In the market for a vac?
How about a 4000lb stationary steam-driven monster? No? - okay then, what about a horse-drawn internal combustion engine gizmo?
Or, even a bellows-operated contraption with the rather grand title:
"Griffith's Improved Vacuum Apparatus for Removing Dust from Carpets"
- now there's a catchy advertising slogan for you!
If you were around a hundred years ago or so, these machines could have been an option for you. Yup - powered vacuum cleaners have been around for a long time.
Even if those early prototypes seem funny or curious to us today, keep in mind that their creators were blazing the trail with their new-fangled devices. As their original work led to the development of the modern vac, you have to admire them for having the courage to take action on their untried ideas.
Today, the huge choice of styles and high performance in vacs would astonish those bygone inventors. Corded or cordless, upright, stick or handheld, domestic or industrial are all available.
We'll be looking only at domestic cleaners in this post.
We guess that most households need to have at least two types of vacuum cleaner in their cupboards. One need is for an upright or stick cleaner for the heavier "spring cleaning" work. Another is for a handheld cordless model for light jobs such as accidental spills.
There are several advantages in buying a handheld as a second vac.
They are relatively cheap but don't compromise on power to handle those little mishaps around the house. They're compact, lightweight and easy to operate - even the kids can help with the cleaning (as if they would!). And most handhelds come with a useful set of attachments to clean all those little tricky and hard-to-reach places.
Our task is to help you pick a dependable handheld battery operated vacuum cleaner for light housework.
We list a choice of five models that meet our criteria of brand reliability and high user ratings. Each vac has distinct qualities that we highlight in the following product descriptions
It comes with three attachments to aid cleaning around your home or car.
The HEPA filter and dust-bowl are washable but make sure that they are completely dry before you next use it.
Made with safety in mind it has protection against over current, short-circuit, over charging, heat and comes with a safety assurance.
This useful little unit can handle both wet spills and dry dust, crumbs along with pet hair and any other household spills.
No need to drill holes in your wall for a charging station as this plugs into the wall at any convenient socket.
Charge in 2 to 3 hours up to 1500 times and will run for 25 minutes. It has a digital display to let you know how much power you have left.
The manufacturers recommend that you contact them if you need a replacement battery.
The battery pack has a 2.0 Ah battery which is transferable to any other product in this range. A charger comes with this battery.
It has a crevice tool attached which extends to pick up dust and dirt from hard to reach places e.g. down the sofa.
This neat little machine has a filter that you can rinse out and continue to use.
Stored in a tidy, washable, see-through bin the dirt can be got rid of with ease. It unclips from the vacuum at the push of a button.
No need to drill holes in your walls as this stores on its end on a shelf or on the floor.
At 16.5 inches by 5 inches by 6.5 inches this weighs only 3 pounds.
Worry no longer as the nozzle of this nifty little machine pivots up to 200 degrees.
This machine has an in built crevice tool and brush to help with the cleaning.
It works with a cyclonic action to keep the dirt away from the filter. This means it keeps a steady level of suction during cleaning.
The Lithium Ion battery is 20V giving strong suction power.
This machine has a tidy little charging station that take up little room.
A rinse under the faucet is all the dirt bowl needs to keep it clean after you've emptied it in the trash can. It can hold up to 15 ounces of dirt which may not sound like a lot until you consider the weight of dust.
It is lightweight and has a 20V Li-ion battery gives robust cyclonic suction power with fade free performance.
A wide-mouth nozzle applies the power where it's needed. It has a crevice tool that is really useful for reaching high shelves or around corners or picking up chunkier dirt.
It has a brush tool to help keep fabrics dust free.
Cyclonic action keeps the suction strong and the filter clean.
The see through dirt bin is easily washed out under the faucet.
A stylish charging base with jack plug charger provides for neat storage.
Altogether, this excellent cordless vacuum will meet most needs for anyone looking for a handheld for the house.
Lightweight it weighs only 1.94 pounds yet can suck up dust and spills for 30 minutes. After that the makers recommend you give this little machine a rest to recharge its battery.
I would need a rest too after 30 minutes of continuous cleaning. After all it is only little.
Each time you switch the power on a bright LED light comes on to show up all the dirt or spills. Handy, especially for use in the car under seats.
With 3 different tools to attach you will be able to vacuum anywhere in your home or car. Even the narrowest of spaces down the gap in the sofa is no match for this little beast of a machine.
It has a washable stainless steel HEPA filter and detachable, washable dust cup. This helps extend the life of the cleaner.
The manufacturers are 100% behind there product and offer to refund or replace at any time. Wow you don't get that offer every day!
This versatile vac seems a good buy for folks looking for an all-rounder for lightweight housework.