What's this? Based mainly on cleaning performance and ease of use. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
$49.98 - $79.99
Summary:This lightweight, 14-pound bag-equipped Dirt Devil upright has HEPA filtration and an easy on/off switch. The model lacks a full-bag indicator, manual pile-height adjustment, and brush on/off switch. The 25-foot, manual-rewind cord is relatively short.
This bag-equipped upright lives up to its name at just 14 pounds, making it easier than many uprights to drag over carpets and floors. It has HEPA filtration, which blocks fine particles and may be helpful for people with respiratory problems (although some vacuum cleaners without HEPA also filter dust well). This model has an easy-to-reach power switch, but no option to turn off the brush to make it easier to vacuum wood, vinyl, or stone floors. Often, a rotating brush will scatter dirt on bare floors before the machine can suck it up. This model lacks a full-bag indicator or pile-height adjustment feature, and the manual-wind 25-foot,cord is relatively short. Dirt Devil focuses on consumers who want a vacuum cleaner that is convenient and easy to use, but may not clean as deeply as some other models.
About This Brand
Dirt Devil floor-care products focus on affordability and convenience. Part of TTI Floor Care, the Dirt Devil brand is available at a wide variety of discount stores and mass merchants, including Walmart, Target, and Kmart. Upright models typically range from $40 to $250. Some of the brand's upright vacuums are among the lighter models sold. Dirt Devil also makes canister vacuums, hand and stick models, deep cleaners, and central vacuums. Canister models typically range from $80 to $150. But uprights are clearly its focus, with many more models available.
Features & Specs - Dirt Devil Featherlite Bagged M085590
Bag Denotes whether the model has a disposable waste bag. A growing number of vacuums, particularly upright models, use a container that can be emptied, eliminating the bag. To capture fine-dirt particles, however, these models must use a filter (such as a HEPA filter) that can need regular cleaning, or replacement. Replacement filters tend to be significantly more expensive than bags. While vacuums with bags may also use filters, the bag acts as a pre-filter that helps to keep the fine-dirt filter cleaner, thus extending its performance until cleaning or replacement. Another caveat: Emptying the dustbin and cleaning a filter can be messy, and handling it may expose you to dust and other allergens.
Weight (lbs.) The weight of the vacuum cleaner, to the nearest pound. If you expect to carry your vacuum up and down stairs, consider a lighter vacuum (under 20 pounds).
Brush on/off An on/off switch for the rotating brush lets you stop the brush from rotating when using tools or cleaning bare floors. This helps eliminate scattered dirt on bare floors and reduces the risk of injury if the vacuum tips over during use. It also reduces the risk of damaging a carpet or the finish of a bare floor if the vacuum sits in place at the low-height setting.
Easy on/off A switch that's located on the handle or where your foot can activate it is more convenient than one on the body of the vacuum.
Manual-pile adjust Lets you adjust the height of the machine to a carpet's pile height to allow for easy movement and thorough cleaning. Adjustments are automatic on some models, but we prefer the more precise manual control afforded by some models.
I received this vacuum as a gift. Normally I never buy Dirt Devils. I still will not buy one. I prefer Eureka or Kenmore. Dirt Devils are not good vacuums in general. Anyway, I'll check back and update again.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Inexpensive & fine for most home jobs
Easy To Empty
Easy to Use
No height adjustment
Short Power Cord
No bags required, but requires a bit of work to keep filter clean. Great vacuum for the money. Often goes on sale at Target.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Philadelphia, PA
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
Forget the attachments
I bought this Featherlite for a rental property, where an expensive vacuum might disappear. Motor is powerful and reliable, but noisy. Good for carpets, but don't rely on hose attachments for long-term use. The plastic end of the hose cracked and hose will not stay attached to vacuum. Definitely not strong enough for use by teenagers.