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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 | $39.99 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  ⋅  Jan 11, 2022
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  • Dust & Dirt - 20% 8.0
  • Tough Messes - 20% 6.0
  • Hard-to-Reach Areas - 20% 4.0
  • Battery Life - 15% 5.0
  • Convenience - 15% 7.0
  • Pet Hair - 10% 4.0

Our Verdict

The Black+Decker HHVI315JO42 finished close to the back of the pack of handheld vacuums. It did well at cleaning up light messes, like loose dirt or dust, but is far from the best at cleaning stuck-on messes or pet hair. It's convenient to operate but doesn't have the most outstanding battery life and struggles to vacuum smaller cracks and crevices around the home. It's an alright option, but we think you should consider a different model with better performance.

Editor's Note: We updated this gear review on January 11, 2022, with additional sections on whether or not we would buy this vacuum and other contenders we would consider.

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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 arm's length) 81.5 dBa 71.4 dBa 83 dBa 74 dBa 83.5 dBa

Our Analysis and Test Results

The HHVI315JO42 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


Black+Decker HHVI315JO42 handheld vacuum - the black+decker hhvi315jo42.
The Black+Decker HHVI315JO42.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Dust & Dirt


We started our testing by scoring how well each device tackles 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.

Black+Decker HHVI315JO42 handheld vacuum - 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 on the stiffer side, which did rather 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 as the stiff bristles allowed us to scrub off the mess from linoleum easily.

Unfortunately, this wider brush isn't the best for cleaning dust and dirt from small areas, like the top of a baseboard or corners of a shelf.

Black+Decker HHVI315JO42 handheld vacuum - 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

Tough Messes


Next, we moved on to assessing how the HHVI315JO42 managed 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 generated. This vacuum did slightly above average in these tests.

First off, we cleaned up flour on an automotive-style carpet. Overall, this handheld vacuum was an average-performer, picking up a decent amount of flour on the first attempt, but ultimately, multiple passes were required to clean the carpet thoroughly. However, it does a superb job if you use the bristle attachment and scrub while you are trying to clean.

Black+Decker HHVI315JO42 handheld vacuum - 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 carpet section and on a fabric-covered cushion. Interestingly, it performed well when vacuuming the oats on the upholstered cushion, only leaving a tiny bit of dust behind, but encountered trouble when cleaning the carpet section, failing to collect all the oats and leaving a noticeable amount of trapped particles in the carpet fibers. But, it finished this metric with a strong showing, collecting all of the Mini-Wheats without any problems at all.

Black+Decker HHVI315JO42 handheld vacuum - 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 feet per minute (fpm) of airflow. This measurement was quite a bit higher than the average of just over 1300 fpm.

Black+Decker HHVI315JO42 handheld vacuum - this model doesn't reach into corners very well.
This model doesn't reach into corners very well.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Hard-to-Reach Areas


Our next set of evaluations for each handheld vacuum focused on how well they could clean various nooks and crannies of a house, such as in the kitchen 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.

Black+Decker HHVI315JO42 handheld vacuum - 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" slot and 3.5" into a 1.25" space.

Battery Life


We evaluated and compared the battery life of each cordless vacuum. After charging each product, we awarded points for how long it lasted. The HHVI315JO42 didn't do very well in this metric, lasting 12 minutes and 20 seconds before failing. It's one of the shortest run times among the competition and a bit below the group average of around 17 minutes.

Black+Decker HHVI315JO42 handheld vacuum - 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 average in size, weighing just over 2 lbs.

Black+Decker HHVI315JO42 handheld vacuum - 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. We also noticed a bit of a high-pitched whine that can be particularly annoying.

Black+Decker HHVI315JO42 handheld vacuum - the 'jo42 only has two cleaning attachments.
The 'JO42 only has two cleaning attachments.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

However, the HHVI315JO42 has a larger dust collection bin with a 0.94 L capacity. It is also simple to empty, though it does require two steps. Pull the container out from the vacuum body, then pull out the filter before dumping it.

Black+Decker HHVI315JO42 handheld vacuum - 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; important information if you're a pet owner. We cleaned up pet hair from a section of carpet and a cushion, noting how much dodged the vacuum and if the hair clogged up instead of making it to the collection bin. This vacuum collected about half the pet hair in each test, and most of the hair was trapped on the brush head and failed to make it into the dust bin.

Black+Decker HHVI315JO42 handheld vacuum - this vacuum doesn't have an upholstery brush.
This vacuum doesn't have an upholstery brush.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Should You Buy the Black+Decker HHVI315JO42?


At first blush, this contender shares a similar appearance with some relatives from the same manufacturer and sports an inexpensive price tag that might initially attract your attention, but from our testing, it doesn't offer much. With better performing cleaning machines in our lineup and in other floor cleaning categories, we think it's worth exploring those options to find one that scores higher yet meets your needs.

What Other Handheld Vacuums Should You Consider?


The Black+Decker HHVI320JR02 is a cheaper and slightly higher-scoring handheld vacuum than the HHVI315JO42. Although it doesn't stand up to our top-performer, the Black+Decker Flex Vac BDH2020FL, it will work for the occasional messes around the home - just temper your expectations accordingly.

Austin Palmer and David Wise
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