Reviewers say the bagless Dirt Devil Breeze M082500 is a good basic vacuum for bare floors. Professional reviewers say that it is a good value, with above-average performance and ease of use. The onboard tools are considered a useful feature. The Dirt Devil Breeze also has a HEPA filter, a feature many lower-cost vacuums lack. While reviewers say this model's bagless operation is a plus, users disagree, saying that the dust cup must be emptied often, and the process can be messy and difficult. They also note that the machine does not work well on carpet. Like most budget vacuums, this model receives some complaints about durability, but users do appreciate its good suction and light weight (11.5 pounds). However, the Eureka Mighty Mite 3670G (*Est. $80) offers most of the same benefits for even less money.
The Dirt Devil Breeze M082500 is included in tests of canister vacuums at ConsumerReports.org and has been reviewed by experts at ConsumerGuide.com, a consumer review site. It also appears on a list of the eight best canister vacuums compiled by Barbara Whiting, a former About.com guide to stay-at-home parents. The Dirt Devil Breeze M082500 gets above-average reviews from more than 300 users at Amazon.com and Walmart.com, with fewer (and more mixed) reviews at Epinions.com.
The Dirt Devil Breeze M082500 is one of 34 canister vacuums rated by the editors of ConsumerReports.org. Ratings cover performance on hard and carpeted floors, plus noise, handling, emissions, tool airflow and pet hair removal. The site also reports on the repair record of each vacuum cleaner brand.
Review: Vacuum Cleaners, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
The expert reviewer at ConsumerGuide.com gives the Dirt Devil Breeze M082500 3 stars out of a possible 5 overall. However, it earns 4 stars out of 5 for performance, value and ease of use. One drawback is its lack of a motorized brush tool. The reviewer also notes the absence of a HPEA filter; however, the current version of the vacuum does include this feature.
Review: Dirt Devil Breeze Canister M082500, Editors of ConsumerGuide.com, July 2008
More than 200 owners posting to Amazon.com give the Dirt Devil Breeze M082500 an average of 4 stars out of 5. They praise its good suction, compact size and performance on bare floors. However, some object that this model does not clean carpets well and that the canister is hard to clean.
Review: Dirt Devil 082500 Breeze Bagless Canister Vacuum, Contributors to Amazon.com
The Dirt Devil Breeze M082500 receives a 4.3-star overall rating from about 100 users at Walmart.com. Users praise its performance on hard floors and say it is easy to maneuver and empty. However, they also note that it is not good on carpets, and some describe it as flimsy.
Review: Dirt Devil Vision Breeze Canister, M082500, Contributors to Walmart.com
There are about a dozen reviews for the Dirt Devil Breeze M082500 at this review site. Reviews are more mixed here than at other sites, giving the vacuum an overall rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Users echo the popular opinion that the vacuum is great on hard floors, but poor on carpet. They also find it loud and messy to empty.
Review: Dirt Devil M082500 Bagless Canister Vacuum, Contributors to Epinions.com
Barbara Whiting, a former About.com guide to stay-at-home parents, places the Dirt Devil Breeze M082500 fifth on her list of the top eight canister vacuum cleaners, noting its good filtration system. However, she does not explain how her eight picks were chosen over other models. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Top 8 Canister Vacuum Cleaners, Barbara Whiting