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This review is from: Eureka EasyClean Hand-Held Vacuum, 71B (Kitchen)Two cats and two fabric-covered couches, can you feel my pain? After a while, I was going nuts. I'd go broke buying the adhesive type lint rollers, the rubber ones (search for "sweepa") and the reusable brush type didn't do the job. All I'd heard about was dysons, dysons, dysons, so I started saving. But then I thought, hey, what I want is the little motorized roller brush attachment -- so I got online, started searching, and found this. I figured $40 as opposed to $500 was worth a try, especially with the good reviews.
and it *was*. It gets all the cat hair off my couch, and the nice thing is that the hose just tugs right out and you can also get the little cracks and crevices without missing a beat. The "riser visor" thing, I thought was kinda silly til I started using it -- and it's great. You can vacuum horizontally and vertically, and for furniture, stairs, etc--a great feature.
My only complaint is that it's just a *bit* heavy, especially for longer use. Wears that arm out, but that can be a good thing, too.
I'm still hoping to get a dyson eventually, but for the job I wanted to do, getting pet hair off my furniture -- this is *perfect*.
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Initial post: Feb 13, 2007 10:50:46 PM PST
J. Ferguson says:
I really wouldn't suggest a dyson--they are too overpriced for what they are worth. I spent almost $500 on my dyson and it didn't work as well on my dog-fur infested house as my Mom's Eureka Boss Smart Vac 4870. By the way--that model costs only about $140.
Posted on Nov 6, 2007 5:54:11 PM PST
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Posted on Dec 5, 2007 1:46:18 PM PST
I have a Dyson Animal Vacuum and would say that it does an absolutely stunning job picking up dirt and pet hair from carpets. I've never seen a better vacuum tackle that task and would recommend it highly for that alone.
But. But. Now I no longer live in a place with carpets and the "suction" is too strong to work on bare floors without kicking up all the dust and cat hair into the air. I find that my simple little Swiffer vacuum is just perfect for that task. The vacuum portion isn't particularly impressive but it picks up enough large crumbs and dirt without kicking the dust in the air, basically replacing a broom. And the Swiffer portion of the Swiffer vacuum does the rest of the job by collecting all the dust and pet hair. Which basically means that I no longer need to sweep AND then Swiffer my floors. Highly recommended if you have a lot of bare, uncarpeted floors! This, effectively, saves you from purchasing a $500+ vacuum in favor of purchasing a $25 light-weight thing.
And, I'm sad to report, the Dyson uphostery attachments failed abysmally in picking up anything less than a few specks of loose pet hair off my uphostery. I found it thousands of times more effective to go after my couches with any of the following options: 1. "pet hair eraser", 2. rubber brush, 3. rubber glove, 4. lint rolls, 5. tape. The problem with those options, of course, is that it takes a lot more time, back-breaking effort, and a lot of patience than a vacuum should. And you still have plenty of pet hair left on your couch by the time your patience runs out. That is why I am now considering this hand-held vacuum (and others) to help address my never ending pet hair problem.
So, if you have a house that is primarily carpeted, I do recommend the Dyson very highly. If you don't have a lot of carpets and you are looking to replace your hand vac with the Dyson, I would recommend you reconsider.
Posted on Jan 13, 2008 7:21:40 PM PST
Timely One says:
Totally agree about the Dysons. It's awesome for suction power, but very laborious to disconnect and do the stairs. Another difficult part is trying to hold to hose while you're trying to manuever the hand held "animal" device. You've got to fight the suction power the whole time. I've looked at the handheld Dyson, and it really doesn't look too comfortable to vacuum with - and it doesn't have the roller brush on it.
Thanks for your honest comments. I'm going to give this Eureka a try.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 29, 2008 6:25:52 AM PST
Rajiv Mehra says:
Your post does not compare apples with apples.
The vac in question here is a handheld vac with brush. The one you are comparing it with it a upright model menat to be used on floors.
The difference is night and day. Just try to use your upright on stairs and you will see what I mean.
Of course you see that the "Dyson uphostery attachments failed abysmally " That is the whole point of getting this Eureka handheld vac!
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2008 11:05:02 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 1, 2008 11:07:00 AM PDT
I don't think the user was comparing anything to anything. She was simply stating that Dysons work perfectly under certain conditions (carpeted floors) but need to be supplemented with other equipment (hand-held) when the conditions are not optimal (wood floors). From personal experience I can say that the Eureka 71B is great in the role of supplemental equipment.
Posted on Feb 27, 2009 6:23:41 PM PST
T. M. Mace says:
I love my animal dyson... wouldn't trade it, and I don't find it bad for vacuuming stairs or edging, but the kids don't like it for that. Best place to buy a dyson is this place in TN that I found. Awesome price. So then my sister also bought one. She has 3 labs and they shed! You will never regret buying a great product if you use it all the time.
Posted on Oct 2, 2009 5:54:52 AM PDT
Bonnie J. Heidler says:
Thank you for telling me about this....I also have a "cat" problem...5 cats! ....and stairs! I absolutely LOVE my upright (Riccar) but a small hand held would be so much easier to use on the stairs. However, I would not waste my time or money on a Dyson. Had one. Way too much money for what they are...broke down and Dyson refused to fix it. Got rid of it ...gave it away. Will try this Eureka based on your opinion...cannot hurt at that price.
Posted on Nov 30, 2009 6:40:27 PM PST
K. D. Crapsey says:
Good review. I would really prefer a cordless though.
Re: Dyson, I have the Animal Ball and I LOVE IT. I recently went from all carpeted to bare floors and area rugs. I have had no issues with it blowing hair up. Between my long hair, that of my foster daughters, and my P. Welsh Corgi mix dog, we have a LOT of hair. The corgi's hair likes to stick to my microfiber sofa. Big mistake. (I got her from the pound and didn't realize she would shed so much!)
What I found is that there is a trick to using the Animal attachment. You don't want to brush it along the upholstery like you would a standard attachment. It is so powerful, either the brush will stop from your pressure, or it will suck in the upholstery. So, the trick you ask, bounce it up and down on the upholstery. That is it. It is an amazing job. I have a 96" long sofa, with lose cushions, and can have the entire thing Rosie hair free in 20-30 minutes.
I am looking for something for my stairs. As much as I love my Dyson, she is not good for reaching up the stairs because my hose is still so stiff, and I got her at least 3 years ago. I would highly recommend checking for refurb Dyson's. My friends picked up an All Floors for 200$ at a refurb sale at the local vacuum store. He said that he NEVER gets returns on the Dysons. Most of the "refurbs" that come in are because either the purchaser did not know how to use the vacuum, did not like it, or the rare manufacturing error. New or refurb, he said his Dysons were the fewest returns, proportionately, that he sells.
Posted on Dec 15, 2009 6:42:02 AM PST
Barbara C LaBeau says:
the dyson hand held only has a battery life of about 6 minutes - not enough time for the furniture and the cat hair.