EDITOR’S NOTE: Updated below with a one-year progress report.
Joshua also contributed to this post.
There are, generally speaking, two times of the year when people seem to get the most motivated to clean. One, of course, is spring, when the temperature warms up and windows reopen as part of the slow thaw from the chills of winter. The other time is fall, when windows are open to sneak in a few breaths of fresh air before … well, the coming chill. Aldi knows both seasons, and Aldi also knows cleaning, both in the Regular Buy and Special Buy (ALDI Find) variety.
On the larger end of its limited run offerings is the Easy Home Bagless Upright Vacuum, a Special Buy (ALDI Find). It runs for $39.99, which is less than most comparably equipped bagless upright vacuums. The vacuum features include:
- A cyclonic action bagless system
- A 2-liter dust tank
- A motorized brush with 13-inch cleaning path
- A 19.5 foot extra-long power cord
- A five-stage height adjustment for different flooring and carpet types
- An extension hose that allows for extended cleaning reach
- A 3-year warranty
In addition, the vacuum comes with:
- A crevice tool and dust brush for the extension hose
- A micro exhaust filter
- A HEPA filter (pre-installed)
- A manual
The manual does not give a part number for the HEPA filter, and says to contact the warranty company for replacement filters. We did so, just to find out what they cost, and were told the filters were $5 including shipping.
The box the vacuum comes in is actually pretty small, which is good for getting it home … but also means there is some assembly required. Putting it together takes about ten minutes or so, at most, but be forewarned: you will need a screwdriver for a couple of the steps. Also, the final bolt that goes through the handle takes a bit of force to push all the way in, so if it looks like it’s stuck, you may have to push harder.
We bought the vacuum as a successor to a solid but aging Eureka Boss.
So how does this vacuum do in terms of performance?
The first thing we noticed is that it is loud. It’s louder than my heavy-duty-but-aging Eureka vacuum, and my husband and I had to shout at each other to be heard even when we were standing right next to each other.
It also has a shorter cord than my trusty Eureka. I had to move the plug to different outlets a lot, whereas with my older vacuum I could cover a much larger area of my house without moving the plug. The packaging claims the Easy Home vacuum has an “extra-long cord.” That makes me laugh.
The Aldi vacuum is lightweight (about 10 pounds, by our measuring), which makes it easy to carry up and down the stairs in my house. The light weight also means that if I’m using the extension hose and stretching it much, the vacuum skitters along behind me and bumps into me, especially if I’m using it on my hardwood floors.
I’ve never owned a bagless vacuum before, and it’s satisfying to look at all the debris that gets collected in the clear canister on the front, so I can literally see how much dirt I’m removing from my house. Or maybe it’s discouraging to see how much dirt is in my house. Either way, the canister is large enough to hold quite a bit of debris from multiple vacuuming sessions. I don’t anticipate having to empty it frequently. When I do need to empty it, it’s easy to detach it from the main vacuum and dump the contents out. (I emptied the canister onto my compost pile outside.)
My house has a mixture of hardwood floors with area rugs as well as fully carpeted rooms, and we tried this vacuum on everything. On our hardwood floor, using the bare floor setting (the settings knob turns easily with little force, by the way), it did a decent job picking up a cracker crumb mess one of my kids left.
Using the extension hose with the crevice attachment, it made short work of crumbs on the hardwood floor under my dining room table. I initially thought the hose was a bit short, but I discovered I could unwind it from the bottom of the vacuum to extend it a little more. The plastic clip on the side of the vacuum that holds the hard portion of the hose when it’s not in use seems a little flimsy; we’ll see how it holds up over time.
It seemed to do a fine job on the medium carpet setting picking up lint and dust from rugs in my living room. It’s either better engineered or perhaps has a little less suction than my big Eureka because I could run the Easy Home vacuum over a small entryway rug without the vacuum sucking the edges of the rug up. I could never do that with the Eureka.
I also was happy with how the Easy Home vacuum performed on the high carpet setting on a shag rug in a child’s bedroom. I’ve never been able to use the Eureka on this rug because it sucked it right off the floor, so I was reduced to cleaning the rug by using the brush/crevice attachment on my Eureka, which was a slow process. While the Easy Home still pulled the rug up at the edges a bit, this vacuum generally played more nicely with the shag rug. Maybe that means it has less powerful suction action, but considering how I was never able to run the vacuum over it before, I’m okay with that in this instance.
Update (September 2019): After a year of use, the vacuum appears to be working mostly well. The wheels occasionally squeak a little when I first start using it, but it goes away quickly. Other than that, it still works the way it did when we first bought it.
The Easy Home Bagless Upright Vacuum seems to be a decent vacuum for the price. It’s not upper end, but it will take care of most of your basic vacuuming needs. It’s easy to tote around the house and easy to empty. The three-year warranty is nice, too. We’ll see how this vacuum performs over time.