Beldray Revo BEL0944SL review 2022

This vac is lightweight and boasts one of the longest run times out of the handhelds we've tested, but its suction is a letdown, even with boost mode.

  • Long run time
  • PIck-up was poor in our tests
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Details

Price£44.99
Capacity (litres)0.1
AccessoriesCrevice tool, Brush tool, Upholstery tool
Warranty (years)3
Surface typeUpholstery, Hard surfaces, Furniture, Cars
ColourBlack
Run time (minutes)30
Charge time (hours)4.5
Washable filter
Performance ★★★★★
Convenience★★★★★
Run time★★★★★
Overall Finder score★★★★★

Beldray Revo handheld vacuum review

How well does the Beldray Revo BEL0944SL clean?

We tested the Beldray in regular mode on carpet to see how well it fared tackling Cheerios, rice and biscuit crumbs.

We found the crevice tool was the best at picking up debris, because using no tool or the upholstery tool pushed the mess to one side instead of sucking it up. Still it wasn’t great. The vac picked up around 50% of the cereal in 3 sweeps, but the head clogged up and spat much of it out when turned off. When we held the vac downwards, even more came out, so it hadn’t reached the dust chamber.

The Revo picked up more than 70% of the rice in 3 sweeps but again regurgitated some grains when we turned it off. Shaking the vac slightly produced more. It did better with biscuit, picking up around 80% of crumbs off the carpet, although it struggled with larger pieces, pushing them to the side. Even on boost mode, it picked up more but still couldn’t hold in all the crumbs. Overall, it fared among the worst in our tests for carpet cleaning.

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It struggled with biscuit on carpet, picking up 80% in 3 sweeps but leaving a lot of smaller crumbs behind.Finder

If you’re looking for a similar sized model that cleans well on carpet, try the Shark WV251UK or the Gtech MK2 K9, which is a little larger.

On hard surfaces, we performed the tests with the same debris and the Beldray did slightly better. It picked up similar amounts of rice, biscuit and cereal, but the difference was that it felt smoother on the hard floor. It didn’t push as much rice away nor blow any particles, but it still ranks the lowest for hard floor cleaning among the vacs we’ve reviewed.

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The Revo picked up around 90% of cereal in 3 sweeps, but regurgitated a lot back onto the table due to its weak suction that didn’t take the morsels into its chamber. Finder

Better options on hard floors are the Hoover H Handy Pets or Dyson V7 Trigger.

To test crevice cleaning, we sprinkled some biscuit crumbs into the ridges of a velvet sofa. It did pretty well here, picking up around 90% of the crumbs on standard mode in 3 sweeps. There was no clogging or regurgitation with these tiny morsels.

Amongst the best crevice cleaners in our tests are the Shark WV270UK or BLACK+DECKER Pivot.

Can the Revo clean pet hair?

On its box, Beldray states the Revo can pick up pet hair with the upholstery tool. We rubbed some dog hair into carpet and a velvet sofa to test this out.

With its upholstery tool, the Revo can suck up loose pet hair, but anything lodged in is a pain to sweep up. The brush tool just gets messy and trying to scrape up the hair shunts it to one side as opposed to picking it up. In 3 sweeps it picked up about 50% of the hair – many strands caught in the red sandpaper-like coating of the upholstery tool. It didn’t pick up the rest despite a lot of scrubbing. On this aspect, it was again the lowest scoring model we tested. A much better option for pet owners is the Dyson V7 Trigger, which picks up even the tiniest hairs.

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The Revo picked up only 50% of the hair in 3 sweeps.Finder

What’s the run time of the Beldray Revo BEL0944SL?

The stated max run time is 30 minutes after 4 hours of charge, and its tested run time was indeed just over 30 minutes, with around 18 minutes on boost mode.

While this is an excellent time – and one of the best charge-to-run times of any vac we tested – due to the disappointing pick-up, it’ll take much longer than other vacs to do even light cleaning, based on our tests. Check out the Dyson V7 Trigger for a 30-minute run time (on standard mode) and stronger suction – but be prepared for a much higher price.

How convenient is the Beldray Revo BEL0944SL?

Let’s start with its tiny 0.1 litre capacity, which is similar to that of Shark’s WANDVACs. You’ll have to empty this vac often and we found this isn’t straightforward. Firstly, some muck can fall out of the vac’s nozzle when it’s taken to the bin and, once there, you have to click the unlock button and pull the body from the dust chamber. This isn’t smooth and you’ll probably have some crumb-covered shoes afterwards.

This vac comes with a handy charging dock. You won’t be able to get replacement batteries if the original dies after the warranty. The warranty varies depending on where you buy the vac. If you get it from stores like Argos or Aldi, it’s 3 years, while on its own website it’s only a year.

Aside from this, it’s easy to store given its small size.

Is the Beldray Revo BEL0944SL easy to use?

The upholstery and crevice tools are easy enough to attach, but we found the upholstery tool just pushed mess to one side.

The vac is lightweight and with the crevice tool you can reach higher to clean dust off blinds or hard-to-reach cabinets. For very light pick-ups, it’s easy to manoeuvre on carpet, hard floor and under furniture.

The best options for cleaning trickier areas are the BLACK+DECKER Dustbusters (Pivot and Flexi) with their flexibility and attachments.

Beldray Revo BEL0944SL customer reviews

The Revo is not especially highly regarded on Amazon. Out of 230 ratings, it received 3.6 stars, with more than 40% of customers giving it a critical score. Many were disappointed with its suction on a variety of surfaces, even on boost mode, and its loud noise. It received praise from those who used it for light dusting. (Last updated June 2022.)

Pros & cons

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Great charge and run time
  • Cheap

Cons

  • Poor suction
  • Poor results on pet hair
  • Hard to empty
  • Got clogged in our tests
  • Small capacity
  • Upholstery tool was ineffective
  • Noisy
  • No replacement batteries

Our verdict: Is the Beldray Revo BEL0944SL any good?

We wouldn’t recommend this model, based on our tests. It didn’t exhibit the cleaning power of the other models we tested and when it did pick up mess, it was tricky to empty the chamber. If you spend a bit more, you could get far more vac for your money.

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Reemul is a writer at Finder, specialising in product reviews and news. He's a qualified journalist having worked at local papers in the UK covering breaking news, food and restaurant reviews. He has an MA in Film from UCL and a BA in History and French from Durham University.

Expert review

This was a vac that created more problems than it solved, in our tests. It’s a budget vac, but even considering that, I found the suction weak. Compared to the other vacs I’ve tried, this one was the most frustrating.

This model ranks the lowest as it struggled to pick up a lot of loose debris and pet hair. Its dust chamber got full quickly and wasn’t the easiest to empty – even over a bin, crumbs were making their way back onto the carpet. It got clogged regularly, too.

Boost mode is a cool (but necessary) add-on to get that extra power into a model that lacks enough on regular mode, but even then it struggled to pick up rice. Plus, it sounded like a spaceship when starting up.

The crevice tool is a redeeming feature of the Beldray. It’ll clean small messes with accuracy, but it’s a laborious process using it for larger spills due to its small size.

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