Dirt Devil Kurv Cordless Vacuum Cleaner 0216SPC Review

In today’s product review we’re taking a look at yet another small handheld vacuum, the Dirt Devil Kurv Cordless Vacuum Cleaner. With a herd of cats at home I’m always looking for vacuums of all sizes to torture test. Let’s find out if form follows function or function follows form on this stylish handheld vac…

The Dirt Devil Kurv is quite the looker. It was designed by renowned industrial designer Karim Rashid reflecting his functional and holistic approach. The styling extends to the recharging base which integrates with the vacuum unit itself. Underneath the styling the hand vac has a 9.6 volt motor and a smallish dirt cup. It has a soft vacuuming tip which is a nice touch to help prevent scratching of delicate surfaces.

Stylistically, the Dirt Devil Kurv Cordless Vacuum Cleaner will blend well in most houses. It’s available in several designer colors to match your own home color scheme such as spice (dark red), harbor sky (light blue), Choco-Latte (dark brown) and Champagne (very light tan). It’s one of those things that looks good just sitting there.

Unfortunately, the lovely styling does little for the mediocre vacuuming performance of the Dirt Devil Kurv. The unit is adequate for little stuff like dusting around knick-knacks and the like. However, it doesn’t do well with sucking up cat fur or cleaning up behind a very messy kid. Cleaning chores that could be done quickly with a plug-in vacuum or even other handheld portables I’ve tried took longer and weren’t as clean with the Kurv. The clever and stylish exhaust vent design was just too clever and often blew dirt around as much as it sucked it up. As for cleaning out a car or van where a kid has made a mess, it does fit between the cracks better than some but the lack of power was an issue.

Speaking of power, the  Dirt Devil Kurv doesn’t hold out too long on battery power. I saw an average of about 5 minutes per charge which was barely enough for any lengthy cleaning chore. The lack of battery longevity was a significant issue to a number of people who bought and returned this vacuum from what I heard from store employees.

The bottom line is that while the Dirt Devil Kurv Cordless Vacuum Cleaner 0216SPC looks good, it doesn’t really work good. It’s clearly a case of function following form. If you don’t have kids and/or pets and keep a very clean house and need a good looking handheld portable vacuum then the Kurv might work for you. Otherwise, I’d suggest passing on it baring a really great deal.

 


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22 Comments »

Comment by Cesar
2009-02-11 22:10:31

Thanks for that review.

 
Comment by Nancy
2009-02-11 23:12:36

I prefer to function rather than asthetic. So I don’t think this vacuum cleaner is good option for me.

 
Comment by Best CSS Gallery
2009-02-12 07:07:53

This vacuum cleaner is so beautiful! I’d buy it only for the looks! :)

 
Comment by RNB Love Songs
2009-02-12 10:22:59

Well you quickly turned me off this vacuum. Poor suckage and a low battery life means it doesn’t really do anything good.

 
Comment by Funny Junk
2009-02-16 01:31:40

I agree with Nancy and RNB Love Songs. Poor functionality = a no-no when it comes to vacuums.

 
Comment by webkinz
2009-03-01 12:33:02

The cleaner looks really awesome. I would buy it if test it in some store.

2009-03-02 10:05:38

Still, looks are only a minimal piece of the puzzle. It can’t just look good, it’s gotta function well too.

 
 
Comment by used tires
2009-03-08 03:21:24

I have never had very good luck with vacuum cleaners, this vacuum really does have a great look! But like some of the other comments, I am not sure if this vacuum will the best for everyone, and as well as you saying it =D

 
Comment by Web Marketing
2009-03-19 08:36:24

It sure is pretty, but it doesn’t suck too well. That being its primary function I would have to say that something slightly less aesthetically appealing but performing better would be my personal choice.

 
Comment by Wastehog
2009-03-24 06:55:05

I’d buy it, it looks cool. I don’t mind too much if it doesn’t suck too well, i dont like cleaning anyway ;)

 
Comment by Black Labradors
2009-03-28 01:23:00

I am in the market for a new vacuum and I have plenty of dog hair that could use a good vacuum.

 
Comment by Chris
2009-03-30 11:15:26

This is a great vacuum. Much better than any of the house system ones I’ve used.

 
Comment by web design miami
2009-04-01 07:41:22

I just don’t understand why can’t they make one amazing product. Just for once let’s have a vacuum cleaner with a great design, awesome vacuuming power and all important functions. Even if they made it cost twice as much as the competitors it’d still sell well because it’d be an ultimate vacuum cleaner - it’s not like people have different expectations when it comes to cleaning supplies - everyone wants the same thing.

 
2009-04-11 12:32:26

Hehe, considering I’m a neat freak, this Vacuum is like a dream come true for me

Comment by jfc
2009-04-13 10:17:36

Ants Expert,

The Kurv is great for vacuuming ants when they invade your home, a safe alternative to spraying pesticides inside.

 
 
Comment by Lorecee
2009-04-13 09:17:25

The Kurv looks a bit like a Lava Lite. Too bad it’s a crappy product, but it’s not alone–most of the handhelds out there are crap. For pet hair, the only thing that’s worked for me is a turbo brush attached to a super-powerful upright like the Dyson. There are portability issues, but at least it gets my sofa clean.

Comment by jfc
2009-04-13 10:27:53

Hi Lorecee,

I found the vacuum power of the Kurv to be noticeably lower than the Dirt Devil Kone, it’s predecessor. Both have the ‘blow around the dirt’ problem though.

Of course, I get these test units in as refurbs and returns most of the time (a friend of mine buys pallets of this stuff for resell). For example, the Kone we got was full of Cheerios!

 
 
Comment by DoFollow - Chris
2009-05-01 21:22:51

That is exactly what I need so I don’t have to drag the full-sized vacuum up and down our 2 flights of stairs!

 
2009-06-08 13:28:01

A company should be ashamed of producing a lousy product that just looks good. A vacuum still needs adequate power regardless if it is cordless. Likely they had a different power source in mind but changed it to increase profit margin.

 
Comment by Link Degisimi
2009-07-21 06:14:00

That is exactly what I need so I don’t have to drag the full-sized vacuum up and down our 2 flights of stairs!

 
2009-09-17 04:46:01

Cordless vacuums has its advantages compared to the wired ones but if you’re in for some massive carpet cleaning, refer it to the bigger vacuums.

 
Comment by Edge Sander
2010-06-03 09:38:06

Just bought my Dirt Devil Kurv and it works awesome. Couldn’t be more pleased. I give it a 4.5/5 stars.

 
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