I’ve written about Black & Decker’s DustBuster cordless vacuums before – has it really been 5 years?! – and I’m still fond of the product line.
One might think that Black & Decker is resting on their laurels and recognition of the DustBuster brand name, but there’s a lot going for the DusBuster brand. Black & Decker has been steadily releasing new vacuum designs over the years, and making improvements to current models.
DustBusters aren’t built to handle heavy duty use, and so you won’t find them on many jobsites. You probably shouldn’t use them for the types of applications you know should be delegated to heavier duty vacs. They are of some use in the workshop, but are absolutely fantastic for use around the home.
I’m a big fan of B&D’s cordless DustBusters, and here’s why:
What happens when there’s a mess too small to justify bringing out our full-size floor vac? The mess stays put. It’s a pain in the butt to whip out the floor vac to clean up just a little bit of dirt, food, debris, dust, or whatever it is that should probably be vacuumed up.
When I bought my first DustBuster a couple of years ago, it got used all the time. You don’t realize how much you actually need a compact cordless vac until you have one.
2. Everything You Need is in the Box
Milwaukee’s new M12 vac, Bosch’s new 12V vac, and Dewalt’s multi-voltage vac are all great products. I’m making an assumption on the first two since I haven’t tried them yet, but I assume they’re good. But in order to use them, at least as cordless hand vacs (as that Dewalt also has an AC cord), you need a battery and a charger, both of which are sold separately.
With a DustBuster, you get a battery pack – which is usually built-in, but some come with removable batteries – and a wall charger. Some come with wall-wart AC adapters, others are designed with wall-mountable charging docks.
Personally, I prefer DustBusters that come with charging cradles, as cradles and docks are way harder to misplace or lose than small generic-looking AC adapters.
3. Replaceable Filters are Sold Nearly Everywhere
I have never had problems finding and buying DustBuster filters, as they’re sold pretty much everywhere. Filters for some models are easier to find online, but for the most part, you can replace your DustBuster filter the same day you realize you need one.
4. There’s a DustBuster for Everyone
There are many numerous DustBusters available these days, which means there’s probably a model to fit your preferences.
Need a hose? Try the Flex vac. Need to reach under cabinets, furniture, or equipment? Try the pivoting vac. Need a general purpose around-the-house and workshop vac to clear small messes? They make those too.
There’s no mistaking a DustBuster for a corded vac, or a high-powered jobsite or workshop vac, but most aren’t puny or incapable. I haven’t checked, but I have always assumed that the higher the voltage, the greater the suction power.
You won’t want to use a DustBuster to clean up metal shavings, large wood chunks, heavy fasteners, or anything like that, but I do use mine in the workshop sometimes for light duty cleanup. We mainly use our DustBusters for around-the-home tasks. They’re also great for cleaning inside the car.
5. They’re [Relatively] Inexpensive
As mentioned, you get everything you need with just one purchase. Jobsite vacs can be used around the home, but they’re not as convenient, and they cost more.
You can buy a DustBuster for under $30, and the better ones go for $40 to $80. That’s not a lot, considering that construction brands’ cordless vacs start at around $60 and that’s without a battery or charger.
If you’re shopping for a DustBuster, you might want to check out the brands your local stores carry. That would increase the chances of being able to find a replacement filter when you need it.