At a quarter of the price of the highly rated Hoover Platinum Collection Cordless Stick Vac BH50010 (Est. $160) , the Eureka Quick-Up Cordless 96 (the letters at the end of the model number correspond to color) works well enough on bare floors, but it can't compete when vacuuming carpet, experts say. Still, it is quiet and offers the added bonus of converting to a hand vacuum, which makes cleaning upholstery more convenient. As a handheld vac, it lacks the crevice tool that comes with the corded Dirt Devil Versa Power Stick SD20000 ($30) . This cordless stick vacuum will only last for about 15 minutes of continuous runtime on a typical charge, however, so it's not ideal for bigger cleaning jobs.
ConsumerReports.org conducts ongoing testing of vacuum cleaners, including stick vacuums. Ratings are provided for the Eureka Quick-Up Cordless 96D (the same vacuum but in gray instead of black) in its latest roundup. We also read owner-written reviews at Amazon.com, Target.com and Epinions.com.
ConsumerReports.org conducts ongoing testing on vacuum cleaners, including nine stick vacuums in its latest report. The Eureka Quick-Up Cordless 96D is the specific model covered in this testing, although all the 96-series models are identical other than color. Testers evaluate suction on carpet and tile, performance along walls, ease of use and noise level. A separate rating is given for the amount of dust that's expelled into the air during use.
Review: Small Vacuum Ratings & Reliability, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, May 2010
Approximately 40 consumers have contributed to an overall average rating of 4.6 stars out of 5 for the Eureka Quick-Up Cordless 96H at Amazon.com. Owners agree it's surprisingly powerful and particularly good at picking up pet hair. Owners seem satisfied with the runtime and say it's great for areas that are difficult to reach with a heavy vacuum.
Review: Eureka Quick Up Cordless 2 in 1, 96H, Contributors to Amazon.com
The Eureka Quick-Up Cordless 96H receives a high average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 from about 25 owners at Target.com. Many say it's perfect for cleaning kitchen messes, pet hair and stairs.
Review: Eureka Quick Up Cordless 2-in-1, Contributors to Target.com
Another color option for the Eureka Quick-Up Cordless 96 is reviewed by about two dozen owners at Epinions.com, where it receives an overall rating of 4 stars out of 5. Owners say it's an easy to use, powerful cordless stick vac. None of the reviews are particularly recent, and some date back eight years.
Review: Eureka 96F Upright Vacuum, Contributors to Epinions.com