Black + Decker Platinum BDH2000SL 20-Volt Max Review

by Garrick Dee
Updated December 3rd, 2018

With the Black + Decker BDH2000SL, Black and Decker was able to produce a no-frills product that simply does its job.

Black + Decker Platinum BDH2000SL 20-Volt Max Review

There are hardly any bells and whistles here but not everybody wants that, for people who are looking for a simple to use product for spot cleaning that will perform year after year, look no further.

Of the 3 Platinum series cordless vacuums, the BDH2000SL is the most powerful, rated at 25 air watts and the battery included is removable and interchangeable with other B&D power tools!

But it isn’t as versatile as the BDH2000FL with its 4-foot flex hose though it comes with a couple of attachments though that extends its reach – the crevice and brush tools.

This is has a similar design to the BDH2000L, the difference between the two is the battery and attachments.

The BDL2000SL has a removable battery and removable attachments while the BDH2000L’s battery isn’t

Features at a glance

  • Removable 20-volt (max) lithium ion battery
  • Battery indicator lets you know the status of the battery
  • Lightweight – weighs only 2.65 lbs with the battery
  • B&D claims it uses 45% less energy
  • Click off nozzle and washable filter
  • Comes with a detachable brush and crevice tool

Pros

  • Strong suction
  • Decent run time
  • Removable battery is interchangeable with other B&D Platinum power tools
  • Great for quick clean ups
  • Recharges in just 5 hours
  • Ergonomic handle makes it easy to move around

Cons

  • Has a rather high pitched and whinny sound according to reviews
  • Won’t do well picking up dirt on carpet compared to hard floors
  • No pet hair attachment

What to expect from the Black & Decker BDH2000SL?

The feature that separates this with the 2 other Platinum series vacuums is the battery, while the other 2 have built-in batteries which may be a concern long term.

This one has a removable lithium ion battery that you can use in other B&D Platinum series tools. Great if you have other B&D Platinum power tools.

What’s great about this feature is that you can upgrade the battery if you feel that it’s lacking in terms of run time.

The removable battery also lessens the foot print when you charge it since you need to take off the battery from the vacuum to charge.

Attachments and Accessories

It comes with a removable crevice and brush tool.

The charger included has an LED indicator light that lets you know when the battery is full.

Take note that you’ll need to remove the battery from the vacuum in order to charge it.

There is no LED indicator on the vacuum unit itself.

Charging time

There are no official numbers listed in the B&D website but based on reviews, it’ll take around 4 to 5 hours to fully charge.

It does have an indicator light on the charger itself that lets you know when the battery is full so keep an eye on that.

Filter clean up

Similar to the BDH2000L, emptying involves removing the plastic nozzle then twisting off the filter covering the nozzle.

The filter is washable.

Run Time

Based on reviews this will run between 15 to 30 minutes on a full charge.

If you want a longer running time, you’ll need to upgrade the battery to something like this.

Warranty

All platinum series cordless vacuums come with a 3 year limited warranty.

Bare Floor Performance

This is where it shines. It is rated at 25 air watts which is three less than the Dyson DC44 in normal mode.

What does that tell you?

It has decent suction strong enough to pick up debris that will fit into the nozzle.

I have not seen any video reviews on what the max is but at the very least it is capable of picking up cheerio’s, cob webs and bolts.

It has a crevice and brush tool to clean up crevices and picking up dust, so you are covered there as well.

Take note that this isn’t a stick vacuum that has a wide enough cleaning path to clean floors. This is only a spot cleaner.

Carpet Performance

It won’t be as good picking up embedded dirt on carpet because it does not have a motorized brush or a pet hair attachment but for loose dirt scattered on top of carpet, it is effective.

You can use the detachable crevice tool to agitate the surface and pick up embedded dirt but only on thin pile carpet. On plush carpet, this will struggle.

Pet Hair Removal

Unlike the BDH2000SL, this does not have any pet hair attachment so you’ll have to rely on either the brush or crevice tool to pick up pet hair.

Looking at reviews, I can’t find too many pet owners leaving a review, so its pet hair pick up capabilities is still a question mark.

One of the few pet owners who left a review said that it did pick up pet hair on hard surfaces but on throw rugs it didn’t perform as well.

If you’ve used this on pet hair let me know in the comments section below.

Upholstery

This will work great on leather, fabric and other similar upholstered furniture that isn’t too plush.

If you need to remove pet hair, you’ll either have to use the crevice or brush tool to agitate and clean.

See it in Action

Here’s a promotional video from B&D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NakGn2YmZgA

Product Specifications

AttachmentsCrevice tool
Brush tool
BatteryRemovable 20 volt Lithium Ion

(Can be used with other B&D tools)
ChargerSmart charger
Charging time20 hours (initial)
5 hours
Battery life15 - 30 minutes
Net weight (with battery)2.65 pounds
Shipping weight4.2 pounds
Overall length18"
Battery indicatorYes (on the charger)
Filter typeClick-off nozzle and washable filter
Dust capacity23.7 oz
Air Watts25
Voltage110v
Manufactured inChina
Warranty3 year limited on vacuum, battery and charger

Customer Reviews

Out of the 40 something reviews, only 2 gave a negative rating on what seemed like lemon units that didn’t work as it should be.

The rest of the reviews were almost unanimous in saying that this product had good suction and great for quick pickups.

Consumers also like that the battery is removable that shouldn’t be a problem long term.

The biggest complaint I see here is the noise, with one review mentioning that he measured it with a decibel meter and it got over 100Dbs.

Here’s a video on how loud this vacuum is…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GdoaF0_09o

Another consumer did not like how it did on carpet. But remember that this vacuum isn’t a deep cleaning machine. This will be best utilized for cleaning loose dirt.

Where can I buy this?

You can buy this in Amazon for less than $60 and it’ll be eligible to their free 2-day shipping if you join Prime.

Extended warranties are also available of up to 3 years if you want that extra peace of mind.

Conclusion

Between this and the BDH2000L, I’d go for this because it has stronger suction and the attachments don’t slide back unlike the BDL2000L when you put pressure on it.

This is great for quick clean ups around the kitchen and living room where you’ll likely use this the most, suction is strong enough to pick up dust bunnies, cereal,  cobwebs and insects outright but it lacks the reach.

The battery can be removed and replaced with a more powerful one that will run longer and can be used for other B&D Platinum power tools.

This is huge if you want interchangeability.

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1 thought on “Black + Decker Platinum BDH2000SL 20-Volt Max Review”

  1. Yes it would be nice to have a handheld vacuum that uses removable 20v MAX batteries. I do have one and it is great. So great I wanted to buy another but you can’t find them anymore and B&D seems to be trying the ol’ switcheroo substituting a picture of the model with integral batteries and a link to buy that model while you are reading a raving review about the one with a swappable battery. To add confusion, sometimes 20v MAX means the excellent swappable battery. Sometimes it means an integral battery that requires the vacuum to be plugged in, requires an hour charge if the battery is exhausted, and turns into a piece of toxic waste in a few years when the battery is worn out. Give us a hand vacuum that uses the baterries I already have.

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