I've had 2 Black & Decker 'Dustbusters' and they've both been quite poor. The first one was not sufficiently powerful to pick up the bits, so I replaced it with a more powerful one, but after a short time it developed problems with recharging - it only works for about 30 seconds at a time as it won't hold a charge. Also, only I can use it because for some reason whenever anyone else tries to use it they deposit all of the crumbs on the floor underneath the holder in which the dustbuster sits - it makes more mess than it clears
As Bramshott says, dustpan and brush can be better, although my friend has a hand held Dyson which looks more effective than my dustbusters and has certainly been more durable.
yy to handheld dyson... it really is the best pressie I ever got.. I've got white cats and it sucks up the hair no problem. plus I've got two pretty messy boys...They're happy to wield the hoover and clear up their own mess, so a definite result.
I really like the Electrolux Cyclonic here The front two wheels are really useful for smooth cleaning of the carpet and it picks up better than the previous one I had - can't even remember the name of that. Think it might have been a Morphy Richards.