The Eureka Mighty Mite Pet Lover 3684F is a great compact vacuum for small spaces consisting mostly of bare floors and area rugs, thanks to a suction-control feature in the wand. It boasts a HEPA filter and odor-eliminating, allergen-reducing dust bags, although some users point out airflow problems. Most owners say it lives up to its pet-hair claims, but the pet-hair attachment is a pain. The vacuum is light enough to be carried along easily.
Powerful, great for pet hair. The Eureka Mighty Mite Pet Lover 3684F is more expensive than its standard counterpart, the 3670G Mighty Mite, but it's designed to be better at picking up pet hair. It's not included in any professional reviews, but we found hundreds of owner posts across sites such as Amazon.com, Walmart.com and Kohls.com. Users call this small canister vac a powerful machine that works well on bare floors while living up to its pet-hair promises. They say it's a more effective alternative to a broom and dustpan, making quick work of the remnants from extreme-shedding dogs and cats.
Lightweight, great for stairs, nooks and crannies. The Eureka Mighty Mite Pet Lover 3684F weighs less than 9 pounds for easy carrying. This makes it ideal for cleaning stairs, and a few owners point out an added feature for cleaning area rugs: Open a small hole in the wand to reduce suction power, which lets you vacuum throw rugs without sucking up the edges of the rugs in the process. The vacuum has a pet paw brush designed to make removing pet hair an easier task, although some users say it tends to clog and works better without this attachment.
Noisy, but not a deal-breaker. The Eureka Mighty Mite Pet Lover 3684F is loud, owners say, but many point out that they've used louder vacuums. Some add that the noise is to be expected from a canister vacuum of this size that packs so much power. One Amazon.com poster explains, "It's loud, really loud, but that's okay as it vacates the room I'm trying to clean without my tripping over Stanley Underfoot yet again."
Imperfect HEPA filtration. One key difference between the Eureka Mighty Mite Pet Lover 3684F and the standard Mighty Mite is that the Pet Lover version uses HEPA filters, whereas the regular Mighty Mite does not. That means this vacuum will remove 99.97 percent of particles from the air down to 0.3 microns in size. That said, one Amazon.com owner says the air doesn't flow through the canister correctly, with some coming out around the filter instead of through it.
Flimsy hose, but otherwise lasts for decades. The biggest durability issue discussed in reviews is about the hose: Users say it's cheaply made and tends to twist during use, which can lead to kinks and permanent damage. Owners report owning this canister vacuum for 15 or more years with no problems. It does use dirt collection bags, but they're affordable at less than $1 each, and it uses the same bags as the lower-priced standard Mighty Mite. This canister vac is backed by a one-year limited warranty.
The Eureka Mighty Mite Pet Lover earns an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 in more than 300 user reviews at Amazon.com. Owners say the plastic hose feels somewhat flimsy, yet this canister vacuum has incredible suction power. Feedback is mixed on carpet and pet-hair performance.
Review: Eureka Pet Lover Mighty Mite, 3684F, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2013
About 95 owners contribute to an overall rating of 4.4 stars out of 5 for the Eureka Mighty Mite Pet Lover. They say this compact canister vac is super-light, has powerful suction and is great for picking up pet hair. It's not the best on carpets, however.
Review: Eureka Pet Lover Mighty Mite Canister Vacuum, 3684F, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of December 2013
The Eureka Mighty Mite Pet Lover earns an average rating of 4.4 stars out of 5 in about 35 owner reviews. Users say the vacuum has "amazing suction for such a small unit," and one says it's the perfect replacement for a broom and dustpan.
Review: Eureka 3684F Pet Lover Mighty Mite Canister Vacuum, Contributors to Kohls.com, As of December 2013
4. J.D. Power and Associates
Eureka is among 10 canister vacuum brands evaluated in this survey of 5,000 consumers who purchased an upright or a canister vacuum between February 2012 and February 2013. Individual models aren't listed, but brands are rated for performance, style, price, features, warranty and ease of use.
Review: 2013 Vacuum Customer Experience Benchmark Study Results, Editors of J.D. Power and Associates, March 16, 2013
The Eureka Mighty Mite Pet Lover earns an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 in fewer than 10 reviews at Epinions.com. Owners say it's a great vacuum for the price and has powerful suction. One detractor says it doesn't pick up pet hair as advertised.
Review: Eureka Mighty Mite Pet Lover 3684 Canister Cleaner, Contributors to Epinions.com, As of December 2013