My old hand vacuum was cordless, and it was alright. It felt like it did the job when the kiddos left crumbs all over the back seat of my car and other such incidents where the mess is there staring you in the face.
Then, the battery died and so the whole thing went with it.
Enter the Eureka RapidClean 41A; one of the best Eureka vacuums around, and my first hand vacuum with a cord. This vacuum sucks in all the right ways, that is to say it’s really really powerful.
You really sense that 6volt motor going to work thanks to the electrical power it utilizes.
As soon as I unboxed and assembled it (easy as pie by the way), I turned it on in my car.
Now, let’s get two things out the way. It’s loud and it’s heavy – but those are minor gripes considering the actual performance of the thing. The car was a mess. I staved the urge to clean it so I could really put this to the test.
The RapidClean pretty much inhaled everything that wasn’t bolted down – It’s that powerful. Don’t do what I did and leave your mats on the floor, you’ll be prying them from the machine’s hungry hippo mouth.
So after the thorough cleaning session, the cup had taken everything it could possibly take, including a ton of dust the old vacuum wasn’t even acknowledging. So far so good.
This vacuum has steps in the name, right? Vacuuming stairs with a upright vacuum is a cumbersome chore, so this functionality was very very welcome.
For best performance, you must go from left to right (or right to left, really) across the step – Rather than forward and backwards, it is the most efficient way because there’s about an inch or so of space that the vacuum can’t touch if you use it the other way. Nothing major but good to know.
If you value your lower back, don’t be weird and try use this for large floored areas like you would a vertical vacuum. For the obvious posture reasons, but also the angle of the machine prevents the brush from properly meeting the floor. So you’re short changing yourself unless you like squatting or crawling around.
Let’s pick some faults with this thing. First of all, the cup size gets a big resounding “MEH” from me because the storage capacity doesn’t match up with the power of the vacuum. You’re going to fill the cup and you’re going to do it very quickly.
Then there’s the wonderful chore of emptying it, which involves fighting with the filter and the filter will always win – Ejecting a choking cloud of fine dust and dander. Really not fun to have to go through. Oh and the filter? Don’t get that wet. Ever. You have to gently pat the dust from it – which personally I find to be absurd.
It’d also be nice to get to the roller-brush to give that a good clean but the only way I can see to do it may or may not break it.
- Serious power
- Cleans stairs!
- Nice long cord
- That 6v motor
- Performs well on multiple surfaces
- Heavy in a kind of clunky way
- Enraging to empty
- Fills up fast
- Too powerful for its own good (is this really a con?)
I like it. I appreciate the use of electricity to really give some ‘oomph’ to the vacuum power. That 6volt motor puts in some work. The flaws I can get over, because I really enjoying using it.
I got it for my car and found myself using it all over the home. One day I’ll figure out a strategy to not be covered in dust when I empty it.
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