5 Best Car Vacuum Cleaners

  • Written by: Amanda Myers

Why use a vacuum cleaner? What is it for? Why you need it? Vacuum cleaners are becoming more common these days in many households. In the past, vacuum cleaners are bulky and difficult to operate. Today, vacuum cleaners are available in a more lightweight, small and easy to operate designs which make it easier to use at home by non-professionals.

There are several types of handheld vacuum cleaners depending on how it is powered: wall-corded, battery, and automobile 12V socket. Most of them already come with the following tools: crevice, brush, and blower.

The cleaning tools that people most commonly use to clean their homes are cloth, towels, duster, sponges, brush, mop, broom, and scrub. But these tools require a great deal of effort, time, does not completely clean, might need water or solutions to be effective, and could damage the surface of the object that you are cleaning.

With vacuum cleaners, you get the following advantages:

  • Easy to use
  • Time-saving
  • Does not require water or solutions
  • Does not damage the surface of the object you are cleaning
  • Vacuum units are easy to clean
  • Keeps your hands clean
  • Waste canister/tank/bin are easy to empty

With all of the above qualities, vacuum cleaners are ideal for:

  • Cleaning carpets, huge sofa sets, upholstery, bed, pillow cover, rug
  • Floor cleaning
  • Removing pet or human hair, pollen, mold, cigarette ashes, insects (bed bugs, beetle grubs, moths, fleas), allergens in a form of dust, indoor air

Here's a list of selected vacuum cleaners, their qualities, features and our rating for each unit.

Product Our Rating
Armor All 2.5 Gallon, 2 Peak HP, Utility Wet/Dry Vacuum, AA255 Review thumbnail Armor All 2.5 Gallon
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BLACK-DECKER-CHV1410L-16V-Cordless-Lithium-Hand-Vac Review thumbnail BLACK + DECKER CHV1410L
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Car Vacuum Cleaner High Power Wet Dry Dust Buster Hand Vac Pet Hair Remover Crumbs Cleaner 120W 4000PA with 5m Cable 12V Review thumbnail Car Vacuum Cleaner
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Black & Decker BDH1200FVAV 12V Flexi Automotive Vacuum - Corded thumbnail Black & Decker BDH1200FVAV
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Carrand 94005AS AutoSpa Bagless Auto-Vac Hand-Held Vaccum Reviews thumbnail Carrand 94005AS
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Car Vacuum Cleaner Wet Dry Hand Vac - Simply the best vacuum in the "car" category

You can plug the unit into a DC 12V cigarette lighter port and produce one of the most powerful suction power among the vacuums we reviewed at 4000PA. It has a long power cord at 12.4 feet so you can easily vacuum from the front to the back of your car. The unit also comes with attachments with a specific purpose such as a short brush for hair and wool fabric, a barge mouth for clingy surface dust, a soft long tube for hard to reach areas and a straight long mouth for tight areas. If you need a vacuum for quick pickups inside your car and if you want to save time, money, and trips to a car wash, this one is for you. This is also great for household chores but you need an adapter to plug this into a wall outlet.

Carrand 94005AS Hand-Held Vacuum - More than adequately powered vacuum at 550 watt

One of our favorites! This wall corded vacuum is the most lightweight among the vacuums we reviewed at only 0.5 pounds and yet it is powered by a 550-watt motor which makes this arguably the most powerful of the bunch. It could pick up anything including pet hairs which most vacuums have a hard time in sucking. It has several attachments such as crevice tool, dashboard tool, console tool, carpet/upholstery tool, and blower tool. This is one of the two units on our list that has a blower function. It several attachments, and for its size, it is hard to believe that it has an onboard storage for the hose, power cord, and the attachments on top, around, and the base of the unit. For more details, please click here.

BLACK + DECKER CHV1410L - The only battery-powered vacuum in our list

This is not your ordinary battery-powered vacuum. It is powered by a lithium battery with special abilities such as long battery life, produces consistent power, charges quickly, no battery memory (can charge at all times without destroying the battery), holds a charge for up to 18 months, and a quick charging base. For a battery-powered vacuum, we didn't expect this unit to be powerful enough for light duty jobs in the house or in a car. Additionally, all attachments such as a rotating nozzle, crevice extension tool, and flip-up brush are all built in! If you're looking for a battery-powered unit, don't look any further. This small, lightweight, portable unit is best for those who wants to keep a vacuum in their cars, for those who wants to clean areas that are far from a wall outlet, and for those who wants to clean without pulling the power cord around. 

Armor All Wet/Dry Vacuum - Top rated affordable wall-corded vacuum

This unit is super versatile and has all the features you want or need from a small lightweight vacuum. One of the vacuums on our list that can handle wet and dry pickups and it has a blower function. The unit also comes with several tools such as a crevice tool for tight areas, brush for carpets, and more. It has the longest hose among the vacuums we reviewed at 6 feet 1.25 inch and the biggest waste tank at 2.5 gallons. It has a unique feature that we did not find in any other vacuums -- that is, the auto shut-off feature to prevent the tank from overflowing. Does not require assembly, easy to use, easy to clean, and powerful enough for light duty use at home and in your car. All these features at a low cost.

Black & Decker BDH1200FVAV - This car vacuum focuses on suction power maintenance

This unit has several features designed specifically for suction power maintenance such as a cyclonic action that spins the dirt away from the filter, a washable filter, a side empty door that pushes the dirt straight to the bin, and transparent dust bowl that allows you to check if the unit needs cleaning. The design of the unit is very unique. It features a "motor in the filter" technology that makes the unit look compact, small, lightweight, portable, and easy to store. The hose is wrapped around the unit and serves as a handle. You can unwrap the hose to extend to reach tight, hard to reach areas in your car. Among all the vacuums we reviewed, this unit has the longest power cord at 16 feet! For regular vacuuming and quick pickups, this vacuum is great to have in your car.

Conclusion

Please click on the image below to see a useful comparison table for all 5 vacuum cleaners:

Based on the chart, the units that are best for car use are the BLACK + DECKER CHV1410L 16V Cordless Lithium Hand Vac which is battery powered and Car Vacuum Cleaner High Power Wet Dry DustBuster Hand Vac Pet Hair Remover Crumbs Cleaner 120W 4000PA with 5m Cable 12V and Black & Decker BDH1200FVAV 12V Flexi Automotive Vacuum - Corded which are powered by cigarette lighter port.

The units that are the best for household chores are the battery powered vacuum which is the BLACK + DECKER CHV1410L 16V Cordless Lithium Hand Vac and the Armor All 2.5 Gallon, 2 Peak HP, Utility Wet/Dry Vacuum, AA255 and Carrand 94005AS AutoSpa Bagless Auto-Vac Hand-Held Vaccum which are wall-corded.

The BLACK + DECKER CHV1410L 16V Cordless Lithium Hand Vac is best for both household or car use because it is battery powered.

For wet pickups, the Armor All 2.5 Gallon, 2 Peak HP, Utility Wet/Dry Vacuum, AA255, and Car Vacuum Cleaner High Power Wet Dry DustBuster Hand Vac Pet Hair Remover Crumbs Cleaner 120W 4000PA with 5m Cable 12V are your options.

To those who are looking for the blower function, your options are Carrand 94005AS AutoSpa Bagless Auto-Vac Hand-Held Vaccum and Car Vacuum Cleaner High Power Wet Dry DustBuster Hand Vac Pet Hair Remover Crumbs Cleaner 120W 4000PA with 5m Cable 12V.

To those who need a long power cord, the Black & Decker BDH1200FVAV 12V Flexi Automotive Vacuum - Corded has a 16 feet power cord.

To those who are looking for a cheap yet effective vacuum cleaner for household chores, consider the Armor All 2.5 Gallon, 2 Peak HP, Utility Wet/Dry Vacuum, AA255.

To those who are looking for an affordable car vacuum cleaner that is not wall-corded, your best option is the Car Vacuum Cleaner High Power Wet Dry DustBuster Hand Vac Pet Hair Remover Crumbs Cleaner 120W 4000PA with 5m Cable 12V.

Our 5-star rated vacuum cleaners are the Car Vacuum Cleaner High Power Wet Dry DustBuster Hand Vac Pet Hair Remover Crumbs Cleaner 120W 4000PA with 5m Cable 12V andCarrand 94005AS AutoSpa Bagless Auto-Vac Hand-Held Vaccum. For more details on why, please read the full review for each product.

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