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Kirby Avalir VS Kirby Sentria II Questions
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Post# 383728   1/7/2018 at 07:20 (287 days old) by HonestJoe68 (Mansfield, Ohio)        

Hi, Iím new here so forgive me if this is posted in the wrong place. My question is for those of you who are very knowledgeable on newer Kirby Vacuums. What specific (Beyond color) differences are there from the newest Avalir vs. the 2012 Sentria 2. As lovely as the newest Avalir is (even the Red trim model).. I want to buy a Sentria 2 simply because I want to own a Kirby again. The ONLY reason I want the Sentria 2 (please donít laugh) is the beautiful tan and blue/teal color scheme! I know it sounds crazy but I LOVE that the attachment tools and trim is tan/taupe color as itís so visually appealing to me. I currently own over 150 new/current vacuum cleaners of all (the major brands) makes and models sold in the USA but would rather not add a Kirby Avalir, simply because of the black and red design (No shade/hate intended). Lastly, besides local apps to find a person selling one from their home.. any advice doís and dontís on where to buy a clean (if possible Mint) Kirby Sentria 2?

Thank you in advance to anyone who can help me!

Post# 383739 , Reply# 1   1/7/2018 at 10:22 (287 days old) by sptyks (Skowhegan, Maine)        

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There is no difference in performance between the Avalir and Sentria II. The only advantage of owning an Avalir is that it has a far superior carpet shampoo system that also scrubs hard floors. You can purchase the Avalir shampoo system separately and it will work just fine on the Sentria II but the colors wont match.


Keep your eyes on ebay for used Sentria's in excellent condition.



Post# 383851 , Reply# 2   1/8/2018 at 13:29 (286 days old) by HonestJoe68 (Mansfield, Ohio)        

Thank you Sptyks for the helpful information. In regards to the carpet shampoo attachment tool differences and the floor buffer, I doubt thatís enough for me to either buy the black and red Avalir and dislike the appearance or even buy the mis-matched Avalir parts for the Sentria 2 that I now REALLY want to buy! Iím excited to own a Kirby again and regretted selling my Generation 3, Kirby. I donít think Iíll even use the carpet shampoo attachment other than the brushroll to fluff my carpet nap. I prefer a wet extraction cleaning process, just my odd preference. Lol

I know itís silly to choose a vacuum on color and appearance, but I think by far the Sentria 2 colors are stunning. Does anyone know if the rotating Zipp Brush is included with standard tools? I must have the matching tan/taupe Zipp Brush as well.

Thanks again Sptyks

Post# 383885 , Reply# 3   1/8/2018 at 19:32 (286 days old) by jscarlato (Clairton, PA)        
For a Sentria 2 . . .

Take a look at

Post# 383914 , Reply# 4   1/9/2018 at 01:56 (286 days old) by HonestJoe68 (Mansfield, Ohio)        


But after looking at the website I had red flags as some pictures showed Black (Avalir) hose and other attachments in Black that had been replaced instead of the correct matching Tan/Taupe Sentria 2 attachment tools.

I contacted the company and my reply was short, very vague and stated any tools that ďfitĒ the unit may be sent regardless of color and that the amount of scratches, visible defects and ďwear and tearĒ were basically the luck of the draw.. they only replace broken or cracked parts, not deeply scratched. So I could pay almost $600 for one that some evil person didnít take care of or abused it! Now I know these are champion iron tanks as far as durability.. itís all about the cosmetics of it. If I could, Iíd pay top dollar for a brand new, never registered Sentria 2, but Kirby website informed me, sadly only Avalir are available brand new, never registered. Oh well

So thanks for the help, but Iíve got my eye on several mint looking Kirby Sentria 2 that are being sold privately on ďLet GoĒ and my local Facebook. Iím hoping for word back on this older lady who hardly used hers and sheís asking $400 for it, including every attachment.

Thanks guys.. I cannot wait to be a happy Kirby owner again.. I LOVE the smooth sound of the motor when you adjust the brushroll down! Awesome Vacuums

Post# 383928 , Reply# 5   1/9/2018 at 10:18 (285 days old) by thunderhexed (Edmond, OK)        

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I purchased a refurbished G4 from Greatvacs a few years ago and was thoroughly pleased with the Vacuum and the attachments. I knew going in the attachments were aftermarket (some pics show factory tools and others aftermarket). The hose was a bit longer on the aftermarket which was nice but coming from a collector standpoint, I understand the want/need for original tools. I would do business with Greatvacs again. The Kirby itself showed up looking showroom new and is still in use to this day as it was a housewarming gift for my brother. The front floor nozzle did arrive with a hairline crack in it that I noticed a few days after receiving(probably happened during the refurb/polish process) - I emailed Greatvacs, they promptly mailed me another refurbished/polished floor nozzle free of charge, no questions asked, and just told me to dump the cracked one. I'd def buy again from them. I don't think you can beat the price for the warranty/guarantee they offer plus the peace of mind in knowing that its been completely refurbed and cleaned and not showing up directly from someone elses home where it's been put through who knows what - not with the bed bug problem in this day and age!

Post# 385241 , Reply# 6   2/2/2018 at 14:38 (261 days old) by vacuumdevil (Denver)        

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@sptyks is right you're only getting a better shampooer Tray.

@HonestJoe68 in my humble opinion the Sentria 2 is a better-looking machine! One of my favorite that Kirby's ever produced. The avalir with that gaping vagina hole in the handle has always put me off.

Post# 385322 , Reply# 7   2/3/2018 at 12:09 (260 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
great vacs

I can also vouch for great vacs. I have bought a Miracle Mate from them, a kit to allow backpack vacuums to use an electric power nozzle and a backpack vacuum. UPS actually lost the backpack vacuum and the folks at great vacs were very helpful in getting the issue resolved. Basically this company purchases high end vacuums such as Rainbows and Kirbys, fixes them up and sells them and they seem to be quite successful. Definitely a good company to do business with.

Post# 386030 , Reply# 8   2/14/2018 at 03:50 (249 days old) by HonestJoe68 (Mansfield, Ohio)        
My Kirby Sentria II

Hello guys,

Thanks again for all the help and links and knowledge.

I bought my Kirby Sentria II and LOVE it, even if the Avalir has a better carpet shampoo set up, I will use my Sentria II carpet cleaner for the first time this weekend.

I also found the matching Sentria II colors Zipp Brush and itís on the way to me now. The attachments had never been used by the previous owner, and the Kirby itself was like in mint condition.. Iím so happy and even thought the Avalir is a beattiful machine and currently the newest. (Until the Avalir 2 is released LOL). I LOVE the colors and the bag of my Sentria II.

Thanks to everyone again and I appreciate all the help and how welcome Iíve felt at from all you awesome vacuum enthusiasts and collectors!

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