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.