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Old 07-27-2011, 11:31 AM
 
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Eureka 426AZ

Rating: 3 out of 5
  • Currently 3.0/5.0

Eureka makes pretty good mid-line vacuums. But with extended Eurekas have a tendency to break down. It really is more of a mid-line issue. Where they work well for the first 6 months after purchase, if you use it regularly.

On the plus sides of the 426AZ is the suction power. The suction coming from this model is excellent. Whether its called on to pick up excessive dog hair, or long standing dust, the 426AZ comes through with flying colors.

After a while, Eurekas, as a whole, tend to break down rather quickly. The belts can be a consistent problem, with repeated use. For homes without children, or dogs, the issues are very muted, as the cleaning a vacuum is called upon to do is substantially less than those with children or dogs. The deep seated dirt, mud, or pet hair takes a very real toll on the Eureka.

On the other hand, homes with adults, or even young single people the Eureka works well. It works well over the long haul for light duty, medium duty seems to put too high a strain on this particular vacuum.

It is not the lightest design available right now, but it is not prohibitively heavy either. It weighs in at around 10 lbs, which for most people is not so heavy that it becomes a chore to get it up and down the stairs. The weight has been a strong criticism from many people who have used this vacuum.

All together the product is not bad, and at around $120 new, it is not a terrible purchase. When a shopper is in a good financial position, a higher end vacuum would certainly do better, as the life is not as limited, and the performance is more consistent throughout the life of the vacuum.

Review by professional reviewer, Dec. 26, 2010
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