We were in a pickle. Our vacuum wheezed its last breath and the cat hair was piling up on the carpet. We’d sorta/kinda been planning to upgrade to a high-end space age vacuum at some point, but the death of our vacuum coincided with a business upheaval and unplanned medical expenses, and the purchase of a vacuum was no longer high on our list of priorities. Until ours died.
So the plan was to get by with an el cheapo model for a few months until we could justify buying the vacuum of our dreams. I went shopping on Amazon, and found just the ticket: a $60 Black and Decker pet vacuum.
I’m in love.
This vacuum is farkin’ amazing. It weighs less than 9 lbs, so you don’t have to wrestle it up the stairs. It comes with a dust cup (with 2L capacity) rather than a vacuum bag, so you don’t get stuck bagless at an inopportune time. The filters are washable. And the swivel steering makes getting in nooks and crannies a breeze (a feature I never knew I’d appreciate so much. But all that pales in comparison to its pet hair suction that puts the Dyson Animal to shame.
Seriously. This $60 vacuum sucks from the floor boards up through the deepest pile carpet and express delivers every last pet hair in your house in 2 liter batches via the dust cup. In its inaugural run we had to empty the dust cup, packed with fur and dander, a half dozen times. Each week thereafter, it dutifully picks up a minimum of 6 liters, which leads me to wonder….are we harboring some cats we don’t know about? Why aren’t our cats bald already?
The Pet Tool Attachement Rocks
The feature I’m most in love with is this little pet tool attachment, designed to remove pet hair from upholstery. This is especially helpful with Reno, because rather than sleep on the vanilla colored leather sofa that matches him, he prefers the navy blue sofa because his furs show up better on it. And boy, does he shed.
This attachment isn’t just a standard brush attachment. It’s essentially a mini-vac with a beater rotor inside. De-furring the blue sofa was always a half-hour time suck each week. With this vacuum I’m done in less than ten minutes.
Now, this machine isn’t built to last 30 years. It’s obviously MIC plastic construction that doesn’t rise to lofty professional grade heights. But it’s solid and well-engineered, and man does it suck! I’ve always had great luck with Black and Decker appliances. We have a dustbuster stick upright that I got on an Amazon Prime special ten years ago for something like $9.99. We use it in the laundry room (where the litter boxes are sequestered) to suck up litter several times daily. It still performs good as new. I expect that this Black & Decker Ultra Light Weight Airswivel vac will last longer than our cats. And I no longer have a jones to spend a high 3-figure sum on a super vac. I’m set!
THE DETES: Black & Decker Ultra Light Weight BDASP103 AIRSWIVEL Lightweight Upright Cleaner, Pet Vacuum, at Amazon for $59.99 .