BLACK+DECKER handheld vacuums Dustbuster Pivot vs Dustbuster Flexi

Both these BLACK+DECKER vacs are designed to clean tricky areas around the house and in your car. Which one comes out on top?

BLACK+DECKER is a leader in the power tool industry, but also makes a range of handheld vacuums. We tested both the Pivot and Flexi Dustbusters. The Pivot has a rotating head for cleaning narrow areas and on top of cabinets; the Flexi has a long hose to reach awkward areas and heights. We pit them against each other below.

Dustbuster Pivot PV1820LRGPGB vs Dustbuster Flexi PD1020LPGB

BLACK+DECKER Dustbuster Pivot PV1820LRGPGB

What owners think about BLACK+DECKER vacuums

Owner rating★★★★★
Owner value for money rating★★★★★
Owner reliability rating★★★★★
Would recommend74%

Round 1: Performance

BLACK+DECKER Dustbuster Pivot PV1820LRGPGBBLACK+DECKER Dustbuster Flexi PD1020LPGB
Hard surface cleaning★★★★★★★★★★
Carpet cleaning★★★★★★★★★★
Pet hair cleaning★★★★★★★★★★
Crevice cleaning★★★★★★★★★★
Finder rating★★★★★★★★★★

There’s not much to separate the two here. The Pivot is easier to use as you can hold it with one hand, whilst the Flexi needs both. The Pivot cleaned pet hair better but neither is designed to sweep up stubborn strands. The Flexi didn’t clog when cleaning larger debris on carpet and hard floors, whilst the Pivot did occasionally, with its thinner nozzle. They’re both great with crevices, especially the Flexi with its narrow attachment.

Winner: Tie

Round 2: Convenience

BLACK+DECKER Dustbuster Pivot PV1820LRGPGBBLACK+DECKER Dustbuster Flexi PD1020LPGB
Capacity (litres)0.440.56
Dirt release button
Charging dock
Convenience★★★★★★★★★★

Both have an excellent capacity so won’t get full quickly, but the Pivot gave back larger debris on occasion. Neither can be emptied automatically, and both have a charging dock. Both can be stored easily as the heads or nozzles fold up into the machine. The one difference is when cleaning, you’ll need to put the Flexi’s body down and hold the 1-metre hose in the other, while you can hold the Pivot in one hand.

Winner: Tie

Round 3: Charge time and run time

BLACK+DECKER Dustbuster Pivot PV1820LRGPGBBLACK+DECKER Dustbuster Flexi PD1020LPGB
Charge time (hours)44
Run time (minutes)1010

They’re identical. Both run for just over 10 minutes, which isn’t great when compared to other handhelds we’ve reviewed.

Winner: Tie

Overall winner: tie

There wasn’t much to separate them – it’s a tie. They’re middle of the range vacs for their price and performance, based on our testing. Both cleaned light spills well but they’re not our pick if you have pets.

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