Eureka ReadyForce 900A Review
The Eureka ReadyForce 900A is a cheap, no-frills canister-style vacuum cleaner with adequate performance.
The Eureka ReadyForce 900A is a cheap, no-frills canister-style vacuum cleaner. Priced at about $60, it offers basic cleaning features and lackluster performance, without the extra cleaning tools and features found on many other more expensive devices. We'd recommend saving your money, or picking up a small wet/dry vac instead for more utility.
Design & Usability
About the best thing we can say here is that it's no-frills.
The 900A is a small, compact model, which makes it easy to carry. When in use, it can be placed horizontally or vertically, and the large wheels mean that it can be easily dragged around as you clean. Controls are simple: there is a power button, a suction control dial and a power cord rewind button. These large buttons require quite a lot of force to press, but they are also large enough that they can be easily pressed with the foot.
There are only two, cheap cleaning tools on this cleaner, both of which attach to the hose: a nozzle/brush combo and a floor brush. The tool that is not currently in use can be stored on the side of the rigid part of the hose, below the handle. We found that the hose could extend out to clean up to nine feet and two inches away from the cleaner, and up to 4 feet and 4 inches upwards with the extension tube on the hose. Both of these are decent, but not exceptional, numbers.
The power cord of this cleaner is 16 feet, 6 inches long, which is rather short when other cleaners have power cables that are often about 24 feet long. Pressing the rewind button on the top of the cleaner makes the cable spool back into the body of the cleaner at a fair speed, although it does stop if it gets tangled. The rewind action also sometimes needs a hand.
The 900A uses paper bags to store the dirt in. Though it’s nice to throw away dirt contained in a neat package, the bags are also pretty small. They’re replaced by opening the top of the body and sliding them out. A small plastic catch holds them in place. The bag then lifts out easily enough, but you can’t seal the bag, so there is a chance that some dust will escape. Replacement bags cost about $6 for a pack of 3, so that’s about $2 each.
Features & Performance
Weak performance overall, with no bright spots.
The 900A is a low cost cleaner, but it is also a pretty low performing cleaner. We found that it had weak performance in all of our tests. It might be adequate for a small space with wood floors, but it would be a poor choice for anyone with carpets or a large area to clean. At least it's fairly quiet and doesn't use a lot of energy.
Cheap and inexpensive.
The 900A is a cheap cleaner, and it shows: we found adequate performance for general use, but only very basic cleaning tools and a small capacity for the dirt bags. It might be fine for a very small apartment or dorm room without carpet, but it doesn’t have the chops to handle a typical home.
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