I’ve been helping a friend shop for cleaning and maintenance supplies for his new home, and then it came time to choose a DustBuster. Well, we were technically shopping for a “compact cordless handheld vacuum” to be precise, but let’s be real – we were looking for a DustBuster. It’s tough to choose one from the many, many available models, but we’ve narrowed it down to what we feel are the three best choices.
Black & Decker 15.6V Cyclonic CHV1568
I’ve been using Black & Decker’s 15.6V model for several years now, and would readily recommend it to anyone. But, the CHV1500 vac that I’ve been using has been discontinued. This model looks to be a decendent of the CHV1500, but with a snazzy new appearance and AccuREACH extendable nozzle.
The AccuREACH narrow nozzle extends like an anteater’s tongue to reach into tight spaces, and seems to be a great improvement over traditional snap-in nozzle attachments. This model will set you back about $40-50 (and if it’s anything like its predecessor, it’ll be worth every penny). Black & Decker CHV1568 via Amazon
Black & Decker 18V Pivoting Nose PHV1800CB
No offense to the design engineers, but this pivoting nose vacuum is downright ugly. But, we’re more concerned about function than style, and this vac looks like it can tackle narrow spaces with ease. Opting for this 18V pivoting nose vac will cost you $55. Black & Decker PHV1800CB via Amazon
Black & Decker Ultra Compact Flex Vac FHV1200
This super ultra-compact cordless vac includes a 4-foot hose for reaching and cleaning awkwards or tight spots. The only downside is that it has a 12V unit, but according to Black & Decker, it has a high performance motor [that] provides 40% more suction power to tackle messes big and small, when compared to other 12V DustBusters.
With its small size and versatile hose, the flex vac has a slightly higher but still affordable price of about $65. Black & Decker FHV1200 via Amazon
We’re always welcome to suggestions – which alternatives in the $45-$75 price range would you recommend for in-home use?