Guide to Dirt Devil Vacuums

Dirt Devil Vacuums was founded in 1905 by Philip Geier in Cleveland, Ohio as P.A. Geier in a garage that used to develop and produce metal cleaners by hand. The company was divided into two divisions as it grew rapidly, one for producing vacuums and the other for producing household appliances such as mixers.

In 1953, P.A. Geier was acquired by the Walter E. Schott Organization, and as a result, P.A. Gaier was renamed as Royal Appliance Manufacturing Co. The company released its famous dirt devil vacuum for the first time in the year 1980.

The company primarily gathered popularity due to its innovative products. It used a patented cyclone system in its handheld household vacuums which allowed the vacuum to go into hard-to-reach spots and made cleaning & vacuuming much easier. Consequently, the company’s vacuum became the highest-selling handheld vacuum with more than 25 million units sold at that time.

The ‘Dirt Devil’ Brand

woman holding wireless vertical vacuum cleaner

As of today, the Dirt Devil Vacuum brand is widely known in the industry and enjoys a large market share. They are primarily known for their innovative products at affordable price points that attract the low to mid-range market segment. Their products are sold globally and in countries such as France, Spain, the UK, the U.S, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Russia, and the Middle East. 

The company offers a wide range of home appliances which include: 

  • upright vacuums
  • stick vacuums
  • handheld vacuums
  • cordless vacuums
  • canister vacuums
  • hard floor cleaners
  • carpet shampooers 

With their low to mid-range price points, their products also come with 1- or 2-years’ worth of warranty.

One of the most popular features of their products is the AccuCharge technology. Dirt Devil released this feature in their cordless handheld vacuums in 2008 where this technology led to their vacuums to consume 70% less energy relative to other common cordless vacuums and uses Nickel Cadmium batteries. AccuCharge technology offers fast charging times and monitors the battery levels throughout usage. As a result of this feature, Dirt Devil has had great sales numbers for their cordless vacuums.


Woman with handheld vacuum cleaning on sofa

Dirt Devil 16V Cordless Stick Vacuum

The Dirt Devil 16V vacuum is one of the best-selling vacuums of Dirt Devil. As the name implies, it is a stick vacuum that offers cordless power. It is lightweight and allows easy steering around furniture for an effective vacuuming session. It comes with Dirt Devil’s premium brush roll which allows easy vacuuming of pet hair from carpets or hardwood floors.

The vacuum comes with a 16V lithium battery that allows quicker charging, longer battery runtime, and lag-free power. It also is equipped with an extra-large dirt cup and an odor-trapping carbon fiber which minimizes pet odors. 

It weighs 5.5 pounds, has fingertip controls, comes with multi-floor settings, and is fitted with a scatter guard. The battery run time is 14 minutes with a 16 Volts battery. It also has a swivel head which allows convenient steering. The filters are replaceable and rinseable. It is bagless and comes with a dirty cup that has a capacity of 0.7 liters. The handle material is made up of plastic. 

Pros Cons
  • Lightweight
  • Low noise
  • Good suction power
  • Affordable price point
  • Easy to steer around your furniture
  • Simple to operate
  • Has a 2-year warranty
  • Short battery run time & long battery charge time
  • Batteries wear down after more than a year of constant use
  • Brushroll can be easily damaged

Quick Flip 8V Cordless Hand Vacuum

Woman housewife vacuuming furniture in a house with a hand-held portable vacuum cleaner

This cordless hand vacuum is perfect for small apartments, cars, and other small areas. It is a powerful hand vacuum that is compact and comes with an 8-volt battery. The Quick Flip comes with a crevice tool that allows the unit to reach debris in crevices and tight corners.

The Quick Flip vacuum comes with a dirt cup that has a capacity of 0.3 liters and a weight of 1.4 pounds. The filters are replaceable and washable. The run time of the unit is 10 minutes and requires a charging time of 6 hours. It is fitted with fingertip controls and offers solid suctioning power.

Pros Cons
  • Lightweight
  • Compact and easy to store in tight areas
  • Comes with a crevice tool
  • Has a 2-year warranty
  • Good suction
  • Loud
  • No way to tell the remaining battery
  • Poor battery life

Dirt Devil Endura Max Upright

The Endura Max Upright comes with full-size power and offers extended cleaning reach. The vacuum is equipped with the Endura Performance System which allows for better power, longer lasting, and no lag in the suction power. With this vacuum, you can clean high spaces up to 10 feet with the quick release wand that provides flexibility in cleaning these spaces. 

The Endura Max Upright also comes with a 2-in-1 dusting and crevice tool to tackle tight corners and crevices. In addition, the vacuum is fitted with the SPIN3PRO brush roll for easier dirt removal from carpets and hard floors with a four-level height adjustment.

The vacuum offers motor amps of 8, comes with a wand & brush roll window, and boasts a motor with 120 volts. The dirt cup has a capacity of 2 liters and is replaceable & washable. The vacuum’s grip is D-shaped and is made up of plastic material. Endura Max Upright’s hose length is 5 feet and has a reach of 10 feet with a cord length of 25 feet. The vacuum weighs about 11 pounds.

Pros Cons
  • Offers full-size power with a lightweight, compact, and easy-to-handle vacuum unit
  • No assembly required
  • Easy to detach the dirt cup and dispose its contents
  • Attachments included with the vacuum
  • Less noise relative to competitors
  • Built quality may be prone to premature damage
  • Clogs up quickly
  • May struggle with pet hair and hardwood floors
  • The belt can come off with regular use

Dirt Devil Razor Vac Pet Upright

The Razor Pet Upright is the perfect combination of a compact, powerful, and lightweight vacuum.  With its low-profile design, you can easily maneuver around and under furniture easily. It is also fitted with the SPIN4PRO brush roll which seamlessly picks up any pet hair from carpets and hard floors. The vacuum has an odor-trapping filter and comes with an XL dirt cup.

The vacuum weighs around 13 pounds and boasts a 120 volts motor and 8 amps motor. The dirt cup has a capacity of 1.5 liters and has a bottom release which can increase the chances of a spill. The handle material is made up of plastic and is steerable. You can also remove this handle and clip on the Turboclaw Pet Tool for harder-to-reach places. 

The hose length is 6.6 feet and has a reach of 10 feet with a cord length of 25 feet. The hose is stretchable which makes it flexible. The vacuum also comes with an allergen filtration system; however, it is not powerful.

Pros Cons
  • Affordable price
  • Good suction power and lightweight
  • Increased flexibility with the tools included
  • Brush and filters are removable and washable
  • Relatively quiet
  • Plastic-built quality prone to damage
  • Unavailability of replacement belts
  • Brush roll can be damaged easily
  • Emptying and putting the canister back on can be a challenge

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Too Many Questions

Are Dirt Devil vacuums good for pet owners?

Yes, as Dirt Devil releases specific vacuum models for pet owners and their models are labelled to distinguish them from the rest. These models are fitted with higher suctioning power and powerful brushes to vacuum up pet hair without them getting entangled in the filters.

Do Dirt Devil vacuums maintain their suction power over time?

Although the company markets its vacuums with no loss of suction power over time, consumer reviews indicate that the vacuums do lose their power over time and some of its vacuum models do not provide enough power.

What are the battery runtimes for Dirt Devil cordless vacuums?

The battery runtime depends on the battery’s volts.

  • With a 4V battery, the runtime is 6 minutes only.
  • With a 16V battery, the runtime is up to 18 minutes.
  • With a 24V battery, the runtime is up to 20 minutes.

However, these are not absolute numbers and may vary between models and your usage. Also, remember, the suctioning power will diminish as you approach the end of the device’s power.

Is the built quality of Dirt Devil vacuums good?

The built quality of Dirt Devil vacuums is reasonable; however, they may be prone to damage if you use them roughly. This is due to their built material which is plastic. But you should keep in mind that their price points are also low.

Are Dirt Devil vacuums easy to use?

Yes, most Dirt Devil vacuums can be used without any assembly. They also offer good maneuverability because of the swivels in their handles and included attachments.

Do Dirt Devil vacuums offer good value for money?

In our opinion, yes. They are priced at low to mid-range and offer good value as their products are rated to be good but don’t expect a Dirt Devil to last you more than two years.


Dirt Devil vacuums are known to offer affordable prices with good value. Their cordless and upright vacuums offer solid suction power and flexibility for an easy cleaning session. However, the battery runtimes are on the shorter end and power may not be enough. In addition, they may not last longer than a year, but their prices justify this. All in all, they are a good choice for someone looking for a vacuum to clean up small messes in small areas.