Live Simply Loser: Dirt Devil Easy Lite Cyclonic Quick Vac

February 27, 2013
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So a couple of months ago I was in Target, purchasing goods for my new Seattle pad. And I was all, “I need a vacuum, hey, this one looks good and it’s on sale” (maybe it was around $40?).  The red flags were flapping in my face, flags as red as the miserable appliance itself, and yet somehow I managed to miss them.

See, I knew that all I really needed was a hand-vac. But I was attracted to the fact that this one could also double as a legitimate vacuum cleaner being that it was an upright and had floor suction. I figured I was getting both. Turns out, I wasn’t.

After giving the Devil ample opportunities to prove itself, here’s what I’ve concluded: the floor suction doesn’t suck. It sucks. I mean, here’s you, approaching that pile on the floor of crumbs and dried up leaf shrivels with the vacuum, and there you go back and forth like a good housekeeper over the dirt, and oops, there go all the crumbs and debris, being spewed out all across the floor. This vacuum isn’t a vacuum, it’s a fan!

The good news is the hose attachment does work. It successfully navigates small corners and crevices and picks up crumbs and dirt. The bad news is my back.

Let’s review: using the hose is the only way this vacuum vacuums so you have to use the hose. Except the hose is still connected to the upright body, and it’s maybe a foot long. Are you with me?

So basically, in order to keep my floors clean with this thing I have to drag around this cumbersome and entirely useless body in one hand, while doubling over far enough so that my other hand can reach the ground with the hose. Picture an upside down U and that’s me vacuuming. It’s inhumane I tell you.

Okay so then you’re all, “Well what did you expect for a $75 vacuum, marked down to ~$40? That it would work?”

Well, yes. I suppose I did. Did I expect it to perform like a top of the line model would? Certainly not. I didn’t expect it to move as smoothly, to be as quiet or as lightweight as pricier vacuums. I did, however, expect it to vacuum. I expected (expect) that when a company manufactures an item meant to perform a task, it be capable of performing that task. This isn’t really subjective either. We’re not talking about the contested efficiency of a skin perfecter’s ability to visibility brighten and tighten your pores. We’re talking, is the dirt on the floor sucked up or is it still there?

It’s still there.

So that’s that, alas alack.

{To be continued…}

4 Comments

  1. Deborah on February 27, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    I purchased a Dirt Devil years ago on a Black Friday sale. It was wonderful and lasted 15 YEARS. When it ‘died’ and after an appropriate amount of mourning, I sucked it up (pun intended) and purchased another one albeit a slightly different model (times had changed) and apparently the company changed right along with them. The new one is NOTHING (yes, I’m screaming) and I mean NOTHING like the old one. I feel your pain. =(

  2. Garrick on July 28, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    I think this one of those you get what you pay for moments. Looking at the vacuum though, it seems to have a low profile and anything bigger than a spec dust will be pushed around, not a good design.

  3. […] had long since broken up with shit vacuum # 1, and had broken up too, with what turned out to be shit vacuum # 2, after it failed to meet my […]

  4. Ron Pari on December 27, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Hello there! I enjoyed reading your review!
    I still thinking about buying this vacuum or not, because it is affordable vacuum cleaner, but quite weak isn’t it? I found this review for the same vacuum, but it has different opinion and points, in addition to some similarities: http://bestvacuumscleaner.com/dirt-devil-easy-lite-quick-vac-review/
    What do you think? Do you agree with that person?
    Thank you again!

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4 Comments

  1. Deborah on February 27, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    I purchased a Dirt Devil years ago on a Black Friday sale. It was wonderful and lasted 15 YEARS. When it ‘died’ and after an appropriate amount of mourning, I sucked it up (pun intended) and purchased another one albeit a slightly different model (times had changed) and apparently the company changed right along with them. The new one is NOTHING (yes, I’m screaming) and I mean NOTHING like the old one. I feel your pain. =(

  2. Garrick on July 28, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    I think this one of those you get what you pay for moments. Looking at the vacuum though, it seems to have a low profile and anything bigger than a spec dust will be pushed around, not a good design.

  3. […] had long since broken up with shit vacuum # 1, and had broken up too, with what turned out to be shit vacuum # 2, after it failed to meet my […]

  4. Ron Pari on December 27, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Hello there! I enjoyed reading your review!
    I still thinking about buying this vacuum or not, because it is affordable vacuum cleaner, but quite weak isn’t it? I found this review for the same vacuum, but it has different opinion and points, in addition to some similarities: http://bestvacuumscleaner.com/dirt-devil-easy-lite-quick-vac-review/
    What do you think? Do you agree with that person?
    Thank you again!

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