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BLACK+DECKER 20V Max Pivot BDH2000PL Review

Powerful suction and an adjustable nozzle angle make this vacuum great for tough messes though it doesn't do well in narrow spaces
BLACK+DECKER 20V Max Pivot BDH2000PL
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Price:   $90 List | $79.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Articulating nozzle, great with dust, powerful suction
Cons:  Poor in tight areas, so-so battery life, few accessories
Manufacturer:   BLACK+DECKER
By Nick Miley and Jessica Riconscente  ⋅  Sep 21, 2022
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  • Dust & Dirt - 20% 7.7
  • Tough Messes - 20% 7.9
  • Hard-to-Reach Areas - 20% 3.9
  • Battery Life - 15% 5.0
  • Convenience - 15% 5.6
  • Pet Hair - 10% 8.0

Our Verdict

We like the Max Pivot for its integrated tools and articulating nozzle. The unit is particularly good at picking up course debris, including animal hair. However, we were disappointed with the vacuum's difficulty with narrow spaces. The unit is quite powerful, though, and may be worth it for those cleaning chunky debris. If you're looking for the best of the best, check out the tested handheld vacuums in our lineup.

Editor's Note: This review was added to the lineup on September 21, 2022, to provide readers with a complete look at the handheld vacuum market.

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Pros Articulating nozzle, great with dust, powerful suctionFantastic at picking up pet hair, great valueUseful attachments, USB-C charging port, compact sizeGreat for tough messes, inexpensiveVery compact, inexpensive
Cons Poor in tight areas, so-so battery life, few accessoriesNot the best for tight spaces, can't clean small gaps or cornersLimited power, short battery life, small dust binNot great with pet hairStruggles with tough messes and pet hair
Bottom Line Powerful suction and an adjustable nozzle angle make this vacuum great for tough messes though it doesn't do well in narrow spacesThis vac excels at picking up pet dander and is a great choice for those that don't want to spend a tonLow power, a small dust bin, and limited convenience features reduce the appeal of this inexpensive, compact deviceThis vacuum is impressive with tougher messes and won't break the bank, though it has a few shortcomingsWe think this is a great choice if you are looking for a highly portable or compact option for cleaning up light messes
Rating Categories BLACK+DECKER 20V Ma... Bissell Pet Hair Er... Wyze Handheld Black+Decker HHVI32... Bissell AeroSlim
Dust & Dirt (20%)
7.7
6.5
4.4
4.8
6.8
Tough Messes (20%)
7.9
7.8
5.5
7.5
3.8
Hard-to-Reach Areas (20%)
3.9
5.4
8.5
6.2
7.0
Battery Life (15%)
5.0
8.0
5.0
6.0
6.0
Convenience (15%)
5.6
6.4
4.9
5.9
5.1
Pet Hair (10%)
8.0
9.0
7.4
3.4
3.0
Specs BLACK+DECKER 20V Ma... Bissell Pet Hair Er... Wyze Handheld Black+Decker HHVI32... Bissell AeroSlim
Model Tested BDH2000PL 2390A WYZEHHV HHVI320JR02 29869
Measured Weight (no tool) 2.9 lbs 2.6 lbs 1.2 lbs 2.4 lbs 1.2 lbs
Measured Weight (with heaviest tool) N/A 3 lbs 1.3 lbs N/A 1.3 lbs
Usage Type Dry Dry Dry Dry Dry
Dust Capacity 0.44 L 0.73 L 0.2 L 0.61 L 0.1 L
Wet Capacity N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Measured Runtime 12 min 12 sec Without motorized brush: 20 min 42 sec
With motorized brush: 17 min
11 min 49 sec 15 min 24 sec 15 min 23 sec
Charge Time 2-4 hours 8 hours 3 hours 13.5 hours 2.75 hours
Charging Indicator? Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Washable Filter? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Measured Noise (at arm's length) 83 dBa 71.4 dBa 73.3 dBa 83 dBa 74 dBa

Our Analysis and Test Results

Our review of the BLACK+DECKER 20V Max Pivot covers every element of handheld vacuum performance, ease of use, and storage. The details of our testing will help you pick the best product for your household needs.

Performance Comparison


BLACK+DECKER 20V Max Pivot BDH2000PL handheld vacuum - the max pivot has plenty of power and the pivoting nozzle helps add...
The Max Pivot has plenty of power and the pivoting nozzle helps add some reach, but the broad nozzle struggles to get into tight areas.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Dust and Dirt


The dust and dirt metric measures a vacuum's ability to pick up fine debris on various surfaces. The Max Pivot excelled in this category. The Max Pivot's success is largely attributed to its powerful motor, although its pivoting nozzle and stiff brush bristles helped give this unit an advantage, too. While the Max Pivot tackles dust and dirt efficiently, getting it to perform at a high level requires playing with the nozzle angle to pick up rather than push around debris.

BLACK+DECKER 20V Max Pivot BDH2000PL handheld vacuum - the nozzle needs to be angled just right on the max pivot for the...
The nozzle needs to be angled just right on the Max Pivot for the best performance.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

We use a variety of tests to evaluate the vacuums in our review. We start with a basic dust removal assessment and progress towards caked mud. Throughout these evaluations, testers noted they could feel the difference in power compared to the competition when using the Max Pivot. The vacuum also has stiff bristles. Despite wide spacing, these bristles effectively agitate flour and dried mud. The pivoting nozzle benefited the tester's posture and increased reach regardless of what we cleaned.

BLACK+DECKER 20V Max Pivot BDH2000PL handheld vacuum - when reaching up to clean shelves, the articulating nozzle comes in...
When reaching up to clean shelves, the articulating nozzle comes in handy.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Tough Messes


The Max Pivot excelled in the tough messes metric. The testing in this metric includes timed removal of course material like crushed oat and Mini-Wheats scattered on automotive mats and upholstery. We also test the airflow at the mouth of the nozzle using an anemometer. The Max Pivot delivered across the board in this metric.

Oatmeal on car mat prior to vacuuming.
Oatmeal on car mat prior to vacuuming.
The results of the oatmeal on car mat after 20 seconds of cleaning...
The results of the oatmeal on car mat after 20 seconds of cleaning. Now that's a powerful vacuum!

The tests in this metric are timed, with the vacuums getting 20 seconds in each evaluation. Within the time limit, the Max Pivot did quite well, entirely removing the crushed oats from the mats. The vacuum did leave a bit of oat dust on the couch cushion; given a few more seconds, it would have had it all.

BLACK+DECKER 20V Max Pivot BDH2000PL handheld vacuum - the oatmeal on couch cushion test did not go as well as the car mat...
The oatmeal on couch cushion test did not go as well as the car mat test, but it was a respectable showing compared to the models in the class.
Credit: Jessica Riconscente

We also tested the Max Pivot with flour spread on the car mats and threw out some small and large Mini-Wheats cereal for good measure. The Max Pivot did reasonably well with the flour, though a residue remained. On the other hand, the vacuum did surprisingly well gobbling up the smaller of the two Mini-Wheats. Finally, the vacuum's airflow measures 1614 feet per minute which explains why it did well with large and small debris types.

Flour on car mat before cleaning.
Flour on car mat before cleaning.
Flour on car mat after cleaning - now that is a good result!
Flour on car mat after cleaning - now that is a good result!

Hard-to-Reach Areas


The hard-to-reach areas metric looks at all those nooks and crannies that a traditional vacuum struggles to access. Unfortunately, the Max Pivot's wide nozzle makes it a poor fit in tight spots. We tested the vacuums on window slides, in the car, and under a nightstand. While the Max Pivot did reasonably well under car seats with big gaps, it could not penetrate more than a few inches between the seats and console. The unit also struggled with cleaning under the nightstand. A bright spot was the window slides. However, we got the best results with the nozzle extender, which covers the brush and limits contact in corners.

BLACK+DECKER 20V Max Pivot BDH2000PL handheld vacuum - the max pivot struggles with tight squeezes because of its broad...
The Max Pivot struggles with tight squeezes because of its broad nozzle and lack of attachments. Here we see the built-in extension, which is not a substitute for a crevice tool.
Credit: Jessica Riconscente

Battery Life


Battery life is fairly short with the handheld vacuums in the class. A long runtime is around 20 minutes. The Max Pivot clocked in at 12 minutes, 12 seconds, which is below average for the class. We also found that correctly placing the vacuum in the charging stand can be challenging.

BLACK+DECKER 20V Max Pivot BDH2000PL handheld vacuum - the runtime on the max pivot is just so-so. we also found that the...
The runtime on the Max Pivot is just so-so. We also found that the unit needs to be in the pictured configuration to seat correctly on the charge.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Convenience


The convenience metric looks at the factors such as weight, noise, bin capacity, and tool storage. At just under 3 pounds, the Max Pivot is among the heaviest unit in the class. It's also one of the noisier models --though the noise isn't unpleasant. More to our liking is the Max Pivot's integrated tools. And while the bin size is not the biggest, it is good for several uses before needing to be emptied.

BLACK+DECKER 20V Max Pivot BDH2000PL handheld vacuum - while not the biggest dust bin, it is nonetheless good for prolonged...
While not the biggest dust bin, it is nonetheless good for prolonged or multiple uses before needing to be emptied.
Credit: Jessica Riconscente

Pet Hair


We tested the Max Pivot of pet hair on the couch and in the car. The results are good news for pet lovers because the vacuum ranks highly in both categories. Testers found that the Max Pivot worked best with the brush folded down as it collected a great deal of hair that was easy to remove while the suction picked up most of the remaining fibers.

BLACK+DECKER 20V Max Pivot BDH2000PL handheld vacuum - one of the secrets to this unit's success with pet hair is its brush...
One of the secrets to this unit's success with pet hair is its brush which collects the fibers ahead of the suction.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Should You Buy the Black+Decker Max Pivot?


The Max Pivot performed well in all metrics except hard-to-reach areas. Hard-to-reach areas are a leading reason that someone would buy a handheld vacuum in addition to an upright. For the price, there are better-performing vacuums. We recommend checking out our best vacuum review before settling on the Max Pivot.

What Other Handheld Vacuums Should You Consider?


Our research and testing proved that the Black+Decker Flex Vac BDH2020FL is the leading vacuum in the class. It is a little more expensive than the Max Pivot but its utility makes it worth the extra money. If the Flex vac is too expensive, consider the BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser.

Nick Miley and Jessica Riconscente
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