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BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FL 20V MAX Lithium Flex Cordless Vacuum

BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FL is a very popular and rather versatile cordless handheld vacuum, suitable for detailed cleaning at home and car, for cleaning smaller messes, and for cleaning in emergencies.

BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FL follows the same design philosophy of previous MAX Flex cordless units, but it offers several very important improvements.

Published: October 22, 2020.

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BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FL 20V MAX Flex Features and Specifications

BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FL 20V MAX Flex is not a typical cordless handheld vacuum - BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FL is a compact and lightweight unit, designed to be carried in one hand via the built-in handle and the vacuuming itself to be done using a second hand. Or, the user can place the unit next to the mess and clean it using one hand.

BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FL is powered by a power fade-free 1.5 Ah 20V MAX lithium battery, offering up to 20 minutes of runtime.

When the battery is fully discharged, it takes approximately 4 hours to fully recharge it.

BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FL comes with a very convenient charging base which is also used for storage. The battery charger is intelligent and it monitors the condition of the battery - when the battery is fully charged, the charging stops and the unit may remain on the charging base without the fear of the battery being overcharged.

charging base

Charging base and compact dimensions allow the BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FL to be kept somewhere very close, for example on the countertop, ready to be used at the moment notice.

With the clean air filters, the maximum suction of the BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FL is 24 Air Watts, which is enough for quick cleanups and cleaning in emergencies.

The unit weighs just 3.2 pounds (~1.45 kg).

Dirt cup is transparent, with a capacity of 18.9 ounces (~0.55 liters), which is more than enough for the cleaning tasks this unit is designed for.

The actual HEPA level of the air filtration is not stated by the manufacturer, but the BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FL comes with a three-stage air filtration system that does its job rather well - cyclonic action is combined with plastic pre-filter and pleated PVF110 air filter.

pvf110 air filter

Both pre-filter and PVF110 air filter are washable, improving suction and cleaning in general. However, after washing be sure to thoroughly air dry filters and never assemble the unit with wet or moist air filter - such use can damage the unit and render the warranty void.

After some time, the PVF110 air filter should be replaced with a new one - the replacement period depends on the use and type of dirt.

Note: BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FL is very simple to use and maintain cordless, bagless vacuum, but when it arrives, be sure to read the manual thoroughly.

BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FL Cleaning Tools

One of the reasons why BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FL is so popular is the set of cleaning tools that come with the unit.

4 ft. (~1.2 m) long Flexible Extension Hose allows the user to clean the surfaces that are hard and awkward to reach and clean. Flexible Extension Hose is ideal for detail cleaning of the home, car, boat, and other surfaces that cannot be reached and cleaned using a full-size vacuum cleaner.

cleaning hose

2-in-1 Cleaning Tool is the default cleaning tool and it combines a standard suction nozzle with the dusting brush. The dusting brush can be quickly deployed by simply flipping the dusting brush to the front position. This allows the user to vacuum various types of dirt without the need to stop with the cleaning in order to replace the cleaning tool.

2 in 1 tool

Crevice Tool is a long and narrow cleaning tool, intended for cleaning edges, gaps, corners, between seats and mattresses, and other hard to reach areas.

crevice tool

Pet Hair Brush is a tool intended for vacuuming pet and human hair, lint, fibers, and other similar types of dirt from the carpets, stairs, upholstered surfaces, car seats, pet beds, and similar. Pet Hair Brush is one of the favorite cleaning tools often used by BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FL owners, regardless if they have a pet or not.

pet brush

Decent suction (24 Air Watts is a 'decent' suction) combined with the flexible cleaning hose, 2-in-1 cleaning tool, crevice tool, and the pet hair brush, allows the BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FL user to thoroughly clean various surfaces commonly found at home or in the car.

Note: Again, BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FL has very good suction, but when its 24 Air Watts is compared with the 185 Air Watts suction of the Dyson V11 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, it is 'just' a decent suction. Of course, Dyson V11 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner costs several times more than the BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FL cordless vacuum cleaner.


BLACK+DECKER offers two very similar 20V MAX Flex cordless, bagless, handheld vacuums, BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FL, and BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FLFH.

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These are two identical vacuums, with the only difference between them is that the model BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FLFH comes with everything that the model BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FL comes, but it also includes the so-called Stick Vac Floor Head, allowing the BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FL to be used even as the lightweight cordless 'canister' vacuum cleaner.

Stick Vac Floor Head is a lightweight cleaning tool that comes with a swivel neck and the floor selector, allowing the user to clean both carpeted areas and bare floors.

Note: Stick Vac Floor Head allows the user to do quick, light cleaning of the carpets, but it can't be compared with the cleaning effect of large, full-size vacuums that feature floor heads with spinning brushrolls optimized for carpets and area rugs. But, for quick cleanups, it is a nice cleaning tool that increases the versatility of the BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FL vacuum. On the bare floors, Stick Vac Floor Head performs better than on the carpeted areas.

BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FL Cordless Vacuum vs BLACK+DECKER HFVB320J27 Cordless Vacuum

BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FL and BLACK+DECKER HFVB320J27 are two very similar models, with the BLACK+DECKER HFVB320J27 being a somewhat older model.

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Besides the color, the main differences are:

- BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FL uses a convenient charging base, while BLACK+DECKER HFVB320J27 uses a simple battery charger.

- BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FL features an 18V (20V max.) 1.5 Ah battery, while BLACK+DECKER HFVB320J27 comes with 12V 2.0 Ah battery.

- BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FL can be recharged in ~4 hours, while BLACK+DECKER HFVB320J27 requires 10-13 hours.

- BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FL features 24 Air Watts suction, while BLACK+DECKER HFVB320J27 features 17 Air Watts suction.

Personally, although the BLACK+DECKER HFVB320J27 is a somewhat cheaper model, the newer, more powerful BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FL justifies the price difference.

black and decker bdh2020fl mLong Story Short: BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FL is a compact, lightweight, and rather versatile handheld cordless vacuum. It can be used for regular cleanups and cleaning in emergencies. With Stick Vac Floor Head (model BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FLFH) it can be even used for light vacuuming of floors, although it can't really replace large, full-size vacuum cleaner.

For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to check BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FL and BLACK+DECKER BDH2020FLFH Amazon links (links open in the new windows).

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