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Why No Love For Sanyo Vacuums
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Post# 377783   9/3/2017 at 18:01 by carolinaguy1996 (Candler, NC)        

I know Sanyo doesn't make vacuums anymore. When they did make them, how come some people showed no love or respect for them?

Post# 377786 , Reply# 1   9/3/2017 at 18:44 by blackheart (North Dakota)        
In my case

Lack of experience with them. I've had 1 sanyo. A yellow transformax with a turbine nozzle. I rather liked it, it was quiet, had a fair amount of power, and it worked well for small jobs, or light vacuuming. I wouldn't mind trying out a few more of their designs.

Post# 377787 , Reply# 2   9/3/2017 at 19:03 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Japanese-made Sanyo compact canisters were excellent little machines: quiet, lightweight and powerful. But like so many Japanese canisters of the 1970's and 80's, they required messy emptying of their "dust cassettes" and filters.

Post# 377795 , Reply# 3   9/3/2017 at 21:10 by NickTechTalk (New Jersey)        

I have a green Sanyo Transformax that I really like. Quiet and light weight. Only complaint is that bags are expensive for it. Thats really the only experience that I ever had with them.

Post# 377804 , Reply# 4   9/4/2017 at 06:52 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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The Sanyo Transformax was actually rated the best stick-vac by Consumer Reports at the time it was being sold on the market - I think early 1990's. It was one of the earliest vacs to offer a "lift off" canister to transform from upright mode to canister mode - along with the larger Bissell Lift Off upright of that era.

Post# 377805 , Reply# 5   9/4/2017 at 08:22 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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I remember seeing the Transformax at the vacuum store back then, thought it was super cool.

I used to see the little Kenmore badged Sanyo canisters in my Sears catalogs but never knew who made them until I asked on here.

Shortly after that, I wound up finding a Kenmore Let's Clean badged Sanyo canister at Habitat for $5. Has everything with it including the manual.

It's a fun little vacuum to use. But as mentioned above, the dust cassette/compartment is messy to empty, and the filter has to be cleaned often. It doesn't take long for the dust indicator to show red, although it still seems to have good suction at that point.

I don't know anyone really having anything against Sanyo vacuums. I think they are well made. However, Sanyo never seemed to have a big share of the market here in North America. They made at least one upright, but most of their others were the tiny canisters that were more suited to tiny Japanese apartments than American homes, which are often much larger. The attachments tended to be very small and with short hoses. These typically were with the compact vacuums like the Hoover Tempo and Eureka Mighty Mite, and Sanyo didn't seem to make the larger power nozzle type canisters which had the larger market share, and again few uprights.

I did see recently a Sanyo shop type vacuum (dry pick up only) on eBay and thought that was interesting as I had never seen such a vacuum from them.

Post# 377807 , Reply# 6   9/4/2017 at 08:50 by bvac6 (Fort Wayne, Indiana)        

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I have an old Sanyo upright with a cordreel, kind of looks like a Kenmore Twin Fan. It works really well, has a very aggressive brushroll. I like the older ones!

Post# 377854 , Reply# 7   9/4/2017 at 14:29 by carolinaguy1996 (Candler, NC)        

Sanyo and Euro-Pro Fantom once had a relationship.

Post# 377874 , Reply# 8   9/4/2017 at 20:22 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Another note about Sanyo compact canisters: the hose handle had a very convenient on-off switch (the hose was electrified) and like so many Japanese compact canisters of the 1980's (Toshiba, Hitachi, National/Panasonic), the canister stored on top of a plastic bin that stored the hose and wands and tools! So convenient!!!!

Post# 377876 , Reply# 9   9/4/2017 at 23:12 by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

Gotta be the same Sanyo that made the little cassette reel motors for Nakamichi and others. They were the scourge of the industry and made analog repairmen turn to drink. For analog collectors today, they are still problematic.

I vaguely remember these vacs, so it's nice to see all the info here.


Post# 377932 , Reply# 10   9/5/2017 at 20:58 by Dysonman1 (Rolla, Missouri)        

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Sanyo uprights were similar to Sharp. They were sold through vacuum shops. They were OK, but nothing spectacular. They briefly took off when they came up with the bagless upright, vacuum shops jumped on them because it was a vac shop bagless to compete with the Hoover twin chamber.

Post# 377950 , Reply# 11   9/6/2017 at 01:56 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Somewhere I have both a Sanyou bagged canister vacuum and a bagged upright-they were competitors to Sharp-the Sharp was better quality.I have some of those,too.Packed somewhere in my room of long lost vacuums.

Post# 378012 , Reply# 12   9/6/2017 at 18:31 by carolinaguy1996 (Candler, NC)        

We all know how ass Fantom turned out in the end, with the Twin-Chamber design of Hoovers.

Post# 378014 , Reply# 13   9/6/2017 at 19:22 by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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I have a few Sanyo vintage cylinder vacs, They are prety awesome vacuums, Power button is on the hose, although their is one inside the tool caddy for when you use the blowing function

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Post# 378016 , Reply# 14   9/6/2017 at 19:36 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
I have a odd upright,

It has a crank to dislodge dirt from the filter...

Post# 378020 , Reply# 15   9/6/2017 at 19:55 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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Here's my Kenmore Let's Clean canister from Sanyo.

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Post# 378023 , Reply# 16   9/6/2017 at 20:12 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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A close friend of mine got a "Let's Clean" as a hand-me-down from a relative of his. Great example of a mid-1980's compact canister made in Japan. All the tools - short hose included - fit inside the storage bin. The wand is comprised of 3 short sections that also fit in the bin. This Kenmore/Sanyo is the only vacuum I know that uses an English expression as its model name!

Post# 378028 , Reply# 17   9/6/2017 at 20:39 by luxlife (Under a Pecan Tree)        
Sanyo Mite Hunter from the 80's / 90's

This was an interesting machine. The cover closed over the hose inlet after use and this would divert hot air from the exhaust to blow into the bag. In theory it was supposed to kill dust mites in the bag. Kinda pointless to kill the mites if they're already bagged. I always thought it was a clever gimmick.

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Post# 378034 , Reply# 18   9/6/2017 at 21:59 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
I have one of those

Canisters, Another one from Mike Hays.

Post# 378038 , Reply# 19   9/6/2017 at 23:01 by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

There was the myth for yrs that once inside the bag, insects can't get back out. They can, but not with regularity. A lot of people suck up a little Seven when they know they sucked up bugs like mites and spiders.


Post# 378046 , Reply# 20   9/7/2017 at 03:00 by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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samsung had a similar machine called the x bug with the same feature of killing bugs. Cool well made machine, I had one in the workshop a few weeks back. They were very popular

Post# 378114 , Reply# 21   9/8/2017 at 16:02 by carolinaguy1996 (Candler, NC)        

It's as strange as the self-cleaning filters.

Post# 378131 , Reply# 22   9/9/2017 at 03:01 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Insects in vacuums---after the bug has been picked up-the air blasting thru their spiracles--breathing holes-dries the inside of the insect out.All it takes is to run the vacuum for a few minutes after picking them up.Also the powerfull air currents in the vacuum tears the bugs apart!

Post# 378139 , Reply# 23   9/9/2017 at 07:42 by carolinaguy1996 (Candler, NC)        

That's a much better practice than chemicals.

Post# 378168 , Reply# 24   9/9/2017 at 23:14 by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

"Insects in vacuums---after the bug has been picked up-the air blasting thru their spiracles--breathing holes-dries the inside of the insect out.All it takes is to run the vacuum for a few minutes after picking them up.Also the powerfull air currents in the vacuum tears the bugs apart!"

Couldn't disagree more, depends on the bugs. Can't vouge for the 'hot air' vacs that are designed to cook the bugs a normal canister vac, I've had huge spiders come back out and re-greet me the next morning. And when I lived in Kansas, they had these tank type beetles that scurried across your carpet and just stepping on them with shoes would usually not kill them. I had those beetles exit the vacs frequently until I heard about using Seven.


That's Fool's Paradise to think bugs can't get back out of a canister vac. Like I said earlier, not a frequent experience for most, but certainly happens.



Post# 378173 , Reply# 25   9/10/2017 at 02:52 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

I have picked up MANY bugs with my vacuums-Guarantee you NONE have escaped.As I pointed out earlier I run the machine for a few minutes after picking them up-esp the large roaches that frequent the area where I live.Other householders here get them,too.I pick them up with my ProTeam FS6 vacuum mounted on a cart.When I look in the open top bag-they have been torn apart from the airflow.And If I pick them up with a fan first vacuum-IE the Simplicity Cordless Freedom-the brushroll and fan tears them apart.You see pieces of them in the bag.

Post# 378206 , Reply# 26   9/10/2017 at 16:49 by unconscious (London, UK)        

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That germ killing thing was I think mostly present in the Karcher's TSC555. My mum used to work at Karcher in the late 90s and they were still available in Poland, I remember seeing it in one of the catalogs describing its magical powers. Ibaisaic has a really cool video on it and in the end you can see him using the germ killing function.

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