Thursday, October 21, 2010

Review of Dirt Devil Easy Lite Cyclonic Quick Vac

A few months ago, I bought a Dirt Devil Easy Lite Cyclonic Quick Vac at Target for $35.  I promised I'd write a review for you once I'd had the chance to use it enough to give it an honest review... so here it is!

Editing:  This post continues to get a lot of traffic, though it's a few years.  Hence, models have changed.  Below is the current one available at Amazon.  

Color wise, there are some that are out there! The spinach colored one actually makes me sick to look at it, but the berry sprinkle is not so bad. If you don't care about colors, you can opt for a non-traditional color and maybe save a few bucks by shopping online. However, if you went to the B&M Target store, you likely will not save any money based on color choice.

This vacuum also runs loudly.  It is not a quiet vacuum by any means.  If you are concerned about waking the baby, this is not the vacuum for you if silence is a key selling point.   It also blows air out the front, so if you are cleaning up food crumbs especially, expect to chase them.  The air flow will push them forward, which is odd since the Dirt Devil Easy Lite Cyclonic Quick Vac has some awesome sucking power.  The vacuum head is isn't very big and does not clean edges well.  Some vacuums are designed to clean edges, but this one is not.  That is what your tools are for....

Which brings me to the tool attachments.  If tools are a big thing for you, this isn't the vacuum for you.  You will be disappointed!  The edger tool is very small.  The two tools you do get snap onto the front of the vacuum cleaner, but often pop off if you happen to brush by them.  They aren't very secure when stored there.  The hose is super short as well, so you won't be able to reach high into the air to clean (I'm thinking about my ceiling fans). The hose isn't the only thing that's short... the cord is a bit on the short side too.  Choose an outlet in the middle of the room to get the best coverage.

However, the cyclonic component helps offset some of the negatives.  Every time I vacuum, I am picking up a good amount of fur and dirt or dander.  I am always surprised to see just what magically appears in the canister.  I vacuum a few times a week and there is always a lot of fur in the canister. Most of the time, I empty the canister twice when I vacuum our living room, which is a very large space. 

The canister is very easy to empty.   You just pull it off and push a button to release the bottom of the canister, which will swing freely on a hinge.  I thought at first this would aggravate my allergies, but this has not been my experience.  I typically empty the vacuum canister contents into an empty trash bag in the kitchen so that it rests at the bottom of the bag.  The middle piece will come right out if you notice hair winding around the component that runs up through the canister.

The Dirt Devil Easy Lite Cyclonic Quick Vac definitely lives up to its name.  It is easy to use and is very light at only 9 pounds - about the weight of a newborn baby!  This was a huge plus for me since I have pain from past c-sections due to scar tissue.  Vacuuming can aggravate the nerve impingement, sending me into extreme pain.  So anything that doesn't overtax me while I clean is a good thing!

I took the vacuum outside to clean my car once and the jury is out on that one.  As I mentioned, the hose isn't very long, which made vacuuming difficult.  Since it is so small and light, I did place it in the middle of my van to increase my reach.  While it is good enough in a pinch, I think I'll just keep feeding the vacuum hose at the car wash because it is more convenient at just 75 cents each time.

Final opinion of the Dirt Devil Easy Lite Cyclonic Quick Vac:

This vacuum meets our current needs.  Once the laminate is laid throughout the house, all I will need to worry about vacuuming will be some area rugs.  I will still use the tools to grab those dust bunnies that will appear under beds and in corners, but for the money we spent - $35 - it is a great vacuum.  I love how clean my floors get when I use it and though I was concerned about it being bagless, in particular because of my allergies, it hasn't been an issue.  I love seeing everything that is coming off my floor in the canister.  It makes the floors feel cleaner knowing just what came up when I vacuumed.  Though the head is a little small and the tools and hose are not what I would call ideal, I would recommend this vacuum to someone.

Disclosure:  I bought the Dirt Devil Easy Lite Cyclonic Quick Vac featured in this blog review by myself.  Dirt Devil did not ask for me to write this review and the opinions stated herein are 100% my own.  The link above is an affiliate link, so I might receive a benefit it you happened to shop through the link.  

Do you have any questions about this product that I did not cover?  If so, leave me a comment and I'll answer them for you.


K Willis said...

I just purchased this vacuum today and I am very pleased with it. I have an older bagged Dirt Devil that is extremely loud so this noise didn't bother me one bit. My four year old finally stopped hiding in the closet (he couldn't take the noise of my other DD).

While vacuuming I just wanted to keep going and going because I was so excited to see all of the filth that was coming out of my carpet. It sort of looked like I never vacuumed before but I am a several time a week carper cleaning person so it SHOCKED me to see all of the carpet fibers and dirt, etc that this little power tool pulled up.

Also, like you I have severe allergies and was amazed that they did not flare up one time during the canister dumping periods (I had to do 6 dumps).

You are right about the attachments. Luckily I have a larger DD so I just use the wand and other attachments from that one.

Thus far I am very pleased with my purchase.

Anonymous said...

I just bought this vac and can't figure out part of the directions of assembly. when they say to put the handle on and then put that long screw through it and put the bolt on the did you do that? it seems that the bolt is stuck inside the end of the hole? just wondered if you had this problem?

Pinching Abe said...

I think I remember the bolt seeming a bit short. Try holding the bolt in place (the side that is toward the vacuum canister) and tightening the bolt from the other side of the handle that way. Mine is showing as being snugged on by only about one and a half turns (from the end of the bolt). I hope that makes some sense. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

So for whatever reason I can't figure out how to pull out the middle piece while emptying the canister. I notice the hair winding around up top...I don't know how to clean it. If you could let me know how that would be great!

Pinching Abe said...

That piece comes out. Once you release the canister from the vacuum and then release the dirt into a garbage can, reach in and grab hold of the plastic piece hanging down. Mine turns to the right. The piece actually slides and locks in place. So reach in, grab it, turn it to the right and then take off the hair. To put it back in, you'll need to line it back up to snug it back in tight. Hope that helps.

Anonymous said...

That worked perfectly. Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

we cannot find any directions or how to assemble this one - is there anyway to get a copy of any paper ? UD20025 ???

Pinching Abe said... has some manuals available. I found this one by searching for the product and then clicking on the manual tab. There are two downloadable manuals... here's one:

Pinching Abe said...

Mallory - odd, but your comment is in my published list, but I don't see it here.

With regard to your question, the screw was very short. If it is the one I'm thinking it is, there's a screw hole just above the top cord holder on the back. You'll screw it in from the back and the screw should end up flush (ish) when you take the canister out in the front. If that's not what you meant, please leave another comment and I'll try to help you. I assembled it a quite some time ago and my memory is fading some.

The vacuum still works, though I have far less carpet these days! Just be sure to wash the filter out every now and then and allow it to air dry.

Anonymous said...

i just bought one of these too. its easier to assemble than the instructions, however, does anyones handle stay up? or is this not a feature in 35 dollar vauums? you know where you normally release it with a foot? mine doest click up and just falls

Caren, A/K/A Pinching Abe said...

Mine does. I have to physically push it down. I would definitely return and get another one. That doesn't sound right to me.

Emily Morrison said...

We purchased this vacuum a month ago and decided that for now we would just go the less expensive route. I found it at Target at it worked great until today. I have spent ALL day taking it apart and trying to find the reason for there being absolutely NO suction. I have not found a single clog or issue in the hose or in the canister and filter. I don't know what's up, but I'm really sad I spent $49 on it instead of just getting a more costly vacuum. :(

Emily Morrison said...

We purchased this vacuum a month ago and decided that for now we would just go the less expensive route. I found it at Target at it worked great until today. I have spent ALL day taking it apart and trying to find the reason for there being absolutely NO suction. I have not found a single clog or issue in the hose or in the canister and filter. I don't know what's up, but I'm really sad I spent $49 on it instead of just getting a more costly vacuum. :(

Anonymous said...

I don't recommend this vacuum at all.
Does not work on vinyl flooring,, tile or low pile rugs. First time I used it on my kitchen floor I thought it was great until I realized that the dirt had been blown behind me. Finally used a broom.
I bought this vacuum for a low final sale price. Big mistake. Assembly instructions are not updated.
Attachments fall off
Filter clogs quickly and is not easy to put back on.
Works fine on my med pile rugs only.
Save your money and buy something else.
I use many different vacuums and this is the worst.

Anonymous said...

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:
What do you think? Do you agree with that person?
Thank you again!