Handheld Vacuums: Ratings of Sources
Total of 11 Sources
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Small Vacuum Ratings and Reliability
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org editors compare 12 hand vacuums -- some of which are stick vacuums -- in this review. Tests are conducted on both carpet and hard floors. After evaluating ease of use, run time, recharge time, emissions, noise level and ability to clean along edges and pick up pet hair, editors recommend four models. They caution consumers against buying two models of hand vacs that "threw particles of picked-up sand and glass out of their exhaust ports, posing a risk to testers' faces and eyes."
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentDozens of models of handheld vacuums are reviewed here, and many have enough posts to provide a useful picture of how the products stand up in real-world use. Black & Decker hand vacuums do well, but the top score goes to the Eureka Easy Clean Hand Vac 71B (formerly named the Quick-Up), which has been reviewed more than 1,300 times. The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Corded Hand Vacuum gets a good average rating from more than 400 owners who say this vacuum's power is impressive. The top-rated cordless hand vac is the Black & Decker 18V Pivot Vac PHV1810, which has nearly 300 reviews. The Black & Decker 15.6V Cordless Hand Vac, Dirt Devil Extreme Power Hand Vac, Dirt Devil Purpose for Pets Hand Vac and Dirt Devil Scorpion Quick Flip Hand Vac also receive solid reviews from 100 or more owners.
Handheld Vacuums Review and Compare
by Editors of Choice magazine
Our AssessmentChoice magazine, an Australian consumer publication, bases its ratings on rigorous independent testing. Editors compare 10 vacuums on their ability to suck up cornflakes and flour from a hard surface, and potting mix, sand and pet hair from carpet. The Black & Decker PHV1800, which has been replaced by the Black & Decker 18V Pivot Vac PHV1810, takes the top spot as "the only model that performed well in every test." Most of the other models are not sold in the U.S. or are discontinued.
Hand-Held Vacuum Cleaners
by Editors of Consumer magazine
Our AssessmentEditors of this New Zealand publication test three models in the Black & Decker Dustbuster line and four other models. Some models are now discontinued or not sold in the U.S. The reviewers conducted testing at Choice magazine's lab, which may explain the similar model selection as that publication's review of handheld vacuums. Editors recommend Black & Decker 18V and 12V models that have been replaced with newer versions. The 18V hand vac performed the best, with excellent results on both carpet and hard floor. Testers like how the nozzle adjusts to different angles and the tools store with the docking station. A few downsides noted are its heavy weight and noisiness.
Video Abusive Lab Test: Handheld Vacuums
by Editors of Popular Mechanics
Our AssessmentThis video shows testers evaluating three handheld vacuums, two of which -- the Dirt Devil Kone and Dyson DC16 -- are now discontinued. Each vacuum is tested on its ability to suck up 32 ounces of sifted flour and 12 ounces of wet kitty litter. Testers prefer the Black & Decker 18V Cordless Pivoting Hand Vac (which now has the model number PHV1810), which performs best overall and has a run time that's twice as long as the Dyson.
No Crumbs for Christmas
by Charles Passy
Our AssessmentWe give this older review a lower ranking because the favorites are now discontinued. The Shark Cordless Hand Vac SV736 is the top performer at picking up a "holiday dirt mix" of potato chip crumbs, wrapping paper bits and other debris. The Black & Decker 18V Cordless Pivoting Hand Vac PHV1800 also does relatively well here, but its heavy backend made it difficult to grip. (The newer PHV1810 is lighter weight than its predecessor.) Testers also don't recommend the stylish Dirt Devil Kurv, which is now discontinued.
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentMore than 25 handheld vacuums have been rated by consumers on five criteria: value, meets expectations, features, durability and appearance. The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Corded Hand Vacuum and Eureka Easy Clean Hand Vac 71B (formerly named the Quick-Up) are the top-rated handheld vacuums with about 250 reviews each. Owners agree both work great at picking up pet hair. The other models have accumulated fewer than 10 reviews each.
Vacuum Cleaner Reviews: Handheld Vacuum Cleaners
by Editors of Which? magazine
Our AssessmentWhich? magazine is a consumer-advocacy magazine based in the U.K. Editors have compared 11 models of handheld vacuums, but not all simultaneously. The latest review of the Black & Decker Dustbuster Pivot models occurred in May 2010. Although some models aren't sold in the U.S., they may be comparable to models that are.
Handheld Vacuum Cleaners
by Editors of AllergyBuyersClub.com
Our AssessmentThis online retailer is geared toward allergy sufferers and includes allergy information and product reviews. Editors rate the products they sell on a 5-star system and list what they like and dislike. The FilterStream DirtTamer Supreme V2400 and FilterStream DirtTamer Ultima, which are wet/dry hand vacs with HEPA filters, receive 3.5 stars out of 5. Testers say the Supreme had a decent runtime of about eight minutes, while the Ultima's battery lasted for about 12 minutes of cleaning. Testers say both models were quieter than other hand vacs tested, but the "HEPA filter gets clogged so quickly." A few owners have provided reviews as well.
by Contributors to Target.com
Our AssessmentOnly three vacuums have accumulated owner reviews atTarget.com. The Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Corded Hand Vacuum has mostly positive reviews from 40 owners who say it has good suction and removes pet hair from upholstery better than other hand vacuums.
Handheld Vacuum Reviews
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentViewpoints.com provides links to retailers and allows consumers to post reviews of products they have purchased. This website also provides a short summary of the reviews and shows the percentage of reviewers that recommend the product. Most handheld vacuums have only a handful of reviews, so this website isn't particularly useful.