Black & Decker Compact Car Vacuum Review

While there were those that had better suction, Black & Decker Compact Car Vacuum was one of the most portable, and may be worth a look if you value that highly.

Our Verdict

The cleaning performance was lackluster, but it is one of the least expensive models.

For

  • The extra-long cord makes it easy to reach the corners of any vehicle.

Against

  • This one leaked some of the debris it collected once we turned it off.
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The Compact Car Vacuum is only 2 pounds, making it easy to carry anywhere.

The Compact Car Vacuum is only 2 pounds, making it easy to carry anywhere.
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The Black & Decker Compact Car Vacuum plugs into the cigarette lighter outlet in your car.

The Black & Decker Compact Car Vacuum plugs into the cigarette lighter outlet in your car.
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The Compact Car Vacuum has a wide nozzle that works well for thin carpet or leather upholstery.

The Compact Car Vacuum has a wide nozzle that works well for thin carpet or leather upholstery.
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The crevice tool attaches to the wide nozzle of the Compact Car Vacuum, allowing you to get dirt and crumbs in tight spots.

The crevice tool attaches to the wide nozzle of the Compact Car Vacuum, allowing you to get dirt and crumbs in tight spots.
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The Compact Car Vacuum's 16-foot cord is long enough to reach the back and middle seats of your car.

The Compact Car Vacuum's 16-foot cord is long enough to reach the back and middle seats of your car.
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Without a vacuum bag, you can empty the Compact Car Vacuum quickly after you've finished cleaning your car.

Without a vacuum bag, you can empty the Compact Car Vacuum quickly after you've finished cleaning your car.
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The release button at the top of the Compact Car Vacuum opens the dust chamber.

The release button at the top of the Compact Car Vacuum opens the dust chamber.

While there were those that had better suction, Black & Decker Compact Car Vacuum was one of the most portable, and may be worth a look if you value that highly. You could just throw this in the trunk and have it everywhere you go, including hundreds of miles from home when things get messy on a road trip.

It didn't do all that well in our testing, though. When we spread our dirt, cereal and dog hair onto our test car's carpets, this one took many passes to clean the mess. Also, it's nozzle is a little bulky so it was not great for getting into some of the tight spots under and in between the car seats. Some competitors that are similar to this vacuum offer accessories that make it easier to get into narrow places in a car's interior.

All of that was less than ideal but the worst part of this vacuum's performance was the fact that it flung some of the larger debris back out once we finished cleaning and turned it off. Some of the larger pieces of breakfast cereal were not securely collected in this vacuum's dust bin, apparently, and ended up back on the floor.

The Black & Decker Compact Car Vacuum is convenient in some ways, though. It is the second lightest one we reviewed, and it tied for having the longest cord. That can be helpful if you have a large SUV to clean.

This vacuum has a pretty average warranty with two years of coverage. Black & Decker has solid support for this product. You can easily get answers to any questions through email, live chat and FAQs.

If you place a lot of value on portability and price, the Black & Decker Compact Car vacuum is worth a look. We had our fair share of problems with this vacuum, but the price makes it a fair deal.