Wednesday, April 23, 2014

BLACK+DECKER Pivot Vac: the best handheld vacuum {review + giveaway!}

*This post is sponsored by BLACK+DECKER but my love for the Pivot Vac is all my own :)

Last week, I got a sweet little package on my doorstep.
It was like Christmas all over again.
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It was my new Pivot Vac from BLACK+DECKER!

Now, if you've read my blog at all you know that I'm a clean freak, and I'm a sucker for cleaning products and gadgets. I even posted just a few weeks ago on Facebook asking my readers about vacuums (because I'm in desperate need of a new one). So when BLACK+DECKER reached out to me I knew it must be fate.

I could not wait to open this bad boy up. I took it out of the box, admired it for a few minutes, and then set it on it's charging base so it could get all revved up and ready to clean.

While it charged, I read up a little on the features of the Pivot Vac.
Here's what I learned:

• Innovative, patented nozzle pivots to clean up high, down low and even in tight spaces. The nozzle also features an on-board brush and extendable crevice tool.

• Its high performance motor provides superior suction capability when compared to other BLACK+DECKER cordless hand vacs

• The cyclonic action spins dust and debris away from the filter keeping suction power strong.

• 3-stage filtration system with a pleated filter design offers the highest level of filtration to help prevent clogs and improve air exhaust.

•Wide mouth design scoops up large debris.

Sounds awesome, right?
You can read more about the features of the Pivot Vac here.

It didn't take long to charge, so I set to work cleaning everything I could find.

First, I had to try that amazing little brush on the end of it and see how it worked for pet hair. We have a very fat, hairy kitty cat that sheds a ton. She has a favorite spot on the arm of the couch where she likes to lay in the sun all day. The cat hair is literally the bane of my existence, so I was very pleased to see how quickly and easily the Pivot Vac loosened and sucked up all of the cat hair. I ended up doing the entire couch and I was shocked (and a little disgusted) to see just how much cat hair came off the couch. Check out this before and after:
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This little brush is amazing!

The next place I wanted to try it on  were the stairs. Oh, how I loathe vacuuming the stairs with my big, bulky vacuum, especially now that I'm pregnant! It's almost like a hazard, because I have to lug the huge vacuum out, balance it on the stairs, hold onto it so it doesn't fall down the stairs (and take me with it!) and get the hose out. It ends up being a workout, which is why my stairs are never very clean. What's worse is that at the bottom of my stairs is the laundry room where the litter box is, and the cat tracks little bits of litter up and down the stairs. It really grosses me out. But the Pivot Vac was really easy to use and I had the stairs clean in no time. The little concentrator worked great to get in the corners where dirt, debris, and kitty litter like to hide!
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Next up, I needed to try out that pivot action. I'd been procrastinating getting rid of this little cobweb I noticed above the bathroom door for a while now. Mostly because cobwebs creep me out, and I didn't know how to get it down without touching it. The Pivot Vac made quick and easy work of that too, and then I went around the entire house getting all of the doorways and the tops of the trim, where a ton of dust likes to collect.
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By this point, the dirt bowl was looking pretty full (though I still had great suction) so I decided to empty it. Cleaning out the bowl and the filter was super easy. The dust bin popped right off and I emptied it into the trash can. I was pretty amazed at how much dirt, hair, and debris it collected! Even with all of that dirt in it, it never lost suction or got clogged. My old vacuum's hose was constantly getting clogged.

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One of my personal favorites about the Pivot Vac is how lightweight and easy it is to use. There are no cords, no attachments to lose, and it's not hard to move from mess to mess. It's so easy to use that even my kids have gotten in on the cleaning action. They are at the age now where they have daily and weekly chores to do, and we've incorporated the Pivot Vac into our cleaning routine. They aren't so good at sweeping up messes or vacuuming their rooms, but now they can do it all on their own with the Pivot Vac, and they think it's so fun. They were literally fighting over who would do what chore- a mom's dream!

The amount of places I can use the Pivot Vac around the house is really endless. Besides the furniture, stairs, and doorways, I've also used it in the car, the bathroom floor (especially around the toilet), around the litter box and cat food bowls, under the kitchen table, kitchen rugs, in my sewing room (great for little scraps of fabric, thread, & paper), and it makes quick work of unexpected messes that the kids tend to make (spilled cereal, cracker crumbs, cookies, dried mud and dirt tracked in from outside). I'm not joking when I say I've been using my Pivot Vac just about every day since I've gotten it!

Now, here's the really fun part. Because I genuinely love the Pivot Vac so much, the people at BLACK+DECKER were generous enough to send me two of them- one for myself, and one to giveaway to one of my lucky readers! Isn't that awesome?! You can enter on the Rafflecopter widget below, and the winner will receive their very own Pivot Vac from BLACK+DECKER, valued at $79.99.
Giveaway is open to US & Canadian residents only.
Please refer to the terms and conditions.
Void where prohibited by law.
Only the first entry is mandatory.

So what do you think? Could you use a Pivot Vac in your life?
What would you use it to clean with?

Make sure to enter the giveaway! Good luck.

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69 comments:

  1. I love that it's cordless! There are two old vacuums at my house, both partially broken and they don't work all that great. Plus they're heavy and I have to lug the vacuum up or down at least one flight of stairs every time I use it. I would be excited just to have my own little vacuum that actually works!

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  2. Like you, I'd be using it clean up cat hair on my furniture and the litter that's tracked nearly everywhere.

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  3. My favorite features are the charging base and the washable dirt bowl. I'm all about convenience here with my busy life. I would use this for our couches and our cars!

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  4. I HATE cleaning the stairs! I sweat just thinking about it. This thing sounds awesome! I love how the kitty is glaring at the camera. She's saying,"How dare you remove my beautiful fur!" lol

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  5. My favorite feature is the pivoting nozzle. It would be great to use in the car!

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  6. oh wow love that is it handheld, it would make it much easier for my stairs and car, esp the pivoting nozzle

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  7. Oh & i'd clean up everything! HAHA. Probably the car mostly. And the couches.

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  8. I'd clean up the stairs or my car! Tricky places.

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  9. It would help clean pet hair on the couches and and the little dust bits on the window blinds

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  10. I would clean up all the messes my dog and husband make!

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  11. My car would be cheddar bunny free, and my fave chair would be cat hair free!

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  12. My hubby would love this since I don't clean!

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  13. He would clean his new garage and have the kids clean under their beds!

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  14. I would clean up all the dog hair on our sofas and furniture. It's crazy how much our bigger dog sheds!

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  15. oh my heavens...anything and everything! my biggest problem is all the hair i shed! would love to have this bad boy to keep my house in decent shape!

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  16. Love the 3-stage filtration system with a pleated filter design offers the
    highest level of filtration to help prevent clogs and improve air
    exhaust! With a newborn coming any day now...this would be a life saver!

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  17. I love that it has the chargeable battery. I hate having to vacuum with my little around she always goes for the wire and I am terrified she will bite into it!

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  18. I shed a lot of hair too! It's great to get the bathroom floor with really quick after blow drying! It's crazy how much hair ends up on the floor.

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  19. It's great for pet hair! Good luck :)

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  20. My kids have been loving it for their rooms & they don't need any help or supervision. With the big vacuum I'm always afraid if them sucking up the cord & getting shocked.

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  21. Yes! So good for all the crumbs & kid food in the car!

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  22. I don't have blinds but I've used it n the curtains (the cat gets 2 of them all hairy where she sits in the window). It would be great for blinds though. Good luck!

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  23. The pivoting is great for shelves & stuff up high!

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  24. The stairs were so easy with this! And yeah, the cat's not too fond of it lol. Good luck!

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  25. Ugh, I hate the cat litter. Good luck!

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  26. I love that it has a 3 stage filtration system

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  27. I would vacuum my kitchen cabinets with this vacuum

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  28. My favorite feature is the three stage filtration system for clogs and the high performance motor.

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  29. I would clean cat hair,my hair,dust,pet food spills,and snack crumbs with this.

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  30. I love the feature of the cyclonic action, keeping it from clogging the filter and not loose suction.

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  31. I would probably be cleaning the car more often.

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  32. I love the 3 stage filtration system. (: and I would clean up all of the mess my hubby makes. (:

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  33. My favorite feature is the "Innovative, patented nozzle pivots to clean up high, down low and even in tight spaces."

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  34. I would use it to clean nooks and crannies in the kitchen! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  35. One of my favorite features is that the filtration to help prevent clogs .

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  36. I have an adorable 2 year old grandson who leaves messes wherever he goes! I would use the vacuum to clean up after him, especially in the car :)

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  37. My boyfriend loves to smoke his hookah but the coals leave ash everywhere!! Using one of these would be so much better than having to pull out the big vacuum.

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  38. The 3 stage filtration system looks like a great feature! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  39. I'd clean up my bathroom and kitchen! With hardwood floors there's always dust around

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  40. The Innovative, patented nozzle pivots to clean up high, down low and even in tight spaces. Thanks for the giveaway, I'd love to win this. :)

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  41. sorry I like in the uk, entered by mistake, please delete my entries

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  42. I have a cat that digs in the plants. I need this to clean up the dirt.

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  43. I'd use it to collect all of the pet+cat+dog hair and clean the carpet!

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  44. The washable bowls and filters are my favorite feature

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  45. I have a 6 year old, a dog, and a cat so the messes that I would clean up are endless!!

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  46. I like that it has a Convenient charging base instead of an annoying cord.

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  47. I would use it to clean up my shop. My wife has been asking for months.

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  48. I would clean up after my dog. She sheds like a maniac in my car when I take her to the dog park. It is so hard to get out and gets all over my clothes. UGH.

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  49. I like the fact that it is a bagless vac. That makes it so much easier to clean/empty.

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  50. I would be doing the same things as you... picking up cat hair! I like that it's bagless and easy to clean and also that it has multiple filtration systems.

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  51. Oh my favorite feature is the Nozzle Pivot!!! I love that it can even get in small spaces! So neat!

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  52. Oh I would love to use it to easily get up the dog hair! Seems like it accumulates everywhere and this would be so easy to vacuum it up without getting the big one out! I also would love to use it to clean up Carters messes after dinner! So neat!

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  53. This is my favorite feature: Removable washable dirt bowl and filters!! My vacuum has it and I don't know what I'd do without it!

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  54. Messes: definitely the cat hair. I hate using the regular vacuum on the couch, so I need a strong suction-y hand vac to do the job :)

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  55. 3-stage filtration system with a pleated filter design offers the highest level of filtration to help prevent clogs and improve air exhaust.

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  56. I would love to use this to clean up toddler messes in my car!

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  57. i love the fact that it can get in tight places

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  58. My favorite feature is the cyclonic action to clean up the grandkid's spills in the vehicle.

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  59. I've got crumbs and dirt in my vehicle in hard to get to places that this little mean machine would pick up.

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  60. This would be such a fabulous replacement to my cheap-y handheld that currently takes up closet space! It needs charging after 10 minutes of use...not helpful for broken glass or spilled crumbs!
    lovelovelove,
    Erica
    cominguprosestheblog.com

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  61. That; "Innovative, patented nozzle pivots to clean up high, down low and even in tight spaces." which is amazinggggg!! For me atleast, lol.

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  62. This may sound weird, but the strong suction... Right now the vacuum I have is a hand me down from my roommates grandmother and it's OLD so I'm not sure it gets everything lol.

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  63. Dirt and dust! I'm horrible at cleaning lol.

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