How to Choose the Best Car Vacuum Cleaner (2023)?

How to Choose the Best Car Vacuum Cleaner (2023)?

Nowadays, vacuum cleaners are ubiquitous in homes. Cleaning presents particular difficulties for vehicles and other automobiles, though. Also, it is well-known that autos are difficult to clean but simple to get dirty. Portable vacuum cleaners and handhelds satisfy a need that other technology cannot.

Let's explore them in this blog and look at some suggestions without going over budget and breaking the bank.

Why would you want a handheld vacuum cleaner for the car?

Personally, a handheld car vacuum cleaner is more of a necessity for me than a luxury, as is for most people. The combo can get quite challenging for someone with a pet and a car. A handheld vacuum cleaner comes to the rescue at home and in the car.

What to look for in the ideal vacuum cleaner for the car?

Let’s get the numbers and technical specs out of the way first. When buying a portable handheld vacuum cleaner for the car, the following parameters are essential to watch for.

1. Suction power

Before going into convenience features and ergonomics, a car vacuum cleaner must be able to do the fundamental task it needs to do: the vacuum itself. 

Strong suction is crucial for picking up dirt, debris, sand, crumbs and other messes from your car's carpets and upholstery.

Look for car vacuums with suction power ratings of at least 8 kPA (20 AW) to effectively clean. Higher kPA ratings indicate more powerful suction capability.

This directly correlates to the suction power of the device. Refrain from letting the fancy features of many vacuums fool you because you want one that has a reasonable amount of energy to get the real work of vacuum cleaning done. When going through specifications, you want to get one over 20AW or at least 8 kPA amount of suction because below that, the debris in the car will not be able to be picked up. Moreover, two major kinds of motors are used in vacs – brushed and brushless. Brushless motors are more efficient and more durable. So, always opt for a brushless solution if you have the choice. We at Fanttik overdeliver on suction power sporting brushless motors in our V8 Mate and V9 Mate Portable Cordless car vacuum cleaners. 

2. Portability

You want a lightweight car vacuum that is easy to maneuver into tight spaces and store in your car.

  • Compact handheld vacuums are most portable
  • Stick vacuums are nimble but bottom-heavy
  • Built-in hooks or mounts make storage easier

Lightweight models under 5 lbs are ideal. The Fanttik V8 Mate is an excellent ultra-portable option at just 1.2 lbs. For sedans and the V9 Mate for SUVs and trucks at only 2.24 lbs.

3. Ease of use

A device's usability and ease of use are as much of an art as engineering. An intelligent color screen display would always make the experience of monitoring the state of the vacuum, gear, power, and suction elegantly a breeze. So, thoughtful user experience implementation lends itself to the convenience of the intelligent age in a poised manner. 

4. Fast charging

In this day and age, gadgets have to run faster and charge quicker to keep up with the pace of the fast lifestyle. So, it becomes a necessity as it is imperative that you don’t have to sit around and wait for the car vacuum cleaner to get charged up. The best modern ones  sport the ubiquitous USB-C charging so you can charge anywhere, including in your car. Moreover, you want one that can get fully charged in under an hour while providing long run time.

5. Long-time usage/Long runtime

When it comes to cordless gadgets, endurance is key! The ideal car vac would be a perfect companion for the modern 2023 car with its fast-charging feature alongside running with maximum endurance. You should go for one that can go up to at least 20 minutes at full charge because, in our years of experience, it takes roughly 20-25 minutes to clean an entire car with a vacuum cleaner. And consequently, our V8 Mate and V9 Mate offer run times of over 30 minutes at full charge.

6. Affordable price

Car vacuums range from $25 to $200+. Setting a budget helps narrow down the options.  Mid-range models from reputable brands like Fanttik offer the best balance of power, features and price.

Though this is trivial, it is worth discussing. Like bigger is not always better in vacs, pricier doesn’t necessitate quality – especially when you know what to look for in technology. Price is a poor indicator of quality, as seen in several tech ventures. As such, with the advent of efficient engineering, younger brands are offering uncompromising quality at reasonable prices. So, pick one you are well informed about at a modest budget without sacrificing quality. But not all reasonably priced car vacuum cleaners are created equal. This leads us to the next point of research or reading reviews.

7. Read reviews/conduct research

Before making any major purchase, or any purchase for that matter, it is always advisable to do your research. A good tip is to shortlist your options under your price range and read their reviews on platforms like Amazon. Pay attention to who is writing the review. Look for reviews that say “Verified Purchase” – so that you know that this person spent his/her hard-earned money to purchase the item, giving them more credibility. This way, you can make a well-informed decision.

To access more content: The Dos and Don'ts of Using a Car Vacuum.

Compare Car Vacuum Types: Handheld vs Stick vs Wet/Dry

Vacuum Type Best For Key Features
Handheld Portability and tight spaces Compact, lightweight, cordless
Stick Cordless convenience Lightweight, maneuverable, cordless
Wet/Dry Versatile cleaning Wet & dry pickup, large capacity, powerful

Keeping your car interior spotless requires having the right car vacuum. With options like handheld, stick, and wet/dry models, choosing the best type comes down to your needs and preferences. This guide compares the pros and cons of different car vacuums to help you decide.

a.Handheld Car Vacuums

Handheld vacuums are extremely portable and lightweight. Usually weighing under 5 lbs, they are easy to store in your car and maneuver into tight spaces.


  • Compact and ultra-mobile design
  • Easily clean hard-to-reach areas
  • Typically cordless for maximum maneuverability


  • Smaller dust bins require frequent emptying
  • Less powerful suction than larger models
  • Limited runtime for cordless models before recharging

Top-rated handheld car vacuums like the Fanttik V8 Mate offer strong suction in a super lightweight body.

b.Stick Car Vacuums

Stick vacuums feature a lightweight, elongated design similar to a broomstick. Models made for cars are optimized for tight space cleaning.


  • Extremely lightweight and nimble
  • Cordless convenience
  • Stronger suction than compact handhelds


  • Bottom heavy design not as ergonomic
  • Limited runtime for cordless models

Cordless stick vacuums offer unmatched portability and cleaning performance.

Wet/Dry Car Vacuums

As the name implies, wet/dry vacs can clean up both dry debris and wet spills in your car's interior.


  • Vacuum up wet and dry messes
  • Large dust bins
  • Powerful suction for deep cleaning


  • Typically corded, limiting mobility
  • Bulkier and heavier
  • More expensive

Why should you choose Fanttik?

Fanttik V8 Mate
Fanttik V9 mate
  • Definitely, it is the best choice for Sedan.

    Ultra-Light Wireless - Only 1.2 lbs (540g), a bottle of water weighs; compact and portable, the attached storage bag is convenient for car storage.

    A Variety of Practical Accessories - Extension tubes and extension hoses to easily clean hard-to-reach corners, brush to clean stubborn dust from crevasses, multi-surface brush, and Pet brush suitable for carpets and to pick up pet hair on fabric surfaces.

    Powerful Suction - High-speed brushless motor provides strong suction of 30AW/12kPa to easily pick up stubborn sand, dust, and debris. Two-gear suction adjustment, low gear, can be used for 30 minutes. High gear can be used for 12 minutes.

    USB-C Fast Charging - Use the Type-C fast charging cable to charge it anytime, anywhere, and it can be fully charged in as fast as 2 hours.

    Double Filtration - Double filter system can filter out 99.95% of particles. The stainless-steel filter and HEPA filter can be washed and reused. After cleaning the HEPA filter, please assemble it after it dries.

  • You don't wan to miss it if you have an SUV or a truck.
  • For Spotless Cleaning - 4ft. flexible hose with various accessories including Crevice tool/Push-in brush/Extension tool, allows you to reach all areas of your car while other hand Vacs cannot. 
  • Easy to Use - At only 2.2 lbs.
  • Intelligent Digital Display - The digital display shows the remaining battery charge and other metrics. The smart filter sensor detects when the filter becomes clogged and needs to be cleaned, helping you to maintain the advanced cleaning performance. 
  • High Performance & Low Noise - Innovative air cyclone system with 80,000 RPM brushless motor creates a highly efficient system with high performance and low noise. Max mode supplies 40AW/13kPa suction and vacuum, while ECO mode accommodates 30 minutes run-time for long time cleaning
  • USB-C Fast Charging - Intelligent fast charging design with the provided USB TYPE-C charging cable provides DC 5V 3A/ 9V 2A for full charging in 2 hours. Please note that the fast charging is guaranteed exclusively with the standard fast charger

With the ubiquitous development in thoughtful engineering, value for money has skyrocketed. Now, you can get a handheld portable vacuum cleaner for your car for around $100 which would have cost you tenfold even several years ago. The Fanttik V8 Mate and V9 Mate are prime examples of this.  

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