You clicked on this post title because clearly you have a thing for vacuums. Or you’re looking for a new vacuum. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. But first, let me start with a confession.
I love to vacuum.
Maybe you didn’t quite hear me.
I LOVE TO VACUUM!
As strange as that sounds, it’s true. I’ve generally confessed that I hate housekeeping. I’ve even shown you videos of my messy, chaotic house (and thank you to those of you who said your house looks an awful lot like mine).
With that in mind, you will never see my house on any given day with perfectly even lines made from the vacuum cleaner. You’re lucky if you come in and don’t find dirty underwear on the floor (my son’s, not mine).
But alas, housework has to get done. And years ago, my husband and I had a life-changing conversation about housework. I confessed to how much I absolutely detest and loathe doing laundry. I mean, I can wash and dry clothes all day long. It’s the putting them away I can’t really tolerate. Get this, though. My husband doesn’t mind doing laundry.
How convenient is that?
I told him that in return I’ll gladly take care of vacuuming all the floors. And guess what he said? You got it. He hates to vacuum.
It’s like a modern day Gift of the Magi story.
So he now takes care of the laundry about 80% of the time and I now take care of the vacuuming about 90% of the time. It all works out.
Or does it?
Here’s what I like about vacuuming: the instant gratification. Everything looks clean and fresh when the floor is vacuuming. And I seriously get a thrill from that crackling sound the vacuum makes when it’s sucking up major dirt.
(By the way, now would be a good time to scroll down and make sure you leave me a comment so I know I’m not the only vacuuming weirdo out there.)
But lately, my rather expensive vacuum that comes with a British accent just doesn’t seem to be doing the job. Apparently, it can and does lose suction over time and I never really realized it until a new vacuum came into my life.
Off I went to purchase the Eureka AirSpeed ONE Turbo as an extra vacuum in the house. (I actually have three levels in my house which might sound like a dream but I assure you it is not when it requires three levels of vacuuming and carrying a very heavy British vacuum up and down the stairs). I figured the $60 vacuum would do fine as a basement vacuum. I’d keep it downstairs for odds and ends but keep the “real” vacuum upstairs.
And then something happened.
I got home, put that vacuum together, and I just had to try it (remember the part about me loving to vacuum?). In the family room, our most used room, I casually wheeled it around the floor and…
Um, yeah. Just say it. That’s gross.
Here’s the thing. I had just vacuumed in there two days before. I have two cats and two dogs (the dogs don’t shed) so I’d expect a little bit of dirt but ZOMG it looks like I live in a hovel.
Here’s the straight up truth. I wanted another vacuum. I had an opportunity to get one and I took it. But this little Eureka for $60 sucked the life out of my carpet. In fact, the suction is so strong that the vacuum almost felt self-propelled.
And the weight of the vacuum? One handed. I can carry this thing one handed up and down the stairs and around the house three times if I wanted to. It’s super light.
So what’s the down side? The down side is that my vacuums take a lot of abuse. At this price point, you’re not going to get a luxurious vacuum. I’ve had the vacuum for a week so I can’t comment on the durability. I’ll just say I’m learning to be a bit “gentler” on my vacuum.
While I was at the store, though, I was eyeing up the more luxurious Eureka vacuums that were over $100 but still a bargain compared to other “luxury” models. For now, I’m pretty tight with my Eureka AirSpeed Turbo ONE. I just hope it’s a relationship that lasts.
Want to follow along on my shopping adventure? You’ll see that when I go shopping at Walmart, even for one specific item, I always come out with more than I bargained for. My full shopping album is on Google+.
In case you want to see this vacuum in action, here’s a quick video that shows you how to put this whole thing together. (Maybe I should have watched this before I assembled mine!)