Black+Decker HHVI315JO42 Review
Pros: Cheap, good at dusting
Cons: Poor battery life, difficult to clean pet hair
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|Pros||Cheap, good at dusting||Fantastic at picking up pet hair, great value||Great for tough messes, inexpensive||Very compact, inexpensive||Convenient tool storage, performs decently with larger particles|
|Cons||Poor battery life, difficult to clean pet hair||Not the best for tight spaces, can't clean small gaps or corners||Not great with pet hair||Struggles with tough messes and pet hair||Weak suction, poor battery life|
|Bottom Line||Unless you are only planning on dusting, we would recommend an alternative choice||This vac excels at picking up pet dander and is a great choice for those that don't want to spend a ton||This vacuum is impressive with tougher messes and won't break the bank, though it has a few shortcomings||We think this is a great choice if you are looking for a highly portable or compact option for cleaning up light messes||This handheld vacuum has some redeeming factors but overall got blown away by the rest of the competition|
|Rating Categories||Black+Decker HHVI31...||Bissell Pet Hair Er...||Black+Decker HHVI32...||Bissell AeroSlim||Black+Decker CHV1410L|
|Dust & Dirt (20%)|
|Tough Messes (20%)|
|Hard To Reach Areas (20%)|
|Battery Life (15%)|
|Pet Hair (10%)|
|Specs||Black+Decker HHVI31...||Bissell Pet Hair Er...||Black+Decker HHVI32...||Bissell AeroSlim||Black+Decker CHV1410L|
|Measured Weight (no tool)||2.1 lbs||2.6 lbs||2.4 lbs||1.2 lbs||2.6 lbs|
|Measured Weight (with heaviest tool)||2.1 lbs||3 lbs||N/A||1.3 lbs||N/A|
|Dust Capacity||0.94 L||0.73 L||0.61 L||0.1 L||0.61 L|
|Measured Runtime||12 min 20 sec||Without motorized brush: 20 min 42 sec
With motorized brush: 17 min
|15 min 24 sec||15 min 23 sec||10 minutes|
|Charge Time||10 hours||8 hours||13.5 hours||2.75 hours||4 hours|
|Measured Noise (at arms length)||81.5 dBa||71.4 dBa||83 dBa||74 dBa||83.5 dBa|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The HHVI315JO42 DustBuster isn't as proficient as other models at cleaning tougher messes or getting into the more confined areas of your home, but it is a bit better at dusting and cleaning up pet hair.
Dust & Dirt
Starting off, we scored how well this device is at cleaning up dirt and dust from hard surfaces and how effective the bristle brush is at dusting in tight spaces. The HHVI315JO42 scored well in this metric.
This vacuum has a relatively short bristle brush that is on the stiffer side, which did fairly well in our dusting test, removing all of the stuck-on flour from a plastic sheet in approximately 21 seconds. It also did quite well with dirt and dried-on mud — the stiff bristles allowed us to scrub off the mess from linoleum easily.
Unfortunately, this wide brush isn't the best for cleaning dust and dirt from small areas, like the top of a baseboard or in the corners of a shelf.
Next, we moved on to assessing how the HHVI315JO42 did at cleaning up more challenging messes, like extracting flour and oats from carpet and an upholstered cushion. We also scored its performance at picking up Mini Wheats cereal and the overall air movement the vacuum caused. This vacuum did slightly above average in these tests.
First off, we cleaned up flour from a section of carpet similar to what you would find in a car. This handheld vacuum did about average, picking up a decent amount of flour but not really cleaning the section of carpet until we had passed over it seven or eight times. However, it does a superb job if you use the bristle attachment and really scrub while you are trying to clean.
It also did quite well at cleaning up oats from the same swatch of carpet and from a fabric-covered cushion. It sucked up all of the oats from the cushion without much of an issue, only leaving a tiny bit of dust behind. It didn't do quite as well with the carpet, failing to collect all the oats and leaving a noticeable amount trapped in the carpet fibers. It finished out this metric with a strong showing, collecting all of the Mini Wheats without any problems at all.
It also put up one of the highest numbers in our airflow test. We used an anemometer in a sealed box connected to the HHVI315JO42, and received a reading of 1889 FPM. This was quite a bit higher than the average of just over 1300 FPM.
Our next set of evaluations for each handheld vacuum focused on how well they could clean the various nooks and crannies of a house or car. We tested out how well the HHVI315JO42 did at removing debris from the track of a standard sliding window and how far it could clean inside two different sizes of openings. It didn't do the best, earning a lower score in this metric.
The HHVI315JO42 does fine at cleaning out the slot of a sliding window track, but the nozzle is a tad bit wider than most tracks, making it a slower process than some of the other products with a narrower crevice tool. And, unfortunately, it also has one of the shortest reaches when cleaning gaps, only able to make it about 5.75" into a 3" gap and 3.5" into a 1.25" gap.
Subsequently, we evaluated and compared the battery life of each cordless vacuum. We started each vacuum with a freshly charged battery, then awarded points for how long it lasted. The HHVI315JO42 didn't do very well in this metric. It only lasted 12 minutes and 20 seconds before failing — one of the shorter runtimes of the group and a bit below the group average of around 17 minutes.
Here we looked at how convenient it was to manage all of the cleaning tools, the weight, the noise level, and the ease of emptying the collection bin and its size for each product. This vacuum is about average in size, weighing in at just over two pounds.
The HHVI315JO42 did lose some points by being particularly noisy, registering 81.5 dBa on our meter. Additionally, we also found that it has a bit of a high-pitched whine that can be quite annoying.
However, the HHVI315JO42 has one of the largest dust collection bins with a 0.94 L capacity. It is also fairly easy to empty the bin, though it does take two steps. You pull the bin out from the vacuum body, then pull out the filter before dumping it.
Our last set of tests assessed how proficiently the HHVI315JO42 was at picking up pet hair. We attempted to clean pet hair from both a section of carpet and a cushion, noting how much eluded the vacuum and if the hair clogged it up instead of making it to the bin. This vacuum collected about half the hair in each test, but most of the hair that was collected remained trapped on the brush and failed to make it into the dust bin.
While the HHVI315JO42 isn't the best, it is one of the cheaper handheld vacuums we have tested. It's not really a great value since you merely get what you pay for, but it is a good choice if you are shopping on a super skinny budget.
Overall, it is clear that there are much better options out there for these products. However, all of them cost a bit more than the Black+Decker HHVI315JO42 DustBuster, so this is an acceptable choice if you are trying to get the cheapest option available — just temper your expectations accordingly.
— Austin Palmer and David Wise