BLACK+DECKER Dustbuster Cordless Hand Vacuum

Last updated date: March 12, 2019

DWYM Score
8.5

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We looked at the top 1 Handheld Vacuums and dug through the reviews from 6 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, New York Times Wirecutter, Vacuum Cleaner Picking and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Handheld Vacuum you should buy.

Overall Take

The brand name "Dustbuster" has become synonymous with handheld vacuums, and this model doesn't disappoint. Although the suction is slightly lower than that of other handhelds, this model comes with a brush that will help you pick up those fine particles. In our analysis of 62 expert reviews, the BLACK+DECKER BLACK+DECKER Dustbuster Cordless Hand Vacuum placed 3rd when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 26, 2019:
Checkout The Best Handheld Vacuum for a detailed review of all the top handheld vacuums.

Expert Summarized Score
8.7
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.2
16,585 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
One of the key selling points of this machine is the idea of being able to get into all of those hard to reach places with ease and accessibility.
- Best Vacuum Resource
It features a powerful motor with good suction, a compact profile that allows users to get the appliance in to small spaces, and an eco-friendly lithium ion battery that will maintain a charge for a long time.
- BestReviews
Relatively lightweight - one handed operation is easy, even for our 8 year old.
- Best Advisor
It weighs less than 4 pounds, with a curved, closed handle for an easy grip. The slide-out crevice tool and swing-out combo brush, both built into the tip of the vacuum, have limited reach but may come in handy from time to time.
- New York Times Wirecutter
You will appreciate the stronger suction power and longer suction life of the cyclonic action design
- Best Vacuum Cleaner Central
December 8, 2013 | Full review
Versatility: The slim nozzle helps to penetrate into some really tight spots for cleaning.
- Vacuum Cleaner Picking
January 3, 2015 | Full review
What experts didn't like
The charging aspect has not wowed everyone; some are not convinced by the design of the charging base and 9 minutes of use after 3 hours charging is not quite enough for everyone.
- Best Vacuum Resource
The charging stand does not mount on the wall, and the front assembly may pop off if the vacuum is bumped too hard.
- BestReviews
Less suction power than many other units in this category.
- Best Advisor
Debris tends to cling to fabric, and the CHV1410L has neither the suction nor the right tools to offset that clinginess, especially with hair.
- New York Times Wirecutter
Noisy operation, Annoying Charging Base Design
- Best Vacuum Cleaner Central
December 8, 2013 | Full review
Limited suction: Its limited suction power fails to pick up crumbs and other odd sized particles.
- Vacuum Cleaner Picking
January 3, 2015 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

BLACK + DECKER CHV1410L 16 volt Lithium Cordless Dust Buster Hand Vac Ideal for Any Quick Pick Up Ideal for Quick Pick Up The sleek CHV1410L boasts lithium technology, strong suction and fade-free power. With a translucent bag less dirt bowl, the dirt is easy to see and empty. Ever ready, the hand vac can hold a charge for up to 18 months when off the charger, and is lightweight enough to tackle quick pick ups around the home. Smart Charge Technology High efficiency Lithium ion chargers help to protect your BLACK+DECKER hand vac by automatically shutting off when the battery is charged, allowing you to conveniently store your BLACK+DECKER hand vac on the charger while maintaining long run times, year after year. About Black + Decker Since 1910, Black + Decker has been setting the standard for innovation and design of power tools, accessories, outdoor yard care equipment, home cleaning products, automotive and lighting products, hardware and other home improvement products. The inventor of the first portable electric drill with pistol grip and trigger switch, Black + Decker has evolved from a small machine shop in Baltimore, Maryland to a global manufacturing and marketing powerhouse with a broad line of quality products used in and around the home and for commercial applications. When users need to get work done, they trust Black + Decker for the products that will do the job efficiently and reliably 16V MAX Lithium Ion Dust Buster 16V MAX Lithium Ion Dust buster This hand vac provides consumers with everything they need in a hand vac, plus long battery life, year after year. The CHV1410L features great power and suction for use on everything from carpet to ceramic tile to furniture and more. Cyclonic Action Cyclonic Action The cyclonic action spins dust and debris away from the filter keeping suction strong. It delivers powerful suction where users need it most. Crevice Tool and Brush. Note:Charging instructions can be seen in Page 4 to 5 and Direction for cleaning filters and canisters can be seen in Page 5 to 7 on Installation Manual available under technical specification. Charge Duration 4 hours.

Overall Product Rankings

1. BLACK+DECKER Flex Vac Pet Hair Cordless Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 7
2. Dyson V7 Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 7
3. BLACK+DECKER Dustbuster Cordless Hand Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 6
4. BLACK+DECKER Flex With Stick Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 4
5. Shark ION W1 Handheld Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 4
6. Bissell Corded Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 9
7. BLACK+DECKER Pivot Vacuum
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 5
8. Dirt Devil Scorpion Corded Hand Vacuum
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 5
9. Eureka EasyClean Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 9

An Overview On Handheld Vacuums

If you’re tired of running to the car wash every time you need the inside of your vehicle cleaned out, a handheld vacuum can be a handy tool to have around. However, it can also help you clean up those occasional household messes. Instead of pulling out the vacuum cleaner or grabbing a broom and dustpan, you could use a handheld vacuum to quickly clean up that pool of food under your baby’s high chair or suck up some spilled pet food from the floor.

Handheld vacuums have come a long way in recent years. At one time, you’d get started only to find your battery died in a matter of minutes. The only other option was a corded handheld vacuum cleaner, which limited your reach. Today’s handheld vacuums can last up to 30 minutes without the gradual decline in use seen with previous models. Just keep it on the charging base until you need it, and you’ll be all set.

One thing to consider with any handheld you choose is that they each have a filter. Occasionally, you’ll need to clean this filter, and some handhelds don’t come with alerts to let you know when it’s time. This means you may find that you lose power gradually as the filter becomes dirty, and you may not immediately notice that loss of suction.

Weight is also an important factor when you’re choosing a handheld. You’ll often find that you need to operate it with only one hand, particularly if you’re getting into tight crevices or cleaning your car. Check the weight of any handheld you choose. Also, make sure the handle is designed in a way that will make it easy to hold with only one hand.

Finally, you’ll need to consider the price factor. You’ll likely easily find a handheld vacuum for less than $200, but some are much less expensive than others. Decide if the more expensive handheld has enough features to make it worth the higher price before committing.

DYWM Fun Fact

Vacuum cleaners have come a long way from the 1800s. In the 1860s, an inventor named Daniel Hess came up with a manually-operated machine that could draw in dirt by using air. It was a rudimentary design and not really functional, which is why it was easily replaced by a patented upright model called the Whirlwind in 1869.

But vacuum cleaners didn’t really begin to take off until the early 1900s when a janitor came up with a device that used a broom, pillowcase and electric motor. Eventually, he sold the patent for his device to William Hoover, who initially had misgivings about taking on the project. However, marketing and door-to-door salesmen soon put Hoover vacuum cleaners in the homes of people across the country and, eventually, the world.

The Handheld Vacuum Buying Guide

  • Before you start shopping for a handheld vacuum, make a list of all of the things you’ll encounter on a weekly basis. If you have pets, you’ll likely occasionally want to grab your handheld to clean up hair on surfaces like your sofa. If you plan to regularly use it on your car’s interior, you may find it important that your handheld be able to easily grab debris, such as pebbles and leaves.
  • Strong suction is necessary if you deal with fine particles, like pet hair and crumbs. The Dyson V7 Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner has the highest suction at 100 air watts, followed by the BLACK+DECKER Flex Vac Pet Hair Cordless Vacuum and BLACK+DECKER Flex With Stick Vacuum, with 24 AW.
  • One thing that might help your handheld along when it comes to picking up fine debris is a motorized brush. The BLACK+DECKER Dustbuster Cordless Hand Vacuum and BLACK+DECKER Flex With Stick Vacuum both come with a brush, and the Flex’s is specifically designed to pick up pet hair.
  • As with any device powered by a battery, run time is a concern. The Dyson V7 Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner runs for up to 30 minutes on a full charge when used in standard mode. However, if you’re picking up larger debris, you’ll need turbo mode, which can only run for 10 minutes before going back on the charging dock. BLACK+DECKER Flex With Stick Vacuum can run for a full 20 minutes without losing power. The BLACK+DECKER Flex Vac Pet Hair Cordless Vacuum can run for 16 minutes, but the good news is that you won’t see power fade during that time, so you’ll get a full 16 minutes of suction. With the BLACK+DECKER Dustbuster Cordless Hand Vacuum, you’ll only get nine minutes of use from three hours of charging.
  • Size and weight are both important with handheld vacuums, which need to be able to get into the deepest crevices. The BLACK+DECKER Flex Vac Pet Hair Cordless Vacuum includes a crevice tool to help with that. The BLACK+DECKER Dustbuster Cordless Hand Vacuum is only four pounds and has a curved handle that makes it easy to get into those tight places without needing a separate accessory.
  • In some cases, the attachments and accessories are the biggest draws. The Dyson V7 Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner has a mini-motorized tool that can tackle even tough stains.
  • Before you make a purchase, consider where you’ll set the charging stand. When not in use, you’ll need to be able to store your handheld in a place that’s out of the way yet still close to an A/C adapter. The BLACK+DECKER Dustbuster Cordless Hand Vacuum has a charging stand that can’t be mounted on the wall, for instance, so you’ll need to come up with a shelf or rack for resting it.
  • Any vacuum has a filter to catch all of those dirt particles. The BLACK+DECKER Flex Vac Pet Hair Cordless Vacuum’s filter gets filthy rather quickly, so you’ll need to always be on alert. You’ll notice a dramatic drop-off in suction as the filter begins to clog. The BLACK+DECKER Flex With Stick Vacuum also has no filter sensor, which means you’ll have to monitor when things slow down. You may find that you have to clean the filter after every two or three uses.
  • Whether you’re cleaning the interior of your car or getting into those tight places, one-handed operation is a valuable asset in a handheld. The BLACK+DECKER Dustbuster Cordless Hand Vacuum is so lightweight, one-handed operation is a piece of cake. The BLACK+DECKER Flex With Stick Vacuum has a wraparound flexible hose to help with one-handed use.
  • Whether you’re operating your handheld inside or in your driveway, noise can be an important factor. Both the BLACK+DECKER Flex Vac Pet Hair Cordless Vacuum and BLACK+DECKER Dustbuster Cordless Hand Vacuum are notably noisy, so you may want to plan your vacuuming around times when others will be sleeping.
  • Overall, handheld vacuums are relatively inexpensive, but you’ll top the $100 mark with the BLACK+DECKER Flex Vac Pet Hair Cordless Vacuum and the BLACK+DECKER Flex With Stick Vacuum. The Dyson V7 Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner is the priciest of all. If you’re looking for a budget model, go for the BLACK+DECKER Dustbuster Cordless Hand Vacuum, which retails for well below $100.