Black and Decker recently made us aware of their new range of upright vacuums, especially the SMARTECH Cordless Lithium 2-IN-1 Hand and Floor Dustbuster Vacuum (336Wh) and we were sent one to put through it’s paces in everyday family life.
Out of the box, the vacuum is very easy to assemble with a simple screw to fix the long handle to the main body. The handheld part of the vacuum easily slots into it’s housing and is held in place very securely when using the vacuum in upright mode. It is easily free standing with no balancing act to perform when between tasks or you can store it on the neat charging base which will fit nicely into any corner of a room, out of the way.
As an upright vacuum cleaner, the Black and Decker SMARTECH Cordless Lithium 2-IN-1 Vacuum performs excellently and moving it around the room is a breeze. It is great to use one handed and it includes a ‘Powerboost’ button to give it extra suction should it be needed. A series of lights on the main unit tell you how much battery is remaining so you can manage your vacuuming time before you need to recharge and the Filtersense will also tell you when it is time to clean the filter to maintain maximum performance from the unit.
One of the best features of the SMARTECH though is the ‘Autosense’. This helps with cleaning by automatically adjusting the suction used for bare floors through to thick carpets. All you do is move from one surface to the other and within a few seconds, you will have extra or less power as the surface demands.
As a handheld device, the SMARTECH Cordless Lithium 2-IN-1 Vacuum is what you would expect from a classic Black and Decker Dustbuster, after all, they did invent it! It is very powerful and so lightweight you will power though the stairs, get into every nook and cranny and have the house or car looking good in no time. With most handheld devices, the dirt chamber isn’t going to take as much as a traditional mains powered vacuum but opening the dirt chamber to empty it is simple with the press of a button and removal of the washable filter.
One criticism is that the detachable brush head for the handheld unit does not seem to have anywhere to be stored. It won’t fit onto the handheld unit when in upright mode nor does it have anywhere to sit in the base charger. We have been keeping it close to the charger so we know were it is, but it may be easy to lose as it doesn’t really have a home.
Having said that, we have had many vacuum cleaners, both mains powered and cordless and the Black and Decker SMARTECH Cordless Lithium 2-IN-1 Vacuum ranks quite highly for ease of use and durability. It has enough battery life to use round the house for daily spills and then a longer vacuum of the rugs in the evening. It will charge up overnight ready for use the next day.
Quite simply, The Black and Decker SMARTECH Cordless Lithium 2-IN-1 Vacuum is the best vacuum cleaner we have used to date and fits easily into family life – our carpets have never been so clean!
The Black and Decker SMARTECH Cordless Lithium 2-IN-1 Vacuum has an RRP of £149.99
Disclosure: We were sent the above product for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.