We have a Eureka and it worked just fine, according to our personal experience and the opinion of the certified state environmental lead inspector that examined everything. I don't know what model it is, it does have a cannister. I'm sure it doesn't work as well as the very expensive one, but my aim was not to remove every micron of lead- that's not the direction where I point my anxiety. And, we would not have had money to move if we spent it on a perfect vacuum. Lead poisoning is more prevalent in lower income housing, so I encourage any poorer mamas who might read this thread to still go for the Eureka if it's all they can afford. We were in quite a dangerous lead situation at the time, and dd's lead went down 9 points in one week after we got the Eureka vaccuum. I concur with the previous assessment of the filter on it. It really is no big deal to take it outside, put the cannister in a plastic bag, seal it and shake, etc. The first few times we went very far from the house, and washed hands and clothes afterwards. Now that our lead situation is better, we still go outside, but don't have to be as paranoid. Those vacuums you all described sound awesome, though.
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6/22/05 at 11:56pm