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Eureka RapidClean Pro Review

This vacuum delivered a middle-of-the-road performance that failed to make much of an impression
Eureka RapidClean Pro
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Price:   $170 List | $154.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive, convenient
Cons:  Lackluster carpet cleaning, struggles with edges
Manufacturer:   Eureka
By Austin Palmer and David Wise  ⋅  Jul 28, 2021
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  • Convenience - 35% 7
  • Hard Surface Cleaning - 30% 6
  • Ease of Use - 20% 6
  • Carpet Cleaning - 15% 5

Our Verdict

Truth be told, we found the Eureka RapidClean to be rather uninspiring when it comes to stick vacuums. This vacuum does have some handy convenience features and did alright at cleaning hard surfaces. However, it delivered mediocre results in the carpet cleaning challenges and wasn't the easiest to use while cleaning. While it is one of the more inexpensive options available, we think other products will suit most people better, whether they are looking for the overall best or the best bargain.

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Pros Inexpensive, convenientGreat value, convenient, does well with hard floorsGreat value, good at cleaning hard floorsDecent at cleaning hard surfaces, inexpensiveInexpensive
Cons Lackluster carpet cleaning, struggles with edgesCould be better at carpetNot terribly convenient, more difficult to useHarder to use, loudPoor carpet cleaning ability, harder to use, less convenient
Bottom Line This vacuum delivered a middle-of-the-road performance that failed to make much of an impressionIf you are shopping for a stick vacuum and don't want to break the bank, then we think this is a great optionThis vacuum provides excellent value, offering a solid performance at a fraction of the price of the top modelsThis inexpensive model cleans decently, especially when it comes to hard surfacesThis lightweight vacuum may be super cheap, but don't expect much in terms of performance
Rating Categories Eureka RapidClean Pro Moosoo XL-618A Shark Navigator Fre... VonHaus 600W 2-in-1 Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik
Convenience (35%)
7.0
7.0
5.0
4.0
4.0
Hard Surface Cleaning (30%)
6.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
5.0
Ease Of Use (20%)
6.0
6.0
5.0
4.0
4.0
Carpet Cleaning (15%)
5.0
5.0
6.0
5.0
3.0
Specs Eureka RapidClean Pro Moosoo XL-618A Shark Navigator Fre... VonHaus 600W 2-in-1 Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik
Weight 5.1 lbs 5.1 lbs 7.1 lbs 4.5 lbs 3.4 lbs
Cordless Battery Life 23:12
min:sec
22:40 min:sec 13:53 min:sec n/a n/a
Maximum Corded Reach n/a n/a n/a 21 ft 17.5 ft
Measured Charge Time 270 min 340 min 355 min n/a n/a
Noise Level 64.5 dBa 67 dBa 75 dBa 77 dBa 73.5 dBa
Model Number NEC180 XL-618A SV1106 EPT2 SD20000RED
Battery Type Lithium-ion Lithium-ion Lithium-ion n/a n/a
Measured Cleaning Path Width 9.75" 7.75" 9.75" 8.75" 9"
Variable Suction Control Yes Yes No No No
Brush On/Off Switch? No No Slows the brush for hard floor n/a n/a
Storage Wall mount only Wall mount only Stands up Stands up; falls over easily Stands up; falls over easily
Bag Type Bagless Bagless Bagless Bagless Bagless
Swivel Head? Yes Yes Yes; very limited No No
Soft Bumper? Yes Yes No No No
Cordless? Yes Yes Yes No No

Our Analysis and Test Results

The RapidClean Pro has a few features that stood out to us, though not enough to redeem its overall mediocre showing. It can easily convert to a handheld vacuum and includes a dusting and crevice tool, making it much easier to do things like vacuum your car. It also has an integrated notch for resting the vacuum against a counter or chair — handy if you need to pause for a moment while cleaning.

Performance Comparison


All in all, we found this vacuum to be a bit mediocre.
All in all, we found this vacuum to be a bit mediocre.
Credit: Laura Casner

Convenience


For our initial round of tests, we looked at the different convenience features each of these vacuums has, specifically focusing on their cleaning versatility, weight, runtime, and how easy they are to store. The RapidClean gave its best performance in this category, meriting a solid score well above average.

As previously mentioned, we found this vacuum to be one of the more versatile cleaning options, as it can effectively clean plenty of other areas besides just the floor. The RapidClean includes both a brush and a crevice tool for this — like most stick vacuums — but the ability to connect the motor directly to the powerhead is what sets it apart in this regard.

The handheld ability of this vacuum makes it very versatile.
The handheld ability of this vacuum makes it very versatile.
Credit: Laura Casner

This vacuum is also on the lighter side compared to many other options, tipping the scales at just over five pounds. Additionally, the RapidClean is a cordless stick vacuum, further adding to its convenience. It has a non-swappable battery that lasted for a bit more than 23 minutes in our test, running on high power. It has a claimed charge time of around six hours, which is a little on the slow side. However, it fully recharged in closer to four and a half hours in our experience.

Unfortunately, the only real option for storage when it comes to the RapidClean is to use a hanging mount. There isn't a way to fold or balance the vacuum to get it to stand upright, though you can prop it against a counter or other piece of furniture using the Easy Rest feature if you don't want to mount it for hanging. This is essentially just a notch in the back of the canister that allows the vacuum to stand up twithout sliding over and falling on the floor.

Hard Surface Cleaning


Our next set of evaluations rated and ranked each of these products on how well they cleaned up various messes from hard surfaces. We used rice, oats, cereal, pet hair, and flour on a section of hardwood laminate floor for this test, with the RapidClean delivering a score just above average.

This vacuum performed decently in our rice test. It collected the bulk of the grains on the first forward pass but didn't seem to clean all that well on the backward pass — a final forward pass was needed to clean up the mess fully. We appreciate that barely any of the rice was flung out of the path of the vacuum as it was cleaning.

The RapidClean did a bit better with flour, collecting most of it on the first pass and even cleaning in the cracks between boards. It didn't do much when running perpendicular to the cracks but did much better when cleaning in a parallel direction.

The RapidClean struggled to extract flour from the cracks between...
The RapidClean struggled to extract flour from the cracks between boards unless we ran it parallel to the seams.
Credit: Austin Palmer

This vacuum also did very well with Cheerios and pet hair. It cleaned up most of the Cheerios without crushing them and got all of the pet hair without too much issue. Performance dropped a bit with oats, as it was much more likely to fling them to the side but still delivered an above-average performance.

Ease of Use


Our next series of tests focuses on how easy it is to use each of these stick vacuums while cleaning. We looked at how they cleaned along the edges of a room and under furniture, their cleaning modes, steering, and how loud each vacuum is. The RapidClean again did fairly well, earning a score just above average.

This vacuum has both high and low power options and is very effective at cleaning under furniture, reaching a total of 32" under our test sofa. It was also the quietest in our test group by far and is very maneuverable, with swivel steering on the powerhead. However, we found it to be terrible at cleaning along the edges of a room in standard mode, forcing us to use the special crevice attachment every time.

This vacuum didn't do a great job of cleaning along walls unless we...
This vacuum didn't do a great job of cleaning along walls unless we busted out the crevice tool.
Credit: Laura Casner

Carpet Cleaning


Our last round of tests focused on the carpet cleaning performance of each product. We repeated the same types of cleanup challenges from our hard surface tests, swapping out the laminate floor for some low-pile and medium-pile carpets. The RapidClean did fine with the rice on the flat carpet, performing similarly to the hard floors. Unfortunately, it struggled a bit with fluffier carpet, taking a ton of passes to clean the area effectively. Moving on to flour, we only looked at cleaning performance on flat carpet since it is such a difficult task for stick vacuums. The RapidClean didn't really rise to the occasion, leaving a ton of leftover mess even after multiple passes.

Plenty of flour eluded this vacuum in our carpet cleaning challenge.
Plenty of flour eluded this vacuum in our carpet cleaning challenge.
Credit: Austin Palmer

The RapidClean did much better with Cheerios, delivering above-average results. It tended to plow them around for a while but eventually picked them up, taking just a few more passes than the top-tier models. From there, this vacuum wrapped up our tests with a mediocre showing at cleaning up oats and pet hair from the carpet. It eventually cleaned up everything for these messes, it just took much longer than we would have liked.

Value


This vacuum is a mediocre value in our minds, despite the lower price point. It was outperformed by quite a few vacuums, though, to be fair, almost all of them are also more expensive.

Conclusion


The Eureka RapidClean Pro is a middle-of-the-road stick vacuum at a very reasonable price. It's far from our favorite, and we wouldn't really recommend it considering some of the other options available, but it didn't perform too poorly overall.

Austin Palmer and David Wise