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Dirt Devil EZ Lite Bagless Canister

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Avg. consumer rating = 75/100 

The Dirt Devil EZ Lite canister vacuum - model SD40010 - gets some good consumer ratings and some bad consumer ratings. But there are enough bad ratings to make one wary. It is well-liked for its light weight, easy maneuverability and bare floor cleaning capabilities, but it does not excel on carpet and many owners find it hard to push. There are also quite a few grumblings regarding poor suction and the difficulty of cleaning the dust canister.  Given the frequent “"I love it"” and “"I hate it"” owner reviews the EZ Lite seems something of a gamble.

Owner ratings from several popular sites have been collected and are shown in the table below.  These generate an average score of 75.2 out of a possible 100 (3.76 stars out of 5).  Considering the scores of other canister vacuums on our site this is relatively low (see canister vacuum ratings).

 Source  Consumer Ratings  #Ratings
 Amazon  2.9 stars out of 5  49
 Viewpoints  4.15 stars out of 5  12
 Home Depot  2 stars out of 5  1
 Overstock  4.4 stars out of 5  62
 Walmart  3.7 stars out of 5  7

 

Owner comments provide insights into areas of the vacuum that are liked and disliked.  We have highlighted the most common below.

PROS
- Lightweight
- Good on hardwood floors
- Retractable power cord
- Compact
- Fairly maneuverable

CONS
- Not great at cleaning carpet
- Hard to push on carpet
- A number of complaints about poor suction
- Body tips easily
- Dust canister can be difficult to empty
- Carrying handle on bottom is hard to access
- Lots of filter cleaning necessary
- Tools easily fall off their storage space on the handle

When reading individual consumer reviews a few things stand out: 
- some units have poor suction
- it is messy and difficult to empty the dust canister
- the vacuum is lightweight
- some folks think it is great while others really dislike it.

With respect to poor suction, there are claims that this can be remedied by cleaning the pre-filter (there is a pre-filter in the dust canister) and that many owners simply do not know to clean this filter.  However there are also owners who experience continued poor suction after cleaning all filters as well as emptying the dust canister and ensuring there are not clogs.  Note from author – we have run into this kind of thing before where some owners report that a vacuum has great suction while others complain of poor suction.  We have also experienced this ourselves with some models.  In these cases it is our opinion that some motors work well while others don’t, and that this may be related to quality control (again, just an opinion).
 
The Dirt Devil EZ Lite, or Dirt Devil Easy Lite, is a bagless canister vacuum that is quite lightweight at 11.8 lbs.  As a result it is easy to carry and, to some extent, maneuver.  Carrying is made easier via the built-in vacuum handle, however the handle is awkwardly located near the back of the machine upon which the canister usually sits when stored.  This makes it hard to access when retrieving the machine from the storage area.

The SD40010, like many vacuums today, is powered by a 12 amp motor and it comes with variable suction controls.  This is a nice feature and one not commonly found on vacuums, especially at this price point (Miele frequently provide this option but they are much more expensive).  This allows one to dial down the vacuum suction when cleaning delicate items like curtains or lamp shades for example.  Suction is controlled via a dial on the canister body.

The EZ Lite SD40010 sports a washable HEPA filter which is generally an asset for owners (or families) who suffer from asthma or allergies.  However the dust canister on this machine is reported to be awkward and difficult to empty, often resulting in the release of dust and debris.  This may somewhat negate the positive effects of a HEPA filter.  In addition the unit has three filters – pre-filter, secondary filter and HEPA filter, and these seem to require frequent cleaning (as a measure to ensure optimum suction).  Frequent filter cleaning may also be an issue for some with asthma or allergies.  Granted that dust canister emptying and filter cleaning are tasks associated with all bagless vacuums, but there are numerous reports that these are particularly onerous with the SD40010.

Easy Lite Tools
Tools and Attachments


The vacuum includes a dust brush, a crevice tool and the carpet/bare-floors nozzle.  These attach to the end of the 6 foot swivel hose or the end of the telescopic wand.   The wand is 32 inches in length and can extend to 45 inches.  The vacuum performs fairly well on bare-floors but has limited success on carpet.  This is, in part, due to the fact that the unit has no brushbar in the nozzle. It is also difficult to push the nozzle on carpet.
 
Additional features include a retractable power cord (generally very popular on vacuums), a clog indicator light (activated by a drop in suction), and a thermostat that shuts the vacuum down should it start to overheat (protects the motor).  The power cord on the SD40010 is 20 feet in length which is a bit short.  The vacuum carries a 2-year limited warranty. 

Vacuum Cleaner Manual
You can view the Dirt Devil EZ Lite manual here.  However this is basically a 1 page manual that is hard to read and limited in detail. 

 

Image Nigel Russco has been writing for Vacuum Cleaner Advisor for years and has a background in business and engineering, as well as a keen interest in anything related to vacuum cleaners. Connect with Nigel on Google+
 






 

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