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3.0 out of 5 stars Very mixed on this, May 1, 2011
This review is from: Eureka AirSpeed AS1001A Gold Bagless Upright (Kitchen)
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Overall I rate this vacuum as 2 stars. However, if you have a 1 story home I would generously give it 3 stars.

Here's what's good about it:

- This vacuum really sucks! In a positive way. The suction is great! The air path knob works well, sending suction from the vacuum to the tools. The Turbo nozzle is very powerful for stair use.

- No vacuum bags. It's nice to not need to deal with them.

- Air filtration. The Hepa filter captures 99.97. That's a really great attribute. You don't want that dust and dirt flying back into the air. Keep in mind that you do need to replace these periodically.

Here's what's not so good about it:

- This vacuum is very heavy. If you have a two-story home, it will take a lot of effort to bring this up and down the stairs. We've had an Oreck for years, which is only about 9 pounds, so anything will be heavier than that, but this Eureka AirSpeed is really, really heavy. You need some strength to lift it. Getting it up and down the stairs is very awkward. The main vacuum head doesn't fit on the stairs (it's too large), so you'll need to really carry it.

- The directions are too complicated and difficult to follow. There are just too many parts to install that in my opinion could have been installed by the manufacturer prior to delivery.

- The instructions are not well written. For example, in the quick start guide (with "quick start" being anything but quick), they tell you to in step 2 to place the handle on the vacuum by snapping it into place. The handle does not snap, EVER!!! Only after you've completed the second step do you actually snap anything into place. Also, all of the instructions for the hose connectors are confusing at best.

- The directions assume that the person assembling this vacuum has the thumb strength of Hulk Hogan. The 4th step of installing the turbo holder into place is very frustrating. This is where Hulk Hogan thumbs come into place. They tell you to "place thumbs on each side and snap into place." My thumbs could not do this. I needed to pound it into place using the base of my palms.

- I find the power switch to be in an awkward place as well as the height adjustment knob. It's not very easy to adjust with your foot as they show in the instructions.

So I'd say that if you don't mind the challenges associated with getting started, and you don't mind the weight of the unit, the good sucking power may make this an okay choice for you. Otherwise skip this one.
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Initial post: May 27, 2011, 11:44:24 AM PDT
Saul Goodman says:
This is a horrible review. Over half of the cons are because you had trouble reading the directions. Honestly this vacuum doesn't even need directions, it's that easy.

In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2011, 12:22:20 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 27, 2011, 12:22:46 PM PDT
Hi Z. Eaton, I've got MBA level courses and I work with millions of dollars worth of complex equipment regularly. I've read complex operation manuals from cover to cover. If I can't figure out the directions, I think this is significant and worth mentioning. I also don't think the vacuum will be as easy as you say for some.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2011, 8:54:59 PM PDT
B. Monad says:
I will admit that I got caught up on step 5, snapping the "lower hose retainer" in place, but it took all of 2 minutes to figure out. I agree that the "quick start" instructions were not the greatest (bad pictures with awkward close ups and angles) but even so it took no more than 5-10 minutes to get it all together. It's just literally snapping six (6 - I just counted) plastic pieces onto the vacuum. If this is to be considered a con, it's an extremely minor con because not only is it not that bad at all IMO, but it's also just a one time thing. Even if you're a little "slow" and struggle with it for half an hour, well that's the only half hour you'll spend setting it up because once it's done, it's done.

I just wanted to add my point of view on this "mixed" review. I think that overall, the vacuum is very nice, especially for the price, but there are greater concerns than the setup. I would not let the "difficulty" of the setup deter you from this vacuum. If there's anything to worry about, worry about the replacement and maintenance of the HEPA filter, that's the issue with this vacuum. Or you could go with the lack of retractable cord, or the somewhat heavy weight. Otherwise, it works great and as far as sub-$200 models go, this one probably rivals those that are much more expensive, especially when just considering how well it vacuums.
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