A colleague of mine bought one of these things on the spur of the moment and hasn’t stopped raving about it since. Hence, I thought it only fair that I give it the usual treatment. I trust her judgment, and she usually knows what she’s talking about, so I figured it was worth putting the Dirt Devil Sd20005red dustbuster through its paces.
Currently, up for grabs at an even lower price (don’t tell my friend!), this dustbuster claims to combine the power of a corded upright with the convenience of a handheld vacuum cleaner. All of which sounds like a pretty tempting proposition, even if it does have the slight drawback of not being cordless.
Then again, corded vacuums almost always perform better in terms of overall cleaning power, without the risk of ever running out of juice. In the case of the Dirt Devil Sd20005red Handheld Vacuum, I’ve already tested a few similar devices from the same range.
I, therefore, had a good idea as to what I could expect this time around, but did the Sd20005red live up to my expectations? More importantly, was all the hype on the part of my colleague justified? Keep reading for all the info you’ll need on this delightful little dustbuster.
Dirt Devil SD20005RED Review – Features
This handheld vacuum has a very similar overall design to a lot of cordless cleaners. The difference is that in this instance, it’s a corded device. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing – particularly if you prioritize power and performance. The official size and weight specifications of this dustbuster as published by the manufacturer are as follows:
- Product Dimensions – 12 x 5 x 7 inches
- Item Weight – 3.75 pounds
- Shipping Weight – 4.75 pounds
For this kind of money, you wouldn’t expect an extensive list of unique features and complex functionalities. Instead, you’d be happy with a cleaner that simply got the job done. Nevertheless, the Dirt Devil Sd20005red has more than a few interesting selling points to its name, including the following as highlighted by the manufacturer:
Powerful Suction and Large Capacity
As this is a corded vacuum cleaner, it is significantly more powerful and consistent than almost any comparable cordless. In addition, it features a sizeable. 45L dirt cup that’s great for tackling more extensive cleaning jobs around the home.
Built-in Quick Flip Crevice Tool
An absolutely outstanding feature, the Dirt Devil Sd20005red Vacuum, has a built-in crevice tool, which can be used at any time by simply flipping it into place. Perfect for cleaning more awkward corners and around furniture, or for getting things done in the car.
Upright Power, Hand Vac Convenience
This compact and affordable little cleaner has been designed to combine the cleaning power of a traditional upright with all the convenience of a lightweight hand vacuum cleaner. It may not be quite as convenient as a cordless but nonetheless comes with a huge 15-foot power cord for reaching every corner of the home.
Removable and Rinseable Filter
While the manufacturer doesn’t provide any direct information on filtration quality, the Dirt Devil Sd20005red’s filter can be removed and rinsed to keep it clean and fresh. The result of which is a breath of fresh air around the home, every time you use it.
Lightweight and Easy to Use
Whether tackling the odd spill from time to time or taking care of a much more intensive cleaning job, this hand vacuum is exceptionally lightweight, comfortable to hold, and easy to use.
Dirt Devil SD20005RED – Pet Hair and Allergies
Quite a lot of cordless handhelds let themselves down in this department, as they lack the suction power needed to deal with embedded pet hair. This is one of the benefits of working with a corded cleaner – the additional power and cleaning performance really does make a big difference.
The Dirt Devil Scorpion Handheld Vacuum doesn’t ship with any specific attachments for tackling pet hair, but the way it deals with everyday pet-related mess is superb. Again, I can’t really comment on its ability to eliminate allergens from the air, as I couldn’t find any concrete filtration information from the manufacturer. Nevertheless, the fact that the filter can be removed and rinsed on a regular basis is a definite bonus and could make a real difference for households with allergy sufferers.
- Very powerful and consistent cleaning performance
- Exceptionally lightweight and easy to use
- Ships complete with multiple accessories
- Deals effortlessly with embedded dirt
- Removable and washable filter
- Unbeatable value for money
- Lacks the convenience of a cordless
- No information on infiltration
Dirt Devil SD20005RED Dustbuster – Final Thoughts
To be honest, this thing taught me an important lesson. Or should I say, it reminded me about something I already knew? Just because the most sophisticated and prestigious cleaners on the market today are cordless doesn’t mean there isn’t still a very important place for corded cleaners. For one thing, the Dirt Devil Sd20005red Dustbuster is on sale at an impossibly low price.
In addition, it also has the kind of cleaning power and performance that exceeds almost any comparable cordless handheld. And then there’s the fact that it’s never going to run out of juice, making it great for longer and more demanding cleaning jobs. Overall, therefore, I can indeed confirm that my colleague was right on the money with this thing. If you’re simply on the market for something powerful, easy to use, and cheap as chips, this little fellow ticks all the right boxes.
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