If you want a handheld vacuum cleaner that’s capable of doing all the jobs of a main vacuum cleaner then the VH780 is worth a very close look. Coming with a range of 14 different accessories, it is flexible enough to vacuum large floors as well as the small nooks and crannies handheld vacuums specialise in.

It’s not without its drawbacks and if you have a large home you’ll almost certainly want a dedicated upright model, but for small houses and flats this vacuum should be enough to handle all your cleaning.

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Performance

As a mains-powered handheld vacuum you get a decent level of suction power and there are no concerns about battery life or charging times. The official wattage is 780 and in practice it feels very powerful for a handheld vacuum, doing a good job picking up dust and debris.

The fact it is corded does mean you have to keep it plugged in, but with a 6-metre long cable it has an excellent cleaning range, so you won’t have to constantly switch plugs and it will almost certainly reach out the driveway for use in a car.

Accessories

The number of accessories does feel a little excessive but it also means you are able to use it as a stick vacuum, meaning you get good coverage when cleaning floors without having to scrabble around on your hands and knees. While it’s great having a crevice tool, some of the slight graduations in size do feel unnecessary and it’s unlikely you will use them all, but still it’s better to have them and not use them rather than need them and not have them.

It also comes with an upholstery brush for cleaning softer surfaces, as well as a string bag for keeping all these different additions together for storage.

It’s a bagless cleaner, helping keep running costs down, but you will find it doesn’t take a long time for the filter to get clogged or the relatively small 370ml dust collector to fill up. The dust collector is easy to empty, although cleaning the filter can be a little more tricky as it’s not the type you can remove and wash like some other cleaners. The best solution we found for giving the filter a clean was resorting to the blow function to clear it out – which is fine if you have access to an outside space but otherwise will end up being very messy.

Black & Decker VH780 blow function

This blow function is also a nice addition if you want to clean leaves off a patio or out of a garage – not to mention inflating an airbed or similar inflatable.

Moving it around the house is easy as when assembled it never weighs a lot more than 2.5kg, although making sure some of the accessories are securely attached enough to stay assembled did sometimes become an issue. Pulling a long cable around the house also makes it trickier to use when compared with cordless models, but getting more than 20 minutes of use per 8-12 hour charge can easily make up for this.

Our only other concern was that with extended use it did tend to get quite hot after about 15 minutes or so. It wasn’t a major issue, but it may be something to bear in mind if you are intending to use it for big cleans.

Price

Available for around £55 it’s a great value vacuum, especially when you consider the flexibility you get from the range of accessories. If you did want to go for a cordless cleaner it may be worth looking at the Black & Decker Dustbuster Flexi, although the battery won’t last long enough to give a full house clean if that is what you are after.

Verdict

While it’s not without its drawbacks, the VH780 is a superb handheld vacuum for its price. Coming with a wide range of accessories it can perform a huge range of cleaning tasks and as it is mains-powered is suitable as a main vacuum for flats and small houses. It’s not a particularly refined product, but for the price it gets the job done.

See also: Best cordless vacuum cleaners

A great all around handheld vacuum cleaner
Pros
Powerful
Versatile
Cons
Difficult to clean filter
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