So here we are again, the Appliance Hunter is back from a tireless journey. This time I’ve been looking for the Best Car Vacuum Cleaners.
And what a journey! Who knew there was so much to know about car vacuums?
Well I do now and have sifted through all the noise and rubbish so you don’t have too, I’ve got my top picks in the table below, just click the link and you’ll be taken to Amazon where you can buy yours today.
Are 12v Car Vacuums Worth it
The 12v Handheld Vacuums are the ones you can just plug into the cigarette lighter to use.
The Question is amains worth it?
Well unfortunately it depends.
You can get some really powerful 12v car vacuums like the 12v Black + Decker Dustbuster, but they don’t have the suction power of a mains powered vacuum.
But you can keep them in your car and use them anywhere, and you don’t need to trail a cable out from your house which is ideal if you live in a flat or don’t have a driveway.
And they’re a lot cheaper (normally) than buying another vacuum cleaner so that’s definitely a plus.
- No Need To Charge
- Can Use In The Car Anywhere
- You Can Keep It In The Car
- Can Only Use In The Car
- Not as Powerful As Mains Powered
So it depends on what you need from it. If you live in a flat then getting a 12v could be a good idea or you might be better getting a regular cordless handheld vacuum.
Either way I’ve included some of each in my recommendations so you can have a look and see for yourself which one you like the look of.
Corded Car Vacuum vs Cordless Car Vacuum
Again this is entirely dependant on what you need.
If you want a really deep clean then corded into mains is usually the way forward. But!
A good cordless vacuum has more power than a bad corded mains vacuum. Plus you can get into all the little gaps of the car a lot easier with a handheld vacuum than you can with a chunky mains vacuum.
So personally I prefer a good cordless vacuum for car cleaning, you can get right into the gaps betweens seats and right underneath for a more thorough clean.
Some Other Things To Think About
Here are just a couple of things you might want to think about when you’re buying a car vacuum.
Some attachments are definitely more useful than others, but you do get some that are really useful for car cleaning.
Mainly they’re nice, small nozzles you can use to get right in and about the car seats. Sometimes you get thin extenders as well which are great.
I prefer rubber over plastic because it’s a bit more malleable so you can use it to get in deeper. But plastic is still good because it is so sturdy and won’t break.
If you get a cordless vacuum that you charge then you’re going to need at least 10 minutes of run time but preferably you’ll want 15 minutes or more.
How Much Should You Pay For A Car Vacuum
A car vacuum certainly doesn’t have to cost the earth, you in no way need a dyson to clean your car!
But expect to pay around £30 for a good one then anywhere up to £100 for a really good one.
Less than £30 and you’ll need to question the quality and how long it’s going to last. Likewise more than that is just over the top for a car vacuum. Different if it’s a vacuum for your house that you also want to use on your car of course.
Best Car Vacuum Cleaners Reviewed
You’ve made it!
It’s time for the main event where we get down and dusty and decide which is the best car vacuum.
I’ve linked each one through to Amazon so you can order yours today, you just click the Price & Reviews button and you’ll get taken there.
1. 12v Flexi Auto Dustbuster
Brand: Black + Decker
Powered by: 12v Cigarette Lighter
- 5m Long Cord
- Strong Suction
- Easy Empty
- Nozzles Wraps Around Body For Easy Storage
- Comes With A String Net Bag Which Isn’t Very Strong
They’ve tried to make the Black And Decker Auto Dustbuster nice and storable by providing you with a flimsy string bag to keep it in. It doesn’t exactly work very well and you can just put it back in the box when you’re storing it so it’s not much of a problem.
It’s one of the most powerful 12v car vacuums you can buy and is great for cleaning the car.
One of the best things about it is that it has a 5m long power cord so you can easily get from the front of the car all the way to the boot and be able to clean it all no problem at all.
It might look a little big but it’s really portable, in the box it measures 27x30x16cm so you can keep it in the boot without it being right in the way every time you go to the shops.
There are three different attachments you can use, a long thin one to get in around the seats and the in the door pockets and then a brush so you can get in about the vents and joints of the seats.
Overall,Easily One of the best car vacuums available, great 12v power and easy to store too.
2. Gator Car Vacuum Cleaner
Type: Handheld Cordless
Powered by: Charging From Mains
- Easy Empty
- Extendable Nozzle
- 15 Minute Run Time
- Not As Powerful
- Long Charge Time
The main problem with the Vax gator is that it has a really long charge time, it’s around 12 hours from flat.
The good thing is that you aren’t likely to need to use it twice in any 12 hours but if you’ve forgotten to charge it that’s a long time to wait before you can use it.
That’s also from completely flat if you use it for 30 seconds for a quick spill it’s not going to take very long to charge, and it holds the charge quite well when not in use.
It’s also super light and convenient for a quick clean up of the car.
Doesn’t matter how far your car is from a mains socket you can take the Vax gator and get it all cleaned up in no time. It’s even got an extendable nozzle which is handy if you’re going to have a deep clean.
You can empty it really easily and it’s small enough to get in everywhere you need it with reasonable ease.
Overall, a really practical car vacuum great for the house too, the charge time isn’t ideal but it’s lightweight and easy to use.
These are some other great 12v car vacuums that operate from the cigarette lighter if you don’t like the look of the Black + Decker above.
3. 18V Lithium-Ion Dustbuster Flexi Vacuum
Brand: Black + Decker
Powered by: Recharging
- 20 Minute Run Time
- Powerful Suction
- Auto Shuts Off When Fully Charged
- Easy Empty
- A Little Noisey
- More Expensive
The Black + Decker 18v handheld vacuum is a little more expensive than most handheld vacuums but it’s got the most powerful suction.
It’s also a little noisier but that happens when there’s more suction, and if you’re out in the car it’s not too much of an issue.
It’s supposed to have a 4 hour charge time but the reality is it’s actually more like 1 hour and less if you don’t run it absolutely flat. And then you can use it for about 15 minutes but you’re likely to get 20-25 from it which is great!
The way it empties is pretty cool too, you just have to open up the side and out falls all the dust it’s collected. Just make sure you do it straight into a bin and you’ll be golden.
And it may not relate to anything but I just think it looks really cool. So sleek and stylish, I know that shouldn’t sway me at all but because it is really powerful I can’t help it. It just looks awesome!
Overall, a really good car vacuum for the car enthusiast looking to get a really deep clean of their car.
4. Wet & Dry 12v Car Vacuum
Type: Handheld Corded
Powered by: Car Cigarette lighter
- Wet and Dry Use
- Long Power Cord
- Hepa Filter
- Not The Most Powerful
The Reteck Wet and Dry Vacuum is great for if you tend to get a lot of water in your car from wet feet or wet dogs. You can use it regardless, you don’t have to wait for everything to dry before you vacuum, just make sure you empty it after!
The power cord is 14 feet (a little over 4m) long which is plenty big enough to reach around the whole car and the accessories are quite cool as well.
It’s got a hose attachment that clips right into the front which looks a little weird but works well. Alongside that there’s an extender and a brush nozzle so you can get everywhere you need to.
It doesn’t have the most powerful suction in the world but it is plenty strong enough to give a half decent clean and the price is really great too so you definitely get what you pay for.
Overall, a great car vacuum, strong enough suction and all the tools needed to get a good clean everywhere around the car.
5. Wet And Dry Handheld Cordless Car Vacuum
Powered by: Rechargeable
- 25 Minute Run Time
- 4 Hour Charge Time
- Wet And Dry Cleaning
- Good For Pet Hair
- Not As Powerful As Corded Vacuums
The holife is a great handheld vacuum for taking round the car, it’s got a nice long run time and all the attachments you need to get right in and about everything.
It’s of course not as powerful as a corded vacuum but it can still deal with most messes and can even manage dog hair. So perfect for everyone except the car cleaning enthusiast.
It can handle wet and dry spills so it can manage pretty much anything that might end up in the car.
I particularly loved the long run time, 25 minutes is more than enough to get around the whole car. And a four hour charge time might not sound that fast but for a vacuum, it is lightning fast.
Overall, a great handheld vacuum, good suction great for anyone looking for a good clean of the car.
F.A.Q On The Best Car Vacuum Cleaner
What about the best car hoover?
I personally always say hoover when I’m talking about cleaning the house, doing the hoovering, but it is a brand rather than the device so that’s why I’ve tried to stick to calling them vacuum cleaners. But if you’re looking for the best hoover for car cleaning you’re still in the right place!
Can I still use corded vacuums in my car when it’s raining?
If you’re running a cord from the mains out to the car then absolutely not!
But if you have a corded vacuum that runs off the 12v cigarette lighter in the car, as long as you keep it inside the car at all times you can use it while it’s raining outside.
You might also want to check out my complete guide to the best handheld vacuum cleaners