7 Vacuums Small Space Dwellers Will Love

updated Jan 24, 2024
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When it comes to small-space living, two things are true: Storage space is precious, and keeping things clean is a must. This means that investing in the right small-space cleaning tools is vital, especially when it comes to vacuums. Many vacuums are large and cumbersome, taking up valuable space in storage closets or simply acting as an eyesore when left out. Thankfully, there’s some hope for those of us short on square footage: small space vacuums. Designed to provide all the cleaning power you need without taking up too much room, these vacuums are small, lightweight, and perfect for anyone living in a home on the smaller side. From stylish, compact hand vacs to flexible picks that make getting into tight corners a breeze, we rounded up seven of our favorite vacuums below, perfect for small spaces.

Have a small space vacuum you swear by that we missed? Tell us about your favorite dustbusters in the comments below!

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The BISSEL Featherweight Stick Vacuum topped our Best List as the best affordable vacuum, but it's also one of our favorite picks for small spaces. Exceptionally lightweight as its name suggests, this vacuum takes up no more room than a broom and features detachable parts (hello, handheld vac!) for easy use and storage.

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I've written about this sleek hand vac many times — and I'll never stop raving. The Eufy by Anker HomeVac H11 is chic, cordless, and compact, with a design roughly the size of an average wine bottle. Good looks aside, this thing really packs a punch. With a powerful 5,500Pa suction power, a washable high-efficiency filter, and an included multi-use crevice tool to reach every nook and cranny, it's the ultimate pick.

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was $649.99

When AT contributor Stella moved from L.A. to a tiny New York apartment, she learned very quickly that she would need some time to adjust to small-space living with white floors, which don't hide dirt, hair, and other messes very well. "Luckily, in my battle against the inevitable crumbs and dirt accrued, I’ve got an ally — and a powerful one at that. I’m talking about my Dyson V12 Detect Slim," she says in her review. "Although it’s small enough to stow away easily in my tiny coat closet, this thing packs a punch — the V12 is far superior to any other Dyson, IMO. Not only is it 24 percent lighter than previous models, it’s also imbued with special laser technology. The green light shoots out in front of the Laser Slim Fluffy vacuum head, illuminating microscopic dust and other unseen bits (providing a roadmap of where to vacuum next), and demonstrating exactly how clean your home is at any given moment." Take it from her, this vacuum is worth the hype.

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For an all-in-one floor cleaning solution, the Tineco ONE S5 is a "grossly satisfying" editor favorite. This combination wet/dry vac is perfect for anyone looking for a 2-in-1 (no need for a separate vacuum and mop here!) with the power to truly leave your floors gleaming.

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was $20.95

Say what you’re looking for isn’t quite as big as a traditional handheld but is still strong enough to keep your workspace dust-free. Say hello FineInno Mini Crumb Vacuum. Designed to fit neatly in your hand so you can comfortably glide over surfaces, this vacuum is the perfect way to keep your desk, your kitchen counter, and even your keyboard crumb free.

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was $499.99

When it comes to full-size vacuums, the Shark Stratos Cordless Vacuum is the first vacuum to completely win me over. As someone who lives in a studio, I needed something that was going to reach into tight spaces and provide a powerful clean without taking up too much space or becoming an eyesore when left out. This is all that and more. The feature that really won me over in my small space? A MultiFLEX wand, designed to help it get into tight spaces with ease and fold in half for better storage.

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was $164.99

BISSELL's Little Green collection of cleaning machines has been game-changing for AT editors, and the Little Green Pet Pro is no exception. This pod-like carpet and upholstery cleaner has come to the rescue on more than one occasion, clearing away pet messes and human messes alike. Whether it's for carpets or upholstery, this vacuum is one you can count on to take care of any mess without taking up too much room.