Eureka 437AZ Optima Lightweight Upright Vacuum
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- 12 Amps
- Tools on Board
- 8' Hose
- HEPA Filter
Get the power of an upright in a lightweight and versatile vacuum! The Optima Lightweight Upright features the exclusive Power Paw¿ with Riser Visor® to efficiently clean stairs and upholstery. The comfort grip looped handle has 13 adjustable positions for a sure and comfortable grip. You'll enjoy cleaner indoor air with the HEPA filtration system that captures over 99.9% of dust and allergens.
Top Customer Reviews
1. The product was ordered on Friday and it arrived on Tuesday. Standard shipping; had been 'warned' that it might take upwards of a week, but shipped in two business days.
2. About the vacuum cleaner: powerful. I've used portable vacuum cleaners and a powered one with a bag, but this one just beats them hands down; it is a little under 3 ft. tall and has quite a few nozzles that can be attached to the main body, so that once I set it up, it became an all in one solution. It also took me around six minutes to take out everything out of the box and set it up.
I did a test run yesterday with the portable one I had before followed by the new Eureka; it was like I hadn't vacuumed the carpet before!
Long story short: powerful and compact.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Great suction, especially on fine dust
Very lightweight, our kid (5 years old) can operate it
Retractable handle makes it easy to carry around (we're short people)
Retractable handle makes it easy to store
The HEPA filter attracts dust very quickly and needs to be cleaned each time (is this a plus or a minus?) Anyhow, it's a messy job.
The front face could be a fraction smaller to get under furniture better
The narrow cleaning path is great for going in between tight spaces w/o moving everything around. The 12 amp motor is powerful and has great suction for under $100.
It is constructed pretty well, except for the cheap plastic wheels that feel flimsy and squeak right out of the box.
As with ANY bagless vac, to keep suction strong at all times, you have to clean the filter every single time you use it (especially with pets). If you don't want to be bothered cleaning it every time, then be fair, dont buy this machine and don't give it poor ratings. Get a bagged vac ... or a maid.
For those reviewers who say it died 3 or 4 times - it is not dieing. It is overheating because the filter is not clean. The filter needs to be cleaned every one or two uses, not when the dust bin fills up to the max. The reason it works again is because the motor cooled down.
Powerful suction in Floor or Hose mode
Easy to clean
Long stretch hose
Will not tip over when hose is stretched too far
Replacement parts available on Eureka web-site
Filter cleaning every 2 or 3 uses if secondary vac
Hose feels flimsy when stretched to full-length
Cleaning the filter is messy - do it outside
Filter must be cleaned frequently if used as primary vac
Front exhaust blows debris in front of cleaner - tilt down
Cons: Dirty and cumbersome to clean the filter, noisy
I have 3 vacuum cleaners--large and heavy upright for carpet, cordless stick vac for picker-upper, and Eureka Optima for all-round cleaning. This has the best saction and versatility among all, and for the first time, I feel I can stop my pursuit of a good vac cleaner.
After trying so many cleaners, I now have realistic expectation. Even a good vac has some shorcomings, and you need to know what your priority is. In this case, cleaning the waste bin and filter is very messy and cumbersome. Because Eureka Optima has very good saction, the filter catches so much fine dust very quickly. I need to dust if off almost everytime I vacuum, and it is not fun. However, for me, can-vacuum-anywhere versatility and light weight make up for it.
I recommend Eureka Optima even if this dies on me within one year (which it does not yet). This is not a perfect cleaner, and there is not a perfect cleaner, but a great value for solid performance.
My criteria for a vacuum were that it needed to be small (due to the lack of storage space), upright, it needed to have a hose, and a motor driven brush (to remove pet hair). This vacuum fits the bill, and works mostly well. The suction is excellent, the brush pics the pet hair very well, and the turbo brush attachment is wonderful for the furniture and hard to get places. The hose is just long enough to pick the spiders at the ceiling level.
1. forward facing exhaust. The easy solution is simply tilting the vacuum back a little more. If it's at 45 degrees it will not blow the dust in front of it.
2. The dust sticks to the filter and blocks it. This can be mitigated by putting a piece of pantyhose over the filter (I have uploaded pictures). $2 pair of pantyhose from Walgreens last me a few months, and made it easy to remove the dust from the filter.
Otherwise I like the vacuum very much, and it makes an excellent job of keeping our little house clean and dust free.
See also multiple reviews for similar 431AXZ--the 437AZ costs $20 more, adds HEPA filter and $20 remarkable turbo powered brush for the hose.