Dirt Devil Featherlite Vacuum Cleaner Series - Features, Reviews, and Ratings


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The Dirt Devil Featherlite Vacuum has been a large, ever evolving part of the Dirt Devil upright vacuum cleaner lineup. There are currently over 20 different bag and bagless Featherlite models to choose from.

Starting with the Dirt Devil Feather Lite M085500 upright vacuum cleaner series (models M085500 through M085590). These Dirt Devil vacuums have many commonalities. All have a 12 amp motor and use a MicroFresh vacuum bag to capture dust and dirt and reduce odors. All have a single ON/OFF foot operated button to activate the vacuum. Other common features include an integrated hose, convenient onboard attachments, 25 foot power cord, and bright headlight.


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If a bagless vacuum is more your style, Dirt Devil offers all of the above features with the convenience of bag free cleaning in the Dirt Devil Featherlite UD40130, UD40135, UD40140, and UD40285. These Feather Lite vacuum models offer standard or HEPA filtration, a 96" stretch hose, and a selection of onboard tools.

On the M085845, M085845RED, M085850, and M085850RED Dirt Devil Featherlite bagless vacuum models upgrades include an extra wide clog free dirt path and Dirt Devil’s patented MotorGuard™ system, to protect the motor from damage should larger debris be sucked up by the vacuum cleaner.

The M085850RED goes a step further with a handy fold down handle and carry loop for easy transporting. At a mere 27" with the handle lowered, the Featherlite is compact for storage. A great space saver.


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Dirt Devil also offers the M088600 and M088650 Featherlite Bagless upright vacuum cleaners. These vacuums are a little larger and heavier than the other Featherlite models and feature swivel casters to aid in maneuverability. The M088600 uses the standard Microfresh™ filter, the M088650 utilizes HEPA filtration.


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Dirt Devil Featherlite Upright Vacuum Cleaner Review

The most notable thing about the Feather "Light" is its weight. Dirt Devil has designed this vacuum with lightweight materials and construction to keep weight down and reduce stress on the user. The vacuums look and feel a bit flexible and “clunky”, but their handling is stable. The floor head width varies from 12" to 13" depending on the Featherlite model.

Whichever Dirt Devil Featherlite upright vacuum cleaner you choose, they all have a single power switch, which is fine when only vacuuming carpet, however, bare floor cleaning suffers greatly and above floor cleaning with the onboard hose and attachments can damage both carpet and delicate bare floors when the vacuum sits stationary with an active brush roll. If Dirt Devil were to add a brush roll control to future Featherlite models, these vacuums would excel at other tasks around the home too.

The onboard tools are well placed on the Featherlite and are good sized, some models have more tools than others. The hose can be cumbersome to disconnect and reconnect because of its location and design, and there are also hose retainer clips around the handle that can be difficult to contend with. As strictly a vacuum for carpeted surfaces, the Dirt Devil Featherlite does a good job. As mentioned earlier, without brush roll control, all other aspects of this vacuum suffer somewhat.

The 25′ cord gives a nice working radius and stows on conveniently located cord wraps. One word of caution though, the cord wraps tend to be breakable if the vacuum isn’t handled carefully.

For bag vacuum lovers, you won’t be disappointed by the design of the Dirt Devil Feather lite vacuum. The front panel of the vacuum removes easily to access the MicroFresh vacuum bag. Changing the bag is as easy as slipping the old one out and sliding the new one in. Replacement vacuum bags are available at any local or online retailer where Dirt Devil products are sold, including Amazon.com. Other Dirt Devil vacuum parts and accessories can be purchased online directly from Dirt Devil.

The biggest consumer complaint with bagless vacuum cleaners is user contact with dust and debris while emptying the dust bin. It doesn’t help matters when a filter is placed inside the dust bin, requiring the user to handle dusty components each time the vacuum is emptied, as is the case with the early Featherlite models. Dirt Devil has improved their design greatly with the Featherlite M085850RED, which places the vacuum filter outside the dust bin.

The Good:
Dirt Devil Featherlite vacuum cleaners have impressive bang for the buck. They have good suction, even through the hose and attachments. The brush bar does a good job of loosening dirt and pet hair in carpets, and its light weight makes vacuuming stairs or carrying a breeze. Consumer consensus is that the Dirt Devil Featherlite is a powerhouse and that they would readily purchase another.

The Bad:
Dirt Devil Vacuums are loud, very loud. They are also not going to win any beauty contests, however, if you want a basic vacuum that does what it’s supposed to, then the Dirt Devil Featherlight is worth consideration.

Dirt Devil Featherlite Vacuum Cleaner Features

  • Lightweight Design – Easy to push, easy to carry
  • Powerful 12 amp motor
  • Available in bag and bagless models
  • Ready-to-use hose and on-board tools
  • Microfresh Filtration traps over 99% of common allergens
  • Long 25 foot power cord
  • Brilliant Headlight
  • 1 year warranty



Dirt Devil Featherlite vacuum cleaner

Bagged Models
Dirt Devil Featherlite vacuum cleaners come in a variety of bagged models. Bags are easy to access and change.

Dirt Devil Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Bagless Models
Dirt Devil Featherlite bagless vacuum cleaners come in a variety of models. No bags reduces costs over the life of the vacuum.

Dirt Devil Featherlite vacuum cleaner

Onboard tool storage means attachments are always at your fingertips.


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Dirt Devil Featherlite Vacuum Cleaner
Technical Specifications

Vacuum Type: Upright
Motor: 12 amps
Power Controls: Foot activated On/Off Switch
Standard Filters: Microfresh Filtration
HEPA Filtration: Available on Featherlite Models: M085845, M085850, M088650, and UD40130
Included Attachments: Dust Brush, Crevice Tool, Extension Wand
Suction Wand: Rigid 19-1/4 inches (48.9M)
Vacuuming Width: 12 to 13 inches (30.5 – 33cm) *
Power Cord Length: 25 feet (7.6M)
Auto Cord Reel: No
Dimensions: 44" H x 13" W x 12" D (111.7cm x 33cm x 30.5cm) *
Weight: 12 to 14.6 lbs. (5.4 – 6.6kg) *
Warranty: 1 year parts and motor
Price (MSRP)*: $45.99 to $139.99
Amazon.com: Starting at $39.99

* Varies depending on Featherlite model.


Consumer Reviews of Dirt Devil Featherlite Vacuum Cleaners

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  1. Arianna Williams says

    I bought the dirt devil featherlite over a month ago…it was working fine. Now the hose has very poor suction..all parts were connected properly…i am VERY UNSATISFIED With this product & won’t be wasting any more money on dirt devil products!

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