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Black+Decker HHVI315JO42 Review

Unless you are only planning on dusting, we would recommend an alternative choice
Black+Decker HHVI315JO42
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Price:   $60 List | $47.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Cheap, good at dusting
Cons:  Poor battery life, difficult to clean pet hair
Manufacturer:   BLACK+DECKER
By Austin Palmer and David Wise  ⋅  Oct 5, 2021
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  • Dust & Dirt - 20% 8
  • Tough Messes - 20% 6
  • Hard-to-Reach Areas - 20% 4
  • Battery Life - 15% 5
  • Convenience - 15% 7
  • Pet Hair - 10% 4

Our Verdict

The Black+Decker HHVI315JO42 DustBuster finished close to the back of the pack, but it is available at a fairly nice price point. It did quite well at cleaning up light messes, like dirt or dust, but is far from the best at cleaning stuck-on messes or pet hair. It's fairly convenient to operate but doesn't have the greatest battery life and struggles to clean into the smaller cracks and crevices around the home. If you are shopping on a tight budget, it's an alright option, but otherwise, you should probably consider a different model.

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Pros Cheap, good at dustingFantastic at picking up pet hair, great valueGreat for tough messes, inexpensiveVery compact, inexpensiveConvenient tool storage, performs decently with larger particles
Cons Poor battery life, difficult to clean pet hairNot the best for tight spaces, can't clean small gaps or cornersNot great with pet hairStruggles with tough messes and pet hairWeak suction, poor battery life
Bottom Line Unless you are only planning on dusting, we would recommend an alternative choiceThis vac excels at picking up pet dander and is a great choice for those that don't want to spend a tonThis 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 messesThis 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%)
8.0
7.0
6.0
8.0
3.0
Tough Messes (20%)
6.0
8.0
7.0
4.0
7.0
Hard To Reach Areas (20%)
4.0
5.0
6.0
7.0
6.0
Battery Life (15%)
5.0
8.0
6.0
6.0
4.0
Convenience (15%)
7.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
7.0
Pet Hair (10%)
4.0
9.0
3.0
3.0
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Specs Black+Decker HHVI31... Bissell Pet Hair Er... Black+Decker HHVI32... Bissell AeroSlim Black+Decker CHV1410L
Model Tested HHVI315JO42 2390A HHVI320JR02 29869 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
Usage Type Dry Dry Dry Dry Dry
Dust Capacity 0.94 L 0.73 L 0.61 L 0.1 L 0.61 L
Wet Capacity N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
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
Charging Indicator? No Yes No Yes Yes
Washable Filter? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
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.

Performance Comparison


The Black+Decker HHVI315JO42.
The Black+Decker HHVI315JO42.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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.

Even though the bristles are stiff, they are close together which...
Even though the bristles are stiff, they are close together which made dusting easier than other stiff bristle brushes.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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.

This Black+Decker vac did a great job at removing crusted on mud...
This Black+Decker vac did a great job at removing crusted on mud from linoleum floor.
Credit: Austin Palmer

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.

This model doesn't reach into corners very well.
This model doesn't reach into corners very well.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Tough Messes


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.

This vacuum doesn't have an upholstery brush.
This vacuum doesn't have an upholstery brush.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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.

This vacuum picked up a decent amount of flour.
This vacuum picked up a decent amount of flour.
Credit: Austin Palmer

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.

The 'JO42 handled the oats with ease.
The 'JO42 handled the oats with ease.
Credit: Austin Palmer

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.

Mini Wheats were no problem for this mini vacuum.
Mini Wheats were no problem for this mini vacuum.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Hard-to-Reach Areas


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.

This vacuum doesn't reach very far.
This vacuum doesn't reach very far.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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.

Battery Life


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.

This Black+Decker model doesn't have a battery charging indicator.
This Black+Decker model doesn't have a battery charging indicator.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Convenience


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.

There aren't any power options to choose from with this vacuum.
There aren't any power options to choose from with this vacuum.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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.

The 'JO42 only has two cleaning attachments.
The 'JO42 only has two cleaning attachments.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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.

Luckily this filter is washable.
Luckily this filter is washable.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Pet Hair


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.

Value


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.

Conclusion


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