Vacuum Cleaners Buying Guide
Our buying guide will explain which type of vacuum cleaner would suit you most, how much you can expect to pay for one, and which features are worth looking out for.
Hose is too narrow and blocks easily
Since posting previously, I discovered the cause of the poor suction. The flexible suction tubing is quite narrow. It is easy for dust/lint balls to form and occlude it over time (unlike other larger vacuum tubing). If they form in the middle (which is what happened to me) it is not possible to see it due to the conduit being opaque. To overcome this, it is necessary to shove something along it to dislodge anything which might have formed if suction drops and you have done the usual other maintenance of cleaning the filter etc. Of course, B & D could just choose to make the tubing transparent to enable easy detection and timely cleaning - a pretty obvious design feature which is missing really. I therefore have upped my rating slightly.
Does the work!
Bought it for our bus. It's really handy with its flexibilty, can easily clean under seats/bed. It is quite loud, but that's not a problem for us. Super easy to empty and keep the DustBuster clean.
Only I wish it could charge up faster and that the battery would last longer. But other than that, it's an awesome littler helper, specially if you are living in a bus/caravan etc.
Vacuum cleaner without vacuum
Bought this about 18 months ago. Suction has been fading progressively despite cleaning, emptying etc to the point now where it doesn't even pick up lint. It still makes a loud noise and battery is fully charged. Purchased it from Bunnings but of course the receipt has been misplaced so they don't want to know me. I don't recommend this vacuum cleaner unless you want to replace it within 12 months. Judging by some of the reviews, I am not alone. Clearly this has a design flaw and should have been recalled.
- Verified purchase
Excellent vacuum with only minor flaws
Have had this unit just on 12 months now. It gets a full charge use 6 out of 7 days per week. A full charge lasts almost exactly 11 minutes. Suction is good and it performs the job required as expected.
Downsides are that the on/off switch has started to jam recently. The switch requires correct alignment with a slide inside the casing. Removing and replacing the casing to empty the filter basket can disrupt this alignment enough for the switch to jam.
Having also opened the case to empty the unit 6 out of 7 days for the past year has r...esulted in the case hinge having broken in the last week. I realise we use the vacuum more than the regular household, so someone else could probably expect this hinge to last longer. The flip down brush also wore out quite quickly. After only a couple of weeks, the bristles bent over and you have to be careful not to scratch the surface of items when using it (especially plastic). It looks like you can purchase replacements for this part but since our dust bowl door hinge broke, we won't be investigating that further. Finally, you do have to be careful seating the unit on the charger. If you are sensible and check that it's charging after you put it down, there is no problem but it is also easy to put it on the charger and not have the contacts seated correctly. This was done a couple of times by someone not checking if it was charging after they put it down. Anyone with half a brain shouldn't have a problem. Having said all that, we will be heading out this week to purchase another one to replace our broken unit. Will probably spend the extra money on the 18v unit and see if get a little more run time out of it.
- Verified purchase
Beautiful thing. Poor suction
I bought this vacuum from Bunnings after having read good reviews here. The main reason for my purchase is its unique "coiled-up" design and the general appearance which I fancy a lot. But a vacuum is a vacuum and to me, it's considered a failed item if it can't get its fundamental function right.
I probably wouldn't have bought it if I were given an opportunity to test its suction power prior to purchase. Unfortunately, both Bunnings I visited (South Melbourne and Maribyrnong) had samples sitting on their shelves which were not charged up f...or testing purposes (now I am beginning to wonder if this is deliberate). I have tested Vax Gator (15.6V and 18V), Electrolux Ergorapido (14.4V) and Black & Decker Pivot (18V), and in my opinion, Black & Decker Dustbuster Flexi (14.4V) has the weakest suction among them all. Suction issue aside, its lithium battery is quite lasting. I have used it to vacuum the interior of my small car (seats, console, mats and boot) and its power only became weaker towards the end of the cleaning process. It took about 1 hour to recharge to its max thereafter. In my opinion, it is best to empty the vacuum after each usage. It's too early to tell how frequently I have to clean out the filter. Last but not least... it is very loud.
Disappointing waste of money
Pathetic performance for the price. Bought only to clean debris from window & door tracks. Barely picks up anything & the crevice nozzle is too big for the tracks although it seems quite narrow. So so so disappointed at the cost for a machine that's going to sit in the cupboard collecting dust instead of sucking it up like it should!
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