I’ve read all the reviews and I’m here to clean up those who have trash-talked this dustbuster. I do not work for Black & Decker or Amazon.com. I also do not hold any stock or interest in the aforementioned companies, but I do have an interest in spending my money wisely. So, when other consumers write misinformed, misguided, inaccurate portrayals of a product that is otherwise perfect, I feel the need to scrub their comments until all the residue is gone. Here’s what I found:
To begin with, no rechargeable hand-held vacuum is designed to last anywhere near an hour without recharging, and no rechargeable item with such a large battery pack will recharge in mere minutes. So, for those who make this claim, they are imbeciles. For the reviews that state it only operates between a few seconds and a few minutes, you obviously have a rare lemon. I’m quite certain B&D would not knowingly produce a 30-second dustbuster. Quit complaining and exchange it.
On a side note, for those who wish to dustbust their entire fleet of autos, B&D as well as other manufacturers sell hand-held vacuums with cigarette lighter receptacle plugs that are powered by your vehicle. Those will last you until your car battery dies. Otherwise, quit being lazy and pull out the wet/dry vac, we all know a dustbuster isn’t going to completely clean that Brillo-style vehicle carpet anyway.
Second, at just over three pounds (not the 4.6 pounds of the entire box + contents), the reviewers who wrote that this appliance was too heavy must be drunk… which for comparison, your average bottle of wine weighs more than this dustbuster. Also, the guy who claimed he got a hand cramp after using the dustbuster a few minutes probably needs to pull out the full-sized vacuum in order to develop some muscular endurance. I, for one, would not readily admit this weakness on one of the most popular consumer websites.
Third, I don’t know why people are “scrubbing” surfaces with their dustbuster. I was under the impression that it was a vacuum cleaner, not a rag, sponge, or scouring pad. If your “scrubbing” causes the extension to retreat back into the nozzle sheath, then quit riding your dustbuster like a pogo-stick. This nozzle has a locking mechanism at the base. Go look at it. You see it now… that little arrow… push down on it. Wow! Amazing! I’ve tested it using my bathroom scale. It takes more than 25 pounds of direct pressure, yes 25 POUNDS, to override that lock. If you can’t figure out this simple device, you should probably not be using any electrical piece of equipment.
Next, this model has one of the highest rated suction power of all battery operated hand-held vacuums. This is one of the main reasons it was given such high marks by Consumer Reports (again, I have no ties to this company). If you can’t pick it up with the 15.6V of power provided, then it was never designed to be picked up by a hand-held vac.
Finally, not that this is even worth mentioning, but for those who complained about the charging method… really? It’s the same as every other rechargeable item that you probably now own. Take “Adaptor A” and plug it into “Port B.” Not that hard. But there are so many people who have complained that the recharging prong is no longer built into the docking bracket. Oh, the humanity!
As I stated in my opening, I am very particular about how my money is spent. I compared and tested most of the available models I could find during a month-long search and feel the $45.00 spent on this dustbuster has been well worth the price thus far. Good luck on your search, and remember, it’s a dustbuster, not a teleportation device. Don’t expect your science-fiction dreams to come true while you’re cleaning up cookie crumbs. If you still feel like complaining, pull out the old broom, dustpan, sponge, and bucket… cleaning the old-fashioned way will be the only thing that sucks more than this dustbuster (pun intended). Enjoy.