The Dirt Devil Endura Max is a budget-friendly bagless upright vacuum. While it has a pretty basic design, there are still a few convenient features to make cleaning easier. These include a high-capacity dustbin, a floorhead that offers four levels of height adjustment, and a quick-release wand with a fairly long hose for cleaning hard-to-reach areas.
The Dirt Devil Endura Max is okay for bare floors. It has no trouble dealing with pet hair on this surface type but can nudge around larger debris instead of sucking it up. Thankfully, suction performance doesn't decrease as its spacious dirt compartment fills up, so you won't need to empty it very often. It's pretty lightweight for a vacuum of this type, but its bulky design and fixed-angle floorhead makes it hard to maneuver in tight spaces.
The Dirt Devil Endura Max is an alright option for cleaning low-pile carpet. It delivers fantastic overall pet hair-cleaning performance on this surface type. However, you'll probably need to make an extra pass or two to fully clear larger debris, even with its floorhead set to its lowest position. Recurring costs are few, but the vacuum itself has many parts that you need to wash or clean periodically.
The Dirt Devil Endura Max is fairly well-suited to cleaning high-pile carpet. It's pretty effective in clearing away pet hair, though it can leave behind some larger debris embedded in carpet fibers due to the low suction force at the floorhead. Its floorhead has a wide range of height adjustment options, though even at its highest level, the brushroll can still get caught on shag-pile rugs. There's no brushroll off switch either, so you'll need to turn the vacuum off when it gets stuck.
The Dirt Devil Endura Max is an adequate option for pet owners. It has little trouble clearing away pet hair on most surfaces. The crevice tool is effective when picking up pet hair on upholstery, though its nozzle is a little too small to make it practical for bigger areas. Cleaning its brushroll can be a hassle, as it's both tangle-prone and somewhat hard to access. The vacuum also does a terrible job of sealing in fine allergens like pet dander.
The Dirt Devil Endura Max is a poor fit for cleaning stairs. While it's pretty lightweight for an upright, it's still quite bulky and lacks a dedicated handheld configuration that would allow you to carry it up and down flights of stairs and clean hard-to-reach spots.
The Dirt Devil Endura Max is an upright vacuum without a real handheld configuration, and it isn't designed for cleaning difficult-to-access areas like the inside of your car.
The Dirt Devil Endura Max is a bad option for workshop cleaning, though this isn't something that it's designed for. You can't use it to clean up liquid spills, and using it to clean very bulky debris like metal or wood shavings is likely to result in damage.
The Dirt Devil Endura Max is only available in a single variant: 'Red'. You can see the label for our test unit here.
Let us know in the discussions if you come across another variant of this vacuum, and we'll update our review.
The Dirt Devil Endura Max is pretty basic as far as upright vacuums go. It's a solid alternative to the comparably inexpensive BISSELL PowerForce Helix, with a higher-capacity dustbin and a longer overall range. That said, the BISSELL should be your first choice if it's deep cleaning performance that you're after, as it does a better job of cleaning low and high-pile carpeting.
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The BISSELL PowerForce Helix is better than the Dirt Devil Endura Max for most uses. The BISSELL weighs less, performs better on carpeted floors, and makes slightly less noise. On the other hand, the Dirt Devil has a bigger dustbin that won't need emptying as often, as well as a longer overall range.
The BISSELL CleanView Swivel is better than the Dirt Devil Endura Max for most uses. The BISSELL has a longer overall range, making it a little easier to clean larger spaces, comes with a much wider assortment of tools, including a miniature turbo brush, and delivers significantly better overall cleaning performance. That said, the Dirt Devil has a larger dustbin, incurs lower ownership costs, and weighs less.
The Eureka Mighty Mite is a better vacuum than the Dirt Devil Endura Max, though they vary quite drastically in terms of design. As a result of its bagged design, the Eureka incurs higher recurring costs than the bagless Dirt Devil since you'll need to replace its dirtbag once it's filled up. This also makes it much easier and more hygienic to dispose of any accumulated debris and results in significantly better filtration performance. The Eureka also weighs less, making it far more maneuverable, and delivers significantly better overall performance on all surface types, even with just a straight suction floorhead.
The Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe is better than the Dirt Devil Endura Max. The Shark feels a little sturdier, is easier to maintain, comes with a wider array of attachments, and makes less noise. Its 'Lift-Away' design enables you to pick up and carry its canister body separately from the main floorhead, making it easier to clean tight spots. The Shark also delivers better debris-pickup performance on bare floors as well as low and high-pile carpet, though the Dirt Devil does a better job of handling pet hair. The Dirt Devil has a bigger dirt compartment that won't need emptying as often, either.
The Dirt Devil Endura Max has mediocre build quality. It's made almost entirely from hard plastic, which looks and feels cheap to the touch. Its hose doesn't feel as durable as that of pricier vacuums like the Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV. Thankfully, attaching and detaching various accessories is pretty effortless.
The Dirt Devil Endura Max has quite a few parts that need regular cleaning.
The Dirt Devil Endura Max incurs low recurring costs.
The Dirt Devil Endura Max is fairly easy to store. Its overall dimensions are very similar to other upright vacuums like the BISSELL PowerForce Helix, and you might find it a bit of a hassle to store in a smaller closet. You'll also need to manually wrap up its power cord when you're finished cleaning, which can be somewhat tedious. Thankfully, you can store its extension wand and combination tool on-board the vacuum.
The Dirt Devil Endura Max has an impressively large dirt compartment. It's considerably bigger than comparable bagless uprights like the BISSELL PowerForce Helix. Since it's made of clear plastic and has a visible max fill line, you'll know when it's time to empty it.
The Dirt Devil Endura Max has an adequate range. Its power cord is pretty short, so you'll need to swap outlets when cleaning faraway areas. Thankfully, it comes with an extension hose to increase your reach when you use it in its semi-handheld configuration. Combined with its reasonably long hose, you should find it a little easier to clean on top of shelves or behind couches and chairs.
The Dirt Devil Endura Max is pretty portable for an upright model. While it's still considerably heavier than almost any cordless stick vacuum, its mainly lightweight plastic construction makes it noticeably easier to carry around than most other uprights, like the Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away.
The Dirt Devil Endura Max is pretty limited in terms of quality-of-life features. Its floorhead offers four levels of surface adjustment, which can be selected using the dial at the base of its floorhead. The first two settings are suitable for bare floors and low-pile carpet, while the last two are intended for high-pile and shag carpeting.
The Dirt Devil Endura Max only comes with an extension wand to extend your reach and a 2-in-1 combination tool that you can use as a crevice cleaner or a soft-bristle dusting brush.
The Dirt Devil Endura Max has okay performance on bare floors with the floorhead set to its 'HARD FLOOR/LOW' setting. It clears away bulky debris like cereal with little issue but struggles more with smaller debris like rice. Even with the floorhead set to its lowest position, it's still too high off the ground to make full contact and can push debris around rather than suck it up.
The Dirt Devil Endura Max does a mediocre job of clearing away debris on low-pile carpet. With its floorhead set to the 'HARD FLOOR/LOW' setting, you'll probably have to make several extra passes to fully clear away larger debris like sand and fine material like baking soda.
The Dirt Devil Endura Max delivers okay performance on high-pile carpet when using the '1' surface setting. It's somewhat effective in dealing with fine material like baking soda but struggles with larger material like sand.
The Dirt Devil Endura Max has terrible real-world suction performance. Its suction inlet is positioned too far above the contact surface to generate a tight seal on hard floors.
Note: If you're looking for all-out suction performance, you should use the vacuum's hose, as it exerts a much greater suction force of 15.67 kPa, as seen here.
The Dirt Devil Endura Max is somewhat noisy. It's noticeably louder when running compared to most other pricier bagless uprights like the Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV, and the sound of it running is sufficient to drown out most nearby conversation.
The Dirt Devil Endura Max has mediocre overall maneuverability. While it's relatively lightweight for this style of vacuum, its fixed floorhead makes it hard to round sharp corners. The floorhead is also rather tall, so you can't clean under some couches and chairs. There's also no brushroll off switch, meaning the vacuum can get tangled on thick rugs quite easily. On the plus side, it's easy to reconfigure into its semi-handheld configuration and to mount or remove the included combination tool.
The Dirt Devil Endura Max has terrible air filtration performance, with fine allergens being blown clean through its exhaust filter as well as various seams across the vacuum body. The manufacturer doesn't advertise it as having any form of HEPA filtration, and its exhaust filter seems is quite porous, which would play a part in its inability to trap particles.
The Dirt Devil Endura Max has poor crack-cleaning performance. Simply put, it doesn't exert enough suction force at its floorhead to suck up debris wedged in most cracks and crevices. It's recommended that you use the vacuum in its semi-handheld configuration with the crevice tool for this kind of application.