Handheld Vacuum Review
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The Eureka RapidClean handheld vacuum is at the top of Eureka’s handheld line. Weighing in at 6 pounds with a motor producing 6 amps of power, this little guy has a powerful degree of suction from both the rolling brush head and hose. Although this vacuum may be a well-rounded choice for quick messes, it is probably not a unit that should hold the title of primary vacuum in your household.
- Compact design allows for great maneuverability
- Low price point adds good value
- Hose is powerful and cleans with ease
- Comes with a small dust bin
- Shape can be a bit awkward when carrying to clean
- This vacuum is a good option for those who need a quick fix, but it should not replace your primary vacuum.
- If you’re looking for a good value, this vacuum is priced lower than most and does a very good job of cleaning through both the hose and rolling brushes.
The Eureka RapidClean handheld vacuum is small by design, but offers a high degree of suction. The idea behind the smaller design is to provide users with a quick fix for smaller messes. If you notice a spill right away and feel as if a larger, more primary vacuum is not needed, the RapidClean is a great option to put into action.
As a handheld vacuum, the Eureka RapidClean is not necessarily built to handle larger fields of debris.
How it Cleans
The Eureka RapidClean uses a 6 amp motor, driving debris and air into the dust bin. The motor powers both the suction of the vacuum and the rotation of the brush heads. Both of these work in tandem to provide a stronger degree of cleaning for most indoor floor types.
Size & Dimensions
The Eureka RapidClean handheld vacuum offers a 6″ cleaning path in addition to a 16″ body. With everything in tact, the unit has a total weight of 6 pounds. The lighter weight makes for an easier to carry vacuum as compared to your more traditional upright / stick vacuums.
Additionally, storing this Eureka vacuum is nice, as it does not take up a large amount of space.
Accessories & Parts
The Eureka RapidClean handheld vacuum includes the following accessories and parts:
- 18″ suction hose
- Roller brush head
- Crevice tool
In addition to these three accessories, the Eureka RapidClean has a 25′ cord, which wraps around the tail end of the unit. Directly above the cord is the 3′ hose, which wraps around the back of the base as well.
All vacuum reviews on Modern Caste go through a series of cleaning tests. For these tests, we spread out rice (3 oz), kitty litter (3 oz), cereal (1 oz, since it’s larger), and sugar (3 oz) over ~11 square foot of a hardwood floor, low pile carpet, and high pile carpet. After spreading the debris, we complete the vacuum test.
To determine the amount of debris that the vacuum picked up, we use a three step process:
- Step 1 – Weigh the empty dust bin
- Step 2 – Run the vacuum and weigh the dust bin again
- Step 3 – Subtract the weight of the full dust bin by the weight of the empty dust bin. This helps to account for every ounce of debris that is in the bin.
After completing the hardwood floor test with each debris type, we found that this Eureka vacuum tends to blow debris around while picking it up. The crevice tool that attaches to the hose is located at the back of the vacuum. This is where air is pushed out to compensate for the air being sucked in. By doing so, the vacuum blew each debris type away from the vacuum.
All things considered, this handheld was able to pick up a majority of the rice, kitty litter, and sugar. Cereal was the only test where the RapidClean pushed the debris forward and blew it back, making it difficult to be sucked up.
Once the test was complete, I went back over each mess with the hose and found that the hose was the better option for the hardwood floors. Each one of the debris types were picked up with ease.
- Hardwood – Rice 92%
- Hardwood – Cereal 27%
- Hardwood – Kitty Litter 91%
- Hardwood – Sugar 89%
Low Pile Carpet
Compared to the hardwood floors, the Eureka RapidClean struggled a bit more with the low pile carpet. Once again, the varying types of debris were blown around a bit before they could be sucked up by the vacuum. Although the vacuum did not perform as well on the low pile carpet, by no means did it perform poorly.
The cereal test on the low pile carpet was actually an improvement over the hardwood floors, sucking up 0.75 oz of the original 1.02 oz (74%) poured onto the testing lane.
- Low Carpet – Rice 64%
- Low Carpet – Cereal 74%
- Low Carpet – Kitty Litter 86%
- Low Carpet – Sugar 72%
High Pile Carpet
Performance on the high pile carpet was much better for the RapidClean handheld vacuum. Throughout this test, the unit was able to grab each debris field with ease, except for the cereal. Once again, the cereal posed a problem for the vacuum, as it seemed to be pushed down into the high pile and struggled to make its way back up to the rolling brush head.
- High Carpet – Rice 91%
- High Carpet – Cereal 34%
- High Carpet – Kitty Litter 91%
- High Carpet – Sugar 90%
Setting up this Eureka handheld vacuum is a painless process. Simply open up the box, unravel the cord, plug it in, and get to cleaning. The filter and dust bin already come assembled and attached to the vacuum so there is no strenuous setup required to start using the RapidClean.
Simplicity carries on when it comes to actually using the unit. There is a sturdy handle affixed to the top of the vacuum, which you can firmly grab to ensure it does not slip out of your hand while cleaning. Additionally, the hose is easy to pull out from its designated spot, allowing you to clean with either the hose or the brush heads.
Finally, the dust bin can be emptied by pulling the power button (located on the handle) towards you. Sliding this button forward one notch will turn on the motor so that just the hose is running. By pushing it two notches forward the brush head will begin spinning, giving you the option of using the brush head, hose, or both.
The Eureka RapidClean vacuum’s design allows it to maneuver around quite easily. Because it is a handheld vacuum, you are able to carry the unit around with you and tackle messes right away. That said, this specific Eureka handheld weighs 6 pounds, which may create a bit of an awkward carry for some users.
Throughout my experience, I found that this vacuum was easy to move around and the combination of the 25′ cord and 3′ hose allowed me to reach debris without having to unplug and plug back in over and over again. The hose also does a fine job of getting into those hard-to-reach places (corners, couches, cars, etc.) while the brush head is powerful enough to swiftly move through carpeted areas, such as your floors or stair cases.
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 ensure your vacuum is working at its full potential, it’s important to keep up with maintenance. That said, maintenance on this Eureka handheld vacuum is not difficult. The most important areas to pay attention to are the brush head and filter.
Keeping your filter clean and the brush head free of any tangles will allow your vacuum to perform its best. Getting to the filter is simple, but cleaning it could be a bit of a hassle at times. This specific filter tends to grab dust / dirt and hold onto it. Therefore, I found the best way to clean the filter was by washing it with warm water or spraying it down with compressed air. Both options helped to remove the dirt and debris stuck to the filter.
With regards to the brush head, removing any strings, hairs, etc. is typically the only maintenance you will have to perform.
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 around $50, the Eureka RapidClean hand held vacuum cleaner is a solid value. While it’s certainly not a complete replacement to you full-sized vacuum, the RapidClean offers strong overall cleaning performance and good usability.
The 1-year warranty is pretty standard, but a nice extra given the price point. With regard to returns, the process and policy will vary based on where you purchase your vacuum. At the time of writing this review, there are very few retailers carrying this product. However, if you’re able to buy from Amazon or another reputable retailer you should have a fair and reasonable return policy.
If you’re unable to find the Eureka RapidClean for sale the Eureka EasyClean handheld vacuum cleaner offers comparable performance near the same price point. It appears that the EasyClean may be a model replacement for the RapidClean.
Below is a complete list of important specifications and features included on the Eureka RapidClean handheld vacuum:
|Cordless||No - 25 foot cord|
|Corner Cleaning||Yes - crevice tool|
|Returns||30 days via Amazon. Varies by retailer|
The Eureka RapidClean handheld vacuum cleaner offers a great value for its compact design and powerful motor. As a lower cost vacuum, this Eureka is a well-rounded product containing the ability to clean up smaller messes in a hurry.
I would recommend the Eureka RapidClean if you’re looking for the following features in a handheld vacuum:
- Lightweight: Only weighing 6 pounds, the RapidClean vacuum is light enough to carry around with ease while also offering a sturdy enough build to withstand accidental drops.
- Powerful suction: Powered by a 6 amp motor, this unit has a strong degree of suction from both the hose and brush head. Regardless of the route you take, the vacuum is able to hold a wide variety of messes.
- Low maintenance: Maintenance is a simple task with the Eureka RapidClean handheld. Simply empty the dust bin, knock off the filter, and make sure the brush head is free of any tangles.
For more information on the Eureka RapidClean handheld vacuum, see Amazon.com.
Eureka RapidClean Handheld Vacuum
The Eureka RapidClean is a versatile handheld vacuum. It’s built for small messes, while still maintaining a powerful level of suction and a ‘tank-like’ body structure. This vacuum is a great value for users looking for a small vacuum that could be used for corners, stairs, cars, or other upholstery.
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.