Eureka AirSpeed AS1001AX Review
The Eureka AirSpeed AS1001AX is a reliable worker and a great deal.
The Eureka AirSpeed AS1001AX can easily be found on sale for less than $110. Even if it were $300 on sale, it would still be a vacuum worth buying, with solid performance on berber and wood flooring, and good debris pickup all around.
Design & Usability
Bulky and heavy, this vacuum may not be ideal for houses full of furniture or with lots of stairs.
The Eureka AirSpeed AS1001AX isn’t going to win any design awards, though it does have some neat touches. A small magnet guides the pet brush into its holder, and the filter is very easy to clean, for instance. Controls are all over the place though, and never at your fingertips. The on/off switch is a foot pedal, the floor height adjuster is on top of the front of the cleaner, and there’s also a knob to choose between the floor brush and extension wand. Remember to turn that knob from “floor” to “hose” or vice-versa, otherwise you won’t get any suction.
It has a convenient carry handle on the back, but that doesn’t change the fact that it weighs 17 lbs. The Eureka’s 27-foot power cord is of average length, but it's not retractable, so get used to winding it around posts on the back of the unit. There’s a miniature floor brush that stores on top of the cleaner, and two smaller attachments sit in a holder behind the handle.
Features & Performance
As long as you don't have tall carpet, this vacuum will do a fine job.
On berber carpet and wood floors, the Eureka AirSpeed AS1001AX did an exemplary job. It also did pretty well with light debris cleanup, though thick carpet performance wasn’t ideal, regardless of what messes we tried to contain. Across all floor types, however, you may forget you even have a pet, as this vacuum does a great job getting up all fur and hair. The separate pet hair brush gives the same level of performance for cleaning upholstery.
If you do have kids, pets, or a spouse who just wants to get some reading in, you can bet they’ll all be bothered when you turn on the Eureka AirSpeed. It’s not so bad on bare floors, but the brushroll has a leonine snarl to it. With it on, the Eureka was quite loud, like the cries of the very children and animals its sure to upset.
Nothing exceptional, but a really solid, cheap vacuum nevertheless
The Eureka AirSpeed AS1001AX isn’t the world’s best vacuum, but it’s pretty darn good for around $100. If you’re on a budget, skip the stick vacs, compacts, and dust busters, and head straight for the AirSpeed.
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