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  • 8 handheld vacuum cleaners tested, priced from $90 to $400
  • Compare performance on carpet, hard floors, pet hair and car boots
  • Check the running time and ease of use for all tested models

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How good are handheld vacuum cleaners? We tested 8 to find out.

They’re surprisingly good – as long as you use them for what they’re intended. That means cleaning up dirt and spills on hard floors or the surface of carpets, and picking up pet hairs. They're not for getting ingrained dirt out of carpet.

Compare ratings for all 8 cleaners, plus running time and buying tips.