Which? tries out Black and Decker's new Ora cordless vacuumGet our verdict on the Black and Decker SVFV3250L

17 January 2015

Black and Decker Ora cordless vacuum

The Black and Decker SVFV3250L has a removable handheld vacuum inside

Hot on the heels of cordless vacuum cleaner launches from Bosch, Dyson and Vax comes Black and Decker with a new range of cordless vacuum cleaners of its own.

Dubbed Ora, the range is made up of two models; the SVFV3250L and HVFE2150L. Both combine the cordless functionality of a handheld vacuum with the convenience of an upright cleaner. 

Black and Decker claims the Ora vacuums will prove versatile, powerful and won't lose suction. To test out its claims, we asked a Which? researcher to try out the Black and Decker SVFV3250L 2-in-1 vacuum at home to bring you our first impressions on whether it's worth its £250 price tag.

Read our Black and Decker SVFV3250L review to discover our verdict.

Black and Decker SVFV3250L

The SVFV3250L is called a 'two-in-one' as it has a removable handheld vacuum cleaner inside a full length body. It also comes with a pet tool, a combi nozzle with fold-out brush and a long crevice tool for vacuuming into small spaces. Black and Decker claims it provides 25 minutes of constant run time from a single charge.

Black and Decker SVFV3250L cutout

Black and Decker says its new cordless vacuum cleaner won't lose suction

The name Ora is short for 'optimized runtime and airflow', a technology that Black and Decker says helps the vacuums breeze through all kinds of household mess more effectively.

Which? researcher Amy Hupe tried it out on a range of household debris including cat litter, Christmas tree needles, dried mud and pet hair. She said: 'It seems nice and compact and easy to move around on different surfaces. The removable handheld vacuum was a real advantage when I needed to quickly tackle a spillage and didn't want to get the whole thing out.'

We'll be fully testing the SVFV3250 in the Which? test lab shortly and will report back on our definitive verdict, plus how it compares to big name cordless vacuum cleaners such as the Dyson DC59 Animal and Bosch Athlet.

Find the best cordless vacuum cleaner

We've already tested some of the most popular cordless vacuum cleaners from brands including Bosch, Dyson, Vax and Hoover, putting factors such as dust capacity, suction power and battery life under the microscope.

Running times can vary from 10 to 40 minutes, which can make a big difference when you're trying to clean your house, and our testing has revealed that you can't always trust the times claimed on the box. For example, one vacuum cleaner brand claimed its vacuum would run for 30 minutes, but our tests found it only ran for 20.

Although they have some obvious advantages, cordless vacuum cleaners can be expensive compared to corded models. Make sure you spend your money wisely by checking our cordless vacuum cleaner reviews to find the best and worst models. 

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