Years ago, I had a few things on my household wish list. A KitchenAid stand mixer and a Dyson vacuum. Hubby bought the mixer for me one Christmas but the vacuum I was on my own. He had been warned by countless husbands before him never to purchase cleaning and vacuuming items as gifts. So I saved my pennies, rounded up coupons codes and gift cards and eventually purchased it. I was in heaven and swore up and down that it was THE vacuum to purchase. I even convinced my husband that my MIL who loves to clean would love one.
I was wrong. She hated it. Found it unwieldy and was disappointed that it ruined her new carpet. A few years ago, we installed new carpet in our basement and I was told by the owner of the floor covering company that using my Dyson would void the warranty on my new carpet. Ummm… Huh? His recommendation was to get another vacuum or use my current one on a bare floor setting. Not wanting to spend an arm and a leg on another vacuum, I’ve just been super cautious ever since. In other words, I’m afraid to vacuum.
Always on the lookout for alternatives, I was thrilled to hear that Eureka has an All Floors model that can tackle everyday messes on a variety of flooring surfaces. Considering we have 3 different pile types of carpet as well as tile (and are making plans for hardwood floors), having a vacuum that can go from one to the next to the other is just heavenly.
I headed off to Walmart to pick one up only to discover that they didn’t have one. The vacuums were all lined up nicely and the Eureka AirSpeed AS3011 would fall midway along the line. Except it didn’t. They called across town and the Walmart there only had two left in stock so one was put on hold for us. We hopped into the car and headed that way. When we arrived, we checked out the aisle and found that it was arranged completely different from our usual Walmart. Instead of vacuums arranged by price, they were grouped by brand. We found the floor model of the Eureka AirSpeed All Floors but there were none on the shelf. Thankfully, ours was at customer service.
Some assembly was required but it was easy enough that my 11 year old daughter and I were able to put it together without concern. Technically, SHE put it together while I took pictures and occasionally snapped a piece into place here or there. The materials used to construct it are lighter weight than other vacuums that I have owned but for the $100 price point, it was reasonable. The Eureka AirSpeed All Floors is a bagless model (I could never go back to one requiring a bag) and boasts that it “Cleans Carpets Better Than a Dyson DC41”. Considering I can’t USE the Dyson on new carpet without ruining it, I can’t argue with that statement one bit.
The first thing I did was test the “best in class” claim and started to vacuum the living room. It’s a low-pile berber carpet. It’s a high traffic area and can use a good cleaning more regularly than I actually do it. We just recently purchased new furniture so it’s been vacuumed fairly recently. First, I adjusted the vacuum to account for the pile level then I messed around with turning the beater bar on and off. Those are features my other vacuum doesn’t have. Finally, I got to work. I was surprised by how much the vacuum captured anyhow. Eeks. (And the smell of a first time use… double eeks.)
Finally, with ease due to the lightweight material, I toted the vacuum to the basement: THE room that I perpetually fear vacuuming. Not this time. I set it on the highest pile level, turned the beater bar off for good measure then set off to suck up whatever Polly Pocket and K’Nex pieces failed to make it into their respective toy boxes.
When all was done, it was simple to pop the canister out, take it to the garage and easily empty it. I haven’t had a chance to use the attachments yet but they are all stored in nooks and crannies on the unit so I don’t have to go looking for them.
What feature of a vacuum would make you want to use it more often?