If you’re looking for a reliable handheld vacuum cleaner, we’ve got the perfect list for you. In this guide, we’ll tell you what we feel are the best Black+Decker models, and after extensive research and testing, we’re sure you’ll find value in our picks.
Buying Guide for the Best Black+Decker Handheld Vacuums
Now, you’re probably wondering why we’re specifically talking about the Black+Decker name. There’s a good reason for that: Black+Decker tools are dependable, whether it’s a cordless drill, a stepladder, or a handheld vacuum cleaner. In this buying guide, you’ll learn about the Black+Decker brand and how to shop for the best Black+Decker handheld vacuum.
A Quick Look at the Black+Decker Brand
Black+Decker was founded in 1910 by business partners S. Duncan Black and Alonzo G. Decker in Baltimore. The company originally manufactured power tools, with electric drills being the core lineup. Skipping more than a century of its history, in 2017, Black+Decker and Stanley merged to create Stanley Black+Decker. Although it operates as a subsidiary of Stanley, the iconic orange-text Black+Decker label is stamped onto each of its products.
What Is a Handheld Vacuum?
Vacuum cleaners are availabine in a wide selection of sizes, shapes, and are used for different cleaning purposes. Handheld vacuums, as you can tell from the name, are mini vacuums that are easy to lift with a single hand.
You can pretty much guess when to use a handheld vacuum cleaner. If not, well, try and imagine sticking the vacuum head of an upright into a car, running it across your worktable, or having to whip it out every time you drop a single chip onto the ground. Handheld vacuums are spot-cleaners, meaning they’re used mainly for tiny messes, not cleaning entire floors.
Types of Handheld Vacuums by Black+Decker
Black+Decker offers three types of handheld vacuum cleaners—dry, wet/dry, and pet. Below, you’ll find what they are and when you’d use them.
Dry Handheld Vacuum
Black+Decker’s lineup of dry handheld vacs is made for dry messes (obviously). They come with sizable dust cups and hardly weigh a thing. There are even car vacuums that come with more cleaning attachments to extract old crumbs from between car seats and on carpets.
Wet/Dry Handheld Vacuum
Wet/dry handheld vacuums are used for both dry spills like cereal and piles of fluid like the milk along with cereal. Both wet and dry waste is stored in the same small, easy-to-wash compartment. Wet/dry handheld vacuums can hold between 6 and 12 oz. of liquid before needing to be cleaned out.
FOR YOUR SAFETY: 6 and 12-oz containers are NOT enough to remove water from flooded basements. You might be surprised to learn how many people attempt to pick up entire spilled bowls of milk with a wet/dry handheld vac. For your and your tool’s safety, please don’t do this.
Pet Handheld Vacuum
Black+Decker’s line of pet handheld vacs come will a motorized brush roll attachment that digs into the soft surfaces of carpets, upholstery, and auto interior to remove tangled bits of hair and fur. You can remove these attachments and use the wide-mouthed crevice nozzle to lift pet food and other dried bits of debris.
Factors to Consider when Choosing a Black+Decker Handheld Vacuum
Here, we’ll quickly go over the various specs that you should be aware of when shopping for the best Black+Decker handheld vacuum.
Manufacturers typically don’t tell its customers how much suction power the handheld vacuum delivers (Black+Decker is no exception). You’ll either have to try it out or try and guess how much power it delivers from the size of its motor and battery, but we’ll tell you this: in general, a higher amperage rating equals high suction power.
The entire lineup of Black+Decker handheld vacuum cleaners are cordless and deliver anywhere between 15 and 30 minutes of runtime on average. To get the maximum amonut of work out of your tool per charge, you should find a model that either A) comes with a bigger battery, or B) can swap batteries at will. You might have to pick up a backup battery pack if you go with B.
CAUTION: These battery indicators only provide a limited amount of information. The light cannot warn you whether the battery has become damaged or when to replace it. These battery packs generally last between two and three years, so use that figure to determine when to purchase a fresh battery pack.
Dust Cup Size
A Black+Decker handheld vacuum cleaner’s dust cup is typically measured fluid ounces. From the wide range of Black+Decker models, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from, starting from six ounces all the way up to twelve. Granted, handheld vac dust cups aren’t that big and will require frequent emptying out, but it also helps in keeping the tool’s overall weight at a bare minimum.
This isn’t a secondary factor that comes after everything else. Black+Decker handheld vacs are naturally lightweight due to their light materials, compact size, and tinier motors. That said, the larger handheld vacs can weight several pounds heavier than the tinier versions. Generally speaking, heftier models are more powerful than their littler counterparts—just something to think about while you’re shopping.