Eureka Brushroll Clean AS3401A Vacuum Cleaner Review
It'll clean your floors, but can it clean itself?
We spent a week with the Walmart-exclusive Eureka Brushroll Clean AS3401A (MSRP $198) upright vacuum, which promises powerful suction and a hair-detangling feature.
Now that testing is over, we think the 3401 is a good value, but maybe not the best vacuum. The suction delivers as advertised—in fact it picks up more dirt on high-pile carpet than vacuums that cost three times the price. However, it doesn't do as good a job on other kinds of flooring, and the Brushroll Clean system was a disappointment.
Push a pedal, detangle all those strands of hair and carpet threads that have wrapped themselves around your vacuum's brushroll. That's the promise of Brushroll Clean Technology. In practice, we pushed the pedal and got a little yarn out, but for heavy-duty jobs like rug bits, you're still going to have to turn over the vacuum and manually detangle things. Here's our video evidence to prove it....
However, when we switched over to human hair, the brushroll clean worked like a charm.
Beside the brushroll cleaner, the 3401 comes with a stair nozzle, a dusting tool, a crevice tool, and an extension wand. We think that's plenty. Sure, fancier vacuums have tools for cleaning ceiling fans and drapery, but they cost a pretty penny.
Although it did very well cleaning on plush carpeting, we measured poor dirt pickup on low carpet. It also has a manual height adjustment that requires constant attention: If the head height is too high or too low, you'll just push dirt and debris around. A house with lots of area rugs, carpets, and hardwood floors will need frequent adjustments.
And regardless of floor type, it's going to be loud. Even while standing idle, the 3401 produced over 78dBA–easily enough to hear from another floor. Households with newborns and easily-spooked dogs should avoid this vacuum.
For in-depth performance information, please visit Test Results Page.
We can only recommend the Eureka Brushroll Clean AS3401A in context. Among vacuums that cost less than $200, the 3401 has a good price-to-cleaning ratio, and we were astounded by how well it did on high-pile carpet. Just remember: the brushroll cleaner can't work miracles, and this thing is loud.
Warranty information and operating instructions are available on Eureka's website.
This article has been updated to reflect a retest of the brushroll clean. June 22, 2016
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