Welcome a Gator into Your Home: Dirt Devil Gator Series


This is how badly I needed a hand vac with power ... I actually take my vacuum and instead of using the handtools, I will lift my vacuum onto the couch to get as much suction power as possible to clean off the messes my boys leave behind.

The day that the couch (and surrounding area) need the most help are days I give the boys cereal. Next thing you know there are thousands of cocoa flakes all over the place. And honestly, taking the vacuum out to clean the couch can be a PITA.

So I was thrilled when the opportunity came to test the Dirt Devil Gator Series. It is designed with a dirt cup that flips open for easy emptying, as you remove debris with a quick press of the side buttons. This allows you to minimize your contact with dirt.


Depending on the model you choose, your Gator will vary in voltage (10.8V-18V and price ($29.99-$59.99). The Mom Buzz received the Gator 10.8V Hand Vacuum. First off, they suggest charging it for 24 hours. But, I did learn that it comes charged as I poked at my husband with it precharging. (I vacuumed his head - he thought it felt good, if you are wondering.) After I did that, I tried out the flip compartment. With a squeeze on either side of the vacuum it opens and lets you dump out debris. Finally, I pulled out it's crevice tool. It came out easily and slid into place.

Now the real test. After I let it charge for 24 hours, I gave the boys their Cocoa Pebbles. Sigh. Without a doubt I had a HUGE mess on my hands as one boy spilled on the couch and the other on the floor. Honestly, this time the mess WAS big enough for me to go through the effort of dragging in a traditional vacuum. But, what's the fun in that? I took out the Dirt Devil Hand Vac and that thing had power. I can only imagine what the 18V one is like! This thing sucked EVERYTHING up off the couch. I even pulled out the crevice tool to get between the cracks - it worked as expected.

Then I used the Hand Vac to clean up the other mess on the floor. It did it pretty quick. No surprises there! If it could clean up the couch, with hidden cracks and crevices, you would expect it can handle a Pergo floor! It even tried sucking up toys! And when I was done with the Gator, it easily flipped open and I could dump the contents into the trash.

My favorite feature of the Gator is the power. It is just amazing at how well it picks up everything. The Hand Vac is light weight and comfortable in my hand. I love that it has a 3 year limited warranty and a filter that you can easily change. The crevice tool is easy to use. I think I would like a wider mouth on the Dirt Devil - just a tad. But the way the mouth of the gator is now keeps it from sucking up the kid's toys. As it was, it ate one of my boy's shoe lace ties.

Trying to decide which Gator to buy? Here are your options:

Dirt Devil® Gator 10.8VTM
  • Cordless Hand Vacuum
  • Gator SeriesTM Dirt Cup for easy emptying
  • Powerful suction for quick clean ups
  • Built-in crevice tool for cleaning tight spaces
Dirt Devil® Gator 15.6VTM
  • Cordless Hand Vacuum
  • ENERGY STAR approval rating
  • Gator SeriesTM Dirt Cup for easy emptying
  • Reusable filter – simply rinse to clean
  • Powerful suction for quick clean ups
  • Built-in crevice tool for cleaning tight spaces
Dirt Devil® Gator 15.6VTM or 18VTM WITH BRUSHROLL
  • Cordless Hand Vacuum
  • ENERGY STAR approval rating
  • Motorized brushroll for cleaning stairs, cars, and especially pet hair
  • Gator SeriesTM Dirt Cup for easy emptying
  • Reusable filter – simply rinse to clean
  • Powerful suction for quick clean ups
  • Built-in crevice tool for cleaning tight spaces
Want to buy a gator? Well, it's available now at my two favorite stores - Target and Best Buy! Plus, you can also find it at DirtDevil.com.


This is solely the opinion of the Mom Buzz. Other people may have different experiences with the product. The Mom Buzz was provided a Hand Vac for this review. And don't forget to enter my other hot contests so you can win and try buzzworthy products!