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Post# 152101   9/19/2011 at 19:08 (2,589 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

If you could pick an THE BEST Electrolux made, or your favorite, after 1980, what would it be?

Epic 6000 for me.

Post# 152109 , Reply# 1   9/19/2011 at 19:40 (2,589 days old) by andken23 ()        

my favorite ambassador iii white and blue
Andrew j Kendall

Post# 152120 , Reply# 2   9/19/2011 at 20:36 (2,589 days old) by hoover1 ()        
My favorite

is the 2100.

Post# 152126 , Reply# 3   9/19/2011 at 20:40 (2,589 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

I really adore the design and features of the newest models Aerus machines. But I have never really gotten to use one in depth, so cant speak much on them.

Post# 152134 , Reply# 4   9/19/2011 at 21:01 (2,589 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

Epic 6500 or Lux Classic

Post# 152235 , Reply# 5   9/20/2011 at 01:08 (2,589 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

ZC-880 of course...

(Nobody said which Electrolux, so I picked the original Electrolux!!)

Post# 152238 , Reply# 6   9/20/2011 at 01:25 (2,589 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Im pretty happy with my Guardian

Post# 152241 , Reply# 7   9/20/2011 at 03:16 (2,589 days old) by beerad (Beautiful Vancouver BC)        

would be the canadian model 89 green

Post# 152245 , Reply# 8   9/20/2011 at 04:52 (2,588 days old) by mark40511 (Lexington, KY)        

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I've been using my Renaissance for over a month now and now that the hose issue has been ironed out.... I LOVE IT! Super easy to use! Great suction. The cord is long. I don't have to change outlets at all. I didn't think I would use the three speeds but I DO! Especially with the sidekick. If the speed is on HIGH it's too much suction for the sidekick to work well, I put it on med or low and it works great. I have a cat that lays on a blanket and I can use the sidekick on LOW to get all the hair off the blanket without inhaling the blanket.

I like the looks of the 6500 and epic 8000 too

I'm assuming it's a lot like the Guardian; they look the same except for the hepa filter that goes on the Guardian

Post# 152248 , Reply# 9   9/20/2011 at 06:19 (2,588 days old) by richardlxixxx (Jupiter, Florida)        
A vacuum Aerus should aspire to reproduce

My favorite post 1980 Electrolux would be the Olympia One.  In my opinion, it was the absolute best Electrolux ever manufactured.  The Olympia One was very powerful, built to last, easy to use, dependable, and had my favorite power nozzle.  This is a vacuum that Aerus should find a way to reproduce to modern standards.  The Olympia One is fairly quiet compared to an Aerus Guardian or Legacy.     


The Olympia One was my first brand new Electrolux.  Purchased when I moved into my first new home.  I still have it and have maintained it in pristine condition.  It is my friend.  However, it has been regulated to spare vacuum status.  My daily driver is a Miele Champagne.  The Miele is very powerful, quiet, has superior filtration, easy to use, and much less expensive than a new top of the line Aerus.  Did I mention the Miele is quiet and powerful!!  Aerus, take note.


Now for my opinion of the new Aerus vacuum cleaners.  Overpriced, not user friendly, much too loud (you almost need ear plugs), too difficult to use, I hate the designs, the attachments are not well constructed, and again are MUCH TOO EXPENSIVE.


A great day to all,





Post# 152255 , Reply# 10   9/20/2011 at 07:31 (2,588 days old) by sireluxomatic ()        

A bit trickier than pre-1980, because there are so many models that share motors and other components, not to mention body style and colors, but I would have to say the various iterations of the Epic 6500. I've come to appreciate these machines lately, after not having been much of a fan before. They're super-powerful, and I quite like the integrated wiring, and, especially, the swivel power nozzle elbow.

Post# 152264 , Reply# 11   9/20/2011 at 12:33 (2,588 days old) by bimmer740 (Long Island, New York)        

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I really like many of the post-1980 Electrolux models. I really love the metal bodied UltraLux/Grand Marquis, I love the colors and the overall looks of this vacuum. Plus its easy to service, the body is metal, and they really do last. As for the plastic bodied machines, I really do love my Epic 6000. The 6000 combines the very light weight canister with powerful suction, and it still uses the traditional Electrolux metal wand and sheath system. In the past I've owned the Renaissance and Epic 6500, I actually had the entire light gray Electrolux line up all at once for several years, but they have all since been sold. A little over 6 months ago I purchased a nearly new dark gray (the first model) Electrolux Renaissance and I really do love it. Only think I dont care for is that it could manage with only 3 wheels instead of 5, much like all the Guardian canisters had. And I feel that the wands are too short when using the bare floor brush, but otherwise, overall it really is a great vacuum. It may not have HEPA filtration but if or when the bags start to choke off the suction or have the slightest smell of stale dust, they are cheap enought to toss and replace before they are even close to being full.

Mark, did the seller of your machine send you a new genuine Electrolux hose? I'm glad to hear that you are enjoying your Renaissance!

Post# 152295 , Reply# 12   9/20/2011 at 15:43 (2,588 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

Ambassador III (which was a curbside find) It seems pretty quiet vs. the Dyson dc23 TurbineHead :P

Post# 152301 , Reply# 13   9/20/2011 at 16:39 (2,588 days old) by vac_whisperer ()        

Im talkin about tank-type Luxes.

Post# 152327 , Reply# 14   9/20/2011 at 18:44 (2,588 days old) by mark40511 (Lexington, KY)        

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Yes, he sent me another one. And I think something was wrong with the original one he sent from the start. I mean, it worked....But... I say this because when switched speeds from low, med, or high while the PN power was on, the PN would go to a somewhat lower noise pitch the higher the speed until finally the hose just completely started malfunctioning. The new hose he sent doesn't do this. The PN power stays constant no matter what speed I'm using (not that I would use anything but HIGH speed while using the PN) but it was just something I noticed when messing around.

Since then I've been careful not to let the wand drop and bash the handle into the floor and turn OFF when disconnecting/reconnecting wands and of course not suck up any water and hopefully it won't go bad.

If I had it to do OVER again, I would have probably been better off choosing the Epic 6500 or 8000, they look A LOT like the Renny but don't have the electronics in the hose.

The seller did not want the original hose he sent me back...So it's in the closet. It still works, but you can't changed speeds (it stays on high) and you can't power the machine on/off, only the PN..

I'm pretty amazed at the bags. They are so CHEAP feeling, yet when I changed the bag after two weeks, I got a clean rag and wiped the inside of the bag chamber and there wasn't any dust on the rag. That wasn't the case with my Kenmore. If I used the micro paper bag, there was always some dust in the bin. The bottom of the after filter looks really dirty ..I guess that's carbon dust ?

Sorry: I didn't mean to turn this thread into the in's and out's of a renaissance vac

Post# 152344 , Reply# 15   9/20/2011 at 21:39 (2,588 days old) by vacu-finder ()        

2100 lux blue grey......

Post# 238433 , Reply# 16   7/1/2013 at 09:49 (1,938 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

I really like my two-tone grey Epic 6500SR; my mother has my blue/beige Epic 6500SR.

I no longer have the Diplomat & Ambassador; both have been sold.

Post# 238529 , Reply# 17   7/1/2013 at 22:36 (1,938 days old) by s31463221 (Frenchburg, KY)        
Post 1980 Lux......

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That's difficult as I have several I like! I use my mid 80's Silverado for most of my cleaning, but I also really like the metal body UltraLux/Commemorative Edition luxes too!

Post# 238531 , Reply# 18   7/1/2013 at 23:10 (1,938 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Very fond of my Silverado also.

Post# 238873 , Reply# 19   7/3/2013 at 22:43 (1,936 days old) by Vac_whisperer ()        

Hey thanks for giving this thread a revive!
Havent used my Epic 6000, which still remains as my only lux, in a while. I have it stored away, as ive been running out of room.

Post# 238969 , Reply# 20   7/4/2013 at 18:07 (1,935 days old) by thevacuumman (Fritch, TX)        

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The 2100

Post# 238973 , Reply# 21   7/4/2013 at 18:53 (1,935 days old) by jfalberti (Visalia, CA)        
I have to say

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I like my Silverado. Quiet and powerful.

Post# 239045 , Reply# 22   7/5/2013 at 17:34 (1,934 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
I second

The Olympia, or the Silverado, last of the real Electrolux motors,but I must sat a G is my all time overall favorite....QUIET!!!!

Post# 239298 , Reply# 23   7/7/2013 at 19:38 (1,932 days old) by vacfanatic (Omaha, NE)        
Electrolux Special Edition

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My favorite is the Electrolux Special Edition.

Post# 240042 , Reply# 24   7/14/2013 at 13:16 (1,925 days old) by vacman1961 (North Babylon, New York)        

I would have to say a 1986 Diamond Jubilee with a PN 6 Power Nozzle, the one with the off/on switch and the stationary brush on the bottom.

Post# 240125 , Reply# 25   7/15/2013 at 12:27 (1,924 days old) by AudibleNectar ()        
I think the Silverado...... the best built of all of the more modern Luxes. That machine reissued with a modern feature set would be the best move Aerus could make.


That said, I find a LOT to like in the more recent machines. I really like my Guardian canister, despite the HEPA issue it is featured in every other way I find desirable. The speed control on the suction is ideal for those specialized jobs I do, and I also like it as a deep cleaner for the carpet. While it is louder, I'm not bothered so much by that issue.


But my true modern favorite (and I know that canisters was intended for the thread) isn't a canister - it's the Guardian upright. I LOVE the convenience of the Lux upright as a daily machine, and have always pined for a more powerful version of the now well known Lux design. And now I have itCool I find ANY canister to be somewhat cumbersome to work with. I use my Guardian canister for thorough deep cleaning when I really want to work the carpet, and for specialized jobs above floor. I also use a Super J for some of those jobs as well. But I find the Guardian upright is an excellent easy-to-use machine - and with the newer, more powerful motor I'm not missing too much in terms of at-the-floor cleaning effectiveness vs. the canister. It REALLY lifts the nap, and I take particular notice of how it handles traffic areas. When it comes to 'The Lux I've Always Wanted" - next to a modern Silverado type the Guardian Upright really is appreciated here.

Post# 240176 , Reply# 26   7/15/2013 at 19:42 (1,924 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

I hope to buy the new Guardian Platinum soon.Cool

This post was last edited 07/16/2013 at 05:33
Post# 240577 , Reply# 27   7/17/2013 at 04:08 (1,922 days old) by thermokid (Casper, Wyoming)        
I love my Aerus Lux Gaurdian Platinum!

It is my favorite tank/canister. But it still runs a close race to my Mom's old Automatic G. I just love that vacuum!!

Post# 245236 , Reply# 28   8/11/2013 at 16:36 (1,897 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

Now I have a 75th Anniversary Ambassador & like it as much as my Epic 6500SR.

Post# 391005 , Reply# 29   4/25/2018 at 01:00 (180 days old) by Paul (MN)        

I like both my Silverado Deluxe 1505 and my Ultralux LX 1521, but because the Ultralux had a lighted L-shaped power nozzle and the Sidekick accessory I'd have to say it has the winning edge.

Post# 391016 , Reply# 30   4/25/2018 at 09:48 by dysonman1 (Missouri)        
Diamond J.

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That's an easy one. The Diamond Jubilee from 1984.

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Post# 391019 , Reply# 31   4/25/2018 at 11:01 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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Any of the metal canisters from that era would get my vote (I have the Diamond J) and the uprights (Discovery/Epic/Genesis/etc.) aren't far behind.

Post# 391077 , Reply# 32   4/26/2018 at 08:42 by rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
"any of the metal canisters"

They are all great but with the plastic body tank such as in reply 28 you will have LESS weight,MORE filtration and SAME type hose and attachments.

Post# 391080 , Reply# 33   4/26/2018 at 09:01 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
my favorite

I'm not even sure what the official model of this was, but my favorite machine after 1980 would have to be the 2100, I think it may have also been called the advantage. Also the Embassador models. The plastic case is almost exactly the same as the current Aerus classic but they use a two stage motor instead of the current one stage.

Post# 391088 , Reply# 34   4/26/2018 at 11:25 by vacuumguy91 (Raleigh NC)        

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mine would be the Epic 6000 as well...I like the metal wand/sheath and the power nozzle has a light...I own this model...

I would also love to find the Ultralux, since that has a light on the power nozzle and it would be a metal body, I've never owned a metal body Electrolux...One of my aunts had the 1205 in aqua growing up, that's the closest I've come to a metal body Lux... the hunt continues :)

Post# 391188 , Reply# 35   4/28/2018 at 02:42 by BriGuy (Wichita, Kansas)        

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Mine hands down is the Diamond Jubilee.

Post# 391209 , Reply# 36   4/28/2018 at 12:45 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
which model

Which model was it where they started to get cheap with things and use a cheaper motor that would apparently fall apart while you were using it? Was that the Diamond J or a different model? I know for me, if someone was showing me a vacuum and that happened, there is no way I would buy it, even with a warranty. When you have something that bad happening, there is obviously a quality issue, which of course there was. Trying to cut costs definitely backfired for them.

Post# 391234 , Reply# 37   4/28/2018 at 20:53 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        

Second pick, Olympia, but my real favorites are pre 1970!

Post# 391415 , Reply# 38   5/1/2018 at 21:16 by compactc9guy (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        
id say

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Id have to say the Electrolux 2100 or grand marquise i also like the E2000

Post# 391419 , Reply# 39   5/1/2018 at 22:09 by panasonicvac (Northern Utah)        

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My pick would be the Commemorative Edition. The Ultralux Classic is very close but I like the looks of the Commemorative better.

Post# 391435 , Reply# 40   5/2/2018 at 03:54 by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

Diamond Jubilee, hands down with HEPA bag and the Aerus cabon filter after that. But partially because I bought one new on our first farm from an Elux salesperson.


I don't have any allergies though and using a Connie on hardwood floors blows allergians everywhere.....sooooo, I pretty much go for the 'expereince' of vacuuming.


I recognize that the Super J, Oly One and Silverado all use the the bigger motor the Super J model ushered in. I have about 5 Super J's waiting to be restored. If I find a nice Silverado or Oly One, I'll pick up one of those too.


However, when I get serious about cleaning because company is coming...roll out the Diamond J.



Post# 391436 , Reply# 41   5/2/2018 at 04:07 by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

Which model was it where they started to get cheap with things and use a cheaper motor that would apparently fall apart while you were using it? Was that the Diamond J or a different model?


Mike, that would be the Diamond J and an ill-deserved reputation at that. I've restored a dozen of them and never saw a bad motor...not to mention ours went on for a decade until a cleaning lady waged war against it. She never killed the motor but managed to break most of the plastic hindsight I wished I had wrangled that back from the ex and restored it for sentimental reasons. She was teasing me the other day that she thought she still had it somewhere. 


The motor was louder than previous Electrolux motors but was still made in the US at a different plant I'm told. Electrolux stood solidly behind it and as in the past, fixed any problems. It's doubtful you will find any used Diamond J's still running with original motor issues.  But you have to be cognizant that people torture some vacs just because they are second pulling one out to suck up some wet mess....I see that more than anything else in used Diamond J's.



Post# 392802 , Reply# 42   6/4/2018 at 12:47 by DJub85 (Virginia)        

That's a bit of a tough call since the models are really so similar, even from metal to plastic.

Obviously by my name, you can tell I am a fan of the Diamond Jubilee, so that would probably be my top pic. I've never had a motor problem. I really like how the bag door and cord winder/rear cover have a contrasting color, versus most of the other 1205-based models that have body-colored ends and/or white ends. That being said, I'm also really fond of the Ultralux Classic with that deep blue paint.

As for the plastic body models, my top pic is probably the Guardian Ultra. I love how it's the only classically-styled Lux to ever have a fully-sealed HEPA system (WHY didn't that setup transfer to the Legacy and Classic when the Ultra was replaced???). I also think that the rounded, silver top with its pin-hole grille is just extremely satisfying to look at. I could kick myself for selling the one I bought (pic attached for reference). My second choice would be some version of the Epic 6000/Lux Legacy. It looks really nice in the original blue/white color scheme (like the Ultralux Classic), but I'm also partial to the all-white version from the late 2000s/2010s and the current black version. I'm not wild about the gray version from the mid-90s nor the white/light blue version from the early 2000s.

The Guardian Platinum seems like a great machine, but I cannot get over the fact that it isn't even made by Aerus in Virginia like the Legacy and Classic. To be honest, I really don't even know for certain its heritage... did Aerus REALLY participate equally in engineering it, or did they just throw in some cash to license a copy of the Lux Intelligence, add their own accessories, and basically phone it in? Either way, it's not a purebred Aerus/Electrolux product. And I've read good things about the Renaissance/Epic/Guardian machines, but I've never owned one, they're pretty far removed from classic styling, and they seem to scratch up pretty easily compared to other vacs from that same time frame.

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Post# 392812 , Reply# 43   6/4/2018 at 17:22 by JustJunque (Western MA)        

I guess I would have to go with the Epic 6500/Lux Legacy.
Simply because it's the model that I have the most experience with.
I have three of them:
A dark blue/tannish one, which I think is early.
A 75th Anniversary.
And a white with blue trim, with the Good Housekeeping decal.

More recently, I rescued a dark grey Ambassador III from the curb.
I didn't expect to like that model as much, and I was never too fond of that color.
But, it's in amazing condition, and it's really grown on me. Even the color!
It only came with the power nozzle and wands.
I bought on-board tools for it, plus a set of aluminum wands and flip floor tool, and finally, a matching dark grey Sidekick.
Yup. I became an Ambassador fan
The Epic 6500 might still be my favorite by a slight margin though.

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