Reviewed
April 2015
by ConsumerSearch
Eureka Easy Clean 71B Review

Best corded handheld vacuum

Pros
  • Powerful suction
  • Can turn off brushroll
  • Long power cord
  • Excellent for pet hair; carpeted surfaces
Cons
  • Not the best choice for tight spaces

Bottom line

If you need a handheld vacuum that can run longer than 20 to 30 minutes, a corded model like the Eureka Easy Clean 71B is an excellent choice, reviewers say. With a 20-foot power cord, it can clean a large area without having to switch to a different wall outlet. The Eureka is great for removing pet hair from upholstery and for cleaning normally hard-to-clean carpeted spots like stairs. The included crevice tool is panned for being too short, and for having a too-short hose, to work well in tight spaces.

Breaking it down

Performance

Powerful and versatile. The Eureka Easy Clean 71B gets raves for its rotating brushroll that reviewers say does an excellent job in removing pet hair from upholstered furniture and for deep cleaning carpeted areas, like stairs and areas rugs, that are tough to handle with a larger vacuum. A "Riser Visor" flips down to clean stair risers and smooth furniture backs. The brushroll can also be turned off to use on smooth surfaces, and owners rave about the Eureka's incredible suction power and exceptional ability to pick up even chunky bits of debris from tile and hardwood floors. It does not work as well, they say, in cars where there are a lot of curved areas and the crevice tool too small, and the hose too short, to make it a good choice for tight spaces, like reaching between car seats.

Ease of use

Long cord for limitless run time. At just 4.8 pounds, the Eureka Easy Clean 71B weighs about the same as most handheld vacuums, and like all of them, gets mixed reviews for its weight. Some say it's heavy, but many note that, because it's corded and you can use it longer than battery-powered portable vacuums, it's more likely that fatigue will set it. Other than that, it gets great reviews for its simple operation. The included crevice tool is stored onboard. The 71B's cord is longer than most at 20 feet, and many say they use an extension cord to extend its reach even further. The filter is washable and replaceable and the unit is reported as easy to empty and clean.

Durability/noise

Durable and sturdy. We read many rave reviews from user who have owned the Eureka Easy Clean 71B for five years or more and say it's still going strong. While we did see a few complaints about durability, they are few and far between and Eureka's customer service gets rave reviews. The 71B comes with a one-year warranty. As for noise, as with all portable vacuums, reviews are mixed. Some say it's so noisy they have to wear earplug to operate it when cleaning close spaces, like cars. Others note that the Easy Clean is no louder than any handheld vacuum, leading us to conclude that noise is very much a matter of perception.

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Eureka Easy Clean 71B Reviews

1. ConsumerReports.org

The Eureka Easy Clean 71B is one of eight hand vacuums evaluated by editors of ConsumerReports.org. Each vacuum is evaluated for its performance on carpets and bare floors, as well as edge performance; effectiveness on pet hair; noise; run time; charge time and emissions.

Review: Eureka Easy Clean 71B vacuum cleaner, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not dated

2. TheSweetHome.com

The Eureka Easy Clean Hand Vac 71B is named the best choice if you need to vacuum up pet hair. Liam McCabe says it works well thanks to its "beefy motor and a brush roll," although he notes that it's not particularly portable since it's corded.

Review: The Best Portable Vacuum, Liam McCabe, Jan. 27, 2015

3. Amazon.com

More than 5,330 owners give feedback on the Eureka Easy Clean 71B, where it earns an average rating of 4.4 stars out of 5. Owners describe this hand vac as powerful and great on both pet and people hair and works well for doing bigger jobs, like stairs, than battery-operated handheld vacuums.

Review: Eureka EasyClean Corded Hand-Held Vacuum, 71B, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2015

4. Walmart.com

More than 520 contributors give the Eureka Easy Clean 71B an average rating of 4.6 stars out of 5; 95 percent would recommend this hand vacuum to a friend. Owners describe the 71B as very powerful and much handier than cordless vacuums with their limited run time. It gets particular raves for cleaning stairs.

Review: Eureka Quick-Up Bagless Hand Vac with On/Off Motorized Brush Roll, 71B, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of April 2015

5. HomeDepot.com

More than 120 reviewers give the Eureka Easy Clean an average rating of 4.6 stars out of 5, and 99 percent of owners would recommend the 71B to a friend. An overwhelming number of user say they bought it specifically to use on stairs and that it works great for that. They also praise its powerful suction and long power cord.

Review: Eureka Easy Clean Handheld Vacuum, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of April 2015

6. Kohls.com

In more than 60 reviews, the Eureka Easy Clean 71B earns an average overall rating of 4.8 stars out of 5 for the. Owners say it's powerful and easy to use. Many say it works particularly well on stairs and they love the crevice tool and rotating brush.

Review: Eureka 71B Easy Clean Hand Vacuum, Contributors to Kohls.com, As of April 2015

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