Central Vacuum System Reviews

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When it comes to vacuuming the house, few people would say that they look forward to it. The traditional, upright vacuuming systems are bulky and carrying them around just to blast off the dust from each corner of your house is understandably a daunting chore.

Lucky for you, there is an alternative: central vacuum systems! They are essentially built to extract dirt from your house in a way that will preserve your indoor air quality.Unlike the upright vacuum types that tend to stir up dust and contaminate the air, central vacuums direct all the debris to an out-of-the way canister, preferably located in the basement or in the garage. In place of a large and bulky vacuuming unit, you only need to carry a very light power brush linked to a retractable hose that allows you to easily dust off every nook in your house.

If you are looking to buy a central system but are unsure about terminology and features, you came to the right place. We’ve put together reviews to make it easy for you to compare the most important features. Further down, we explain the basics and terminology for the even more curious shopper.

Overview

There are numerous systems on the market, from the high-end household names, to other less known brands. We are using 5 industry criteria to rank the different types in our review.

These criteria include:

  • Air watts
  • Filtration system
  • Dirt capacity
  • Noise level
  • Suction power
  • Ratings out of 5 points

Below is a quick summary of the in-depth central vaccums review that follows:

System

Watts

Filtration

Capacity

Noise 

Suction 


Power Star PS705

powerstar ps705 central vacuum

600

Bag Filters

4 gallons

76 dba

125 

ElectroLux
PU3650

electrolux vacuum

600

self cleaning HEPA

4 gallons

72.5 dba

140 

Prolux CV12000

powerstar ps705 central vacuum

-

Micron and HEPA

6.85 gallons

-

130 

Imperium CV300

review of the imperium central vacuum system

740

Cyclonic

6.25 gallons

58 dba

128

AIRVAC AVR24000 Red Series

airvac avr 7500 review

627

Micron

5 gallons

64 dba

123

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powerstar ps705 central vacuum

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PowerStar is a staple in the industry; it is known for its sturdiness and high performance. The PowerStar PS705 is one of this brand’s 5th generation central vacuums and it has certainly exceeded the high standards already set by previous generations of vacuum systems.

The PowerStar PS705 is ideal for homes up to 7,000 square feet in size. This cleaning system utilizes an Ametek motor, which provides incredible suction power, enough to guarantee thorough and convenient cleaning of different surfaces in large-sized homes.

With a foam dome lid, dense foam insulation and deafening muffler, the PowerStar central vacuum model PS705 has taken adequate steps to ensure quiet operation with noise levels at 76 decibels.

This vacuum cleaner also comes with an inbuilt utility inlet valve strategically placed on the front of the vacuum to make cleaning your car or garage completely hassle-free. The PS705 meets and exceeds HEPA filtration requirements to protect your family from the effects of allergens and dirt.

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electrolux vacuum

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The Electrolux PU3650 QuietClean is built for convenience, performance and peace of mind. With up to 600 air watts of cleaning power, this central vacuum is suitable for removing dust and allergens from homes as large as 8,000 square foot.

If you hate changing filters, the Electrolux QuietClean PU3650 is one vacuum you certainly do not want to miss out on. It comes with a self-cleaning filter that does not require any changing at all. While this is indeed a powerful central vacuum, you do not have to worry about noise as the vacuum is built with sound-resistant technology.

The Electrolux CS3000 central vacuum accessory kit allows you to thoroughly clean even the most hidden areas of any room with its 35 volt crushproof hose, dusting brush, crevice tool, 38 inch telescopic wand, hose hanger and upholstery tool.

One of the best features of this Electrolux model is its LCD display, which lets you track the system’s performance and alerts you when you need to empty the dirt canister. The Electrolux QuietClean Model PU3650 features a utility inlet located on the front of the unit, allowing you the convenience of cleaning your car and garage without a fuss. A small window on the dirt canister allows you to keep an eye on the dirt level. For that added peace of mind, the PU3650 comes with a 10 year warranty.

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electrolux vacuum

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Are you looking for a tried and tested central vacuum cleaner for a large home or commercial space? There is a good reason why the Prolux CV12000 is considered one of the most powerful vacuuming systems in the industry—from utilizing the best motor to boasting a powder-coated steel body, this is certainly a worthwhile investment.

With a 2-stage motor by Ametek, the Prolux CV12000 is able to produce impressive suction power rated at 150 CFM. The best part is that this powerful motor is protected by a 10 year warranty to give you peace of mind.

This central vacuum comes equipped with an outlet that allows you to plug a hose directly to the vacuum so you can easily clean up your garage or car. It also utilizes three levels of filtration i.e. a washable Micron filter, a washable HEPA filter and a bagless dirt receptacle, ensuring that all fine dust and allergens are filtered out.

What’s more, you can conveniently monitor the level of dirt using the clear window located on the receptacle.The Prolux CV12000 is built using the industry’s best steel with a powder coat and scratch resistant paint finish. This justifies the amazing 25 year warranty offered on all steel body parts.

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review of the imperium central vacuum system

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It is not common to find a central vacuum system that will give you the right specs at just the right price. However, the Imperium CV300 does just that—few vacuum cleaners come close to this one in terms of performance and price. Whatever your home layout, this paper bagged central vacuum system guarantees quick installation while its HEP filtration preserves the quality of your indoor air by ensuring it is free of dirt and allergens.

The CV300 boasts an all-steel construction made from galvannealed steel. This type of steel comes from combining the annealing and galvanization process to produce a super fine matte finish that is rust proof. On top of the matte finish is a powder-coated finish which double proofs the unit from rust, and wear and tear to guarantee high quality service for years to come.

The Imperium Power Unit CV300 model utilizes a flo-thru motor by Ametek-lamb, who are the leading manufacturers of central vacuum motors. It also comes with 740 of air watts enough to clean up a home measuring up to 6,000 square feet in size. This central vacuum is proudly made in America by a manufacturer with more than 50 years’ experience.

For absolute peace of mind, the Imperium central vacuum comes with a 10 year warranty. Few central vacuum systems will offer you such value for money and power all at the same time.

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airvac avr 7500 review

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The AVR24000 AirVac series is ideal for both small and medium sized houses. While the Platinum AirVac vacuum comes with bags, this Red Series is a bag-less cleaning system. Nevertheless, this vac is ideal if you are looking for something that is easy to handle and store, thanks to its modular shape.

Installing the AVR24000 AirVac is pretty easy as you can connect the exhaust and the intake outlets from either side. Also the electrical port is placed at the front of the hose, making it super easy for you to connect the hose to the main power unit as you clean your house.

What makes the AVR24000 AirVac so efficient in maintaining indoor quality is the fabric filtration that is permanently attached. The filter can sequester debris as small as 0.1 micron. The dirt receptacle can hold about 6 gallons of dirt but you will find that emptying the canister is quite easy due to the effortlessly detachable latches that hold the receptacle to the power unit.

This system guarantees a lower noise level as it comes with mufflers that can be installed within the walls during the tubing process. These will significantly minimize the level of noise when your vacuum is switched on.

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