Eureka Boss Power Plus 4703D Vacuum Cleaner Review

Published: 10th March 2009
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The Eureka Boss Power Plus 4703D is a lightweight vacuum cleaner with an allergen filter, easy-empty dust cup and crevice wand. Designed with efficient, light cleaning in mind, this machine is basically a glorified sweeper with little to offer in terms of real cleaning power.

The handle and base of the machine is a light gray color with a vivid green colored see-through body. The Eureka Boss Power Plus 4703D is lightweight, weighing only 14 lbs. and is somewhat minimal in size with dimensions of 13"W x 12"L x 42.5"H. While the lighter weight is a nice feature, it also points to the fact that this unit does not have any heavy duty parts associated with it. Although the size is smaller, making the vacuum easier to maneuver, many consumers may find it almost too small, creating a situation where the operator finds themselves stooping over uncomfortably while operating the unit.

Other limitations of the Eureka Boss Power Plus 4703D include a small 12 amp single motor and a tiny 20 ft. cord. The cleaning path is 13 in. wide. Again, these are features found on less powerful vacuum cleaners and are more indicative of a sweeper than a full-fledged cleaning machine. There is an easy-empty dust cup that empties from the bottom of the cup (flip-bottom cup) with the idea of keeping the operator clean as the cup is emptied. There is a nested crevice wand and dusting brush included on the unit, but the suction is so limited that they are virtually useless for any type of real cleaning situation. The long hose that loops over a hook on the handle is prone to frequent clogging just by design. Without decent suction, the machine simply can't pull the debris through the hose past the U-shaped blockage created by draping the hose over the hook on the handle. Another annoyance is the loud sound of the motor.

At a price of around $50, the Eureka Boss Power Plus 4703D may seem like a bargain. Many consumers may rationalize that they don't need a machine that has many features and may be tempted by the lower price. The problem is that this is a product that is basically disposable. The costs involved with repairing this machine when it fails (and it will fail) are simply too high to justify the repair on a $50 model. Even the plastic on this machine is cheap, making the unit prone to cracked parts. The hose has a tendency to fall off of the handle it rests on and the extra attachments fall out of their storage compartments while the machine is in use. When the hose falls off of the handle, the base of the hose can separate from the machine, causing dirt to spill out. All of this cheekily defies the point of an-easy-empty dust cup that is intended to keep the operator free of dust when the cup is emptied. Other ways this vacuum cleaner is not cost effective in the long run include the $15 replacement filter it requires and the fact that belts easily break and need to be replaced.

In conclusion, if you are looking for a machine that can be carried up stairs easily and is a bagless system, this may be the right choice for you. The only problem is that you will be replacing the entire unit within a year or less and may wish you had opted for something with more quality features to begin with. Don't say you weren't warned.

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