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Been thinking about getting a Hoover Elite- Your thoughts and reccomendations?
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Post# 143077   7/13/2011 at 18:54 (4,166 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

Im not real popular over here in the contemprary forum. In fact, I think this is my first topic here since I got that Oreck.

Anyways, Ive been thinking for the past day or so and I really want an Elite.

What are your recommendations as to what model to get? Im not real popular with newer Hoovers. I'd really like to get a pre-TTI Model.

Your thoughts?

Post# 143087 , Reply# 1   7/13/2011 at 19:17 (4,166 days old) by bagintheback (Flagstaff, Arizona)        

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I second the motion! Although not too many people like them over there, I happen to love them. They are great deep-cleaners and are easy to maintain. Even better is they use much less electricity than their successors.

You have two choices: The first is to pay $100 to get a new soft-cover commercial model. If you pay another hundred you can get a hard-cover model with tools. The downside is that they are made in Mexico by TTI, unlike the older household models made in the USA, and that they only come in black. I've never liked gray or black anything.

The second choice is to go to thrift stores and find a used one. They are not too hard to find, but they normally need some work such as a new belt or brush roll, and of course a new type A bag. I personally like the soft-cover 1990s Elite II-type models. They come under all sorts of names: Decade, Preferred, Convertible, Soft-Guard, Breath Easy, Soft and Light, Encore and lots others. If you are lucky, you might find a bagless Elite from the early 2000s, or even better a Hoover Caddy Vac, which has a removable tool caddy. With any one of these models, with good parts, you will be very happy with.

Sadly, the last Elites are nearing the end of their life-span, about 10 years. I think they ended production of household models around 2003-2004ish.


Post# 143089 , Reply# 2   7/13/2011 at 19:19 (4,166 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

Thank you!

What do you think would be a reasonable price for a used one?

Post# 143090 , Reply# 3   7/13/2011 at 19:22 (4,166 days old) by hoover1 ()        

Great idea! I have all of the Elites. I really think that you should get the blue model u4717!

Post# 143104 , Reply# 4   7/13/2011 at 19:38 (4,166 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I have a few

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strong,  yet, not my favorite!  People recently have been literally delivering them to my door... in various conditions.  While I was away,  a green Elite was placed on my porch.  Not sure if it even runs.. If you were closer,  I'd just give it to you,  or one from the basement.  I also have a U.S. one,  right out of the box,  and,  one mint one from a convent. (don't ask). There WAS a great CONVERTIBLE "Elite", too.   If you could get your hands on one of THOSE...........

Post# 143115 , Reply# 5   7/13/2011 at 20:06 (4,166 days old) by thevacuumguy96 (Pocatello, ID)        

Hey hoover1, I have a blue Hoover Elite just like that! It's a great machine. I would definitely recommend getting one! They clean really well too.

Post# 143120 , Reply# 6   7/13/2011 at 20:34 (4,166 days old) by DesiredName (Utah)        

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I just saw an Elite at a thrift store yesterday.

Post# 143121 , Reply# 7   7/13/2011 at 20:40 (4,166 days old) by hoover1 ()        

a few other Elites.

Post# 143122 , Reply# 8   7/13/2011 at 20:43 (4,166 days old) by bagintheback (Flagstaff, Arizona)        

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In my last post, I said a name of an Elite was "Breath Easy", but it's Breathe Easy, sorry.

For the price, I personally would never pay more than $30 for an Elite at a thrift store. Just make sure to turn it on before you buy. Many Elites die from a broken fans, and that might be the reason it is at the thrift store in the first place. Check the brush roll too; if it's too worn you'll have to invest another $20 in a brush roll. $30, good parts and sound, and you got yourself a great vacuum!

Post# 457008 , Reply# 9   9/23/2022 at 15:49 by Eureka1998 (New York )        

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I know this is an old post but is that soft & light blue or gray? It looks gray but I've only ever seen a deep navy blue one of the 12 amp variant.

Post# 457011 , Reply# 10   9/23/2022 at 16:05 by panasonicvac (Northern Utah)        

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That username is no longer on here.

Post# 457013 , Reply# 11   9/23/2022 at 16:24 by Eureka1998 (New York )        

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Oh dang I had no idea lol. I've arrived on this forum alot later than most

Post# 457014 , Reply# 12   9/23/2022 at 16:24 by Eureka1998 (New York )        

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Oh right I forgot if it's green that means it's inactive

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