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UK Electrolux through the years
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Post# 352552   5/21/2016 at 08:00 (311 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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Hey folks,

Thought it's about time I got all these together. Here is my collection of UK Electrolux cleaners. I don't have as many examples as I'd like. I'm aiming for 1 of each style, but I'm certainly getting there.

Electrolux are my favourite vintage brand. Whilst Hoover will always be king of the carpet, for me, vacuuming is way more than just carpet. Hoover were fantastic at floor cleaning but I find them lacking in above floor - poor suction & inconvenient to use. Electrolux were offering cleaners that found a happy middle ground between carpet and above floor cleaning.

Anyway, here they are! Sadly the Electrolux brand is no longer found on the UK market.





Post# 352553 , Reply# 1   5/21/2016 at 08:03 (311 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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First up, the 502 & 502S from 1976 & 1980 respectively. There was a model before these, the 500, launched in 1971. There was also a slightly lighter weight dirty fan upright sold as the entry model upright but unfortunately I don't have any examples of those. Yet.

I have the manual and full tool kit for the 502.


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Post# 352554 , Reply# 2   5/21/2016 at 08:04 (311 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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Bit of a jump here, the z1020 from 1988 & z1070 from 1992 which was the last of this style. You can see that the 1020 was the TOL with variable power and electronic bag full light. I'm missing examples of the 504-560 style.

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Post# 352555 , Reply# 3   5/21/2016 at 08:13 (311 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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The z616. Top of the line 2nd generation 600 series, the first domestic upright with on board tools in the UK. This one is from 1989, but this style were launched in 1986.

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Post# 352556 , Reply# 4   5/21/2016 at 08:24 (311 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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Into the 90's now with the second line up of Glider & Contour. The 90's was a funny time for Lux - they seemed to have a whole heap of different line ups and exclusives all on the go at the same time, but the basic line up was z1070 Turbo2, Glider, Contour & Airstream.
The Glider was launched in 1990 and the Contour & Airstream followed in 91. Originally intended to replace the Twin Turbo style and 600 series, but the back stock of Twin Turbo's sold in such large numbers that Lux brought the Twin Turbo style back as the even more basic Turbo2 and kept it as the budget upright until 95 or so.
Both these models are mid-90's examples. The earlier style came without a pedal handle release and had a horrid friction fit handle release that nearly always broke.
After the Contour line up, I start to lose interest. The next line up, Powerline & Widetrack, our US members will recognise as Eureka's with the back saver handle. Those marked the first time the UK market had a Eureka rebadged Lux upright. A trend that would continue until the Electrolux name was dropped.


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Post# 352557 , Reply# 5   5/21/2016 at 08:35 (311 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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And onto the cylinders! Bit of a gap between these 2 - 302 from 1973 and the z2020 from 1986. The latter being my favourite cylinder ever.

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Post# 352558 , Reply# 6   5/21/2016 at 08:36 (311 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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Into the late 80's/early 90's with the Slimline from 1989 and the Dolphin from 1992.

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Post# 352559 , Reply# 7   5/21/2016 at 08:38 (311 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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And finally onto the late 90's - the Ingenio from 1996 and the Mondo from 1999/2000. Also a quick shot of the onboard tool storage on the Dolphin & Ingenio.

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Post# 352560 , Reply# 8   5/21/2016 at 08:48 (311 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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And now for a few examples of cleaners I don't have, but on the hunt for. First up, the z355 from 1980.


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Post# 352561 , Reply# 9   5/21/2016 at 08:49 (311 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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The classic z345. This brochure is dated August 1978 but I'm aware that they were on sale prior to that.


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Post# 352562 , Reply# 10   5/21/2016 at 08:51 (311 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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The 400 series uprights and first of the slimlines. These were the entry level uprights and cylinders, launched in the early 80's. This brochure is dated June 1982 and the range appears to be being modelled by Goldie Hawn.


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Post# 352563 , Reply# 11   5/21/2016 at 08:54 (311 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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The 1975 range. This one features a few I don't have, including the z170 which was the entry level upright I mentioned in the first post and the z504 which was the TOL sold alongside the z502. The 504 shape would later dominate the early 80's range


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Post# 352564 , Reply# 12   5/21/2016 at 08:55 (311 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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The z550 and z560 from 1983. The last of the traditional 500 style before the twin turbo style took over in 86.


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Post# 352565 , Reply# 13   5/21/2016 at 08:58 (311 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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and to round things off nicely, the 1986 TOL uprights - z610 and 612 Electronic. These were the series that came before the 616 I posted above and the very first domestic uprights in the UK with on board tools. The first ever of course being the Sebo 350, but this was a commercial machine not found on the domestic market.


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Post# 352569 , Reply# 14   5/21/2016 at 10:38 (311 days old) by dysonman1 (Rolla, Missouri)        

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What a beautiful collection. And so VERY different from what the USA knows as Electrolux through the years. Thanks for sharing.

Post# 352570 , Reply# 15   5/21/2016 at 11:03 (311 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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Hi Tom,
You're welcome and thank you :).
Yes, very different indeed although from what I know of Lux US, both equally good in there own way. These were all made by Electrolux of Sweden. The uprights all made at their UK factory in Luton.

If you're interested, here's a demo of the z1020 which shows how the tools attach.


CLICK HERE TO GO TO Turbo500's LINK


Post# 352571 , Reply# 16   5/21/2016 at 11:14 (311 days old) by Dysondestijl (east midlands, UK)        

That Mondo looks familiar! 😜
Then again, so does that grey Twin Turbo!




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Post# 352573 , Reply# 17   5/21/2016 at 12:00 (311 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill (Birthplace of the Railway),England, UK.)        
Eelectrolux Throughout The Years...

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Great vacs you have there Chris, Elecrolux was my first "Like" brand as most of my family had them..

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Post# 352574 , Reply# 18   5/21/2016 at 12:04 (311 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill (Birthplace of the Railway),England, UK.)        
Electrolux throughout the years !!

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The Z65 was the most popular throught my family, loved the salmon pink colour and all the accessories, radiator brush, flip over floor tool and the "Car Polisher".

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Post# 352575 , Reply# 19   5/21/2016 at 12:10 (311 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill (Birthplace of the Railway),England, UK.)        
Eelectrolux Throughout The Years...

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Remember this Chris, we got these together the first visit you and Mathew and gang came to Shav Ave....

Post# 352576 , Reply# 20   5/21/2016 at 12:15 (311 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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Thanks Mike - nice to see the 500 and 170 together there! I do love those older Lux's too, though I can't imagine the metal sledges are great for today's multi-floor homes. They're definitely style icons though. I like the box idea too - something that I think would work on the market today. I know Philips tried a few years back, but with the right marketing, it could really take off.

 

God, that z65 is gorgeous! And with the polisher too, a rare sight these days.

Ah, yes, I remember it well! Such a fantastic weekend. Not least of all because Matt fell in a box of hoses and couldn't get back up again - he was like a turtle stuck on his back! I would've helped but I couldn't stop laughing!


Post# 352577 , Reply# 21   5/21/2016 at 12:17 (311 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill (Birthplace of the Railway),England, UK.)        
Electrolux throughout the years !!

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Electrolux Models from 1906 through to 1980`s

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Post# 352578 , Reply# 22   5/21/2016 at 12:19 (311 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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Mike, do I spot a z90 there? "Good evening Tom, good evening Barbara...my vacuum cleaner won't stop whistling!"


Post# 352579 , Reply# 23   5/21/2016 at 12:27 (311 days old) by Madaboutsebo (Midlands, UK)        

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Great Electrolux collection you have, used to love using my Gran's 502 which she had for many years without issues. There is something I love about the Electrolux vacuums from years ago that just says 'simplicity and ease of use'.

I'm not a big fan of canister/cylinder vacuums but the z345 looks a great vacuum.


Post# 352580 , Reply# 24   5/21/2016 at 12:30 (311 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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The 502 is a classic, Jon. It really does clean better, faster!






Post# 352581 , Reply# 25   5/21/2016 at 12:32 (311 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill (Birthplace of the Railway),England, UK.)        
Electrolux throughout the years !!

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Polichamp anyone !!

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Post# 352583 , Reply# 26   5/21/2016 at 12:41 (311 days old) by Madaboutsebo (Midlands, UK)        

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Sure is Chris, really loved using my Gran's always had the tools out to vacuum the sofa and stairs! Always emptied the bag for her, changed the belt and filters when needed! It was a no fuss switch on and go vacuum. My only regret was I wished I'd of saved it when my Gran changed it for a cylinder vacuum which was an Electrolux too. I think she got the 502 in 1978 and had it for about 20 to 25 years (I always thought she had it for 30 years it felt like she did!)

Love that video.


Post# 352585 , Reply# 27   5/21/2016 at 12:44 (311 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill (Birthplace of the Railway),England, UK.)        
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Hi Chris, yes have a Z90 from Seamus years ago, pics on my other computer, and this lovely Z100, "Whistle Stop - Bags Full"..

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Post# 352589 , Reply# 28   5/21/2016 at 14:25 (311 days old) by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Hey Guys - Guess I'll throw in my two cents worth here too. I have most of the tank type English Electrolux's (thanks to Al Kerr)with a few exceptions. They are all pictured here

smithcollection.altervista.org/el...

Doug


Post# 352590 , Reply# 29   5/21/2016 at 14:40 (311 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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that's a fabulous collection, Doug, well done! I particularly like the Canadian Domestic 245. I had no idea that even existed


Post# 352591 , Reply# 30   5/21/2016 at 14:44 (311 days old) by paulinroyton (Royton, Lancashire)        
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Chris

This is a great thread. I love the vintage Elelctrolux vacs we had in the uk.

I think the 170 was the dirty fan method.

Cheers


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Post# 352592 , Reply# 31   5/21/2016 at 14:49 (311 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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Hi Paul,

 

The 170 certainly is dirty fan and came with a pan adapter for the tools. The first of that style was the 152, launched in 1967 and was the first Electrolux upright.


Post# 352593 , Reply# 32   5/21/2016 at 15:15 (311 days old) by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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I've posted these before but thought I'd do it again - you might find the information handy for reference.

Doug


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Post# 352600 , Reply# 33   5/21/2016 at 17:56 (311 days old) by Paul (MN)        

Thanks for this thread; an awesome array of Electroluxes most of which I have never seen. Nice collections, everyone who posted.

Here's another Vacuumland thread that provides a list of Electrolux UK cleaners. It only goes through the 1970s, so your information provides a more complete timeline.

www.vacuumland.org/cgi-bin/TD/TD-...

The polishers in reply #25 look very similar to the 1949-1962 Electrolux USA turbo polishers.


Post# 368480 , Reply# 34   3/15/2017 at 16:43 by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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I got this recently - this style fits between the earlier 502S and the Twin Turbo style cleaners and is dated 1982.

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Post# 368522 , Reply# 35   3/16/2017 at 15:48 by Mike811 (Finland)        
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Turbo 500
You have impressive Electrolux collection. We never had uprights in the Finland. I really like those 500-series uprights from the 70's and the 80's.
Now to my point. Some of those models you have is called Volta in here and made in Sweden. Especially z2020 which was very popular during the 80's.
Do you know Lux brand? They sell vacuums door to door only.
What makes me confused is that some older Lux models look just like Electrolux.
Does someone know when Lux started to make their own retro style vacuums like the Lux Royal D790 (from mid 90's) what I have?


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Post# 368555 , Reply# 36   3/17/2017 at 09:49 by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Hi Mikko

Very nice Lux Royal. That's a version I haven't seen before.

Doug


Post# 368558 , Reply# 37   3/17/2017 at 11:55 by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        
Do you know Lux brand? They sell vacuums door to door only

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We don't have those here, but I'm pretty sure there's a connection with Electrolux. I think they're more related to Aerus Lux machines that the US members have.

Post# 368627 , Reply# 38   3/18/2017 at 16:24 by Collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Lux is the door to door branch of Electrolux AB (In Europe). And yes, Aeris's present top of the line is made by Electrolux AB and is a modification of the ones being sold by Lux





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