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Eureka RapidClean Pro Cordless Vacuum

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Avg. consumer rating = 88/100 

The Eureka RapidClean Pro is a lightweight, cordless stick vacuum that doubles as a handheld. It is best for cleaning bare floors and low pile carpet. The RapidClean is generally not too expensive and it is easy to move and to empty. Overall, owner ratings for the unit are reasonably good (88/100). However there are some issues and a number of owners cite problems with charging the unit and with weak suction. In addition, there are also comments indicating that the unit’s build quality could be better.

 

Quick Specs
Type Stick Vac
Bagged/Bagless Bagless
Best for... Carpet & Hard Floors
Pet Hair Features No
Approx. Weight 5.3 lbs
HEPA Level Filtration No
Power Cord Length Cordless
Motor Driven Brushbar Yes
Warranty 1.5 Years

 

Consumer Ratings
Owner ratings for the RapidClean were found on a number of websites and are compiled in the table below. When averaged they result in an overall score of 88/100 (or 4.4 stars out of 5). This is a respectable score. Not stellar, but still pretty good. You can compare this to the scores of other vacuums on our site with the vacuum cleaner finder application or in the stick vacuum ratings table.

Source Consumer Rating # Ratings
Amazon 4.4 stars out of 5 5278
Walmart 4.7 stars out of 5 9
Lowe's 5 stars out of 5 1

 

Eureka RapidClean Cordless VacuumWhat’s in the Box?
- Handheld vacuum component
- Wand
- Cleaner head
- Wall mount with 2 screws and 2 drywall anchors
- Charger
- Crevice tool
- 2-in-1 tool
- Owner’s manual

Pros & Cons
A thorough review of owner comments has provided the following insights into what people like and dislike about their Eureka RapidClean Pro.

PROS
- Not too expensive
- Designed for hard flooring and carpet
- Both a stick vac and a handheld vac
- Lightweight
- Maneuvers and moves well
- Easy to empty
- Has headlights

CONS
- Not particularly reliable
- Build quality is questionable
- Replacement filters and battery are hard to find
- Brushroll gathers lots of hair/thread
- Some owners experience weak suction
- No place to store tools

This vacuum appears to be one of those “love it” or “hate it” units. On the plus side, owners like that the vacuum is lightweight and easy to move around. Some also find that it has plenty of suction and like that it can be used on both carpet and bare floors. Most of these folks understand that this kind of machine is best for small area cleaning and quick pickups, as opposed to larger area cleaning and more difficult jobs (for heavier cleaning work you really need a full size vacuum).

The RapidClean is quite a popular vacuum and buyers are pleased with the low price point. They also like that the unit has headlights and that you can even use it as a handheld (image below shows overhead cleaning using wand and crevice tool). In addition, owners find emptying the dust canister easy.

Eureka RapidClean Pro overhead cleaning

However, there are quite a few people who report very poor suction (despite others saying the suction is just fine). Some owners report that the suction is so weak it cannot even pick up small dust bunnies. This would seem to indicate that some RapidClean units have suction issues while others do not. Or perhaps that vacuum suction drops significantly over time.

There are reports that parts of the vacuum break easily (the dust canister latch seems weak for example) and that the unit doesn’t charge (or that it simply will not turn on). We also see discussions about debris falling back out onto the floor when the power is turned off. In addition, we have noticed a number of comments highlighting that the vacuum performed admirably at first, but then problems started to creep in over time.

Owners do report that pet hair pickup is quite good, however much of the hair is retained on the brushroll and needs to be removed manually – which can be a pain. Also, while the filters are reusable they do need to be replaced at some point and owners report that they can be difficult to find (as can a new battery should you want/need one).

Finally, it is nice that Eureka provides two tools with the vacuum, however owners complain that there is no tool storage. You cannot store them on the vacuum itself and there is no tool storage built into the wall mount. It is understandable that tools cannot be stored on the vacuum (most stick vacs don’t provide this with the exception of a few) but almost all provide the ability to store one or more tools on the wall mount.

You can read more RapidClean owner comments on Amazon.

2-in-1 Vacuum
The Eureka RapidClean Pro cordless vacuum is a 2-in-1 vacuum. It is both a stick vacuum and a handheld vacuum. This is currently a very popular design and many manufacturers have a version (some, like Dyson and Shark, have several versions). With the wand and cleaner head attached the RapidClean acts like a stick vacuum, but if you detach the wand you have a handheld vacuum.

Weight
The RapidClean weighs in at a fairly lightweight 5.3 lbs. For comparison purposes we have provided a table showing the weights of some popular cordless stick vacs.

Vacuum Model Weight (lbs)
Tineco A10 Hero 5.13
Dyson V7 5.3 - 5.45
Dyson V8 5.75
Dyson V10 5.5 - 5.9
LG CordZero A9 5.95
Tineco Pure One S12 6.64
Dyson V11 6.68
Shark Rocket Pro 7.3
 

This light weight helps to some degree with stick vac movement and maneuverability and it also makes using the handheld component easier (less stress on your hand/wrist over time) . The handheld component of this vacuum is not too large and it is a good fit for household cleaning tasks and even doing vehicle interiors.

Eureka RapidClean handheld vacuum

Movement
The vacuum has a swivel head which allows you to turn the head very sharply with a twist of your wrist. This is very handy when vacuuming along edges or baseboards. In addition, unlike most stick vacuums, the RapidClean can lay totally flat allowing it to get under very low furniture. Eureka placed the dust canister above and parallel to the wand in order to allow this unique ability. It does work but it also makes for a rather strange looking handheld component.

Eureka RapidClean laying flat

A low profile cleaner head also helps with vacuuming under low furniture. The cleaner head height is approximately 3.5 inches.

Eureka RapidClean Pro ToolsTools
Two tools are provided with the vacuum:
1) A 7 inch crevice tool
2) A 2-in-1 tool (dusting brush / upholstery tool)

These can be attached to the end of the handheld component or the end of the wand if you need extra reach (great for doing overhead cleaning or reaching into hard-to-access areas).

Battery & Run Time
The battery is a 25.2 volt, rechargeable, lithium-ion unit. These provide what is commonly called “fade-free” power. What this means is that you will get full power until such time as the battery is drawn down and the vacuum abruptly stops. The vacuum power will not slowly wane as the battery discharges.

Recharging a fully depleted battery takes in the neighborhood of 4 hours, although Eureka states that your very first charge should be a good 6 hours in length. There are 2 battery charge lights on top of the handheld component. These show if the battery is ½ charged or fully charged.

Eureka claims that a full charge will give you about 40 minutes of run time. Some folks have written that they are not getting 40 minutes. In our experience when a manufacturer provides run time figures they usually refer to the least taxing vacuum configuration. In this case that would be using the handheld with one of the non-powered tools (dusting brush or crevice tool) in the lowest power mode (the vacuum has 2 power modes). We cannot confirm this is what Eureka is referring to but it is our opinion. If this is the case then more power intensive vacuuming – such as using the stick vac with the powered cleaner head in the higher power mode – will give you substantially less run time.

Some manufacturers provide run times specifications in different power modes and with/without powered tools but this level of detail is rare. In the case of the RapidClean such information doesn’t seem to be easy to find.

Power Modes
There are two power modes – Low and High. A button on the vacuum handle allows you to toggle between the two modes. This button is just above the vacuum power button which turns the unit on and off.

Many people seem concerned that this stick vac may use the same approach as Dyson with respect to a power trigger. Dyson stick vacs require you to hold down a trigger to keep the vacuum power on and some owners feel it is tiring for the fingers. The RapidClean does not use this approach. There is no trigger. Simply pressing the power button turns the vacuum on and pressing it again turns the vacuum off.

Cleaner Head
The cleaner head has a powered brushroll, however there are no brushroll on/off controls on the vacuum. As a result the brushroll is always spinning when the vacuum is on.

Simple brushroll maintenance, like removing hair, can often be performed by just pulling the hair off the brushroll. However, sometimes brushrolls can get heavily wrapped and they need to be removed in order to be cleaned properly. Fortunately the brushroll in the RapidClean cleaner head can be completely removed for easy maintenance. The brushroll comes out easily (there is a release tab on the underside of the cleaner head) and it clicks back into place easily.

RapidClean Pro Cleaner Head

The cleaner head also sports headlights. These are LED and come in handy when vacuuming in dimly lit areas.

Filters
The vacuum has two filters: 1 pre-motor filter and 1 post-motor filter. Both filters are rinsable in water and reusable. Eureka suggests that the pre-motor filter be cleaned monthly and that the post-motor filter be cleaned every 6 months or so. Note that this vacuum does not have a HEPA filter or a sealed system (you can read about these in our HEPA filter article if you like). As such, it may not be the best fit if you or someone in your household suffers from asthma or allergies.

Emptying the Eureka RapidClean ProDust Canister
The dust canister is easy to empty and has a capacity of 0.3 liters to the maximum fill line. The entire dust canister actually has a capacity of 0.7 liters but Eureka suggests emptying it when it hits the maximum fill line. The dust canister is kind of small and if you do a lot of cleaning you will find yourself emptying it frequently, but to some extent this is to be expected for a lightweight machine used for quick pickups and small-area cleaning.

Storage
Like most stick vacuums the RapidClean is not freestanding. It cannot be left in the upright position (it will fall over). As a result it either needs to be laid on the floor, leaned against a wall/counter, or placed in its wall mount. The unit does have a notch just in front of the battery which helps it lean against an edge without sliding down but that only works if the edge is the right height (and there is one handy).

If you can use the wall mount then the storage problem is solved, however some folks may not be able to (or want to) put holes in their wall. In this case you will likely just lean the unit against a wall in a closet. It’s not an elegant solution but it’s what we do with most of our stick vacuums.

Warranty
The Eureka RapidClean Pro carries the following warranty:
- 1.5 year limited warranty on vacuum cleaner
- 1 year limited warranty on battery

Manual
The owner’s manual for the RapidClean Pro (NEC180 series) is short but it has most of what you need to know. It’s nice that they put a customer service hotline phone number on the front page. The manual covers such things as identifying the different parts of the vacuum, using the vacuum and tools, maintenance (filters, dust canister, brushroll), troubleshooting, etc. You can see a copy of the manual here: Eureka RapidClean Pro Manual

 

 

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I'm Nigel Russco, a 50 year old professional engineer originally from the west coast of Canada.  I love to review vacuums and I’ve been doing just that since 2008.  

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