We’re going to be reviewing the Eureka Airspeed One vacuum. To be honest, I
originally expected a lot more out of this vacuum than I ended up getting.
At its core, the Eureka Airspeed One is meant to be both low cost and high
performing, meaning to provide the best of both worlds. And it definitely
delivers on some of these promises for an average home. In the Eureka
Airspeed line of vacuums, it definitely features the low prices and high
airflow that they boast so proudly, which they use as leverage in their claim
to be far superior than any of Dyson’s offerings. Unfortunately, in reading the
fine print as you, our dear reader has entrutsted me to do, the comparison tests
are from a test against a very old Dyson model, noted by now as having been a
poor performer, not representative of the Dyson brand and its current offerings.
Of course, all the while I regret to inform you that, above all, this model of
Eureka has many flaws that prevent it from being the perfect choice in most
cases under which we are reviewing its performance.
Despite big talk and a design that maximizes airflow, the Eureka Airspeed One
leaves much to be desired, performing terribly on hard flooring, with a terrible
attachment system and filtration system to boot.
Marketing of the Airspeed one touts it as more of a carpet power player, and
thus it comes with some features that help it with carpet care. To begin with,
the Airspeed has a couple of extra large tubes that lead from the dirt cup down
to the motor and floor head. The purpose of these tubes is to increase airflow
in comparison with the more common ribbed hoses found on other offerings from
Shark and Bissell. Additionally, the design of the attachment system prevents
any disturbance to the airstream as it flows throughout the vacuum cleaner, and
it contains a large brush width to enhance the cleaning experience.
The box and display at the store definitely had me sold, as all of these
features sound wonderful, but in actually using the vacuum it failed to deliver
what it advertised. To begin with, the Airspeed One’s lack of a self adjusting
cleaner head is an issue when moving between different floorings, such as from
carpet to hardwood flooring. This also causes an issue when attempting to pick
up debris of varying size.
To add to this, the Airspeed One comes with a, seemingly, cheaply made 10 amp
motor, instead of the more common 12 amp motor. Unfortunately, this decision has
led to poor performance and a LARGE amount of heat, which most likely means
that mileage may vary.
In this model Eureka decided to prioritize airflow, which should mean that when
put to the test against a smaller particle, it should definitely perform well.
We tested the vacuum against flour, and it did exactly the opposite; the vacuum
left a visible, large amount of flower.
Because of the absence of a clutch or separate brush motor, the Airspeed One
performs terribly on a hard floor. This means that you are forced to vacuum with
the brush going because it is not possible to turn off the brushroll, and thus,
this means that your hard floor WILL get scratched. This also leads to dirt
being kicked out of the rear end of the vacuum and thrown at your feet, at
least, it did in my own testing.
The build quality of the Airspeed One really shows itself when used for
attachment cleaning. It definitely feels very, very fragile and flimsy. The
plastic feels cheap, and I was afraid of breaking it every time that I used it.
The hose is easily cracked and dented, the wand is so thin that I would warn
against pulling it off to quickly unless you are ready to replace it, and the
attachments all are poorly designed. Although the brush does have some
interesting features, I simply cannot recommend the attachment cleaning with
Lastly, but certainly not the least, this vacuum’s biggest flaw is the terrible
filtration system. Most other vacuums have anywhere between two and five
different filters, made of materials that are stronger than the Airspeed One’s
offering of a single filer made of flimsy foam. To make things worse, the
position of the filter is right before the motor, which serves to blow the
motor’s harmful carbon emmisions directly into the air that you breathe as you
clean. The exhause are after a single use was covered in a fine layer of dirt
and dust after testing, acting as a perfect display of the filter doing
its job very poorly. Finally, just to add insult to injury, the craftsmanship of
the foam filter requires you to replace it every couple of months, on top of
cleaning the device after every 3 or 4 uses.
– Feels cheap and flimsy
– Terrible performance on hard floors
– The filtration system is poorly designed
Where to buy
If you’re still looking to buy this vacuum…
Get it here