Eureka Clean Living 3281AZ Vacuum Review

Eureka Clean Living VacuumThe Eureka Clean Living 3281AZ vacuum is an exclusive model for Walmart customers. It’s marketed as an allergy-reducing vacuum cleaner, and it actually delivers quite nicely on that claim. It comes with a HEPA filter, which captures nearly all allergy and dust particles floating around your house. The On-Guard antimicrobial dust cup is a nice feature, keeping the dust from scattering around when you are emptying the cup. The brush roll also has antimicrobial bristles, which is supposed to help eliminate odors. The Eureka Clean Living vacuum’s on-board tools are easy to get to and use, although there are only a couple. It also has a height adjusting handle, which is great for short and tall alike.

Although I do like the Eureka Clean Living vacuum cleaner’s price tag ($90), I am not quite as impressed with it’s build quality. It should withstand normal use just fine, but it’s definitely not the toughest built vacuum out there. Also, I’m not so keen on the fact that the roller brush doesn’t have an on / off switch. Also, there are no electronic indicators or automatic rewind cord. But, those are fairly minor issues. Overall, I’m giving the Eureka Clean Living vacuum a 3.5 / 5 star rating.

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.

Best Suction Vacuum Cleaner

Best Suction Vacuum CleanerMost people think the best suction vacuum cleaner would have to be a Dyson. That’s what they are most known for – so it makes sense. More often than not, this generalization is true. I’ve actually found three different best suction vacuum cleaners, each in it’s own sub-category (upright, canister and handheld).

The Dyson DC25 All Floors is the vacuum with the best suction in the upright category. For Dyson to sell so many vacuums at a premium price there has to be some reason, right? Well, in this case it’s the suction. It’s also very easy to maneuver around.

The Eureka 71AV has the best suction in the handheld category. What’s great about this little model is that it is portable and lightweight, besides having great pick-up power. It’s nice for stairs and other hard to reach areas.

The Electrolux EL6985A canister also has superb suction. One thing that’s really attractive about this model is that it is so quiet. It’s also fairly lightweight, so you shouldn’t have a problem dragging it up and down stairs. A lot of people prefer canister models, but it really just depends on your taste.

Overall, I would probably rate the Dyson highest of these 3 models. Other than price, the DC25 has just about everything going for it – including being the vacuum with the best suction.

Eureka Comfort Clean Oh! Vacuum Review

Eureka Comfort Clean Oh!My short Eureka Comfort Clean Oh! vacuum review: With a vacuum name like Eureka Comfort Clean Oh!, you can’t help but get a little excited about it. And this model is actually one to get a little excited about. The retractable cord works as advertised, and doesn’t get it in the way when you wind it up. Also, the circular handle is great (adjustable as well). What was really surprising was how powerful the suction is. The suction even transfers well to the power paw hand tool, which is somewhat unusual for a budget vacuum cleaner. A few other things I like: the dust bin isn’t messy to empty, it’s very quiet and it even comes with a spare belt. I think one of the biggest advantages this vacuum has is it’s price – around $120.

It’s a good thing the Eureka Comfort Clean Oh! vacuum comes with a spare belt – it seems to break a little too easily. Also, the cord is a little short for my liking. I really can’t come up with anything else to complain about on this model. It’s a superb little vacuum cleaner for the price. I give the Comfort Clean Oh! a highly recommended 4.5/5 stars.

Best Vacuum Under $100

Best vacuum under $100My search for the best vacuum under $100 has brought me to two final vacuum cleaners. A lot of times a vacuum under $100 may seem cheap, or not as appealing as its more expensive competitors. However, I think these two models really buck that trend.

The first best vacuum under $100 is the Eureka Optima 437AZ. This model has great suction, even picking up the finest dirt with ease. The retractable handle is really useful, especially for shorter or taller people. It’s also very lightweight, at just under 12 lbs. There are a few things I would change if I could, but at around $80, it’s a bargain.

The second vacuum cleaner is the Hoover Tempo U5140-900. It costs around $75, depending on where you purchase it. The suction on this model is also spectacular. Although, it does much better on carpets than on bare floors. It’s also lightweight and gets into tight corners easily. If you’re looking for a quieter vacuum, I think this one beats the Optima by just a little.

Either of these two vacuums are a steal, and are well under the $100 dollar mark. One really isn’t better than the other, they just have different benefits. I hope this advice helps you on your way to finding the best vacuum under $100.

Best Vacuum for Dog Hair

Best Vacuum for Dog HairThe best vacuum for dog hair in my opinion is the Kenmore Progressive 35922. Sure, it may cost slightly more than some competitors, but it comes with all the right tools to help you get rid of even the peskiest dog hair. It’s currently priced at $220, which should be in most buyers’ price range. The HandiMate Jr attachment works well at picking up dog hair in tight places. Also, the suction is tremendous and you won’t have to replace any belts on this vacuum. Lastly is the HEPA filtration system, which does a great job at picking up all the smaller dog hair, fur & dust particles.

While I believe the best vacuum for dog hair is the unit above, I think a cheaper alternative would be the Eureka Boss Pet Smart. It’s currently priced around $150, so it’s a good $70 cheaper than the Progressive vacuum. It also includes a HEPA filtration system and some great tools for picking up dog hair. I think the suction is fine, but not quite at the Progressive’s level. Otherwise, it’s a great little vacuum.

As always, I think there are plenty of vacuums that would work great at picking up pet hair. However, I try to pick the one that stands out not only in performance, but also in price & quality. So, good luck on your hunt to buy the best vacuum for dog hair!

Best Vacuum For The Money

Best Vacuum for the moneyFinding the best vacuum for the money is not always easy. There are a lot of cheap models out there, but we’ve narrowed the best vacuums for the money down to 3 models. Each of them have their benefits and drawbacks, but all are fairly inexpensive.

Eureka Boss SmartVac 4870MZ – This bagged vacuum does a great job at picking up pet hair and comes loaded with a couple attachments. The suction is great and it includes a HEPA filtration system. It does weigh 21 lbs, so it’s the heaviest of all 3 models. It is built well though, so you can’t complain too much. It’s an all-around good vacuum for a fair price of $140.

Hoover Tempo U5140-900 – This unit can easily be considered one of the best vacuums for the money. It’s lightweight, solidly built (although the plastic exterior doesn’t really look like it), the suction is excellent, it has an allergen filtration system & of course is relatively inexpensive – around $80.

Eureka 71B Handheld – This little vacuum has great suction and is small enough to squeeze into tight places. It works especially well on stairs and for picking up pet hair. It also works well on fabrics, and a lot of people use it to vacuum their car out. The one negative is that it’s a little loud. However, the $50 price tag compensates for some of the noise.

The best vacuum for the money out of these 3 models, in my opinion, is the Hoover Tempo U5140-900. Even though the price is low, it doesn’t sacrifice on the essentials. The other 2 models definitely have their place. They would work better in different situations – so depending on your situation, you may end up choosing them.

Top Vacuum Cleaners

Top Vacuum CleanersThe top vacuum cleaners in the categories below are based upon 100′s of consumer reviews, pricing, and how well the features of these top vacuum cleaners match up against similar competitors. I’ve selected 5 popular categories, since different consumers are looking for specific types of vacuums. Each category has our pick of the best vacuum next to it, and a few comments on why it was chosen.

Budget Model – Hoover U5140-900 Tempo Widepath vacuum cleaner. This lightweight vacuum costs around $60, and easily makes the list for the top vacuum cleaner in the budget category. Besides being light and cheap, this vacuum has low dust emissions and comes with an allergen filter.

Cordless Model – Hoover Platinum Collection Linx stick vacuum. This is a fairly new arrival, but already has made its mark. The suction on this stick vacuum is tremendous. Plus, the on-off switch for the roller is a huge benefit for those of you who own carpets & bare floors. The one negative is the battery power – you can’t do large spaces all on one charge (but, it’s to be expected from a cordless machine).

Canister Model – Miele S4210 Carina. This is our pick for top canister vacuum cleaner because of its ability to clean bare floors, the build quality, and that it is lightweight. This machine is also super reliable and does great on allergies. It’s definitely on the pricier side, but if you have the money this vacuum is well worth it.

Upright Model – Eureka 4870MZ Boss SmartVac. This model easily takes the top vacuum cleaner spot for the upright model category. There are, of course, other superb upright models – however, the fact that this one only costs around $150 is why we chose it. This machine is also very quiet, the performance is outstanding, it has an on-off brush switch, it picks up pet hair with ease & the included attachments are wonderful. The only real negatives are that it’s fairly heavy and a little cheap looking.

Robotic Model – iRobot Roomba Discovery 510. This robotic vacuum is great with pet hair and has decent suction. It’s simple to set up and get running, and like all Roombas it does the vacuuming so you don’t have to. The container on the unit isn’t huge, but it should work fine for most users. It also stops when the container is full. Be aware though, it doesn’t have a programmable schedule and the maintenence needs on the vacuum cleaner can be pretty often.

Eureka Pet Pal Bagless Vacuum Review

Eureka Pet Pal Bagless VacuumMy Eureka Pet Pal Bagless vacuum review: The Eureka Pet Pal Bagless vacuum cleaner is obviously meant to pick up pet hair. It actually does quite well at that task, and the roller hand attachment works especially well for this. It’s also nice to have a bagless style vacuum if you have a lot of hair to pick up – it gets less clogged up, and is easy to just empty the canister whenever you need to.

The Eureka Pet Pal Bagless vacuum is also fairly lightweight, which is nice if you have stairs to go up and down. The material it’s made out of seems a little cheap, but you can’t really expect a heavy duty vacuum for under $100. My only gripes about the Eureka Pet Pal bagless vacuum are that the hose doesn’t stretch very well and that it’s a little loud. Other than those couple things, I think it’s a great little vacuum for pet owners.

Eureka Capture Pet Lover HEPA Vacuum Review

Eureka Capture Pet Lover VacuumThe Eureka Capture Pet Lover HEPA vacuum cleaner has a very powerful suction, which works especially well on carpets. For how well it does on carpets, it unfortunately doesn’t do too well on bare or hardwood floors. It’s nice and easy to assemble, if you’re getting it new out of the box. Just 4 screws and you’re done. The Eureka Capture pet Lover vacuum is easy to push around on the floor and actually feels very light. But, if you are actually going up and down stairs, it definitely feels heavier.

The Eureka Capture Pet Lover vacuum does have a few problems though. For one, the filter can get clogged with hair pretty easily. Also, it would have been nice if they made the dust bin a little larger. It seems like it gets filled awfully fast. Even with these few complaints, I think it is still worth the money. Like I mentioned ealier, the Eureka Capture Pet Lover HEPA vacuum’s suction is amazing. It’s almost worth the money just for the ability to deep clean thick carpets, if you have them. Basically, it does an excellent job at what it’s intended for – sucking up pet hair. I would give it a try if you have long carpets and shedding pets.

Eureka Boss 4D Pet Fresh Vacuum Review

Eureka Boss 4D Pet FreshA vacuum cleaner review of the Eureka Boss 4D Pet Fresh vacuum says: “The Eureka Boss 4D Pet Fresh is bagless, which I love. However, you’ll still have to clean out the canister a couple times if you are cleaning a larger house. I guess that’s fine, since you know it’s suction must be top notch. I don’t think the construction of the vacuum is that great though. It really starts to wear down after a couple of weeks. The belts seem to break pretty easily, at least they do for me.

Other vacuum ratings of the Eureka Boss 4D Pet Fresh seem to like it. So, I’m not sure if I got a bum unit or what. My guess is that they just haven’t used it long enough. One thing I think it does pretty well is pick up pet hair, which is what the name suggests it will do. But overall, I’d say it isn’t worth the money. If you could get it for $50-$75, then I would say it would be a good deal. So far, I’m not impressed though.”

Eureka 439AZ Optima Pet Lover Vacuum Review

Eureka 439AZ Optima Pet LoverA Eureka 439AZ Optima Pet Lover vacuum review states: “The Eureka 439AZ Optima vacuum cleaner does a pretty good job at picking up pet hair – which is what it’s supposed to do, I guess. I wouldn’t say it’s the best suction I’ve ever seen, but it does do a good job for being a smaller, lightweight vacuum. It does surprisingly well on bare floors as well as carpet.

Cleaning out the filter is the worst thing about this vacuum cleaner. Pet hair gets tangled up pretty good in there. Basically, you have to pull it out by hand, which is sort of nasty. Also, the roller seems to pick up a lot of hair and string. Again, you have to pull it off with your hands. Honestly, I think this vacuum could use some improvements, but for the price the Eureka 439AZ Optima Pet Lover is still a bargain.”

Eureka ENVIRO Steamer Review

Eureka ENVIRO SteamerA Eureka ENVIRO Steamer review states: “The Eureka ENVIRO Steamer 313A2 has worked great for me. I actually had the 311A model for years, but I’m glad to see this one come back. This is a life-saver if you have a lot of tile like me. Mopping is a lot quicker and enjoyable. I read another rating that said to buy extra Magic pads, and I totally agree with her! You definitely need more than one, unless you are only cleaning a small room.

One thing you have to be careful of is not to make the pad too watered down. If this happens, the floors will remain wet for some time. You want to have the suggested amount of water on it, and it will dry up nice and quick. I would recommend the Eureka ENVIRO Steamer to those of you with a lot of tile or hardwood floors.”

Eureka Boss Smart-Vac 4870MZ Review

Eureka Boss Smart-Vac 4870MZA user’s Eureka Boss Smart-Vac 4870MZ vacuum review says: “The Eureka Boss Smart-Vac 4870MZ is probably the best budget vacuum you will find. It costs around $150, so it’s not super cheap. However, considering the price of some competitors, it’s on the lower end. A couple of the positive features of this vacuum are: it runs fairly quiet, the suction is top-rate, and it includes some great attachments. Also, pet hair gets picked up pretty easily.

On the downside, the Eureka Boss Smart-Vac 4870MZ weighs quite a bit. It’s fine on flat floors, but if you have to drag it up and down stairs it can get a bit heavy. And I’ve heard complaints about the construction of the unit. I haven’t had a problem, but I can tell it isn’t made with top of the line materials or anything. I know there are other similar styles in the Eureka Boss Smart-Vac 4870 series, but so far I’ve found the 4870MZ model to be excellent.”