I love my handheld vacuum cleaner. My regular vacuum cleaner is almost completely unemployed, while my handheld vac is called into service half a dozen times a day. The regular vacuum has to be hauled out, plugged in, set up; the handheld just has to be grabbed out of its perch. The regular vacuum has choked on a coin, a piece of dental floss, a small flat metal star; the handheld can eat all those things AND an entire crayon and not even flinch.
I have the Black & Decker 15.6V Dust Buster. (Me to my mother, when a sale on the 15.6V brought it to almost the same price as the 14.4V: “What’s the difference?” My mother to me: “Larger number = noisier”) I like it a lot; it’s been a great vacuum. But we broke the piece that keeps stuff from falling back out of the hole it gets sucked into, and so I’m in the market for a new one and looking for input.
For example, there’s this little number to consider: the Black and Decker 18V (2.4 more units of noise!) with a pivoting nose. Awwwwww, yeah. I don’t know what I’d use a pivoting nose for, but it sounds like a plus.
Or this odd cone-shaped one, which comes in lots of different colors. Hello there, Beautiful, what’s YOUR name? (Check out the amusing Product Description on this one. Evidently the Dirt Devil Kone allows us to “reclaim our dignity.” Also, it can be “proudly displayed in any room.” Centerpiece for your next party? CHECK!)
Anything by Dyson is automatically tempting, and this Dyson handheld looks like it would also drill holes, brew coffee, and shoot intruders.
If you own a good handheld vac, I’d love to hear about it. I can definitely justify the purchase.