Okay, I admit it, I am a bit of a cleanliness freak. I keep my Dustbuster in the kitchen and probably use it an average of twice a day.
This Dustbuster is a bit heavier that some of the cheaper weaker ones, but it is still a very comfortable weight. It has a crevice tool which I leave attached most of the time. Using the crevice tool reduces the amount of bending required to pick up crumbs off of the floor, and it also reduces scratchs on the main body of the vacuum. If you don't want to use the crevice tool, it stores neatly on the bottom side of the vacuum. It also comes with a small brush attachment which I don't use very much.
The vacuum recharges when it sits in its base. The base can sit flat or be mounted on a wall.
I have owned this vacuum for about 5 years. The first three years or so it was great. Since that time, the battery has slowly lost its ability to hold a charge. The battery on this unit is not easily replaced. Recently, I could only vacuum for about 30 seconds before the unit lost its power. So, I guess the old friend will be put out to pasture.
I was anxiously awaiting Christmas this year in hopes that Santa would give me a new Dustbuster. Fortunately, Santa came through, and you will no doubt hear about my new Dustbuster in a future review. My new Dustbuster is also from Black & Decker, so obivously Santa believes it is a good brand.
All in all, I have been happy with this hand held vacuum. I would have been very happy if the battery lasted longer.