Best vacuum cleaner for cleaning your car

Avid detailers and hobbyist car cleaners throughout the world should understand how important it is to keep the carpets of your car refreshingly clean. Having unclean carpets in your car can ruin the look of a clean car, no matter how clean the mats of the car may be. Also having dirty carpets can also allow for foul smelling odors to linger which will prove difficult to get rid of them later down the line. Luckily, regular vacuuming with a good vacuum cleaner can keep your carpets looking pristine and smelling fresh. The carpet and mats in your car will always be the dirtiest part of the car, everything on the bottom of your (or your passengers) shoes will get worked into the carpet. Regular vacuuming prevents this dirt from caking up and becoming troublesome.

Without a doubt, a good vacuum cleaner is one of the most important items in the detailer’s arsenal of equipment. Picking the best vacuum cleaner for the task is the hardest part. There are many different types of vacuum cleaner which are best suited to vacuuming different surfaces. But, when looking for the best vacuum cleaner for a car you need to take into consideration the type of surface you will be cleaning. In our case it will mostly be some form of loop pile or Essex Carpet. You want to be thinking about what type of Vacuum you need and what attachments are available for the vacuum cleaner. We would recommend not looking at upright vacuum cleaners as they are not very practical when it comes to cleaning your car. The best vacuum cleaners for cleaning your car are typically smaller, portable, bag less, long cord, high powered and have a plethora of attachments available.

In this article we will outline some of the best vacuum cleaners for car cleaning and outline their main features and explaining how this will make your life much easier when you clean your car. Once you’ve read through this guide, you will easily be able to identify which is the best vacuum for your needs. Continue reading to find out how to pick the best vacuum cleaner for cleaning your car.

Best types of vacuum cleaners for cleaning your car

We can easily rule out many types vacuum cleaners simply because they are not practical enough for car cleaning. However, the best suited types are as follows –


Cylinder vacuum cleaners are excellent all around car cleaning vacuums. Typically a cylinder vacuum sits on casters, has a long power cord and has a hose attachment from the body of the unit to a hand held nozzle (Which typically has different attachments).

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Easy to store away due to compact size.Due to the compact size, you'll have to empty a cylinder vacuum regularly.
Variety of attachments.
Easy to get into spaces due to hose with nozzle.
Typically high powered.


Cordless vacuum cleaners have been on the market for a very long time. However, only recently they are becoming popular due to technological breakthroughs with batteries being able to hold more power and hold that power for a longer period of time.

Cordless vacuum cleaners are typically equipped now with Lithium-ion batteries in battery packs similar to the ones found in cordless screwdrivers and other power tools. These batteries are high power, lightweight and fast rechargeable.

Cordless vacuum cleaners come in a variety of designs, some are hand held and some are the same as the cylinder vacuum, just without a power cord.

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Very lightweight and portableHand held cordless vacuums can be very small to make them hand held.
Portable due to no power cordBatteries can run out very fast if you've got the power setting to maximum.
Typically come with a longer warranty than their corded counterparts.