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Electrolux's Finest- PRE 1980
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Post# 152100   9/19/2011 at 19:06 (4,547 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

If you could pick the BEST Electrolux made, or your favrite made, before 1980, what would it be?

XXX for me.

Post# 152104 , Reply# 1   9/19/2011 at 19:18 (4,547 days old) by compactelectra (Palm Springs)        
No Question

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The fabulous Model G.

Post# 152105 , Reply# 2   9/19/2011 at 19:21 (4,547 days old) by henry200 (Saint Paul MN)        

It's a G for me, forever and always.

Post# 152106 , Reply# 3   9/19/2011 at 19:25 (4,547 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

I was going to say the G, such a lovely vacuum and a great one at that.

I picked the XXX because its just so iconic.

Post# 152108 , Reply# 4   9/19/2011 at 19:28 (4,547 days old) by kenkart ()        
Same for me

The G!!

Post# 152112 , Reply# 5   9/19/2011 at 20:21 (4,547 days old) by hoover1 ()        

it's definitely the G for me, such a great body design.

Post# 152114 , Reply# 6   9/19/2011 at 20:22 (4,547 days old) by thevacuumguy96 (Pocatello, ID)        

Model L or XXX for Me.

Post# 152125 , Reply# 7   9/19/2011 at 20:39 (4,547 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Man that model G sure hits home for me.

Superior in silence, performance, and beauty!

Post# 152132 , Reply# 8   9/19/2011 at 20:54 (4,547 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Being Canadian I have to throw in my vote for the ZB88.


Post# 152198 , Reply# 9   9/19/2011 at 23:18 (4,547 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

Mdl XXX for style
1205 for performance & features
G for all of the above

Post# 152229 , Reply# 10   9/20/2011 at 00:27 (4,547 days old) by goadie12 ()        

Ya I have to agree with Doug 100% on this one for me it would be the z88 or z89 one of those two would have to be it for me and yes I know it is 1982 I really love the brown AP280 thanks. Zach

Post# 152236 , Reply# 11   9/20/2011 at 01:18 (4,547 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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The first model L for me

Post# 152240 , Reply# 12   9/20/2011 at 03:15 (4,547 days old) by beerad (Beautiful Vancouver BC)        
mine would be

the canadian lux green model 89

Post# 152247 , Reply# 13   9/20/2011 at 05:56 (4,547 days old) by richardlxixxx (Jupiter, Florida)        
Without a doubt

My choices:


The 1952 Electrolux Model LX.  In my opinion, it is the most beautiful Electrolux vacuum ever produced.  Innovative new ideas, great power, and a magnificent design.  However, it was not a very practical vacuum.  Much too heavy and did suffer from premature bag ejection. (I did say ejection).  A great example of machine age design.


The absolute best pre 1980 Electrolux vacuum cleaner is the Model G.  The Model G was not only visually beautiful and streamlined, it was powerful, quiet, efficient, and built to last. Everything a quality vacuum should be.  It is and always will be an iconic vacuum.


A great day to all,



Post# 152250 , Reply# 14   9/20/2011 at 06:59 (4,547 days old) by papasvacs (Lauderdale Lakes, FL)        

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Like all three XXX, Auto F and G. Have all three. Use the XXX in my Florida house and the G as daily driver in New York. Great machines. My XXX is over 60 years old and still runs as good as new. F and G have super suction.

What do you think of Hoover? Have a few convertibles and just bought a new one from massagemiracle on ebay. Just waiting for it to arrive. They pair great with the Lux!

Post# 152254 , Reply# 15   9/20/2011 at 07:15 (4,547 days old) by sireluxomatic ()        

The 88!

Post# 152280 , Reply# 16   9/20/2011 at 13:42 (4,546 days old) by mercuryman ()        
Pre-1980 Favorites:

ALL OF THEM! LOL But seriously, I think the turquoise Model L with PN-2 is the best cleaning machine. The Model L with the plastic bag chamber (1968 and newer) has the best airflow of any Lux machine, and the PN-2 was designed to be effective when used in conjunction with a cleaner outfitted with a 535 watt motor.

Of course, the Model G is probably the quintessential example of Electrolux quality at its best. Gorgeous in design, powerful suction, and whisper-quiet. The Model G is only paralleled by the Model XXX, which, in my opinion, is the machine that introduced Electrolux as a brand of choice for so many homes for so many years.

Post# 152367 , Reply# 17   9/21/2011 at 00:34 (4,546 days old) by BrianKirbyClass (Eudora Kansas)        

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Id have to say the Electrolux Hospital Model G,,in Bronze and white, with matching PN, and tools. (Altho ive never owned or used one, have only dreamed if it)
And, im extremely fond of the 1975 Electrolux Golden Jubilee,with the blue 50th anniversary sticker on the back of the machine, and top of the PN. Its one of my childhood vacs (Grandma bought one new in April of 1976),,has a very special place in my heart.

Post# 152398 , Reply# 18   9/21/2011 at 08:25 (4,546 days old) by Air-WayCharlie (USA)        

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The model G in any of it's forms: turquoise, tan or hospital version.

I use my G fairly regularly with a new, genuine Lux pigtail hose and a P/N 6. It is very quiet and light weight. I can carry the vacuum as I move along. Very nice and it has the wonderful exhaust smell unique to the G's.

Charlie W.

Post# 152471 , Reply# 19   9/21/2011 at 20:39 (4,545 days old) by mercuryman ()        
"it has the wonderful exhaust smell unique to the G'


I know exactly what smell you're talking about. When I first got my Model G and turned it on, I couldn't believe smelled like...Grandma's old Model AF! The AF definitely had that same exhaust smell you're talking about. No other Luxes have that smell, for some bizarre reason. I think the AF and the G are essentially the same machine, only with the AF having the optional donut-style cordwinder. They both sounded very similar when running. I remember thinking Grandma's AF was SO much quieter and more pleasant-sounding than my mom's Super J when I was a kid. The Super J is a great machine, but it's noisy!

Post# 152473 , Reply# 20   9/21/2011 at 20:57 (4,545 days old) by petek (Ontario)        

I've a factory rebuilt Model G sans power nozzle models as well as a Canadian 88 red and 89 green which are essentially the same other than the color.
The G, 88, 89 are all remarkably quiet whereas once they switched to the plasti-body machines like my Super J and AP280, 2100 and System 90, the noise factor increased exponentially.
I use the Model G and the green 89 most frequently. Well up until I got the Miele allervac which is pretty quiet as well.
It's too bad that Electrolux didn't put so much effort into noise reduction on the later machines, to me it's a huge factor. The later Aerus machines were even worse I think. When you put out big bucks like that on a vacuum it should be unobtrusive.

Post# 152482 , Reply# 21   9/21/2011 at 22:12 (4,545 days old) by mercuryman ()        
Well, here's a theory:

As far as "noise-dampening" in Luxes...I just thought of this:

The airflow in Luxes prior to the introduction of the 1205 occurred in a straight line, from suction inlet to exhaust. The motor was totally encased in the machine, and the exhaust blew out of the front "hole" with such fury that its sound muffled the motor noise. Hence why the machines sounded so "quiet"...all you heard was the airflow.

When the 1205 was introduced, the motor sat BELOW the exhaust outlet. The exhaust was not as concentrated as it was in the earlier machines. I think this allowed a lot more motor noise to emanate from the machine. Ever notice how the sound of a 1205 or later machine changes when the blower port is opened?

Tell me if you guys think I'm onto something. :-P

Post# 152483 , Reply# 22   9/21/2011 at 22:24 (4,545 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Makes perfect logic to me. I think you are very correct in that!

Post# 152534 , Reply# 23   9/22/2011 at 09:28 (4,545 days old) by collector2 (Moose Jaw, Sk)        

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Partly but it also has to do with the speed and design of the motor. If you run the motors ouside of the machine the new ones are alot noisier too.

Post# 152538 , Reply# 24   9/22/2011 at 10:06 (4,545 days old) by petek (Ontario)        

Had to dig out my Super J and 2100 for comparison and there's definitely a difference there. The J to my ears is still acceptable, the 2100 not so much for a machine that cost what it did new.

Post# 152539 , Reply# 25   9/22/2011 at 10:19 (4,545 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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I have never worked on a USA electrolux before but one of the things I can tell you is that as motors grow more powerfull they spin faster and so the noise goes up, some current vacuum motors spin as fast as 40 000 rpm but most modern day vacuums spin around the 30 000 rpm mark


When I was working in the development department for Electrolux SA we had a new shop vac type vacuum that we were developing and the thrust and torque from the motor was so great that the machine would spin 360 deg on start up . we solved this with soft start sofware.

Post# 152642 , Reply# 26   9/23/2011 at 13:52 (4,543 days old) by akabent (LEFT Coast)        
No doubt, XXX's and G's are headliners in this group

...and I'm fortunate enough to have multiple incarnations of each. Both are great machines, but although I do not have a production tally of G's manufactured, I venture to say neither the G's nor any other vacuum that comes to mind would touch 30/XXX's 13 or 15 MILLION unit production totals (I forget which.) I'd have to say, that speaks volumes!

That said, this does not detract from the quality or design attributes of the G's or 87/89-series Electroli.

((Does anyone out there have the production numbers for the XXX/30 AND perhaps for
the G?))

RBinOC :)

Post# 152791 , Reply# 27   9/23/2011 at 22:54 (4,543 days old) by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        
I Agree, It's The G!

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I believe the G is Electrolux at it's finest--powerful, quiet, and pleasing ot the eye. Although the XXX and Automatic E are also favorites of mine, the G is hands down the finest Lux ever built.

Post# 152822 , Reply# 28   9/24/2011 at 07:08 (4,543 days old) by vacuumfreak (Ontario, Canada)        

Since I have no experience with a G, it would definitely the model XXX because of its quietness and strong suction. I have to agree with Doug on the model 88 since I am Canadian, but the XXX is my favourite american model. :)

Post# 239320 , Reply# 29   7/8/2013 at 06:15 (3,890 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

Model L (1205-era)
Automatic E

Someday I'd like to have a Canadian model Elux-O-Matic or UK Lux canister

This post was last edited 07/08/2013 at 11:15
Post# 239332 , Reply# 30   7/8/2013 at 07:20 (3,890 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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Definitely the green Z89! Powerful, quiet, well built.


Post# 239335 , Reply# 31   7/8/2013 at 07:41 (3,890 days old) by kirbylux77 (London, Ontario, Canada)        

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Well, for me, it is a toss up between 3 models. The Canadian 88/89 metal body Luxes, the AP280, & also the American Super J we had for a while here. And if I had to pick my favorite of the three, my vote goes for the 89. Gotta love how quiet it is, powerful & well-made, & the hose handle design with trigger switch & front suction control valve is perhaps their best design. Wish they had made a better powerhead for it though....


Post# 239342 , Reply# 32   7/8/2013 at 10:51 (3,890 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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I liked the AP280 with the 2 speeds but hated the stiff woven hose and the extra plastic molding at the top of the hose next to the handle.


Post# 456226 , Reply# 33   8/27/2022 at 09:24 (553 days old) by danwalker (Calgary, Alberta ,Canada)        

I am also Canadian and I feel that the best vacuum Electrolux made was the model 89. I own five of them. I have used the method described on this forum [somewhere] to seal the original hose with liquid latex, and it works very well.
Now the hose really has suction

Post# 456227 , Reply# 34   8/27/2022 at 09:30 (553 days old) by Thevacomaticiec (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        

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For me simple my Electrolux zb 89.

Post# 456284 , Reply# 35   8/28/2022 at 13:40 (551 days old) by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        
Later produced Model G's

Turquoise model G's produced after the sibling model G bronze came out were equipped with it's larger motor which I'm told was a nice improvement. So that's my choice. The Hospital G is probably even better but aesthetically turquoise is my choice.

Post# 456322 , Reply# 36   8/29/2022 at 22:27 (550 days old) by mjhoshaw (Western PA)        
Has to be the model G . . .

. . . in any form. I own both a turquoise and a tan model G. They must be at end of turquoise and the beginning of tan production, because both run at the same speed, draw identical wattage, and have within 1" of the same sealed suction - neither here nor there for this thread. I didn't grow up with the model G, but I love it. "Elegant" is the word that comes to mind.


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