Eureka RapidClean 41A Review

In our last review, we talked about the Dirt Devil Gator vacuum. Well, today we’re going to hit on another handheld vacuum, one that we actually like a lot — the RapidClean 41A, by Eureka.

The RapidClean is an updated model on Eureka’s immensely popular EasyClean device, which is one of the best-selling vacuums in all of Amazon. The RapidClean raises the stakes even higher now.

“First thing’s first — this vacuum is super lightweight and portable,” says Jamie Chan. “When you’re in the market for a handheld vacuum, that’s arguably the top priority. Since you’re going to be using this vacuum everywhere from your kitchen to your bathroom to your garage and in your car, being able to use in from place to place is crucial.” On this point, the RapidClean doesn’t disappoint.

What else is important when choosing a handheld vac? Suction power, of course. What good is a vacuum if it can’t handle the mess you’re trying to clean up? We’re happy to report that the 41A has improved suction power over its predecessor, clocking in at 6 amps as opposed to just 5 amps.

We tested this machine in several scenarios, such as picking up a spilled bowl of cereal, dirt dragged onto a carpet, and a mess in the car, and the 41A performed quite well.

And last but not least, let’s discuss pricepoint. For a handheld vac, pricing can vary wildly in some cases, The 41A comes in at around $45, which can either be a screaming bargain, or badly overpriced, depending on your budget and perspective.

We tend to think it’s a fair value for such a capable handheld — maybe a bit over the average price, but you have to consider value here.

Dirt Devil Gator Review

The Dirt Devil Gator is a cordless, lightweight (4.4 pounds) hand held vacuum with 15-3/5 volts of power suction at a fantastic price of $39.99. It’s perfect for cleaning those hard to reach places, counter tops or bookshelves. The Dirt Devil Gator has a slick design and an appearance which suits its name. This devil is perfect for vacuuming your vacuum!

Pros

Well, it’s a very basic, ordinary hand held vacuum with the ability to do a great job on hard surfaces and carpeted surfaces. The Dirt Devil Gator works is perfect for vehicles due to the size, suction and cordless design. The small size of the vacuum makes cleaning rather quite convenient (if you don’t run out of battery). (Source: Top5Vacuums.com).

Cons

On the whole, the suction isn’t brilliant and you can sometime struggle to pick up some crumbs off the floor and the battery life is quite disappointing averaging about 10 minutes with full suction and then winding down. No matter how long you charge it for, it’ll never produce full suction for over 10 minutes which is a huge flaw because it usually runs out of ‘juice’ midway through a clean.

For the price you pay – it’s worth it. If you only need a little hand held vacuum for ‘every now and then’ cleans then this will serve you well. It isn’t too powerful and the battery life isn’t great, so this vacuum shouldn’t be relied upon too much. As I said, for the price you pay, it’s good but if you need something stronger and more consistent; I’d suggest investing more money in a vacuum.

Sources: Consumer Reports

Best Vacuum for Hardwood Floors

As a homeowner with hardwood floors, I’m constantly trying to figure out the best way to get them cleaned. No matter how hard you try, there are always dirt particles and dust bunnies that make their way into your home. You can try simply sweeping your wood floors, but I’ve found that the best solution is to find a vacuum suitable for the task.

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away is currently my vacuum of choice in our household. Here are some of the product specs:

Shark Navigator Lift-Away Pro Special Edition Upright Vacuum (NV370)
  • Model- NV370
  • Power- 1200 Watts
  • Surface Cleaning Types- Carpet, Bare Floors
  • Swivel Steering- Yes
  • Cord Length- 30 ft.
  • Cleaning Path- 9.5″
  • Product Weight- 14 lbs
  • Filtration- Foam Filters and HEPA
  • Suction Control- Yes

The best part about this vacuum is its lightweight design. Most upright vacuums are often too bulky and heavy to comfortably lug around the home; the Lift-Away is just the opposite, weighing only 14 pounds, so you shouldn’t have any trouble moving it around from room to room.

What else do we like about this vacuum? Well, it’s reasonably priced at $200, it has a wide cleaning path, and it offers pretty great suction power at 1200 watts.

When you’re vacuuming wood floors, of course, it’s important that you don’t scratch the surface, as it could cause unwanted damage. So you want to look for a unit that has an on/off brush-roll, which means that you can alternate the cleaning mechanism so that it doesn’t damage your floors.

Some may think $200 is quite a bit to spend on a vacuum cleaner, and I can understand those concerns. But if you think of it as a long-term investment, if you think you can use it for several years — which you should be able to; it’s built to last — then it makes sense over the long term.