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Black+Decker HHVI320JR02 Review

This vacuum is impressive with tougher messes and won't break the bank, though it has a few shortcomings
Black+Decker HHVI320JR02
Credit: Jenna Ammerman
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Price:   $50 List | $44.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Great for tough messes, inexpensive
Cons:  Not great with pet hair
Manufacturer:   BLACK+DECKER
By Austin Palmer and David Wise  ⋅  Jan 11, 2022
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SCORE

RANK
#4
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  • Dust & Dirt - 20% 6.0
  • Tough Messes - 20% 7.0
  • Hard-to-Reach Areas - 20% 6.0
  • Battery Life - 15% 6.0
  • Convenience - 15% 7.0
  • Pet Hair - 10% 3.0

Our Verdict

Finishing respectably in the middle of the pack, the Black+Decker HHVI320JR02 is a solid value buy. It isn't the best we have seen compared to others in our lineup of handheld vacuums, but it performs admirably in a few areas. It surprised our test team with how proficiently it could tackle tougher messes, and it scored well in regards to hard-to-reach places with a slightly above-average reach. It doesn't come close to matching the battery life or pet hair cleanup of some of the top products, but it does cost significantly less. Depending on your cleaning needs, this may be a solid choice.

Editor's Note: We updated this gear review on January 11, 2022, to include extra details and new sections to help your decision-making process.

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Bottom Line This 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 messesUnless you are only planning on dusting, we would recommend an alternative choiceThis handheld vacuum has some redeeming factors but overall got blown away by the rest of the competition
Rating Categories Black+Decker HHVI32... Bissell AeroSlim Black+Decker HHVI31... Black+Decker CHV1410L
Dust & Dirt (20%)
6.0
8.0
8.0
3.0
Tough Messes (20%)
7.0
4.0
6.0
7.0
Hard-to-Reach Areas (20%)
6.0
7.0
4.0
6.0
Battery Life (15%)
6.0
6.0
5.0
4.0
Convenience (15%)
7.0
6.0
7.0
7.0
Pet Hair (10%)
3.0
3.0
4.0
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Specs Black+Decker HHVI32... Bissell AeroSlim Black+Decker HHVI31... Black+Decker CHV1410L
Model Tested HHVI320JR02 29869 HHVI315JO42 CHV1410L
Measured Weight (no tool) 2.4 lbs 1.2 lbs 2.1 lbs 2.6 lbs
Measured Weight (with heaviest tool) N/A 1.3 lbs 2.1 lbs N/A
Usage Type Dry Dry Dry Dry
Dust Capacity 0.61 L 0.1 L 0.94 L 0.61 L
Wet Capacity N/A N/A N/A N/A
Measured Runtime 15 min 24 sec 15 min 23 sec 12 min 20 sec 10 minutes
Charge Time 13.5 hours 2.75 hours 10 hours 4 hours
Charging Indicator? No Yes No Yes
Washable Filter? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Measured Noise (at arm's length) 83 dBa 74 dBa 81.5 dBa 83.5 dBa

Our Analysis and Test Results

To decide which handheld vacuums are indeed the best out there, we bought the most promising models on the market and tested them head-to-head. We split our review process into six weighted testing metrics, with the HHVI320JR02 performing well in some and just average in others. Although it doesn't compare to some of our favorite cleaning machines, this contender is good for tougher messes, especially at the very approachable price point.

Performance Comparison


Black+Decker HHVI320JR02 handheld vacuum - the black+decker hhvi320jr02.
The Black+Decker HHVI320JR02.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Dust & Dirt


Our first testing metric assessed the ability of each vacuum to suck up light dust and caked-on dirt and grime, as well as how easy it was to use the dusting attachment in small cracks and corners. The HHVI320JR02 didn't stand out among our competitive lineup, but it still held its own with an average score.


We placed flour on a plastic sheet to simulate a statically-charged dusting challenge for each vacuum. This model struggled to remove the flour from the plastic sheet, leaving quite a bit of flour behind and marking up the surface. It did a little better at removing dried dirt and mud from the linoleum, but not by much. Unfortunately, the shape of the brush isn't very well suited for cleaning in small corners and edges. You could use it to clean the top of your baseboards or a window sill, but we would be concerned about scuffing the walls.

Black+Decker HHVI320JR02 handheld vacuum - the hhvi320jr02 has small bristles in an arc that don't all touch...
The HHVI320JR02 has small bristles in an arc that don't all touch the surface at the same time.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Tough Messes


Our next series of tests focused on how well the vacuums could pick up tougher messes from carpet and fabric. We also looked at how they handled larger items and the overall power of the vacuum motor. Although other more expensive models scored higher, we were impressed with how well the HHVI320JR02 performed in this test metric, considering the product's price range.


First, we placed flour on a low-pile, automotive-style carpet sample, and the HHVI320JR02 did relatively well at cleaning it up. Though plenty of flour eluded it, this is a common occurrence for handheld vacuums, and multiple passes eventually picked up almost all of the flour.

Black+Decker HHVI320JR02 handheld vacuum - the 'jr02 performed very similarly to the other hand vacs.
The 'JR02 performed very similarly to the other hand vacs.
Credit: Austin Palmer

Next, we placed crushed oats on a cushion and the same type of carpet sample. This vacuum did significantly better, removing almost all of the mess without any issue. It did leave a little bit of dust behind, making it slightly inferior to the models with a powered brush head, but it was the best performer among those without a motorized brush roll attachment.

Black+Decker HHVI320JR02 handheld vacuum - the 'jr02 sucked up all the oats with ease.
The 'JR02 sucked up all the oats with ease.
Credit: Austin Palmer

The HHVI320JR02 also handled large items without any sign of a struggle, sucking up a pile of Mini-Wheats cereal without any clogs. Finally, we measured the airspeed generated by each vacuum in our wind tunnel chamber using an anemometer. This vacuum has a higher score, clocking in at 1564 feet per minute (fpm) of airflow.

Hard-to-Reach Areas


We awarded points for how far each vacuum could clean under furniture and common kitchen appliances, plus tight slots, like a sliding window track.


The crevice tool on the HHVI320JR02 is a little wider, but you can still effectively clean small slots, just not as efficiently as some other products in our lineup, like the Black+Decker Flex Vac BDH2020FL, which has a skinny crevice attachment. Still, the HHVI320JR02 vacuum removed all of the oats we filled a sliding window track with; it just took a bit longer than the top products.

Black+Decker HHVI320JR02 handheld vacuum - the 'jr02 does a fairly good job at cleaning cramped areas.
The 'JR02 does a fairly good job at cleaning cramped areas.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Next, we measured how far the device could effectively clean in a 3" tall and 1.25" tall slot, simulating cleaning under a nightstand or an appliance. The HHVI320JR02 reached 10" into the taller slot and 5.5" into the narrower — slightly further than average for these products.

Black+Decker HHVI320JR02 handheld vacuum - the hhvi320jr02 has a built-in crevice tool.
The HHVI320JR02 has a built-in crevice tool.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Battery Life


For our next round of tests, we compared the effective battery life of each vacuum. After fully charging each handheld vacuum, we ran them until their battery died, timing the process. The HHVI320JR02 performed decently, lasting about 15.5 minutes.


Convenience


Our next group of evaluations focused on how much of a hassle it is to use each vacuum daily. We compared each contender's dust bin size and level of effort to empty, overall vacuum weight, noise level, and ease of organizing all of the different tools and accessories. We found the HHVI320JR02 to be slightly above average in terms of convenience.


This vacuum is one of the louder models, with our SPL meter recording noise levels of 83 dBa from about 3 feet away. It's average in weight among the competition, weighing 2.4 pounds on our scale. The moderately sized collection bin is also reasonably easy to empty.

Black+Decker HHVI320JR02 handheld vacuum - there are two ways to empty this hand vac.
There are two ways to empty this hand vac.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Additionally, we like that all the tools are integrated into the main unit, making it all but impossible to lose them.

Black+Decker HHVI320JR02 handheld vacuum - we like how the tools are built in.
We like how the tools are built in.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

You can also rotate the nozzle to make it easier to clean with, something many of these products (especially the budget ones) don't offer.

Black+Decker HHVI320JR02 handheld vacuum - you can rotate the integrated tool 90 degrees on the 'jr02.
You can rotate the integrated tool 90 degrees on the 'JR02.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Pet Hair


Our last metric scored how well each vacuum picked up pet hair. For those who have a furry friend (or multiple pets!) at home, this might be a deal-breaker metric. Unfortunately, the HHVI320JR02 didn't finish with the most outstanding results in this category.


This device eventually vacuumed about 90% of the hair on a carpeted surface and a cushion. Still, it took a long time, and nearly half of the hair became tangled on the brush rather than making it into the dust bin. Therefore, we recommend passing on this vacuum if you're regularly cleaning up pet hair.

Black+Decker HHVI320JR02 handheld vacuum - there aren't any suction options other than "on".
There aren't any suction options other than "on".
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Should You Buy the Black+Decker HHVI320JR02?


If your budget is limited, the Black+Decker HHVI320JR02 is one of the cheapest handheld vacuums we have tested. Considering that, it scored rather well, though you do get what you pay for in many respects. If you are only going to use it for the occasional mess, it might be a good choice.

What Other Handheld Vacuums Should You Consider?


If you're willing to spend a bit more, the Black+Decker Flex Vac BDH2020FL is an award-winning option that can handle more messes around your home, including hard-to-reach areas and pet hair, a few areas where the HHVI320JR02 struggles.

Austin Palmer and David Wise

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