The Eureka NEC122A Power Plush cordless vacuum is Eureka’s newest cordless stick vacuum. We put it through a lot of tests and this article will be our review based on the results. The Eureka Power Plush cordless vacuum is so named because of its soft roller cleaner head which is a great new technology which I really love, especially for hard floors. And I’m glad to see soft rollers on more and more vacuums.
It comes with a pretty decent attachment package, including a crevice tool, and upholstery tool/dusting brush, and a wall mount which can hold the two attachments. On hard floors, we found that it was beyond excellent, picking up everything we put down, like fine debris, including the very difficult to pick up sand. It also did flawlessly with pet hair and small to extra-large debris. If you have hard floors of any type, you really should try a soft roller vacuum like this Eureka. I really think it is the future of vacuum cleaner technology.
On carpets, there was a bit of a downgrade. It did pick up all the debris in the test from fine debris to pet hair to large debris, but you shouldn’t expect much deep cleaning of carpet since there’s no standard brush roll to agitate the carpet. So it’s going to leave hidden debris at the bottom of the carpet.
There’s also a noticeable drop-off in maneuverability on carpet. It’s not terrible but it’s nowhere near as easy to use as it is on hard floors. Dyson solved this problem by offering a different cleaner head that you could switch out for carpets and Shark solved the problem by integrating a standard brush roll with the soft roller. But with the Eureka Power Plush, they just widened the base a little bit making it at least feasible to use on carpets for surface debris. But if you have mostly carpets in your home, this isn’t the vacuum for you.
As far as suction and airflow, we found that its suction power was 38 inches of water lift and its airflow measured 30 CFM at the wand and 25 CFM at the cleaner head. For context, that’s a little more than the Dyson V8 or Dyson V10 on low power but quite a bit less than both on their high power mode. Since the Eureka only has one power mode, you might think of it as being a little less than medium power on the Dyson V10.
I would rate its performance on the crevice pickup test as being in the top 5% of vacuums which shows that it has good airflow and a very good seal with its cleaner head design. All that to say that it has more than enough power to pick up anything you need to. The dustbin volume was pretty good for a cordless vacuum. At almost two and a half cups, it can hold about a half a cup more debris than the Dyson V8.
I did find that the standard dustbin release wasn’t that great. It did seem to require a bit of work to get everything out, but on the plus side, it has something that I haven’t seen before which is a secondary way to empty the bin by twisting off the container which allows you to access any stuck debris. In addition, I love how you can fully disassemble the interior to expose the internal filters which are washable and it’s a very good idea to keep these areas free of debris to maintain airflow.
Before we get to the battery life, I should say that I like how the battery is so easily removable and I wish more cordless vacuums would do this. Theoretically, you could buy more of these batteries for a longer cleaning time, but I haven’t found anywhere that sells them yet. So with the battery life test, we found that it ran 19 minutes and 11 seconds with non-powered attachments and 18 minutes and 12 seconds with the cleaner head attached, which many customers say is enough to vacuum their homes but you might consider timing how long it takes you to vacuum your home to see if 18 minutes is enough.
I should mention that the trigger is interesting in that you don’t have to hold it down but rather just touch it once to turn it on and touch it again to turn it off. As far as ease-of-use and weight, it only weighs five-and-a-half pounds and it’s very lightweight when vacuuming in normal mode or in its stair mode. But I did find its weight distribution was not nearly as good as the Dyson V8 when using it as a handheld vacuum despite them being almost identical weights.
In other words, I would prefer the Dyson V8 if I was doing a lot of freehand vacuuming like for cobwebs on the ceiling, but on hard floors, the Eureka NEC122A Power Plush cordless vacuum really shines as it has a great two point swivel and it’s generally very easy to use. As far as things that showed up in reviews, the most common was that the power cord pin on the vacuum is prone to bending so customers recommended being very careful when plugging in the charger cable.