Eureka C5712A Review


Avg. consumer rating = 61/100 

The Eureka C5712A is a commercial vacuum and like most commercial machines it does not come with a lot of fancy features, although this one does have a few tools and it uses a sealed HEPA filtration system.  It is recommended for UL-listed commercial or heavy-duty residential use.  Ratings and comments for this unit are not easy to come by but those that exist don't seem particularly favorable.

Consumer ratings from a few quality sites were found and these are tabulated below:

 Source  Consumer Ratings  #Ratings
 Amazon  3 stars out of 5  20
 Costco  3.5 stars out of 5  2

Also a number of common Eureka C5712A likes and dislikes were found and compiled:

- Not too heavy
- Very long power cord
- Fairly quiet
- Powerful

- Bags can be hard to find
- Brushbar cannot be turned off
- A bit hard to push

The Eureka C5712A has sealed HEPA filtration which ensures that all air passing through the vacuum is forced through the HEPA filter.  With non-sealed systems air can often bypass the filter, and allergens, dust and debris can be reintroduced back into your environment.  A sealed system ensures that the HEPA filter does its job properly – which is to remove 99.97% of all particles with a diameter of 0.3 microns or larger (includes dust mites, pollens, pet dander and other allergens).  This approach is indeed the best if you intend to use HEPA filtration to help with allergies or asthma. [REF Eureka Vacuum Cleaner Reviews]

Eureka claim that the 10 amp motor produces strong suction yet is still quiet.  This claim is confirmed by several consumer comments.  The C5712A also has a headlight that helps when vacuuming in dimly lit areas.  Other features include a very lengthy 40 foot power cord and a wide (and supposedly clog-resistant) air path.  There is also a stretch hose, as well as a dusting brush and crevice tool that are stored on-board.

This vacuum is UL listed for commercial use.  UL stands for Underwriters' Laboratories who are a nonprofit, independent product safety certification organization in the United States.  A number of customers have purchased the vacuum for residential use however, and feel it is also well suited for this.

This is a bagged vacuum cleaner.  As we’ve mentioned in many of our reviews, the approach (bagged or bagless) is really a matter of personal preference.  Having said that, there may be some argument here for the bagged approach given that the sealed HEPA filtration vacuum is very much geared to limit allergens in the air, and emptying the dirt container of a bagless machine can often be a messy/dusty affair.

There are a few drawbacks with the C5712A including the rather narrow 13-inch wide cleaning path (narrow compared to a number of other uprights), and the fact that the brushbar cannot be turned off.  The ability to turn the brushbar off is useful when cleaning certain delicate surfaces and the lack of this feature has caused some consumer grumbling. 

The nozzle of the Eureka C5712A has 6 different height adjustments to accommodate different surfaces, and the vacuum weighs in at 17 lbs (neither light nor too heavy in our opinion).  The C5712A has dimensions 12” x 13” x 44” and carries a 1-year limited warranty.

We’ve looked at 2 other commercial vacuums in the past, the Hoover Commercial Portapower Vacuum (Hoover CH3000), and the Electrolux Eureka Sanitaire SC3683A Commercial Canister Vac.  Both of these were well rated by consumers.  If you are in the market for a commercial machine you may also wish to take a look at these two vacuums.

Vacuum Manual
The Eureka site indicates that there is no owner’s manual available for the C5712A.  Does this mean there is no manual for the vacuum or that it is simply not provided online?  That is unclear, but a manual for this vacuum is not easy to locate.



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