For everyday cleaning, the Eureka ReadyForce Total is a good vacuum with 12 amps of power that performs at the same level as the best canister vacuums in our lineup. Aside from impressive cleaning capability, our Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award winner offers an easy-empty dust cup, HEPA filter and handy cord wrap, all for a very reasonable price.
The ReadyForce Total stood out especially when vacuuming fine dust. We tested each vacuum's ability to pick up fine dust – using flour since it’s more visible – and the Eureka completely cleaned the mess in only four passes of its large 11-inch cleaning head.
This canister vacuum cleaner lost points, however, with larger debris. We tested this using kitty litter, and the Eureka pushed the litter around instead of vacuuming it up. This could be because the head sits lower to the floor than on some other canister vacuum cleaners.
Despite its trouble with bigger messes, this bagless canister vacuum was easy to maneuver around the test area. The head is self-propelled and glided smoothly without a lot of effort on our part. The wand has true 360-degree rotation, and the canister rolls easily on carpet and hardwood. Though the vacuum is lightweight, it isn't the best for carrying around or moving up or down stairs. The handle isn't conveniently located, and the 2-ounce canister is bulky. It also has the shortest overall reach of any vacuum in the lineup, which highlights its overall lack of portability.
The power cord extends 16.5 feet. That sounds like a lot, but it's 60 percent shorter than the longest cords. For vacuuming large rooms or tall flights of stairs, you'll find yourself having to unplug and move much more often than you would with other lightweight canister vacuums. Also, the hose is only 8.3 feet long, which isn't the shortest but is well below the hoses that reach an extra 2 feet. For a longer hose and cord, check out the Dyson Ball Compact.
One major plus with this vacuum is how quiet it is. At 71 dB on its maximum setting, the Eureka is the quietest vacuum we tested. A normal conversation is usually around 60 dB, so this is one vacuum you can run in the background without distracting your family watching TV in the adjacent room.
This unit has a large dust cup capacity so you can vacuum for a long time before you have to empty it out. It also offers all of the tools we were looking for – upholstery, crevice and dusting brush – so you can clean more than just floors with it.
Eureka offers a full range of support online. The website has live chat, a robust FAQs page and good customer support. In case there are any problems, the manufacturer offers a five-year warranty on parts and maintenance and a downloadable PDF.
The Eureka ReadyForce Total is our choice for households that want a more versatile vacuum than a standard upright at a budget-friendly price. This vacuum has a lot of power and great design features for a fraction of the cost of other canister vacuums. While it's not the best performer on large debris, it's a good value for a canister vacuum and does very well on finer dust.