Black+Decker Cordless Lithium Ion Stick + Hand

by Oct 20, 2020Cleaning


A handheld vacuum cleaner like the Black + Decker 2-IN-1 cordless lithium-ion stick + handheld vacuum cleaner is a perfect addition to a small home. Compared to standing vacuum cleaners, vacuum cleaners are lighter and easier to maneuver.

Since most models are wireless, it is easier to take them around the house without worrying that the cord is restricting your movement. A disadvantage of this design is that vacuum runs on batteries. Thus you have a lower suction and a shorter driving time.

Despite this minor flaw, the Black + Decker 2-IN-1 vacuum is advertised as a versatile stick vacuum that can also pick up larger dirt. It is also a possible alternative to a full-size vacuum.

Is being a slim wireless vacuum enough to satisfy users? Is that all you need to look for when buying a vacuum? That was what I had in mind when I went through this vacuum. Aside from cleaning up at trade shows, a vacuum should also do well in other aspects.

Read on to find out if this vacuum meets the standards of a reliable everyday cleaning device.

Unboxing and setup: Instructions that are easy to follow

Fortunately, setting up the vacuum cleaner is relatively easy. One user said it took him a total of ‘5 minutes straight out of the box’ to start using the vacuum.

The instruction manual is quite simple and you can follow along to get the vacuum cleaner ready for action in no time. Along with the setup instructions, the manual also provides many other details such as charging, adjusting settings and using vacuum.

It also specifies the replacement filters that you can use with this vacuum. It’s quite a gift, considering that most other manufacturers do not do this. As a result, you are lost when it’s time to replace the filters.

What’s in the box? Black + Decker 2-IN-1 wireless lithium-ion stick + hand vacuum, washable filter, expandable slitting tool, brush attachment, socket charger, pleated pre-filter
Weight 8.82 lbs
Color Eggplant
Battery life 10 to 15 minutes
Charge time Five hours

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Design: A few flaws

Although the two-in-one functionality of this vacuum adds a plus to the design, there are some flaws. Let’s talk about the good parts first. Since the vacuum has dual functionality, you can use it for cleaning larger surfaces, such as the living room, or vacuuming car seats.

In addition, the vacuum is light enough to be carried around. You can vacuum the stairs with light ease, given that the weight of the central unit does not tire you quickly.

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In addition, the absence of a cord means that you do not always have to keep an electrical outlet in sight. There is also no cord that restricts your movement or gets in the way of cleaning.

However, several design aspects could have been much better.

First, there is a problem with enclosure with the trash can. It cannot hold larger particles. On the outside of the trash can, there is a flap that holds the trapped dust in place.

However, if the vacuum sucks up larger debris, it tends to fall out of the flap on the floor. In addition to being unhygienic to your family, this also reduces cleaning efficiency.

That’s not the only thing wrong with the trash can. It is also much smaller than the trash cans on other vacuum cleaners with similar dual functionality. At 0.5 liters, the rubbish bin can not hold much dirt. Thus, after cleaning each large room or two small rooms, empty it.

It is bound to make the cleaning session much longer than it should be.

Maneuverability: Quite annoying

To begin with, the swivel head on this vacuum cleaner does not make it easier for you to clean under the furniture, even though it is the primary job. Instead, the vacuum is very sensitive in terms of maneuverability.

Therefore, even a light pressure will send the head in the wrong direction. When cleaning hardwood floors, this should not be much of a problem. But when cleaning high-traffic areas, this design quirk can make your job much more challenging and annoying.

Battery life: Too short

As they run on batteries, cordless vacuum cleaners have short operating times. But the Black Decker vacuum cleaner battery life is a little too short to be called adequate – even for smaller spaces.

One user said her vacuum only ‘runs for 10 to 15 minutes’. Even if you clean a small room, it will definitely take you longer than that. I would say that this vacuum is only suitable for cleaning up in small clutter around the house.

Other than that, the battery itself is not too durable either. One user reported that their ‘battery life was gone in less than a year’, which is a bit alarming.

Something that I found a little surprising is that the manufacturers do not provide an accurate battery life. They do not specify how long the vacuum should last before it needs to be recharged. However, they indicate that it can clean a space of 2500 square meters at once.

Judging from the reviews of the users, it seems like a stretch. I would not encourage you to buy the Black + Decker 2-IN-1 wireless vacuum cleaner if you have a larger home.

Nevertheless, the good thing in terms of battery is Battery Sense technology. Thanks to the indicator on the central unit, you can keep track of the remaining battery life.

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For charging, connect the vacuum cleaner to any electrical outlet. As there is no removable battery in this vacuum, you need to dedicate an electrical outlet to keep it charged. Plus, charging takes five hours.

Performance: Pretty impressive for a small vac

Using small appliances, the main problem is their power as most of them have smaller batteries. Fortunately, the Black + Decker 2-IN-1 cordless vacuum cleaner has impeccable performance due to strong suction and adaptable brush roller.

You can turn on the brush roller when cleaning carpets and turn it off when you move to hardwood floors. Thus, it helps protect wooden floors from scraping.

However, you should not expect this cordless vacuum cleaner to do as well with a job as an advanced model. Sometimes it misses a few particles or will not pick them up unless you go over the area twice.

Sure enough, the suction could have been a little stronger, but that’s perfectly sufficient even now. The vacuum cleaner has AutoSense technology that detects your movement from bare floors to carpets. It adjusts the suction to the surface.

Therefore, you do not have to interrupt your cleaning session to change the settings on the vacuum cleaner when you move to another surface.

In addition, the vacuum cleaner is equipped with FilterSense technology that alerts you when it’s time to clean the filters. If you often forget to clean the filters, this feature will be convenient for you.

More important is that the vacuum has one whisk which allows you to adjust the suction according to your needs. The two power levels further make this possible for custom cleaning.

Despite all these features, I would recommend you not to use this vacuum cleaner on a thicker blanket. It tends to get stuck in the fibers.

Attachments and filters: Standard accessory

Black + Decker 2-IN-1 wireless Lithium-Ion Stick vacuum cleaner comes with standard accessories for cleaning the home. When you keep the price in mind, you should not expect to get an abundance of accessories. However, I wish the vacuum at least came with a pet brush.

Currently you get a brush attachment and a cracking tool with the vacuum cleaner. While the brush tool is suitable for daily cleaning, the slitting tool allows you to clean the edges and tight spaces.

Besides the power tools are also easy to attach to the vacuum. Since there are only two of them, you can store them in the central unit.

The vacuum cleaner has washable filters that you can clean after each use. FilterSense warns you when the filters need to be cleaned. Since the vacuum is at the lower end of the price range, it does not have HEPA filtration technology.

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Instead, it has regular filters that trap dust but do not release the air of allergens.

Price: Light on the pocket

Consider this: If you purchased a vacuum and a handheld model separately, you will have to pay around $ 400 or even more for the purchase.

Compared to that, the Black + Decker 2-IN-1 wireless lithium-ion stick is well priced. It offers dual usability and has two standard equipment. I would say the price is reasonable for the design, performance and battery life.

Of course, Black + Decker could have added a motorized brush or a pet tool to this price to make it more attractive. Even without the extra accessories, the vacuum is a preferred choice for apartments, small houses or dormitories.

Competition: Hard to find

Hoover BH50020PC Linx Signature Stick Wireless Vacuum Cleaner

While it’s hard to find another vacuum in the same price range with such versatility, I think the Hoover Linx is a close second to the Balck + Decker model. The vacuum weighs ten pounds and is easy to work with.

It can also clean wooden floors and carpets both and offer multi-storey cleaning. Like most other Hoover models, this vacuum also has WindTunnel technology that sucks even the deeply embedded dirt.

Most importantly, it has a longer battery life than the Black + Decker wireless vacuum cleaner. However, Hoover also has a small dust cup, which requires frequent emptying.

Moreover, it does not have a robust design. So if you take a break from vacuuming and leave the vacuum without support, it will probably tip over.

Specifications

product name BLACK + DECKER Wireless stick vacuum cleaner & hand vacuum, 2-in-1
Product brand BLACK + DECKER
SKU B01DAI5NNW
Price 149.99
Weight 8.82 lbs
Product dimensions 11.4 x 10.5 x 29 inches
Guarantee 2 year limited warranty

About the author

Jeneva Aaron

Jeneva has over many years of passion for home decor and cleaning. She is the founder and CEO of thehousewire.com, where she provides honest and objective reviews of the home and cleaning products.

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