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Why Eureka Now Makes Awful Machines
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Post# 380647   11/4/2017 at 12:06 by carolinaguy1996 (Candler, NC)        

Anyone know how Eureka now makes awful machines? I know dumping the Boss line, the Bravo, and their high-grade canisters was a mistake. Dirt Devil has been irrelevent for over a decade (maybe Hoover, and now Oreck) thanks to TTi.

There was this one Eureka shampooer from the 90's that was to be a rival to Bissell's first upright shampooer (and whatever Hoover put out back then); there is a commercial of it on Youtube. I know the Atlantis and it's compact Little Green rip-off were awful.

The Eureka Airspead is like the Hoover T-Series. While Eureka is worsening in build quality, Sanitaire is still the same and is still kicking ass.

Eureka dumping the 4870 machines was a big mistake, because those were fucking awesome, albeit with some flaws (I had one of those when I was a kid).

I once saw a Youtube video from bagintheback that he released in late 2012, and he said that Eureka products from the 90's were shit. I need to remind him that at least it's not their modern line-up.

Post# 380654 , Reply# 1   11/4/2017 at 15:10 by bagintheback (Flagstaff, Arizona)        
Bagintheback here :)

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Good thing I checked Vacuumland today! I don't remember exactly what was going on back in 2012, but I've learned alot since 2012. Eureka seems to have been going down in quality since the mid-2000s. They just discounted their last consumer F&G upright. The end of an era.

I still visit thrift stores pretty often, and it's possible to find a good Hoover Elite if you wait long enough. I saw a Runabout in great shape last week, but I haven't seen a Type U-Bag Eureka for probably over a year. Hoover knew how to make a durable machine even into the age of 100% plastic.

At this point in 2017, unless you're buying a door-to-door machine or a Tacony, it's hard to find a quality new upright. Pretty sad.

Post# 380656 , Reply# 2   11/4/2017 at 15:49 by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
bagintheback, carolinaguy1996

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You're better off trying to find a Sanitaire upright which still uses the classic Eureka design, like an SC679, SC684 or SC899.



Post# 380658 , Reply# 3   11/4/2017 at 16:07 by dysonman1 (Rolla, Missouri)        

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Well they don't make Eureka vacuums any longer........

Post# 380659 , Reply# 4   11/4/2017 at 16:09 by carolinaguy1996 (Candler, NC)        

There is the Miele S7/U1, but I'd boycott Miele due to overpricing.

Post# 380697 , Reply# 5   11/4/2017 at 22:20 by panasonicvac (Seattle, Washington)        

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For the past 5 months, I have been using these two Eureka vacuums in my home. I think the Precision was bought new and it has gone through a hard life here but it still works surprisingly good. The Powerline I don't think was bought new but it also still works good after all these years it has gone through. I just love these Eurekas, I definitely like them better than the Elites and the Portapowers.

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Post# 380716 , Reply# 6   11/5/2017 at 11:24 by mark40511 (Lexington, KY)        
I had that Eureka

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mighty might pictured there. I kept it as my laundry room vacuum. I bought it off Amazon. I think it lasted like 5 to 7 years but the switch broke and it stayed on all the time, so I would have to start unplugging it when not in use until finally it completely died. That when I took my epic 6500 and started using it as my laundry room vac. The bag system is very similar. I always noticed dust in the bag chamber of the mighty might though and the outside of the vacuum would get dusty. I'm not sure why because the bags made a tight seal very similar to my epic 6500, but my epic never has dust in the chamber at all. I was a nice little light weight canister with strong suction.

Post# 380721 , Reply# 7   11/5/2017 at 15:32 by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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It's because everyone is dumb and ignorant now and doesn't know how to repair a vacuum cleaner. They pay $200 for it, use it for 6-7 months until it gets clogged up or breaks, then they leave a 1 star rating on Amazon for it saying it's a terrible piece of junk, then it gets thrown in the dump.

So coming from the company's perspective of sales, why should they even bother to make a durable vacuum that lasts when people never fix it and just throw it out and buy a new one?

Post# 380723 , Reply# 8   11/5/2017 at 15:48 by Hank (Cali)        

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A lot comes down to laziness and as husky said ignorance both go hand in hand, most people can't be bothered to lift a finger if something breaks much less figure out that vac shops are still around (albeit much less now), there are 3 in my area, and the 2 I frequent both do good work and are reasonable priced. Hell I've seen both shop owners change belts for random walk ins for free right on the spot. People do know things can be fixed they just don't care, our society is so lazy now-adays its a wonder how some people tie their own shoes

Post# 380865 , Reply# 9   11/7/2017 at 19:34 by carolinaguy1996 (Candler, NC)        

I know Bissell is rather irrelevent now too. Their machines kind of remind me of modern Chrysler. Dirt Devil is the Mitsubishi of vacuums. Eureka is also Volvo as well-used to kick ass but not anymore. Hoover is mainly the crap GM and Ford put out. Miele is like European cars: too expensive and maitenance is a pain in the ass.

Door-to-door machines, Oreck, and Tacony are supposedly the Korean and Japanese cars (minus Mitsubishi).

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