Airspeed Upright Vacuum

Last updated date: January 17, 2019

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8.0

Airspeed Upright Vacuum

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We looked at the top Pet Vacuums and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Pet Vacuum you should buy.

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Overall Take


In our analysis of 65 expert reviews, the Eureka Airspeed Upright Vacuum placed 8th when we looked at the top 14 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

With exclusive airspeed technology, the eureka airspeed bagless upright vacuum, as3011a, is engineered to remove more dirt for a deeper clean on all floor surfaces. It features an on/off brushroll switch and soft rubber wheels for effortless cleaning. The eureka airspeed vacuum cleaner never loses suction, which saves you a good deal of time and hassle. The bagless design also cuts down on your cleaning time, as it is easier to empty and clean than bag vacuums.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.7
4 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.1
1,150 user reviews

What experts liked

Long 27 foot power cord with cord rewind means better reach minus time wasting manual coiling and uncoiling of the long cord. Strong suction – unlike other uprights where the air goes through a maze of hoses, Eureka designed such that the suction produced by the motor goes straight to the nozzle thus providing better suction.
- Best Cordless Vacuum Guide
December 3, 2018 | Full review
It performs fairly well on carpet and bare floors and the powered brushroll has on/off controls. In addition, it comes with a retractable power cord and 5 nozzle height settings.
- Vacuum Cleaner Advisor
July 4, 2016 | Full review
The Eureka AirSpeed works well on hardwood floors.
- Top Ten Reviews
September 11, 2018 | Full review

What experts didn't like

Turbo brush tool not too effective in cleaning cheerios on upholstery and it will have trouble going under furniture because of the bulkiness.
- Best Cordless Vacuum Guide
December 3, 2018 | Full review
The machine is rather loud and that it suffers from poor build quality.
- Vacuum Cleaner Advisor
July 4, 2016 | Full review
Our tests showed this upright vacuum was rather hard to push and turn.
- Top Ten Reviews
September 11, 2018 | Full review

Our Expert Consultant

Stephanie Mantilla 
Animal trainer

Stephanie Mantilla is a positive reinforcement-based animal trainer who has worked with a variety of animals, from lizards all the way up to cheetahs and lions.  She now runs the pet blog Curiosity Trained, writing about training and enrichment for your dog and cat.  She holds a behavioral husbandry professional development certificate from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and has a bachelor of science in biology and environmental science.

After spending 12 years training exotic animals as a zookeeper, she now helps pet owners create fulfilling lives for their pets. No matter the animal, they all require similar things to make their lives enriched and prevent behavioral issues.  Stephanie’s mission is to help pet owners make the lives of their pets the best that they can be.

 

 

An Overview On Pet Vacuums

Traditional vacuum cleaners have always been called into service to remove pet hair, flea dust and dander, but the results haven’t always been pretty. Pet hair can quickly become tangled in the vacuum’s beater brush, and the collection bag cannot always contain all of the pet hair the vacuum cleaner picks up.

This is why several vacuum cleaner manufacturers developed models that address the specific needs of pet owners. A pet or animal vacuum cleaner looks and acts like a standard vacuum, but also includes specialized accessories, such as a turbo brush or grooming tool. A pet vacuum also has a more powerful motor to generate stronger suction. Pet hair is notoriously difficult to extract from carpeting, so most pet vacuums use more intense “wind tunnel” or cyclonic technology.

If you’ve got a pet, especially one that sheds a lot, a pet vacuum should be on your wish list, says our resident pet expert Stephanie Mantilla, a positive reinforcement animal trainer who runs the blog Curiosity Trained.

“If you have pets that shed a lot, you’re going to want canister vacuums that are easy to empty,” she says. “Having a large canister allows you to vacuum longer without needing to constantly empty the vacuum. Going bagless saves you from blowing through multiple bags each time you clean. A high shedding dog, such as a Siberian husky, can easily fill up multiple vacuum bags a week.”

Pet vacuums come in a wide variety of designs, although canister and upright styles seem to be the most popular, followed by handheld mini-vacs. A hybrid upright canister vacuum, like the Shark TruePet, provides the additional suction power pet owners need, along with a beater brush with noticeably stiffer bristles. Although the heavier weight of the Shark TruePet may be a factor for some, it performs equally well on all common floor surfaces.

In terms of sheer suction power, a pet vacuum with cyclonic action is hard to beat. They provide the right balance of power and maneuverability that many pet owners seek. One potential drawback with cyclonic pet vacuum cleaners, however, is their bagless design. Pet hair and dander can be blown back into the room once the bagless canister is opened for disposal. Pet owners with allergy issues may want to consider a model that includes a secured bag and a HEPA filter.

“HEPA filters in your vacuum are a must if you have pets,” says Mantilla. “These filters will remove the dander and other allergens your pets track in. Many people who are allergic to pets are actually allergic specifically to their dander. By vacuuming with a model containing a HEPA filter, you’re preventing a buildup of a main allergen in your home.”

Many robotic vacuums can handle a moderate amount of pet hair, flea dust and dander, but they often lack the suction power of canister vacuums. Pet owners with robotic vacuum cleaners should be prepared to clean out the unit’s collection tray more often and spend time removing any hairs that collect on the agitator brushes. Clogs and tangles can lead to poor performance.

One element that separates a pet or animal vacuum from its traditional counterpart is the beater brush. Because pet hair can become hopelessly entangled on a standard beater brush, manufacturers have created special agitators with stiffer and deeper bristles. The surface of a pet vacuum beater brush is also smoother, making it easier to rinse clean between uses.

You’ll also want to consider the vacuum’s accessories before you buy, says Mantilla.

“Many pet upright vacuums have attachments that are especially good for removing pet hair from upholstery,” she says. “They have stronger suction and are designed so that pet hair doesn’t get caught up in the rotating gears as easily.”

If large canister or upright vacuums are too bulky for the job, many pet owners also keep a handheld vacuum on hand for spot cleaning. Miniature models like the cordless Bissell Pet Hair Eraser can reach remote areas and crevices that tend to collect pet hair. Unlike a standard handheld vacuum cleaner, a pet mini-vac may also include a powered agitator to remove more hair from carpeting, along with an improved filtration system.

The Pet Vacuum Buying Guide

  • When choosing an ideal indoor pet, one important consideration is the animal’s typical shedding pattern. Owners who bring a high shedding animal into the home should be prepared to vacuum almost daily. Low shedding breeds are best for homes with extensive carpeting.
  • Even if the vacuum cleaner is not designated as a “pet vacuum,” it should have a HEPA filter to trap all of the flea dirt, dander and hairs a pet can generate throughout the day.
  • Most cordless vacuum cleaners lack the suction power to be effective as pet vacuums, but they are suitable for spot cleaning “accidents” and litter spills.
  • Some consumers may want to consider investing in a pet vacuum even if they do not own pets. These models are often more powerful than standard vacuum cleaners and include accessories not often included with traditional models.
  • Bagless pet vacuum cleaners may be easier on the environment, but models with bags do a better job containing pet hair and dander. Most cyclonic vacuums are bagless by design, but many canister and upright vacuums still use disposable bags.
  • Pet owners are not limited to specialized pet vacuum cleaners but should be prepared to spend more time removing hair and other pet-related debris from standard models. Clogs lead to reduced suction power, and beater brushes mired with pet hair can burn out the belts and motor.
  • HEPA filters need to be replaced on a regular schedule in order to retain their efficiency. Pet owners with allergy issues may want to use protective gloves and a dust mask when performing this important task.