Dirt Devil Reach Max BD22510PC Review: An Alternative to Dyson

When it comes to cordless vacuums Dyson is king but there have been brands that have been copying their design principles – Hoover, Shark and Bissell to name a few.

Now we have another product that has joined the bandwagon in the Dirt Devil Reach Max BD22510PC.

It has a similar design to a Dyson cordless vacuum – lightweight motor attached to a wand with interchangeable tools.

I wouldn’t blame them for using the same principle. Like it or not, it has been a success even with copycats spring up all over, it sells. And the fact that it’s a few hundred dollars cheaper than a Dyson V6 makes it an enticing option even if it does not perform as well.

But is this product worth a look? Is it better than a Hoover Cruise or a Shark Rocket? The Shark Rocket has a cord so it may not be the right apple-to-apples comparison but let’s have a close look.

Features at a glance…

  • 24 volt lithium ion battery will run for 20 minutes
  • 3 hours charge time
  • Spin4Pro brush works on both carpet and hard floor
  • Comes with 4 interchangeable tools that allows this product to clean on the floor and above it
  • 0.7 liter dust bin capacity
  • Weighs only 6.4 pounds
  • Comes with a “Bonus Tool Pack” that includes a crevice tool, powered cleaning wand, carpet nozzle and a stair/upholstery tool

Pros

  • Cheaper than a Dyson V6 and Shark Rocket
  • Stair/upholstery tool provides great maneuverability thanks to its unique design
  • Decent run time
  • Light
  • Very maneuverable
  • Can clean most parts of your home and inside your vehicle thanks to the upholstery tool
  • Decent 2 year warranty

Cons

  • Power isn’t up to par with the top brands like Dyson or Shark
  • Lacks intricate tools like a brush tool to clean vents
  • It isn’t self-standing
  • May not work well cleaning pet hair based on reviews
  • Short crevice tool

What to expect from this Dyson copycat?

In terms of product design this product looks similar to the Dyson V6 and V8. It has the same bin location, removable wand and interchangeable tools. The biggest difference would be the quality, agitation and power.

Don’t expect this product to match the cleaning prowess of a Dyson but this product is much, much cheaper at just a little over $120.

But if you don’t mind the limitations this could be a good Dyson alternative that may not perform as well but do a decent job.

Reviews so far have been positive. Suction power is decent and the interchangeable tools make this versatile.

Battery

It has a 24 volt lithium ion battery that will run for about 20 minutes.

Dirt Devil didn’t specify whether the run time includes the motorized attachments or not so take it with a grain of salt.

Typically with stick vacuums the listed run time is the max, with non-motorized attachments and goes down with the motorized tool attached. So expect a run time of about 15 minutes with the main floor tool attached.

Tools

Excluding the powered cleaning wand, this stick/handheld comes with three interchangeable tools that’ll help you clean different areas in your home.

  • Crevice tool
  • Carpet nozzle
  • Stair/upholstery tool

My favorite tool would be the stair/upholstery tool because of the different configurations available at your disposal.

This tool pivots both ways which gives some flexibility on how you want to clean stairs or upholstery.

It also has the “risor visor” feature similar to the Eureka EasyClean 71B that allows you to clean vertically.

Areas It Can Clean

You buy this product for the versatility it brings to the table. It’s got 3 interchangeable tools that will help you clean a lot of areas in your home.

I’ve already mentioned what these tools are but what I didn’t mention is the tools that it lacks and limitations.

First, it lacks a brush tool that would be handy when it comes to cleaning vents or blinds.

A brush tool would also be useful in cleaning the keyword and inside the automobile.

The crevice tool is rather short so it lacks reach.

Bare Floor Performance

This product has sufficient power to clean on bare floor surfaces. However it does not have any brush roll on/off switch that could affect how it cleans larger bits of dirt like cereal or cheerios.

If you can overlook this limitation then this Dirt Devil is a great cheaper alternative to a Dyson. But like all other more affordable options, with the exception of the Shark Rocket Duo, it does not have the tool to clean large debris efficiently.

Cleaning small debris like dust wouldn’t be a problem.

Carpet Performance

The brush roll will perform better on carpet because of the stiff bristles.

Agitation will be decent and combine that with the decent suction, you’ll have a vacuum that’ll perform pretty well at least on low pile carpet.

But don’t expect this to deep clean as it lacks power. Again, if you need more agitation, the Shark Rocket Duo Clean would be a better option. It’ll cost almost 2 times more but it has better agitation.

Pet Hair

One of the biggest issues with this product is its inability to handled pet hair – if there’s too much of it. There are areas inside the bin that can potentially clog.

And the upholstery tool has some design issues wherein you don’t have access to the motorized brush because you cannot remove the brush roll.

You’ll need to pull it out using your fingers or remove the dirt bin.

Also it lacks power to deep clean.

Product Specifications

AttachmentsSpin4Pro Premium Brush Roll

Crevice Tool

Stair/Upholstery Tool

Power Cleaning Wand
Brush roll on/offNo
BatteryLithium Ion
ChargerPlug-in charger
Charging time3 hours
Battery life20 mins
Net weight6.4 pounds
Shipping weight10.3 pounds
Cleaning pathApprox 8"
Overall length28.7"
Battery indicatorYes
Filter typeWashable
Dust capacity.07 liters
VoltageN/A
Manufactured inChina
Warranty2 years

Warranty

This product comes with a two year warranty on the vacuum and motor. An optional 2 or 3 year extended warranty is available in Amazon for extra peace of mind.

Consumer Reviews

Despite the design flaws I’ve mentioned above a majority of consumers how tested this product liked how it performs. It appears that suction power is decent with more than enough for general cleaning tasks.

Run time is pretty decent with consumers clocking it between 15 to 25 minutes with the motorized attachment on which is pretty impressive.

While some have said that this works well cleaning pet hair, others have a different opinion. The cleaning performance per se isn’t the issue, product design is.

There are areas inside the dirt bin that can clogged up if there’s a lot of pet hair to clean.

This will require you to remove it by hand and it affects performance so based on that, this may not be a good option if you have a lot of pets at home.

As expected with a product using this design, dirt bin isn’t big (only 700ml).

The bigger issue would be the placement of the bin that’s hard to remove. And if you have a lot of pets, you will need to use your fingers to remove bits and pieces of hair inside.

Another complaint is the lack of a charging stand or hook where you can store this. Like the Dyson V6, this product cannot stand on its own.

Price

The best deal I could find was in Amazon where you can buy this for just under $130 and it comes with free shipping.

Price will be the same in Dirt Devil if you choose to buy from them.

To Wrap It Up

If you cannot afford a Dyson V8 or V6 then this is a good option that costs just a shade over $130. According to reviews, it has decent power and enough versatility to clean most homes.

But it may not be a good option for pet owners because there are areas in this vacuum where pet hair will clog up and affect performance.

Also you will need to remove the bin if you happen to clean a lot of pet hair or dust bunnies because it will not just fall out. The narrow pathway will mean that statically charged debris will stick to the walls.

This is also a problem even with a Dyson and other similarly designed products so it isn’t a big deal.

It also does not have any brush roll on/off feature so it will struggle cleaning larger debris on bare floor. But for cleaning smaller debris, it shouldn’t be an issue.

The brush roll design will work well on carpet because of the stiff bristles but this will not replace an upright for deep cleaning.

Run time is very decent at 20 to 25 minutes so it’ll work well for spot cleaning.

Overall, if you don’t mind the limitations, this is a good option if you aren’t willing to spend over $250 for a stick vacuum.

Garrick Dee
 

Garrick is the founder of the Cordless Vacuum Guide that originally focused on cordless vacuums but he has now expanded to reviewing corded vacuums and carpet cleaners to be able to provide a more complete guide in terms of choosing the right cleaner.

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