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What is the quietest vacuum cleaner of all time, and what is the noisiest? "Discuss."
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Post# 966   9/10/2006 at 09:48 (4,086 days old) by charles~richard ()        

Continuing my chat in the "LUX" thread about noisy vacuum cleaners and diverting it to this new thread.

This can of course apply to both vintage and current machines.






Post# 975 , Reply# 1   9/10/2006 at 10:51 (4,086 days old) by compactelectra (Rancho Mirage, CA - New home of the Obamas)        
Model G

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The winner hands down. Only one would be considered quieter in my opinion and that would be the Hospital G due to the added filter. I agree Charles, the whooosh of the airflow is definitely louder than the sound of the motor itself. Truly Electrolux at its best. The beauty is they still sell the hoses (albeit vinyl-but still excellent quality.) You can add a more modern power nozzle and you have one hell of a machine.

Noisiest of my vintage machines would have to be the Bison. Jeez, that thing sounds like a jet engine taking off. The Bison roundup is going to be the theme for the Omaha convention. People will see what a beast that machine was. Kirbys have to fall somewhere at this end of the range as well, especially the Classic series.


Post# 976 , Reply# 2   9/10/2006 at 11:00 (4,086 days old) by compactelectra (Rancho Mirage, CA - New home of the Obamas)        
Here's My Hospital G

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Definitely a candidate for a restoration. Tom Gasko rebuilt the motor for me and it has been patiently waiting for a beauty treatment. This may be the first restoration project for the site.

Post# 977 , Reply# 3   9/10/2006 at 11:01 (4,086 days old) by compactelectra (Rancho Mirage, CA - New home of the Obamas)        
Front Shot

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Definitely not glam.

Post# 981 , Reply# 4   9/10/2006 at 12:08 (4,086 days old) by myvacsrock (Dayton, OH)        

I think that the quietest vacuum ever made is the hoover connie model 86 i do not even know i'm using it when i do i talk on the phone all the time when i do!!!

Kyle K.


Post# 982 , Reply# 5   9/10/2006 at 12:21 (4,086 days old) by vintagehoover (NJ)        

My Hoover Model 543 is practically silent in use - without a doubt it's the quietest I've used! Barely louder than the Model O in the video in the 'see it clean' section. The brushroll vibrating the carpet makes a louder noise than the motor!

Post# 983 , Reply# 6   9/10/2006 at 12:34 (4,086 days old) by swingette ()        

the older Panasonic uprights are very quiet too!

Post# 989 , Reply# 7   9/10/2006 at 12:59 (4,085 days old) by myhooverco ()        

One of the quietest canister that I have is my model 42 Areodyne and it has good suction. I could easily hear the radio and clean with it. I still prefer an upright though in which case I would say that Hoover's 700 was very quiet...just the tapping beater bars is all that is heard.

--Tom


Post# 990 , Reply# 8   9/10/2006 at 13:13 (4,085 days old) by convertible68 ()        

All of the metal-body Electroluxes, whether early or late, are quiet in my opinion, with just a "whooshing" of air and the gentle hum of the motor. My 1956 Model S is quiet as it is with an open exhaust port, so I can only imagine what a Hospital G sounds like!

The vintage Constellations seem to have a very quiet motor as well, which is probably due to the exhaust blowing downward.

One thing I do like about both is that while they're very quiet, the suction and airflow are second to none. I know some have commented in the past about how the Connies aren't all that powerful, but I disagree.

--Austin


Post# 991 , Reply# 9   9/10/2006 at 13:33 (4,085 days old) by convertible68 ()        
Almost forgot...

While the Hoover Celebrity is a VERY powerful canister, there is a tradeoff to that...it is also quite noisy. Sounds just like my Shop-Vacs with a moderately "whiny" motor.

The absolute loudest vacuum I have, however, is the Eureka 102 electric broom from the 70's, shown below...has the highest-pitched whine I've ever heard. Anyone who has used one of these will know where I'm coming from. Someone mentioned on AW.org that this used the same "blender" motor as the 1400-series uprights.


Post# 993 , Reply# 10   9/10/2006 at 15:03 (4,085 days old) by timborow (Georgia)        

My Electrolux Super J is very quiet. Especially after I took it apart and cleaned the fans. Kenmore's Magic Blue vacuum is also a very quiet running vacuum. My Miele upright has variable speeds. When it is on low it is extremely quiet. The loudest vacuum I have ever used is probably a Dirt Devil Feather Lite. That is one screaming machine. Orecks are also way too loud. Tim

Post# 996 , Reply# 11   9/10/2006 at 17:59 (4,085 days old) by convertible68 ()        
More on noise...

I noticed in the other thread and in this one how some said that Kirbys tend to lean toward the noisy side as well. However, even though they're not whisper-quiet, I don't think mine (1983 ComVac 1300, 1988 Heritage II/Legend, 1998 G5) are ultra-loud either and have a pleasant sound to them. Especially the ComVac with its Sanitronic-style body; reminds me a lot of the early models.

Fred, interesting how you mention the Classic "big nozzle" series being louder than most. I had a 1980 Tradition for a while (nicknamed it "Jaws" like in Mr. Mom) that just ROARED, even though there were no broken fan blades and it ran smoothly. After the height was lowered properly and the nozzle "stuck" to the carpet it did muffle the noise a little bit.


Post# 999 , Reply# 12   9/10/2006 at 20:22 (4,085 days old) by eluxomarty (Palm Springs)        

Filter Queen Model 31

Post# 1001 , Reply# 13   9/10/2006 at 20:23 (4,085 days old) by eluxomarty (Palm Springs)        

My 31

Post# 1002 , Reply# 14   9/10/2006 at 20:24 (4,085 days old) by eluxomarty (Palm Springs)        
Electrolux G

The G's are pretty quiet especially the Hospital G

Post# 1003 , Reply# 15   9/10/2006 at 20:26 (4,085 days old) by eluxomarty (Palm Springs)        
Hear what I mean?

Mark Turbyfill and Evan Rogers want to know if it's on!

Post# 1030 , Reply# 16   9/10/2006 at 21:26 (4,085 days old) by converto-skip ()        
Speaking of Bison

Here a pic of mine andf it was brand new in the box with all attachments

Post# 1063 , Reply# 17   9/11/2006 at 00:41 (4,085 days old) by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        
Quietest Vacuum

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I have to agree on the Lux G. Also, the AE and 30 are really quiet, too, as well as the Filter Queen 350 and the Electro-Hygiene 966. Connies are fairly quiet, but not as quiet as the others I've mentioned.
On the noisy side, in addition to Kirbys, I've seen some GEs and Eurekas that are among the noisiest vacs I've seen.


Post# 1067 , Reply# 18   9/11/2006 at 01:41 (4,085 days old) by dualsanitronic (depere wisconsin)        
Bissell does more than whistle

Nasty Bissells ROAR as do the Riccar Supralites,though the Riccar is great in performance.

Post# 1073 , Reply# 19   9/11/2006 at 07:47 (4,085 days old) by hoover1060 ()        
some neat vacuums...

Nobody has yet mentioned the old Singer twin fan uprights, expecially the all plastic ones of the later 70's and 80's made for Sears and under the "Singer System" name. They were screamers!
I'd also add the Hoover Concept One and Elite to that list, as well as the Windtunnel for noisy machines.

For quiet I'd have to say Electrolux tanks are good(their uprights are noisy) and for a quiet upright a well tuned Hoover Convertible is positiveliy musical to listen to!


Post# 1076 , Reply# 20   9/11/2006 at 08:14 (4,085 days old) by converto-skip ()        
Electrolux Model G

I have to agree with the majority the lux G is the quietest of all vacuums

Skip...


Post# 1086 , Reply# 21   9/11/2006 at 13:18 (4,084 days old) by andy (Boston, MA)        
convertible

"for a quiet upright a well tuned Hoover Convertible is positiveliy musical to listen to!"

I'll second that. As a child, the only Convertibles I had experienced were well-used plastic versions which roared.

I'll never forget when I was in my late teens and I put new bearings in a metal Convertible from the 60's, and I just couldn't stop using it, because I loved the sweet purring noise it made.


Post# 1087 , Reply# 22   9/11/2006 at 14:02 (4,084 days old) by luxg ()        

Of course my vote goes to the Lux G as well!!

Post# 1091 , Reply# 23   9/11/2006 at 14:23 (4,084 days old) by timborow (Georgia)        

I wish these vacuum companies would start considering noise as a factor when building their new vacuums. I would think a 4 amp motor would be much cheaper to produce than a 12 amp. We all know that 4 amps on an upright is plently to clean a rug or bare floor, why do they insist on pushing these screaming 12 ampers? A 7 amp canister with good insulation around the motor would purr and clean just as well as these new 12 amps. I sure wish they would reconsider?

By the way, do any of you know if there is any material that can be used to insulate an Oreck motor to make it quieter?
Tim


Post# 1097 , Reply# 24   9/11/2006 at 14:47 (4,084 days old) by robbytuck ()        
besides Filter Queen...

How about the Modern Hygene tank from the early '50's. My grandmother had one and I remember how very quiet it was!


Best to all,

Bob


Post# 1104 , Reply# 25   9/11/2006 at 15:47 (4,084 days old) by charles~richard ()        
Modern Hygiene

I have a Modern Hygiene and don't think it's particularly quiet! The louvers on the back end do diffuse the sound somewhat but since there is no rear filter or cover back there, the sound of the motor is pretty clear and direct. It's a gorgeous machine though!

Of course, since it's really just a Royal in "fancy dress," that's exactly what it sounds like -- a contemporaneous Royal tank machine.



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Post# 1109 , Reply# 26   9/11/2006 at 16:54 (4,084 days old) by bigbubbacain ()        

My little Simplcity Prowler canister was very quiet. All I could hear was the air moving..

Post# 1111 , Reply# 27   9/11/2006 at 17:11 (4,084 days old) by air-waycharlie (USA)        

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The new Mieles and Boschs are very quiet espically on the lower speeds. Even the lux Renny is quiet compared to a current Hoover, Kirby, Royal or Dyson.

Post# 1123 , Reply# 28   9/11/2006 at 20:11 (4,084 days old) by bigbubbacain ()        

Excuse my Simplicity remark. Here I am talking about newer machines in the vintage forum. Sorry! That's just what a little Attention Deficit Disorder and vacuum cleaners do to me.
As for quiet vintage machines, The SaniWay Mark IV gets my vote. I had a chance to buy one and I could kick myself for passing it up!


Post# 1129 , Reply# 29   9/11/2006 at 21:24 (4,084 days old) by frkirby511 ()        
Sounds of Silence...!

No question, the Model G is exceptionally quiet; but so is the Model XXX. I would say the XXX and the G, even the Hospital G are about on par. I would say that they are the quietest.

I would also have to agree that the Convertable...the older models..well tuned....have a distinctive and wonderful sound - and though not the quietest, they are not the least bit annoying.

Also the Kirby 516 through to the Sanitronic, while certaily not quiet, have a very powerful sound that is almost musical.

No Kirby since then has come close to the sound of that later 500 series even though the later ones...especially the Legend and the G series do have a lot more suction.


Post# 1131 , Reply# 30   9/11/2006 at 21:28 (4,084 days old) by frkirby511 ()        
Sounds of Silence...addition..

...forgot to add...

The Kirby sound I'm talking about is most apparent in the later 500 series with the hose attached and not the rug nozzle. No Kirby since then has reproduced this altogether distinctive sound.

Bruce


Post# 1137 , Reply# 31   9/11/2006 at 23:06 (4,084 days old) by bisonian (Where the buffalo roamed! (Ocala, FL))        
Bison

... gets my vote for the loudest. Don't know about the Centurion, but the Mark I and Mark II can scream with the best of 'em. But the rheostat control makes it fun. Start on low, then ramp up, and your neighbors will swear there's a 707 taking off.

As for the Kirbys, no, they're not the quietest, but I find their lower pitch a lot less annoying than screamers like most Dirt Devils. The Kirby sounds more like a good quality power tool instead of a rabid kitchen appliance.


Post# 1142 , Reply# 32   9/12/2006 at 03:10 (4,084 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

The new Areos "Lux" Guardian canister sounds like a B-52 taking off in your living room compared to the older quieter model "G".I like the throaty roar of the Kirbys and Royals-and many other direct air machines.they use the smaller motors-they don't need 12A motors-the clean air machines do because they have to pull air thru all of those filters as well as the bag.Would like to find a Bison to compare with Kirbys and Royals.Still hunting for one.They sound like nice machines-would have been good competition to kirby.Kirby is the ONLY DTD upright vacuum.I have new canister vacs from Meile,Sebo and Riccar that are quiet.The motor mounts are a good thing that quiets them down.Otherwise the plastic bodies make a great sounding board for noisey motors to further amplify their sound.

Post# 1148 , Reply# 33   9/12/2006 at 07:12 (4,084 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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I have to agree that the Aerus 9000 (similiar to the Guardian) is very loud even compared to the Lux 6500 SR. I have a Lux 89 and it is super quiet. The Kirby is loudy but bearable and still quieter than the Aerus 9000.

Post# 1153 , Reply# 34   9/12/2006 at 10:47 (4,084 days old) by charles~richard ()        
Canadian Electroluxes

Yes, of course, I completely forgot about the Canadian Electroluxes. They ALL are quieter than their American cousins!

The ZB30 and ZB55 [et al] hum merrily along even quieter than the XXX; and the ZB88 and ZB89 are basically the same machine as the American G but with the LX/E/AE-style filter pad in the rear which makes those machines about as quiet as a Hospital G. Amazingly sweet sound!



Post# 1154 , Reply# 35   9/12/2006 at 10:53 (4,084 days old) by charles~richard ()        
Canadian ZB54

pretty, eh!

Post# 1155 , Reply# 36   9/12/2006 at 10:56 (4,084 days old) by charles~richard ()        
ZB89

Another Canadian beauty!

(And that's an old photo - when I had hair and more belly hahaha!)


Post# 257771 , Reply# 37   11/27/2013 at 22:55 (1,450 days old) by Jaker15 (Meridian, ID)        
I know it's WAAAAY late

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But the quietest I've heard is probably my grandma's Compact canister. It hums along in the background while you clean. Her Eureka ESP wasn't too loud, but ti wasn't quiet, either. It definitely had a musical quality to it!

Post# 257778 , Reply# 38   11/28/2013 at 00:48 (1,450 days old) by beerad (Beautiful Vancouver BC)        
Ahhhhh ok here we go..

Quietest vac I've experienced was a Taski

Also Hoover Connie model 854


And for the noisiest .......OMG....

It was a Red Dirt Devil featherlight lupright .

I've never heared such a scrrrrreaming , noisy vac as that one ,
I threw it away..


Post# 257796 , Reply# 39   11/28/2013 at 07:58 (1,450 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
Saniway..

Hospital G, Filter Queen and Apex Strato Cleaner are all very Quiet.

Post# 257799 , Reply# 40   11/28/2013 at 10:39 (1,450 days old) by PoconoVacMan (Northeast Pennsylvania)        

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There truly are very few machines as quiet, nor as musical sounding as a metal bodied Electrolux or a Hoover Constellation. As far as uprights go, the Electrolux uprights (Discovery style) are very quiet too.

Noisiest definitely goes to many of the cheap plastic bagless machines sold in retail stores these days.


Post# 257800 , Reply# 41   11/28/2013 at 10:48 (1,450 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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My Electrolux XXX to me is such a serene sound, just a purr, the sucking sound at the hose is louder than the motor. My friend's Dirt Devil $39 special, that makes me want to die.

Post# 257809 , Reply# 42   11/28/2013 at 12:16 (1,449 days old) by Jaker15 (Meridian, ID)        
Glad to see some replies!

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Well, you guys sure know who to revive a dead thread! :)
I have to agree, all new plastic vacs are terribly loud. I don't mind 12 amp motors, just as long as they're the older style. You know, the ones that are quiet and run at a normal speed? lol. I think a good example of a decent 12A motor is probably the earlier Panasonic-made Kenmore canisters. They are the closest in sound to a hi-performance Electrolux.


Post# 257815 , Reply# 43   11/28/2013 at 13:52 (1,449 days old) by parwaz786 ( )        

Quietest vacuum- Eco (Autosave) Numatic Henry vacuuum

I know whats louder than any Bissell or a DYSON DC07 Origin Derooted model!
the Proline UVC18 In my DP its a dam powerful and SCREAMING vacuum. You can hear it all the way down the road, and my road is like a 3 minute walk from top to bottom.


Post# 257816 , Reply# 44   11/28/2013 at 13:54 (1,449 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

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Quietest:
Any Electrolux before Super J
Eureka Dial-A-Nap
Filter Queen
TriStar EXL (with Ametek 115923 high-performance motor)

Noisiest:
XXX VortecCyclonic
Hoover WindTunnel
Dyson dc23
Electrolux Ambassador
Electrolux Epic 6500SR


Post# 257827 , Reply# 45   11/28/2013 at 14:29 (1,449 days old) by Ultimatevacman ( Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK)        

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The loudest has to be the Earlex Combi-Vac. Or a 1400W Kenwood bagged cylinder.


Post# 257868 , Reply# 46   11/29/2013 at 06:03 (1,449 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
Royal 801

Was rated quietest upright by Consumer Reports, and it really is.

Post# 257914 , Reply# 47   11/29/2013 at 17:32 (1,448 days old) by Jaker15 (Meridian, ID)        
Royal 801?

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I'd want to see that. Quieter than a Miele upright?

Post# 257924 , Reply# 48   11/29/2013 at 20:06 (1,448 days old) by KirbysNphones (Springfield Missouri)        

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My Filter Queens and my Rainbow are pretty quiet, and as far as noisy, any cheap plastic vac like the Bissels,, and any other big box store vac.

Post# 257941 , Reply# 49   11/30/2013 at 02:53 (1,448 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Noisey-the red Oreck Commercial upright the janitors here at work use!The Banshee vac!A new janitor staff member uses a Sanitaire that was ordered but never used until now--MUCH BETTER!!!!
At home--Any of my canisters are pretty quiet except the NSS M1-sounds like a Kirby in the hose mode on steriods-but love it anyway-eats anything it can suck up the hose!!Sometimes with a delightful loud "DING" thru the huge fan.


Post# 258034 , Reply# 50   11/30/2013 at 19:41 (1,447 days old) by jade_angel (Newport News, VA)        

I've never heard a Royal 801, but the Royal 880 I just got off eBay is the only vacuum I have that my cats don't run from. They even run from the Filter Queen on low!

Post# 258035 , Reply# 51   11/30/2013 at 20:14 (1,447 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Just curious: in what year did Consumer Reports test that Royal 801? It does not appear in the current rankings of upright vacuum cleaners.

In the current rankings of upright cleaners, all the tested Miele S7 uprights were the most quiet vacs compared to others.


Post# 258037 , Reply# 52   11/30/2013 at 21:11 (1,447 days old) by jade_angel (Newport News, VA)        

The 801 is an old model, 1970s I think, so it's not surprising that it's not in the current rankings. Its current generation replacement, the Royal 8300, yells its head off. Does a heck of a job, but is really loud.

Post# 258050 , Reply# 53   11/30/2013 at 22:58 (1,447 days old) by compactc9guy (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        
the quiet compact

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In my opinion my compact electra model C9 is pretty quiet . Whti a gentle hum of the motor and a little air noise .
Absolutely love it .Elelctrolux Model 89 is quiet to .
Filter Queen also .
Morden I would have to say Kenmore EVO bag less canister quiet not as much as a LUX or compact but still quiet in my opinion


Post# 258066 , Reply# 54   12/1/2013 at 04:22 (1,447 days old) by uksausage (eastbourne east sussex UK)        
Quiet

I think the most quiet has to be my old filter queen and the loudest that prize goes to the Goblin/AquaVac wet and dry machines everyone knew you vacuuming when you used one of them

Post# 258103 , Reply# 55   12/1/2013 at 16:13 (1,446 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Eric,

Is your 880 the one with the 350-watt (1966-70), 400-watt (1971-75), 3 amp (1975-80), 4.5 amp (1980-85) or 5.4 amp (1985-87) motor?

In late March 1985, the fan case on this and all Royal metal uprights changed from being all-rounded to partly-angled.

~Ben


Post# 258154 , Reply# 56   12/1/2013 at 19:16 (1,446 days old) by jade_angel (Newport News, VA)        

Mine's the 3-amp version, and if I'm reading the serial number right, it's from 1977. I wish I had the 5.4A motor, but without the attachments it probably doesn't matter so much.

Post# 258160 , Reply# 57   12/1/2013 at 19:38 (1,446 days old) by s31463221 (Frenchburg, KY)        
Quietest and loudest

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My quietest vac is either my model G or my model XII, they are very close! The loudest I have is either a little Bissell compact, or my Bison Centurion, that thing sounds like an airplane taken off, I don't fire it up too often as it totally terrifies my 9 month old son!

Post# 258560 , Reply# 58   12/4/2013 at 19:11 (1,443 days old) by 2011hoover700 (owosso michigan)        

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My quietest would also be my oldest electric which hit 90 years old, my hoover model 541. My loudest is a hoover concept one model u3319, that thing often drowns out train horns. My loudest that is normaly loud (the concept isn't normaly so loud) is my kirby classic omega with a metal fan.


Post# 258799 , Reply# 59   12/7/2013 at 10:37 (1,441 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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The quietest Vacuum Cleaner I own is my 1982 Electrolux 502S which, if not for the beater brush roll, would be almost entirely silent!  When switched on the only thing you can hear is the brush roll beating the carpet and if you lift the head up to prevent this there is just a very quiet whine present which could be talked over without raising your voice.

 

A well made cleaner indeed.

 

Unfortunately, I would have to say my loudest Vacuum Cleaner is my 1977 Hoover Senior-Ranger which sounds like a small airplane taking off.  It is vindicated though by the fact that it cleans amazingly well and has lasted 36 years with no major repairs (just new belts and bags).

 

The type of noisy cleaner I cannot abide is the ones that are loud because of overly powerful motors, such as just about every budget to mid-range vacuum on the market these days. 


Post# 259216 , Reply# 60   12/11/2013 at 10:49 (1,437 days old) by hooverkid (PA,USA)        
kirby

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some of the kirbys sound like freight trains when you use them

Post# 259224 , Reply# 61   12/11/2013 at 12:48 (1,436 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Your Senior is louder than your VAX Performance C91PF1BT?

Post# 259241 , Reply# 62   12/11/2013 at 16:56 (1,436 days old) by kirbyrama (Pennsylvania)        
On the subject of noisy Kirbys

In 1995, my parents acquired a used Kirby Classic and when the hose was attached activating high speed ; the noise level was excruciating! However the suction was wonderful. My mother suggested that I use earplugs when using it. I always thought that the 519 model that that my parents owned could be quite noisy until I heard the sound of the used Classic in high speed. I own a Heritage II and by comparison it has a rather smooth pitch when running on high speed.

Post# 259242 , Reply# 63   12/11/2013 at 16:58 (1,436 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        
"Your Senior is louder than your VAX Performance C91PF1B

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You know Ryan I had completely forgotten about that Vax.  As such, I stand corrected - the Senior is my second loudest vacuum.


Post# 259245 , Reply# 64   12/11/2013 at 20:18 (1,436 days old) by RainbowD4C (Saint Joseph, Michigan )        
I will maybe get a couple of strange looks for this but...

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What about a central cleaning system. I think maybe it's split. Away from the main unit on the floor they are very quiet. All you hear is the suction and maybe a power nozzle if you have one. But the system is somewhat loud unless it has a muffler. Even with a noise muffler the main unit can be pretty quiet.

Post# 259275 , Reply# 65   12/12/2013 at 05:15 (1,436 days old) by mikeklondon (London UK)        
Nilfisk's

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I'm not sure they are actually the quietist vacuums ever made but of the ones I have ever owned I have had 4 Nilfisk’s a GA70 and a twin motor one I cant remember the model number of then a GA 80 and finally a GM 80. I think the GA70 was the quietist of them all but they all had a very deep purring motor. I think the loudest Vacuums I have had have to be 2 Kirby’s. Currently we have 2 Mieles that are OK on the lower settings but not that quiet on full power. and a Dyson city vac that screems, a dyson hand vac that just makes an unpleaset noise and a G-tec that makes a lot of noise while doing very littel. I'm not really sure how they get away with calling that thing a vacuum its realy only a good sweeper.

Post# 259314 , Reply# 66   12/12/2013 at 17:17 (1,435 days old) by SUPER-SWEEPER (KSSRC Refurbishment Center)        
The quiestest vacuum fo all time...

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Any vacuum can be the quietest! As long as it's not TURNED ON...Laughing

 

As for uprights, the little old 40s General-Electric AVF-26 is barely over a hum! And I think I'd have to go against the Classic series being loud. Owning 2 Classic 1-CRs, I can say that one is an ancient and abused train-wreck (Loud, Plus the bag bloated over with ancient Doggy-Dog hair), and the other one is a mint, purring Kitten (Smooth and Gentle, with a beautifully supple Hose and attachments to go with)!

Another nominee being my NEW (To me,Atleast!) Kenmore Duo-Power upright (Thanks again, Dustin! I'm glad you're liking the motor in it's place)! It's rushing air on low, and on High, well, Not so quiet. Still, Great little cleaner!

 

As far as Canister cleaners, Again, a vote for Kenmore! in this case the Duo-Power Disco Funk Canister 1970s Style, In glorious Avocado and Wood Grain! a whisper on low, and on high, well, See the upright's adaptation above...

 

Now to display these quiet thingys!

 

Let's start with DUO-POWER...In all Her mighty Funky-ness...


Post# 259315 , Reply# 67   12/12/2013 at 17:21 (1,435 days old) by SUPER-SWEEPER (KSSRC Refurbishment Center)        
As for the rest,

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Here's the ancient train-wreck of a Classic 1-CR, Farm-Fresh!

Cool! My Text did a THING! That's neat. But anyhow here's a video of the AVF-26, Feel free to request machine demonstrations, My channel has been quite bare lately!


Post# 281874 , Reply# 68   5/26/2014 at 04:09 (1,271 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Eric (jade_angel),

The model 801 was produced from circa 1951 to 1987. The loudest version of that model was produced from 1985-1987; in those last years, the 801 had a 4.5 amp motor.

(NOTE: When looking at the serial #, the letter you see after the date code refers to the motor design revision. In that case, any 801 with the 4.5 amp motor will have the motor series letter code as "F" or "G.")

~Ben


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Post# 281983 , Reply# 69   5/26/2014 at 23:00 (1,270 days old) by eurekastar (Big Spring, Texas)        

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I would agree with others that the Electrolux Model G is perhaps the quietest vacuum I've ever owned. Maybe the Model XXX ranks right up there with it.

The loudest vacuum by far is the Royal 2075. I no longer own this vacuum, but it is LOUD!!!


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Post# 281988 , Reply# 70   5/26/2014 at 23:36 (1,270 days old) by smow69 (Pryor Oklahoma)        
vacs

my quietest is my model L electrolux and the noisest is my concept one.




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