The Eureka AirSpeed AS1001A Gold is an upright vacuum cleaner available from
The AirSpeed AS1001A Gold typically costs
between $89.00 - $200.00.
Consumer Reports recommends that you match the features on a model to the needs you have. Here's
our take on some of the specifications and features that are commonly available on upright vacuum cleaner
models like the AirSpeed AS1001A Gold.
The weight of the vacuum cleaner, to the nearest pound. If you expect to carry your vacuum up and down stairs, consider a lighter vacuum (under 20 pounds).
A switch that's located on the handle or where your foot can activate it is more convenient than one on the body of the vacuum.
Lets you adjust the height of the machine to a carpet's pile height to allow for easy movement and thorough cleaning. Adjustments are automatic on some models, but we prefer the more precise manual control afforded by some models.
The Ratings of Eureka AirSpeed AS1000A were applied to untested model Eureka AirSpeed AS1001A Gold, which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both.
Eureka sells a wide array of models marketed to address different needs, including pesky pet hair. Uprights typically range from $50 to $200. You'll find this national brand in a variety of discount stores and mass merchants, including Walmart, Target, and Kmart. Eureka also makes hand and stick vacuums, canister models, deep cleaners, and central vacuums. Canister models typically range from about $60 to $260 and are available through a more-targeted selection of retailers, such as Bed Bath & Beyond and Lowe's.
Bag Denotes whether the model has a disposable waste bag. A growing number of vacuums, particularly upright models, use a container that can be emptied, eliminating the bag. To capture fine-dirt particles, however, these models must use a filter (such as a HEPA filter) that can need regular cleaning, or replacement. Replacement filters tend to be significantly more expensive than bags. While vacuums with bags may also use filters, the bag acts as a pre-filter that helps to keep the fine-dirt filter cleaner, thus extending its performance until cleaning or replacement. Another caveat: Emptying the dustbin and cleaning a filter can be messy, and handling it may expose you to dust and other allergens.
Weight (lbs.) The weight of the vacuum cleaner, to the nearest pound. If you expect to carry your vacuum up and down stairs, consider a lighter vacuum (under 20 pounds).
Brush on/off An on/off switch for the rotating brush lets you stop the brush from rotating when using tools or cleaning bare floors. This helps eliminate scattered dirt on bare floors and reduces the risk of injury if the vacuum tips over during use. It also reduces the risk of damaging a carpet or the finish of a bare floor if the vacuum sits in place at the low-height setting.
Easy on/off A switch that's located on the handle or where your foot can activate it is more convenient than one on the body of the vacuum.
Manual-pile adjust Lets you adjust the height of the machine to a carpet's pile height to allow for easy movement and thorough cleaning. Adjustments are automatic on some models, but we prefer the more precise manual control afforded by some models.
Canister is a nightmare to get back together after emptying. Constantly overheating and then quits. We have 2 dogs, and I suppose this thing wasn't meant to pick up that much hair. Store I purchased it from does not carry the filters.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Charlie W
from Kansas City
It SUCKS (in a good way)
Easy To Empty
Easy to Use
Long Power Cord
Hard to Assemble
We bought this a week ago and like it very well. The suction is very strong. We vacuumed with our old machine then vacummed with the Eureka Airspeed and were impressed by how much more was picked up. Emptying the canister was easy, but you kind of have to line it up properly to reinstall. The vacuum is light enough and the stair/upolstry tool put out impressive beater bar action. The price is also right, we paid $109 at Lowe's.<br /><br />Contrary to another post, there is a handle for carrying this vacuum, it is integrated into the cord carrier. I would point out that even though I am fairly mechanically inclined, I found the machine a bit of a challenge to assemble correctly. Some of the other comments have said that the handle falls off. I think this would be impossible if the correct assembly procedures were followed and all of the plastic tabs were snapped into the correct places. Other reviews also talked about the machine failing. There is a three year warrantee, so we'll see if it's needed. <br /><br />I'm pretty happy about the purchase right now, but will update this post if anything changes. The machine is somewhat noisy and a head light would be nice. Because of this I'll give it a 4 out of 5.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Hemet, Ca
My 20 year old Sharp works better!
Long Power Cord
I have had the Eureka bagless gold for 2 years and it stopped working today. I have a dog and have a difficult time cleaning the filters and putting it back together after I clean it. The attachement hose will not stay in place while in use. Very frustrating. I have a 20 year old Sharp Twin Energy (with a bag) that I had to use to finish my job today. I don't know what is wrong with the Eureka but it will no longer turn on.