If you need a handheld vacuum that can run longer than 20 to 30 minutes, a corded model like the Eureka Easy Clean Hand Vac 71B is an excellent choice. With a 20-foot power cord, it can clean a large area without having to relocate the power cord. The Eureka is great for pet hair and edge cleaning, particularly on bare floors and upholstery. The biggest downside is that the exhaust tends to blow dust around.
Powerful, but sometimes messy. The Eureka Easy Clean Hand Vac 71B earns excellent scores for both bare floors and edge cleaning from editors at one professional testing organization. It also gets very good scores for its ability to pick up pet hair. Owners posting feedback to sites like Amazon.com, Viewpoints.com, Walmart.com and Kohls.com rave about the Eureka, citing its incredible suction power and exceptional ability to pick up pet hair from upholstery and other surfaces. The downside, noted by both professional and consumer reviewers, is that its powerful motor may blow dust around before the suction captures it.
Long cord for limitless run time. Editors at one consumer testing organization say the 5-pound Eureka Easy Clean Hand Vac 71B is somewhat on the heavy side, and most owner feedback confirms this. The included crevice tool is stored onboard, and the rotating brush has a visor that lifts for cleaning vertical surfaces. Its cord is longer than most at 20 feet, but it still doesn't offer the same freedom a cordless vac provides. At Viewpoints.com, the Eureka earns a rating of 8.9 out of 10 for ease of maintenance -- lower than its scores for suction performance, versatility, maneuverability and durability.
Mixed opinions on noise. The Eureka Easy Clean Hand Vac 71B is "fairly quiet," according to editors at one professional testing organization. It earns a very good score for its noise level, which is the highest rating any hand vac received in this roundup. We did, however, read some complaints from owners posting to Amazon regarding the Eureka's noise level. One owner says, "I find the noise level bordering on deafening if I use it for more than 10 or 15 minutes," noting that he has considered wearing earplugs. Another user's response notes that most hand vacs that are powerful tend to be loud.
Some parts issues, but good warranty service. We read a few complaints on sites like Amazon.com and Walmart.com regarding malfunctioning units, but we also read many rave reviews from consumers who have owned the Eureka Easy Clean Hand Vac 71B for six years or longer. There are also a few complaints that the belts -- which operate the motorized brush -- tend to come off and are very difficult to get back on. The brush rollers may also become clogged, and cleaning them requires dismantling the unit -- a very cumbersome task, according to owners. A few owners report malfunctioning motors and say Eureka replaces these parts with no issues under its one-year warranty.
The Eureka Easy Clean Hand Vac 71B is one of nine hand vacuums evaluated by editors of ConsumerReports.org. Editors rate each hand vacuum for carpet, bare floor and edge performance; effectiveness on pet hair; noise; run time; charge time and emissions.
Review: Small Vacuum Ratings and Reliability, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, September 2012
The Eureka Easy Clean Hand Vac 71B is named as a possibility among hand vacuums, although the author notes that the main purpose of a hand vacuum is portability, making the cord a major downside. Still, it's a good performer and a good buy if you need a hand vac with unlimited run time.
Review: The Best Portable Vacuum, Seamus Bellamy, Feb. 14, 2013
More than 3,700 owners have weighed in with feedback on the Eureka Easy Clean Hand Vac 71B at Amazon.com, where it earns an average rating of 4.4 stars out of 5. Owners describe this hand vac as solid, durable, heavy-duty and powerful. A few owners say it's heavy.
Review: Eureka EasyClean Corded Hand-Held Vacuum, 71B, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2014
4. Good Housekeeping
Editors at Good Housekeeping award the Eureka Easy Clean Hand Vac 71B a B-minus rating. Its extra-long, 20-foot cord is noted as a plus, along with its quiet operation and stellar performance on pet hair. However, it requires extra pressure to avoid a "snowplowing effect" instead of suction on bare floors.
Review: Eureka Easy Clean 71B Hand Vacuum, Editors of Good Housekeeping, Not Dated
More than 440 contributors at Walmart.com award the Eureka Easy Clean Hand Vac 71B an average rating of 4.6 stars out of 5. One owner says it's the perfect gadget for cleaning up after long-haired pets, pointing to its powerful suction as well as its ease of use and convenience.
Review: Eureka Quick-Up Bagless Hand Vac with On/Off Motorized Brush Roll, 71B, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of March 2014
The Eureka Easy Clean Hand Vac 71B earns an average score of 89 out of a possible 100, based on feedback from more than 50 owners. The Eureka gets high marks for its suction power and versatility, but a slightly lower, though still good, rating for ease of maintenance.
Review: Eureka Easy Clean Hand Vac 71B Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of March 2014
Nearly 50 owners contribute to an average rating of 4.7 stars out of 5 for the Eureka Easy Clean Hand Vac 71B. Owners say it has powerful suction and is perfect for stairs, thanks to its long power cord. Several owners also praise the Eureka's pet hair performance.
Review: Eureka 71B Easy Clean Hand Vacuum, Contributors to Kohls.com, As of March 2014