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Eureka ReadyForce 900A Canister Vacuum

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Avg. consumer rating = 77/100 

The Eureka ReadyForce 900A is a very inexpensive canister vacuum (about 60USD on Amazon).  For the price it also gets reasonable consumer reviews.  Ratings for this unit used to be better but they have dropped in recent years.  If you have a lot of hard floors and are looking for something light, easy to maintain and not too loud then this could be a good choice.  However if your house has a lot of carpet you may want to consider other options.

Everything about the Eureka 900A seems a little small.  It is powered by a 10.5 amp motor (many full size vacuums these days use a 12 amp motor), the cleaning path is 10.5 inches wide (most full size vacuums have cleaning paths ranging from about 12 to 15 inches), and the power cord is 16 feet long (this is quite short and one would expect at least 20 to 30 feet).  Having said that, one might expect consumers to be somewhat unhappy with their purchase.  This is not the case.

Some like this machine while others do not.  A review of several sites where quality consumer comments could be found indicated the following:

Ratings Updated January 2016
 Source  Consumer Ratings  #Ratings
 Amazon  4.0 stars out of 5  158
 Lowes  3.4 stars out of 5  46
 Walmart  2 stars out of 5  2
 Overstock  4.6 stars out of 5  7
 Viewpoints  3.5 stars out of 5  2

Like any vacuum cleaner the Eureka has its pros and cons.

PROS
- Very inexpensive
- Great on hard floors
- Not too heavy
- Compact and easy to store
- Auto cord rewind
- Not too loud

CONS
- Short power cord
- No Brushbar
- Not as effective on carpet as it is on bare floors
- Bags sometimes hard to find

Features
The Eureka 900A is a bagged vacuum and it comes with a full-bag indicator to let you know when a bag change is needed.   The vacuum is also allergy friendly and it has an allergy approved filter.  This filter removes allergens from the air and is a useful feature for those with asthma or allergies.  It should be noted that Eureka do not make any claim that this is HEPA level filtration so it is likely not.  It is referred to as micron level filtration or micro-filtration.  There is also a filter change indicator then tells you when you need to change the filter for optimal performance.

Several tools are provided with the 900A and these include an upholstery tool, a dusting brush tool, a floor tool and 2 wands.   The hose on the vacuum is 6 feet in length.  The 900A also has variable speed control, a feature that a number of consumers indicated they liked.  Variable speed control (sometimes referred to as electronic suction control) allows you to tune to the right amount of power to ensure the best cleaning ability (controlled by a dial on the vacuum).

The Eureka ReadyForce 900A is also quite lightweight, weighing in at about 16lbs.  As a result it is also fairly maneuverable but occasionally will tip when pulled around corners.   The auto-rewind power cord is also a favorite with consumers.  It retracts at the push of a button. 

This machine has no brushroll and this is what limits its effectiveness on carpets.  Most consumers agree that it is best on hard surfaces.  The power cord is another area of contention for those that purchased the vacuum.  It is 16 feet in length and is indeed quite short for a full size vacuum.  We usually preach that a vacuum should have at least a 30 foot power cord and this one falls quite short.

This vacuum stores easily as it has a relatively small footprint.  Dimensions in inches for the 900A canister vacuum are (W x D x H) 18.5 x 11.5 x 11.5.  The Eureka ReadyForce 900A carries a 1-year limited parts and labor warranty.

Vacuum Manual
If you want more detailed information you may wish to peruse the Eureka 900A Owner’s Manual

 

 

 

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