Here’s a great way to start feeling old: the Dustbuster is 30 years old this year. Of all the products to make it 30 years, I would not have picked the Dustbuster as one that would stand the test of time — however it has done that and more. Almost everyone has owned one at some point, and the 2009 model kicks the crap out of the old 1979 version both in power and also, thankfully, in style.
In 1995, an original 1979 model of the Dustbuster was put on display at the Smithsonian in their electrical collections at the National Museum of American History, alongside Edison’s first light bulbs and Bell’s first telephone. Laugh if you want, but that’s an accolade I think B&D deserves to crow a little about.
Love it or hate it, the original handheld cordless vacuum is here to stay. We wonder what the odds in Vegas would have been in ’79 that this tiny hunk of rechargeable plastic would become a household name like Kleenex or Q-Tip. As unlikely as it may be, Happy 30th, Dustbuster.