Best car vacuum 2018: keep your car crumb-free

Tired of dog hair and crumbs from road trip snackages? Time to suck it up with our list of the best car vacuums

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Your car may be your pride and joy or simply a way for your to get from A to B, but whether you’re driving the latest Range Rover Velar or a tired 09-plate Polo, a car vacuum is just the thing you need to prevent it from becoming a dumping ground for all your on-the-go garbage – such as crisp crumbs, service station wrappers and loose change that you can’t be bothered to pick up.  

The clue’s in the name when it comes to the best car vacuum. Dyson has invented a handheld hoover designed specifically for cleaning car and boat interiors. With its powerful engine, compact size and great range of accessories, there’s a clear winner in the Dyson V6 Car & Boat

Power, size and accessories are the main things you should be looking out for when searching for the best car vacuum. You can also keep your car windows as clean as your seats and footwells with the Karcher WV5, one of the best window vacuum cleaners.  

The best car vacuum

1. Dyson V6 Car & Boat

On the road or on the water, keep your car crumb free with this best car vacuum

Specifications
Cordless: Yes
Weight: 1.57kg
Battery life: 20 minutes
Capacity: 0.4L
In car charger: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Powerful V6 motor + Delivers 200W of power 

You can’t really go wrong with a Dyson, and when the word ‘car’ is actually featured in the product name, you know that design-wise, you aren’t going to get much better.

In the box, you get a load of accessories, including (pay attention pet owners) a mini motorised tool designed specifically to hoover up stubborn pet hairs. There’s even a rigid crevice tool for getting down the side of the seat and a dirt brush for removing stubborn caked-on mud. 

Black & Decker PD1820LGB

2. Black & Decker PD1820LGB

They’re just as good at powerful hoovers as they are power tools

Specifications
Cordless: Yes
Weight: 1.5kg
Battery life: 15 minutes
Capacity: 0.6L
In car charger: No
Reasons to buy
+ Large capacity + Powerful cyclone technology 

Black & Decker have earned themselves some serious kudos in the power tool market and their hoovers seem to be pretty up there, too. Thanks to the cyclonic action and triple action filtration, it should have no trouble sucking up to stubborn dog hairs and the most persistent dirt.

The wraparound hose gives you enough length to get to those hard to reach places, while the flip-about soft brush on the head is great for harder interior surfaces.  

Gtech Multi MK2

3. Gtech Multi MK2

You’ve probably seen the Gtech ads on the telly – thankfully, their hoovers are far more inventive

Specifications
Cordless: Yes
Weight: 1.6kg
Battery life: 20 minutes
Capacity: 0.4L
In car charger: No
Reasons to buy
+ Comes with a range of tools + Good 20-minute run time 

Lightweight and very versatile, the Gtech Multi is probably the Dyson V6’s greatest competitor. It comes with a mini motorised tool, a brush head, crevice tool, dusting brush and flexi hose for reaching and effectively hoovering every surface and cranny in your car.

Offering up to a 20-minute run time and a removable battery pack for convenient charging, the Gtech Multi offers enough power to effectively hoover your car. It also features a clear dust compartment, which is easy to empty once full. All in all, this is a clever, well-designed car hoover and a good alternative to the Dyson, so long as you don’t mind an additional half an hour on the charge time.  

Black & Decker PV1820L-XE

4. Black & Decker PV1820L-XE

This slightly space age looking device is potentially the best car vacuum cleaner under £100

Specifications
Cordless: Yes
Weight: 1.93kg
Battery life: 10 minutes
Capacity: 0.44L
In car charger: No
Reasons to buy
+ Nozzle pivots 200 degrees to reach awkward angles + Extendable crevice tools 

This Black & Decker couldn’t look any more different to its big brother, but it certainly delivers the same on power.

For an RRP of £99.99, you get a fair amount of hoover for your money, including a high performance motor, ECO smart charging tech for a quick charge time and integrated tools for cleaning crevices and hard surfaces.

While its battery life is fairly short and not everyone will agree with its bulky nozzle, when you’re saving yourself £70, they’re not bad compromises to make.

AEG AG71A

5. AEG AG71A

A corded handheld vacuum that delivers on the power front… and your pocket

Specifications
Cordless: Yes
Weight: 2.6kg
Battery life: Corded
Capacity: 0.6L
In car charger: No
Reasons to buy
+ Not reliant on battery limit + Includes a stretch hose and crevice tool 

It may not be the most modern-looking car vacuum cleaner in the world (we’d go as far as saying it’s downright ugly), but this device certainly delivers suction power in droves – and that’s what it’s all about.

So long as you have an extension cable at the ready, this corded vacuum cleaner is well worth the RRP £50 outlay. It’s not the lightest but it does have a decent dust capacity and it comes with a ‘stubborn brush’ nozzle, which agitates your car’s carpet fibres to release the mud that you deposited after last weekend’s rainy walk.  

Karcher WV5

6. Karcher WV5

Make sure your windows get some love, too

Specifications
Cordless: Yes
Weight: 0.6kg
Battery life: 35 minutes
Capacity: 0.1L
In car charger: No
Reasons to buy
+ Smear-free finish + 35-minute charge time 

One for the car and for the house, this Karcher window vacuum will revolutionise the way you clean windows. Coming with a spray bottle and microfibre cloth, the vacuum is famed for its streak-free finish.

Offering up to 35 minutes of charge, there’s plenty of time to work your way round the car and a bit of the house, too. It’s super lightweight and you can use it to suck up spillages, great if your household is a clumsy one.  

Vax Gator Handheld Cordless Vacuum

7. Vax Gator Handheld Cordless Vacuum

A cheap and cheerful number for cleaning up the worst of it

Specifications
Cordless: Yes
Weight: 1.24kg
Battery life: 15 minutes
Capacity: 0.3L
In car charger: No
Reasons to buy
+ Great price + Very lightweight 

It may not have the versatility or the power of our previous picks but when it comes to a quick hoover of the footwell and other flat surfaces in the car, you can’t really go wrong.

It’s less powerful than others, so it won’t work so well on dog hair but thanks to its retractable crevice tool, it can reach the hard to get to places, making light work out of a quick cleaning sprint.