When it comes to car vacuum cleaning many of us can be pretty lax in this department. It’s often inconvenient, time consuming and in some cases expensive.

By keeping the interior of your car clean the intervals between full car washes can be extended, because it’s often the mess inside the car that prompts us to clean it.

For almost all the messes inside of your car they can be easily cleaned with a portable car vacuum. Food crumbs, spilled drink, pet hair, dirt and grass are common daily messes that get left in our cars.

Using a portable car vacuum these messes are quickly and easily cleaned up in little time with a minimum of fuss. When you discover how quick and easy it is to use a portable vacuum cleaner you will find yourself using it not only in the car.

Believe it or not, there is a system to vacuuming a car interior. If you’re not sure go and discover How to Vacuum a Car

Basically there is 3 categories – Cordless, 12 Volt and AC powered.

Cordless – exactly that, no power cord. These are powered by rechargeable battery.
12 Volt DC – Take power from your cars’ power/cigarette lighter socket
AC Power – run on conventional power from house supply or a generator.




Do you want battery powered, 12 Volt or AC powered?
These things do make a difference – for example, if you only want to clean your floor mats and do a little spot vacuuming throughout the car a battery powered vacuum would be ideal.

Also suited for small messes in the home.

Good ones normally have a run time of 20 – 30 mins before battery fade.

On the other hand if you want to carry out similar cleaning and carrying a recharge unit is not practical then a 12 volt unit would be ideal.
These plug-in to the vehicles power outlet/cigarette lighter socket. Ideal for people on the move and want to keep the car vacuum in the car.

AC powered are similar to your house vacuum just in compact form. These generally are a little more robust and are capable of bigger work.
The biggest restriction is they require household power, so you need to be close to an outlet. (unless you have a generator, those of you with RVs)

How much suction or power has it got?
Suction/Power – this is the first thing on most peoples mind.

Are you familiar with the saying “you can’t beat cubic inches” well, the same can be said for choosing a car vacuum when it comes to suction/power, bigger is better.

However there are caveats to this.
The most obvious is the length of the suction tube – or the distance from the motor to the end of the pick up. The longer the tube the bigger drop in suction.

Also try not to compare these to your home vacuum in terms of suction power because while most portable vacuums have good suction they don’t have the same power as your home vacuum.
House vacuums generally have a power rating from 1400W – 2200W. Just making sure you are aware of the differences.

What accessories does it come with?
When cleaning a car you are going to need at least two accessory attachments, one being a crevice tool for getting in between seats and other tight places.
The other tool is a brush end required for cleaning around air vents and consoles. Also good for brushing light dirt on carpets.

If you only intend to clean the mats and crumbs off seats these tools are not really required.

Is the design practical?
I know, it’s just a vacuum cleaner, but design comes in to it.

For the most part you’ll be using the machine with one hand so it needs to be comfortable and managable.
The machine also needs to fit into the places you intend to clean.

If you own a two door sports car you knows its not easy cleaning behind the seats – a hosed vacuum is usually the best option.

Do the filters require washing or replacing?
It’s great to have a vacuum to do the cleaning but the machine requires cleaning too. Most have washable and replaceable filters.

Some also have filter bags available making cleaning that much easier. Be aware of what’s involved with cleaning the vacuum of choice.

You don’t want the cleaning of the vacuum to be a chore!

Is the price justified?
Sorry to say this but Price doesn’t determine quality. Often you maybe paying for a brands name.

Set a budget and then read what others have to say about the car vacuums of your choice, within your budget.

Make sure you are getting everything you want or need. There are a few models for sale where the accessory tools are sold separately.

What does the warranty cover?
More and more companies are giving better customer service when it comes to warranties and are willing to stand behind the products they sell.

A warranty should have a minimum period of 12 months.

Do read the fine print on what is and is not covered. Most warranties only cover parts and manufacturing defects.



cordless car vacuum
  • Smart Charge Technology
  • 16V Lithium Ion Battery – better performance and longer life
  • Washable, Easy-Clean Filter
12v car vacuum
  • 12V 120W of Power
  • Stainless Steel Filter
  • 4KPA of Suction
  • 5mtr (16.4ft) Power Cord
car vacuum cleaner
  • Lightweight, Powerful Suction
  • Easy Empty Dust Catcher
  • 18ft Power Cord
  • HEPA Filter


black & decker cordless car vacuum

Black & Decker CHV1410L 16V Cordless

Black & Decker CHV1410L is Lithium Ion Battery powered – that’s what the ‘L’ on the end designates.
This is good as it really means longer lasting power.

The battery will hold a charge longer, up to 18 months; that is if you don’t use it in that time. But you wouldn’t buy it to store it, you want it to work and do the job it’s intended to do, vacuum up messes.

As a cordless vacuum it has good suction and with the built-in crevice tool (the end extends) it’s ideal for those hard to get places – between and under seats.
The dust bowl and washable filter are removable for easy cleaning.

  • 16V Cordless
  • Holds a charge for up to 18 months
  • Weight: 3.8lbs

Price: $50

Dyson V6 Cordless vacuum cleaner

Dyson V6 Car & Boat Cordless Vacuum

Designed for use in cars and boat cabins.

Your first thoughts maybe “Is there a V8 version?” Simple answer – Yes.
But it’s not designed for use in cars.

Dyson V6 cordless car vacuum comes complete with a set of attachments ideally suited to cleaning cars. One is a mini motorized head for cleaning pet hair and other stubborn debris.

Lithium Ion Battery gives 20 minutes of fade-free suction. Ample to clean up those small messes in your car.
There a Boost mode for when you need that bit extra.

True one handed operation with a trigger switch on/off. Just like a battery drill.

  • Free-fade 20min run time
  • Range of attachments designed for car cleaning
  • Weight: 3.4lbs

Price: $200

cordless handheld car vacuum

Black & Decker BDH2020FL 20V Flex Vac Cordless

Depending on where you prefer to clean your car, either at the car wash or at home vacuuming the inside can be an exercise in patience.

Car wash vacuums are usually busy or out of order and dragging the house vacuum around the car is like vacuuming stairs, a pain in the backside.

There is a better option – Black & Decker Lithium Flex Vac

Lithium ion battery gives cordless fade free power, while the 4ft flexible suction hose allows access to those hard-to-get-to places. It comes supplied with three end attachments, including a pet hair brush.

Both the dust bowl and filter are removable and washable. Filter can also be replaced (model PVF110). The quick charging base keeps the Flex Vac charged and the accessories organized.

  • Lithium Ion battery supplies fade-free power
  • Filter is washable and replaceable
  • Weight: 3.2lbs

Price: $85


Hikeren 12v car vacuum

Hikeren 12V 106W Wet & Dry Car Vacuum

Easily stored in your garage or carry it in your car. Hikeren 12V Wet & Dry car vacuum comes with it’s own storage/carry bag.

Perfect for cleaning up those accidental messes as this car vacuum is wet & dry capable.

The 12 volt power cord plugs in to your vehicles power adapter socket/cigarette lighter and is long enough (16.4ft/5mtr) to get to all areas of your car.

Two HEPA filters come with the vacuum, one is a spare. Filters are washable.

A brush, an extension (long mouth) and a flexible hose come as the accessories. Making most messes easy to clean up.

One of the reviewers, an Uber driver, rated it five stars. It’s almost certain that car vacuum is getting a lot of use.
Combining low noise, strong suction and light weight this portable car vacuum is value for money.

  • 12VDC Wet & Dry Vacuum
  • Two HEPA filters
  • Easy carry/storage bag
  • Weight: 2.3lbs

Price: $35

12v wet & dry car vacuum cleaner

Hotor 12 Volt Wet & Dry Portable Vacuum

Whether it’s vacuuming up sand off the floor mats, chippies from the kids seat or pet hair off the seats the Hotor 12 volt car vacuum has the suction to do it.

Comes with three accessories – a flexible tube, brush head and extension tube – to make cleaning the car as effortless as possible.

The dust catcher and internal HEPA filter are easily removed for washable cleaning.

16ft of power cord allows for access to all areas of your car.
Being a wet & dry vacuum small liquid spills are easily cleaned up.

Vacuum and accessories are stored in an easy carry bag.

  • 106 Watts Power
  • AC power adapter available separately
  • Weight: 2.2lbs

Price: $35

Pumpkin portable handheld car vacuum

Pumpkin 12V 120W Power Suction

Looking for a tough, durable and strong suction car vacuum?

Pumpkin 12V 120W Wet & Dry is Top Rated

Kids, dogs and road trips can be hard on a cars interior. All manner of things end up on the seats and floor. Food and drink could be described as the enemy of any car interior but if you have a portable car vacuum with good suction all the evidence of any mess is soon gone.

Being 12 volt there is no need for AC power, simply plug it into the cars power/cigarette socket.
Accessories include a square end brush, an extension tube, a flexible tube and the all important crevice tool.

A quality stainless steel filter is used and is removable and washable.

  • 4KPa of suction
  • 12V wet & dry
  • Weight: 3.4lbs

Price: $55

cordless handheld car vacuum

Onshowy 12 Volt Portable Handheld Vacuum

Often the messes we have in our cars are just small daily things like food crumbs, cigarette ash, grass and other debris off our shoes. If not kept in check these little messes soon become a major job.

Keeping the inside of your car clean is easy with the use of a portable 12v vacuum.
This one, the Onshowy 12VDC Wet & Dry has all the accessories you need to help you keep the interior clean.

There is a brush for the hard to move dirt, an extension for the hard to access places and a flexible hose for when ease of movement is required.

Both the HEPA filter and dust catcher are removable and washable.
Power cord has a fused electical plug for safety and is 14ft long.

  • Convenient storage bag
  • 12v fused socket for safety
  • Weight: 2.5lbs

Price: $35


wet & dry shop and car vacuum

Armor All Wet & Dry Shop and Car Vacuum

If you are looking for a car vacuum that can double as a small shop vac and be used to clean the ashes from the fire (cold of course) then the wet & dry vacuum, Armor All 2.5 Gallon, is what you are seeking.

It’s dust catcher holds 2.5 gallons and if that just happens to be fluid then there is an auto shut-off switch to prevent overflow.

Complete with a range of accessories that include a crevice tool, blower nozzle, detail brush and deluxe car nozzle. There is tool that can get to and clean all areas of your car interior.

Should you intend to collect ashes or drywall dust the manufacturer recommends an optional fine filter.
Tip: Mount a regular paper vacuum bag over the inflow tube in the canister and collect the ashes in that. (suggested by a Armor All rep) Otherwise filter bags are available.

  • 6ft suction hose and 10ft power cord
  • Auto shut-off prevents overflow
  • Weight: 7lbs

Price: $35

powerful handheld car vacuum cleaner

Bissell Compact Handheld Vacuum

Just because it’s small doesn’t mean it’s not powerful. The Bissell CleanView has suction to rival some full-size vacuums.

Power comes via the 18ft cord, long enough to vacuum stairs if you have them and ideal as a small shop vac for those pesky little messes.

The additional accessory tools make car vacuum cleaning easy and the flexible rubber nozzle is good at aiding the removal of pet hair from seats and carpets.

It’s compact size makes for convenient storage, especially if your tight on storage space.

  • Powerful suction and HEPA filter
  • 18ft Cord
  • Weight: 4.7lbs

Price: $39

Dewalt powered and cordless vacuum cleaner

Dewalt DCV581H Cordless/Corded Wet & Dry Vaccuum

Can’t decide whether to go cordless or AC corded.

Dewalt has you covered with their Dewalt DCV581H Cordless/Corded wet & dry vacuum.

If you already have Dewalt battery power tools running 18 or 20 volt batteries this portable vacuum will be another great assist in your tool collection.
However if you don’t have any Dewalt battery powered tools (18/20 volt) you will need to purchase a battery and charger if you want to go cordless.

Easy to see that Dewalt are targeting trades like electricians, plumbers and builders who need to clean up small messes on the go.
But those guys aren’t the only ones who can benefit from such a universal powered vacuum.

The unit comes with a heavy-duty crush resistant 5ft flexible suction hose. Also provided is a crevice tool and wide nozzle tool attachments.

Dust collector holds up to 2 gallons of wet or dry mess.

  • Vacuum/Blower
  • Corded/Cordless
  • Weight: 11lbs

Price: $125

vac n blo car cleaner

Metrolpolitan Vac ‘N’ Blo Compact Vacuum

Maybe you are quite serious about your portable car vacuum needs.

You want an array of attachments, strong suction and a long flexible hose that can go in one door and out the other, yet be light and portable.

Vac ‘N’ Blo from Metropolitan is probably the car vacuum you’re looking for.
Power is from a 4hp motor that can suck up dirt and debris through a 6ft long flexible hose. It can also blow for inflating air mattresses and the like.

There is 13 inter-changeable attachments.
Dust and debris is collected in a reusable filter bag.

If you need to be on the move with the vacuum, a shoulder strap is supplied for hands free carrying.

  • Vacuum/Blower
  • Steel Construction
  • Weight: 12.5lbs

Price: $210

Ridgid VAC4000 car vacuum

Ridgid VAC4000 Portable Wet & Dry Vacuum

There are a lot reasons to want a portable car vacuum, but often the portability comes with a cost, usually size.

Ridgid understand this and their VAC4000 is portable while retaining a decent dust holding capacity – 4 gallons.

From vacuuming a dusty workbench to cleaning out the truck the Ridgid VAC4000 portable vacuum can do it all.
Powered by a 5hp (peak) motor via a 20ft cord and a 7ft long suction hose there is little you can’t reach or clean.

It comes with two head attachments, a claw nozzle – perfect for cleaning ground in dirt, wet or dry – and a dusting brush.

Filter bags are available (separately) for use when collecting drywall dust or ashes. Replacement filters are also readily available.

  • 5 (peak) HP
  • Wet & Dry Clean-up
  • Weight: 14.7lbs

Price: $93


car duster

Carrand Car Duster

  • Ideal for cup holders and pockets
  • Grabs dust from all sides
  • Long chenille microfiber
  • Preferred by car collectors and professional detailers
car care kit

Meguirs Complete Car Care Kit

  • 12-piece Complete Car Care Kit includes the premium-quality products
  • Everything you need  in one convenient, affordable package
  • Includes microfiber wash mitt
  • Click on image to see a list of all the products
premium leather cleaner

Trinova Leather Cleaner & Microfiber Towel

  • Easy to use – simply spray on and wipe off
  • Premium Formula – Developed by leather experts
  • Also works on durablend, vinyl, compound, saffiano, faux and other leather or leather-like surfaces
  • Extend the Life of Your Leather
car interior protectant

Chemical Guys Inner Clean

  • Interior detailer & UV protectant
  • Removes dirt, dust, and body oils
  • Pleasant pineapple scent
  • Quick and easy application

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