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Sometimes you just need a powerful but small vacuum to not only clean up after the kids and pets but also to do more awkward jobs like cleaning stairs without having to drag out the big vacuum. If this is what you’re looking for, the Eureka Rapidclean Step handheld vacuum 41a may be just what you’ve been seeking.

With outstanding suction power featuring a 6 amp motor and a solid build, it’s great for multiple surfaces from deep carpet to bare and hardwood floors, really digging in deep to get out the dirt.

Is it easy to use?

The Eureka 41a RapidClean has one feature not found in most handheld vacuums – it has an on/off switch for the brush roll. This means it can effortlessly go from cleaning carpet to bare floors without scratching or nicking your hardwood.

It rolls on soft wheels and  has a bare floor brush incorporated into the design that flips down from the head, making it perfect for use on tile, stone, granite or wood.

Where this vacuum really shines is on carpeted stairs. It’s heavy enough and strong enough to really dig in to get the dirt out, and it has a wider nozzle head so you won’t have to make as many passes as you might with other handhelds.

Since it does such a good job of sucking up both human and pet hair and other debris, it’s also good to know it’s very easy to access the brush roll if you get long hair tangled up and need to get it out.

Oddly enough, one of the best features of this vacuum is the cord. Though a cordless model is without a doubt more convenient, with a corded model, you can use it as much as you need for as long as you need without worrying about charging it up or running out of power. It’s certainly the best portable vacuum with a cord on the market today. Also, the cord is 25 feet (longer than that of many full sized vacuums), so you won’t have to keep unplugging it as you move around.

Tools & Accessories

  • 3’ hose
  • Crevice tool
  • Bare floor brush

Warranty

This stout Eureka hand vacuum comes with a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty.

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Great for small jobs

Specs

  • Dimensions: 7″ x 15″ x 8″
  • Bagless
  • 25-foot cord
  • 28-foot total reach (with 3-foot extension hose)
  • Washable filter
  • 6” cleaning path
  •  Amp motor
  • Total weight of 6 pounds
  • Owner’s Manual

Pros

  • Powerful enough to suck up cat litter, human and pet hair from carpet and hard surfaces
  • Great for cleaning and dusting upholstery
  • Fantastic suction
  • Best handheld vacuum for carpeted stairs
  • Attachments work great and are conveniently stored on-board

Cons

People who provided a review of the Eureka Rapidclean Step handheld vacuum did have a few negative comments. First, the front is a little chunky. In fact, it’s too tall to fit under some kitchen cabinets and car seats. Thankfully, the extension hose works great for this. Some reviews also commented that the hose is too short at only three feet.

The biggest complaint is that it is not a cordless vacuum. Seems you can’t win with this one. If a vacuum is cordless, there are complaints about the short run time and having to charge it. Reviews complain about a cord getting in the way on corded models. It really is a matter of personal choice, as both have their good and bad points.

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Consumer Ratings

Of well over 300 people who provided a review of this best handheld vacuum, most are completely pleased with it, giving it an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. They love the powerful suction most of all and being able to use it just as well on carpeted surfaces and bare floors.

Price

The Eureka Rapidclean retails for about $60, but you can save a bit of money by ordering it from an authorized online retailer like Amazon.com. They currently have it on sale for about $44 with free shipping.

Overall Conclusion

This is a great mini vacuum that’s great to have around the house, car or boat if you don’t want to drag around a full size vac all the time for small jobs. It excels on carpet, especially on carpeted stairs and is the #1 choice for that purpose.

It’s a great machine with the power of something much bigger and has superior cleaning performance. Its only downfall is that the hose is a little short, and you might find it difficult to get into tight spaces and corners with it. If you need this feature, checking out the Black & Decker Flex handheld or the Pivot vac may be a good option. They are also cordless, whereas this one has a cord to deal with. The bottom line is that if you just need a super powerful handheld vacuum that will run on and on, this is a great choice.