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my review of the Lindhaus HF6
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Post# 345717   2/28/2016 at 16:17 (3,029 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        

Hey everyone, here is my review of the Lindhaus HF6 canister vacuum. I knew Lindhaus made uprights and power nozzles, but was not aware that they made canisters as well, apparently, although the HF6 as a lower watt motor than the Aria, which is Lindhaus's other canister, it's actually more powerful, so I decided to get it and give it a try.
This vacuum is different from my other canisters. It stands on the floor similar to a wet dry vac, although it cannot be used for wet pick-up. It also cannot be used bagless. The vacuum itself stands about two feet tall. The motor unit sets on top of the bottom section which holds the bag. The bags are paper rather than cloth. I'm not sure why Lindhaus still uses paper bags, since bags made of cloth are far superior. On the underside of the motor unit there is a round motor filter, and on the top there is an exhaust filter.
The hose connects to an inlet on the bottom section of the vacuum, similar to connecting a hose to a central vacuum. The HF6 does have the ability to support electric power nozzles, but if you don't need that feature, you can purchase a straight suction hose, then purchase the electric hose later. This is a very good design, and I wish all canisters would do this. For example, if you purchase something such as the Miele C1 Olympus or Sebo Airbelt D1, then later you decide to get carpet, you will need to purchase an entirely new vacuum, since those canisters do not even have the components to support an electric hose. With the HF6, if you don't need an electric power nozzle, you can save a bit of money and have a lighter hose by going with the hose that is nonelectric. The hose end is 35 MM size, this is the same as what is used on Miele's Canisters as well as the Riccar Prima. Since I prefer to use the attachments I already have, I used an adapter that I already had to convert the hose end to 32 MM in size. The hose is longer than what is on most canisters, I think it's around 8 or 9 feet. I'm not sure how long the cord is, but again, it's longer than most canisters, I think around 25 or 30 feet. There is no cord rewind feature on this vacuum, but it does include a hook on the side to hold the cord.
The vacuum includes a very good floor tool which I will describe, it also has a dusting brush, apolstry nozzle and crevice tool that are stored on the top of the motor unit, inside a compartment. The floor tool is very good, it includes a thin brush strip, and two wheels in the back of the nozzle which allows the nozzle to move easily accross the floor. You would mainly use this for hard floors, if you have carpets, get the electric hose and power nozzle, Lindhaus power heads are some of the best available.
Now for the biggest problem that I have with this vacuum. Rather than having large wheels as is typical with most canisters, the HF6 has four small caster wheels. Because of this, it has a very hard time going over things such as its own cord. When using the vacuum, there are times when I need to lift the canister over the cord, if you pull too hard on the hose, it would probably tip the vacuum over. With canister vacuums, large wheels are definitely better.
As far as noise and cleaning power, it's very comparable to a Miele or Sebo. This means that it's not the absolute quietest Canister, the Riccar Prima and Electrolux Ultra one are the winners there, and it's not quite the most powerful canister I have used, again, the Electrolux Ultra One and the Perfect Canister win that title. It definitely has enough power for any cleaning task you would need it to tackle I think.
There is only one switch on the vacuum, it turns it on and off. There is no motor speed control. I'm fine with that, it means less components that can fail.
So, is it a good vacuum worth getting? It's certainly made well, but I'm not sure I would suggest it as a first choice. The fact that it gets stuck on its cord can be a big problem, having to stop vacuuming to lift the unit over the cord is quite inconvenient. The floor tool that is included is one of the best I think. Also, the vacuum uses paper bags instead of cloth bags, so it's behind the times there. It's not a bad vacuum, but if you decide to get it, you need to be aware of these shortcomings and decide if they are deal breakers for you.

Post# 345722 , Reply# 1   2/28/2016 at 17:12 (3,029 days old) by Blackheart (North Dakota)        

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They do produce cloth bags for them actually, they have a green border on the box and say HEPA the paper ones have a blue border, i picked up a pack of those a while back when i had an HF-6.

And you mentioned that it didn't have a speed control? that's really odd the ones i've seen have had a little dial on them which controlled speed.

Post# 345730 , Reply# 2   2/28/2016 at 18:18 (3,029 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Hi Mike,

Thank you for another very in-depth review!

Just one minor correction: you can get an electrified hose for the S2/C1 Miele canisters like the Olympus. There is a little hidden electrical outlet on the body near the handle which takes a "pigtail" cord from a certain style of Miele hose. So you can upgrade an Olympus to work with a power nozzle. Go to the link below:

CLICK HERE TO GO TO eurekaprince's LINK

Post# 345778 , Reply# 3   2/29/2016 at 09:50 (3,029 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
miele electric hose

Interesting, I will have to check my Olympus and find that outlet. Thanks fr the info. I'm actually wondering where I could get the Lindhaus electric hose, none of the major on line vacuum stores seem to carry it. Unless I'm missing something, there is no speed control oon this model, though it does have a suction control on the hose.

Post# 345796 , Reply# 4   2/29/2016 at 13:24 (3,029 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
miele electric hose

That Miele electric hose looks interesting. One other question, does the hose end that the attachments fit on to use a standard two prong female connector? I remember reading somewhere that the Miele electric connector was nonstandard.

Post# 345800 , Reply# 5   2/29/2016 at 14:59 (3,028 days old) by kenkart ()        
I remember those

When they came out I believe in the 90s, but may have been earlier, one just sold on ebay that looked new, they are kind of like a oversized Filter Queen with a bag, as I remember a very well built good performing cleaner.

Post# 345807 , Reply# 6   2/29/2016 at 16:04 (3,028 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
hf6 performance

Yes, it performs very well, and it does sort of look like a filter queen or a rainbow. The biggest issue I have with it is that the small wheels do not go over the cord well. In a way it's kind of like r2d2 from star wars following you around. The floor tool it includes is one of the best I have seen, it's similar to the one that comes with some backpack models. Probably going to take it out for another spin this evening and see if I can find a way to make moving over the cord easier.

Post# 345856 , Reply# 7   2/29/2016 at 20:25 (3,028 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
electric hose for olympus

Ok, I checked my Miele Olympus with a fine tooth comb, there is not outlet on it. Perhaps previous models could be upgraded, but not this one, so what I said in my original review was correct. Miele may have removed this when they changed from the S2 to the C1

Post# 466686 , Reply# 8   10/9/2023 at 12:26 (250 days old) by Tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

I just received my Lindhaus HF6 vacuum from Wayfair. My version has the Lindhaus PB14e L-Ion power nozzle. So far really like this vacuum-it’s up there with me along with the NSS M1 canister vacuum as my favorites. The wheels on mine roll easily-like the wheels on most desk-office chairs. You snap them into the base just as on an office chair. The “cordless” power nozzle works well. I can use my Volt power nozzle on this vacuum,too. The big thing I don’t like are no snap button locks on the wands or hose. This should be standard on a “DTD” quality vacuum as this. Mine comes with the common hand tools that store under a flap lid on the top of the motor powerdome. The other snap lid covers the exhaust filter. I ordered a bag kit for this machine thru Wayfair. It has the cloth Filtrete type bags along with a motor filter and exhaust filter. Would suggest this vac if you want a commercial DTD quality vac. Will use more to to see how this goes.

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