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Wyze Handheld Review

Low power, a small dust bin, and limited convenience features reduce the appeal of this inexpensive, compact device
Wyze Handheld
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Price:   $60 List | Check Price at Amazon
Pros:  Useful attachments, USB-C charging port, compact size
Cons:  Limited power, short battery life, small dust bin
Manufacturer:   Wyze
By Nick Miley and Jessica Riconscente  ⋅  Sep 21, 2022
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#5 of 10
  • Dust & Dirt - 20% 4.4
  • Tough Messes - 20% 5.5
  • Hard-to-Reach Areas - 20% 8.5
  • Battery Life - 15% 5.0
  • Convenience - 15% 4.9
  • Pet Hair - 10% 7.4

Our Verdict

While the Wyze Handheld vacuum is compact and inexpensive, the unit is less than convenient compared to its peers. The battery drains rapidly, the dust bin fills just as fast, and it is prone to clogging. Moreover, the vacuum struggles with tough messes and can't clean some common tight spots that rationalize such a purchase. While we like that the battery charges with a USB-C cable and that the unit comes with some helpful attachments, its uses are limited compared to the competition. We recommend looking at other top handheld vacuums.

Editor's Note: The Wyze was added to the handheld vacuum review on September 21, 2022, to provide readers with a complete look at the handheld vacuum market.

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Pros Useful attachments, USB-C charging port, compact sizeFantastic at picking up pet hair, great valueGreat for tough messes, inexpensiveCheap, good at dustingVery compact, inexpensive
Cons Limited power, short battery life, small dust binNot the best for tight spaces, can't clean small gaps or cornersNot great with pet hairPoor battery life, difficult to clean pet hairStruggles with tough messes and pet hair
Bottom Line Low power, a small dust bin, and limited convenience features reduce the appeal of this inexpensive, compact deviceThis vac excels at picking up pet dander and is a great choice for those that don't want to spend a tonThis vacuum is impressive with tougher messes and won't break the bank, though it has a few shortcomingsUnless you are only planning on dusting, we would recommend an alternative choiceWe think this is a great choice if you are looking for a highly portable or compact option for cleaning up light messes
Rating Categories Wyze Handheld Bissell Pet Hair Er... Black+Decker HHVI32... Black+Decker HHVI31... Bissell AeroSlim
Dust & Dirt (20%)
4.4
6.5
4.8
7.4
6.8
Tough Messes (20%)
5.5
7.8
7.5
6.3
3.8
Hard-to-Reach Areas (20%)
8.5
5.4
6.2
4.1
7.0
Battery Life (15%)
5.0
8.0
6.0
5.0
6.0
Convenience (15%)
4.9
6.4
5.9
5.8
5.1
Pet Hair (10%)
7.4
9.0
3.4
4.0
3.0
Specs Wyze Handheld Bissell Pet Hair Er... Black+Decker HHVI32... Black+Decker HHVI31... Bissell AeroSlim
Model Tested WYZEHHV 2390A HHVI320JR02 HHVI315JO42 29869
Measured Weight (no tool) 1.2 lbs 2.6 lbs 2.4 lbs 2.1 lbs 1.2 lbs
Measured Weight (with heaviest tool) 1.3 lbs 3 lbs N/A 2.1 lbs 1.3 lbs
Usage Type Dry Dry Dry Dry Dry
Dust Capacity 0.2 L 0.73 L 0.61 L 0.94 L 0.1 L
Wet Capacity N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Measured Runtime 11 min 49 sec Without motorized brush: 20 min 42 sec
With motorized brush: 17 min
15 min 24 sec 12 min 20 sec 15 min 23 sec
Charge Time 3 hours 8 hours 13.5 hours 10 hours 2.75 hours
Charging Indicator? Yes Yes No No Yes
Washable Filter? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Measured Noise (at arm's length) 73.3 dBa 71.4 dBa 83 dBa 81.5 dBa 74 dBa

Our Analysis and Test Results

The following review of the Wyze Handheld vacuum assesses every detail and answers every question one will want to know before making a purchase. We cover everything from hard-to-reach spots to battery life and attachments. Read on for the details of our investigation.

Performance Comparison


Wyze Handheld handheld vacuum - the wyze has a lot to offer with its plethora of attachments, but...
The Wyze has a lot to offer with its plethora of attachments, but its motor is underpowered, and the device suffered in our evaluation as a result.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Dust and Dirt


The dust and dirt metric hosts four tests covering a range of common, challenging clean-up areas. Specifically, we assess the vacuum on surfaces, baseboards, outdoor debris (dried mud), and corners. The compact, power-deficient Wyze Handheld vacuum delivered a below-average performance with a particularly bad showing in the outdoor dirt evaluation.

The outside dirt evaluation before.
The outside dirt evaluation before.
The Wyze struggled to make a meaningful dent in the outside dirt.
The Wyze struggled to make a meaningful dent in the outside dirt.

The Wyze's surface dusting performance was so-so, requiring multiple passes due to the low airflow. However, the medium-stiff bristles help mitigate the lack of suction. The baseboard test also rendered surprisingly lackluster results, requiring testers to adopt awkward angles for the best outcomes. As for dried mud, the Wyze was almost completely useless. In a final showing of its poor design and limited utility, this unit does not fit well into corners.

Wyze Handheld handheld vacuum - the wyze struggled with the baseboard test, missing most of the dirt...
The Wyze struggled with the baseboard test, missing most of the dirt in the corners.
Credit: Jessica Riconscente

Tough Messes


The performance of the Wyze did not improve when we tested it on tough messes. We use crushed oatmeal, flour, and Mini-Wheats on couch cushions and car floor mats in this metric. Such material and surfaces are tough terrain for any vacuum and are particularly challenging for the Wyze. In the oatmeal on couch cushion test, the unit fails entirely. Surprisingly, it made up some ground when cleaning the same material on the floor mat.

Oatmeal on car mat before 20 seconds of vacuuming.
Oatmeal on car mat before 20 seconds of vacuuming.
Car mat following oatmeal removal - now that's a good result!
Car mat following oatmeal removal - now that's a good result!

The Wyze gave up any gains it made with the oatmeal test cleaning flour off car mats — after several passes, the vacuum left a visible white residue. The Mini-Wheat tests yielded similarly inconsistent results, demonstrating that this unit isn't a good choice if cleaning bigger messes is your objective. Finally, we measured the airflow of the Wyze at 728 feet per minute at the nozzle end. This flow rate is quite low compared to the other units in the class.

Wyze Handheld handheld vacuum - many handheld vacuums struggle to remove flour from cushions, but...
Many handheld vacuums struggle to remove flour from cushions, but the Wyze's performance was particularly poor.
Credit: Jessica Riconscente

Hard-to-Reach Areas


When we think of the primary benefit of a handheld vacuum, cleaning those areas that a traditional upright vacuum struggles to reach is the first to come to mind. Namely, these are areas such as under and around car seats, window slides, and under furniture like a nightstand. Despite the Wyze's compact, cylindric design and attachments, it delivered inconsistent results.

Wyze Handheld handheld vacuum - the wyze has one heck of reach with its hose attachment.
The Wyze has one heck of reach with its hose attachment.
Credit: Jessica Riconscente

The Wyze has several attachments that allow it to dig into hard-to-access areas such as the space between a car seat and the console. The hose extension, for example, reaches up to 30 inches under a nightstand. However, the unit did not keep up the performance when cleaning window slides. This result was partly due to the rigid body of the unit that limits penetration when put up against a vertical surface.

Wyze Handheld handheld vacuum - the wyze's shape and nozzle's position made it hard to access the...
The Wyze's shape and nozzle's position made it hard to access the windows slide.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Battery Life


The run time on the Wyze is on the short end of the spectrum at just 11 minutes, 49 seconds. Fortunately, the unit charges with a USB-C cable, making it convenient to power up in the car, home, or shop. We also liked that the unit has a three-light battery charge indicator, so you know when to plug it in before you set it to a task.

Wyze Handheld handheld vacuum - the 12-minute runtime on the wyze wasn't terrible, but many...
The 12-minute runtime on the Wyze wasn't terrible, but many competitive units have longer battery life.
Credit: Jessica Riconscente

Convenience


Despite the compact design and lightweight (1.2 pounds) of the Wyze, it isn't the most convenient. This outcome is due to the high pitch noise produced by the unit, the lack of both tool storage and charging stand, and its extremely small dust bin. The filter is also prone to clogging only after a short runtime — an outcome exacerbated by fine debris like flour. However, emptying the bin is relatively straightforward, though it does require two hands to open the bin.

Wyze Handheld handheld vacuum - the wyze has a lot of great attachments. the question is, where to...
The Wyze has a lot of great attachments. The question is, where to put them?
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Pet Hair


In the last set of evaluations, we look at the Wyze's capacity for cleaning pet hair from couch cushions and automotive carpets. Surprisingly, the Wyze gave an above-average performance in this area. The one downside is that cleaning hair fills the bin rapidly. In reality, if one cleaned a whole couch or car of pet hair, it would require emptying the bin multiple times. Additionally, hair cleaning requires the use of max suction, and this will drain the battery rather quickly. Despite these caveats, the Wyze performed admirably given its low airflow and compact size.

Wyze Handheld handheld vacuum - the unit has a special attachment for cleaning pet hair and it works...
The unit has a special attachment for cleaning pet hair and it works quite well despite the lack of suction power.
Credit: Jessica Riconscente

Should You Buy the Wyze Handheld?


Given its many limitations, we are not big fans of the Wyze Handheld vacuum. Regardless, the vacuum may be a good fit for those that need a light-duty device for their car or around their desk. If you're looking for a bit more power, consider some of the higher-scoring products in our review. You may also appreciate some of the other top floor cleaning products out there.

What Other Handheld Vacuums Should You Consider?


We are quite impressed with the Black+Decker Flex Vac BDH2020FL. This unit satisfies our expectations for a handheld vacuum though it is more expensive and quite a bit larger than the Wyze. The Shark Wandvac is a nice compromise between the two. This vacuum costs a little bit more than the Wyze but offers a big step up in performance.

Nick Miley and Jessica Riconscente
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