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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth waiting for..., October 13, 2005
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This review is from: Eureka EasyClean Corded Hand-Held Vacuum, 71B (Kitchen)
We bought this hand vac after our hand held powerhead attachment broke on our Sears canister unit, and our Dirt Devil was relegated to auto use. The old DD was so loud that we used ear plugs, and was just okay in the power dept. We were fairly happy with the old DD, so we bought another. Mistake! We didn't realize that the brush roller was beltless...powered by the incoming air. Any pressure on the roller and it stopped. Returned it promptly to the store.

We did more research at Amazon and bought the Eureka. This one works well. We share our home with 4 cats and so far, this vac handles it well. My wife is not an occasional cleaner. She keeps the house spotless and goes thru poorly made vacs like water. The 71AV vac picks up cat hair well, even on course fabrics. It has impressive suction, even when compared to bigger vacs. Even so, it's much quieter than the Dirt Devil we had. The only thing that prevents a 5 star rating is the weight...5 lbs. Also, we have not proven the durability yet. Time will tell. Summary:

GOOD: Great suction, strong brush roller, convenient cord wrap, quiet.

NOT THAT GOOD: A little heavy, a little hard to clean around the filter, unproven durability (wife WILL test it!)

Update 4/2012: This vac suddenly became afflicted with the dreaded smell of roasted electrical parts, and while it's still working, had to be relegated to outside use because of the smell. We will probably get another just like it. Six and a half years is decent for a vacuum of this price.
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Initial post: Jul 10, 2010 6:56:20 AM PDT
C. Potter says:
I guess weight is a relative thing, though. Some customers are commenting on how "light" this vac is, and another model I've looked at weighs almost 7 lbs. Your comments were helpful; I'm still leaning toward buying this vac.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2010 8:30:05 PM PDT
This vac is still going since 2005 when I wrote the review. It gets used weekly for dining chair cushions, throw pillows and a couple cat beds/scratching posts. I would buy another if needed. By comparison, this one is a fair amount heavier than the old Dirt Devil.

Posted on Oct 12, 2012 7:31:16 AM PDT
M. Joy says:
Is the 71B model improved or changed from the 71AV model? I see the reviews here on Amazon are mixed - sharing those for both models under the model 71B product.
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