Six months ago, I murdered my old vacuum. It was the third time in two years. Two Bissels and a Dirt Devil had been in and out so fast I hardly got to know them. What I did know was that I couldn't keep a house clean with a toddler and a cat without a vacuum cleaner. We also live in the country, which means the outdoors comes inside.
I had never used a Eureka vacuum before, so I didn't even consider buying one. I had intended to upgrade to a slightly better Bissel. I didn't want to overspend on something that might not last until Christmas.
What essentially attracted me to this vacuum, however, was the bagless canister. The Bissel vacuum had a bad tendency to blow the bags off the connector, or the bags would explode even when they weren't full.
The bags on my Dirt Devil were very difficult to replace. It took a 55-mile trip to find a store that carried the correct bag for my model. The belts had to be ordered online. I was definitely ready to try something different.
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How I Chose My New Vacuum
I was slightly skeptical about a bagless vacuum at first. I was concerned that the canister might leak dust or clog easily. I read a few reviews about bagless vacuums in general and decided that with a high approval rate, even among pet owners, bagless was the way to go.
My local store offered four brands from which to choose: Hoover, Eureka, Dirt Devil, and Bissel. This was an emergency purchase, so I was looking for the optimal vacuum for my money. Here are the things I took into account:
- Price. (My budget was under $70.)
- Reasonable and available replacement parts if applicable.
- Multiple height adjustments. (I have 5 different styles of carpet in my house, as well as hard floors.)
- Hose and cord length.
- Filter style.
- Types of onboard tools.
- Amps of power.
Eureka Powerline Features
The Eureka Powerline came with a washable, allergen-fighting filter, which is always a plus when you have pets and carpets. A vacuum that doesn't require bags or filters means less money spent on monthly maintenance. I also checked that the belts were available in the right model size.
The Eureka had these features:
- Onboard tools: Extra long extension wand, crevice tool, dusting brush, and air-powered upholstery brush.
- 25-foot power cord: Reaches almost everywhere.
- Stretch hose: Extends to 12 feet.
- Tip-less design: Allows you to vacuum steps without worrying about the vacuum falling over.
- 15-inch cleaning path: Gets the floor cleaner faster.
- Five height settings: Perfect for going from my high-pile shag to the hardwood floors.
- 12 amps of power: This was my husband's top priority.
- Lightweight design: Always a plus.
There were no specific measurements, but the dust-cup seems bigger than the Dirt Devil and Hoover models as well.
So, still keeping under my budget, I got the vacuum that had the most power, with the lightest weight, most height settings, and longest hose. Plus, the air-powered brush.
Important Vacuum Features Comparison
|Model||Onboard Tools||Cord Length||Hose Length||Weight||Amps of Power||Washable filter?||Height Adjustments|
Dirt Devil-Total Vision
Hoover Elite Rewind
Pros and Cons of the Eureka Powerline
Now, I will take a brief look at the vacuum's overall performance and how well the features work. I will say that the very first thing it did was throw a belt.
However, considering my history with vacuum cleaners, I am not sure that is the actual vacuum design or me at fault. It has not thrown one since, and I have used it twice a day (at least) for six months.
Pros and cons:
- Suction—I was very pleased and surprised with just how much suction this vacuum offered. It takes a little extra strength to push it on carpet, but it cleans very deeply. The canister was full in less than three minutes, or roughly half of a room, the first time we used it. That was after two weeks without a vacuum, but it was obvious that dog hair in there was from before we moved in. Slightly disturbing to know just how dirty the carpets were when they seemed clean. Presently, the canister only has to be emptied every four vacuuming sessions. One downside of that extra suction, however, is that it actually pulled a section of carpet loose.
- 12-Foot Hose—I really love that the hose is clear, so that I can see any potential clogs. With 25 feet of cord, 12 feet of stretchable hose, and the extension wand, there is no place in the house that I can't reach. However, the hose is very stiff. If you try to stretch it without holding onto the vacuum, the "no-tip" vacuum will actually tip. I have noticed that it has loosened considerably with use, though. Another problem with the hose is that it slips out of the body insert, causing a loss of suction that can go unnoticed for quite some time.
- Upholstery Brush—This gadget is great. It has its own beater brush that does a good job at removing cat hair from the furniture. It is also handy for the decorative rug and other small sections of carpet. I also used it to remove dust from the textured ceilings. What I don't like about the air-powered brush? It has a very high-pitched whine that is almost too loud for comfort.
- Overall Design—I like the design in general. It fits easily into my broom closet, it is easy to maneuver, and it is very lightweight. It was a little confusing at first to have the power and handle release on the bottom of the body. But after I became familiar with it, I liked the idea. The only serious con to the body design is the cord and hose wrap system. It is confusing and slightly inconvenient, since the cord is behind the hose. It is so much work wrapping and unwrapping them that I end up just wrapping the cord around the handle. I consider that a small inconvenience for how well the whole vacuum cleaner performs.
If you are in the market for a new vacuum but don't want to go with a luxury model, the Eureka Powerline is a great choice. It is an especially good choice if you:
- have the need for several carpet settings.
- have to carry the vacuum up and down a staircase.
- have tall ceilings or other places requiring a long hose.
- don't want to mess with bags and disposable filters.
- have a pet.
My husband and I had a lot of fun for the first several weeks watching the mechanisms inside the clear canister, and my daughter likes to use the pet brush to clean the chairs. It isn't just a vacuum cleaner, it is entertainment! Plus, it comes in a really sporty shade of yellow with black trim, which is the closest some of us will get to a sports car this year.
All in all, I give this vacuum an 8 on a scale of 1–10, or a 4 1/2 star rating. It is affordable, easy to handle, and efficient. It is by far the best vacuum I have ever owned or operated, and I would definitely consider purchasing any of Eureka's other floor care appliances after this positive experience.
© 2012 Jayme Kinsey
Greta A Cosby on May 28, 2019:
Your words of wisdom on this vacuum are appreciated. How did you replace the belt? I smell rubber burning after a few minutes of vacuuming... Also, the suction isn't strong, how would I trouble shoot to improve that function?
CraftytotheCore on August 11, 2013:
I have a similar one, and it might even be the same one! I found it on sale and glad I bought it when I did. The store replaced their entire selection of vacuum cleaners with a totally different line of products. The funny thing is, I didn't read the instructions before trying to empty the bagless canister. I was outside struggling with it. Neighbors were driving by looking at me like I had just caught a wild animal. LOL It's so simple to use. It just took me a little figuring out.
Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on November 15, 2012:
Wow, Perspycacious! You have the luxury model vacuum! Mine is just a economy model. :) Almost everyone I know who has had an Electrolux owned it for years. Sometimes you truly do get what you pay for! Thanks for the comment and congratulations to you also.
Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on November 15, 2012:
Thank you, momstreasurechest and lipnancy! I have also used a couple of other Eureka brands at other people's houses, and was just as impressed. I would highly recommend the brand.
Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on November 15, 2012:
A fine article with great detail. If I ever need a replacement for our 1978 Electrolux (more expensive but look at the durability and power!) I will surely want to consider this Eureka on your say so. Congratulations on being a fellow winner of the Daily Drawing with this Hub!
Jayme Kinsey (author) from Oklahoma on November 14, 2012:
Thank you shiningirisheyes! I rarely buy new appliances and gadgets so I had hard time thinking of something to review!
Nancy Yager from Hamburg, New York on November 14, 2012:
I have had many, But never the Eureka. I will keep this positive review in mind for the future.
MomsTreasureChest on November 12, 2012:
I'm in the market for a new vacuum, thanks for the terrific review!
Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on November 12, 2012:
I swear by the Eureka as we went through quite a few models as well before finally settling on this stellar brand. It can handle the clean up provided by my shedding dog as well as a busy house.