I like having a handheld vacuum option for small spills, tabletops and closet corners. This Black and Decker Cordless works very well in those capacities. The vacuum charges on a base, via electrical plug. I try and charge it only when I am home as I do not not to leave things plugged in. When fully charged (8 hours or so) it's a good, powerful hand held vacuum which I like to use on the dining and kitchen counter for crumbs, or to spot-clean dirt piles from shoes or the like. If it doesn't charge fully you can hear the motor slow down. Hair can get caught easily through the mouth, so be sure to clean it when you empty the canister. The canister pops in and out easily, making for a simple clean and empty. The mouth is wide which can limit where it can go. The charging base is small and fits almost anywhere. Although I wouldn't hate a more narrow nozzle option, overall this is a decent buy, although probably a bit overpriced. It is sturdy however - I use it a few times a week and mine is 4 years old, no sign of problems!