Eureka RapidClean ION 240A Review
Last updated on January 6th, 2016 by Garrick Dee
This saves them a lot of valuable real estate in their home, especially for those who live in small flats.
Since this is a new release, it doesn’t have much in terms of reviews so we’ll make with the reviews available to give you an accurate real life performance report.
You can use it to clean floors as well as upholstery because the handheld part is detachable from the body.
It comes with a couple of attachments for the handheld that’ll help you remove dirt and dust from areas of your home above the floor.
Pet Hair Removal
Ease of Use
Features at a glance
- Uses a 14.4 volt lithium ion battery
- Has 2-in-1 functionality – a handheld + stick vac in one
- Comes with a brush and crevice tool attachment
- 180 degree swivel
- Two filter system – both are washable
- Base has a built in motorized brush roll to help pick up pet hair
- Charger can be mounted on the wall with screws or attached to its base on the floor
- Floor attachment has a ball joint that rotates up to 180 degrees allowing you to reach almost all the areas under your bed
- Filter is washable and will last the lifetime of the vacuum
- Decent charge time of around 6 hours
- Vacuum base has a motorized brush that help pick up pet hair
- The charger can be attached on the floor base or screwed on the wall – gives you multiple options in storing this
- Lightweight at only 5.8 pounds
- Both filters are washable
- Brush roll can be removed for easy cleaning
- It can be swiveled which helps in manuevering this around and under furniture where dust is hardest to reach
- Brush roll can be removed to make clean up easier
- Can be used as a stick vacuum and handheld
- Handle can be folded saving you more space when storing
- Can’t be used extensively on medium to thick carpet
- Brush roll tends to throw larger debris around rather than picking them up
- Limited on upholstery with only the crevice and brush tool
- Very small dirt canister that needs to be emptied often
- Cleaning the filter has too many steps
- Attachments doesn’t have any lock mechanism so it easily dislodges when you put too much weight on it
The older Quick Up series vacuums uses a 6 volt nickel cadmium battery, this one uses a more powerful 14.4 volt lithium battery that shortens the charge time from 16 hours down to 6 hours.
Run time varies between 11 to 40 minutes.
This cordless can transition from a stick vacuum to a handheld when you remove the hand vac that’s tucked in the middle of this machine.
Remember that this is a handheld vacuum that’s fitted on a stick housing so don’t expect it to be powerful.
It has a motorized brush bar so it can clean surface dirt on carpet but it won’t, I repeat it will not deep clean carpet.
This is the surface where it’ll be most effective in, capable of picking up fine particles but performance suffers on larger bits like cat litter because of the low clearance of the base.
Forget about using this on anything other than low pile carpet, it’ll drag and won’t pick up anything that’s embedded deep.
It’ll do a decent job on area rugs as long as it isn’t anything too shaggy or thick. Even with the brush roll, it doesn’t have enough power to suck up dirt in medium to thick pile carpets.
This will be best used as a spot clean up tool here – it only has the crevice and brush tool so performance on upholstery is very limited.
The attachments aren’t designed well or sturdy enough to pick up pet hair.
Doesn’t do well on the edges because it has no edge brushes and motor can’t generate enough power to suck dirt in outright.
You can use this on stairs as stick vac but it is rather long so it can be awkward, especially those narrow ones even with the swivel action.
As a hand held, again this is to be used as a spot cleaner.
Even with the motorized brush, pet hair removal is limited to hard floors.
It can pick up pet hair on carpet but only on very thin pile carpet and area rugs.
It only comes with two attachments – the crevice and brush tool plus the charger.
It takes around 6 hours to fully charge.
There are around 6 steps total to clean the filter:
- Remove the handheld from the body
- Unlock the dust container by pushing a button underneath the handheld
- Pull out the cyclone filter using its handle
- Empty the dust container on a trash bin
- Visually check the filters if it needs to be washed – only wash in running water
- Assemble the filter back together and attach it on the handheld
There are no official run time numbers from Eureka so I’ll base it on reviews. The shortest run time reported was around 11 minutes, longest was around 40 minutes (this was timed).
Since this uses a lithium battery, you can plug and unplug it on the charger without worrying about battery degradation.
Also according to reviews it will hold its charge with minimal fade throughout the cycle giving you constant power then it shuts off when its drained.
Battery is integrated within the handheld so you’ll need to go to a service center if it breaks to have it replaced or repaired.
Eureka only gives a 1 year warranty on the battery and motor.
No video reviews found yet…
|Battery||14.4v Lithium Ion|
|Charger||Wall mountable charger that can also be mounted on its floor base|
|Charging time||6 hours|
|Battery life||11 - 40 minutes|
(based on user reviews)
|Net weight (with battery, wand and floor attachment)||5.8 pounds|
|Shipping weight||8.6 pounds|
|Filter type||Washable plastic and cloth filter|
|Warranty||1 year on battery and motor|
Only 40 people left reviews and a majority of them were positive. One common theme here was this isn’t for heavy duty use, it is only meant for spot duty.
Battery life is very good, one user in particular reported getting 40 minutes of run time on a single charge.
It’s easy to assemble and lightweight and it swivels 180 degrees in all directions, where as the older quick up only swivels up and down – makes it more agile.
In the negative reviews, people mentioned that it lacks power and struggles in picking up larger pieces of dirt like cereal if you use it as a stick.
It has a tendency to regurgitate larger particles back out. And the brush roll while good in picking up hair has a tendency of flinging again large pieces of debris all over.
You’ll notice that in every one of the reviews, there’s an Amazon Vine tag below their names.
This means that the people who left the reviews didn’t purchase this product rather they were sent this product and were required to leave a review within 30 days of receiving the item, since this is a new product there weren’t any “buyer reviews” available.
Right now, the best deal is in Amazon as a little over 120 bucks.
You also get free shipping if you buy it there.
This product is great for…
This product is great for those small clean up jobs around your home – a few bits of crumbs here and there, some pet hair on your tiles, spilled cheerios’ on the dining room – it’ll do the job well. But for messier jobs, get something with more power and attachments.
The swivel action is great in manuevering this under furniture where a lot of dust can accumulate and on thin pile area rugs it works great too.
If you have a lot of carpet though, stay away from this as you’ll only get frustrated because it won’t perform as well – there simply isn’t enough power.
Remember this is essentially a handheld that’s attached on a stick vac so power degrades when you use this as a stick vacuum and its price point is a little bit steep for its limitations.