Eureka RapidClean Step Handheld Vacuum, 41A
Powerful, but a bear to maintain
I’ve been using my RapidClean Step for a week now. It’s powerful, and does the job well. But I’m very disappointed when it comes to maintaining the unit.
First: the cup fills fast, the filter clogs fast, and both are remarkably messy to empty. Because the cup is so small and the filter takes up most of the space inside the cup, I get dust everywhere each time I separate the three pieces of the filter/cup assembly.
Second: the instructions specifically state NOT to get the filter wet. To clean it, you are instructed to brush off the outside of the filter. Pet dander clogs the filter very fast, and I don’t see how just brushing it off will be enough. I’ve already noticed a decrease in suction power due to the clogged filter.
Third: I have been unable (so far) to take the bottom plate off to clean built-up hair off of the roller brush. I’ve never owned a vacuum that didn’t have a removable bottom plate. This came as an unpleasant surprise. If…
A big improvement over the original model
I have been interested for a long time in the Eureka EasyClean 71B which has been advertised as an aggressive pet hair vac. This newer model, the 41A, is being marketed a little differently. Besides the obvious name difference from EasyClean to RapidClean, in addition to being touted for pet cleanup it is now being promoted as also being ideal as a “step” vacuum (such as for staircases).
I never ended up buying the EasyClean so I can’t compare them head-to-head, but they are very similar machines. The differences, according to Eureka, are that the RapidClean has a more powerful motor (6 amp vs 5.5 amp), a more comfortable handle and a more versatile brush that adjusts well to vacuuming stairs, a task made easier by the addition of two smooth-rolling wheels on the new model.
One thing that attracts me to both models is that they are AC powered. Unfortunately most cordless hand vacs are still in the stone age as far as the NiCad battery system that they use…
Nice improvements made to an already great vacuum
In addition to this RapidClean 41A, I also have the EasyClean 71B. I love the 71B, I bought it after being fed up with low battery power on cordless handheld vacuums, and the 71B was a treat in how well it picked up dog hair and pine needles from the carpet and couch. This 41A is even better with a longer cord, more suction power, and what I really like, little wheels were added to make it easier to move along whatever surface you’re cleaning. These little wheels are very nice because with the older 71B I was just dragging it roughly along the surface of the carpet or couch. This newer 41A with its wheels gets rid of the dragging feeling and makes it easier to move it along the surface. Very nice.
I’m very happy with this RapidClean 41A, they made small improvements over the 71B that make a difference. I love it, and yes it’s a bit heavier than a cordless vac, but it means I don’t have to worry about a battery dying out, and it has so much more power to pick up the…
- Bare floor brush to easily clean non-carpeted stairs and other hard surfaces
- On/Off brushroll switch to clean carpets or safely clean bare floors
- 28 ft reach systems with a 25 ft cord, 3 ft hose and crevice tool
- Soft easy roll wheels won’t scratch or nick hard floors
- Powerful 6 amp motor for superior cleaning performance
- On/Off brush roll switch to clean carpets or safely clean bare floors
- This unit is 6 Amps
- This unit is made only to be used in 120V outlets