331 of 337 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2005
Health scare paranoia aside, does the product work? None of the quick-clean floor products substitute for old-fashioned scrubbing on hands and knees. At least, none that I've come across.
But if you appreciate the convenience of a Swiffer-type product and ease of a hand-vacuum, but dislike the cost of Swiffer-type refill papers and the sad limitations of a hand-vac, you might find this a worthwhile quick-fix to the problem of labrador-created dust bunnies and toddler-inspired cracker crumbs.
The Rechargeable Broom Vacuum is just that -- a Dust Buster and broom all in one. Good suction and holds the charge nicely, too. A negative point because unlocking the dirt container from the motor is a bit cumbersome. On the other hand, unlike my hand-vac, I don't actually have to stick my hands into the accumulated 'ick' to empty the container.
Anything to avoid pulling out a vacuum cleaner, this product does exactly what I hoped and expected it would do. It doesn't polish the floors. It doesn't do rugs, curtains or upholstery. And while a broom and dust pan may offer the convenience of operating without an electrical charge, my back doesn't so for that, I give this one a thumb's up.
191 of 196 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2005
Bought the Broom Vac once we purchased our home with hardwood and tile floors (and no carpet). The one thing you notice quickly with such a home is that hair balls (we have a dog and cat) accumulate rapidly and continuously. The next thing you realize is that sweeping such "tumbleweeds" into a dustpan can be like trying to catch a feather in mid-air.
The Broom Vac is very adequate at sucking up these hair balls. However, you will still find yourself constantly pulling accumulations of those not sucked into the bin out of the bristles.
Also, the "sucking" power is not very great and you must hold the broom almost completely perpendicular to the ground to suck any items other than dust.
Expect to cover 1500 sq ft on a single charge for non-regular (every square foot covered) cleanings. 3000 sq ft for those who vacuum regularly.
138 of 141 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2006
Well, I don't know about dirt, rocks or some of these other items people are trying to pick up with this $50 broom, but we have a virtual carpet of pet hair at home thanks to our dog, and after using this broom we can finally see our floors again. We'd tried mops and those swiffer products to no avail, but this baby picks everything up in a heartbeat with little effort, and cleanup is a snap (the reviewer that said it was cumbersome - what are you doing? press the button, bottom comes off, empty and snap back on. done.)
Now, will it work as well as a serious vacuum? Of course not. "Everything" does not mean every single thing. It's a $50 broom-vac combo, come on - not a $500 Dyson model. It sounds like some people expect all vacuums to work alike.
For basic dust, papers, and certainly lots and lots of pet hair, this puppy more than gets my vote.
39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2005
I never write reviews, but after reading the cancer risk discussions below I just had to write one. I'm an environmental scientist, so I thought I might help assuage any fears folks might have. This is a case of excess communications in my view. Regarding the potential cancer "risk" issue - the "risk" is related principally to the fact that the item has a battery (and other electronic components) - just like your car, your dustbuster, your wireless keyboard, cell phone, cordless phone, etc. Most people don't spend a lot of time worried about those items - some of which come in far more intimate contact that you cordless broom will (at least the way I use mine anyway). If you have been to California you have likely noticed these cancer warning signs everywhere - I was in a concrete parking garage the other day and saw a cancer risk sign - likely due to the fact that car exhaust is present, the elevator uses oil, they used paint on the wall, etc. etc. etc. Just my 2 cents, but I'm pretty sure that if you refrain from eating the battery you should be just fine.
oh, and the broom works as advertised too.
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
I work in an Animal Emergency Hospital so we consequently have many pets ( 3 dogs, 14 cats, turtles , chickens, and fish)!
I can sweep the kitchen floor hourly and it would still have pet hair and dust on it simply because sweeping it just does not work well. The wisps of pet hair and dust tend to fly around when you try to sweep them up and there is always cute little "Horton" our youngest cat who likes to get a running start and slide through the pile of sweepings!! I first used the Dirt Devil Rechargable broom at work, I liked it so much I got on Amazon.com one night at work and ordered one. It is quick, easy, I do not have the problem of the dirt blowing away like when I sweep with a regular broom and since there is no pile of sweepings "Horton" can't slide through it and I do not have to haul out my big Dirt Devil Platnium Force Vacuum cleaner. It really works great, is easy to empty and has made sweeping a much more pleasant chore! I own several Dirt Devil floor care products and have had nothing but consistent quality working machines. For $[...] and free shipping it is a real deal.
30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2006
I have 2 small children and I have to sweep my kitchen after every meal! The broom vac does the job perfectly! I noticed a comment about the bristles being short so you can't sweep with it. The trick to that is to turn it over. It will sweep great then you can just suck up the pile after you are done sweeping. It was a little heavy feeling for about the first week, but now, I don't even notice. The canister holds a ton so you do not have to empty it very often and I just rinse everything out in the sink every once in a while. The filter has held up great to repeated washings. The battery also holds the charge for a long time. Using it 3 times a day, the charge lasts about a week. If I have a large job, I will sweep with it first and then vacuum. It is easy to turn on/off with your foot. I even use it for touch ups on the carpet. I have had the vacuum for about 3 months and I am buying every woman in my family one for Christmas.
LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!!!
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2005
I'm not sure I'm going to keep this product...It has great suction, picks up pet hair, cat litter, dust, laundry soap, etc. quite well. Holds a charge well, the dirt cup is easy to pop in/out. What I don't like is that it's a bit heavy and that the broom has to be upright to suck up the debris. They want you to use it like a broom and only turn it on to suck up the pile of dirt you've accumulated. I keep it on continually and just pull it around the floors, righting it every so often to suck the dirt up. Whether it's this maneuvering or the weight of the broom, my back hurts when I'm done. Will keep it another few days but may have to take it back if my back hurts after ea. use. May just go back to my old standby: OXO handled broom/dustpan (like the guys at the movie theater use). OXO is more expensive but worth it; the debris goes into the dust pan w/every sweep, not so w/many others.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2007
This is basically a broom with the added benefit of not having to use a dust pan at the end. After reading some of the reviews it is obvious many people have not read the instruction manual. It clearly states the user is supposed to sweep dirt into a pile (like a conventional broom) and THEN use the vacuum feature to pick up the debris. This is not intented to be kept ON the WHOLE time you are sweeping - the battery will die out quickly. For what it is designed and intended to do it performs quite well. Much better than carting around a full-size vacuum on hardwood floors and allows you to reach areas most vacuums have trouble with such as near table legs and cabinet kick-panels. It is also easy to empty, but make sure to keep the filter clean or you will lose suction (like any other vacuum).
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2006
I was so excited to buy this adorable broom for help with constant sweeping I do following around two small children....well, the broom could not be more disappointing. The broom barely picks up common crumbs, and is awkward to use. You never seem to have it at the right angle to pick up anything. I found myself almost spoon feeding the broom--it hardly works!! The suction is so bad it's unbelievable--whatever you do, do not buy this thing, it's a waste of money. I only wish I had read the reviews on Amazon before purchasing. It's so bad I have wrote a letter to dirt devil complaining.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2005
I just bought this broom vac by Dirt Devil after watching it's super cool commercial from last week. I thought it would be a great product to use with my hardwood floors b/c it's light and not too bulky like the vacuum. Also, I wasn't a real big fan of the disposable swiffer pads, b/c I don't like to touch the 'icky' stuff stuck in the pad when it's time to replace it.
With the broom vac, I liked the idea of not having to touch the 'icky' stuff, and the fact that it sucks up the dirt from the floor. The only down side that I am not real imprssed about after having it fully charged is that it's really not that strong to pick up anything like small pieces of paper, tiny leaves by the door way, or food crumbs off the floor.
Maybe I bought a 'dud'. I will probably have to keep it for another week or so just to try to adapt to it or at least try to like it, but if I don't it's going back to the store.