When my husband and I moved into our new home six months ago, the first thing on our list of items to buy was a vacuum cleaner. The house we had previously lived in had central vac, which meant we were moving into a new house with our dog and no vacuum cleaner to bring with us and no way to clean the rugs and floors. If you have a dog, you will know this is not a good thing.
Our Vacuum Requirements
I am a bargain hunter at heart so my first inclination was to hop on the internet and research the best vacuum available at the best price. I was disheartened to read that the best vacuums recommended for dog hair were a lot more expensive than I had expected. And although our dog has short hair, it seems to cling to everything and is hard to vacuum up.
Here’s what we knew we needed in a new vacuum:
1) Must be an upright because neither of us likes to have to bend down with a canister vacuum, or drag it from one room to the next
2) Must be great in terms of getting up all the dog hair in our home
3) Lightweight would be great because they are easiest to maneuver
4) Bagless so we wouldn’t be chained to having to remember to buy vacuum cleaner bags or else have to put off vacuuming if we forgot
5) The lowest price possible that could still meet those needs
Compare Karen’s Eureka to Her Original Top 3 Choices…
My Top Three Vacuum Choices
I spent a few hours doing vacuum research, and came away with a list of three top vacuums that I wanted to check out. I had high hopes of ordering a vacuum through Amazon.com because I read that they had the best prices on the vacuums I was looking at. The list of vacuums I wanted were as follows, and in order:
1) Shark Rotator Professional Liftaway because it was light, had really good suction capabilities, got great reviews and was approximately $250.
2) Dyson DC41 Animal Complete Upright because it had the word “animal” right in the title and was supposed to be great for pet hair. The reviews said it was also upright, had great suction, and had HEPA air filters that were washable, and it was easy to move around. The problem with this one was that it was $411.00 and that was really more than I wanted to spend. But I couldn’t shake the fact that it was designed to handle pet hair.
3) Hoover Wind Tunnel T-series Rewind Plus Bagless Upright because it was lightweight and had a wind tunnel which I had read was a great new feature in vacuums. It also had really good suction, and is supposed to remove deep down dirt. The best part about this one was that it had a really low price of $99.00. It didn’t say much about how it did on pet hair but I liked the price.
The Vacuum We Purchased
We had been living in the house for a week before we had a chance to get a vacuum. And we were so tired and worn out from moving and unpacking boxes that my husband decided we were going to just go to Walmart and choose from whatever vacuums were available there instead of ordering one. I was hoping they would have at least one of the vacuums on my list. Off we went to Walmart and when we got o the housewares department, none of the three vacuums above were even in stock.
A very nice Walmart employee walked up to us and asked if she could help us. She was the manager of the housewares department and we told her we were in need of a good vacuum and what our needs were. She showed us a few that were really good for pet hair, and had HEPA filters which she said are good for people with allergies, which I have. All of a sudden she remembered that she had a few vacuums in the front of the store that were on sale. She asked us to follow her and and said that the price would be worth following her for. My husband stayed behind to look at a few other things in that department and I followed her.
She led me to a display with a few vacuums and told me she had only one vacuum on sale that could handle pet hair. She showed me the Eureka Airspeed Rewind Pet Bagless Upright vacuum. It was normally $129.99, on sale for $79.99 but if I wanted it that day, I could have it for $50.00. She said she really just wanted it gone to make room for new inventory.
I nearly jumped up and down when she told me the price and I realized it said “pet” right in the name and pet hair was our number one priority. It seemed like the deal of the century at $50.00. I told her I would take it and thanked her profusely. My husband said he will never forget the triumphant look I had on my face as I walked back toward him carrying a large box with a huge smile.
Now that we have had this vacuum for six months and use it often, here is my review:
The Eureka Airspeed Rewind Pet Bagless Upright Vacuum AS1041A is a very good vacuum for pet hair. It gets all of the pet hair out of the carpets in our home. It also is quite adept at getting up the pet hair in our cars with a special attachment made just for that.
It is fairly lightweight and maneuvers easily on flat surfaces such as wood, marble or tiled floors. Because it is an upright vacuum, there is no bending required which is convenient. It has very powerful suction on rugs and series of adjustments can be chosen for the height of your rugs, such as low pile and high pile.
The fact that it is bagless is wonderful because you never have to worry about buying bags or running out of vacuum bags. And the container that holds the dirt is easy to unlock, dump and insert back in.
It even has a convenient carrying handle if you need to get it down a set of stairs, which we do. There is a stair attachment which is nice to have, but that does require some bending to use on the stairs.
It has a 27 foot long cord which is pretty long so you can reach far around the house with it before needing to find another outlet to plug it in. The cord retracts quickly and easily which is a nice feature.
The Arm and Hammer HEPA filter is wonderful and there are no pet odors emanating from the vacuum like I have had in previous vacuums.
The price is good and it is currently available on both Amazon and Walmart. The Walmart price is better, but I don’t think anyone can get it for the $50.00 that I was fortunate enough to get it for, unless you go to a Walmart also trying to move sale inventory along.
Those are the pros of the Eureka Airspeed Rewind Pet Bagless Upright Vacuum, and unfortunately there is one con that I would be remiss if I did not share. The biggest con is that it is hard to maneuver on carpets. The suction is so good that it doesn’t move easily over carpeted surfaces. So although it does a good job of sucking up the dirt from a carpet, it is rather a pain to push around.
All in all, this is a good vacuum that is great for pet hair, has plenty of suction and from what I have seen online, can currently be purchased from $79.99 to $179.99 and is definitely worth the money.
Review, photos and text by Karen Hellier
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