Eureka Sanitaire S782 Upright Cleaner

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An excellent alternative to unreliable consumer vacuums.

Jan 24, 2008
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Pros:Ultra reliability, low price compared to the competition, great performance with no gimmicks.

Cons:Homeowners with large carpeted rooms may want a wider vacuum to save time.

The Bottom Line: I recommend this vacuum to anyone except those with very large rooms. It is a reliable and strong performing compact vacuum for a fair price.


The Sanitaire S782 is the vacuum cleaner that discriminating shoppers purchase from their local vacuum cleaner store. It is also the vacuum that people purchase after they have had enough of replacing their cheaply-built consumer vacuums every couple of years (I fall into this category).

The S782 is considered a compact light-duty commercial vacuum. The vacuums you see at the chain department stores and home improvement stores tend to be very cheaply built and extremely unreliable, even though they are packed with gimmicks and styling that make them look like futuristic sci-fi robots. The S782 is a true performer and is not packed with gimmicks. It is designed with real proven technology that offers high performance and extremely high reliability.

For instance, it uses 2 motors, a drive motor that spins the beater and a separate suction motor that captures the dirt and moves it to the bag.

The drive motor uses a toothed belt to connect to the beater, instead of a smooth belt. This eliminates the problem of the belt getting stuck in one place and burning up. If some string or a large object gets caught in the beater bar, a sensor quickly shuts down the drive motor and a light illuminates telling you to clear the jam. So you just clear the jam, press the reset button, and you're up and running again. That's a lot better than replacing belts whenever you have a jam! I've had my S782 for over 2 years and have never replaced a belt or any other part aside from bags.

The suction motor is a bypass design, which means the dirt does not pass through the motor's impeller. This greatly extends the life of the vacuum, since impeller damage is costly or impossible to repair on many vacuums (since parts are often not available), rendering them to the garbage can.

This vacuum is small, narrow, and light weight. It is very easy to clean furniture and upholstery with this vacuum because you can use it with the handle folded down as a handheld unit. No need to pull out the hose and attachments, just pick up the vacuum by it's hand-held handles and go to work! When it's time to move on to the floors, just set the unit down and fold out the upright handle.

There are two modes of operation, suction only or suction and beater brush. The "suction only" mode is useful if you are vacuuming hard floors or if you are using the hose and attachments. I don't really recommend this model for hardwood floors, as little pebbles can get stuck on the plastic wheels and cause scratches. There are other vacuums on the market that have rubber wheels that are resistant to pebble jams. The attachment hose is very short, but it comes with an extension hose that is long enough for whatever you need to do.

The dirt collection bag is quite small on this model, so expect to change it often. There is an indicator light that is supposed to tell you when the bag is filled, but it doesn't seem to be sensitive enough to tell when the bag is full.

While this vacuum does not have super suction cyclones, hepa filters, self-propulsion, or any of hundreds of other gimmicks, it offers high performance and extremely high reliability in a vacuum that outperforms many at twice the price, including the one you always see on the late night TV commercials!


Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): 200.00

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