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The Best Portable Vacuum Cleaners For The Money

I’ve found the best handheld vacuum cleaning machines to be so convenient and I’m sure many of you would agree with me. They are portable, powerful, lightweight, easy to store and to use but with so many products which one’s actually meet these criteria? These are three of the best handheld vacuum currently available.

Shark Pet Perfect SV75

I’ve included this machine for all you animal lovers out there that are plagued by tufts of pet hair flying around your home. The SV75 is cordless and powered by a 15.6 volt rechargeable battery. While it does an amazing job sucking up pet hair its cyclonic technology, which prevents the filter from clogging, insures that it’s suction is strong even when used for dirt and debris.

The Pet Perfect package also includes:

  • A motorized, detachable brush tool for carpets, stairs and upholstery.
  • A separate crevice tool for hard to reach areas.
  • A dust-cup which is easy to clean instead of bags.

Additionally not only does this machine run for a long time on a single charge but it does so very quietly. At only 4.8 pounds it is very lightweight and portable and at $39.99 it is also reasonably priced.

Craftsman C3 19.2V

This vacuum cleaner such as the Shark is portable and cordless, which means it can be used literally anywhere. It too has a bagless dust-cup which can be emptied with the push of a button, however, its battery at 19.2 volts is more powerful. It’s functions are as follows:

  • Unfortunately while it can remove dirt effectively, pet hair does pose a problem.
  • It also has a long run time and at only 3 pounds it is lighter than the SV75.

While it is sold separately it was designed primarily as an accessory to a Craftsman power tool which means that the battery and charger will also need to be bought. As the C3 costs $52.72 the overall price will increase when you buy the battery and charging dock. Therefore I’d only recommend the C3 for mechanics, electricians or handy-men who own the power tool.

Electrolux Rapido

The Rapido is the final cordless, portable handvac that I will discuss. it is also the most expensive at $89.99 but not the most powerful with only a 14.4 volt battery. However, the battery is a Lithium ION battery which not only charges faster but lasts longer as well.

In terms of weight it is just under what the Shark weighs at 4.4 pounds. It’s design features the following:

  • Soft glide wheels on the front for easy maneuverability over carpets and other surfaces.
  • 2 speed options.
  • An on-board crevice tool.
  • A flexible charging stand for easy storage and convenience.
  • Clear dust-cup.
  • Like the Shark it too uses Cyclonic technology to keep the filter unblocked.


All three of these devices are portable, lightweight and have powerful batteries that help them function smoothly. Even though the differences between them are slight each one targets a specific area. The ‘Shark’ is best used by pet owners, the ‘Craftsman’ by craftsman and the ‘Electrolux’ by homeowners everywhere, however, they are still among the best cleaners currently available.