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Post# 177249   4/15/2012 at 23:13 (2,905 days old) by altimase ()        

Hey everyone, I've been having my eye on a Eureka FilterAir upright bagless. It has a sealed HEPA and seems to be built pretty well. Looking at a few websites it runs about $130-$189. I can grab this vac for a total sale price of $89.99! Even though the price is cheap is the vac cheap too? I don't want to buy some bagless junk that will only last a year. Any feedback would be great. Thanks everyone.


Post# 177256 , Reply# 1   4/16/2012 at 03:58 (2,905 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Our UK Equivalent the Electrolux Airspeed Pet ZAS1000A doesn't seem to get good ratings:

This is taken from our independent Which testing magazine:

"...Electrolux developed the AirSpeed range for thorough all-round cleaning, whether you want to get deep into carpets or lift pet hairs from surfaces. It claims that this cyclonic bagless upright leaves carpets completely clean, getting deep down to lift out dirt you can't see. We put these claims to the test when the the ZAS1000A entered our test lab.

While the ZAS1000A performed well on carpets, it really struggles with cracks and crevices.I It received a rock-bottom one star rating on floorboards - though laminate floors were given a satisfactory treatment.
The ZAS1000A's long hose isn't telescopic but it comes in pieces to allow extension under low furniture and into spots that are hard to reach. Dusting and upholstery brushes are supplied, along with a crevice tool and a turbo nozzle designed to clean horizontally and vertically to get pet hair off stairs and upholstery.

Great on carpets

Powered by a motor-driven electro brush, the ZAS1000A beats and sucks dust out of carpets extremely efficiently, getting five stars for dust pick-up on carpets. Suction starts high and doesn't drop off as the 2.9 litre-capacity dust container fills up. Unfortunately the suction can't be reduced if you want to give delicate fabrics or rugs a more gentle clean, but the floorhead can be adjusted for long or short pile carpets.
Overall dust pick-up from hard floors is poor. While laminate floors are given an acceptable clean, the score's dragged down by a disappointing performance on wooden floors. Very little dust is sucked up out of cracks and crevices between wooden floorboards.

Poor dust retention

Unfortunately the ZAS1000A also does a poor job of holding on to the dust it does pick up; it spits particles back out into the room again so wouldn't be a great choice for allergy sufferers.
This isn't the best vacuum cleaner for getting into corners or cleaning close to the edge of walls. The brushroll doesn't extend to the edges of the floorhead, and gaps at the front and left-hand side leaves an uncleaned strip that may need revisiting with a smaller tool.

Excellent with pet hair
Pros: Good on carpets, excellent with pet hair, long hose, carpet pile adjustment
Cons: Noisy, very poor on floorboards, poor dust retention, no suction control

As its name suggests, the Airspeed Pet is excellent at tackling pet hair. The electro brush brushroll is extremely quick to suck away any unwanted hairs, and can be cleaned afterwards in no time at all.
This vac is noisy but it isn't difficult to use or maintain - though there are more manoeuvrable models available that are easier to use on stairs, and cleaning the brushroll is a laborious process..."

Have you looked at the Hoover Windtunnel Air? It seems to be doing well, unless you're 6ft 4.

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