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9 great qualities of a handheld vacuum cleaner: Part 3

High storage capacity in your cleaner can prevent health issues.

This summer, don't dread cleaning. With a little research you can easily thwart the spread of allergens by quickly and efficiently cleaning your residence. Here are some characteristics you should look for when searching for your next handheld vacuum cleaner.

1. Long Battery Life and Low Charge Time

When you're cleaning, the last thing you'll want to do is stop to wait for your handheld vacuum cleaner to recharge.What usually takes minutes to clean—a quick sweep of the rug or drapes—could take hours if you have to wait for your vacuum's battery to charge up.

Just remember that a handheld cleaner with a cord likely will have more suction power than one with a battery. If you can purchase one with both a battery and a cord, that's even better.

2. Dirt Capacity

A handheld cleaner that stores a lot of dust and dirt will help you in a few ways. First, it'll increase the amount of time you spend cleaning your house while decreasing the amount of time you spend cleaning out your vacuum. Second, the more you dump out your vacuum, the greater chance dust will escape back into the air, which can be a safety hazard.

3. Cost

For about $50 you can purchase the Black & Decker Pivot Vac. handheld cleaner. According to Consumersearch.com, the vacuum's benefits include its flexible nozzle, light weight, storage compaction and attachments. However, it has a short run time and no charging base.

As you can see, the cost for handheld vacuums ranges from cheap to expensive. For those who tend to do heavy cleaning on a daily or weekly basis, a more expensive model that lasts longer may be a better choice than a cheap model.

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