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Eureka WhirlWind Review

This little vacuum can pack a punch in performance, cleaning carpets and hard surfaces with ease at an affordable price
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Eureka WhirlWind Review (We were very pleased with the Eureka WhirlWind's performance.)
We were very pleased with the Eureka WhirlWind's performance.
Credit: Abriah Wofford
Price:  $80 List
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Manufacturer:   Eureka
By Ruth Bruckbauer and Jessica Riconscente  ⋅  Jul 26, 2022
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RANKED
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  • Carpet Cleaning - 35% 6.7
  • Ease of Use - 25% 6.3
  • Handling - 20% 7.5
  • Hard Surface - 10% 8.0
  • Pet Hair - 10% 4.0

Our Verdict

An affordable yet capable canister vacuum, we found that the Eureka WhirlWind performed better than even some of the most expensive vacuums in our lineup. This product dazzled us with its ability to easily pick up flour, oats, Cheerios, and rice on both hard and carpeted surfaces. This model is only a mere 11 pounds, putting it on the lighter side of the spectrum and making it easier to carry around your home — especially for those with stairs. One of the only drawbacks we noticed on this model was the lack of a brush roller, which would have improved its pet hair performance tenfold. We recommend this top-rated canister vacuum to those on a budget with heavy-duty messes but not to those with furry pets.
REASONS TO BUY
Great edging
Hard surface
And carpet cleaning performances
REASONS TO AVOID
Poor pet hair cleaning
Short reach

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Bottom Line The perfect solution for those who want a good vacuum for very little moneyThis model offers a unique design and good cleaning performance, plus plenty of additional features that make this canister vacuum potentially worth the investmentWe think this canister vacuum is one of the best options if you are shopping on a slim budgetThough it has great handling and multiple adjustable features, this expensive vacuum doesn't work as well as we'd hopedThis inexpensive and lightweight vacuum can handle small messes but easily gets overwhelmed
Rating Categories Eureka WhirlWind Dyson Big Ball Mult... Eureka Mighty Mite Kenmore Elite Pet F... Bissell Zing Bagles...
Carpet Cleaning (35%)
6.7
6.0
6.8
4.7
5.1
Ease of Use (25%)
6.3
6.6
5.8
6.7
6.3
Handling (20%)
7.5
7.2
7.0
6.8
5.9
Hard Surface (10%)
8.0
5.5
8.0
4.0
6.0
Pet Hair (10%)
4.0
9.0
4.0
9.0
4.0
Specs Eureka WhirlWind Dyson Big Ball Mult... Eureka Mighty Mite Kenmore Elite Pet F... Bissell Zing Bagles...
Model Number NEN110B N/A 3670G 81714 2156A
Dirt Collection Bagless Bagless Bag Bag Bagless
Measured Head Width 10.5'' 10.5'' 10.5'' 14.75'' 10.0"
Measured Weight 11.0 lbs 17.4 lbs 9.3 lbs 24.5 lbs 9.2 lbs
Measured Brush Width N/A 9'' N/A 14'' N/A
Measured Weight Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Brush On/Off Switch N/A Adjusts N/A Yes N/A
Measured Maximum Reach 26' 10" 33' 4" 31' 10" 37' 4" 26' 6"
Measured Power Cord Length 16' 6" 22' 19' 6" 26' 16' 6"
Automatic Cord Rewind Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Measured Noise 68 dBa 74 dBa 72 dBa 72 dBa 72 dBa
Measure Suction Power 60'' 80'' 90'' 74'' 64''

Our Analysis and Test Results

We were pleasantly surprised by the results of the Eureka WhirlWind. It is great at cleaning hard surfaces, along walls and corners, and is easy to use. This little canister puts all this together at an affordable price.

Performance Comparison


eureka whirlwind - easy to use and lightweight, this vacuum a a joy to work with.
Easy to use and lightweight, this vacuum a a joy to work with.
Credit: Chris McNamara

Carpet Cleaning


For our carpet cleaning tests, we spread out flour, cereal, oats, and rice over shallow and fluffy carpets, pushing the debris deeper into the carpet using a laminate floor roller to make cleaning more difficult. We then vacuumed up all of the debris and counted the number of passes it took to do so. We even ensured that we were finished by feeling the carpet with our hands for any leftover debris. Because carpet cleaning is so important to most, it is our most heavily weighted metric at 35% of each canister vacuum's total score.


The Eureka WhirlWind impressed us with its ability to clean the carpets and not just push debris around. One of the tricky parts of vacuuming some debris is the dust created, especially with oatmeal. That's why we test all types of debris, from large to fine particles, to see what debris each vacuum handles best. After vacuuming rice, flour, oats, and cereal, we concluded that this vacuum does an admirable job of picking up fine and large particles.

eureka whirlwind - being able to switch from pone mode to the next made cleaning a...
Being able to switch from pone mode to the next made cleaning a breeze.
Credit: Chris McNamara

When it came to cleaning rice out of our carpets, the WhirlWind took up to nine passes to pick up everything, which felt tedious and time-consuming. We even noticed that this model sometimes tended to plow the rice around rather than pick it up. Although the carpet cleaning performance wasn't absolute perfection, at a fraction of the cost, we were pleased.

Ease of Use


We love a vacuum that makes vacuuming feel less like a chore, which is why we gave this metric a 25% weighting of each model's total score. For this, we looked at edging (vacuuming along the walls), the weight of each unit, reach (maximum distance from the outlet), how well it maneuvered under furniture, and how smooth and easy it was to transition from carpeting to hard floors.


As we mentioned, the Eureka WhirlWind is light and easy to put together. We carried this model up and down the stairs with ease. We were also pleasantly surprised by how easily it managed to clean along the edges of the room.

eureka whirlwind - the lightweight whirlwind is easy to push and pull.
The lightweight WhirlWind is easy to push and pull.
Credit: Chris McNamara

The WhirlWind then faltered when it came to reach. At 26'10", it has a relatively short reach compared to others in our lineup, and at 16'6", it has a shorter cord than we would like. But, if you're willing to move the cord from one outlet to another, this is only a minor inconvenience. The WhirlWind also has a middling surface transition performance as it has both height and suction adjustments. It also doesn't come with a brush roller, so there is no need for brush roller adjustments.

Handling


In this metric, we measured how much effort it took to push and pull the vacuums, maneuverability, and how easily they carried up and down stairs. Because we know the importance of usability, we gave this metric a 20% weighting for each canister. Again, the Eureka WhirlWind left the other canister vacuums in the dust.


The Eureka WhirlWind was easy to push and pull in our tests — with very little resistance in both directions. When we took this vacuum through our obstacle course, we noticed that the head angled swiftly, making turns a breeze. The WhirlWind almost felt like a toy while driving it around the room. The only caveat to having such a light and maneuverable vacuum is that it had a tendency to tip over because the canister is so light.

eureka whirlwind - the whirlwind has a short reach.
The WhirlWind has a short reach.
Credit: Chris McNamara

Hard Surface


In this metric we spread oats, Cheerios, rice, and flour on hardwood flooring and then used a laminate floor roller to get all the debris into the cracks and crevices. We then counted how many times it took for each vacuum to sweep up all of the debris. This metric has an overall weighting of 10% for each canister vacuum.


This metric is where the Eureka WhirlWind shined the most. This model will save you so much time vacuuming up hard floors, as it managed to gather up all the debris in very few passes. It did a particularly excellent job at picking flour, managing to sweep everything up not just from the surface but from the nooks and crannies of the floorboards as well. Part of what makes this vacuum so great on hardwood floors is how easy it is to angle over the top of piles of large debris, acting almost like our favorite handheld vacuums in its cleaning methods.

eureka whirlwind - the whirlwind had a superb floor cleaning performance, especially...
The WhirlWind had a superb floor cleaning performance, especially with flour.
Credit: Jessica Riconscente

Pet Hair


We put each canister vacuum through simple yet effective pet hair tests. In these tests, we measured out exactly 50 grams of pet hair and spread it out over a carpeted surface. We then used a laminate floor roller to press the hair deep into the carpet, making the tests much more strenuous. Then, we made four passes — two forward and two backward — over the hair. Finally, we hand-plucked the remaining hair, weighing it to find out how much was swept up. We weighted pet hair at 10% for each model's overall score.


The Eureka WhirlWind picked up 69% of pet hair, mostly because the head does not have a brush option, which significantly improves pet hair performance. If you have a pet, then this probably isn't the best canister vacuum for you, but despite the poor pet hair performance of the WhirlWind, we still think it's a viable option for its impeccable price.

eureka whirlwind - we enjoyed this vacuums ease of use and special features.
We enjoyed this vacuums ease of use and special features.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Should you buy the Eureka WhirlWind?


We try to look at value as the options and quality you get versus what you pay. The Eureka WhirlWind is an amazing vacuum all around, especially if you are on a budget. It isn't perfect — particularly if you have pets — but it makes up for this through its great maneuverability, carpet, and hard surface cleaning performance. Best of all, it comes at a fraction of the cost of most other high-performing vacuums.

What Other Canister Vacuum Should You Consider?


This vacuum is lightweight, affordable, easy to use and maneuver, and great at carpet and hard surface cleaning. For the most part, you can't go wrong with the Eureka WhirlWind. But, if you have pets, you may want to invest in the Dyson Big Ball Multi Multi Floor or the Kenmore Elite Pet Friendly for better pet hair performance.

Ruth Bruckbauer and Jessica Riconscente