Rabu, 02 Maret 2011

Mighty Mite of a Machine

Eureka 431DX Optima Lightweight Upright

Eureka 431DX Optima Lightweight Upright

I'm a fan of industrial design and was really impressed with this thing when I saw it. I noticed that it came with no wands but then saw that the crevice tool doubles as one. Clever!

Air does not go through the hose while doing floors so clogs are unlikely. The multi-selection power switch is great. The high-quality hose stretches far.

We have hard wood floors, oriental rugs and throw rugs. We were amazed at how much hair from our golden retriever our big old Kenmore had missed!

The head is small but that makes it more maneuverable and concentrates the suction. Unless you have acres of carpet, you will like the size.

The front air exhaust and pushing effort have not been a problem. The cord length is just right. It doesn't tempt you to keep going when you should just change outlets. A little hook holds the cord out of the way.

Noise level is good and the sound is not very annoying. There is a light to show you if the beater bar has jammed. It cuts power automatically. Cool. Love the adjustable circular handle. Radical.

This is our first bagless. They are a bit messy but it's great being able to see the dirt and hair you are picking up. The filter gets dirty fast though. Supposedly, you can wash it six times. Our vacuum came with only one. They are $10 online.

If you never thought vacuuming could be fun, try one of these.

7 month update:

We're still on the original filter! We just take it out on the deck with a car snow brush in hand, bush off the dust blobs, give it a few taps on the rubber seal to loosen the fine dust and brush it off again.

We broke the little plastic wire holder off, but feeding the wire through the circular handle works even better to keep it out of the way.

The beater bar collects a lot of golden retriever hair so we have to turn it over and pull that off.

Still 5 stars!

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7 komentar:

  1. I live in a small apartment so storing a vacuum is always an issue. And I have a cat who loves to shed so finding a vacuum that is powerful and not bulky has proven to be a challenge in the past. When my old vacuum finally gave out on me, I knew the Dyson or the new Hoover were out of the question for both space and cost. I was skeptical about getting one that was inexpensive, thinking it wouldn't do the job.

    I was wrong! The Optima did such a great job that I look forward to vacuuming now. I have both carpet and bare floors in my apartment and switching between the two is a cinch. And unlike many "dual floor" vacuums, this actually does a good job on both surfaces. Most impressive is that this little vacuum takes on cat hair with no problem.

    In addition to the big issues - functionality, compact size, etc. this vacuum is easy to assemble and cute too! I'm thrilled with my purchase and so glad I didn't pay $100+ more for a different vacuum.

    BalasHapus
  2. I bought this vac with the intentions of using it only on our 2 rooms that are hardfloors. It was sooo impressive and powerful that I vacummed the whole house with it. My carpet has never been soo clean!

    BalasHapus
  3. We had purchased a top of the line bagless with all the power you could want, and it did a great job. This little mini power house "out cleans it hands down". My wife always complained about the weight of the full size vacs, this one is about half that weight. It is absoluetly amazing how well it has cleaned our older carpets. With two Labrador Retrievers who have tha run of the house this little vac is put to a tough test. After one pass, I can roll all around our Living room floor in a white t-shirt and there is not one hair from the pups to be found. Do your-self a favor and get one of these little vacs who thinks it's one of the big boys. It's amazing that the price is so low on such a great machine.

    BalasHapus
  4. Gotta love it! It's so versatile. Love having a smaller vacuum that fits perfectly on my carpeted stairs. Easy to manuever, even in small rooms I can get around furniture that I usually have to move when I use my "big" vacuum. I think every home needs one upstairs and one downstairs! It has a really big dirt cup for a compact machine and well, 12 amps of power is usually found on the full size vacuums. I like the adjustable handle, it's great for me since I'm not very tall. I think I'm actually vacuuming more often since it is so easy! You won't go wrong purchasing this one. One note: I bought mine from QVC.com for $49!

    BalasHapus
  5. I'm a fan of industrial design and was really impressed with this thing when I saw it. I noticed that it came with no wands but then saw that the crevice tool doubles as one. Clever!

    Air does not go through the hose while doing floors so clogs are unlikely. The multi-selection power switch is great. The high-quality hose stretches far.

    We have hard wood floors, oriental rugs and throw rugs. We were amazed at how much hair from our golden retriever our big old Kenmore had missed!

    The head is small but that makes it more maneuverable and concentrates the suction. Unless you have acres of carpet, you will like the size.

    The front air exhaust and pushing effort have not been a problem. The cord length is just right. It doesn't tempt you to keep going when you should just change outlets. A little hook holds the cord out of the way.

    Noise level is good and the sound is not very annoying. There is a light to show you if the beater bar has jammed. It cuts power automatically. Cool. Love the adjustable circular handle. Radical.

    This is our first bagless. They are a bit messy but it's great being able to see the dirt and hair you are picking up. The filter gets dirty fast though. Supposedly, you can wash it six times. Our vacuum came with only one. They are $10 online.

    If you never thought vacuuming could be fun, try one of these.

    7 month update:

    We're still on the original filter! We just take it out on the deck with a car snow brush in hand, bush off the dust blobs, give it a few taps on the rubber seal to loosen the fine dust and brush it off again.

    We broke the little plastic wire holder off, but feeding the wire through the circular handle works even better to keep it out of the way.

    The beater bar collects a lot of golden retriever hair so we have to turn it over and pull that off.

    Still 5 stars!

    BalasHapus
  6. I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical of this machine. My wife and I moved to a new house with more carpeting and, after 16 years, had to retire our old Hoover. We looked at Dysons and a few other full-size vacs. Problem is, they all weighed a ton. (Well, not really a ton...but a lot.) Seeing that we have to lug the vacuum up and down stairs constantly, we wanted something lighter weight. Then we saw it...a mention of the Eureka Optima in an issue of Oprah magazine while visiting my sister and her family on vacation. We went to the local Best Buy and checked it out. After vacuuming up a bunch of junk on the floor of Best Buy in Nyack, NY, we took the plunge. The vacuum is a breeze to assemble. It's even kind of cute looking. And it does have a great deal of suction. The lack of a HEPA filter may be a drawback to some, but we went from an old bagged vacuum to this bagless...so it's a huge improvement for us even without the HEPA filter. The Optima is a bit harder to push than our old vac, especially on thicker carpet. But our rooms aren't terribly big, so we look at it as an opportunity for a bit of exercise. The incredible weight (or lack thereof) of this machine, along with the low price, more than makes up for the little bit of effort required to push it. It's easy to empty, too. And the telescoping handle is great! Put the handle all the way down and you can store this vac in just about any closet. We've even stored it in a large kitchen cabinet. I'd recommend this vacuum to anyone. Or you can spend six or seven or eight times the money on a Dyson. The choice is yours!!

    BalasHapus