The floors in my house are ruined. We still have three college-age kids living at home, two cats and an 80-pound dog with a double coat. This is very messed up. On hard-surface floors – such as the laminate on the main floor – cleaning may mean not just vacuuming, but frequent wet mopping. And me Hatred wet wipe It takes a lot of time, gets messy, and means moving mops, buckets of water, and towels around. So I jumped at the opportunity to try out Eureka’s NEW400, an all-in-one vacuum cleaner and floor washer.
Like most upright vacuum cleaners, the Eureka NEW400 comes in several pieces. However, assembly is extremely easy. Insert the handle into the main unit and you’re done.
Since this machine is both cordless and wet/dry, there are a few more steps you’ll need to take before using it for the first time. It needs to be plugged in to fully charge. This takes about five hours and you can tell it’s ready when the blue LED charge indicator turns off. At this point, you’ll need to add water and cleaning solution to the clean water tank, then click it into place. Now you are ready to roll.
Eureka NEW400 Key Specifications:
- Self-Cleaning, Wet/Dry Wipe Straight
- 120W motor
- Separate clean and dirty water tanks
- Cordless, with 30 minutes of runtime
- self drive
- multiple mode
- self cleaning
- 9.5 x 11.4 x 46.9 inches, weighs 8.7 pounds
- Includes charger, self-cleaning tray, cleaning solution, cleaning brush, extra filter foam pad, accessory stand
- 2 Year Limited Warranty for Vacuum, 12 Month Battery Warranty
- MSRP $199.99
ease of use
Using this wet/dry vacuum and mop couldn’t be easier. It features a standard step-on and tilt mechanism and a handle-mounted on/off switch. When it is switched on, the roller rotates and gently pulls the machine forward. Simultaneously, a mixture of cleaning solution and water is being sprayed over the roller. There’s a mode button on the handle to increase the spray rate in stubborn areas. It has a swivel head for easy steering. Click the handle back into the upright position and the machine stops. The NEW400 is lightweight (less than 9 pounds) and requires no real effort to move around. It also stays quiet at 80dB during operation.
When you’re done cleaning, the NEW400 stands upright on a plastic tray (included), you press the self-cleaning button, and the roller spins into place while its hose points down and water runs up. is pulled to the side.
Then you empty the dirty water tank. From time to time you may need to clean various components, but full instructions are provided – and Eureka also sells replacement parts if needed.
While the Eureka NEW400 is advertised as an all-in-one that combines vacuuming and mopping, there were only two rooms in my house where it applied this: the bathroom. No pets, and no shoes means there isn’t a lot of debris on those floors, so it was able to do the vacuuming as well as the mopping. In the rest of the house? Clumps of dog fur, cat litter particles, crumbs, and outdoor dirt or leaves will quickly spoil the job. In these areas, I found that pre-cleaning with my vacuum cleaner was a necessity. And then I’ll let the NEW400 do its job as a mop.
And that’s where it really shines. When I mopped our living room and kitchen floors, I had to wipe a section, then put a thick towel over it, otherwise it took a long time to dry and got massive watermarks everywhere Were.
Eureka NEW400 saves so much time because almost all the liquid used for cleaning will be absorbed. Eureka says that about 90% of the liquid has been recovered. There are some light streaks here and there, but not a big deal and everything dried completely in about 10 minutes. Most floors will only require one or maybe two passes. Tough areas – such as syrup spilled on the kitchen floor – respond better to switching modes to get more liquid on the spot. You don’t need to apply any pressure to the cleaner, just let the rotating roller and liquid combo do the work for you. In the month I tested it, I couldn’t find anything that didn’t come off the floor.
Overall, as a wet cleaner/mop, the NEW400 did a great job on my laminate floors, cleaning them effectively, with virtually no watermarks, no scrubbing effort on my part and in about a quarter of the time I had to do this. operate manually.
Battery life as advertised was about 30 minutes on a full charge.
Eureka NEW400 Recommendation
If all the floors in your home are hard surface and you don’t have a lot of “dirt” sources (such as kids and pets) then you might be able to get away with the Eureka NEW400 as your primary vacuum. Just keep in mind that you won’t have the hose, dusting device, and other accessories that come with a standard vacuum cleaner.
However, for most people who have at least some hard-surface floors in their home, I think the Eureka NEW400 serves as a complement to a standard vacuum cleaner. It’s a way to wet-clean floors when they get sticky or dirty, without resorting to a mop. It’s much easier and much faster than doing it manually, and thanks to its rotating roller, it’s just as effective.
Disclosure: Eureka provided a NEW400 for evaluation purposes but had no input into this review.