It’s often not easy looking for a small handheld vacuum that is powerful enough to do a decent job of cleaning for both wet and dry contents.
The recently released (late 2013) Black and Decker CWV1408 Wet/Dry DustBuster seeks to combat this issue. Find out in my review how this hand vac improves on Black & Decker’s previous small DustBuster models.
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Cleans Wet and Dry Waste – The CWV1408 DustBuster is able to suck up both liquid and dry debris thanks to its filtration system and it even includes a couple attachments to help with the task.
Compact and Lightweight Design – The size and weight of this vacuum makes it ideal for quick clean ups, especially for cars and other motor vehicles.
Includes Mountable Charging Base – Yes! An inexpensive hand vac that includes a charging station that can be wall mounted. This makes things much more easy and convenient.
2 Year Warranty – You don’t often find an inexpensive handheld vacuum with anything over a one year warranty. Well, this model has two years, as do most Black & Decker hand vacs.
The Black & Decker CWV1408 Wet Dry DustBuster is a relatively new product at the time of writing (released in late 2013) but there are sufficient enough reviews to make an informed decision. We have researched over 50 positive and negative user reviews on Amazon to provide you with the good and bad points of customer experiences with this handheld vacuum.
You’ll be hard pressed to find a wet/dry handheld vacuum that has decent suction power. Black & Decker’s other wet and dry model is only 9.6V and quite frankly, is quite weak. Fortunately, the CWV1408 not only has good suction power but it’s also quite consistent and its power doesn’t fade as much as many other vacuums that incorporate a NiCad battery.
Of all small handheld vacuums on the market, I would place the CWV1408 Wet/Dry DustBuster firmly above the rest when it comes to suction power performance. A contributing factor to this is its Cyclonic Action Tech which helps to keep debris away from the filter in order to maintain suction.
Despite the fact that the CWV1408 Wet Dry DustBuster uses a NiCad battery, the way in which the motor utilizes power leads to a pretty efficient vacuum, contrary to many other handheld vacuums that use NiCad batteries. It’s 14.4 volts which produces good power relative to its compact size.
Run time is a good 15 continuous minutes, with some users even getting up to 20 minutes use out of it. You probably won’t constantly have it on for your entire cleaning session, so it feels a lot longer when you do quick clean ups, something this vacuum is excellent for.
The battery holds its charge reasonably well in comparison with other hand vacs, and power doesn’t seem to fade away whereas other hand vacs that use NiCad batteries experience a drastic loss of power towards the end of its charge.
Design & Attachments
The CWV1408 DustBuster is designed for quick clean ups so therefore, Black & Decker has purposely made it compact in size and lightweight too. This is the reason why the dirt canister has such a small capacity at only 0.22 liters.
You find yourself having to empty its contents quite often. Fortunately, the dirt canister is translucent so you can see when it’s getting full.
It comes with two attachments that fits at the tip of the nozzle – A little upholstery brush intended to dust down surfaces and a squeegee tool that helps with removing excess liquid. Both appear to be solid and well built, and certainly useful. The addition of a crevice tool would’ve been great though.
Some users mentioned that when holding the handle of the vacuum, it’s a bit awkward and difficult to operate the on/off switch with the thumb because it’s a bit stiff. However, this may be the case of having to use it more often to loosen it.
A delightful bonus is the charging station that comes with this hand vac. It can be wall mounted and is the same size as the charging stations that are included with some previous DustBuster models. When docked, the vacuum is secured with the tip facing downwards. There’s a large red light indicator which stays on when the unit is charging.
Ease Of Cleaning
Since the Black & Decker CWV1408 DustBuster is a wet and dry vacuum, this means that more effort is required to clean and dry the vacuum.
The unit comes apart in two halves when the button in front of the on/off switch is pressed. Housed within the dirt canister is a black filter sponge within the plastic rib cover. Both of these needs to be removed in order to empty the dirt contents. Sometimes, debris can get caught in the tip so you have to rinse and knock it loose and clean.
This process is supposed to be relatively easy but some users have found it quite long. But the main issue for some is putting it back together, as they’ve experienced difficulty in reattaching the snout back on. This appears to be the main design flaw though most users have no issue with it.
The Black & Decker CWV1408 Wet Dry DustBuster has an overall positive review rating on Amazon.
|Black & Decker CWV1408 DustBuster|
|Our Final Verdict|
|Air Watts (aw)||N/A|
|Battery Type||14.4V NiCad|
|Battery Level Indicator|
|Dirt Capacity |
|+ Squeegee Tool|
+ Upholstery Brush
+ 2 x Washable Filters
+ Wall Mountable Charging Base
|6.87" x 4.62" x 16.5"|
If you’re looking for an inexpensive compact sized handheld vacuum that is ideal for quick clean ups of wet and dry waste, then I the Black & Decker CWV1408 Wet Dry DustBuster is the ultimate choice. It’s convenient, more powerful and more efficient than all the other similarly priced small hand vacs that I’ve come across.
If you’re after something that’s a bit more versatile albeit a bit bigger and a bit more expensive, then I highly recommend the CHV1410L DustBuster.
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