Black + Decker Platinum BDH2000L Review
If you’re in the same boat as I am, the Black + Decker BDH2000L is a no-nonsense vacuum that you can pick up and clean up messes here and there while chasing your toddler around.
The BDH2000L was released late last year (this post was written in 2013) as part of the platinum series that features 3 cordless vacuums all using the brand new 20-volt battery.
Black + Decker claims this new battery charges around 6 times faster and is at least 25% more efficient compared to the old NiMH batteries in previous models.
This one has a more traditional handheld design and it doesn’t have a flexible hose like the one found in the BDH2000FL but the good news is this has a bigger capacity at around 20.7 ounces and close to 3 air watts (this measures the suction power of a vacuum) stronger.
Just for your reference, this is an updated (or let’s say a new) version of the CHV1510 that used nickel cadmium batteries.
Spec wise the two are similar in terms of power and dust capacity.
Since this is a new product, it doesn’t have much in terms of reviews online.
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Features at a glance
- Uses a 20 volt battery that is integrated within the unit’s body
- Has an extendable crevice tool that locks in place
- The brush tool can be folded down when you need to use it and back up when it isn’t needed
- Comes with a stand charger (it isn’t wall mountable) that holds the vacuum vertically reducing the horizontal footprint
- Both filters is washable
- Dirt container is translucent so debris collected is visible
- Nozzle can be rotated up to 180 degrees to reach tough spots
- Cyclonic action keeps dirt away from openings on the filter which maintains efficiency even as the dirt bin gets filled up
- LED indicator lets users know if it’s fully charged
- Lithium battery holds its charge throughout the charge cycle
- 15 – 30 minute run time
- Crevice tool doubles the reach so you don’t have to bend down too much to clean floors and helps you reach more areas around you better
- Semi translucent dirt container lets you know when it’s time to empty it.
- Comes with a 2 stage filtration system – a mesh + cloth filter that are washable – saving you on filter expense
- The head can be rotated 90 degrees on both directions to help you reach more areas
- You can leave this plugged in without worrying about battery degradation
- 30 day money back guarantee
- Easy to empty
- Decent sized dirt container for a handheld
- The absence of a pet tool will make it tricky to clean up pet hair
- Charging station is not wall mountable which limits your options in storing this while charging
- Integrated battery means that when it dies or something goes wrong with it, you can’t replace it by yourself – you need to go to a service center
- Filter release button and power switch are close to each – some users had complained that they mistakenly pressed the filter release instead of power making a mess
- Extendible crevice tool has a tendency to get pushed back when enough pressure is applied, locking mechanism isn’t rigid enough
- When you rotate the head it can be dislodged from the body if twisted too hard
- There is no extra filter
Features of the Black & Decker BDH2000L 20-Volt:
The Black and Decker BDH2000L doesn’t have any external attachments, however it does have an extendable crevice that doubles the reach and a brush tool that folds down when you need to clean dusty areas.
However it doesn’t have any pet hair attachment included, so removing pet hair stuck on the sofa can be a little tricky.
There aren’t any official numbers from B&D on how long you need to charge as well as the run time, so we’ll go with what the consumer says in the reviews across the net. But since this has a similar 20 volt battery as the BDH2000FL, the runtime will be roughly the same at around 15 to 30 minutes, charging time though will take longer.
Remember that this is no more than a spot clean up tool on all surfaces – just had to get that out of the way.
This surface is where it shines the most. With a bit more power than the BDH2000FL, it is strong enough to pick up loose debris like cereal, pet hair, torn paper, small pebbles and the likes.
Be careful though when cleaning really fine stuff like baking power because it’ll clog up fast since these types of debris will get past the primary mesh filter that blocks out larger dirt and get into the denser cloth filter.
If you’re noticing that performance is a bit lacking after you’ve finished cleaning very fine particles like power, take a moment to give the filter a visual check.
You may need to manually dislodge anything clogging it by either tapping or shaking. If that doesn’t work you’ll need to wash the filter in running water then air dry.
Cleaning carpet with this can be a little bit tricky, since in only has a brush and crevice tool, getting dirt that’s stuck on this surface (even on low pile carpet) can be tough.
Picking up loose dirt is easy but if it has been stepped on and becomes embedded it’ll be tough because the brush tool isn’t stiff enough to dislodge them and the motor isn’t powerful enough to suck them in outright.
As you’ll see it in this video – she had some difficulty cleaning dirt that’s stuck on her car’s floor.
It doesn’t have any pet hair attachment included. You’ll need to rely on the crevice tool to pick them up on sofas and on any type of carpeting.
Both attachments are integrated – a crevice tool that extends and retracts plus a folding brush tool.
It doesn’t come with an extra filter that the BDH2000FL has.
There is no official charge time mentioned by B&D but if you base it on their chart, of the three platinum series vacs – this has the longest charging time roughly 3 times longer than the flex and the hand vac (this is based on the one star this product had while the other two had three).
Filter has two parts, an outer plastic mesh that traps larger debris and an inner cloth filter that traps finer ones.
Removing the dirt canister and filter is easy, you’ll notice that there’s a couple of buttons – one on each side of the head.
Press on both then the head comes off then you can empty all the dirt collected. The dirt bin is semi-translucent so you’ll see if it needs to be emptied.
To take out and clean the filter, press a button (the one that says “filter” on it) right below the power switch then the dirt container comes off, the cloth filter and mesh filter can then be taken out. The cloth filter can be washed on running water then air dried.
Take note that if you’ll clean finer dirt, it will need more frequent cleaning as some reviews pointed out – as often as once a week (maybe more) depending on how often you use it.
Consumers across different shopping and review sites reported a consistent 15 to 30 minute run time with some reporting that it gave them almost an hour which is really good for a cordless.
All platinum series vacuums get a 3 year limited warranty.
A short demonstration of how the BDH2000L cleans inside a vehicle…
Here’s a promotional video from Black & Decker…
|Attachments||Built-in nozzle/brush tool|
|Battery||20 volt Lithium Ion|
|Battery life||15 - 30 minutes|
|Net weight (with battery)||2.89 pounds|
|Shipping weight||4.2 pounds|
|Battery indicator||On an LED light that determine if it's fully charged|
|Filter type||1 - Washable mesh filter|
1 - Washable coth filter
|Dust capacity||20.7 oz|
|Warranty||3 year limited on vacuum, battery and charger|
This is a new product but it has a decent number of reviews. Currently, it has a little over 80 reviews with around 52 giving it the full 5 stars.
In these reviews, users liked how light and agile this unit was, making it easy for them to carry around their homes for spot clean ups.
Battery life also scored high marks with some saying that it gave them close to an hour work of run time, and most saying that it gave them at least 15 minutes.
While it scored high marks on cleaning bare floor, it didn’t fare as well cleaning carpet with quite a few complaining that it didn’t do a good job cleaning the carpets in their vehicles.
Dirt has a tendency to get stuck between the strands on these types of carpet and this vac didn’t have enough power to get them off in one pass.
Unfortunately a couple of folks got defective units but that’s what warranties are for and remember that this has a 30 day money back guarantee so if you don’t like it for whatever reason you can get a refund.
Strangely it isn’t available in Walmart (the older model was) though it’s available in sears. But one of the best deals I saw online was in Amazon because it is cheaper and is eligible for free shipping!
This product is great for…
Parents with active kids that tend to leave a lot of mess who live in homes without minimal carpet will appreciate this product the most.
It really excels in cleaning bare floor, windows, vents, grills, walls, lights, hard to reach areas plus all the nooks and crannies around your home because it has an extendible wand and a flip up brush that makes this possible.
It will struggle in cleaning carpet and without any pet hair tool, don’t expect this to effectively clean pet hair off your sofa or carpet.
There isn’t any information exactly how long you’ll need to charge this but it really didn’t matter for users because they keep this thing plugged in all the time when they’re not using it.
As for run time, expect it to give you at least 15 minutes which is more than enough for any spot clean up duty.
Be wary when cleaning very fine debris as this can clog up the filter quickly but since it is washable cost for buying a disposable every time it gets clogged is minimized.
If you’re looking for something cheaper but still has a lithium battery consider the CHV1410L – it has roughly the same power at around $30 less.