Handheld Vacuum Review
The Eureka EasyClean is a powerful handheld vacuum. At 4.6 pounds, this vacuum is lightweight and easy to maneuver, but its handheld nature can make cleaning larger areas more challenging. While it’s a great choice for vehicle interiors, upholstery, stairs, or small spills, I do not think it replaces a larger primary vacuum.
- Lightweight design makes maneuvering around easier
- Travels and stores easily
- Not great for large messes
- Difficult to clean filter
- The Eureka EasyClean is a good option for smaller spills
- This handheld is great for targeting hard to clean places, especially cars, stairs, couches, and other tight spots
- This handheld vacuum doesn’t really replace a larger, primary vacuum
The design of the Eureka EasyClean vacuum is simple, yet sophisticated. As a lighter unit, this vacuum is able to be moved with ease. This allows consumers to knock out smaller messes in no time with both the hose and rotating brush head. The compact design is a major benefit when the spill does not require a more traditional vacuum.
That said, the Eureka EasyClean is not built to take care of large messes, but instead focuses on cleaning up small spills or areas of debris that just need a quick pass with the vacuum.
How It Cleans
The Eureka EasyClean uses a standard suction system that drives air and debris into the unit.
For power, the Eureka EasyClean uses a dual motor system. One motor provides the power to the rotating brush head while the second motor is used for just suction power. In total, this vacuum uses 5.5 amp power.
Size & Dimensions
The Eureka EasyClean is a handheld vacuum designed for power and convenience. The body is 16” long with a 6” wide cleaning path. This unit weighs 4.8 pounds making it easier to carry than most traditional upright vacuums.
Accessories & Parts
The following accessories and parts are included with the Eureka EasyClean vacuum:
- 18″ Suction Hose
- Roller Brush Head
- Crevice Tool
The Eureka EasyClean is a single unit assembly with the brush head and filter located at the head of the vacuum. The rear of the vacuum is reserved for the cord wrap. This handheld vacuum comes with a 20’ cord and an 18” suction hose that is capable of stretching up to 3 times its original length.
On the head of the vacuum, there is a “Riser Visor” on top of the brush head. This clear plastic visor pivots, allowing you to clean horizontal surfaces (like floors) or vertical surfaces (like stair rises or seat backs).
Overall, the build quality of this unit is very high. It’s a sturdy vacuum with a minimal number of small parts that can break or need replacing.
The following vacuum cleaning tests are designed to show how the Eureka EasyClean performs on a variety of surfaces picking up a variety of debris. For these tests we look at hard floors, low pile carpets, and high pile carpets. For each floor surface type we test the vacuum cleaner against rice, dry cereal, kitty litter, and sugar.
Each of the following substances was spread out across our testing lane. After spreading out each debris type, we proceeded to complete the handheld vacuum test. This test consisted of forward and backward passes through the debris.
To measure the amount of debris picked up by the vacuum, we first measure the dust bin weight before running the vacuum. Next, we vacuum up the mess and take a new measurement of the dust bin, which in turn gives us the total amount of debris in ounces picked up by the vacuum.
Bear in mind, some of the debris may have been picked up but did not make it all the way into the dust bin. For example, there may be pieces of debris stuck in the brushes or hoses leading to the dust bin.
- Hardwood – Rice 66%
- Hardwood – Cereal 0%
- Hardwood – Kitty Litter 96%
- Hardwood – Sugar 99%
Low Pile Carpet
The low pile carpet test is virtually identical to the hardwood floor test, except the debris is spread out across 10 square feet of low pile carpet. Measurements are recorded in the same way and the same number of passes is made through the debris fields.
- Low Carpet – Rice 95%
- Low Carpet – Cereal 46%
- Low Carpet – Kitty Litter 97%
- Low Carpet – Sugar 96%
High Pile Carpet
The high pile carpet test is virtually identical to the hardwood floor test, except the debris is spread out across 10 square feet of high pile carpet. Measurements are recorded in the same way and the same number of passes is made through the debris fields.
- High Carpet – Rice 82%
- High Carpet – Cereal 36%
- High Carpet – Kitty Litter 57%
- High Carpet – Sugar 62%
In terms of usability, the Eureka EasyClean couldn’t be easier. There is one button on this vacuum that toggles between off, on for carpet, on for hardwoods, and dust cup release. The dust cup catches large debris and hair as well as dirt, dust, and smaller allergens. Once the dust cup is released, empty the cup into the trash and rinse off the filter.
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.
Setting up this vacuum requires little to no effort. Once you pull the unit out of its packaging, it is ready to be plugged in and put to work.
It’s no surprise that the handheld nature of this vacuum made for extremely easy maneuvering. 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.
For floors, maneuvering was a bit more interesting — not impossible, but likely not something I would do on a daily or even weekly basis. Vacuuming an entire floor with a handheld is a pain, but for quick spills or small detailed areas, this vacuum was fairly easy to maneuver.
The following table indicates the frequency at which you will likely want to replace the various maintenance components of the vacuum. The following replacement frequencies are what the manufacturer recommends. However, your individual experiences may vary.
|Accessory / Part||Replacement Frequency||Replacement Cost|
|HEPA filter||1 month||$5 / per|
To keep your vacuum running smoothly and having good suction, it’s important to practice good maintenance. For the Eureka EasyClean, as well as most handheld vacuums, the most important thing is to make sure the filter and brush head are clean and clear.
The filter to this unit is washable, but I found it difficult to clean. Honestly, my filter was so full after one use that it almost seemed unrealistic to try and clean the filter in the house. So it’s easy to remove all the debris from the dust cup and filter and then hand wash the filter in the sink to dry completely.
For the brush head, keeping it clear of hair, strings, or other debris that can wrap around the bearings is the best way to keep your vacuum running smoothly.
All vacuum cleaner reviews on Modern Castle are put through our standard noise test. For this test, we use a sound meter to measure noise in terms of decibel level 3′ away from the vacuum.
Priced at $47, this vacuum offers a great value. The lightweight design, minimal maintenance, and powerful suction combined with the low cost make for a good deal. Eureka has been producing quality vacuums for many years and this EasyClean handheld model is certainly among that group.
With regard to the warranty of this vacuum, it lasts 1 year from the date of purchase and covers defective items. Typical wear and tear is not covered by the limited warranty offered by Eureka. Additionally, the return process for this unit is simple, but the cost of shipping the vacuum back to the retailer does fall on the shoulders of the consumer.
All in all, the Eureka EasyClean handheld vacuum’s low price and good terms make for a well-valued vacuum cleaner.
Below is a complete list of important specifications and features included on the Eureka EasyClean handheld vacuum:
|Floor Type||Wood, carpet, tile, linoleum|
|Cordless||No - 20' cord|
|Returns||30 days via Amazon. Varies by retailer|
So that’s the Eureka EasyClean in a nutshell, but is it the right handheld vacuum for you? This vacuum offers a good degree of power, suction and maneuverability without becoming too heavy. It’s lightweight body makes it portable and a handy tool to have in the car or in the closet for those quick or small messes.
I would recommend the Eureka EasyClean if you’re looking for the following features in a handheld vacuum:
- Lightweight: At only 4.6 pounds, this vacuum is very light, but still retains a good degree of suction with the dual motor and 5.5 amp power.
- Easy to Use: The simple toggle switch couldn’t be easier to use. Off, on carpet, on hardwoods, and release the dust cup — you’re done! The simple graphics make operating this vacuum very easy. In addition, the 20’ cord proved to be plenty long enough for all of our tests.
- Budget-Friendly: While I don’t think the Eureka EasyClean replaces the need for a larger, stronger primary vacuum, at only $47 it’s hard to beat the value in this for a secondary, more convenient, small vacuum.
For more information on the Eureka EasyClean, visit Amazon.com.
Last Updated - October 20, 2017
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October 20, 2017 – Some of the scores were incorrectly copied down from our testing data sheets. These scores were updated to their correct numbers. Most of the changes were minor, moving individual scores only by a few points.
Small vacuum, Powerful performance
The Eureka EasyClean handheld is a lightweight, powerful, and well built handheld vacuum designed to knock out small messes and spills. While larger debris fields could also be tackled by this Eureka vacuum, its handheld nature offers more benefit to users who want a quick fix versus breaking out their larger, primary vacuum. If you’re in the market for a handheld vacuum, the Eureka EasyClean is certainly worth considering.
Derek Hales is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of ModernCastle.com. He is a passionate perfectionist when it comes to testing and reviewing products for the home. When he is not testing new products, Derek enjoys golf, tennis, and PC gaming. Derek lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife, Samantha, and poodle, Tibbers.