Eureka 71B Easy Clean - Yellow - Handheld Cleaner Reviews
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Eureka 71B Easy Clean - Yellow - Handheld Cleaner

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In 2010, this is the hand vac from Eureka for stairs and misc.

Feb 1, 2010 (Updated Feb 1, 2010)
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Pros:Power, riser cleaning ability, long cord

Cons:Ugly looks, cord storage could be better

The Bottom Line: Buy it for stairs if you need a separate vacuum for stairs


I have had a variety of small and large vacuums througout my life.  I can only compare this unit to my past experiences.  This little guy is quite powerful, and is great on stairs.  It makes my past battery Dustbusters seem pretty tame and underpowered.

Here are the details, (I'll spare you my life story):

Size:  The vacuum measures 18" long, 6" wide, and about 8" tall.
There is a slight curve to the design, so it essentially "arches up" in the middle.  The actual "mouth", or suction area, is 6" by 1" rectangular.  To vacuum, you hold the vacuum as you would an iron, and move appropriately.

Settings:  there are several modes of operation for the unit.  The unit has a rotating brush in the mouth area that can be turned on, or turned off, while vacuuming.
There is also a "hose" mode.  The short hose, which is around 17" or so, can be detached and used directly on the dirt.  This is normally pushed into the mouth assembly to create vacuum in the mouth area.  There is crevice attachment (that long ago was called a refrigerator attachment) that's long and skinny that can be attached to this hose.
Another clever mode seems to be unique, I think, to Eureka.  This is the riser mode.  Stair risers are the vertical element on stairs that are often carpetted.  This unit has a rotating member on the mouth that rotates down and allows the mouth to be on the front side of the hand held vacuum, allowing you to hold it horizontally while cleaning vertically.  This means by a simple adjustment, you can clean stairs and the risers holding the vacuum in the normal, easy horizontal position for the entire stairway, including the risers.

Power:  This unit is a 5.5 ampere motor, which would calculate to about 660 watts.  A powerful upright might be about 1300 watts, but the mouth on the upright would be larger.  All the power of this unit goes into a rectangular area of 6 square inches.  That might compare to an area of 15" by 2.25" in the upright.  That means that the suction per square inch compares favorably to a strong upright.  It might even be better that many uprights, in terms of power per square inch.

Looks:  This is, quite frankly, rather ugly.  It is built for utility.  Keep it out of sight, it might scare small children.

Weight:  This unit weighs about 5.5 pounds.  If you use a Dustbuster, this is heavier.  After a while using it, you wish it weighed less.  But, it has a heavy motor, and that's really what you want.

Cord: Well, the cord is 20 feet long.  Long enough? Usually it is.  The bad thing on this unit is that the cord wraps around the end of the unit, and the molded area that it's supposed to fit into just barely holds the cord, and it tends to flop off the unit.  Not a great design on the cord storage.

Using the unit:  This vacuum is hand held, and if you vacuum a floor, you would be forced to get on your knees, unless you are super limber.  This unit is ideal for stairs, and that is why I bought it.  If you want to vacuum rugs, this is probably not the one for you.  It could pick up dry spills also, but you will most likely do it on your knees.

Bag empty procedure:  To empty the bag, or more accurately, the cup, a simple slide back on the on/off slider switch dis-engages the cup and filter.  The filter has to be brushed off, because that is where most of the stuff winds up.  The cup will have the hardest material rattling around, but the dust bunnies and lighter stuff all wind up on the filter.  It can be easily brushed off between washings.  I wash the filter rarely, and it seems to work fine with a good brushing off.

Opinion:  Hey, this is epinions.  So, here is my epinion of this vacuum.  I use it only for stairs and a couple of very small area rugs that would be eaten by my upright.  I love the power of the unit, which is the real test of a vacuum to me.  The rotating brush is pretty ordinary, but seems to do the job.  The riser setting is clever and I didn't clean my risers until I got this vacuum because the weird angles for cleaning were not great on my back.
I don't like the cord storage which for me is the major irritant of this unit.  But I can live with that.  The hose is pretty short, so don't depend on it for doing very much at all.  I only use it with the crevice tool to catch the edges of the stairs.

(Add'l note: As of Feb. 2010, Amazon sells this unit for $39 free shipping)

(Note:  I made no vacuum comments which contain the word sucks.)


Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): 40

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