Black+Decker dustbuster CHV1410L Vacuum Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Jul 06, 2020 at 08:23 am
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8.6
Bare Floor
6.9
Low-Pile Carpet
7.1
High-Pile Carpet
7.4
Pets
9.0
Stairs
8.3
Cars
Vacuum Type
Handheld
Bagless
Yes
Cordless
Yes
Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
No

The Black+Decker dustbuster CHV1410L is a cordless handheld vacuum. As it's meant for spot-cleaning around the home, it's very portable and easy-to-store, so you can quickly tackle small spills or messes without the hassle of dragging out a heavy upright vacuum. It does an outstanding job of cleaning up debris on bare floors like a kitchen, and its small size makes it a suitable choice for tackling dirt spills in your car. On the downside, it has a short battery life and it can take up to four hours for it to fully recharge, which is disappointing. It also has a small dirt compartment, but that's to be expected with a simple handheld vacuum.

Our Verdict

8.6 Bare Floor

The Black+Decker dustbuster CHV1410L is excellent for cleaning bare floors. It cleans almost everything on this surface and even as the dirt compartment fills up, its suction remains consistent. However, if you have a very big mess to clean up, it can take a while: its battery lasts around ten minutes, and its small dirt compartment needs frequent emptying. That being said, its maintenance is fairly easy, which is nice.

Pros
  • Outstanding bare floor performance.
  • Very portable and easy to store.
  • Fairly easy to maintain.
Cons
  • Short battery life with a long recharge period.
  • Small dirt compartment.
6.9 Low-Pile Carpet

The Black+Decker dustbuster CHV1410L is okay for low-pile carpet. It doesn't do a bad job on low-pile carpet, but it struggles to clean up both small and large debris, so it may take a couple of passes to completely clean a mess. However, this vacuum isn't the ideal choice if you're looking to clean up a larger area as its battery doesn't last more than ten minutes before needing to be recharged, and it doesn't have a large dirt compartment. Luckily, it has fairly easy maintenance.

Pros
  • Very portable and easy to store.
  • Fairly easy to maintain.
Cons
  • Does a mediocre job of tackling small and large debris.
  • Short battery life with a long recharge period.
  • Small dirt compartment.
7.1 High-Pile Carpet

The Black+Decker dustbuster CHV1410L is alright for high-pile carpet. It has an easier time cleaning up smaller debris rather than large debris but it should be okay in a pinch. However, if you have a shag rug with a lot of debris in it, this vacuum most likely won't be able to clean it up before its battery dies. On the upside, since this vacuum is somewhat simple in design, maintenance is fairly easy.

Pros
  • Very portable and easy to store.
  • Fairly easy to maintain.
Cons
  • Short battery life with a long recharge period.
  • Small dirt compartment.
7.4 Pets

The Black+Decker dustbuster CHV1410L is decent for cleaning pet hair. While it struggles a bit to pick up pet hair on all surface types, it still does a great job of cleaning it up. However, as this is a handheld vacuum, it isn't ideal for cleaning entire floors, but it should do the trick on a pet bed or pillow.

Pros
  • Very portable and easy to store.
  • Fairly easy to maintain.
Cons
  • Short battery life with a long recharge period.
  • Small dirt compartment.
9.0 Stairs

The Black+Decker dustbuster CHV1410L is outstanding for cleaning stairs. Thanks to its cordless design, this exceptionally portable handheld vacuum can easily spot-clean stairs, which is handy for the occasional spill. It's also very lightweight, and it comes with a crevice tool for hard-to-reach places.

Pros
  • Very portable and easy to store.
  • Includes a crevice tool.
  • Fairly easy to maintain.
Cons
  • Short battery life with a long recharge period.
  • Small dirt compartment.
8.3 Cars

The Black+Decker dustbuster CHV1410L is great for cleaning cars. It's an exceptionally portable handheld vacuum, so you can easily get into more difficult-to-reach places, and it even has a crevice tool to help extend its reach. However, you may have to pass over an area couple of times to fully clean it, especially if you're cleaning fine debris.

Pros
  • Very portable and easy to store.
  • Includes a crevice tool.
  • Fairly easy to maintain.
Cons
  • Short battery life with a long recharge period.
  • Small dirt compartment.
  • 8.6 Bare Floor
  • 6.9 Low-Pile Carpet
  • 7.1 High-Pile Carpet
  • 7.4 Pets
  • 9.0 Stairs
  • 8.3 Cars

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Test Results

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Design
7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Black+Decker CHV1410L feels quite well-built overall. Although it's entirely made out of plastic, the quality feels good. The dust bin has a bit of flex, so it shouldn't break easily, but the plastic frame could crack if dropped. The paper-thin filter also feels prone to rips or tears if you're not careful when cleaning it. Thankfully, the vacuum is very easy to assemble and take apart, though, so you shouldn't have too many issues.

7.0
Design
User Maintenance

The Black+Decker CHV1410L is fairly easy to maintain overall. This handheld vacuum has a simple design, so there aren't very many parts you have to maintain. The plastic pre-filter and cloth filter both need to be washed with soapy water from time to time. This doesn't take long, but they need to air dry completely before they can be used again. Unfortunately, when you empty the dirt compartment, it tends to send dust and debris into the air. This isn't ideal, especially if you suffer from allergies since it needs to be emptied quite often. You might also have to wash it occasionally since it tends to collect leftover dust. Thankfully, it's easy to fully detach from the vacuum for easy access.

8.0
Design
Recurring Cost
Bag Part Number
No bag
Filter Part Number
VF110
HEPA Filter Part Number
No HEPA Filter

There aren't very many recurring costs with this vacuum. The cloth filter needs to be replaced every six to nine months, depending on your usage, but it isn't too expensive and can often be found in packs of six.

9.1
Design
Storing
Height
17.32 in (44.0 cm)
Width
7.09 in (18.0 cm)
Depth
5.12 in (13.0 cm)
Cord Storing/Management
Not Needed
On-Board Tool Storage
Yes
Vacuum Rack/Station
Yes

The handheld Black+Decker CHV1410L is very easy to store. It's compact, portable, and takes up very little space in a closet or even on your countertop. It has a built-in reach extender and bristle brush, so no extra tools are needed. It also comes with a small charging dock that helps keep it upright while it charges.

6.6
Design
Dirt Compartment
Dirt Compartment Volume
0.16 gal (0.60 L)
Full Dirt Compartment Indicator
No
Bag Included
No Bag Needed

This vacuum's dirt compartment is okay. It's quite small, so you'll likely find yourself needing to empty it often, and it doesn't have an indicator to let you know when it's full either. On the upside, you don't have to worry about buying bags.

Design
In The Box

  • Black+Decker CHV1410L handheld vacuum
    • Wand
    • Pre-filter
    • Filter
  • Charging station and cable
  • Vacuum User Guide

10
Design
Range
Cord Length
N/A
Hose Length
N/A

Since this is a cordless handheld vacuum, you're only limited by the size of its canister and battery life.

8.8
Design
Portability
Total Weight
2.69 lbs (1.22 kg)
Weight In Hand
2.54 lbs (1.15 kg)
Carrying handle
Yes

The Black+Decker CHV1410L is exceptionally portable. It's very lightweight, even in your hand, and the carrying handle makes it easy to bring along with you in your home no matter where a mess might be.

5.5
Design
Battery
Minimum Battery Life
10 min.
Maximum Battery Life
10 min.
Recharge Time
213 min.
Recharge Dock
Yes
Battery Life Indicator
No
Removable Batteries
No

The Black+Decker CHV1410L's battery performance is disappointing. It only takes about 8-9 minutes for it to start noticeably losing power and at the 10-minute mark it simply stops working, which isn't very long. It also takes nearly 4 hours to charge, which is quite a while but within what the company advertises.

Design
Quality Of Life Features
Rotating Head
Yes
Power Adjustment
No
Self-Propelled
No
Headlights
No
Easy On/Off
Yes
Surface Type Adjustment
No

The Black+Decker CHV1410L is a simple vacuum. You can rotate the vacuum head to make it easier to reach corners at a certain angle, and the power button is conveniently placed. However, there are no additional features.

Design
Tools And Brushes
Brushroll
No
Brushroll On/Off
No
Removable Brushroll
No
Turbo Brush
No
Crevice Tool
Yes
Upholstery Tool
No
Soft Bristle Brush
No
Hard Bristle Brush
Yes
Extension Wand
Yes
Ceiling Fan Tool
No
Pet Grooming Tool
No

You can't add any additional tools to this handheld vacuum, but it has a built-in hard bristle brush to help with stubborn dirt and a crevice tool that also helps extend its reach.

Design
Alternative Configuration

The Black+Decker CHV1410L can only be used as a handheld vacuum.

Performance
9.7
Performance
Bare Floor (Hardwood, Laminate, Tiles)
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
90 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
100 %
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
100 %
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
100 %
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
100 %
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used No power/surface settings. Default configuration.

The Black+Decker CHV1410L performs outstandingly well on bare floors. Whether you're cleaning up large debris like cereal or smaller debris like rice, this handheld vacuum does an excellent job of making sure everything ends up in the dirt compartment, even when it's already filled with lots of debris. It doesn't perform quite as well with pet hair, but still does an impressive job.

6.4
Performance
Low-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
90 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
63 %
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
61 %
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
44 %
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
38 %
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used No power/surface settings. Default configuration.

The Black+Decker CHV1410L's performance on low-pile carpet is adequate. It does a great job with pet hair, like it does on bare floors. However, since it lacks a brush roll, it struggles to get sand out of the carpet fibers and has an even harder time with baking soda. It still does an adequate job overall, especially since its performance isn't affected by whether the dirt compartment is empty or not, but it won't be the ideal choice if you have a bad carpet spill to clean.

7.0
Performance
High-Pile Carpet
Pet Hair at 0 gal (0L)
80 %
Large Debris at 0 gal (0L)
44 %
Large Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
46 %
Large Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Large Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Large Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0 gal (0L)
56 %
Small Debris at 0.07 gal (0.25L)
57 %
Small Debris at 0.2 gal (0.75L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.4 gal (1.5L)
N/A
Small Debris at 0.8 gal (3L)
N/A
Small Debris at 1.6 gal (6L)
N/A
Setting Used No power/surface settings. Default configuration.

The Black+Decker CHV1410L does an alright job on high-pile carpet. It performs a bit better than it does on low-pile carpet, but it's still nowhere near as well as it does on bare floors. Unlike on low-pile carpet, it has an easier time with small debris like baking soda than large debris like sand on high-pile carpet. It'll be alright in a pinch, but if you need to get a lot of sand or dirt out of your favorite shag rug, you might want to consider something else.

7.0
Performance
Maneuverability
Under The Couch
Bad
Under Low Table
Bad
On Furniture
Excellent
Rug With Tassel
Bad
Electric Cord
Good

The Black+Decker CHV1410L has decent maneuverability. It's very easy to maneuver on and around furniture thanks to its compact form. However, despite its super portable design, reaching under low tables or couches is challenging, even with the wand extension. That said, it navigates around electric cables well.

Automation
0
Automation
Automation (Robot Vacuum)
Remote Controller
No
Automatic Bag Emptying
No
Automatic Recharging
No
Schedule Programming
No
Boundary Markers
No
Random Pathing
No
Smart Pathing
No
App Name
No App

This handheld vacuum has no automation features.

Compared to other vacuums

The Black+Decker dustbuster CHV1410L is a handheld vacuum meant for spot-cleaning. Its small, lightweight design makes it portable for a variety of uses, and you can easily store it away in your closet or on a table so it's quickly accessible. However, compared to other vacuums with batteries such as the Dyson V7, its overall battery life is still quite disappointing, and it even takes a few hours to charge. 

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