Happy Birthday DustBuster Give-Away!


This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Black & Decker DustBuster. Wow, time really flies when you’re sucking up dust. Would you believe that I only just got a DustBuster (VPX DustBuster) last year? I was waiting for them to perfect the technology 😉

To celebrate this milestone, Black & Decker is offering to send a 14.4V cordless Cyclonic Hand Vac to one lucky gadgeteer reader. Find out how it can be you…

How to enter

1. Between now and Monday 05/18/2009 11:59PM EST leave a comment to this post with ideas of home tech type gadgets that you would like to see reviewed here on The Gadgeteer.

2. At some point on 05/19/2009, I’ll pick a random winner using random.org. The winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hrs to accept the prize. If I do not receive an answer, I’ll do another random.org drawing.


1. One entry per person.

2. Must be a US resident.

3. You must not have already won a prize here on The Gadgeteer in the last month.

4. the-gadgeteer.com is not responsible for any lost packages or incorrect shipping addresses.

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38 comments… add one
  • Kara Shallenberg May 14, 2009, 9:52 pm

    I wouldn’t mind reading reviews of any kind of home gadget — blenders, vacuums, clock radios… even though these things aren’t sexy, it’s pretty traumatic when you need a new whatever-it-is and have to wade through thousands of conflicting Amazon reviews. I trust the Gadgeteer. 🙂

  • Zachary J. Slater May 15, 2009, 2:03 am

    If I had to pick one home tech type gadget I’d like to see reviewed, it would be some kind of fancy plastic bag cyborg that stands by the door and unloads your groceries before sorting and storing your plastic bags for re-use.

    If that is not available, some kind of roomba which hasn’t been reviewed before.

  • Cranky Media Guy May 15, 2009, 5:43 am

    Robots, robots, robots. Actually, in lieu of robots, how about video-related gadgets? Thanks.

  • Steve D May 15, 2009, 7:29 am

    roomba’s – I need to ge one and watch my 5 lb dog in action. He’ll probably jump on for a ride?

  • Norbert May 15, 2009, 7:31 am

    Speaking of robots, how about the Looj for cleaning gutters. Something I always hate.

  • davide May 15, 2009, 8:45 am

    vacumes! Is a dyson really that much better? Bring it to my house with a lab….that will put it to the test!

  • Andy Yates May 15, 2009, 9:55 am
  • DLarryJ May 15, 2009, 11:20 am

    Find and review a CHEAP and SIMPLE TO USE VCR replacement for recording over the air TV channels. I have a 90 year old friend who wants to record one hour of soap operas each day. I haven’t found anything that is reasonably priced, has a digital tuner, and is simple enough to use so that a non-techie can use and rely on it.

  • casey May 15, 2009, 11:25 am

    What i’d like to see more of is, portable wi-fi devices

  • David Baker May 15, 2009, 12:23 pm

    My request for a home gadget is anything kitchen related, from new espresso makers, cooking utensils, to knife sharpeners. I know we are all technocentric, but sometimes you need food and caffeine to complete a project, and why wouldn’t a cool new toy in the kitchen make that easier.


  • grog1340 May 15, 2009, 12:24 pm

    How about smart kitchen gadgets or a VCR replacement that doesn’t take a rocket scientist to run or afford.

  • Som Bouasri May 15, 2009, 2:23 pm

    Shower TVs and other electronics that are meant to be used in the shower or bath.

  • g_man May 15, 2009, 2:25 pm

    How about testing the Minus Forzen Garbage container?

  • Bob Gluck May 15, 2009, 2:51 pm

    I have been trying to find a bluetooth and or Wi Fi keyboard for my Samsung Omnia keyboard. I would guess that lots of folks would like the opportunity to be more effective using MS Word or emailing using thier Mobile Phones. Seems like there were several keyboard options out there a few years ago and now virtually none.

  • john May 15, 2009, 3:30 pm

    how about reviews for high tech sexual toys

  • john May 15, 2009, 3:31 pm

    what about usb gadgets

  • barbarabaker May 15, 2009, 5:46 pm

    Hi Julie,
    Great giveaway…

    I would actually love if you could review some more cleaning devices (for the house/ wanna be techie moms here (LOL)) like home steam cleaners; like bissell steam cleaners (small and compact) and other small, but durable and use worthy items like this. I don’t know what would do the best job for the money.
    -barbarabaker 🙂

  • Danny May 15, 2009, 7:39 pm

    I would like to see a simple home security system review or some type of review of a GPS system to monitor on-line the whereabouts of various family members.

  • Q May 15, 2009, 8:40 pm

    An AlwaysInnovating Touch Book, focusing on its round-the-house use (e.g. magnetically mounting it on the kitchen fridge). Probably as part of a larger review since this is looks to be a very versatile gadget.


  • Steve Tsai May 15, 2009, 10:12 pm

    How about some iPhone compatible speaker docks

  • Michael May 15, 2009, 11:06 pm

    Kitchen gadgets! Because there are so many of them! And they are so useful!

  • Derek May 16, 2009, 7:25 am

    Your website is pretty comprehensive about reviews. I would begin to add more reviews on DIY and Open Source Hardware, like Arduino and Review Software as well. Some individual products I think you could focus on are Asus Eee PC and the Violet Nabaztag, both are products that are development platforms that are functional in their everyday use.

  • Jackie Cheng May 16, 2009, 6:43 pm

    Home Automation equipment. Something related to “smart homes”.

  • Paul May 16, 2009, 10:41 pm

    Hi Julie:

    I know this will seem strange, but how about a review of some of the new gadget features available for flat window or tubular skylights. For example, Velux has electrically tinting glass in their skylights, or Solartube has a dimmer switch that can control the amount of light their tubes allow into a room.

  • KC Kim May 16, 2009, 10:57 pm

    I would like to see a review on air purifiers. If they really work to purify the air and which one is the best.

  • Justin Hess May 17, 2009, 3:30 pm

    I’d like to see a review of bluetooth or wireless speakers. I would realy like to see what outdoor speakers would best suit my needs.

  • Jhon May 17, 2009, 5:09 pm

    I’d love to see reviews of camping gadgets. Solar showers, solar powered tents, roll-a-way tables, etc.

  • Ann May 17, 2009, 8:03 pm

    Any type of gadget that would make life easier for my 78-year-old mom. Things that take off lids, reach high places and grab, open cans without use of hands, something that “walks” the groceries up the stairs…

  • denice p May 17, 2009, 9:42 pm

    i don’t know if they even make them, but how about some gadgets that have to do with laundry. geez i must be behind in the times because i can’t think of any gadgets for the home. thanks 🙂

  • Jerry May 17, 2009, 9:52 pm

    I’d love to see some home automation gadget reviewed that lets me talk to my home, like “Home, turn up the heat” or “Home, open the curtains” (and actually turns up the heat or opens the curtains).

  • Mickey O May 18, 2009, 10:08 am

    I’d love to see reviews on Grid Tie solar panel kits.

  • Sarah May 18, 2009, 11:50 am

    I’d like to see reviews on kitchen gadgets!

  • mike May 18, 2009, 12:00 pm

    Robots for the home!

  • Julie May 18, 2009, 8:35 pm

    By random draw, Michael (#22) is the winner of this contest. I’ve sent Michael an email and will wait 48hrs for him to respond. If he doesn’t, I’ll pick another winner.

  • Michael May 19, 2009, 12:07 am

    Woo Hooo!! Thank you very much Julie!!!
    Now I need to go make a mess so I can clean it up with a new DustBuster!!! 🙂

  • Michael May 26, 2009, 11:37 pm

    Received the Dust Buster today! That sucker (ahem!) really picks up the dirt! Thanks again Julie!

    • Julie May 27, 2009, 6:38 am

      @Michael You are very welcome! 🙂

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