You probably don’t know this – but there is a ton of dust and debris scattered across your house. “Oh, stop! I sweep and mop every single day. My house is spotless,” you’ll say. Well, I am here to give you a reality check. Let’s scan through your household in 10 seconds, shall we? Look at your ceiling fan, mattresses, laptop desk, draperies, and sofa upholstery. You’ll find dust accumulated in at least one or more of these places.
“Oh my! What do I do?”
Glad you asked. What you need is a superhero… I’m sorry, I meant a super vacuum cleaner – that can reach in the tiniest crevices in your household and clean it up real nice. A vacuum cleaner is an appliance that removes debris from your house by creating a suction force. It collects this debris in a dust chamber or bag that you can dispose of when you’re through cleaning.
While vacuum cleaners are excellent time-savers and efficient pet hair removers, they do result in a longer-than-usual electric bill. If you find it tough to lift moderately heavy objects because of aging or any other physical ailments, vacuum cleaners may give you a hard time moving around the house.
Speaking of which, weight, among other factors is an important consideration you should factor in. Let’s briefly run through all considerations that will help you select an ideal handheld vacuum cleaner.
- Weight: Handheld vacuum cleaners are meant to offer convenience, so their weight becomes a critical consideration. Who wants to move around the house carrying a painfully heavy appliance? The lighter the appliance, the higher the convenience. Ideally, aim for a vacuum cleaner that weighs below 2.5kg.
- Cord length: Cords don’t do much except for supplying power to the appliance. But it has a component of convenience attached to it. If the cord is very short, you’re going to have to unplug it and plug it back in several times during your vacuuming session. Longer cords allow you to finish a session with much less hassle. Aim for a minimum cord length of 3m.
- Dust capacity: Extremely small dust chambers can be a problem for larger households. If you fill-up the chamber fully before completing your vacuuming session, you’ll have to go outside and empty the chamber before you can continue cleaning the rest of your property. While you could just empty the dust chamber into a garbage bag indoors, I’d advise against that because that could disperse the dust and allergens and re-contaminate your premises. Generally, you’d need a minimum of 0.4L to 1L+ based on the area of your house.
Sounds good? Alright, let’s go!
- Best Handheld Vacuum Cleaner in India (2021)
- 1. Best Overall: Black Decker VH802
- 2. Best Runner Up: AGARO Regal 800
- 3. Best Rated: Bergmann Stunner
- 4. Best for Beginners: Eureka Forbes
- 5. Best Value for Money: Philips MiniVac FC6130
- 6. Top-Rated Product: Kent 16037
- 7. Best Under 4000 INR: Eureka Forbes
- 8. Best from Inalsa: Inalsa Xander
- 9. Cheapest Option: Maharsh
- Frequently Asked Questions
Best Handheld Vacuum Cleaner in India (2021)
After testing dozens of vacuum cleaners from different brands, we are finally here with a hand-picked list of top-rated options. We took several factors into consideration before finalising the options for this list. Now, without any further adieu, let’s get started!
1. Best Overall: Black Decker VH802
The Black Decker is an American brand that has pierced through the competition from its Indian counterparts and managed to capture a sizable share in the handheld vacuum cleaners market in India. Let’s take a closer look at what the VH802 offers.
The vacuum’s small yet powerful 800W motor creates ample suction to pull in the dust from the tiniest crevices. The corded vacuum cleaner is ergonomically designed, lightweight, and easy to assemble and disassemble.
The DIY vacuum cleaner doubles as a blower as well for when you’d like to get leaves and debris off the windowsill or other similar purposes. The transparent bowl on the vacuum cleaner has 0.9L of capacity, which is more than adequate for most households.
Out of the box, you get a multi-purpose brush, turbo brush, crevice plus upholstery brush, flexible hose, shoulder strap, and 2 extension tubes that will enable you to clean the most scarcely accessible corners of the house.
The vacuum cleaner weighs about 2.6kg, which should work perfectly for most buyers. Black+Decker offers a one-year warranty on the VH802 vacuum cleaner. This is a perfect vacuum cleaner that brings a whole basket of practical features at a not-so-scary price tag – if that’s something you can get behind, this is a solid product, from a century-old brand.
- Ergonomically designed, easy to assemble/disassemble
- Doubles as a blower
- 0.9L dust holding capacity
- Comes with 8 attachments
- Not ideal for heavy-duty cleaning
2. Best Runner Up: AGARO Regal 800
The AGARO Regal 800 is rolling out appliances across categories and offering a splendid range of products that offer plenty of utility to Indian buyers. I did a little digging to see what it brings to the table.
The corded vacuum cleaner packs an 800W motor that creates a 6.5kPa suction to clean out the dust and debris from the farthest reaches. The compact main unit is made with ABS plastic and holds up to 0.8L of dust for a minimum emptying frequency. Its portable design allows for a breezy cleaning session over the furniture, upholstery, curtains, frame, books, computers, and even cars.
The aerodynamic nozzle has been cleverly designed to maximize dust suction and clean the hard-to-reach areas of your house. It comes with multiple cleaning brushes to make your cleaning process effective and efficient. Although it operates on a single-speed, it works perfectly for low to moderately heavy-duty tasks around the house. The 5m long cord is adequate for most medium-sized households and won’t make you feel leashed in the slightest.
At 1.8kg, the appliance is delightfully lightweight and easy to carry around. AGARO ships the product with a one-year warranty. This is an excellent choice for buyers looking to purchase a straightforward vacuum cleaner at a wafer-thin price tag. It gets the job done, and gets it done well.
- Lightweight and compact
- 5m long cord
- 0.8L dust holding capacity
- Comes with multiple cleaning brushes
- Not ideal for heavy-duty cleaning
- May overheat after operating for over 10 minutes at a stretch
3. Best Rated: Bergmann Stunner
Stunner – the stunning car vacuum cleaner from Bergmann Bergmann Stunner, a German brand, is intelligently crafted for optimum performance and durability. Let’s walk through its giant feature portfolio and see how it’s going to help you make your car spotless.
The portable car vacuum cleaner sports a sleek look made with good quality mirror-finished ABS, and is available in 2 color variants. The 100 percent pure copper motor with a 3.6cm diameter yields 150W of power to generate 5kPa of suction. The motor is fairly hushed and makes only about 70dB of noise.
The corded vacuum cleaner’s USP is its third-gen stainless steel HEPA filter that doesn’t require replacement, unlike its paper-made counterparts. The filter does a thorough job of eliminating undesirable dust particles and odors from the car.
The 5m power cord length allows you to use the appliance in most SUVs for cleaning both wet and dry messes. You can also use the appliance as a blower, too. The blower uses a metallic fan, which confers a longer life on the appliance as compared to the plastic fans that feature on other vacuum cleaners.
Out of the box, you’ll get 3 attachments: a nozzle, upholstery brush, and a flexible hose pipe. The vacuum cleaner also works for low-intensity tasks inside the house provided you have a DC-AC converter. The appliance weighs 0.9kg so it’s definitely not going to exhaust your hands after a few minutes of vacuuming.
Bergmann provides a one-year warranty on the Stunner car vacuum cleaner. If you want a cleaner that serves both purposes of vacuuming your car as well as the inside of your house, this is a perfect choice. But let me say this again, this product is good only for low-intensity cleaning inside of the house – since it’s meant to be a car vacuum cleaner.
- Sleek look, lightweight
- 5m long cord
- Stainless steel HEPA filter
- Functions as a blower as well
- Metallic fan
- Usable only for low-intensity cleaning when using inside the house
4. Best for Beginners: Eureka Forbes
What’s the first brand that comes to your mind when you think of vacuum cleaners? 9 out of 10 would say, Eureka Forbes! It makes sense, too. The brand has managed to become synonymous with vacuum cleaners with its wide range of vacuum products.
The Compact plastic-bodied vacuum cleaner packs in a 700W motor that delivers a massive 15.5kPa suction to grab dust and debris from the tiniest corners. The name pretty much gives it away, it’s a compact vacuum cleaner that’s easy to carry around for efficient cleaning across the property. The ergonomic design enables the user to maneuver the appliance and reach hard-to-reach areas with ease.
The vacuum cleaner draws power through its 4m long cord which allows you to cover a large area of the house so you don’t have to go socket-hunting every few minutes. It also functions as a blower so you can ward off dirt, dust, and dust mites without any manual effort.
Along with the main unit, you get 6 accessories: a blower nozzle, extension tubes, floor-cum-carpet brush, 2-in-1 brush, hose pipe, and a crevice nozzle. These accessories will collect dust lying around your house in the vacuum cleaner’s 0.8L dust tank while producing noise of less than 82dB.
The Compact vacuum cleaner from Eureka Forbes is equipped with a washable HEPA filter that traps dust particles as minute as 0.3 microns to expel ultra-clean air. However, before using the filter after a wash – make sure that it’s thoroughly dried out and does not have any traces of moisture.
The 1.34 kg Eureka Forbes Compact vacuum cleaner is shipped with a one-year warranty. This is a massively powerful vacuum cleaner that’s delightfully compact and lightweight. If that’s something you like to see in a vacuum cleaner – this is an excellent, excellent choice!
- Compact and lightweight
- Impressive 15kPa suction
- Functions as a blower as well
- Washable HEPA filter
- 6 accessories
- Beware, you run the risk of damaging the appliance if the HEPA filter isn’t dried thoroughly
5. Best Value for Money: Philips MiniVac FC6130
Philips provides all-round solutions with its massive product portfolio that includes LED Tube Lights, Air Conditioners, Trimmers, Hair Straighteners, and more. Not so surprisingly, its portfolio also features a vacuum cleaner, and like always, it exhibits top quality and superior performance.
The Philips MiniVac FC6130 vacuum cleaner carries a 900W motor that generates a 15.5kPa suction while keeping the noise level below 84dB.
The handheld vacuum cleaner is compact, portable, and has a sleek look. The plastic-bodied appliance can be held aloft while you vacuum your car’s interior or the staircases. The handle is wrapped in a soft rubber coating that provides a secure, slip-free grip. What’s more, it has a shoulder strap which makes it pleasingly comfy to carry around as you clean your property.
The vacuum cleaner is powered through the 7m long cord which enables you to cover large households without the hassle of switching sockets.
The MiniVac is a bagless appliance that uses a 3-stage filtration system to ensure that the dust doesn’t escape once it’s collected by the MiniVac. The first filter blocks the lion’s share of the dirt, while the second pleated filter traps the finer dust particles. The third filter is the HEPA outlet filter that makes things airtight to ensure that even microscopic vermin doesn’t make it out of the vacuum cleaner.
The 2.2kg vacuum cleaner collects all your dust in a 0.4L translucent dust chamber with a single-step click-off nozzle which lets you empty the dust without touching it. Out of the box, you get a brush tool, flexible hose, cord clip, and a shoulder strap.
Philips ships the vacuum cleaner with a two-year warranty. This is a feature-intense offering from one of the top brands. If you are keen on bringing home an extremely powerful handheld vacuum cleaner that offers pretty much all the functions of a modern vacuum cleaner and you don’t mind the slightly higher price tag – this is a sweet deal.
- Powerful 15.5kPa suction
- Portable, looks sleek
- 7m long cord offers convenience
- 3-stage filtration system
- Shoulder strap makes it easy to carry around
- Cleaning the filter might feel like a drag
- Overheats beyond 10 minutes of use
6. Top-Rated Product: Kent 16037
Kent is a trusted brand across the country. Although it became popular owing to its water purifiers, they make top-notch vacuum cleaners as well. The Kent 16037 vacuum cleaner from Kent offers excellent performance at a price that’s not going to put a deep hole in your wallet.
The Kent 16037 vacuum cleaner comes with a 1000W motor that produces high suction for spotless cleaning and wiping out all the dust particles in your household.
The plastic-made compact vacuum cleaner weighs 2.6kg and has a bagless design which eliminates the hassle of stocking a pile of dust bags. The detachable dust container on the vacuum cleaner collects all the dust so you can empty it and attach it right back to the appliance. Along with the main unit, you get a shoulder strap, hose/flexible tube, floor brush, crevice brush, and a blower attachment.
The vacuum cleaner also functions as a blower so you can bring out the stubborn dust accumulated in corners and crevices. Kent has added a unique feature on the vacuum cleaner – the automatic cord rewind. The feature does away with the trouble of having to wrap and store the cord after you’re done using the appliance. When you unplug the vacuum cleaner, the cord will automatically retract into the appliance.
The advanced cyclonic dust collection technology paired with the high-efficiency HEPA-based discharge filter delivers superior vacuuming performance that removes the tiniest dust particles and minimizes air pollution owing to the low discharge of dust and particulate matter.
Kent offers a one-year warranty on the vacuum cleaner. This is a perfect choice for buyers who want a high-power motor, HEPA-based filter, and a blower function. The automatic cord rewind is a cherry on the cake that might just give you that final nudge.
If you’re a Kent fanatic shooting for a slightly smaller price tag, go check out the Kent Wet and Dry Rechargeable vacuum cleaner.
- Powerful 1000W motor
- Automatic cord rewind function
- HEPA-based filter and advanced cyclonic technology
- Functions as a blower
- Includes a shoulder strap
- Low dirt chamber capacity
7. Best Under 4000 INR: Eureka Forbes
Given how it is the most popular vacuum cleaner brand, it’s only natural that there is more than one product on this list from Eureka Forbes. But this time around, it’s got something quite different than the previous product. While you’ll notice this just from the picture, let’s break it down to see how this product will empower you so you “Don’t Bow Down To Dirt” ever.
The vacuum cleaner is powered by a 450W motor, which is probably its only not-so-cool feature. 450W is indeed quite low for any heavy-duty tasks other than just basic vacuuming. Nevertheless, it will generate enough suction to wipe out all the dust and dirt lying around your household so that’s a relief.
The Multi-Clean is a versatile, ambulatory vacuum cleaner and is much lighter in weight than it appears to be. Yes, it’s larger – but weighs only a hair’s breadth above 2.5kg. What’s awesome about the appliance is that it quickly converts into a handheld vacuum cleaner, too. Its design allows for it to be stored in any corners around your house so it is unlikely to hog away a lot of storage space.
The corded vacuum cleaner comes with a 5m meter cord. I’d have loved at least a 7m cord on the cleaner. Skimping out on just 2m of cord length is not very Eureka-like in my opinion. It is a bagless vacuum cleaner that carries an easy-to-empty, 0.5L dirt bin. It’s perfect for cleaning carpets, sofa and upholstery, and hard-to-reach areas around your property.
Eureka Forbes ships this vacuum cleaner with a one-year warranty. If you like strolling while vacuuming through the house in lieu of your morning workout regime on Sundays (or even weekdays if you’re a lazy bum like me), this convertible vacuum cleaner will gladly support the procrastination of your fitness goals. Seriously, though, this is one of my favorite offerings from Eureka Forbes.
- Ambulatory vacuum cleaner
- Convertible to a handheld vacuum cleaner
- Pleasantly lightweight
- Bagless – comes with an easy-to-empty dirt bin
- 450W motor – could have been better
8. Best from Inalsa: Inalsa Xander
The Spanish brand is leaving no stone unturned to occupy a spot in the Indian kitchens. Among its various pursuits of accomplishing that goal, is the Inalsa Xander vacuum cleaner. Let’s walk through what it does for us.
The stick-cum-handheld Inalsa Xander vacuum cleaner packs in a powerful 650W motor that generates enough suction to bring out the stubbornest dust particles piled in the hard-to-reach corners. The plastic-built appliance has an ergonomic carry handle that features a 180-degree swivel which allows complete freedom of movement and maneuverability for hassle-free cleaning. Although, it does heat up a fair bit after 10-12 minutes of usage.
It draws power through a 5m long cord, which should work fine for most medium-sized households. The Xander vacuum cleaner is equipped with a 3-stage filtration and cyclone system that features a HEPA filter to tackle and eliminate the finest dust particles and airborne pollutants polluting your household to give you an allergen-free environment.
Tagging alongside the Xander vacuum cleaner are a 2-in-1 crevice nozzle, floor-cum-carpet brush, and an upholstery brush to provide all-round vacuuming solutions. You also get a wall-mounting storage solution and 3 expandable plugs. These accessories will help you collect all the dirt and dust in the 1L transparent dust collector that allows you to dispose of the collected material without ever having to touch it.
Inalsa provides a one-year warranty on the vacuum cleaner. The stick-cum-handheld design makes this a compelling buy for a good share of buyers. The price seems manageable and you get a range of nifty features, too. It does overheat after 10+ minutes of usage, but that shouldn’t deter you from buying as long as you’re impressed with the overall offering.
- Stick-cum-handheld design
- 180-degree swivel on the carry handle
- 3-stage filtration and cyclone system
- 1L transparent dust collector
- 450W motor – could have been better
9. Cheapest Option: Maharsh
A vacuum cleaner from the not-so-popular brand comes at a mouth-watering price. Maharsh Enterprise has named the vacuum cleaner to highlight the appliance’s dual-role as a vacuum cleaner as well as a blower.
The Dual-Purpose vacuum cleaner carries a 1000W motor which generates adequate suction for regular use. The plastic-made handheld appliance sports a bionic cartoon shape and a streamlined design.
The Maharsh vacuum cleaner draws power through a 6m cord that is long enough for most medium-sized households. As the name gives it away, the appliance works as both a vacuum cleaner and a blower to help you clean your house spotlessly.
The 2.07kg vacuum cleaner includes a HEPA filter to collect and contain allergens such as pollen or dust mites. Accompanying the appliance in the box is a large rotating brush, square head brush, 3 nozzles, and a shoulder strap for conveniently carrying the vacuum cleaner around while vacuuming.
The product does not come with a warranty period. If you’re looking for an entry-level vacuum cleaner that also functions as a blower and has all the essential features of a modern vacuum cleaner, this deliciously priced appliance is an excellent choice.
- A powerful 1000W motor
- Also functions as a blower
- Comes with a HEPA filter
- Shoulder strap for convenient vacuuming
- No warranty
Frequently Asked Questions
You don’t need it unless you have allergies, COPD, asthma, or other similar respiratory conditions. Even though you don’t need a HEPA filter, it’s quite helpful if your vacuum cleaner has one. It’s about changing your perspective towards cleaning. Don’t think of it as cleaning just for the sake of a clean appearance. HEPA filters are excellent for filtering out ultra-fine particles such as dust, dust mites, dander, and pollen. Certified HEPA filters will trap, at a bare minimum, 99.97 percent of all 0.3 microns+ particles.
Not quite. The vacuum cleaner’s amperage gives you a measure of the electric current, not suction power. Other factors like filtration, design, and airflow also contribute to the vacuum cleaner’s performance. The suction power is directly proportionate to the CFM (cubic feet of air per minute) rating, which is a measure of the airflow.
The recommended frequency depends on a range of factors. If you live in high-traffic areas, have pets at your home, or suffer from allergies – you should aim to vacuum at least twice a week. The more, the better. On the contrary, if you live in a quiet neighborhood, don’t have any pets, or don’t suffer from allergies – you may be able to get away with vacuuming just weekly.
If your carpet is heavily soiled, you’re going to run the vacuum over it at least 7-8 times. However, this may differ based on how powerful your vacuum cleaner is. If you have pet hair entangled with the carpet’s fabric, it’s going to take some effort to get that out. With that in mind, I’d say you’d need a minimum of 4 passes regardless of the specifications of your vacuum cleaner to thoroughly clean a carpet.
That’s a lot of choices, right? Dust off your perplexity and let me help you with finding your most ideal vacuum cleaner. Allow me to bring to your notice some excellent choices, and who they may be best suited for.
If you want the backing of an age-old, international brand – Black+Decker VH802 is a marvelous appliance that will offer several years of reliable performance. It has 8 attachments, so it’s unlikely you’ll find a spot in your house that you can’t clean with the Black+Decker VH802. But maybe you want something that’s specifically tailor-made for your car – check out the Bergmann Stunner car vacuum cleaner that comes with an unbelievable range of features including a stainless steel HEPA filter.
Are you a Eureka fan? Scroll up to the Eureka Forbes Multi-Clean vacuum cleaner that is ambulatory, and converts to handheld in a jiffy. Or, maybe you spent your money buying an apology gift for your spouse – you might want to scan through the budget-friendly Maharsh Enterprise Dual Purpose vacuum cleaner.
The list features the best handheld vacuum cleaners that are currently available in the Indian market. If you gauge these based on your budget, and carefully evaluate the products based on your purpose and other relevant considerations discussed at the top – you, my friends, will find your ideal cleaning companion.