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Dirt Devil Endura Reach Review

This model does a better job of making a bigger mess out of basic cleaning tasks and is more burdensome than useful
Dirt Devil Endura Reach
Credit: Dirt Devil
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Price:   $73 List | $69.98 at Amazon
Pros:  Light, cheap, simple
Cons:  Horrible cleaning, creates larger mess, poor suction
Manufacturer:   Dirt Devil
By Benjamin Hickok and Jessica Riconscente  ⋅  Jul 25, 2022
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RANKED
#10 of 10
  • Carpet Cleaning - 35% 3.0
  • Ease of Use - 25% 4.0
  • Handling - 20% 6.0
  • Hard Surface - 10% 3.0
  • Pet Hair - 10% 8.0

Our Verdict

The Dirt Devil Endura Reach, simply put, is a poor upright vacuum. It started out poorly, doing a terrible job across all debris in our carpet cleaning tests. It does a poor job picking up at edges, can hardly reach under furniture, has a short cord length, does not have a swiveling design, and did just as dismal a job of cleaning hard surfaces as it did on carpet. Its cheap price tag may be enticing, but it will likely be a waste of money and leave you completely dissatisfied. We'd be remiss to let our readers think this is a good choice for an upright vacuum. Many other models, including some exceptionally budget-friendly ones, provide much better cleaning performance and ease of use and should be considered before thinking twice about the Endura.

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Pros Light, cheap, simpleFantastic cleaning performance, excellent at picking up pet hairGood price, cleans carpet well, picks up pet hair with easeEasy to push and pull, lift away featureInexpensive, great for pet hair, solid carpet cleaning
Cons Horrible cleaning, creates larger mess, poor suctionNot the best for stairs, slightly short reachNot impressive at cleaning hard floorsStruggles with cracksInsufficient on hard floors, so-so ease of us
Bottom Line This model does a better job of making a bigger mess out of basic cleaning tasks and is more burdensome than usefulWonderful handling matched with superior performance makes this a great vacuum for everyoneIf you are searching for a new vacuum on a budget, then this is a great betThe ease of this machine makes you feel like you can vacuum for hoursIf you are shopping on a particularly tight budget for a new vacuum, this is a good option
Rating Categories Dirt Devil Endura R... Shark APEX DuoClean... Shark Navigator Lif... Shark Navigator Lif... Eureka PowerSpeed
Carpet Cleaning (35%)
3.0
8.1
8.0
6.9
4.5
Ease of Use (25%)
4.0
8.6
7.4
6.7
5.9
Handling (20%)
6.0
8.4
5.7
8.4
5.0
Hard Surface (10%)
3.0
9.8
7.0
6.8
3.8
Pet Hair (10%)
8.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
Specs Dirt Devil Endura R... Shark APEX DuoClean... Shark Navigator Lif... Shark Navigator Lif... Eureka PowerSpeed
Water Suction Guage (inches of water) 49" 86" 72" 72" 48"
Model Number AZ10002 40 NV356E S2 NV352 NEU182A
Dirt Collection Bagless Bagless Bagless Bagless Bagless
Vacuum Head Width 11" 11.75" 11.25" 11.25" 13.25"
Measured Brush Width 8.5" 9" 9" 9" 10.5"
Measured Weight 10.2 lbs 16.9 lbs 14.8 lbs 13.6 lbs 10.5 lbs
Variable Suction Control No Yes Yes Yes No
Brush On/Off Switch No Slow Yes Yes No
Measured Power Cord Length 19.50' 30.00' 26.00' 24.75' 23.75'
Measured Noise 77 dBa 72 dBa 73 dBa 73 dBa 76 dBa
Swivel Head No Yes Yes Yes No
Carry Handle Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Soft Bumper No Yes No No No

Our Analysis and Test Results

If you are looking for a good value in upright vacuums, the Dirt Devil Endura Reach is not it. We've tested many models, some better than others, and even rather poor models that at least had some redeeming qualities. However, this is not one of those models, and we'd be remiss to recommend it; here's why.

Performance Comparison


Dirt Devil Endura Reach upright vacuum - the dirt devil endura reach is not a great cleaning tool.
The Dirt Devil Endura Reach is not a great cleaning tool.
Credit: Chris McNamara

Carpet Cleaning


The Dirt Devil Endura Reach is one of the most disappointing carpet cleaning upright vacuums our test team has ever handled. Instead of picking up rice, it sprayed grains out of the way to the right of the vacuum head, like a side discharge lawnmower. It didn't matter whether the vacuum was being pushed or pulled; it simply could not pick up rice. Our test team achieved the same poor results on a thicker carpet.

Dirt Devil Endura Reach upright vacuum - residue clearly left behind in one of our carpet cleaning tests
Residue clearly left behind in one of our carpet cleaning tests
Credit: Jessica Riconscente

This model repeated a similar side discharge effect on oatmeal and required 10 strategic passes to pick up all the oatmeal from the short carpet fiber. The head also managed to miss about an inch of oats on the left side, leaving streaking where the absolute worst performance was made obvious. Whether it was on the thick or thin carpet did not matter, the Dirt Devil did a poor job at removing oatmeal and acted more like a mulcher, discharging to the side and even grinding oatmeal into finer, harder to remove dust.

Both cereal and flour proved to be too difficult for this vacuum to handle with any reasonable satisfaction. Across both sub metrics, the head acted more like a plow, expelling debris rather than suctioning, and again left obvious lines where the head completely failed to lift debris.

Dirt Devil Endura Reach upright vacuum - the dirt devil endura performaned poorly all around
The Dirt Devil Endura performaned poorly all around
Credit: Jessica Riconscente

Ease of Use


We tested the user-friendliness of the Dirt Devil Endura Reach, and we were underwhelmed. This model does a dismal job handling debris at edges, as was apparent in our carpet testing, and requires many additional and strategic passes to avoid leaving a strip where the head misses.

Its cable reach is just over 19 feet, and while that might seem fine, it's on the shorter end compared to all the other models we've tested. In our standardized height test, the Endura could only reach 5 inches, which is not much better than the abilities of a broom. This model also has no surface transition features, so you can not turn off the brush head.

Overall, the lack of surface transition features, a head that misses and streaks, poor under furniture reach, and a shorter cable length make this one of the least user-friendly models.

Dirt Devil Endura Reach upright vacuum - the canister removed from the endura is ready to be emptied
The canister removed from the Endura is ready to be emptied
Credit: Jessica Riconscente

Handling


For an upright vacuum with no ability to swivel, it handles OK. It is light and turns easily but struggles in tight corners. As a non-swiveling model, it did exhibit some lifting during use, but less often than other non-swiveling modes.

Dirt Devil Endura Reach upright vacuum - the endura struggled to extract debris along its edges
The Endura struggled to extract debris along its edges
Credit: Jessica Riconscente

Hard Surface Cleaning


With no option to turn off the brush head, this model makes a mess of a mess. It performed poorly, repeating less than desirable traits that it exhibited in carpet cleaning tests.

On a hard surface, rice grains were sprayed to the right side of the vacuum head, only picking up two-thirds of the rice while also leaving a thin line along the left side of the brush head.

Dirt Devil Endura Reach upright vacuum - the endura avoided picking up rice, and instead plowed and sprayed...
The Endura avoided picking up rice, and instead plowed and sprayed it out of the way
Credit: Jessica Riconscente

In our oatmeal test, this model made things dirtier rather than clean. When the oatmeal wasn't being sprayed to the side, it was being pulverized and worked down into cracks. The Dirt Devil Endura Reach didn't handle breakfast cereal any better. Some cereal sprayed to the right, some towards the rear, and much of it was ground up before being forced into cracks. We've concluded that the Dirt Devil might perform better in our food processor review.

All jokes aside — after failing on all of our hard surface tests, we didn't expect much when it came to flour. However, it did manage to pick up flour while pulling back towards the operator. Although, after many passes, the vacuum could not lift all the flour, leaving a thin film o the surface and compressing flour to the wheels.

Dirt Devil Endura Reach upright vacuum - this model does a terrible job of picking up flour from hardwood...
This model does a terrible job of picking up flour from hardwood flooring.
Credit: Jessica Riconscente

Pet Hair


If you are a pet owner, this vacuum is OK but not the best option. In our pet hair tests, it managed to leave nearly 10% of fur behind in little apparent clumps. That being said, it managed to pick up most of the pet hair, but you'd want to run it over several times before sucking up everything.

Dirt Devil Endura Reach upright vacuum - although the endura performed well in our pet hair tests, it should...
Although the Endura performed well in our pet hair tests, it should be noted that pet hair is the easiest test for vacuums.
Credit: Chris McNamara

Should You Buy the Dirt Devil Endura Reach?


This Dirt Devil Endura is one of the cheapest vacuums we tested, and its below-average performance is commensurate, dollar for dollar, with its below-average price. While you may think you are getting an affordable deal, this vacuum did so poorly in our tests that we simply couldn't recommend it or give it any sort of accolade.

What Other Upright Vacuums Should You Consider?


While the low price of the Dirt Devil Endura might be tempting, the Eureka PowerSpeed is a better deal for overall performance while keeping your wallet happy. However, you'll want to invest in the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional for truly superior performance.

Benjamin Hickok and Jessica Riconscente
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