Electrolux EL5020A Intensity Upright Vacuum Cleaner
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- Upright vacuum cleaner with 12 amp motor and 3-inch air path for maximum suction
- Fingertip controls; carpet and bare-floor modes; 12-inch-wide cleaning path
- Helpful indicator lights; adjustable-height telescopic handle for comfortable use
- HEPA filtration; 1-quart bag capacity; bi-fold handle; retractable 21-foot cord
- Measures 17 by 12 by 14 inches when folded down; 2-year warranty
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The collapsing design is a nice feature. It folds up into a neat little package that fits easily on a closet floor without running into the coats. I love the controls on the top of the handle. You can go from bare floor to carpet with the touch of a button. The cord retracts nicely. The bag is easy to change, though a bit small, well, because the vacuum is small.
I discovered a nice fail-safe feature when I tried to finish the room when the full bag light was on. The vacuum shut off. I waited a bit to let it cool down, changed the bag, and it started right up. So pay attention to that light.
Overall, the design is fantastic. A couple improvements though would make it even better. For it's small size, light weight and those big wheels, it doesn't corner all that easily. The front is nice and flat and has an edge for going under cabinets, but since the front is the same width as the back, you can't go straight under cabinets. You have to go at an angle and keep adjusting the position. So making the front part a little wider than the back would make going under cabinets a breeze.
Also, if it didn't have that big carrying handle on the top of the canister, it would vacuum right under the bed. The handle isn't positioned well anyway for doing stairs, because when you hold it by the handle to maneuver on stairs, it's too back heavy and tips back.Read more ›
Y'know the other review, where the person talks about filling a bag on the first go? You figure they must either be a reforming 'dirty person' or exaggerating. It seems a stretch. Whelp - I'm no 'dirty person' of any kind, and when I was through the living room and midway through the bedroom the 'change bag' light came on. I sighed, figuring that the sensor was off, and tugged off the cover to check it.
Whaddaya know? Full to the brim with stuff I had *no* idea had been hiding from my other vacuum. Ew.
I went through one more bag. I vacuumed three rooms. You do the math.
My carpet looks pretty splendid this morning. Needless to say, I'm pleased. I never woulda thunk it, but I wish I'd bought this thing when I first noticed it so the equivalent of the two bags of crud that went down the trash chute wouldn't be in my lungs right now.
I love the fact that it is so simple in design without all of the hoses and attachments.
All I ever did with the hoses and attachments on my old Hoover was trip over them, Struggle with them, and curse at them when they fell all over the place.
As for the small bag, larger bags just reduce suction. Also, the dirt inside larger bags just collects, then the dirt begins to stink and whenever you turn on the vac it smells.
Small bag is the way to go.
Excellent product, you wont be disappointed.
The Electrolux does not have as many settings and gadgets as my older vacuum. It does not have a hose and attachments, which is ok with me since I have a Dust Buster which I've used instead of the attachments for some time. I personally don't like fooling with bulky hoses and attachments.
It cleans much better that my old vacuum, leaving my 15 year old carpets looking fresh and clean. It transitions easily from carpets to hardwood and tile surfaces at the touch of a button. I have seen some reviews complaining about the length of the cord. The cord is just under 20 feet (yes, I measured it myself before purchasing), plenty long for my needs. And the cord retracts, so it is completely out of the way when being transported or stored.
The best part of the design is the compactness of it. It can literally be folded up and put away when not in use. I highly recommend it to anyone that needs a very good vacuum that doesn't take up much storage space.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Don't buy it. We threw it away. We had it fixed and was told it was not made for American plugs. The repair person fixed it for free and told me that he didn't know how long... Read morePublished on July 12, 2014 by VICKI395
Wheels fell off in a week. Very hard to get just right on the tension. Hard to move around. Much better vacs out there for the moneyPublished on November 26, 2013 by Mickey
...perfect design, interesting, if would be car, it would be Corvette of vacuum cleaners...vacuum Corvette with weight is of semi track (for men only), with short cord... Read morePublished on May 22, 2013 by Kellie
Bought this out of desperation at a local hardware store in my tiny hometown. Our vacuum blew up last Sunday and I really didn't want to drive the 30 miles to the nearest box-store... Read morePublished on July 17, 2011 by Sarilare7484
Thought this was a good little vacuum until it started to smoke. Think the cord was just not properly attached as that's where the plume of smoke came from. Read morePublished on April 17, 2011 by Magie
First the hate:
Yes, what everyone else comments about on this vacuum really is true. The cord is too short. The profile is to high to get under beds. Read more
Beautiful design aesthetically, & it does clean more deeply than standard vacuums, possibly as it says because the bag is located within the roller unit near to the ground, or i... Read morePublished on January 6, 2011 by nopotato
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