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Post# 164305   1/2/2012 at 09:58 (3,019 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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I'm sure we all have one!

If you could ask a Vacuum Cleaner manufacturer to build you a custom Vacuum Cleaner with infinite funds, what would the specifications be ?

For me:

2000 Watt Clean Fan Motor with Variable Speed
10 Litre Bag
Four Stage Filtration
Brush & Beater bar with a clutch to stop spinning when the cleaner is upright
Head Lamp
Stretchable hose capable of cleaning 20 stairs
A sliding switch to change the motor speed from 1400W-1800W, completely variable
"TURBO" Button to increase wattage to full 2000W
LCD Screen displaying; current motor speed, bag fill level (a sensor would be fitted to detect the exact bag level), height adjustment level, belt condition (a sensor on the brush roll would detect any belt slippage), and an hour meter displaying the total hours the cleaner has been used for.

Ah... If only I could have one of those in real life! A man can dream though!

So - What would your "Dream Machine" be ?

Post# 164330 , Reply# 1   1/2/2012 at 13:41 (3,019 days old) by bagintheback (Flagstaff, Arizona)        

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If I walked into the vacuum aisle at Target and found a new Hoover Convertible for sale, I'd be thrilled. That would literally be a dream come true. That would be my dream model; a 2012, A-bag Convertible under $300. But it will never happen......

Post# 164332 , Reply# 2   1/2/2012 at 14:31 (3,019 days old) by Turbo500 (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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2000w is too much for my liking and unnecessary.

I'd go for:

1000w, 1100w max clean air
Hoover activator style brushroll
Separate motor to drive the brushroll so it can spin slower than the motor and groom the carpet more effectively
On board stretch hose (one that actually stretches!)
full set of tools with an upholstery nozzle that MUST have velour strips to remove pet hair
beater bar on/off switch
BAGGED with high efficiency filter bags and a HEPA exhaust filter

Post# 164335 , Reply# 3   1/2/2012 at 14:49 (3,019 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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Put me down for three Chris! :)

Post# 164369 , Reply# 4   1/2/2012 at 17:08 (3,019 days old) by thevacuumman (Borger, TX)        

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I would like a modern twin-fan vacuum that had a similar brushroll to a Hoover Convertible or VGII/VGIII and have a large bag similar to the Sanitare ST bags and it would be made out of metal

Post# 164382 , Reply# 5   1/2/2012 at 18:19 (3,018 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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I would love a "Eureka by Electrolux Ultra Dream Team":

An UltraOne canister (suction only) that has an 8-foot hose, sleek unencumbered hose handle, and a 30 foot cord that exits from the top of the canister. The canister would come with a nicely-designed separate plastic tool caddy that would hold packs of bags plus the following attachments: Electrolux "Dust Magnet" carpet/floor nozzle, a bare floor tool that takes disposable Swiffer cloths, a mini turbo nozzle for cleaning cars and a classic Eureka horsehair dusting brush, crevice tool and upholstery nozzle.

The canister would come with a nice, matching, sleek Eureka UltraTwo upright with 30-foot cord for carpet cleaning only - similar to the great Ultra upright of the 1980's. The Ultra would be upgraded with a 2-zipper bag and a easy-to-change disposable bag with self-closing cardboard collar - like the new Sanitaire bags.

The "Dream Team" would store on top of each other - there would be slots on the hood of the Ultra upright that would allow you to securely sit the canister on top of it. Hooks on the upright's handle would provide a place to hang the hose. You could trundle the pair of vacs to the room to be cleaned just by leaning back the upright onto its 2 large rear wheels.

How's that for a dream?

Post# 164564 , Reply# 6   1/3/2012 at 21:11 (3,017 days old) by floor-a-matic (somewhere)        

I think an old Electrolux (G, 1205, Super J) has everything I want in a dream vac:
1. Self-sealing, multi-layer dust bag
2. Automatic shut-off
3. Will NOT work w/o bag
4. Super quiet vacuum & PN motors

The only things missing are:
1. Longer cord
2. Longer hose
3. Variable speed control
4. Headlamp on SideKick PN
5. On-board storage for SideKick

My guess is the old Electrolux canisters (my dream vac) REALLY exist :)

Post# 164570 , Reply# 7   1/3/2012 at 22:01 (3,017 days old) by bravokid ()        

a hoover inovation in every color

Post# 164586 , Reply# 8   1/4/2012 at 00:08 (3,017 days old) by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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Well for me it's going to be vintage,
Compact C-5 with ABC Nozzle, all Lewyt Electronics, first GE swivel top with power nozzle, Electrolux AF with original Power nozzle, and first Don Clark Airway.
You know what, just give me the power nozzles and i'd be happy lol
Or a golden Convertible 65

Post# 164594 , Reply# 9   1/4/2012 at 05:18 (3,017 days old) by parwaz786 ( )        
my dream vacuum cleaners

1) Dyson DC01 de stijl
2) Dyson DC05 motor head
3)Dyson DC14 or 15 animal
4) Dyson DC31 animal
5)Dyson DC23 motorhead
6) Hoover purepower bagged with or without autosense
Thats all :)

Post# 164595 , Reply# 10   1/4/2012 at 05:22 (3,017 days old) by parwaz786 ( )        

i would ask for:
autosense makes brushes stick out and suction increases like 50%!
features of a dc01
suction of a dc08
bin flap
strong brushbars!
clear vacuum

Post# 164655 , Reply# 11   1/4/2012 at 16:31 (3,017 days old) by luxman107 (USA )        

The Electrolux 75th commemorative edtion

Post# 164730 , Reply# 12   1/5/2012 at 03:05 (3,016 days old) by thermokid (Casper, Wyoming)        
Kirby's of course

and especially my Old Kirby Model 561. I use that old girl almost every day, and have since it was new. Thers nothing I like better then the deep throaty roar of those 500 series... Dan

Post# 164748 , Reply# 13   1/5/2012 at 09:30 (3,016 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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Brian - That sounds fabulous! :)

Post# 164766 , Reply# 14   1/5/2012 at 11:50 (3,016 days old) by vacuumfreak (Windsor, Ontario, Canada)        

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For me, I love my central vac. To me, it has the most suction power out of all my other vacs. The only thing I would change is to silent the motor. A silent vacuum motor would be FANTASTIC, especially with these new vac's that have that irritating loud ringing noise. Maybe also a power nozzle that has stiffer bristles and a little bit of a stronger motor. Other than that, there really isn't anything else I would change. Maybe just a larger dust bag that I wouldn't have to change all the time.

Just my opinion :)

Post# 167446 , Reply# 15   1/27/2012 at 07:11 (2,994 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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Actually JM you should start saving for the Miele S7580. It doesn't have everything in your spec but it's pretty close including a daft touch sensitive suction control panel on the front that's digital.

Sadly I think we all know Hoover in Europe would never be able to attain to such specs and it would be impossible to have such a "dream vacuum" without faults occurring. Some things already exist like having a 10 litre dust bag is going into Oreck territory.

In the meantime I have my dream vacuum - my Sebo X1.1 - it replaced a family owned 15 year old X1 Automatic and only required one extra drive belt replacement. It doesn't require higher power, it sucks well enough for 1150 watts, has an excellent sealing system which is why it has good power and the dust bags last for months. The digital panel on the floor head tells me all I need to know.

The ultimate "fantasy" vacuum cleaner for me would be a steam & vac robot - one I can program from the comfort of my chair, or send a text message from work to clean the home - not just the carpets but above the skirting boards with commands like:

1) Polish and dust the shelves.
2) Clean behind the refuse bin and behind the major appliances.
3) Curtains, hard floors and soft furnishings.
4) Heavy traffic areas to be steamed or washed - your preference.
5) Steam clean bathroom.

Post# 167447 , Reply# 16   1/27/2012 at 07:28 (2,994 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Thanks, Jamie!!! Did not see your comment until now!

Have a great weekend!

Eurekaprince Brian :-)

Post# 167455 , Reply# 17   1/27/2012 at 09:28 (2,994 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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Not a problem Brian - I'd buy it if it were on sale!

You wait and see, in about 20 years from now, 10 even, we will be able to have a conversation with our Vacuum Cleaners and even get them to mow the lawn!

Things are getting more advanced every day.

Post# 167488 , Reply# 18   1/27/2012 at 18:41 (2,993 days old) by danemodsandy ()        
I'm Easy -

All I would want is a TriStar CXL with two changes -

1) A suction control on the hose handle (this is one vac that really NEEDS one). This change is doable.

2) A cord-winder that does not change the outward appearance of the vac in any way whatsoever. This change is NOT doable.

Post# 167492 , Reply# 19   1/27/2012 at 19:39 (2,993 days old) by broomvac (N/A)        

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A commercial Kirby G series machine with a Sanitaire brushroll and shakeout bag would be awesome!

Post# 167495 , Reply# 20   1/27/2012 at 19:53 (2,993 days old) by twocvbloke ()        

My BarrelVac when I get round to making it... :P

60 Litre barrel trimmed to about 40 Litres in size
1000w motor (same as my Tristar's motor) fitted to the lid
Use Shop Vac 906-62 bags
HEPA dome pre-filter
A large cylindrical car air filter as a post-filter (kind of how the Tristar has a small engine air filter for it's buttplug filter)
50 feet of 1.5mm thickness blue Arctic cable
Not decided on a hose, but has to be elecric
Eureka Rotomatic VGIII-modded PN (need to shore up the plastic on that thing)
And wheels, have to have wheels... :P

Post# 167516 , Reply# 21   1/28/2012 at 06:18 (2,993 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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That sounds great! Send me one!!

Post# 167539 , Reply# 22   1/28/2012 at 10:09 (2,993 days old) by broomvac (N/A)        

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I've actually made a barrelvac very similar to the one described! I also added to it a homemade cyclonic pre-separator inspired (but not built) by the Oneida Dust Deputy or Clearvue Mini CV06. I was pleasantly surprised when I found out how well my homemade cyclone works, for it works so well it basically turned the bag into a final HEPA filter for the super fine stuff, but everything else was separated out.


Post# 167617 , Reply# 23   1/29/2012 at 03:57 (2,992 days old) by KirbyDS80 (California)        
My dream vac

A Dual Sanitronic 80. HA my dream vac is real :)

Post# 167619 , Reply# 24   1/29/2012 at 05:15 (2,992 days old) by blakaeg (NW London, UK)        

A bagless version of the Sebo Felix with washable filters and slightly more 'modern' design. As I really like the Sebo for performance (its so much better than Dyson when it comes to brushing up the carpet and suction) but I don't really like the way it looks and the traditional bag system but then I guess that's what makes a Sebo Felix what it is.

I really like my Dyson DC24 for being pretty cool looking but it does a poor job at brushing the carpet and its very noisy, unlike the Sebo Felix. Combine the two would be my dream machine, but thet will never happen lol.

Post# 167621 , Reply# 25   1/29/2012 at 05:53 (2,992 days old) by jmurray01 (Scotland)        

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The reason the Sebo Felix is so good is because it is Bagged!

Make it Bagless and you'll make it worse than a cheap Dirt Devil... :(

Post# 167623 , Reply# 26   1/29/2012 at 07:07 (2,992 days old) by vintagerepairer (England)        

Yes but this is a trip into fantasy. So a Felix with a Dyson cyclone system would be very good.

Post# 167860 , Reply# 27   1/31/2012 at 15:34 (2,990 days old) by kenkart ()        

All Chrome with red trim, APEX STRATO CLEANER model 5555!

Post# 167911 , Reply# 28   2/1/2012 at 01:33 (2,989 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

NSS Bronco wet-dry ext filter vacuum.and must have the NSS Horse logo bag.

Post# 170555 , Reply# 29   2/22/2012 at 20:15 (2,967 days old) by KirbyG5vac ()        
My Dream vac would be EXPENSIVE!

A Kirby Sentria style vac with an led backlit lcd that displays belt condition, bag fill, brushroll condition, current motor speed, height setting, and "mode"(canister, shampooer, etc) touch sensitive buttons on the handle, laser headlight (bmw made them, why not?)tech drive with a digital motor ,and a carbon fiber fan spun by an 7 amp digital motor.

Post# 172088 , Reply# 30   3/5/2012 at 20:59 (2,955 days old) by automaticwasher ()        

2012 Kenmore 1.6 is all i need

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