Eureka ReadyForce – The Slim Canister

Eureka ReadyForceThe Eureka ReadyForce vacuum is a canister model with a slim, yet attractive red exterior. Currently, you can buy it for around $60, which isn’t a bad deal. In my review of the Eureka ReadyForce, I’ll go over this unit’s positive and negative aspects, then decide if it’s worth buying. As you can imagine, this cheaper model does not have a lot of extra features on board. Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect when you buy this unit: automatic cord rewind, allergen filter, suction control switch, crevice tool, dusting brush, upholstery nozzle, and it also comes with a spare bag. At 16 lbs, this canister vacuum isn’t super light – but it’s definitely lighter than most of the competition.

Alright, now we’ll move onto the negative aspects of the Eureka ReadyForce vacuum. One thing that I’m a little leery about is the cheap plastic exterior. It’s something I would expect on a cheaper unit, so it’s not such a huge deal – plus, I haven’t come across anyone that says it broke. The 16 ft power cord is just a little too short for my liking as well. A couple other things I wish this model had: edge cleaners, adjustable handle, and a better filter. For what it is, the Eureka ReadyForce is a wonderful little vacuum cleaner. In fact, at this price level you’ll be hard pressed to find a better canister model out there. It does a wonderful job at what it was designed to do, and because of that I’m giving it a 4.5 / 5 star rating.

Best Vacuum For Hardwood Floors

Best Vacuum Hardwood FloorsChoosing the best vacuum for hardwood floors is not always easy. A lot of vacuum cleaners have great suction, but when it comes to hardwood they just spread the dirt around. Not a good situation. Well, we did a little research for you, and here are the top 3 best models for hardwood floors we could find (the first is for smaller homes, the second is heavy duty for larger homes & the third is an all-around vacuum for people with both carpet and hardwood floors):

Electrolux Ergorapido 2-in-1: This little vacuum cleaner is great on hardwood floors, and works especially well picking up pet hair. Also, it can come apart so you have a smaller handheld unit as well. It’s smaller, so you can maneuver around small corners and such. One of the biggest bonuses of this machine is that it actually looks nice.

Eureka Sanitaire SC5845 Commercial: This one will cost a little more since it’s larger and is commercial grade. However, if you have a large house full of hardwood floors – this vacuum will work wonders for you. The suction is great and the dirt cup is bigger than normal.

Hoover S3765-040 WindTunnel Canister: A lot of users review this product and say it’s one of the best vacuums for hardwood floors. You can use it on both carpet and hardwood floors – you just have to switch a toggle on and off. The suction is amazing on this thing, plus the filter life is longer than most competitors.

Miele S 7210 Twist Review

Miele S 7210 TwistThe Miele S 7210 Twist vacuum is a full size upright model with a current price tag of nearly $450, which is actually a good amount lower than the MSRP. In this review of the Miele S 7210 Twist vacuum cleaner, I’ll go over this model’s strengths and weaknesses, then decide if it’s worth the very high price. The sleek exterior looks pretty nice, but I wouldn’t say it’s the most attractive unit out there. Here’s a quick rundown of the features you’ll find on this model: swivel-neck design for easier turning, 39 ft power cord, HEPA and Air Clean filters, automatic carpet height adjustment, a 12 ft stretch hose with four attachment tools, ergonomic handles, and an anti-tipping device. Another cool thing about this vacuum is that it has a two-motor system. One is for the very powerful brush roller bar, and the other is for vortex suction. If you get the chance to test it out, you’ll also notice how solidly-built it is.

OK, onto the negative aspects of the Miele S 7210 Twist vacuum. One drawback to owning this unit is that you have to buy very expensive replacement bags for it. On average, they seem to be about 3 times more expensive than most of the competition’s replacement bags. This model is also a little louder and heavier than I would have liked – but, neither is excessive. Last thing I have to complain about is the high price. I know you generally get what you pay for, but I think you could probably find something cheaper than the Miele S 7210 Twist vacuum cleaner, which could match up pretty closely to this unit. However, I still think this is one of the best models out there. I’m giving it a 4.5 / 5 star rating.

Electrolux Versatility Review

Electrolux VersatilityThe Electrolux Versatility vacuum is a bagless upright model with a lot of style and some great suction power. The tangerine and white colors actually go together quite well. In this review of the Electrolux Versatility vacuum cleaner, I’ll go over this model’s strengths and weaknesses – then determine if it’s worth the nearly $230 price tag. Here’s a quick rundown of the features you’ll find on this unit: a 30 ft power cord, powerful cyclonic technology, hand turbo attachment, a quick-release wand with up to 14 ft of reach, HEPA filter, on / off switch for the brush roll, stretch hose, and also a dirt cup that’s pretty easy to empty. As I mentioned earlier, this vacuum has some great looks, but it’s also built with quality materials.

Now we’ll go over the potential negative aspects of the Electrolux Versatility vacuum. For one thing the upholstery attachment is a little loud and loses suction pretty easily. Also, at 22.6 lbs it’s a little heavier than I’d like. This is especially true if you have to lug it up and down stairs a lot. I wish it had just a couple more attachments, as it’s missing a little in that department. Also, the Electrolux Versatility does tend to get a little hot, which you’ll start to feel if you’re in a smaller space. Overall, it’s a spectacular vacuum for which I’m giving 4.5 / 5 stars.

Dyson DC25 Animal Ball Review

Dyson DC25 Animal BallThe Dyson DC25 Animal Ball vacuum is one of the most popular upright models currently on the market. Well, we were curious as to why that is. So, in this review of the Dyson DC25 Animal Ball vacuum cleaner, we’ll go over the strengths and weaknesses of this model and then give you our final analysis. Here’s a quick rundown of the best features found on this unit: great suction with Root Cyclone technology, washable filters and no bags or belts to buy, mini turbine head attachment, a brushbar that you can easily turn off, a telescoping wand, a couple extra tools, and of course the ball technology for super sharp turns. I also like the fact that this vacuum is certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, which tells you that there’s not a lot of dust escaping. As with most models from this manufacturer, the suction power is intense. This is especially useful for sucking up pet hair.

Now, onto the negative aspects of the Dyson DC25 Animal Ball vacuum. As I’m sure you already know, the $450 price tag is a little steep. It’s definitely on the high end, as far as upright models go. Another thing is that it’s pretty loud. A couple other things I’m not a big fan of: it can’t be used under furniture very well, the hand held tube isn’t too easy to use, and the Dyson DC25 Animal Ball is a little bulkier than the DC24. Overall, I absolutely love this vacuum, even with the couple issues it has. I’m giving it a 4.5 / 5 star rating.

Dyson DC23 Turbinehead Review

Dyson DC23 TurbineheadThe Dyson DC23 Turbinehead vacuum cleaner is an innovative bagless canister model, which is a lot smaller than most of the competition. In this review of the Dyson DC23 Turbinehead, I’ll go over it’s best features, as well as the potential downsides to owning this vacuum. As with most models from this manufacturer, I absolutely love the design. It’s sleek, curvy, and hard to keep from admiring the style. As far as features go, here’s a rundown of what you’ll get with this model: a nearly 22 ft power cord, HEPA filter, motorized brush roll, 12 V of power, 5 year warranty, a 10 inch cleaning path, and an easy-empty canister. It’s also extremely powerful for a little vacuum.

Unfortunately, there are a couple negative aspects with the Dyson DC23 Turbinehead vacuum, which I’ll go over. First off, it weighs a whopping 24 pounds – which is heavier than most canister models. On the other hand, you can tell it’s made of high-quality materials. The nearly $400 price tag is also going to deter some people. Another couple issues I have with the Dyson DC23 Turbinehead vacuum are: I’m not sure how well the latch components will hold up, and the canister seems a little small. Overall, I think this is one of the best canister vacuum cleaners out there. I’m giving it a 4.5 / 5 star rating.

Eureka AirSpeed Vacuum Review

Eureka AirSpeedThe Eureka AirSpeed vacuum cleaner is a brand new model, currently only available at Wal-Mart. In this review of the Eureka AirSpeed, I’ll be going over the positive features found on this model, as well as it’s negative aspects. Basically, this vacuum has Whirlwind technology, which means it has better suction power and also separates the larger debris from the smaller particles. What gives it better suction power is the wider tubes they install in the machine. A few of it’s other nice features include: a deluxe stretch hose, HEPA filter, easily removable dust cup, 27 ft power cord, turbo-powered stair and upholstery brush, extension wand, and crevice tool. Another cool thing about this vacuum is that you don’t need any tools to put it together. Also, the 12 amp motor is what really gives this model the suction power.

Now I’ll go over any negative aspects the Eureka AirSpeed vacuum may have. First off, with this kind of suction power, I wish this model came with a pet hair attachment. I know the turbo-powered brush does alright, but I think it could have been better. This model weighs just under 20 lbs, which can get a little heavy if you have to go up and down stairs a lot. Other than those minor issues, I don’t have a lot to complain about. I just hope the suction power on the Eureka AirSpeed doesn’t start going downhill, like a lot of cheaper vacuum cleaners do. So far, I haven’t heard of that happening to anyone though. Overall, I’m giving this model a 4.5 / 5 star rating. It’s a great buy at just under $120.

Hoover LiNX Vacuum Review

Hoover LiNXThe Hoover LiNX vacuum cleaner is a super thin model from the Platinum Collection set. In this review, I’ll go over some of the Hoover LiNX vacuum’s best features, as well as it’s worst. From a purely aesthetic point of view, this model is spectacular. Here’s a rundown of it’s best features: 11 inch cleaning path, Energy Star approved, easy empty dirt cup, low battery indicator light, WindTunnel technology, powerful 18v battery, and one-touch brush roll activation. The suction power on the LiNX is amazing – especially when you’re used to cheaper stick vacuums.

Now I’ll go over a few things I’m not too fond of. First off, the $180 price tag is definitely on the high end. In fact, the Hoover LiNX is probably double the price of most other decent stick models. Another issue is that the battery life is super short – probably around 20 minutes. This isn’t uncommon among stick vacuums though. Lastly, it’s not that great on pet hair. Other than those few problems, I would highly recommend the Hoover LiNX vacuum. I’m giving it a 4.4 / 5 star rating.

Miele S4582 Eclipse Vacuum Review

Miele S4582 EclipseThe Miele S4582 Eclipse vacuum cleaner is a very stylish canister model. The 1200 watt motor is noticeably more powerful than your average canister vacuum. Another thing I love about the Miele S4582 Eclipse is the double filter system (including a HEPA filter), which ensures that no dust escapes while it’s in use. The 29.5 ft power cord is long enough to clean up a large room with ease. You can also go up most flights of stairs without replugging it in. A couple other cool features on this vacuum: dustbag indicator light, electric power display, quiet operation, it’s lightweight (10.5 lbs), it has a safety shutoff feature for overheating, and it also has a great tool selection.

There’s not much to complain about with the Miele S4582 Eclipse vacuum. A few users had trouble vacuuming up pet hair on carpets, but I think 99% of models would have trouble with that. I think the biggest downside is the price – currently around $580. It’s definitely an investment, but I think you’ll notice the difference once you start using it. I’m really impressed with the Miele S4582 Eclipse, and am giving it a 4.7 / 5 star rating.

Hoover UH30010COM Review

Hoover UH30010COMOur Hoover UH30010COM review: Weighing in at just under 12 lbs, the Hoover UH30010COM vacuum (Platinum Lightweight Bagged Upright) is one of the lightest full-sized models available. I really like the look of this machine, it’s sleek and stylish. A few features you’ll find on this model are: Hoover’s Windtunnel Technology, super-long 35 ft cord, a portable canister vacuum is included, self sealing HEPA bag, check bag indicator light, a couple on-board tools for the portable, and a spectacular 6-year warranty. It’s nice when a company backs up and believes in their product enough to give it such a long warranty. Also, the suction on this model is spectacular.

Now we’ll go over a few complaints about the Hoover UH30010COM vacuum. First of all there isn’t a brush roll on-off button. This can get annoying on bare floors especially. Another thing is that the replacement bags cost around $5 each, which is fairly expensive. Unfortunately, there is no automatic cord rewind feature on this vacuum. It can get a little tedious winding up 35 ft of cord. The last thing is a little bit petty, but would still be nice to have fixed - the portable canister strap has no pad on it. Quite honestly, I can get over 95 percent of these negatives. The price has dropped a lot since it first came out, and you can currently get the Hoover UH30010COM vacuum for around $220 in some stores. I’m giving it a 4.5/5 star rating.

Best Vacuum for Couches

Couch VacuumLooking for the best vacuum to clean up your couch? Well, we’ve done some research to help you out. There are actually two worthy vacuum models that can clean up your couch in no time. In our view, this vacuum has to have all these features: be small enough to get into really tight areas, have super strong suction, last longer than 15 minutes (assuming the vacuum is battery powered), and lastly it needs to be good with pet hair.

The vacuum we consider the best for couches is: the Dyson DC31. This one definitely costs more than most handheld vacuums, but it is also the best. Its small wand can get in just about anywhere. The suction is what really sets this one apart, you’ll notice the difference the first time you use it. Also, there is a pet friendly version of the DC31 that absolutely does great with pet hair.

The runner up in the best vacuum for couches category is: the Eureka 71B. This vacuum also has tremendous suction for a small handheld. It has a roller brush, which picks up pet hair quite well. You can also squeeze this vacuum into the corners and cracks of the couch for deeper cleaning. The pricing on this model is also considerably less than the Dyson, so it’s something to consider.

Best Vacuum for Frieze Carpet

Frieze Carpet VacuumIf you’ve just installed frieze carpet in your house, you’ll definitely want to find the best vacuum for your new frieze carpet. As you know, the threads on this type of carpet are usually a little longer than a lot of alternative carpeting options. It looks great, but can be a pain to clean if you don’t have the right equipment. Well, I’ve researched many different vacuum models, and have come up with two models that should work great for your new frieze carpet.

The Electrolux Oxygen 3 is my top choice for the best vacuum for frieze carpet. There are different models of this vacuum cleaner, but they all seem to work very well on carpet. One that works especially well is the EL7020 canister model. It automatically adjusts the height, so you won’t be straining yourself trying to push the wand over the carpet. It does a great job on all styles of floors, so you shouldn’t have a problem going from tile to frieze carpet.

Hoover Tempo U5140-900 is my second choice. It’s a whole lot cheaper than the Electrolux model, which is always nice. The one thing I don’t like about this vacuum is that the beater bar doesn’t stop turning when you’re not on carpet. However, it does do a good job on frieze carpet and all other types of carpet as well. Plus it’s very lightweight, so you shouldn’t have a problem pushing this one around either.

Best Vacuum Sweeper – Two Top Vacuum Sweepers

Best Vacuum SweeperFinding the best vacuum sweeper wasn’t easy, I have to admit. There seem to be a fair amount of vacuum sweepers available, but a lot of them are just plain junk. I did find two different models which I think are worth purchasing. They both have their good and bad qualities, but in general they do a good job at picking up light dirt around the house. Below are my two top vacuum sweeper picks.

The Dirt Devil Power Sweep BD20020 model makes my list as a best vacuum sweeper. A couple things I really like about this model is that it swivels at the base, it’s lightweight (4 lbs), the battery charge is pretty good and it has an easy empty button at the bottom. The price tag on this one is around $40.

The second one I really like is the Bissell Perfect Sweep Turbo vacuum sweeper. This model actually has a 3 brush system, so you can clean up any floor surface. It can also convert to a hand-held sweeper for tight places and stairs. The one thing that can get annoying is that hair gets snagged in the brush system and you have to clean by hand. However, this is a very common problem with most brush vacuums. This vacuum sweeper also sells for around $40.

Best Vacuum for Tile Floors

Tile FloorThe best vacuum for tile floors is most often the vacuum that works great on all hard flooring types. However, not all vacuums are created equally. In fact, you may have a machine that works just wonderfully on carpet, but scatters the dirt around on bare floors and tile floors.

For getting into the grout areas of the tile, you’ll want a machine that’s powerful enough to suck up all the dirt that’s stuck down in there. If it has a roller brush, it should be able to be turned on and off. I’ve come across two different units which I think do a great job on tile flooring (and all bare floors, for that matter).

What I would consider the #1 best vacuum for tile floors would be the Dyson DC14 All Floors model. The suction is perfect for getting the dirt out of all the crevices in the tile flooring. It also does well on other types of hard flooring, and even works great on carpeting. The one thing that’s tough to swallow is the price tag – around $400. So, even though it works great, it may not be for everyone.

The Eureka 4870MZ Boss is my #2 choice. The suction isn’t quite as strong, but it’s still very good. It comes with a fair amount of tools as well. You just need to remember to turn off the brush when you are cleaning bare floors, such as tile. The price tag is one of the more attractive features – around $150.

Best Vacuum Under $200

Best Vacuum Under $200The best vacuum under $200 is honestly not that much different than the best vacuum under $100 post I did a few weeks back. However, there is one model I would add to my previous list: the Eureka Boss SmartVac 4870MZ. It’s a little under $150 at WalMart, so it’s well under the $200 level. It has pretty much all you could ask for in a good vacuum cleaner: it’s quiet, has good attachments, is great with pet hair, the suction is great & the roller brush has an on/off switch.

While I think the 4870MZ model is the best vacuum under $200, I would also like to add a close runner up – the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser 3920. It also does great on pet hair and has tremendous suction for a cheaper vacuum. This one is also well under $200. Of course, I also stand by my previous post for the best vacuum under $100 – those 2 models are also great, and cheaper too.