Which? tries new Black and Decker handheld vacsAre the Flexi and Pivot Dustbusters any good?

11 April 2014

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Black and Decker Dustbuster Flexi handheld vacuum PD1820LF

Black and Decker has launched several new-and-improved handheld Dustbuster vacuums, aimed at making cleaning much easier. But just how good are they at clearing up everyday mess?

The new Black and Decker Pivot and Flexi handheld vacuums come with lithium-ion batteries, designed to increase run time and reduce charging time. They are on sale in a number of stores including Tesco, Argos, B&Q and Amazon. 

To see how they shape up to other vacuums from the likes of Dyson and Gtech, we put the Black and Deckers through a raft of tough cleaning tests.

Find out how they scored in our full handheld vacuums review.

Black and Decker Flexi vacuum cleaner

You can buy the new Flexi handheld vacuum with a range of attachments, including a full-length floor extension designed to give it the functionality of a full-sized machine.

The Flexi PD1820LF costs £159.99, has an 18V lithium-ion battery and comes with the floor extension kit.

Other Flexi vacs are available with a range of battery voltages and a variety of attachments - The Flexi 10.8V (PD1020L, £79.99), the Flexi 14.4V (PD1420LP, £99.99) and the Flexi 18V without floor extension kit (PD1820L, £149.99).

See our researcher’s verdict on how whether the compact Black and Decker Flexi is worth considering for your home. 

Black & Decker Dustbuster Pivot PV 1820L

Black and Decker Dustbuster Pivot PV 1820L

Black and Decker Pivot vacuum cleaner

Last time we looked at the Pivot Dustbuster handheld vacuum cleaner, our researcher ended up covered in dust due to a design flaw with the nozzle. Check out our first look review to see whether Black and Decker has fixed this flaw in this redesigned version.

The Pivot PV1820L costs £99.99, comes with an 18V lithium-ion battery and has an innovative rotating nozzle designed to make fiddly jobs easier. Other Pivot vacs are available with a range of battery voltages - the Pivot 10.8V (PV1020L, £79.99) and the Pivot 14.4V (PV1420L, £89.99).

Check out our first look review of this new-and-improved model to what our researcher thought of the Black and Decker Pivot.

More on this…

• Check out our guide to buying a handheld vacuum cleaner
• Find the best vac for you with our full vacuum cleaner reviews
• See how reliable Black and Decker is with our brand reliability scores