I bought this dustbuster to replace my old-school dustbuster. I love using the nozzle to get into difficult places (including the bench top) and it makes vacuuming the car and cleaning up after my 3 year old very easy. In my opinion, the suction is very good, even on carpet. I think the reviews depend to some extent on expectations. I might have been starting with low expectations, just wanting something better than the last dustbuster! This definitely fits the bill, and I've had no issues with it.
- Dustbuster Flexi PD1420LP (14.4V)
- 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.
- Dustbuster Flexi PD1420LP (14.4V)
- 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!
- Dustbuster Flexi PD1820LF-XE (18V)
- Verified purchase
One of my favourite appliances
Excellent suction and wonderful for quick cleans of wood floors in the kitchen/dining room, especially after breakfast. All those crumbs! Compact, fast charging and long handle floor attachment is great. You MUST clean the filters regularly for best results but this is a favourite in my house. I have a second one, different model, in the laundry and would not be without it.
Super handy !
Bought late last year. Very happy with purchase. Suction is quite strong - far superior to any of the cheaper hand held vacuum cleaners which never lived up to my expectations. Easy to use, light, ergonomically comfortable and looks nice. I use it to vacuum along the skirting boards, windowsills, on my carpeted stairs, the car, small messes anywhere. It is not too noisy but sounds and is powerful. Easy to empty and put back together. It stores easily on a small shelf. Battery charger turns off when battery full - less fear of overheating. The charge seems to last a long time, although I tend to recharge straight after using it for longer times e.g. after doing the stairs. Best thing I bought in ages.
Mixed Bag Result
I've had it for about a year now and this is the summary:
Positives: strong suction for its size though can't be compared with my Wherteim corded one, very compact and the flexible hose is great. Fairly easy to disassemble and clean.
Negatives: extremely noisy, luckily I usually only spent around 5 minutes each time otherwise I don't think it's good for my ears. Hairs could get tangled in the motor. I learnt it the hard way after it suddenly started making loud thud noise every few seconds (as if something was stuck). Then a little bit of b...urning smell came out, which made me freaked out. I disassembled the compartments and found a string of hair in the motor. After removing, it works great again for a while and it started happening again last week. Looks like a flawed design.
Better than my Dyson stick
I bought this for a second property - we have a Dyson stick too. The Dyson is very good, but the Flex is better. Both have good suction, but I think the 18v of the Flex gives it an edge. The Flex has much better balance, both with the floor attachment and purely hand held. The Dyson is awkward to hold, particularly with the long stick attachment. We use the Flex most of the time - our big Nilfisk only comes out for a really thorough clean every two or three weeks. The Flex design is very clever, with the detachable hose making it extremely usef...ul for awkward cleaning jobs such as high windows or cleaning a car. The Dyson is quite overpriced in Australia - but I'm happy to pay that premium if it works better... but now I would choose the Flex even if the two were the same price. Construction quality looks to be pretty much equal too, so I am very satisfied with the Flex.
Got the Flexi this time.
Mum borrowed the first one I bought and keeps forgetting to return it, so I think I won't ever be getting that back. This time it's the PD1820LF-XE: 2 for the price of one small Dyson. Great for getting into tight spots in the car, around the sides of the seats and the centre console and over head jobs around the house but not as good as the previous one for whizzing over the carpet and large areas. Still the same good sucking power and powerful battery but watch how you put it back in the charging cradle, as it doesn't settle down on the charging contacts as well as the other model because the plastic key adjacent the contacts are not very tall. I leave the flexi hose off to the side while charging - works every time now.
Excellent for a quick clean up.
Great for a quick run around to pick up crumbs, fluff, gravel etc. Quality is good including the floor brush and extension tubes which make it very versatile. Very easy for vacuuming the car. Only negative is the high-pitched noise.
Is it perfection?
This little guy is pretty close to perfect. Just seeing it side by side with the Dyson dustbuster had me convinced. Its light weight, far more comfortable to hold, has incredible suction, easy to empty and with the handy 1.5m hose it reaches into everywhere!!
It's not exactly cheap, but it feels very well made so i think it will be a great investment in the long run.
This little guy makes dust busting a breeze. I could not speak more fondly of it...
Powerful, easy to use, compact
My go to vac
I find i am using my main vac less and less. This small 18 Volt vac is not as powerful as my main cleaner, but the convienience of this little vac with excellent suction for a battery powered device has become my vac of choice. I can highly recommend this to anyone, you will be surprised how often you use it.
Convienience, adequate suction in comparison to main vac,
Needs extension hose and small foot
Love this little hand held cleaner. Wanted one to vacuum my car as living on the first floor I can't use my normal vacuum cleaner so bought this. Didn't want to spend $200 on this but absolutely worth it. Powerful and handy. Can clean the drivers side, front passenger seat and one of the back passenger sides including floor and ceiling on one battery run.
small, handy, powerfull
battery doesn't last a full sedan car clean
Best Handheld Vac Ever
I have had plenty of handhelds in the past and one that I was particularly attached to was the Hoover Hotshot. It lasted me four years and was the only hosed model I have owned. In the few years since I have searched for something similar and finally I found a unit that is quite simply the best handheld ever. The suction is incredibly strong, battery life runs at around 25 minutes full usage and the charge is reasonably fast. The small and compact unit sits comfortably in one hand while the other can access hard to reach spots by virtue of ...the stretchable hose. The on/off button is so well located that you only need to lift one finger from the handle to operate. The capacity of the bin seems to go on forever and the ease of clean is first rate. The rubberised pet hair tool is by far the best hair remover I have ever come across, close to total removal with a couple of swipes. I have to reiterate, the suction on this little beauty is just incredible. Massive suction lasting right through to battery fail. Light, compact and convenient. Excellent pet hair attachment. Long battery life and fast charge time. Dust bin fills with no affect on suction. Slightly noisy. The brush attachment could be sturdier, it swings down from the unit and only brushes in front of the leading edge, very flimsy. This unit is still going strong in April 2019.
Great Suction, Very Robust Unit
I got tired of the vacuums at Car Washes not being able to get into crevices in my car, and standard vacuum cleaners not being versatile for small corners in the house.
This is the 18 volt version not the weaker 12V seen elsewhere. It has a handle attached to the dust chamber (which holds quite a bit) and a long 1.5m flexible hose that wraps around it for storage. Crevice tool is great as well.. You can get into very tight, inaccessible spots and the suction is amazing.
Good points (stolen from Choice Magazine)
• Very good for dirt pick ...
I was concerned that buying something so small would not be effective but I was pleasantly surprised. I have a toddler and a dog so little messes are frequent. As the vacuum cleaner is kept downstairs this little unit has been wonderfully convenient. Easy to empty. Fits beautifully under our sink cupboard.
The hose packs away neatly around the unit.. Compact.. Dust doesnt fall back out..Flexibe hose for tight spots.
a little noisy
Questions & Answers
Can on leave my dustbuster on charge all the time
Hi I have a brand new never been used one its never turned on and my nan gave me to me about 6-7mnths ago but she has since passed so no receipt to take back what should or could I do about this?
I Need a new filter Where can I purchase it I bought one it has blue plastic but no handle and does not fit. Many thanks hoping for a quick reply
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