Saturday, February 18, 2012

Dirt Devil Hand Vacuum

One of my Christmas gifts was a hand vacuum for making it easier to clean the upholstered furniture and vacuum out the vehicles. 

What a bust!

The air filter clogs in a few minutes.  The filter can be cleaned and reused, but it cannot merely be tapped to knock dust loose.  I had to use a dry toothbrush to remove dust from the folds of the filter, and every time I used the machine, I spent as much time cleaning the filter as I did vacuuming.   The owner's manual says to change the air filter every 3-6 months.  It seems like changing it every hour would be the outside limit.  And these filters are $8 each.

When I asked for a refund, the company told me that I only had 30 days to return it.  A Christmas present that is purchased in early December means you have only a week or two to discover the problem and request your refund.  So now I have a machine that is fit only for the trash can.  I'd hate to take it to Goodwill and inflict it upon an unsuspecting customer there.

I spent half a year looking at Goodwill for a used Dirt Devil.  I finally stumbled upon one two days after buying this one online.  I didn't buy it.  Now I wish I'd nabbed that one anyway.  Those old ones actually worked! 


  1. Ugh. I have tried for several years to find a decent inexpensive hand vacuum and have had the same experience of not being happy with my purchase.

  2. So you're telling me to not even bother looking?

  3. I don't know, Susan--maybe you'll have more luck than I. Or maybe you will stumble on another used one!

  4. My $ .02:
    A used Dyson handheld might be something you could try, maybe craig's list?
    It can be slightly awkward, but wow, does it clean. Love my regular vacuum by Dyson as well. And no, I don't own stock!

  5. Nothing on craigslist currently. When I was reading reviews of them, it said you have to hold the button in constantly while vacuuming. If my hand/wrist is being incompetent and defective, would it be too heavy or cumbersome to operate? (I can't hold the hymnal in my right hand. I can't lift the skillet with my right hand. Just wondering if I could hold a handle and hold down an on-button at the same time.)

  6. I could end you mine for a time and you could decide. Email me and I can bring it this Sunday.