Dirt Devil Vibe 3-in-1 SD20020 Review

Dirt Devil Vibe 3-in-1 Corded Stick Vacuum ReviewThere are times where bringing out a large upright would be overkill and you’d wish you have something lightweight that can tackle lighter messes without to straining your back.

The Vibe 3-in-1 from Dirt Devil is a stick vacuum that can be used as a handheld that allows you to clean areas above the floor.

While it isn’t a cordless it is light and nimble enough to move around and has enough power to clean messes on bare floor and low pile carpet.

The manufacturer says that this is a 3-in-1 but think about it as a 2-in-1 – basically this is a stick that can be converted to a hand vac so this is a versatile machine that can be a great secondary cleaner in homes with wall to wall carpet and a primary vacuum for smaller homes with bare floor.

Editor Rating
Bare Floor

★★★★½ 

Carpet

★★★★¼ 

Pet Hair Removal

★★★★½ 

Ease of Use

★★★★¼ 

Overall

★★★★¼ 

Price

Pros

  • Very affordable
  • Can be used as a handheld which allows you to clean upholstery, windows and stairs
  • Brush roll can be turned on and off which is great if you have expensive flooring that scratches easily
  • For a stick it has a decent sized cleaning path at 10 inches
  • Lightweight and easy to move around
  • Can be used on hard to reach areas because it has a crevice tool
  • Very maneuverable because the head can swivel

Cons

  • Short power cord
  • Smallish dirt bin means you need to empty often
  • Short warranty
  • No power switch on the stick handle, you’ll have to bend down a bit to turn it on

Features at a glance:

If you look close closely at this model, this is basically a handheld that’s has a broom stick attached on top and a floor tool at the bottom which is the reason why it is so lightweight.

One bonus here is it has a brushroll and it can be turned on and off just in case you have expensive flooring that might be scratched by the motorized brush.

Dirt Devil Vibe 3-in-1 SD20020 Features

Don’t expect Dyson-like build quality as some reviews say that build quality looked flimsy but what can you expect from a sub $50 vacuum right?

Here are the features:

  • 10 inch cleaning path
  • Stick and floor tool can be removed which allows this to be used as a handheld
  • It is equipped with a motorized brush than can be turned on and off
  • Weighs less than 4 pounds
  • 15 foot power cord
  • Comes with a crevice tool for hard to reach areas

Bare Floor Performance

According one video review I’ve watched, the consumer said that this performed well on her laminate floors picking up dust and pet hair.

Editors at Good House Keeping mentioned that this worked well in picking up dry debris from bare floor.

This is because of the motorized brush that supplements suction. A plus here is that you can turn this on and off.

One time I’ve gotten a comment from a consumer who asked me to recommend him a vacuum that can clean his Hickory wood floors without scratching them.

This would be a good option because the motorized brush can be turned off.

Carpet Performance

This would be great to use on low pile carpet because of the motorize brush but don’t expect this to deep clean medium to high pile carpet because it does not have enough power.

You can use this though to clean high traffic areas so that dirt does not build up.

Pet Hair Removal

One bare floor like hard wood and thin carpets this would do well picking up pet hair.

On thin rugs it will also do well also but you’ll have to be careful when cleaning the edges as this will try pick it up by the edges.

Good House Keeping also reported that it will well in picking up pet hair on carpet based on their tests but they did not specify if it was plush or thin pile carpet.

You’ll have to watch out for hair that can get wound up on the motorized brush so there will be some maintenance involved as with all vacuums equipped with a brushroll.

Attachments and Accessories

It only comes with one attachment, a crevice tool that you can attach on the handheld to clean up dirt from hard to reach areas like creases in between upholstery as well as corners and edges (baseboards) of the floor.

When you open the package it does come with a stick that attaches to the handheld’s back and a floor tool that you can attach on the inlet that turns this into a stick vac.

Cord Length

It only has a 15 foot cord so you’ll need to do a lot of plugging and unplugging. It does have a quick release cord latch where you can store the power cord.

Filter Clean up

To clean the filter you need to push the latch that’s located on top of the handheld unit then empty the dirt cup.

The filter is located in the middle, pull the filter out and tap it on the garbage can.

You’ll have to wash it regularly.

Depending on your environment and how much dirt you clean up, it could be as often as once a week or as seldom as once a month.

Warranty

It only comes with a one year warranty.

See it in Action

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nc8eUU_Wpe8

Product Specifications

Features 
AttachmentsCrevice tool
Cord Length15 feet
Auto Cord Rewind
No
Motorized brush
Yes
Brush on/off switch
No
Swivel
Yes
Headlight
No
Filter clogged indicator
No
Full bin indicator
No
Bagless
Yes
Multi-surface
Yes
Self propelled
No
Net weight3.8 pounds
Shipping weight5 pounds
Hose lengthN/A
Cleaning Path10"
Overall length40.5"
Dirt capacityN/A
Filter typeWashable
Power240 watts

2 amps
VoltageN/A
Manufactured inChina
Warranty1 year

Customer Reviews

Consumers loved how light this little stick vac is (this is even lighter than some cordless variants).

Because it is so light it is highly maneuverable (thanks to the swivel head) and small enough to use even inside bathrooms.

This will fit under furniture as it can fold flat like the Dyson DC59.

Most people use this on bare floor surfaces and rugs but some have used this on low pile carpet and still found it to be effective in removing dirt.

Since the dirt cup is small this cannot replace a larger stick or upright because you’ll have to empty it often plus the motor isn’t strong enough to deep clean thick carpet.

Another issue that consumers saw was the short power cord (only 15 feet long) and found themselves plugging and unplugging more than they had hoped.

The release button that separates the floor tool from the handheld is a bit hard to push according to some consumers.

If you’re over 5’9″ you may find the overall length to be lacking as some consumers found out and reported that they needed to bend down a little bit to use this.

Pet owners were also happy how this little cleaner picked up pet hair on both bare floors and carpet, you just have to clean the brushroll regularly as hair strands will get tangled in between bristles but this is a must do for all vacuums equipped with a motorized brush.

The option to use this as a handheld allowed consumers to use this on their computers, tables, chairs, bathrooms and various other places other than floors and it is a money saving tool because you don’t have to buy 2 separate vacuums.

Overall consumers were pleasantly surprised with the performance of the Vibe SD20020 even though it is considered as budget vacuum but as with all cleaners at this price range there will be some issues with build quality and lemon units as some users have complained but this should not stop you from having a look at this especially if you live in a small home or apartment.

Price

The best price I found online in DirtDevil.com but they’re don’t have any available for sale (as of the time I’m writing this that could change but please leave a comment below if they have stocks).

The next best place is in Amazon where you can buy this for just under $30.

Conclusion

This stick vac would be great for people looking for a lightweight vacuum that will work well on hardwood and low pile carpet.

This is a great tool for homes with expensive wood flooring like Hickory because the motorized brush can be turned off and on depending on your need. A bonus with this is that you can take off the stick and floor to and turn this to a hand vac.

Power will be sufficient for rugs, bare floors and low pile carpet but this will struggle cleaning large areas because the dirt cup is very small and you’ll need to empty it often.

However don’t expect the fit and finish of a higher end brand like a Hoover or a Dyson since this is a budget vac that will have some quality issues but it’s cheap so I don’t think that consumers would mind as long as it performs.

If you live in a small home or need a tool for quick pickups and not mind the cord, then this may be the product for you.

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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