The Eureka AirSpeed AS1001A Gold is an upright vacuum cleaner available from
The AirSpeed AS1001A Gold typically costs
between $89.99 - $245.38.
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.
I bought this because it rated so highly on CR, and was far cheaper than the alternative, a Dyson. I have been impressed with its cleaning ability. It has great suction, picks up everything we throw at it, and does a good job on carpets and pet hair. Overall it's been the most impressive vacuum I've owned at actually doing its job.<br /><br />The problems with this thing have already been mentioned. It's not easy to clean, the filters need to be cleaned frequently, and when they get clogged up the cleaning efficiency goes way down. You have to bang the filters against something to knock out the dust, and then dust flies everywhere. And it's not the easiest to reassemble. My wife can't do it at all, and half the time it goes together easily for me, half the time there's some weird point where it just won't go back together for five minutes. I also wish it had a retractable cord. <br /><br />Still in this proce range it is a real value-- I could replace the entire thing three times over for the price of a comparable or slightly better vacuum.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Grandma J
from Minneapolis MN
Works great. Maintenance is a nightmare!
Easy To Empty
Easy to Use
Long Power Cord
Filter Cleaning Messy
We use the vacuum regularly. We love its performance, and multiple attachments. However, I am very tired of cleaning the filters. It's a very very messy and frequent job! I'm shopping for a new vacuum.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Diane I.
from Markesan, WI
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.