The Eureka Airspeed One vacuum cleaner is designed to be a low cost, high performance vacuum that cleans well in the average home. The Airspeed One is one of the latest in Eureka’s Airspeed line of vacuums that feature low prices and extremely high airflow, all while claiming to clean better than Dyson at a much lower price. However, when you read the fine print on that claim, they compare against a very old model of Dyson that was well known for being a poor performer. Furthermore, when actually used, the Eureka has many major flaws that prevent it from being a good choice in almost every case.
The Airspeed One is marketed as being a great performer on carpets, and has a few features designed to help it do a good job. Firstly, the Airspeed has extra large tubes leading from the dirt cup down to the motor and floor head. These large tubes are designed to allow for greater airflow when compared to the ribbed hoses that are commonly found on other vacuums like those from Shark and Bissell. In addition,the attachment system is designed in a way that doesn’t cause any disturbance to the airstream as it flows through the vacuum cleaner. Additionally, the vacuum has a large brush width that’s designed to make cleaning easier.
All of these features sound great on the box and on the display when you’re in the store, but the Airspeed One falls flat on its face when you go to actually use it in a home environment. First of all, the Airspeed One’s lack of a self adjusting cleaner head means that you’ll have issues when transitioning across various floor types, or when trying to clean debris of different sizes. Additionally, the 10 amp motor, compared to a traditional 12 amp motor, is both small and cheaply made, resulting in poor performance and a LOT of heat, meaning a short lifespan is very probable. Finally, when tested on flour, a small particle that the Eureka should excel at due to the design decision to prioritize airflow, the Airspeed One did a very poor job, leaving large amounts of flour that could even be seen visably.
On hard floors the Airspeed One does terribly due to the lack of a clutch or separate brush motor. This means that you are unable to turn off the brushroll and are forced to vacuum with the brush going. On hard floors this can result in scratches or (what I saw in testing) dust and dirt being kicked out the back of the vacuum at your feet. If you have any desire to clean hard floors at all with your vacuum, this is NOT the vacuum cleaner for you. I recommend you look at other reviews I’ve written like the Hoover Air Steerable or the Shark Rotator Lift-Away Pro.
When used for attachment cleaning, the build quality of the Airspeed One really shows itself. The Eureka feels cheap, flimsy and extremely fragile, like I’m about to break it anytime I use it. The hose is easy to kink and crack, the wand is a very thin plastic that feels like it’s about to break any time you so much as pull it off of the main body and the attachments themselves are poorly designed. While the turbo brush has some neat features, the rest of the vacuum is very poor for attachment cleaning, and I simply cannot recommend the Eureka Airspeed One to anyone who plans on cleaning with attachments.
As if the previous issues weren’t enough, the biggest flaw of this vacuum in my testing is the filtration system. There is a single filter on this machine made of foam. This is in stark contrast to other vacuums which have 2-5 filters made of much better materials. To add insult to injury, the filter is located before the motor, meaning that the motor’s harmful carbon dust is being blown out into the air you’re breathing as you clean. Furthermore, after a single useage, the exhaust area of this vacuum was covered in fine dirt and dust, meaning that the quickly clogging foam filter was not doing a good job at all. To cap it all off, the foam filter is made so poorly that you’ll need to replace it every few months, on top of washing it every 3-4 uses of the vacuum.