The Black & Decker CHV1410L is a terrific choice if all you need is a basic handheld vacuum. Reviewers say it's surprisingly powerful and are thrilled to get a lithium-ion battery at this price point. Owners say it will run for about 15 minutes after a full charge, plenty of time, most agree, for the type of messes that you need a hand vac for. It includes two accessories -- a crevice tool and a combo brush -- that store on-board.
Most portable vacuums struggle with picking up pet hair, an area in which the Black & Decker BDH2020FLFH excels, reviewers say. This cordless handheld vacuum features a pet hair brush that gets raves for removing stubborn pet hair from chair and couch cushions, while the stick vac floor extension and a few other accessories make this handheld even more versatile. The powerful, 20-volt lithium-ion battery runs for about 20 minutes on a full charge.
If you think you'd like something even more versatile than a dedicated hand vacuum, check out our Best Reviewed stick vacuum, the . This powerful vacuum converts to a handheld and the hand vac has a power pet hair brush attachment that is just phenomenal on fabric surfaces. We have a full review of that vacuum, and other stick/handheld combo vacuums, in our separate report on .