To be honest, the handheld is just for "little" pickups. There is no comparison to a full sized upright vacuum cleaner. It does pick up the clumps of fur, kitty litter trails, and other little stuff. It works pretty good in the car for sand and small debris. I use it for "spot cleaning" and drag out the big one a couple times a month.That's interesting. I find my vacuum very impractical and I oftentimes hurt my toes whilst using it because I'm tired and clumsy. How effective the handheld vacuum is compared to a normal one?