Finding a powerful canister vacuum that is lightweight can be a real challenge. And finding one that is powerful, lightweight and affordable is even harder. Fortunately, there are some models that fit this bill, such as the inexpensive Eureka S3681D Sanitaire Mighty Mite canister vacuum. But what are the downsides, if any? Please read on for our detailed review and concluding opinions.
Eureka Sanitaire Mighty Mite Specifications
The Mighty Mite Canister uses a bagless, commercial-type design but is sized for residential applications. As far as power, it’s a real workhorse, equipped with a 9 amp motor that can pull up almost anything that it can swallow (including your keys if you happen to drop them!). And the 9.5 inch wide floor tool will make short work of most jobs around the home. In addition to the deluxe floor tool, it also comes with upholstery, dusting and crevice tools that provides extra flexibility.
An important feature of this canister is its modern sealed HEPA filtration system, which gives rise to the “Sanitaire” moniker for this unit. Indeed, true HEPA filters, i.e., “High Efficiency Particulate Arresting” filters are usually not standard on most canisters, and many models are equipped with filtration units that try to sound sophisticated, but are in fact inferior to HEPA type systems. As a result, for allergy sufferers or anyone looking to clean the air as they clean their home, the Mighty Mite is a great choice.
But not only is this a powerful canister that comes with HEPA filtration and handy tools – it’s also very lightweight, clocking in at roughly 9 pounds. That makes this canister one of the more powerful lightweight options out there, and a great choice for someone looking for lots of maneuverability.
Eureka S3681D Sanitaire Mighty Mite Reviews
At the time of this writing, the Mighty Mite has earned an impressive average satisfaction rating of 4.4 out of 5.0 on amazon.com based on 10 reviews. Here are some actual, representative excerpts from these reviews that sum up the generally feeling toward this model:
- “This is a great vacuum. If it had one of those beater heads for carpets it would be the perfect vacuum. The suction is strong and powerful. It sucks up anything which can be a problem if you drop say your keys on the floor.”
- “This is a great vacuum…convenient, works well with good suction.”
- “….not an electrolux or a Bosch but it is an efficient powerful canister that will take some abuse.”
- “has strong suction and runs more quietly than most small vacuums.”
- “Great value. Lightweight. Great suction power.”
As you can see, virtually all of the reviewers were either very pleased or utterly amazed at the power of this little canister despite its very light weight. They also noted that it was quiet, compact and provided great value. The only negatives were that its hoses were a bit temperamental and it was not as good on high-pile carpeting or pet hair as they would have hoped. Nevertheless, overall the reviewers were highly satisfied.
Price & Value
This is where the little Eureka S3681D Sanitaire really shines. This canister’s list price is about $199.99 but can be usually be found for a significant discount. At these prices, we think this canister provides unusual value, especially for such a powerful and lightweight model that comes with a sealed HEPA filter.
Concluding Thoughts & Opinions
If you want a canister vacuum that performs like a much more expensive model and brings premium-grade suction and a remarkably compact and lightweight design, then the Eureka S3681D Sanitaire Mighty Mite is a great choice that offers fantastic value. Indeed, just the high-quality sealed HEPA filtration system alone puts this model ahead of most similarly-priced options.
Perhaps the only drawback of this model is that it is not quite as effective on high-pile carpeting and pet hair as some of the more expensive canisters. Nevertheless, for virtually all other work, it is excellent and is very unlikely to disappoint.