In the course of keeping a tidy home there are those little mini messes that require quick and easy cleanup. (I'm looking at you, kitty litter and pet fur.) Often, these chores seem too small for lugging out the full size vacuum cleaner. Enter the handheld vacuum to the rescue!
• Black & Decker Pivoting Hand Vac Bagless, cordless vacuum with a pivoting nozzle and on-board flip-up brush. $59.99 at Best Buy
• Dyson DC34 Cordless Vacuum Bagless, cordless vacuum with a dual mode motor and on-board tools. $199 at Overstock
• Dirt Devil Ultra Hand Vac Corded vacuum that requires bags and has a motorized brushroll for cleaning carpets. $49.99 from Dirt Devil
• Shark Pet Perfect II Hand Vacuum Bagless, cordless vacuum that includes a crevice tool for tight spaces. $59.99 at Target
• Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Bagless, corded vacuum with two nozzles – a hard nozzle and a flexible contour nozzle. $29.99 from Bissell
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