When people need a cordless hand vacuum, they usually turn to Black+Decker for its long-standing reputation for producing reliable handheld vacuum cleaners. Take this Dustbuster model, for instance. Equipped with cyclonic suction, a wide inlet and 16 air watts of lifting power, the HHVI315JO42 works well for quick home and car cleanups. It even comes with a wall-mounted storage dock.
A white housing with touches of teal give this Black+Decker Dustbuster a clean, contemporary look. However, there’s more to love than just its appearance. The 10.8-volt handheld vacuum is equipped with an on/off vertical sliding switch, allowing it to provide continuous suction without causing hand fatigue.
Instead of a wrist-straining stick handle, this hand vac has a raised, looped handle, which makes it more comfortable to hold. It’s also incredibly lightweight at just 2.11 pounds. Thanks to the wide mouth on the end of the nozzle, large particles pass through to the dirt cup without becoming lodged in the suction inlet.
Two Helpful Attachments
Particularly when they fall within a low-tier price range, hand vacs are bare-bones. However, that is not the case with this Dustbuster. Black+Decker included two push-in attachments you can use for detailing. The crevice tool has a wide yet thin inlet for tight-space vacuuming. There’s also a soft-bristled brush for dusting.
Black+Decker throws in a holder where you can store the Dustbuster when not in use. This holder mounts to the wall, keeping the hand vacuum off the countertop. It’s easy to set up, and it comes with the bracket and screws necessary for installation.
A 32-Ounce Capacity
Using 16 airwatts’ worth of cyclonic suction force, the handheld vac expertly separates fine dust from coarse debris. In turn, the air flows unhindered, and the washable cloth filter isn’t overburdened. Thanks to Black+Decker’s decision to put the exhaust vent on the back instead of the sides, the Dustbuster won’t blow away the debris you’re trying to suction.
The dirt cup is translucent, so you’ll know right away when it’s full. However, its capacity of 31.8 ounces means you can vacuum through a full battery cycle without having to dump the cup’s contents. When you’re ready to empty it, the push button on the handle instantly detaches the cup.
Lithium-Ion Battery Power
In terms of rechargeable batteries, lithium-ion battery packs provide the most reliable suction even when their charge is low. Since this cordless Dustbuster contains a 1.5 amp-hour lithium-ion battery, the suction won’t waver no matter the level of the battery’s charge. On a full charge, you can expect to get 10 to 15 minutes’ worth of suction.
Recharging the battery is simple, and it takes about 9 to 10 hours. Black+Decker includes a wall adapter that plugs straight into the hand vac. If you thread the adapter cord through the wall dock, you can charge the Dustbuster while it’s on the dock. Should you run across an issue, the Dustbuster is covered under a 2-year warranty.
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Great Performance for a Bargain Price
The Black+Decker HHVI315JO42 Dustbuster is a solid performer with few flaws. It’s lightweight and ergonomic. The accessories are easy to connect and detach, and the cup’s capacity is huge for a hand vac. A lithium-ion battery produces suction you can count on, and the back exhaust prevents debris from scattering.
We wanted to find out how this Dustbuster compares to handheld vacuums made by other established brands as well as up-and-coming manufacturers. To do so, we reviewed hand vacs from the well-known Bissell brand as well as the newly minted Homasy and Holife brands.
BLACK+DECKER vs. Homasy Handheld Vacuum
The Black+Decker Dustbuster has a refreshing white-and-teal housing. On the other hand, the Homasy Handheld Vacuum’s black-and-white body gives it a modern feel. While they are both equipped with a looped handle that makes them easy to hold, the Black+Decker model weighs half as much as the Homasy hand vac.
With its 100-watt motor, the Homasy model generates 6 kilopascals’ worth of suction to the Black+Decker’s 16 airwatts. While the Homasy hand vac produces stronger suction, the Black+Decker’s exhaust is located on the rear instead of the sides. However, both vacuums have a sliding power switch on the handle to deliver continuous suction.
Each hand vac comes with two accessories – a crevice insert and a dusting brush. Homasy also throws in a cleaning brush and a 3.4-ounce collection cup for cleaning up small liquid spills. Additionally, you get a countertop storage dock with the Homasy hand vac. Black+Decker goes one step further by providing a dock that mounts to the wall.
Since both models use a washable cloth filter, you’ll save money in the long-term – Homasy even includes a spare. To access the Homasy’s filter, there’s a press-and-push mechanism on the rim of the 20-ounce cup. The Black+Decker Dustbuster has a user-friendly push button on the handle to release the 32-ounce dirt cup.
Although these vacuums contain a lithium-ion battery, the Homasy model’s battery has a higher capacity. As a result, it lasts for 30 minutes per charge, which is twice as long as the Black+Decker’s runtime. The Homasy’s battery also recharges in half the time, and it has indicator lights that give you a battery-status update.
BLACK+DECKER vs. Holife Handheld Vacuum
Both handheld vacuum cleaners are white, but the Black+Decker model is splashed with teal while the Holife model has black accents. There are other differences besides their colors. The 10.8-volt Black+Decker weighs 2.1 pounds, making it 1.2 pounds lighter than the 14.8-volt Holife vacuum. Also, Black+Decker’s warranty is twice as long as Holife’s 12-month coverage.
On each hand vac’s looped handle, there is a power switch that generates non-stop suction when set to the “on” position. As the Black+Decker Dustbuster runs, it pushes out 16 airwatts of suction. The 100-watt motor in the Holife hand vacuum produces a greater force of suction, topping out at 6,000 pascals.
To clean gaps between couch cushions and dust on your car’s dashboard, both handheld vacs come with a crevice tool and a soft brush. While the Dustbuster can only suction dry debris, the Holife hand vac also removes liquid spills if you use the 100-milliliter jar. Plus, Holife provides a scrub brush to clean the dirt cup.
A cloth net-like apparatus is the type of filter Black+Decker and Holife chose for their respective handheld vacuums. Each filter is rinsable, and the Holife hand vac comes with two filters. The Black+Decker model holds 0.3 liters more debris than the Holife vacuum, and its cup-release button is located in an easier-to-reach spot.
With its 1.5 amp-hour lithium-ion battery, the Black+Decker hand vac has a 15-minute runtime. The Holife’s lithium-ion boasts a 2.2 amp-hour capacity, doubling the vacuum’s comparative working time. It takes 10 hours to recharge the Black+Decker while it hangs on the wall dock, but it only takes 4 hours to charge the Holife’s battery on its tabletop cradle.
BLACK+DECKER vs. BISSELL Handheld Vacuum
Bissell and Black+Decker chose fun but different color combos for their handheld vacuums. The white-and-teal Black+Decker Dustbuster weighs 2.1 pounds while the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser weighs 3.1 pounds. The Dustbuster not only weighs less but also has more warranty coverage than the Pet Hair Eraser – 2 years to the Bissell’s 1 year.
Drawing 10.8 volts and 14.4 volts, the Black+Decker and Bissell vacuums, respectively, are powerful in terms of what a cordless hand vac can do. Each one is affixed with a comfortable looped handle. While the continuous suction control for both vacuums is located on the handle, the Bissell’s push button is easier to operate than the Black+Decker’s sliding switch.
The Pet Hair Eraser’s accessory set is more robust. The Dustbuster comes with a short crevice tool and a soft dust brush, both of which push on and pull off with ease. However, the Bissell handheld vacuum comes with a hair-attracting upholstery tool, a lengthy crevice wand and a dirt-lifting motorized brush.
For handheld vacuums, the translucent dirt cups are large, but the Black+Decker Dustbuster’s capacity is bigger at 0.2 liters. Each cup is easily removable with a single button push. The Dustbuster has a simple rinsable cloth filter. However, the Pet Hair Eraser uses a sponge-layered pleated filter in a mesh frame.
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Like the Black+Decker Dustbuster, the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser runs on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Both vacuums have a decent working time, but the Bissell can go for 5 minutes longer and recharge in half the time. While the Pet Hair Eraser is equipped with battery indicator lights, it doesn’t come with a storage dock – wall-mounted or otherwise.