Although there have been repeated attempts to define the concept of an Archimedean algebra for individual classes of residuated lattices, there is no all-purpose definition that suits the general case. We suggest as a possible candidate the notion of a normal-valued and *e*-cyclic residuated lattice that has the *zero radical compact property*—namely, a normal-valued and *e*-cyclic residuated lattice in which every principal convex subuniverse has a trivial radical (understood as the intersection of all its maximal convex subuniverses). We characterize the Archimedean members in the variety of *e*-cyclic residuated lattices, as well as in various special cases of interest. A theorem to the effect that each Archimedean and prelinear GBL-algebra is commutative, subsuming as corollaries several analogous results from the recent literature, is grist to the mill of our proposal’s adequacy. Finally, we revisit the concept of a *hyper-Archimedean* residuated lattice, another notion with which researchers have engaged from disparate angles, and investigate some of its properties.