Pros / The retractable handle makes this vacuum easy to store in small, tight spaces.
Cons / Despite its less-powerful 7-amp motor, this vacuum is a loud 92 decibels.
Verdict / The Dirt Devil Dynamite Plus M084650 packs a lot of power into a compact design. It can handle a variety of cleaning jobs and doesn't require a lot of maintenance.
The Dirt Devil Dynamite Plus M084650 is one of the top-performing budget vacuums in terms of its power, performance and versatile design. Despite its 7-amp motor, it handles a variety of cleaning jobs on different surfaces.
This is one of the best budget vacuums for overall suction and power. We tested the suction of each vacuum in our lineup using fine flour to granular pieces of kitty litter to determine how well each vacuum picked up these materials. The Dirt Devil Dynamite Plus was able to handle these different substances with ease.
This upright vac is a great choice for pet owners. In one of our tests, we embedded pet hair in thick carpet. The Dynamite Plus was able to remove every hair after only a few passes. The vacuum has a brush roll button, which allows you to disable the brush roll so you can clean flat surfaces such as hardwood or linoleum without the risk of damaging your floors.
Of all the vacuums we tested, the Dynamite Plus was by far the most portable and storable. It weighs a light 10.8 pounds and has a compact stick for a handle. The handle retracts, allowing you to fit it into small closets or tight storage spaces.
This vacuum, though compact and portable, does lack maneuverability. The handle and head don't pivot, which means you have to pull the vacuum back toward you whenever you want to change directions. This is usually the case with low-priced uprights. For something a little easier to move around, check out the Shark Navigator.
The Dynamite Plus comes with a variety of tools, including an extension wand, crevice tool, and dusting brush, that are all stored on board the vacuum. That's impressive, considering how light and compact this vacuum is.
To use the extension wand and any of the included accessories, you simply pull the hose out, which detaches easily from the back of the vacuum, insert the extension wand, which is attached alongside the body of the vacuum, and fasten the tool to the end of the wand. The extension wand gives you a 5-foot reach.
The vacuum base stores a dusting brush, and the crevice tool fits nicely inside the extension wand. There is no upholstery tool, so this may not be the best vacuum for cleaning dusty curtains or cleaning your car.
On a positive note, the Dirt Devil’s long, 25-foot power cord gives you lots of room to vacuum large areas. Despite its lower-power motor, this vacuum does get loud. In our tests, the Dynamite measured 92 decibels. It was the second loudest vacuum we tested.
Dirt Devil has a user-friendly website that offers a lot of support. You can find an e-mail contact form, and in our tests, a representative responded to our email question within 24 hours. A customer service line is available weekdays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
You can also find a parts and service locator if you never need to find a local repair shop. Dirt Devil offers a standard one-year warranty on parts and maintenance for the Dynamite Plus.
- Medium Carpet Performance
- Power Cord Length
The Dirt Devil Dynamite Plus is a smartly designed vacuum that works perfectly for small households, apartment dwellers or college students. It doesn't take up a lot of space, it packs a lot of power into a compact design and is very affordable compared to other budget vacuums. It can get a bit loud and doesn’t maneuver as easily as budget canisters, but these can be minor trade-offs compared to its power and flexibility.