Monday, December 7, 2009

Vacuum Cleaner Comparisons: Dyson vs Eureka

Remember the days when the Hoover man would go door-to-door selling vacuum cleaners?  Back then, Hoover was the vacuum cleaner, but nowadays we have lots to choose from.  In this article, I'll cover two of the most popular: Dyson DC18 and Eureka Boss Smart.

James Dyson, the creator of the Dyson vacuum cleaner, created his vac because he hated his sweeper.  It didn't have the suction or maneuverability that he wanted.  So, he did what any creative annoyed man does - he created his own.  5,127 attempts later - he had the vacuum cleaner of his dreams.

Here's the features of Dyson's dream machine:

* All-floors lightweight upright vacuum cleaner provides constant suction power

* 200 air watts; on/off brush bar; extends for stair and high-reach cleaning

*  Lifetime HEPA filter; clean air exhaust; 25-foot cord; lightweight design

*  4/9-gallon bin empties with the push of a button; certified asthma friendly

*  Telescoping Reach Wand

* Quick-Draw Telescope Reach - Extends instantly for stair and high reach cleaning

* Hygienic Bin Emptying - No need to touch the dust, just push the button

* HEPA Filter - Approved for allergy sufferers by the British Allergy Foundation

* Weight 15.8 lbs

* Measures 16-1/3 by 12 by 43-2/3 inches; 5-year warranty

The BIG benefit for allergy sufferers - the air expelled from a Dyson has up to 150 times less mold and bacteria than the air you breathe. 

Cost is approximately $469.00.

Now for the Eureka 4870GZ Boss Smart.

Eureka was been around since 1909.  It was so popular, that by 1927, one-third of all vacuum cleaners bought were Eureka.  Eureka is still a top-of-the-line vacuum.

 Here's the features of the Boss Smart:

* Upright vacuum cleaner, 12-amp motor for carpets and hard floors

 * HEPA filtration system captures 99.97 percent of dust, pollen, bacteria and allergens

* Onboard tools: dusting brush, upholstery nozzle, and crevice tool

* Stretch hose for above-floor cleaning; 3-stage dust-trap system; 30-foot cord

* Motorized Brushroll

 * True HEPA Filtration Deluxe Wide Cleaning Path Air Selector

 * Cord Length - 30 ft. Weight 21 lbs.

* Measures 15 by 11 by 45 inches; 1-year warranty

Approximate cost: $163.00

Summary:  Both are trusted names.  The Dyson is by far the most maneuverable because of the ball and it's lighter.  Dyson's problem is it's cost.  Not everyone can afford to pay out nearly $500 for a vacuum cleaner (although it’s totally worth it!). 

So, if you're like me and don't have that kind of money, or simply wouldn't pay that much for a vac even if you did - go for the Eureka, it's an excellent vac and in my own opinion, you can't go wrong.


[I’m proud to say that the links on this page are affiliate links, meaning I make a little bit of money off each sale.  Usually I make just enough to feed my 14 cats (the result of taking in ferals), so feel free to buy and help feed the tiny terrors.  PS:  Jeff the Cat has his own blog.  Check it out!]


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