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Eureka 71B Hand-Held Vacuum

December 7th, 2010 No comments

4 Stars- techdad

For several years, I kept replacing cordless hand vacuum after hand vacuum. If there is one certainty with those cordless hand vacuums, it is that the batteries inside them will cease to hold a charge after about a year. I finally tired of the cycle and wasted money and decided to try out a corded hand vacuum. The Eureka stood out because of all the positive reviews on Amazon.

The first thing you’ll notice is that it is quite heavy for a hand vacuum. I actually liked the heft because it made it feel more solid and better built. A throwback to the saying that “they don’t make ’em like they used to.” When running, it is actually quite loud. Louder than the cordless models I’d used in the past. The trade-off is much better performance. The Eureka 71B picks up debris that my full-size Hoover misses. The crevice tool and hose are perfect for corners and wall edges and good for cars & trucks. To my surprise, the hose attachment swiveled for easier maneuverability. Also, I keep sand toys in the back of my 4Runner for my kids so the trunk area has tons of sand. The Eureka 71B had no problem with that job.

My neighbor was so impressed that she asked to borrow it for her SUV. I only wish that it had come with an attachment that worked better in hard to reach places under car seats. The dirt cup is easy to see and fills up fast. Like most bagless vacuum’s, it is easy to clean, but can be messy. I try to empty the dirt cup after each use to keep it from getting too nasty and also to keep it working at it’s best. The 20 foot cord is of convenient length and the cord wrap keeps it nice and tidy when not in use. I do not miss cordless hand vac’s AT ALL. I fully expect the Eureka 71B to outlive all of my previous hand vacuum’s combined, and then some. For the few dollars that Amazon is charging, this purchase is a no-brainer.

Available from Amazon.com.

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