Eureka RapidClean Lightweight Handheld Vacuum

Last updated: December 14, 2022

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Product Details

In our analysis of 80 expert reviews, the Eureka RapidClean Lightweight Handheld Vacuum placed 14th when we looked at the top 16 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Eureka 71B Hand-Held Vacuum

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

This small vacuum comes with a wide mouth that picks up bigger pieces that you'd have to break up with other handheld vacuums.
The EasyClean 71B has great suction and a motorized brush roll that allows this to pick up tons of pet hair with minimal effort.
The suction of Eureka 71B hand vacuum is so powerful that you could feel it lifting dirt and debris from the carpet.
The Eureka model 71B has a special thermostat that protects the handheld vacuum cleaner in case of motor overheating.
The Eureka EasyClean is lightweight and easy to control. With the easy-to-grip handle on top of the unit it was very simple to vacuum the car, sofa, and trim work.
Eureka's Easy Clean 71B Hand Vacuum lives up to its name with an extra-long, 20-foot cord for extra reach, a 6-inch nozzle with a rotating brush that can clean both horizontal and vertical surfaces and a hose for attaching a crevice tool.
Picks up pet hair easily with its strong suction and also has good suction through it hose.
The revolving brush roll (which can be turned on/off) underneath the front cover combined with the constant suction power is very effective at getting rid of dirt and debris in flat areas, carpets, stair steps and upholstery.

What reviewers didn't like

The crevice tool seemed to lose power when it was attached, and it made it harder to pick up debris in cracks.
Struggles on contoured areas – may not work well inside cars
This bagless machine is a little messy to empty, which could be problematic for those suffering from asthma or allergies.
Cleaning of the filter and the bag is quite a messy process, and probably the largest downside of the Eureka 71b.
The filter itself takes up a large space within the dust cup. I have found that debris (pet hair especially) tends to stick to the filter so emptying the cup can be a bit of a messy process and it’s difficult to restore the filter to “like-new” condition after using the vacuum.
The vacuum requires a lot of extra passes on bare floors — it has a tendency to "snowplow" debris rather than suck it up.
If used too much like a regular vacuum , it may not last as long.
The filter is noted as being durable and high quality, though it can attract a lot of dirt and dust if it’s not regularly cleaned (I think that’s more of a testament to its cleaning ability rather than an ineffective filter).
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