Finding the best stick vacuum in a vast pool of stick vacuums is going to be a challenge.
Of course, the best place to start your search is by looking at what the leading or most popular brands have to offer. Today, that’s Eureka, and their NES215A Blaze Stick Vacuum is worth taking notice.
The Blaze is a 3-in-1 stick vac that converts into two handy spot-cleaning devices. It’s not the most powerful stick vacuum on the market, nor is it the sleekest, but for cleaning messes on stairs, upholstery, auto interior, and bare floors, you’ll be glad that it’s around.
Let’s take a closer look at the Blaze NES215A to determine whether it belongs in your home.
17-kPa Suction Power
The first thing customers will notice is that the Blaze has a blazing-hot motor (in a good way) that can deliver up to a whopping 17 kPa of suction. To put this into perspective, the most powerful stick vacs on the market can deliver 20 kPa so the Blaze isn’t that far off.
With this much power, cleaning bare floors (tile, marble, concrete, floorboards) is not going to be an issue.
But what may cause problems is carpeting, even carpets with shorter fibers. This is due to the lack of a brushroll. Basically, on carpeting, it can remove surface debris in one or two passes, but for embedded dirt, 17 kPa of lift just isn’t going to cut it. For those of you with wall-to-wall carpeting, the Blaze may not be the best option.
9-1/2-inch Cleaning Path
If you don’t have carpets that reach from wall to wall, then you’ll be glad to know that high suction pressure combined with a wide 9-1/2-inch vacuum head will make vacuuming chores fly by in a blaze.
Not only that, but the vacuum head also has a swiveling neck which allows users to push and guide the Blaze in between and below pieces of furniture with little to no pre-vacuum prep. Less work, less fuss.
0.55-liter Dust Cup
And to make things even hotter for the Blaze, this stick vac is equipped with a massive 0.55-liter dust cup. For reference, the industry average is between 0.4 and 0.5 liters so the Blaze definitely has the upper hand in this department.
What this means is that you’ll spend more time vacuuming with fewer interruptions. And if that’s not convenience, we don’t know what is.
3-in-1 Convertible Stick
Now onto more important matters: versatility. The Blaze is supposedly a 3-in-1 convertible stick vac that easily transforms from one unit to the other. Its standard form is the stick vac that relies on a brushroll-less, pure suction motor head to vacuum floors and carpets (to a limited extent).
The second mode is a handheld unit that uses an attached crevice tool. You simply need to detach the canister from the handle and shaft, pull the onboard crevice tool out, and you’re all set.
The third mode isn’t much different from the second—instead of using the crevice tool, you can attach a stair tool (included) onto the suction end of the canister to spot-clean stairs.
You might be glad to learn that the Blaze is a super-lightweight model. On stick vac mode, it weighs a sliver less than four pounds. When converted to any of its handheld forms, the Blaze drops down by 1-1/2 pounds.
The lightweight design of the Blaze makes it extremely easy to use in tight spaces and overhead surfaces.
The Blaze comes with a washable filter that, if we’re being honest, isn’t all that great. Sure, it prevents dirt from getting into the motor and potentially creating a fire hazard, but it also clogs rather easily, especially after the first couple of washes. A clogged filter means reduced suction power and requiring multiple passes to pick every speck of dust off the floor.
18-foot Power Cord
What’s surprising is that the Blaze is not a cordless model. It comes with a long 18-foot power cord admittedly offers a wide radius of movement, and only corded-electric can offer uninterrupted power for as long as you run the Blaze.
These advantages, however, come at the cost of supreme maneuverability and transportability.
Verdict: To Buy or Not to Buy the Eureka Blaze NES215A Stick Vacuum?
As you can see, the Eureka Blaze NESS215A is not going to do you much good on carpeted floors, but everywhere else—bare floors all the way up to ceilings (if you can reach) and auto interior—are unquestionably easy to clean with this stick vac.
Overall, there are plenty of better, more powerful sticks on the market, but the Blaze’s 3-in-1 design will not leave you disappointed.