When it comes to handheld vacuum cleaners, Black+Decker isn’t a brand that automatically pops into mind. In fact, with their large selection of woodworking tools, you may even think of them as dust-producers rather than dust-picker-uppers.
But all that’s going to change; the HHVK320J10 is a handheld a compact handheld vacuum produced by the Maryland-based organization. As you might expect from a company that doesn’t focus too much on cleaning equipment, the HHVK320J10 has several downsides which we’ll address in a bit.
Battery Life and Recharge Times
So the great news about the HHVK320J10 is that it’s a wireless model. Since it relies on a 12V rechargeable Li-Ion battery, you can rest assured that the HHVK320J10 will poke its nozzle into every little space imaginable. On average, users found the HHVK320J10 to deliver roughly 30 to 40 minutes of cleaning power before shutting off. What’s astounding is that to get less than an hour’s worth of cleaning, this device needs to charge for up to five hours before reaching capacity. Who has the time to wait around all day when dust bunnies are running wild?
Extendable Crevice Tool
The thing we were hoping to get with the HHVK320J10 as a handheld vacuum cleaner is several cleaning attachments. After all, attachments are the only way to increase the versatility of handheld vacuums – something that upright and stick are very familiar with. However, instead of getting numerous attachments, you get one: an extendable crevice tool that’s perfect for reaching in between seat and sofa cushions. This is not a bad crevice tool at all, but we’re just a bit disappointed that there it doesn’t come with the standard selection of tools for different surfaces.
Not every pile of dirt is the same. The HHVK320J10 comes with two speeds – standard and high – for battery-efficient cleaning. A single push of a button changes the cleaning speed on the fly. No need to stop, push a button, and restart the vacuum.
2.4-lbs Dry Weight
As a handheld vacuum cleaner, we were mightily impressed with just how lightweight this tool is. When the dustbin is completely empty, the HHVK320J10 weighs only 2.4 pounds. Best of all, you won’t have to worry about lugging around large canisters or long suction hoses to get the job done. Simply point the nozzle and get to work. No muscles required!
Large 1.7-liter Dustbin
As any vacuum cleaner owner knows, the size of the collection bag or dustbin plays a significant role in overall convenience. The worst part of vacuuming, other than the vacuuming itself, is having to pause in the middle of cleaning to dump out the dustbin’s contents. The HHVK320J10 solves the problem of too-frequent emptying by featuring a huge 1.7-liter dustbin that, on average, is large enough to store dust from multiple cleaning sessions…
One-Touch Easy Empty
…and best of all, emptying the dustbin is extremely hassle-free. Hover the vacuum cleaner over a garbage bin (as close to the rim as possible) and push a button on the handle. This releases the latch, thus dumping out whatever unfortunate piece of dust that got trapped in the HHVK320J10 suction vortex. Snap the latch back into place, and you’re ready to continue cleaning.
ON Button Woes
The Black+Decker Dustbuster AdvancedClean+ HHVK320J10 isn’t without its share of downsides. Other than the somewhat horrendous runtime-and-recharge ratio, to use the HHVK320J10, you have to continuously press the ON button for the suction mechanism to activate. The button is not hard for the average-sized thumb to reach, but it’s extremely annoying having to constantly press it down. An ON-lock feature would’ve made this handheld vacuum cleaner a much more comfortable tool.
BLACK+DECKER HHVK320J10 vs. HHVK415B01
Comparing products is the best way to determine whether you’re getting the best bang for your buck, and what better place to start than putting the HHVK320J10 head-to-head with another of B+D’s cordless handheld vacuums? Let’s talk about the BLACK+DECKER HHVK415B01.
First of all, not a ton of information is available regarding the HHVK415B01. However, taking a quick look at its specs, it’s fair to assume that this isn’t much different from the HHVK320J10. In fact, in a lot of ways, you won’t even tell the difference between the two.
In terms of performance, the two B+D handheld vacuum cleaners are identical. They produce the same amount of suction pressure through a similarly sized nozzle and crevice tool so neither has the upper hand. You can expect the same superb cleaning power from both models.
Another area where they overlap is weight. On an empty dustbin, both of these models weight 2.4 pounds. As we said before, the lightweight design makes it extremely easy to navigate the nozzle to pick up dust from virtually any space. Overhead cleaning is a cinch as long as the long crevice tool can reach the spot.
Their differences are few and insignificant. The HHVK415B01 uses a 16V battery instead of a 12V, but it provides the same amount of cleaning time (30 to 40 minutes). The bright side is that it “only” takes 4 hours to charge fully.
The second difference is the size of their dustbins. The HHVK415B01 comes with a 0.7-liter dustbin – less than half the capacity of the HHVK415B01 – meaning that it’ll fill much quicker and you’ll have to empty the dustbin more frequently.
BLACK+DECKER HHVK320J10 vs. HHVK515JP07
Now, this is a B+D handheld vac that is vastly different from the HHVK320J10. Not only does the BLACK+DECKER HHVK515JP07 look more stylish with its purple-and-grey housing, but it’s also much capable of cleaning a wider variety of surfaces and messes.
The first thing we noticed is that the HHVK515JP07 comes with more than one cleaning attachment! Though this normally isn’t anything to get excited about, we’re happy to see that B+D has included another cleaning tool. Apart from the long crevice tool, you’ll also get a wide vacuum head with tangle-free rubber bristles. This tool is great for pet owners who need to pick up fallen hair from the most seemingly random places.
The HHVK515JP07 also uses a 400-mL dustbin which, if you have pets, can fill up pretty quickly. Suctioning up pet food and fur is going to force you to empty the dustbin before you’ve even finished with your cleaning cycle. Speaking of which, each cleaning cycle lasts for up to 40 minutes, despite its larger 16V battery.
Another very minor difference is their respective weights. The HHVK515JP07 weighs 2.6 pounds – 0.2 pounds heavier than the HHVK320J10. Will this weight disparity make a difference? No. It won’t.
So the main point of distinction when comparing these two B+D cordless vacuums is the that the HHVK515JP07 is better-equipped to pick up pet hair thanks to its vacuum head and rubber bristles. But without a True HEPA Filter, this is not the right model for those suffering from pet allergies.
BLACK+DECKER HHVK320J10 vs. HHVK515J00FF
Our initial impression of the BLACK+DECKER HHVK515J00FF was that it’s the same model as the HHVK320J10 but in a different color. For the most part, we were right about this, but upon taking a closer look… we were sort of right.
They both use 16V batteries and charge using a plug jack. They both require more than 4 hours for the battery to reach maximum capacity and deliver roughly 30 to 40 minutes of cleaning time. Not impressive by handheld vacuum cleaner standards. The two B+D models also produce identical amounts of suction pressure and feature the same extendable crevice nozzle. What the HHVK320J10, the HHVK515J00FF can do just as well.
But upon further inspection, we found several downsides of the HHVK515J00FF. The first several months of use were fine and gave us nothing to complain about, but after that, things quickly went downhill. The battery was no longer able to hold more than a 5-minute charge, and not long after that the suction pressure decreased dramatically to the point that it could no longer pick up larger pieces of debris. And based on customer reports, we’re not alone in our disappointment. Worst of all, B+D’s customer service is less than willing to arrange replacements and refunds.
To sum up, the HHVK515J00FF is not worth the heartache. If you need a handheld vac, then the HHVK320J10, despite its obvious drawbacks, is a much better option. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
BLACK+DECKER HHVK320J10 vs. HLVA325J10
And finally, we have the BLACK+DECKER HLVA325J10 – the tiniest B+D handheld vacuum cleaner of the bunch. As the most compact model, it’s fair to expect that it won’t perform nearly as well as the HHVK320J10.
Firstly, it comes with a tinier 12V battery that holds onto 30 minutes of power at max. Oddly enough, it also requires 4 to 5 hours to fully charge which, considering how little cleaning time you get, just isn’t worth the wait.
In addition to its substandard battery power, it also comes with a smaller dustbin of only about 0.4 liters. The silver lining, if you can call it that, is the dustbin can hold onto more than one cleaning cycle’s worth of dust before needing to be emptied. Also, dumping out the dustbin’s contents is no longer a one-handed process. You need to dismantle the unit by removing the dustbin from the handle. This is in no way a deal-breaker, but this next thing is.
Instead of trapping dust, the filter is practically unusable. The vacuum shoots out more dust than it collects, defeating the very purpose of this unit’s existence. Do yourself a favor and disregard the HHVK320J10 completely.