeably heavier, so longer use can make it more tiresome than the Gtech.

It has a 22V battery but a decent run time of 35 minutes – which beats almost everything in this line-up. Unlike the Gtech, it doesn’t have a light, but it does get a powerful Turbo mode and comes with a fantastic selection of nozzles that offer more flexibility – which is particularly useful for house use. It’s also easier to empty than the Gtech.

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