by Jason Dyck
(last updated July 30, 2018)
Eureka is one of the best-known brands in the vacuum business. Eureka is a part of the Electrolux family, and has been making vacuums since 1909. After a century in the business, it is no wonder they know what they're doing. Eureka makes a wide variety of vacuum cleaners, from small handhelds for spot cleaning to full-size uprights made for anything your household throws at you. I had a chance to try out one of their primary upright models, the Whirlwind Plus. Their experience shows.
(For more technical information on the Whirlwind Plus or to see more Eureka vacuum cleaner products, visit http://eureka.com.)
The most important thing for a vacuum boils down to this: Will it clean up my messes? The version of the Eureka Whirlwind vacuum that I used looked more than up to the task. It included various tools and attachments, including a static-charged duster and a turbine-driven brush nozzle called a Power Paw. It even had HEPA filtering for outgoing air to reduce allergy problems.
Looks can deceive though, so I made sure to pit the machine against everything that my family—which includes two very active toddlers—could produce in our day-to-day living. Challenges included shredded tissue, spilled flour and sugar, dirt (of course), leaves, a couch covered in baking soda, dust bunnies, and more. The Whirlwind Plus stood up very well to our heavy use. Here are some of the particulars on my experience:
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