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Black+Decker HSVJ520JMBF27 Review

This prototypical cordless stick vacuum does an acceptable job at cleaning up light messes but doesn't distinguish itself as a top model
Black+Decker HSVJ520JMBF27
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Price:   $150 List
Pros:  Quiet, great battery life
Cons:  Unimpressive cleaning performance
Manufacturer:   BLACK+DECKER
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Jul 28, 2021
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#11 of 14
  • Convenience - 35% 6
  • Hard Surface Cleaning - 30% 5
  • Ease of Use - 20% 6
  • Carpet Cleaning - 15% 5

Our Verdict

Finishing in the lower half of our test group, the Black+Decker Powerseries 2-in-1 delivered a respectable performance overall. That said, nothing about this model wowed us either. It has a solid battery life and comes at a price that won't do too much damage to your bank account, but overall cleaning was just average. That said, it's lightweight and relatively quiet, so if you happen to find it on sale, it's likely worth considering, particularly if you don't want to charge your device quite as frequently.

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Pros Quiet, great battery lifeGreat value, convenient, does well with hard floorsInexpensive, convenientDecent at cleaning hard surfaces, inexpensiveInexpensive
Cons Unimpressive cleaning performanceCould be better at carpetLackluster carpet cleaning, struggles with edgesHarder to use, loudPoor carpet cleaning ability, harder to use, less convenient
Bottom Line This prototypical cordless stick vacuum does an acceptable job at cleaning up light messes but doesn't distinguish itself as a top modelIf you are shopping for a stick vacuum and don't want to break the bank, then we think this is a great optionThis vacuum delivered a middle-of-the-road performance that failed to make much of an impressionThis inexpensive model cleans decently, especially when it comes to hard surfacesThis lightweight vacuum may be super cheap, but don't expect much in terms of performance
Rating Categories Black+Decker HSVJ52... Moosoo XL-618A Eureka RapidClean Pro VonHaus 600W 2-in-1 Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik
Convenience (35%)
6.0
7.0
7.0
4.0
4.0
Hard Surface Cleaning (30%)
5.0
7.0
6.0
6.0
5.0
Ease Of Use (20%)
6.0
6.0
6.0
4.0
4.0
Carpet Cleaning (15%)
5.0
5.0
5.0
5.0
3.0
Specs Black+Decker HSVJ52... Moosoo XL-618A Eureka RapidClean Pro VonHaus 600W 2-in-1 Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik
Weight 6.1 lbs 5.1 lbs 5.1 lbs 4.5 lbs 3.4 lbs
Cordless Battery Life 16:11 min:sec 22:40 min:sec 23:12
min:sec
n/a n/a
Maximum Corded Reach n/a n/a n/a 21 ft 17.5 ft
Measured Charge Time 290 min 340 min 270 min n/a n/a
Noise Level 73 dBa 67 dBa 64.5 dBa 77 dBa 73.5 dBa
Model Number HSVJ520JMBF27 XL-618A NEC180 EPT2 SD20000RED
Battery Type Lithium-ion Lithium-ion Lithium-ion n/a n/a
Measured Cleaning Path Width 8.75" 7.75" 9.75" 8.75" 9"
Variable Suction Control Yes Yes Yes No No
Brush On/Off Switch? Yes No No n/a n/a
Storage Stands up Wall mount only Wall mount only Stands up; falls over easily Stands up; falls over easily
Bag Type Bagless Bagless Bagless Bagless Bagless
Swivel Head? Yes Yes Yes No No
Soft Bumper? Yes Yes Yes No No
Cordless? Yes Yes Yes No No

Our Analysis and Test Results

This model is a little easier and more convenient to use than the average stick vacuum and is about average regarding cleaning power. It does an alright job on hard floors and carpets but definitely isn't a suitable replacement for a full-size upright or canister vacuum.

Performance Comparison


The Black+Decker HSVJ520JMBF27.
The Black+Decker HSVJ520JMBF27.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Convenience


These products are intended to be convenient ways to quickly and easily clean up messes, so this metric accounts for the biggest portion of the overall score at 35%. We evaluated each product on how well it could clean non-floor areas of the house, whether it was battery-powered or corded, the battery life or corded reach, whether or not it could stand upright without support, and its weight. The Black+Decker performed decently well, earning a slightly above average score.

The handheld option of the Black+Decker does expand the area that...
The handheld option of the Black+Decker does expand the area that you can clean considerably.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

This model can convert into a handheld vacuum for cleaning places that are slightly harder to reach, but it was a little more difficult to transition this vacuum than other models. The Black+Decker is about average in terms of weight, weighing in at 6.1 pounds and can stand on its own, something we appreciate. This model is also cordless and boasts a decent battery life, lasting for a little over 16 minutes on its max power mode. It took us about five hours to completely recharge.

Hard Surface Cleaning


Ranking behind convenience in terms of importance, this metric accounts for 30% of the total score for each vacuum. We used a section of hardwood floor as our test surface, basing the scores off how well each stick vacuum collected Cheerios, oats, pet hair, rice, and flour. The Black+Decker did an essentially average job at collecting all of this debris. It took about 1.5 passes to clean rice from our section of hard floor, putting it right in the middle of the group. We used the hard floor mode without a rotating brush roll, but rice would periodically become trapped on the non-spinning brush. However, this vacuum would fling some rice to the side, forcing us to execute a delicate balance of pulsing the brush head for brief moments to pick up all of the rice. The same happened when tasked with collecting flour, taking about four passes to clean the floor satisfactorily. All of the surface flour was removed and a tiny bit from the cracks in between the boards, though there was plenty of residual flour left in the cracks. This model tended to build up the flour in various places on its underside that would come loose when the vacuum was tapped on the ground, creating a miniature mess and causing some frustration.

This vacuum got all the surface flour but left debris behind in the...
This vacuum got all the surface flour but left debris behind in the cracks.
Credit: Austin Palmer

The performance of the Black+Decker did improve in our next test, cereal. It did a fine job collecting Cheerios, as long as the rotating brush was on — something not typically done for hardwood floors. Unfortunately, this boost was not maintained for the final two tests, oat collection and pet hair pickup. This vacuum did a decent job at collecting pet hair but once again was only effective if the rotating brush was on. Otherwise, it didn't really do anything. This isn't a particular downside, though it runs a higher risk of damaging certain types of floors. It was a similar story with oats, with the Black+Decker performing identically to its rice test. We again had to walk the delicate balance between actually collecting the oats and flinging them everywhere by briefly pulsing the rotating brush.

This vacuum delivered a mostly acceptable performance on hard floors.
This vacuum delivered a mostly acceptable performance on hard floors.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Ease of Use


The Black+Decker earned a respectable score for this metric. This score was based on how well each model cleaned under furniture and in close to edges and tight corners, the different cleaning modes available, and manueverability. This metric accounts for 20% of the total score for each stick vacuum.

This model was on the easier side to use.
This model was on the easier side to use.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The Black+Decker has two cleaning modes available — high and low power — as well as the ability to turn the rotating brush off. Unfortunately, this model didn't do the best job at cleaning close to walls, leaving a small strip of rice behind.

This vacuum left a small strip of residual rice along the wall.
This vacuum left a small strip of residual rice along the wall.
Credit: Austin Palmer

However, this vacuum's performance turned around when it came to cleaning under furniture, reaching 18 inches under our simulated sofa. It could have reached further, but the handle from the handheld portion hit the sofa.

The Black+Decker reached about half the distance of the top models...
The Black+Decker reached about half the distance of the top models when cleaning under our simulated sofa.
Credit: Austin Palmer

This model is one of the quieter ones of the group, only registering at 73 dBa on our SPL meter. It also has swivel steering, making it reasonably easy to maneuver and handle.

Carpet Cleaning


For the fourth and final metric in our test, we assessed how well each product could clean carpeted floors, testing on both low-pile and medium-pile carpet. We again used the same sample messes from the hard surface cleaning tests and judged performance in the same way.

This vacuum did a decent job at collecting rice on flatter, low-pile carpet, only taking two passes to collect the debris in its entirety. Performance dropped a little when it came to fluffy carpet, as the vacuum was a little harder to maneuver and would plow the rice around rather than collect it. Everything was usually collected in the end, but the Black+Decker doesn't do as well as an upright model.

This stick vacuum did an acceptable job at collecting flour from...
This stick vacuum did an acceptable job at collecting flour from flat carpet.
Credit: Austin Palmer

Flour collection went well, as did picking up Cheerios when on low-pile carpet. However, this vacuum mostly failed at collecting cereal on fluffy carpet, continually piling them up no matter what combination of cleaning modes we used and whether or not the brush was on or off. However, this vacuum did well at picking up the pet hair we laid out, removing over 90% of it. That said, the Black+Decker finished out this metric with a rather mediocre showing when it came to collecting oats, taking two passes on the flat carpet and over ten on the fluffy carpet.

This vacuum earned an average score for cleaning carpet.
This vacuum earned an average score for cleaning carpet.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Value


This model is a good but not great value, offering decent performance at a reasonable price.

Conclusion


The Black+Decker Powerseries 2-in-1 is an all-around decent product. It would be a great value option for someone who really wants the ability for their stick vacuum to transform into a handheld vacuum, but we otherwise found it to be a relatively unremarkable product.

David Wise and Austin Palmer