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Post# 207806   11/26/2012 at 07:09 (1,791 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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Yes another one of these threads, I am becoming rather predictable aren't I?

Anyway, I don't actually have the cleaner in my hands yet but I have won the eBay auction so I'd like to know more about it for when it arrives.

Hopefully you can give me some information from the eBay listing (with pictures).

Here's the link:

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Post# 207973 , Reply# 1   11/27/2012 at 09:59 (1,790 days old) by Durango159 (State College, PA)        

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This is a UK model only. Nothing like this in the U.S. that I have ever seen. Show us agitator pictures and let us know how you like it!

Enjoy and congratulations on the interesting buy!

Post# 207975 , Reply# 2   11/27/2012 at 10:21 (1,790 days old) by parwaz786 ( )        

Is this being sent by post? ITs near me :P By the way, Nice machine, I have seen quite a few around the carboot sales and look interesting, similar in design to a hoover purepower

Post# 207980 , Reply# 3   11/27/2012 at 11:54 (1,790 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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Believe me, they're nothing like a Purepower. Info to follow when I get home :)

Post# 207982 , Reply# 4   11/27/2012 at 12:29 (1,790 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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The Contour was launched in 1991 to replace the 600 series. It was intended to be launched alongside the Glider (which originally replaced the 500 series) however it actually ended up being launched almost a year after the Glider.


Originally, there were 2 models - a white, 600w single speed model and a green 800w "boost" model. At the time, they were the most powerful cleaners on the market, and were advertised as such. At £139, they were also one of the most expensive cleaners on the market at the time.


The original Glider/Contour range looked like this:


Glider z1250 - white, single speed, 600w, no on board tools
Glider z1260 - blue, 2 speed "boost", 600w, no on board tools

Glider z1270 - pink, 2 speed "boost", 600w, no board tools cord winder


Contour z1410 - white, single speed, 600w, on board tools

Contour z1450 - green, 2 speed 600w with 800w "boost", on board tools


Somewhere around 1992, the z1450 was dropped and replaced with the z1460 which was virtually identical apart from the addition of full variable power and the removal of the boost button. 


The original Contour and Glider series came with a horrible friction fit handle release that was later upgraded to a full release pedal as the orignal had a tendency to wear out very quickly.


About the same time as the launch of the 1460, the Airstream was launched, which was 1000w, grey with full variable power and higher level filtration. I think Electrolux were going neck and neck with Hoover here as the Turbo 2 had just been launched and was also 800w (like the contour), so the existence of the Airstream was purely to keep up with the "most powerful cleaner on the market" ad campaign, which was later replaced with a rather vile ad campaign featuring magnified dust mites printed on sales stickers on the machine. 


There were a million and one varieties of the Contour during the 90's - boost, varipower, ESP, Contour 1000, Contour 2, Airstream, Airclean etc. etc. It's hard to keep up with them all. I believe the model you have there is from the main run of the first ESP models, from around 1994. 



Post# 207984 , Reply# 5   11/27/2012 at 12:46 (1,790 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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Here's a pic of the 1992 line up (excluding the 2 top end Gliders) from Argos. 


Interesting piece of info, the 1055 and 1065, which were originally the last of the 500/Twin Turbo/Turbo 2 style machines, were discontinued in 1990 in favour of the newly launched Glider. However, due to high back stock sales and popular designs, they were relaunched in an even more basic form as the 1070, which ran as a very popular budget seller until at least 1995. 


In my opinion, despite being considerably cheaper, the z1070 Twin Turbo was a far superior cleaner to both the Glider and Contour. I always thought that the Contour was a massive step down from the 600 series - they were more flimsey and had a significantly more underwhelming brushroll compared with the 600's (which can be seen in the video in the link below).  Never the less, the Contour, Glider and Turbo 2 were all very popular cleaners throughout the 90's - I doubt there was a street in England that didn't have one of these cleaners on it at some point. 


Post# 207985 , Reply# 6   11/27/2012 at 12:52 (1,790 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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Thank you for the information Chris! Much appreciated.

Post# 207989 , Reply# 7   11/27/2012 at 13:15 (1,790 days old) by hooversrus2012 ()        
electrolux contour

didt no the contour was that expensive

Post# 207993 , Reply# 8   11/27/2012 at 13:24 (1,790 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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Oh yeh, they weren't cheap! Here's a pic from 1996 showing the Contour 2 at £149.00 and the Airclean 1200 at £199. It wasn't until the introduction of the Widetrack and Powerline series in 1997 that they started to come down in price. 

Post# 208011 , Reply# 9   11/27/2012 at 14:41 (1,790 days old) by Ultimatevacman ( Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK)        

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My nan has one of these! lol

Post# 208012 , Reply# 10   11/27/2012 at 14:48 (1,790 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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..which one?

Post# 208013 , Reply# 11   11/27/2012 at 14:52 (1,790 days old) by Ultimatevacman ( Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK)        

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The electrolux contour.

Post# 208018 , Reply# 12   11/27/2012 at 15:14 (1,789 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

Chris, although the original contour cleaners had two friction pads to hold the handle upright, this was changed prior to the introduction of the foot pedal on the updated contour range. The two read pads at the rear were removed and a stiff latch at the front fitted instead. Although the cleaner was still designed to have the handle yanked back to lower it, the latch I mention was used as an integral part of the new design, with a metal bar pulling the latch away from the cleaner when the foot pedal was pressed.

Post# 208019 , Reply# 13   11/27/2012 at 15:17 (1,789 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

The Z1070 went on sale in late 1991, and not without some controversy as not all store sold it with tools, yet the retail price remained the same. By the Spring of 1995 it was down to 59.99 in most shops and I even saw them in a Co-Op for 49.99 shortly before they disappeared altogether.

Post# 208025 , Reply# 14   11/27/2012 at 16:14 (1,789 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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Great bit of info Benny, thanks. Controversial or not, they sold like hot cakes! Not surprising as they were great cleaners.

Joe, I got that but was asking which contour she has

Post# 208026 , Reply# 15   11/27/2012 at 16:17 (1,789 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

No, sorry, I mean it was controversial that some consumers had tools and some didn't. This was 1991 and an issue between Currys & Comet. Comet did not supply tools but Currys did. In the end I believe they came with tools as standard.

Post# 208037 , Reply# 16   11/27/2012 at 19:40 (1,789 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        
"You won't believe how powerful it is..."

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So says the advert from that video, but then again I didn't believe how difficult it is to push, either IMHO!

I had a green one with Z1460 with variable suction. It was okay but very heavy to steer. They were soon to be rebadged years later as many a catalogue brand including Dirt Devil DD6060 DD6102, DD6110, DD6112/3/4, DD6120/1, DD6130, DD6141, DD6161, JMB U3002/4/5, 800 & Swan SCU400 and I think there was even a Bush model.

Sadly I've seen quite a lot of the Contour based catalogue models than the actual Electrolux originals through my student years. They were dirt cheap to buy at the time and as such quite popular. The height adjuster mechanisms were also liable to break with the Dirt Devil models.

Post# 208041 , Reply# 17   11/27/2012 at 19:59 (1,789 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Here's a 1300 Contour Flexhead I just found on EBAY UK. Apparently hasn't been used much!

CLICK HERE TO GO TO sebo_fan's LINK on eBay

Post# 241553 , Reply# 18   7/22/2013 at 17:10 (1,552 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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here are the first of the Gliders from Grattan 1990. Notice how the Gliders are alongside the last of the 600 series

Post# 241555 , Reply# 19   7/22/2013 at 17:12 (1,552 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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and here's the second style Contour, the Z1460, alongside the 1070, Airclean and super rare pink Glider Pulse Power.

Post# 241566 , Reply# 20   7/22/2013 at 18:30 (1,552 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

Because earlier on I read a comment which led me to think the resurrection of old threads was really not good manners.

Post# 241626 , Reply# 21   7/23/2013 at 02:56 (1,552 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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There's a difference, Benny. I came across these old catalogue pics and thought I'd post them here as they're relevant to the topic. In the case of that other thread, it was brought back up just for the sake of an argument

Post# 241629 , Reply# 22   7/23/2013 at 03:04 (1,552 days old) by beko1987 (Stokenchurch, United Kingdom)        
Rather coincidentally

I was reading this post yesterday gleaning information about my recently acquired Contour, and then it's been bought back from the dead!

Post# 241662 , Reply# 23   7/23/2013 at 07:26 (1,552 days old) by AlexHoovers94 (Manchester UK)        
Oh, Chris, come on!

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You CLEARLY have nothing beter to do... Lol.

Post# 241664 , Reply# 24   7/23/2013 at 07:36 (1,552 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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what, than share relevant information in an old thread? Oh, how terrible!

For your information, I'm not sitting trawling through the archives purposely looking to cause an argument, unlike some.

Post# 241673 , Reply# 25   7/23/2013 at 09:06 (1,552 days old) by AlexHoovers94 (Manchester UK)        

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I searched for Electrolux 502S in the archives and some what naturally it came up with lots of Jamie's posts relating to it. It is just he happened to have mentioned his Turbopower 1000 and Electrolux 502S, which is why it came up, I just happened to see that post UNINTENTIONALLY and thought it would be funny to post that silly flippant comment in hope that it might make someone chuckle, including Jamie...If you can't take a joke then that is not my fault...Like I said, get over it.


Post# 241674 , Reply# 26   7/23/2013 at 09:09 (1,552 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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But it wasn't a joke, was it? It was quite obviously a dig at Jamie, done to provoke a reaction and thus cause an argument.

And as usual, Alex, you have hijacked yet another thread and turned it totally irrelevant to the original post.

Back on the Contours, please?

Post# 241676 , Reply# 27   7/23/2013 at 09:36 (1,552 days old) by AlexHoovers94 (Manchester UK)        

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But that is just it, it didn't cause an argument, did it?...Oh, actually it might have...Just let me read through the dozens of argumentative replies after my comment on that other thread...........
And for your information, Benny brought it up (no offence Benny) so, technically I didn't hijack this tread did I?...Now, back to the Contours.

Post# 241677 , Reply# 28   7/23/2013 at 09:41 (1,552 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        
it didn't cause an argument, did it?

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much to your disappointment.

Post# 241735 , Reply# 29   7/23/2013 at 15:07 (1,552 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        
No offence taken

I was indeed the person who made the comment, my internet skills being such that I have to sit back and learn the various etiquette of the various sites I frequent(my cleaning lady insists one day I shall be on facebook), so of course I was very, very confused to see a comment chastising one person for pulling out an old thread, only to find someone else doing so moments later, and then even more confusing I read the name and see it's the same person who did both. I was immensely perplexed to say the least.

Somewhat innocently, I thought being part of a forum was like watching TV or reading the newspaper; one instinctively ignores or does not read the parts which one finds irritating or uninteresting, bearing in mind of course the subjective nature of what constitutes an irritant, and so on & so forth. I see now that the policy of being a forum member is to read everything and then comment accordingly, siting everyone else as feeling the same as oneself whenever opportunity to do so presents it's self. I must suggest that finding out about the internet is no small task, but every day I learn more!

Post# 241738 , Reply# 30   7/23/2013 at 15:27 (1,552 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Anyway, with that catalogue photo you've posted, Chris, does the Z1070 actually have a three rocker switch height adjustment or 2? I always liked that one though I've rarely seen the Turbo coming up at auction.

Post# 241739 , Reply# 31   7/23/2013 at 15:29 (1,552 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Talking of which, a Contour 2 which needs restoration.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO sebo_fan's LINK on eBay

Post# 372618 , Reply# 32   5/23/2017 at 16:14 by Beko1987 (Stokenchurch, United Kingdom)        
Another resurrection!

So, I got given this today! Clearly a badge engineered contour, although one difference I can see is the bag entry tube is round and not elongated like the contour, so I've got to hack a bag on some how...

No idea if it works, I'll find out tomorrow! But it's pretty cool in an obscure way. What do we reckon the age is? Early 2000s?

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