BLACK+DECKER CHV1410L Review
Pros: Convenient tool storage, does alright with larger particles
Cons: Weak suction, poor battery life
Compare to Similar Products
|Price||$60 List||$73 List||$70 List||$80 List||$50 List|
$44.98 at Amazon
|Pros||Convenient tool storage, does alright with larger particles||Fantastic at picking up pet hair, great value||Exceptional runtime, fairly easy to clean with||Excellent battery life, fairly convenient||Great for tough messes, inexpensive|
|Cons||Weak suction, poor battery life||Not the best for tight spaces, can't clean small gaps or corners||Abysmal at picking up pet hair, not the best at cleaning||So-so cleaning performance, terribly with pet hair||Not great with pet hair, unimpressive battery life|
|Bottom Line||This handheld vacuum from BLACK+DECKER got blown away by the rest of the competition||This vac excels at picking up pet dander and is a great choice for those on a budget||We would be hard-pressed to find an area where this vacuum stands out from the rest||This middle-of-the-road vacuum failed to impress||The HHVI320JR02 isn't great, but at least it's cheap|
|Rating Categories||BLACK+DECKER...||BISSELL Pet Hair...||Cleaner KB-9005||HoLIFE Portable...||BLACK+DECKER...|
|Dust & Dirt (20%)|
|Tough Messes (20%)|
|Hard To Reach Areas (20%)|
|Battery Life (15%)|
|Pet Hair (10%)|
|Specs||BLACK+DECKER...||BISSELL Pet Hair...||Cleaner KB-9005||HoLIFE Portable...||BLACK+DECKER...|
|Measured weight (no tool)||2.6 lbs||2.6 lbs||2.4 lbs||2.4 lbs||2.4 lbs|
|Measured weight (heaviest tool)||N/A||3 lbs||2.5 lbs||2.5 lbs||N/A|
|Usage type||Dry||Dry||Dry & wet||Dry & wet||Dry|
|Dust capacity||0.61 L||0.73 L||0.6 L||0.6 L||0.61 L|
|Wet capacity||N/A||N/A||0.1 L||0.1 L||N/A|
|Measured runtime||10 minutes||Without motorized brush: 20 min 42 sec
With motorized brush: 17 min
|25 min 18 sec||26 min 10 sec||15 min 24 sec|
|Charge time||4 hours||8 hours||3-5 hours||3-5 hours||13.5 hours|
|Measured noise (at arms length)||83.5 dBa||71.4 dBa||70.7 dBa||68 dBa||83 dBa|
Our Analysis and Test Results
We measured a decent amount of airflow with this vacuum in our anemometer test but this didn't translate to an improvement in cleaning performance. While it looks almost identical to other models, something about the brush bristle seemed to make it much less effective.
The CHV1410L is quite good at cleaning up more substantial messes, doing well at picking up crushed oats and Little Bite Mini-Wheats. It only left behind trace amounts of oats and got all of the cereal without issue.
This handheld vacuum does a fairly good job of getting into confined spaces, like a window sill or around a car seat, and has a maximum reach of just over 10" under a nightstand or similar piece of furniture. The brush and crevice tools let you get into lots of places but you aren't necessarily going to be able to actually clean them with the lackluster cleaning performance of the CHV1410L.
The BLACK+DECKER is about average in weight and isn't fatiguing to carry around in a single hand for most people.
We found its integrated tools to be very convenient and it is very easy to empty the 0.61-liter bin without making too much of a mess.
It also registered more than 1700 feet per minute (FPM) on the anemometer, which is quite a bit more than the group average of 1300 FPM or so.
Unfortunately, our list of dislikes for the CHV1410L is fairly expansive. This vacuum didn't get off to a great start in our dusting test, lacking the suction to pick up the statically charged flour and simply sweeping it around instead. It took other products less than 20 seconds to clean up the same mess, while we ended up just giving up with the CHV1410L after a minute with plenty of mess remaining.
You can loosen stuck-on dirt and mud with the brush but this vacuum again fails to suck it up. The CHV1410L also did below average at removing flour from some automotive interior carpet, so there are better options out there if you are searching for a vacuum to keep your car nice and clean. Additionally, you can pretty much give up on the idea of using this to clean up pet hair based on its performance in our pet hair tests, failing to clean both a couch cushion and the same automotive carpet after we covered them in pet hair.
The CHV1410L did very poorly in our battery life test, only running for around 10 minutes before dying. Even worse, it takes around four hours to recharge.
On top of all that, this handheld vac is particularly loud, registering 83.5 decibels on our sound meter from an arm's length away.
The CHV1410L is an inexpensive product but was outperformed by others in a similar price range, making it hard to recommend.
It is hard for us to find a reason to recommend the BLACK+DECKER CHV1410L, especially when there are so many other products out there that are significantly more capable. It might work well for cleaning up the occasional kitchen mess on a countertop but that's about it.
— Austin Palmer, David Wise, and Jenna Ammerman