Black and Decker 18v Compact Pivot Vacuum Review

Black and Decker 18v Pivot Vacuum Cleaner Review
  • Performance - 85
  • Design - 85
  • Noise - 90
  • Maintenance - 90
  • Ease of Use - 85


While not as powerful as other more expensive handheld vacuums, the Black and Decker 18v Pivot Vacuum Cleaner still does an impressive job. Its compact design and versatile functionality are the two things I loved best about it.

If you are looking for a mid-range handheld vacuum cleaner that can handle a wide variety of clean-up situations, try the Black and Decker 18v Pivot Vacuum Cleaner. It is a compact and lightweight handheld vacuum cleaner that comes with several integrated tools to help you clean different surfaces.

It is not the most powerful handheld vacuum cleaner you can get but it is unmatched when it comes to versatility. Not only can you clean many different surfaces and spaces with it, you can also pack or store it just about anywhere thanks to its compact size. You can even keep it in your car for a quick dustup now and then, especially if you travel with kids or pets often. It even folds in half for easier storage.

Black and Decker 18v Compact Pivot Vacuum Review

What I like

  • Compact and lightweight
  • Versatile
  • Easy to use
  • Accessories included

What I don’t like

  • Short runtime
  • Not my favourite design

What Are You Buying?

1. 10 minutes run time

As I mentioned, this vacuum cleaner doesn’t rank top in terms of power. So even if the 10mins run time is less than other pricier vacuum cleaners, it is not unexpected. And anyway, 10 minutes is enough time for most people to clean the upholstery or dust the car.

The vacuum cleaner uses a fairly powerful motor as well as triple action filtration and cyclonic action to ensure you can clean quickly without leaving anything behind.

2. Lithium-ion fast charge and fade-free battery

When the battery dies, simply place it on its charging base. The lithium-ion battery takes around 4 hours to fill up. Once full, it has a smart feature that automatically turns it off, preventing any more power from coming in.

This not only saves you energy, it also eliminates the risk of damaging the battery from overcharging. So you don’t have to worry about leaving the vacuum cleaner plugged in for hours. You can just leave it charging and go about your activities.

Thanks to the improved technology of lithium-ion batteries, it will not lose any power when it is idle. It will be ready to use the next time you need to clean.

3. Pivoting nozzle

One of the best features of this vacuum cleaner is the rotating nozzle. It can pivot up to a 200-degree angle, giving you more flexibility when cleaning. It especially comes in handy when you want to reach tight crevices and awkward spaces where a fixed nozzle may not reach.

4. Hands-free bin emptying

As with most other Black and Decker handheld vacuum cleaners, this one comes with a hands-free bin. The bin is a bit small (450ml) but it ensures your hands don’t get dirty even if you keep emptying it.

The bin door is located on the side of the vacuum cleaner. When you open it the debris inside falls out without you having to touch it. Just make sure that you are holding up the vacuum cleaner over a large trash bin to avoid the dirt falling on a clean surface.

How Easy Is It to Use?

black and decker 18v compact pivot vacuum reviewVery easy. Since all the accessories are integrated into the unit (see below) there is nothing you need to add or remove. Changing from one integrated accessory to another is really easy. Rotating the nozzle when cleaning is a breeze. When you are done cleaning, just fold the vacuum cleaner and place it on the charging base.

In case you run into trouble or need clarification on something, use the instruction book that comes with the unit.

One important tip to remember is to occasionally check the indicator light near the top of the handle. If it flashes it means you have 30 more seconds until the battery runs out.

What Accessories Are Included?

The vacuum cleaner comes with two main accessories. But unlike most other vacuum cleaners, these accessories are not separate from the unit. So you can change from one accessory to another without having to add anything.

The two accessories include a soft brush for surfaces such as lamps, tables and delicate upholstery and a crevice tool for reaching tight spaces.


  • Easy to use.
  • Accessories included.
  • Versatile.
  • Compact and lightweight.


  • Short runtime.

Anything Else You Should Know?

You can use this vacuum cleaner to clean different kinds of debris including fine dust, pet hair, crumbs and small spillages. It can be used on many different surfaces such as tables, chairs, rugs, curtains, ledges, walls and cabinet tops.


While not as powerful as other more expensive handheld vacuums, the Black and Decker 18v Pivot Vacuum Cleaner still does an impressive job. Its compact design and versatile functionality are the two things I loved best about it.

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