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Black+Decker CHV1410L Review

This handheld vacuum has some redeeming factors but overall got blown away by the rest of the competition
Black+Decker CHV1410L
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Price:   $60 List | $51.20 at Amazon
Pros:  Convenient tool storage, performs decently with larger particles
Cons:  Weak suction, poor battery life
Manufacturer:   BLACK+DECKER
By Austin Palmer and David Wise  ⋅  Jan 11, 2022
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50
SCORE

RANK
#8
of 8
  • Dust & Dirt - 20% 3.0
  • Tough Messes - 20% 7.0
  • Hard-to-Reach Areas - 20% 6.0
  • Battery Life - 15% 4.0
  • Convenience - 15% 7.0
  • Pet Hair - 10% 1.0

Our Verdict

Delivering a primarily poor performance in our tests, the Black+Decker CHV1410L earned one of the lowest scores we have seen to date. It failed to pick up a satisfactory amount of dust, dirt, and pet hair. Plus, its battery life is poor. It did alright with some of the more challenging messes we threw at it and can get into some difficult to clean areas, but there are far better vacuums available that cost about the same as this one.

Editor's Note: We updated this gear review on January 11, 2022, with new sections to help you narrow down the competition to a handheld vacuum that will meet your needs and budget.

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Bottom Line This handheld vacuum has some redeeming factors but overall got blown away by the rest of the competitionThis vac excels at picking up pet dander and is a great choice for those that don't want to spend a tonThis vacuum is impressive with tougher messes and won't break the bank, though it has a few shortcomingsWe think this is a great choice if you are looking for a highly portable or compact option for cleaning up light messes
Rating Categories Black+Decker CHV1410L Bissell Pet Hair Er... Black+Decker HHVI32... Bissell AeroSlim
Dust & Dirt (20%)
3.0
7.0
6.0
8.0
Tough Messes (20%)
7.0
8.0
7.0
4.0
Hard-to-Reach Areas (20%)
6.0
5.0
6.0
7.0
Battery Life (15%)
4.0
8.0
6.0
6.0
Convenience (15%)
7.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
Pet Hair (10%)
1
9.0
3.0
3.0
Specs Black+Decker CHV1410L Bissell Pet Hair Er... Black+Decker HHVI32... Bissell AeroSlim
Model Tested CHV1410L 2390A HHVI320JR02 29869
Measured Weight (no tool) 2.6 lbs 2.6 lbs 2.4 lbs 1.2 lbs
Measured Weight (with heaviest tool) N/A 3 lbs N/A 1.3 lbs
Usage Type Dry Dry Dry Dry
Dust Capacity 0.61 L 0.73 L 0.61 L 0.1 L
Wet Capacity N/A N/A N/A N/A
Measured Runtime 10 minutes Without motorized brush: 20 min 42 sec
With motorized brush: 17 min
15 min 24 sec 15 min 23 sec
Charge Time 4 hours 8 hours 13.5 hours 2.75 hours
Charging Indicator? Yes Yes No Yes
Washable Filter? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Measured Noise (at arm's length) 83.5 dBa 71.4 dBa 83 dBa 74 dBa

Our Analysis and Test Results

Although the Black+Decker CHV1410L produces a decent amount of airflow, which we measured in our anemometer test, it didn't translate to an overall outstanding cleaning performance. While this vacuum looks almost identical to other models, something about the brush bristle seems to make it much less effective.

Performance Comparison


Black+Decker CHV1410L handheld vacuum - the chv1410 does an okay job at cleaning up small messes.
The CHV1410 does an okay job at cleaning up small messes.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Likes


The Black+Decker CHV1410L is good at cleaning up more substantial messes, doing well at picking up crushed oats and Mini-Wheats in our tests. It only left traces of oats behind and sucked up all of the cereal without issue.

Black+Decker CHV1410L handheld vacuum - some of the finer dust from the oats eluded the chv1410.
Some of the finer dust from the oats eluded the CHV1410.
Credit: Austin Palmer

This handheld vacuum does a somewhat good job of getting into confined spaces, like a window sill or around a car seat, and has a maximum reach of just over 10" under a nightstand or similar piece of furniture. The brush and crevice tools let you get into lots of places, but you aren't necessarily going to be able to clean them with the lackluster cleaning performance offered by this model.

Black+Decker CHV1410L handheld vacuum - the shape of the nozzle makes it a little hard to clean along tight...
The shape of the nozzle makes it a little hard to clean along tight corners.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The CHV1410 is about average in weight and isn't fatiguing to carry around in a single hand for most people. We found its integrated tools to be very convenient, and it is easy to empty the 0.61-liter bin without making too much of a mess. It also registered more than 1700 feet per minute (fpm) of airflow on our anemometer, which is quite a bit more than the group average of 1300 fpm or so.

Black+Decker CHV1410L handheld vacuum - it's quite easy to empty the bin of the chv1410 without making a...
It's quite easy to empty the bin of the CHV1410 without making a giant mess.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Dislikes


Unfortunately, our list of dislikes for the CHV1410L is rather expansive. This vacuum didn't get off to a great start in our dusting test, lacking the suction to pick up statically charged flour and instead moved it around. It took other products less than 20 seconds to clean up the same mess, while we ended up just giving up with this one after a minute with plenty of mess remaining.

Black+Decker CHV1410L handheld vacuum - the chv1410 struggled with stuck-on messes.
The CHV1410 struggled with stuck-on messes.
Credit: Austin Palmer

You can loosen stuck-on dirt and mud with the brush, but the CHV1410L vacuum again fails to suck it up. It also performed below average at removing flour from some automotive interior carpet, so there are better options out there if you are searching for a vacuum to keep your car nice and clean. Additionally, you can pretty much give up on the idea of using this to clean up pet hair based on its performance in our pet hair tests, failing to clean both a couch cushion and the same automotive carpet after we covered them in pet hair. Therefore, if you're a pet owner, this is not the handheld vacuum for you.

Black+Decker CHV1410L handheld vacuum - this vacuum severely struggled at cleaning up pet hair.
This vacuum severely struggled at cleaning up pet hair.
Credit: Austin Palmer

The CHV1410L also did very poorly in our battery life test, only running for around 10 minutes before dying. Even worse, it takes roughly four hours to recharge. On top of all that, this handheld vac is particularly loud, registering 83.5 decibels on our sound meter from an arm's length away.

Black+Decker CHV1410L handheld vacuum - we weren't impressed with the runtime with the chv1410.
We weren't impressed with the runtime with the CHV1410.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Should You Buy the Black+Decker CHV1410L?


Considering the lineup of handheld vacuums, it is hard for us to find a reason to recommend the Black+Decker CHV1410L, especially when there are so many other cleaning vacuums out there that are significantly better at efficiently cleaning.

What Other Handheld Vacuums Should You Consider?


The Black+Decker HHVI320JR02 might be an attractive alternative if your goal is to clean up occasional messes around your kitchen appliances. Plus, it doesn't break the bank. But, if you have money to spare, we suggest going with the Black+Decker Flex Vac BDH2020FL, which is a better all-around handheld vacuum that is high-ranking compared to others.

Austin Palmer and David Wise

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