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Post# 376781   8/13/2017 at 12:36 by carolinaguy1996 (Candler, NC)        

Name a vacuum that sold so poorly it died an early death. Also, give reasons why it happened.

Post# 376789 , Reply# 1   8/13/2017 at 13:34 by jscarlato (Clairton, PA)        
Hoover's Models Z . . .

. . . would be high on my list. They were advertised as "The SUV" of vacuum cleaners. They were a pricey piece of equipment when they hit the market. It took about as long for them to sink as did the Titanic (and they were as about as heavy). They were clunky, didn't clean that well, and that spinning filter was a tech idea gone wrong. My local Hoover store (back when Hoover had stores to sell and service their vacs) were selling out their stock of Z's before long at $99 new. I bought two as collector items. They sit here today with almost no use. Certainly, they are a curiosity to look at.

Post# 376799 , Reply# 2   8/13/2017 at 15:18 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
Regina housekeeper

I believe the Regina housekeeper had a similar fate, apparently it wasn't made very well and was not around long.

Post# 376808 , Reply# 3   8/13/2017 at 20:37 by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
Kirby Ultimate G Diamond Edition

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The Ultimate G Diamond Edition was an example of this in Kirby's stable because it was the only Kirby to have a separate auxiliary "delicate" switch for use on throw rugs and thinner carpets. Most users didn't know how to properly use this switch and mistook it for the rug nozzle's BPI light, or did not turn off the "delicate" mode before using the hose or the Carpet Shampoo System.


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Post# 376814 , Reply# 4   8/13/2017 at 23:37 by S2_82 (Ohio)        

Garry, and Fantom vacuums

Post# 376823 , Reply# 5   8/14/2017 at 06:36 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
Haileys Comet!

For obvious reasons...its a monstrosity!

Post# 376841 , Reply# 6   8/14/2017 at 12:02 by vacerator (Macomb Michigan)        

Oxygen 3 and bagless machines made in Hungary. The versatility also. Maybe not the ultra silencer because it is simpler without all the auto suction motor speed pressure transducuers and fused circuit pcb boards that fail.

Post# 376850 , Reply# 7   8/14/2017 at 15:20 by RainbowD4C (Saint Joseph, Michigan )        

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The Bissell Pro Lite didn't seem to stick around to long. It really looked like a failed science project. I think the use of attachments may habe done it in. They looked really awkward.

Post# 376857 , Reply# 8   8/14/2017 at 17:17 by buster1849 (Chattanooga,TN)        
Fantom wildcat

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Failed poorly and was returned alot.

Post# 376865 , Reply# 9   8/14/2017 at 19:32 by blackheart (North Dakota)        
What about...

The Miele Art?
I'm not sure how long they were around but they were only meant for hard floors as they relied upon straight suction.
They seemed to have run anywhere from about $200-$350
They did have an onboard hose but it was a tiny little thing.
The bags were tiny as well.

Perhaps if it had larger bags and a brushroll it could have been more successful. It was a neat looking machine and despite having a chance to buy one i passed it up due to the bags and lack of carpet cleaning.

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Post# 376867 , Reply# 10   8/14/2017 at 19:49 by S2_82 (Ohio)        

Almost forgot LG vacuums, LG Kompressor

Post# 376877 , Reply# 11   8/15/2017 at 06:35 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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I can think of a few.

The orange Electrolux Oxygen Upright. Fantastic performer and very convenient to use as it offered a cord reel, hidden onboard tool compartment, and an electronic mechanism to adjust the height of the power head. It seems electrical circuitry problems killed it.

The Hoover WindTunnel 2 with a pair of beltless counter-rotating brushes. Also a victim of technical breakdowns landing them in repair shops.

It seems that weird Martian-looking Panasonic upright with the two air hoses connected to the brush-roll chamber was quite short lived.

The most mysterious case: the 2 or 3 year appearance of excellent Samsung bagged vacuums - winners of some prestigious German industrial design award. Even Consumer Reports top-rated the "Quiet Storm" power nozzle canister. But in Canada, these were all over the place in every vac shop for 2 ir 3 years....then they suddenly completely disappeared overnight.

Post# 376878 , Reply# 12   8/15/2017 at 06:38 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Electrolux upright,canister vacuums.The giant rear wheels on the uprights broke all of the time.The hoses,motors,control boards in the Oxygen canisters broke a lot.Lowes stopped carrying these because of all the returns and refunds.

Post# 376879 , Reply# 13   8/15/2017 at 07:23 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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But the suction-only canisters from Sweden's Electrolux that do not have power in the hose (like the UltraSilencer Green) are fine. Mine was bought 10 years ago and it is a great canister cleaner with no problems since bringing it home.

Post# 376887 , Reply# 14   8/15/2017 at 09:45 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Sanyo transformax

Post# 376888 , Reply# 15   8/15/2017 at 10:01 by Kirbysthebest (Wichita, KS)        

Electrolux Intensity

Post# 376904 , Reply# 16   8/15/2017 at 15:34 by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

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Eureka Europa (I dont know why so short production if it was a great vac)

Post# 376915 , Reply# 17   8/16/2017 at 07:39 by vacerator (Macomb Michigan)        
Eureka Europa

was made in Sweden. Probably Vastervik. The final product from there was the Oxygen first series, and the Cyclone Power single stage bagless cylinder.
Electrolux AB made good machines then, but their planned obsolescence scheme was/is more frequent.
The Excalubur preceded the Europa, and was a Volta design, as Electrolux owned them as it does Eureka. There were two Europa designs, one having a small hepa filter on the rear exhaust. The other was identical to the Excellio which was much quieter, and had a top exhaust and mounted hepa filter.
The first series Oxygen was marketed in the UK as the Smart Vac cylinder.

I see a lot of Sharks in the trash these days. I don't even bother with them.

Post# 376926 , Reply# 18   8/16/2017 at 16:51 by vacuumdevil (Denver)        

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Kenmore professional the rebranded sebo x2.

Miele red velvet the s6000 series. This was the second vacuum named red velvet.
Actually had crushed red velvet glued to the outside of the case and was the straight suction only machine.

Hoover Platinum Series Bagless.

As mentioned before the Hoover Z Transformer vacuum in mint condition would be a lovely addition to any collection.
The WindTunnel 2 that came after both bags and Bagless are kind of rare.

Post# 376933 , Reply# 19   8/16/2017 at 18:58 by Rolls_rapide (Scotland)        
Electrolux 4x4

Succeeded the 'Dolphin' Series.

Had four independent castors (like modern Sebo's), high filtration electrostatic dustbag, and an automatic feature of winding in and out the flex as it was moved about. Available in such colours as 'British Racing Green', and blue. Probably also had remote control hose and 'Pulse Power' booster.

Z4440 and Z4460.

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Post# 376934 , Reply# 20   8/16/2017 at 19:15 by Rolls_rapide (Scotland)        

Here's the Electrolux bags for the 4x4.

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Post# 376935 , Reply# 21   8/16/2017 at 19:29 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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If I remember correctly, the Eureka Europa was a Swedish-made Volta "Gemini" canister married to a Eureka Express or World Vac power nozzle. The American-made electrified hose had a pigtail connection on the canister end.

Electrolux's Volta division provided its North American Eureka division with many good canisters since the early 1990's.

Post# 376936 , Reply# 22   8/16/2017 at 19:39 by carolinaguy1996 (Candler, NC)        

Good one. Samsung's machines quit due to blowing up like the Note 7. The Dutchtech failed because it was not as successful as the 8-pound uprights. The Euro-Pro Fantoms failed due to poor tech support and being cheap and unreliable. The Bissell DigiPro failed because it was a failed attempt at a Miele knock-off (check out fantomlightning's video on it from 2015). The Dirt Devil Ultra hand-vac is still around, but it fails due to poor suction, awful motors, harder belt changes, and just being loud even on the low-speed setting.

Post# 376943 , Reply# 23   8/17/2017 at 06:18 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Forgot to mention: the Kenmore Glide stick vac. Excellent machine that came and went in a year or two. Not sure why.

Also: the Eureka Two-Motor Excalibur Upright. Electrical switch problems sent this model to an early grave.

Post# 376950 , Reply# 24   8/17/2017 at 09:52 by fantomfan57 (Austin, Texas)        
Interesting information...

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I actually have a Eureka Europa. The unit's burgundy color is darker than the PN's.

Never really have used it, just cleaned and prepped to sell on CL.

I have had it for a couple of years and keep forgetting to list it.

Any interest?

Post# 376954 , Reply# 25   8/17/2017 at 12:02 by carolinaguy1996 (Candler, NC)        

Uh, no. Also, the Hoover Duros wasn't around for long due to being like the Bissell DigiPro (Asian vac sold in America, parts are hard to track, unreliable, weak hoses, poor suction power, and no bare floor tool). At least it's not made in China. The Kenmore Cyclonic Home Cleaning System from Electrolux wasn't around for long, due to design and reliability issues. The Hoover Elite Cyclonic canister wasn't around for long due to being cheaply made and for having issues of its own.

Post# 376955 , Reply# 26   8/17/2017 at 12:37 by human (Pines of Carolina)        
+1 on the Electrolux Intensity

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We got a bunch of those in when I worked at Tuesday Morning circa 2010. They were priced attractively and sold briskly--but then they started coming back. Cheap plasticrap. I pitched several in the Dumpster after they were returned and was never tempted to try and save one. It gave me a renewed appreciation of my ever faithful--and comparatively indestructible--1205 canister.

Post# 376970 , Reply# 27   8/17/2017 at 21:38 by carolinaguy1996 (Candler, NC)        

I forgot about the Intensity. Seems Electrolux after Eureka took them meant a drop in quality.

Post# 376984 , Reply# 28   8/18/2017 at 09:24 by dysonman1 (Rolla, Missouri)        

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There used to be a water filtration (no separator) vac called "The Oasis", made in Arkansas, and then Springfield, MO. Huge, monstrous, overgrown, ineffective, astronomically priced. Think of a Thermax AF but even bigger. It didn't last any time at all.

Post# 376988 , Reply# 29   8/18/2017 at 11:22 by Air-WayCharlie (USA)        

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Let's not forget the Bison and what a stellar performer that was. Quiet, easy to use and lightweight............NOT! It lasted about 5 minutes.

Post# 376993 , Reply# 30   8/18/2017 at 12:49 by carolinaguy1996 (Candler, NC)        

I don't know Bison. The Oasis was a Rainbow clone but not as effective.

Post# 376995 , Reply# 31   8/18/2017 at 12:53 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Ah the Oasis, how did I forget that one. I have both models they made. lol Terrible but yet fun to have. I have also seen an "oasis" labeled New Star on Springfeild craigslist.
From what I can find on the web it looks like Oasis started 1997 by tradewinds inc and was gone by 2001 and the patents are currently for sale if someone wanted to start producing it again.

Post# 376997 , Reply# 32   8/18/2017 at 13:03 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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The first model Oasis.

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Post# 377011 , Reply# 33   8/18/2017 at 18:41 by carolinaguy1996 (Candler, NC)        

It looks so much like a Tristar.

Post# 377033 , Reply# 34   8/19/2017 at 03:16 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

The Oasis looks more like a Vortech Force vacuum than a TriStar-and it does so resemble a Thermax.Had two of those loser machines I got FREE from a Kirby trade in pile-sold them to a vac shop as parts machines!The Kirby folks hated them so bad and got rid of them to me.The Thermax is more of an upholstery cleaner machine than a vacuum cleaner.

Post# 377060 , Reply# 35   8/19/2017 at 14:47 by carolinaguy1996 (Candler, NC)        

The Hoover Platinum shampooer died an early death due to being not as good as the Steam Vac. The 2006-2009 Constellation died an early death because it was not as ideal as the classics. The Samsung vacs went away because Samsung now makes devices that blow up-yes I said it-Samsung is now a terrorist and not just a poor designer (from the Note 7 cases). The Dyson DC18 went away because it was for a Dyson, ass (no offense to the Dyson fans out there).

Why else would Bissell destroy the bagged Lift-Offs? They were designed better than the POS bagless units. Why can't people realize the fact that bagged machines tend to last longer and be better for allergy sufferers? To people who don't like spending money on new bags, shake-out bags exist for a reason.

Post# 377066 , Reply# 36   8/19/2017 at 15:17 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Also on the note of the Excalibur upright - they had a commercial model as well under the Sanitaire version. I have a leaflet that shows it.

As for the bagged Lift Off - it was on the market for at least 7-8 years. I think it went away because bagless vacuums were getting very popular by the time it was time to replace it.

The Oasis vacuum above - never seen one in person. The power nozzle looks the one that Singer had on some canisters and also as a dry power nozzle on the Kenmore Home Cleaning System.

Post# 377135 , Reply# 37   8/21/2017 at 12:01 by Mike811 (Finland)        

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All powerhead canisters in Finland. They just don't sell. People are so used to use straight suction canisters with the light nozzles. Weight of the powerhead is too much and it's clumsy for the majority of the people.
There is need for the ph canisters and many homes has hard to clean plush rugs. Average home what I have seen over the years has 50% hard floors and 50% carpets (no wall to wall).
Surprisingly Lux (with the ph) and Kirby sell fairly well. Both are only sold door to door. No uprights at all in walmart style supermarkets. Kirby and Vorwerk are only uprights that sell in here.
I can think of just one canister vacuum cleaner with the ph, what is available in the "normal" stores. That is Electrolux Ultraone Quattro with big ph.
We don't have vacuum shops. Only household appliance stores and those naturally also sell vacuum cleaners.

Post# 377175 , Reply# 38   8/22/2017 at 12:04 by carolinaguy1996 (Candler, NC)        

Possibly the Eureka Atlantis failed. Easy fold down handle, but it was way worse than the Bissell units. It was sold at Lowes from it's 2004 debut. Then it got sold at Wal-Mart only and then killed off. The Express compact was worse than the Little Green.

Post# 377220 , Reply# 39   8/24/2017 at 00:53 by man114 (Buffalo NY)        

I wouldn't say Fantom died quickly they were around for a good 12 years and killed themselves. They sold in droves though and I still regularly see them in thrift stores. When I worked in housewares in college I literally ordered pallets of Furys and they sold like hot cakes.

Samsung still technically sells a robotic vacuum. As far as their uprights I bought one for $50 on clearance at Sears and I like it, I think it does a better job than the Dysons it obviously rips off.

Post# 377223 , Reply# 40   8/24/2017 at 10:55 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Yes that is the singer power nozzle. I'm not sure who makes it but it's pretty awful. When I do use my Oasis machines I use other power nozzles with them.

Post# 377224 , Reply# 41   8/24/2017 at 11:00 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Another one that's very rare, sold poorly, was not mass produced and on everyone's wish list is the Compact ABC (Always Beauty Clean) power nozzle in the late 50's and very early 60's.

Post# 377225 , Reply# 42   8/24/2017 at 11:08 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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oh and we can't forget the Compact upright.....
I wonder how many of you just went WHAAAAAAAT? an upright?

During the c-8 c-9 era they had a private label Eureka full(continental)hood F-G style upright with a chrome hood and black label leading me to believe it went with the C-8 around 74-78ish
I've only ever seen one and it had a replacement bag. Never seen any literature on it or anything in my life BUT one did pop up on Ebay years ago. Sometimes I can google image it and it comes up.

In addition to the Compact there were also a few models also labeled for Silver King. I have one so I'm not sure how rare those are.

Do any of our more knowledgeable folks on here know anything about the Compact and Silver King "Eureka" uprights? Like were they sold in janitorial or door to door with the tanks, or sold in the dealership, or vacuum shops?

Post# 377241 , Reply# 43   8/24/2017 at 21:24 by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        
What about this?

It's a Shark stick vacuum I used to have. I never remember seeing this one in stores and I don't remember much advertisement for it either

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Post# 377276 , Reply# 44   8/26/2017 at 09:44 by carolinaguy1996 (Candler, NC)        

The purple color means it was released around 2010 or so.

Post# 377873 , Reply# 45   9/4/2017 at 20:22 by jfalberti (Visalia, CA)        
Kirby Ultimate G and Diamond Edition

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I have to respectfully disagree with a comment made about the Ultimate G Diamond Edition. The Ultimate G was released in 2002, and the Diamond Edition was released in 2003. The DE ran until 2006, when it was replaced by the Sentria. I do agree that the DE delicate switch did confuse some owners. The original Sentria had a 6 year run,


Post# 378137 , Reply# 46   9/9/2017 at 07:28 by carolinaguy1996 (Candler, NC)        

The Bissell Butler/Butler Revolution canisters anyone?

Post# 379441 , Reply# 47   10/8/2017 at 18:01 by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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What about Garry vacuums?

Or maybe, the Amway ClearTrak? Although it was not a bad vacuum at all (it is a very good one), the legal war between Thomas Dyson and Amway killed it off early.

They were only sold through industrial catalogs and never sold to the general public for home use. They had to pull the models out of the market before it barely even was produced due to the patent violations, so not many were purchased. I've never seen anyone to this day with a ClearTrak or a Garry (besides me).

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