Great handvac!, May 1, 2010
Great handvac. One of the most powerful ones out there and reasonably priced. Does what I need it to do - odd jobs and hard to reach places. Folds up to a small size for charging.
Cat Litter Bust, May 1, 2010
I got this, with high hopes after reading all the rave reviews, to pick up all the cat litter my cats track out of their litter box. It had powerful suction at first, though it did let a lot of dust through the filters and tended to drop some of the debris as soon as I shut it off. Both filters, there's an accordion pleated paper filter and a plastic filter with tiny holes, became clogged within a week. To clean them, you have to wash them in water. The cat litter dust turned to cement as soon as I did that. I was never able to get the filters completely clean again despite a lot of effort. After that, we stopped using it for cat litter, it's intended purpose, but it continued to become more and more clogged over time, despite repeatedly cleaning the filters. Finally it's suction power is nil. We are throwing it away. I suppose that if you don't use it on clumping cat litter or other materials that may turn to clay or cement upon washing the filters, it might be an okay vacuum if you don't mind a bit of dust blow through.
Black & Decker Hand Vacum, April 30, 2010
I have had this hand vacuum for about 6 months. I really do not like going through the procedure of pressing a button to fold out the pivoting-nose and then to further have to pull out (difficult) little nose end. It is stored on the charger in the fold down position and not ready for use until you press a button and fold out the nose into the angle you want it. For a small woman going through this with a heavy vacuum to start is difficult. Some may like the vacuum nose to be folded in different angles. Not me. It has not been that convenient. I also find it un- convenient to place in the charger. I still fool around with it to get it in the proper place. I am a man and my wife who has some arthritis in her hands simply cannot use it. I plan to replace it today. I like to pickup these handy vacuums and just press the on switch and be in business. With this unit it is like going through a pre-flight on an aircraft (I am a military pilot). It does have good suction but appears to me to lose some of that in an angular position. With the nose fully extended a lot of things are to large to go through the suction head. I like Black and Decker products but am sorry to downgrade this unit is a loser in my opinion.
Great Hand Vacuum, April 28, 2010
This is no doubt the best and most powerful handheld I have ever had. I use it all the time and wouldn't change it for anything. It truly is the best.