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234 of 238 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2011
I had Electrolux EL6989A Oxygen Ultra for five and a half years and I liked it; however the quality of the wand wasn't as good so it was time to replace it (even tho I could just replace the wand since vacuum still working). So I got Dyson DC33 and after 2 days of use it went back to the store - it's a complete failure if you used to canister :)
After that I decided to pull the trigger on Electrolux UltraActive. I couldn't find any reviews on it; I was only able to find specs and based on that it has more power 2100W vs 1400w in my old one, and also new design for the wand and motorized brush head.
So I placed an order on kohls.com and after I got it I was pretty surprised how good it is with a few quirks :)
Pros:
- It's much quieter than my old Electrolux vacuum
- New updated design of the wand and brush head seems more durable
- It doesn't use bags (it's bagless vacuum)
- It is way more powerful than the old one
Quirks:
- After you push the power button - it takes a second or so for it to turn on - at first I kept pressing power and thought it was broken, but it is just the way it works. Press it once and it will start. I had to get used to it, but it's not a big deal.
- Because it is so powerful, when I set it to the Max power the cover of the hepa filter kept popping up first couple of times, but after that I figured how to lock it in place so now it's fine.
I haven't find any cons and I like it very much. It is very compact, nice looking vacuum with good maneuverability and power. Everything you need from the vacuum cleaner.
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166 of 169 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2011
Color Name: CopperVerified Purchase
I just purchased this vacuum after much research to replace my 13 year old vacuum that finally bit the dust. Overall I am very satisfied with it's performance. Since I was very used to my previous vacuum, albeit very old, I used this new vacuum with an eye of scrutiny.
Pros:
Love that it is bag-less and you can see exactly what and how much it picks up. Feels very sturdy though not overly heavy. I have both hard floors and carpet. Love the large hard floor attachment, I can cover the floor much faster and despite its size is still very maneuverable in tight spots. The carpet brush picks up excellent yet thin enough to get under beds and most furniture and still very maneuverable. Canister is very easy to dump out contents.
Cons:
The cord could have been a little longer compared to my old vacuum. I have to use a couple different outlets in order to reach all the surface areas. While I do love the size of the hard floor attachment, the suction is not as great and I will have to go over stuff it won't pick up the first time several times for it to pick up. I've noticed the crevice tool stored in the handle tends to fall out while I am vacuuming. My biggest beef is with storing it. To wrap up the hose and hold it together with the attached bungee cord is a joke. My previous vacuum stored all its attachments on the canister for easy access when vacuuming and storage. Not so with this one. There is no place to store the hard floor attachment or the furniture nozzle attachment. The bungee cord does not hold any of it down. After taking several minutes trying to wrap it all together, I picked it up and it all came undone. So despite Electrolux's recommended storage solution, I end up just leaving the hose attached to the wand and the carpet brush. Then just putting the other 2 attachments on the floor next to it in the closet. Not crazy about this but for it's overall excellent performance I can live with it.

2 Months Later update:
Now that the excited newness of the vacuum has worn off, I am pretty frustrated with the lack of suction with the hard floor attachment. Please note that I empty the canister after each use. My kids tracked in a bunch of tiny pebbles and small bits of dried mud that the vacuum won't pick up unless I detach the whole telescoping wand and suck them up individually with the handle itself. All the hard floor attachment does it push around anything that is heavier than dust bunnies. I also am having a problem with the attachments that are stored in the handle constantly falling out while I am vacuuming. I am seriously considering returning this because my entire downstairs is hard floor and this vacuum only works great on carpet. I love it's performance cleaning the carpet.
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112 of 114 people found the following review helpful
Color Name: Copper
YES FOLKS, this is not grandma's Electrolux! It is an Electrolux... Not Electrolux of America which was an entirely different company... This is Electrolux of Europe, which also owns the Eureka Company here in the U.S.A.

If you're looking for the original American made LUX, it's now called Aerus Lux. I am a vacuum service technician, and the LUX reviewed here is one of the most effective deep cleaning cannister vacuums available. It is so satifying to use! Now there are issues the consumer should be aware of...

First when you turn it on, it starts up slowly. This is a good thing, as the motor is brought up to speed slowly, and this will contrubute to longer motor life on the main suction motor. Unfortunately, The Electrolux has some puzzling problems which can contrubute to downtime. If you use the product gently, without housekeeper assitance, then the vacuum can certainly hold up fairly well for many years. But, there are possible issues with this and other similar E'LUX models that can most certainly contibute to owner consternation.

OK.... As you see in other comments, the wand can be quite problematic. The most troublesome issue is it's tendency to short out internally, sending a spike into the main control board. I have acually had 4 or 5 wands do the same thing on the same vacuum in for repair.

Another frequent problem is hose failure. This is not as frequent as the wand problem.

NOW, a very prevelent problem area is the power nozzle, which is a bit fragile, and is very difficult to work on. The problems that come up with frequent regularity are in the Elbow, Foot release and the Height adjustment components. The release and height adjustment should be used gently. These are all plastic assemblies, and if you're rough on these parts, they will fail.

Keep in mind that the vacuum has a three year warranty parts and labor. Electrolux is very good about handling warranty issues.

Call Electrolux, if you need to take it to the Warranty Station... follow up every few days. If they cannot fix the problem, and if you're contantly having to take your unit back over and over again, Eletrolux will usually replace the entire unit.

NOW, If you're looking for grandmother's lux, you will not find it here. They do make a copy of the old Lux that is quite effective and with reasonable care these units can last with very little maintenance for a decade or more. It's called the Perfect. A bit hard to find... It is very reliable, and still uses a metal main housing, and best of all it's far more powerful then the original Lux that it duplicates.
About $650.00 to $699.95 at your local vacuum shop. If you've ever been home pitched on a TriStar, the PERFECT is a better choice at less than half the Tristar money.
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62 of 67 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2011
We wanted to replace our 10 year old upright. I did a lot of research and am very glad I picked this vacuum. We needed a compact vacuum that was good on hardwood floors, area rugs and wall to wall carpet. Also, a hepa filter for my allergic dog. This is a powerful vacuum, I could not believe the dirt we got up that our old vacuum was missing. You can turn off the beater bar on the handle when going from carpet to hardwood or to save the fringe on rugs. It also has a nice big floor brush for hardwood and tile. If you suck up a shoelace or cord it shuts off immediatly to save your belt. The bagless dirt cup is very easy to empty. The length of the wand is adjustable for people of different heights. It's very light and easy to maneuver. It has slow start technology which is better for the motor, so it appears to hesitate when turned on. But, do not accidently pick up the vacuum by the dirt cup handle as it will fall with a crash. Another nice feature is the handle pivots flat to vacuum under beds and furniture. We've had this vacuum about six weeks and it's the best I've ever used.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2012
Color Name: CopperVerified Purchase
I hate vacuuming. Almost as much as I hate dirty floors. I've been using a Kenmore upright vacuum for probably 7 years now. It still works. But I bought it when I lived in a small carpeted apartment. Now I live in a large house with hardwood floors and rugs on the upper floors, and a carpeted downstairs. And the upright just got to be so heavy, especially when the bag would start to fill up.

I have cats and a dog, so there's a lot of fur in my house. There's also a lot of cat litter that gets spread around and dirt and leaves that the dog inevitably brings in. I'd have to go over and over the mess with the Kenmore on the hardwood floors and it was just a pain to pick anything up. It would blow it all over the place and only suck up half on the first go-over. It did do fine on carpet though.

This Electrolux vacuum does perfectly on hardwood! It really surprised me. It is so maneuverable and has amazing suction! The carpet/hardwood attachment fits under beds and also over the vents in the floor perfectly without trouble, something my Kenmore couldn't do. It sucks up the dirt like it's supposed to on the first go-over, leaving few situations where I need to vacuum the same area twice. And it does wonderfully on rugs and carpet too! The vacuum is light so that I can vacuum the carpeted stairs no problem and carry it up and down the stairs with ease. The hose has a very good reach and the fact that you can empty the canister of dirt every few rooms is wonderful because it keeps the weight of the vacuum down, which is what was really important to me. The fact that there's no place to store all of the attachments on the vacuum is actually a plus, I think, as it also helps keeps the weight down. Most people will only need the main vacuum attachment and the two small attachments that are on the hose for routine vacuuming.

I vacuumed with my Kenmore four days prior to receiving this Electrolux. I tried my Elecrolux as soon as I got it and was really surprised how much extra dirt and fur it picked up!

I really hate vacuuming, but Electrolux has made me hate it a lot less. And everyone that I've talked to about my new vacuum has had nothing but positive comments about Electrolux, stating that their mothers or grandmothers used Electrolux vacuums for years. My parents still have a working Electrolux vacuum of my grandmother's from 30+ years ago! I should've gotten an Electrolux sooner. It's definitely worth the money!

***UPDATE***

CLEAN YOUR WASHABLE FILTER OFTEN TO MAINTAIN GREAT SUCTION!!

If you have a lot of pet hair in your house like me, you MUST clean the washable filter on the canister unit after each vacuuming, or at the very least every other vacuuming depending on how big your house is and how much pet hair you have. If you do not clean the filter (which is very easy to do), it will accumulate so much hair and dust that it will greatly reduce the vacuum's suction.

When you remove the canister, the filter on the back will look clean but don't be fooled! Remove it, and the other side will be caked with dirt and absolutely filthy! It's basically like a sponge so just wash it in your sink, wring it out a bit and then let it dry out (which doesn't take very long). Very easy and simple. This filter really works considering how clogged it gets! lol
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2011
Color Name: CopperVerified Purchase
I bought the Electrolux EL4300A canister vac to replace the Dyson Pet hair vac I had, and there is no comparison between the two. The Electrolux has great suction using the floor attachment and while using the wand atachments. Switching from floor to attachement is extremely easy and fast. Hose length is very long and the wand extends out an additional 2 feet if you need it. It has a headlight, so you can see what you are cleaning. The height of the floor attachment is low emough to go under toe boards and can easily fit under most furniture. The canister is somewhat small, but no worries because it can still hold a lot. Emptying is a snap. Self rewinding cord is nice to have. Works great on carpet or wood. Canister vax pulls aroung easily with 2 large rear wheels. This is a keeper.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2012
Color Name: CopperVerified Purchase
I have owned this vacuum cleaner since 2012. What I thought I was purchasing was an Electrolux. It's not an Electrolux but rather a Eureka. Electrolux sold their name and Eureka markets their vacuums with the Electrolux name. The vacuum works okay, has good suction and cleans well. There are a few things I don't like about it. The dirt canister is very small and has to be changed alot during any cleaning you are doing, i.e. I have to dump the dirst canister 2-3x just doing my family room. The sponge needs to be cleaned on a regular basis also. If sponge gets very dirty the suction is not up to par. Two years into owning this machine the mechanism that keeps the wand upright broke so if I need to let the vacuum sit by itself it falls over. I also had to take it in for repair because one of the wires on the inside disconnected (I found this out after the repair was done) so the beater bars didn't work at all. Now a little plastic piece where the wand connects into the vacuum part broke and it's totally out of commission. I had to take it in again for repairs and it's still in the shop. If you want to purchase a real Electrolux they now go by the name of Aerus. I found all of this information from our local vacuum cleaner dealer/repair. This guy is very knowledgeable about all brands of vacuums. In fact, if you want a vacuum that is comparable to and Aerus, he recommended Simplicity. He gave one to me as a loaner while mine is in the shop and it is fantastic!!!! It has double suction and even sucks stuff up along baseboards. I have NEVER owned a vacuum that picks dirt, or in my case, dog hair, along a baseboard edge. I also tested it on my braided rug in my laundry area that dog hair gets weaved into it. One swipe and hair was gone. Never before have I had a vacuum that could do that. It's pricey at 1100.00, but I am seriously considering buying one.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 2011
Color Name: CopperVerified Purchase
I am glad that I read the reviews before purchasing my Electrolux because there is a slight delay when first starting. I love this machine! I bought a cheap vacuum about 3 months ago from Walmart and it didn't pick up much. I am always cleaning my house and didn't think it would be that bad. I had to empty the Electrolux canister 3 times! I use to wake up stuffy in the morning and knew something was wrong, but not anymore! I can't believe I was breathing in all that dirt. Also I love the light. I can get under the beds and see where I'm at. You would not be sorry with this purchase. WONDERFUL
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2012
Color Name: Copper
Purchased this about 15 months ago. We have had a base model Riccar upright for about 8 years now. Still a workhorse. Bought the Electrolux to do steps and glued down low pile carpet in the basement. At first I thought there was something wrong with it because it had poor suction, but then realized the suction strength slider on the top was moved over to minimum. Really, who needs it? I'm always checking it to make sure it hasn't gotten inadvertently pushed back. One of these days I'm going to glue or tape it on max permanently.

Even with the suction on max it does a poor job of picking up dirt. Even though it is "bagless" it has four filters the air has to pass through. One washable foam filter about an inch thick, a thin fiber filter, an expensive HEPA filter and then another 3/4 inch thick foam filter! My Riccar only has the disposable paper filter and then a thin 1/4" foam filter (in case the bag fails). The suction is so pathetic I finally took out the HEPA filter, which helped immensely even though it looked perfectly clean.

The power cord is only about 20' long. Really annoying when you are used to a 30' cord. The flexible hose is also short, which means you are constantly jerking on it to pull the vacuum around.

My next complaint was the oval hose attachments. I can understand a need for machine specific attachments if you need power on the attachment, but the only one with a motor is the brush head. I can't use any of my older round hose attachments with this vac. Plus the electrolux attachments are not that good and there is no place to store them on the vac. So they get lost or are no where near when you need them. The overly hyped hose storage on the vac is just a bungee cord. And it doesn't work that well. Years ago I purchased a 15' hose extension. It barely works on the Electrolux, but it does get by. Makes a world of difference not having to constantly tug on the vacuum when doing hard floors. And I can use my older (and better) attachments with it.

As far as the vacuum quality of the powered brush head on carpet, it doesn't compare to the Riccar, even with the HEPA filter removed. The brush doesn't vibrate the carpet at all, it only scratches it which means the dirt comes flying out the back of the brush head instead. The Riccar vibrates the carpet, causing the dirt to become airborne enough for the suction to pick it up. Not the Electrolux. Instead it just pulls the head forward on the carpet and makes it difficult to maneuver. The only thing good about it is it's ability to vacuum under furniture. But any canister vac can do that.

And the coup de gras is the fact that the vacuum won't stay perched on a step while vacuuming. This is why I bought a canister vac - because the upright was clumsy on steps. My guess is Electrolux didn't invent the step hook feature, but made a poor imitation of it. So now I struggle to use it on the basement steps and use the upright on the upstairs steps.

The only upside to this thing is that I can use it in my furnace room like a shop vac. It fills up quick, but is easy enough to dump. I wouldn't pay more than $100 for it if I had to buy it again, but then I wouldn't.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on July 30, 2011
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This vacuum cleaner has exceeded my expectations. It is very efficient, and cleans deeper and better then any vacuum cleaner my wife has owned. The motor runs very quiet. The Electrolux EL4300A is very easy to maneuver. Well pleased with our purchase.
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