You know that moment when you sit in the car and somehow feel like it can be cleaner? You start removing things, cleaning, and organizing. You look at it all after a few hours and say “Ahhh, that’s more like it”. But then you see some crumbs on the carpet and you don’t have a vacuum cleaner. We’ve all been there and we know the pain, but fortunately for you, we decided to browse around and gathered this list of best vacuum for car detailing.

Rankings Product Name Power Filter Type Editor's Rating
#1
Fortem 120w
120W HEPA

★★ ★★★

#2
Lolldeal Super Mini
75W HEPA

★★ ★★★

#3
OnShowy 106w
106W Modified HEPA

★★ ★★★

#4
Reteck Portable
75W HEPA

★★ ★★★

#5
Black Decker CHV1410L
15.2W Washable Filter

★★ ★☆☆

Our Pick (Top 1): Fortem 120w Portable Vacuum Cleaner

Starting our travel through the list is this FORTEM portable cleaner. It’s powered by a 120W electric motor, which is powered by 12V DC drawn from the cigarette lighter using the included 15ft cord.

Most of the budget cleaners are powered using the cigarette lighter, so make sure it works before you decide that the cleaner is faulty, as it’s probably not.

The makers of this cleaner thought about the various situations that their unit may see, so they made sure to include a nozzle for every task. There is one for the crevices, one brush, and the standard nozzle, just extended using some an extension pipe.

The package also includes a carry bag, so you can pack everything up in one place and keep it organized. This works excellent for cleaning the interior.

Another good thing about the FORTEM is that it comes with not one, but two Hepa filters. They’re durable and easy to clean but it’s always good to have a spare at hand. Especially since it’s intended for both wet and dry use, so you can dedicate one filter to the dry usage and the other for the liquids. However, you can consider as the best car vacuum cleaner.

PROS

  • Carrying bag with accessories
  • Sturdy and robust design
  • Price
  • Two HEPA filters
  • Powerful(120W)
  • Good for both dry and wet usage
  • Aluminum alloy fan blades
  • International safety certifications (FC, CE, RoHS)

CONS

  • Low sucking power with attachments
  • Not that much that you can expect, given the price

Top 2: Lolldeal Super Mini Portable Cleaner

The first thing you notice about the LOLLDEAL  is it looks. It just looks so clean and elegant, and with that black color, you’d never say it costs $19.99. It just looks more expensive than that, but we still have to see if it’s just the looks or is there more to it.

For starters, there’s a travel bag to hold the unit, the brush, the pipe and instruction manual that comes with it. The motor is not as strong as one might wish, rated at 75W.

The power is sourced using a 14.8ft cord that is plugged into your car’s cigarette lighter.  Another aspect is that it’s small and practical, which means that it can fit everywhere.

Lolldeal used a very high-quality HEPA filter, that is very easily cleaned and can filter dust, soot, and particles very well. It’s not restrictive, so it helps the not so powerful motor provide a constant sucking force.

One more good point is that the went with aluminum fan blades and a copper wound motor, so it’ll definitely last you a while.

PROS

  • High-quality HEPA filter that is easily cleaned
  • Carrying bag
  • Sleek and elegant design
  • Price
  • Small size
  • International safety certifications (FC, CE, RoHS)

CONS

  • Can’t be used for liquids
  • Low power(75W)
  • There is no handle to hold it
  • Low sucking power with pipe attached
  • Car has to be on for it to run

Top 3: OnShowy 106w Portable Cleaner

Even though all of the cleaners look like, each one has its own differences and attractive points. For the Onshowy cleaner, a definite advantage over the others is its stainless steel particle filter.

The manufacturer claims that one of their filters is equal to 200 HEPA filters. Pretty impressive, wouldn’t you say?

The other thing that is special on the Onshowy vacuum cleaner is the LED light, that’s integrated on the front. It’s handy for those dark corners and dark carpets. It’s also rather handy in case of a night emergency.

OnShowy’s 106W electric motor draws power from the cars 12V cigarette lighter, using a 14.75ft cord. With the filter being very unrestrictive to the air flow, the motor can provide a vacuum of about 4.5Kpa, which is very powerful. Another bonus of the stainless filter is that the cleaner can be used for both solids and liquids without a problem.

In the package, you get one travel bag, which is handy for storage, because it keeps all your accessories and the cleaner itself in one place. You also get a long mouth brush, a soft long tube, and a brush mouth.

Along with all of this, you also get a manual, so you don’t have to think about the usage and cleaning of the vacuum cleaner.

PROS

  • Multiple accessories including a travel bag
  • Stainless steel filter
  • Filter lasts a long time
  • Integrated LED light
  • Can vacuum solids and liquids
  • Internationally certified(CE, RoHS)

CONS

  • Suggested running car for more suction power
  • Could be more powerful(106W)
  • Low sucking power in cracks and crevices
  • Poor storage of vacuumed particles, they can fall out again

Top 4: Reteck Portable Car Vacuum Cleaner

At 4th place, we have the RETECK portable vacuum cleaner. It stands out from the others with its attractive blue color, even though it’s physically similar to the others. Well, except the sleek LOLLDEAL.

If you don’t like the blue one, you can choose from a total of four color combinations.

Like the others, it’s also powered by 12V DC which can be sourced from your cigarette lighter using a 14ft cord. When you connect to the lighter plug, you power up the 75W electric motor, which a little bit weak. Never the less, the guys at RETECK made sure to attract you to their product with a couple of neat features and.

First up, there is a reusable HEPA filter, which can be used for both liquid and solids, just make sure that it’s dry before you vacuum liquids so you don’t lose suction power. The filter is easy cleaning, just wash it in water and dry.

No need to buy expensive filters ever again. The HEPA filter also includes a nano filter on the tip of the cleaner which helps you avoid secondary pollution.

Then there are the accessories. When you buy the RETECK vacuum cleaner, you get a couple of additions. The brush which is used for cleaning carpets, cushions or those hard to clean AC vents. An extension hose so you can get around corners. You can also attach the other accessories to it. And lastly, the crevice, which is used for cleaning out gaps.

PROS

  • Multiple accessories
  • Reusable HEPA filter
  • Environmentally friendly and ecological
  • Easy cleaning
  • Can vacuum solids and liquids
  • International safety certifications (FC, CE, RoHS)

CONS

  • Wet filter can reduce sucking power
  • Low power(75W)
  • Overheating after long periods of usage
  • Low sucking power with hose attached

Top 5: Black Decker CHV1410L

The final cleaner on our list is this portable cleaner made by BLACK+DECKER. If the name sounds familiar, it’s no wonder. It’s the same BLACK+DECKER that makes those high-quality tools, appliances, and other equipment.

They just changed their colors a little. As for the CHV1410L in question, it’ different from the others in a couple of ways.

First of, unlike the others, it’s powered by 16V DC instead of the usual 12. Then there’s how it gets the power. There’s no cord and no need for a cigarette lighter. Yes, you guessed it, it’s powered by an onboard Lithium Polymer (LiPo) battery.

The advantage of using LiPo, apart from their lightweight, is that they don’t lose their properties with battery drain. That means that you’ll be able to vacuum around with the same sucking power, be it a full charge or near charging time. It just doesn’t matter.

Next, there is the price. We admit, it’s a bit on the pricier side, which is the most expensive from our list,  but we can say it’s worth it. For that price, you get a lightweight cleaner, that you can use all around your car. Being battery powered, you can carry it everywhere.

You can vacuum in your house no problem. It’s not limited to cars like the others are. Then there is the way it sucks. Using an innovative cyclonic sucking method, it keeps the debris away from the filter, which in turn gives you constant sucking power.

PROS

  • LiPo battery for long battery life
  • Automatic shut-off when on charger and battery is full
  • No fade in sucking power
  • Cyclonic sucking method for reduced loss in suction
  • Easy cleaning
  • 2 years warranty

CONS

  • Price
  • Limited warranty
  • Only one adapter(brush)
  • You don’t get replacement bags or filters

Verdict

Well, here you have it. We went through our list of best vacuum for car detailing, taking in consideration a few different aspects. Hopefully we’ve helped you with your struggle, but honestly, you won’t make a mistake with whichever vacuum you get.

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