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Summary:This bagless upright marketed to pet owners has HEPA filtration and manual pile-height adjustment. It weighs 20 pounds and has a 30-foot, non-retractable cord. It lacks a full-bin indicator or a brush on/off switch.
As its name indicates, this bagless upright is designed to appeal to dog and cat owners. It features HEPA filtration, which provide the highest level of filtration in vacuum cleaners, and may benefit people with allergies or asthma. There is manual carpet pile-height adjustment, so you can raise and lower the machine to match a carpet's height for more thorough cleaning and easier movement. This model weighs 20 pounds and has a 30-foot, manual-wind cord. It does not have full-bin indicator, so you will need to check the dustbin periodically to see whether it needs emptying. Nor does it feature a switch to turn off the rotating brush for bare floors, where the brush tends to scatter dirt and debris before the machine can suck it up.
About This Brand
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.
Features & Specs - Eureka Whirlwind+ Pet Lover 3276[ ]
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.