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Post# 383762   1/7/2018 at 17:20 (284 days old) by cochitin (tampa)        

I have always had Electrolux canister vacs and my current one (1960s Model 1205) is on its last legs. I am looking for something NEW that cleans like the old Electrolux vacs did. With excellent suction power, separate attachments for bare floors, carpet, furniture. Also something with a long warranty and built like a tank (i.e., limited plastics).

Looking at the high-end canister vacuums out there now, I suppose my choices are Sebo, Miele, Simplicity, Riccar. Does anyone have any experience with these brands? Seems like Riccar with its horse hair brushes is the most similar to the Electro, but Riccar seems to have supply issues (hard to get vacs and parts), which concerns me. Miele is very plastic-y. Dunno bout the others.

Thanks for your help in advance!

Post# 383766 , Reply# 1   1/7/2018 at 17:42 (284 days old) by lux14 (Leawood Kansas)        

From my experience, switching from an electrolux to any other machine would be tough. The 1205 is an amazing machine. I have one I still use. I also use a 6500 Lux as a daily driver and really like it. I still love the 1205 better. I love the attachments and how they work together ect. Plus I am so used to them. You can find good used Electroluxes on Ebay ect. I have been very happy with my plastic 6500. I think with anything if you take care of it it will last you a lifetime. Good luck!

Post# 383767 , Reply# 2   1/7/2018 at 18:06 (284 days old) by cochitin (tampa)        

Yeah, the thing is I really want a new vac. I have been buying vintage Electroluxes for decades and now I really want to treat myself with something new, that doesn't have any odors, etc.

I forgot to say I vacuum pretty much every day and I have 50% stone floors, 25% carpet, 25% hardwood. And a hairy border collie.

Post# 383778 , Reply# 3   1/7/2018 at 19:16 (284 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
the Perfect power team

If you want a vacuum that is very similar to the older metal Electrolux models, the Perfect metal canister is worth considering. It looks almost exactly like the Electrolux metal canisters, but uses an Ametek motor. It's a very nice machine, I have one and really like it. Looks like the metal one has been discontinued, but evacuum store apparently has some open box models left if you want to get one.
If you want a plastic one instead, it's a bit lighter to carry and uses a one stage motor instead of a two stage, that one is still being made, both of these use the style C bags that the Electrolux vacuums use.
Miele, Sebo, and Riccar are also very good vacuums. If you want a Riccar vacuum, I would suggest the Prima, it's an awesome canister.

Post# 383794 , Reply# 4   1/7/2018 at 22:18 (284 days old) by vacman1961 (North Babylon, New York)        

After being in the floor care most of my life, I wold still recommend a new Aerus Electrolux, I would go with the Legacy, it is a fine machine, still built here in America, has good suction and is convenient to use. Second choice would be a Miele, they work well, just not as advanced as an Aerus when it comes to bag changing and ease of use. Simplicity and Riccar, both the same machines made by Tacony Corp are decent machines, but they don't hold up as well as the Miele's, they say they are "built" in America, but the guts are all Chinese. For longevity, I would stick with an Aerus Electrolux.

Post# 383803 , Reply# 5   1/7/2018 at 23:58 (284 days old) by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

If you're handy and the site is mostly dedicated to those that are.....I would find a low hr Diamond J. I picked this model for two reasons; one, I bought a new Diamond J set-up in '83 for about $1,300...that was a LOT of money for a vac back then. And it didn't disappoint. They had some motor problems but you have to assume any surviving examples got replaced motors or the motors are OK (you'll get two different 'stories' on the motor). Two, it's still a metal body tank and they are plentiful on Craigslist where you'll find some real $75 or less for the works.


I've resotred a dozen of these and given them to family & friends. When it comes to cleaning, they are a 'force of nature'. A good motor will pull 80 inches and they have good CFM at the hose end.  They will take a HEPA bag and you can put a motor prefilter between the bag and the motor. You'll get carbon brush dust filter for that.


For hardwood floors, it's hard to beat the retro Hoover Connie....fully filtered but you have to learn to use the exhaust in your favor or it can blow floor crap around. The Diamond J would do most everything for you that the most expensive tanks would do today...except filter the electric brush dust.....and the used pricing is extremely favorable.


If you insist on 'new' go with a top line Aerus as was mentioned.



Post# 383804 , Reply# 6   1/8/2018 at 00:04 (284 days old) by broomvac (N/A)        

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I am not an Electrolux expert (at all), but it sounds like you may like this.


Post# 383812 , Reply# 7   1/8/2018 at 05:33 (284 days old) by S31463221 (Frenchburg, KY)        
As an owner of a Perfect

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I can attest to how amazingly powerful this machine is! It will just about suck the paint off the walls. NOW, with that said, there are some things I want to point out to you, especially coming from an Electrolux 1205. As I said, this thing is stupidly powerful, BUT itís also a LOT louder than your 1205. I believe mine has a 1200 watt motor in it, so that pleasing Electrolux ďhumĒ is gone! The next thing, I donít care for the hose OR the power nozzle. My hose whistles and doesnít seem to match up quite right with some Elux peripherals such as the sidekick. Iím not the only person to have this problem either, search the VL archives and you will find similar complaints from other owners! As for the power nozzle, itís almost too aggressive or something. I have mainly area rugs and laminate flooring so I only use the PN on the large area rugs. It seems to dig into the rug and big the motor down to the point I fear Iíll break a belt or damage the PN motor. To make my system work, I took a vinyl Electrolux hose and a PN Omniflow from a Marquis and Iím now completely satisfied with how it performs. The louder motor, well thatís just something you have to get used to.....on the bright side, itís still not ear piercing as modern Eurekas, Hooverís, etc.

I said all that to say this......the Perfect Powerteam will cost you $899 brand new, which is fine if you can live with the nuances Iíve mentioned above, or if you have enough Electrolux parts to start swapping things out on it. Or for just a little bit more, you could go ahead and get the Aerus Legacy (or Guardian Platinum if money is no object!) and youíll have an amazing cleaning machine that works straight out of the box! The newer Aerus motors arenít as soft and quiet as a 1205 or such, but theyíre not completely obnoxious, and the Platinum is actually really quiet! The other thing you get with an Aerus product is a good warranty and excellent customer service! I believe the Legacy carries a 15 year warranty, and the Guardian carries a 20 year warranty...... Good luck with whatever you choose, but hopefully there is a vac shop close to you that will allow you to test drive several models before you make a final decision!


Post# 383820 , Reply# 8   1/8/2018 at 09:00 (283 days old) by luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

You'll be hard pressed to find a new vacuum that compares to the Electrolux 1205 you were using, without dropping a lot of cash. If you are worried about smells in a vacuum, get a second hand Electrolux from a vacuum store. They typically sanitize the machines they put up for sale, or you can take apart a used model and clean it yourself; they aren't that difficult. Aside from a brand new Aerus, you likely wont find one that will last as long as the original or be as powerful or have that "hushed" tone they produce.

Good luck in your search!

Post# 383822 , Reply# 9   1/8/2018 at 09:07 (283 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
Aerus Classic

I think the Aerus classic is also still made, very similar to the Legacy but a bit cheaper, I have the 90th anniversary edition, a very nice machine although I liked the motor sound of the older plastic machines better, such as the 2100.

Post# 383826 , Reply# 10   1/8/2018 at 09:22 (283 days old) by jade_angel (Newport News, VA)        

While it looks nothing like an Electrolux, you might look at the Sebo D4. It's plastic, but high-quality, solidly built plastic. It doesn't feel cheap and plasticky to me at all. The only construction element I'm at all dubious about is the suction channel leading from the motor into the lid - there's a gasket around the intake, and I'm not sure how well that gasket holds up over time. If that gasket started leaking, you'd lose a fair bit of airflow. That said, I've never heard a Sebo D4 owner complain about it, and the vac shop near me that sells Sebo says they've never seen problems with it. (OTOH, they'd like to sell me a Sebo, so maybe they'd say that regardless.)

The Simplicity Wonder and Riccar Prima (same machine, practically speaking) are quite good too. Also plastic but solidly built, and I think they have better power nozzles than Sebo, in terms of cleaning performance. (The Sebo ET-1 can't be beat for maintainability, though. Thumbs up to their engineers for that one.)

Other than the Perfect and the Aerus tanks mentioned above, there aren't a whole lot of mostly-metal canisters made any more. Maybe the Filter Queen Majestic, the Fairfax or the Metropolitan canister. The Metropolitan doesn't seem bad - it's a durable steel tank machine similar to a Sani-Clean or a Royal tank - but it comes with a lackluster power nozzle and doesn't have HEPA bags. The Filter Queen, well, it's a Filter Queen. If you've seen one, you've seen the new one, give or take. Great machines, but the disposable filter setup is basically all the headaches of both bags and bagless machines. I like FQs, but they're not Electroluxy in the slightest. The Fairfax is similar, but it uses a bag. I think they still make those - they did a few years ago, leastwise.

Opinions seem divided on the new Aerus machines. They seem to have good airflow and they do appear to be well-made, but some folks don't like the plastic. I've heard the power nozzle is mediocre, but I don't have any data to back that up. Does anyone have experience with the new Aerus nozzles as compared to say, Sebo, Miele or Riccar?

Post# 383829 , Reply# 11   1/8/2018 at 09:51 (283 days old) by cochitin (tampa)        

Yup, thats's my problem with the Aerus Lux Guardian, all that plastic. Specifically the power nozzle. It's just one long plastic L-shaped wand. I have no problem paying 2 grand for a new vac, as long as it's built like my 1205.

I mean, that's basically what I am looking for. A new version of my 1205, at whatever price!

As far as sanitizing old vacs, in my experience, and I have had many many Electros sanitized, the odor always comes back. I have been sort of putting up with that for decades. And now I'm just wanting a new machine to avoid that.

Post# 383845 , Reply# 12   1/8/2018 at 11:55 (283 days old) by vacuumdevil (Denver)        

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The perfect canister is definitely probably the best clone and closest to what you're looking for in physical size and shape.

If you're wanting to jump into a modern canister I would highly recommend the sebo E3 with the ET-1 power nozzle. The price ,quality , handling and performance.
Will wow you!

Post# 383848 , Reply# 13   1/8/2018 at 12:36 (283 days old) by HonestJoe68 (Mansfield, Ohio)        
Highly Recommend Simplicity or Riccar!

I own 150 plus new/current vacuum cleaners, and although I donít know about vintage Vacuums or Electrolux (heard great things) I do know Iím blown away by the Simplicity Wonder Power Team canister I own. The Riccar (Twin) is the Prima Power Team. I own a Sebo, Miele and Simplicity canister vacuums, all close in cost.. but the Simplicity Wonder far outperforms the other two. Itís super (extremely) quiet, the Wonder has extremely strong suction and itís built strong and durable out of high quality materials. I never have the ďodorĒ issue you mentioned and I have a Chihuahua Corgi mix who sheds a lot. I love the attachment tools, natural horse hair and a wonderful bare floor nozzle with a soft microfiber insert, that is great for delicate and high shine floors. The funny thing is the dusting brush/upholstery tool folds and reverses similar to Electrolux.. it doesnít become the crevice tool though. ;-) All together I found an excellent dealer in a near by state who offered me a huge discount, so I bought all the extras too. Iíd highly recommend the Tandem Air nozzle too (unfortunately when I bought mine it wasnít available yet, but I really Love the power nozzle I did get) if your finances allow, as well as the electric power mini brushroll tool for upholstery and carpeted stairs, or the more affordable ďFur Get ItĒ pet hair removal tool.. it works great! So made in the USA, the 5/3 year warranty is great but from the words of the largest Simplicity dealer in PA, he rarely has repairs on Simplicity and when he does they are not as costly (his words) also, compared check online as Miele (No hate or shade as I have Many Miele Vacuums and LOVE them) has a higher repair rate than most canisters. Also, per your comment if you find the right dealer (the larger the better) replacement parts are Not an issue. You can easily order parts and have them shipped to you also, or if an internal fix, all dealers can get parts without hassle now. If possible I Recommend you find a Simplicity or Riccar dealer store, try all the canisters out and I think youíll be VERY satisfied. Just my opinion but I am very critical/picky of my Vacuums as a lot of current Vacuums lack the quality of vintage.. BUT I own many Riccar, Simplicity and Maytag (all made by Tacony) and I Love them the most, and their my most often used Vacuums. I hope this helps

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Post# 383859 , Reply# 14   1/8/2018 at 15:20 (283 days old) by cochitin (tampa)        

I see the Miele reviews are 5 stars all over the Internet, with everyone from Consumer Reports to people on this forum extolling their virtues. But I just can't get past those horrible, cheap-looking attachments.

Post# 383865 , Reply# 15   1/8/2018 at 16:27 (283 days old) by vacuumdevil (Denver)        

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The perfect canister is definitely probably the best clone and closest to what you're looking for in physical size and shape.

If you're wanting to jump into a modern canister I would highly recommend the sebo E3 with the ET-1 power nozzle. The price ,quality , handling and performance.
Will wow you!

Post# 383870 , Reply# 16   1/8/2018 at 16:42 (283 days old) by rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
Aerus Classic mentioned above--

--would be a must see and test drive if it is still the standard model similar to the LE/2100 with the metal Power Nozzle wands,separate wands for hard floor brush and same type quality small attachments that were used from the 50s including the 1205.The plastic body has all the quality but less weight than the metal body.In addition to the same type C bags it adds an after filter.As with older models you could use your choice of Power Nozzle with the metal wand and 2 wire cord connection but give the new PN(still has gear belt,reset & adds an off position) a chance.
There is much good information above including the Perfect and others but if you want a new version of the 1205 go to Aerus and see their plainest,less expensive tank and NOT the deluxe,heavy,plastic wand,remote switch expensive model.

Post# 383897 , Reply# 17   1/8/2018 at 20:36 (283 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
more about the Aerus classic and others

Yes, the Aerus classic is the current model that is similar to the 2100, embassador, diplomat, etc. It no longer uses the two stage motor that was used in these machines though, it's a one stage motor, I think made by Johnson but not sure on that. The hose and electrical connection is standard so you can use any of the older Electrolux power nozzles, or even hook up a power nozzle from another brand such as Sebo, Lindhaus, Centec, etc. If you want something new that is made by the same company that made the 1205, at least as close as it gets, the Aerus classic is the one you want.
The Perfect power Team is also a very good machine. Interestingly, the plastic version of this machine uses the hose from the older metal Electrolux models. The one issue I have seen with the hose is that the suction relief slider does not stay closed, it's very loose and I ended up having to tape it shut. Either the Aerus classic or Perfect Power Team are the closest vacuum that is currently made that resembles the older Electrolux.
The Metropolitan canister is a good machine, it's long like a tank machine and is made of metal. There are a few things I don't like about it though, it's very loud, not so much from the motor itself but the air blowing out of the exhaust port is quite noisy. The bags are paper rather than cloth, and the power nozzle is average at best, it's the Dustcare PB 11. Again, the hose on this machine is a standard fit and standard electric plug, so attaching better power nozzles to it is easy.
The Riccar Prima and its twin the Simplicity Wonder are great machines as are the Sebo power team canisters. Some think the Sebo power nozzles do not clean very well, but this has not been my experience. I have found that they clean really well and move very easily.
I do agree that you should check out the Aerus classic machine, I think you would really like it. One web site I would suggest that you check out is
They sell refurbished high end vacuums and they usually have several Electrolux models, along with Rainbows.

Post# 383916 , Reply# 18   1/9/2018 at 07:24 (283 days old) by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

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Get a new Electrolux. They're called Aerus now. Only a new Aerus/Electrolux can beat an old Electrolux.

Post# 383917 , Reply# 19   1/9/2018 at 07:26 (283 days old) by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

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Get a new Electrolux. They're called Aerus now. Only a new Aerus/Electrolux can beat an old Electrolux.

Post# 383921 , Reply# 20   1/9/2018 at 08:59 (282 days old) by luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

If you are dead set on getting a brand new vacuum (aside from new old stock), you simply won't find a vacuum with the same build quality or amount of metal components as the older Electrolux or other vacuums from yesteryear. The Perfect canisters are the closest match. Someone had mentioned the Simplicity models, but I think you'll be disappointed with its construction and build quality coming from the 1205 Electrolux. You'll have to compromise somewhere.

By the way, what types of odors do you typically get from used models you have purchased and used in the past? I once bought a very, very, very dirty Electrolux Epic upright vacuum that someone allowed the dust bag to overflow and it had all sorts of dog hair and other stuff everywhere. It all smelled very bad! Anyways, I took it apart and cleaned it all out (vacuumed, wiped out what I could) and installed a new bag and belt. I also sprinkled Oreck Aroma Crystals on the carpet and also placed one scent tablet in the empty bag and I never once had a trace of the former smells from that dirty machine. I have cleaned up all of my thrift store purchase that way (with the exception of my aunt's Oreck that she apparently used to vacuum up dog doo - that one I took completely apart and soaked everything except the motor and in diluted Mr. Clean lemon scented cleaner in the bathtub and the odor was completely gone and did not come back.

Post# 383935 , Reply# 21   1/9/2018 at 11:52 (282 days old) by cochitin (tampa)        

The only way I can describe the odor is "dirty socks" or "smelly feet" odor. Eventually all of my Electroluxes get that odor. And this is not because I have a dirty house, because as I said I vacuum daily or every other day, mop, have my dog groomed, and I take at least two showers a day! I'm a neat freak!

Maybe I need to get some Mr. Clean?

I see that the Mieles now have a 10-year warranty (better than anything else except the Aerus). That is attractive. Maybe I can buy some after market horsehair attachments for the Miele?

I would get an Aerus but that all-plastic wand/power nozzle is a deal breaker for me.

Post# 383937 , Reply# 22   1/9/2018 at 12:25 (282 days old) by cochitin (tampa)        

Here's a pic of my baby, the 1205.

Issues are:

It smells like feet
The cord on the power nozzle is fried
The suction is at like 50% of what it was

I have another Electro in the background that I got as a gift but dunno its condition yet. Plus another Electro canister in the carport that is fried, have not gotten around to fixing.

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Post# 383952 , Reply# 23   1/9/2018 at 14:47 (282 days old) by luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

I always liked the color scheme of the 1205 and the Silverado models. I upgraded the original hose on my Silverado to a vinyl hose after the woven hose started to develop leaks and it improved the suction greatly! Yes! In know what you mean when you say the "dirty feet"; smell. That is exactly how that Electrolux Epic smelled when I got it. Part of the smell you experience could in fact be the old woven type hose. Couldn't hurt to try an inexpensive replacement.

Also, try disassembling the 1205 and clean out what dirt/dust you can, including blowing out the motor assembly with canned air. Mine had a lot of dirt/fuzz that had accumulated around the motor over the years. You could wipe it out with some of the Mr. Clean deodorizing cleaner to see if it helps some, but I wouldn't put any on any of the electrical components. Does the motor on your 1205 still sound good? If it does, I would try the cleaning route versus replacing it. Also, the Oreck Aroma II Crystals are about the best I have found in keeping vacuum odors at bay that can generate from the bags over time. In addition, I think the Perfect branded Type "C" bags work very well at filtering the air. They are made out of a cloth type material but not sure how they compare to the genuine Electrolux/Aerus bags. They seem to be very well made.

Post# 383959 , Reply# 24   1/9/2018 at 16:23 (282 days old) by rugsucker (Elizabethton TN)        
"I would get an Aerus BUT---"

The Aerus Classics I have seen do NOT use the 2 square plastic wands and troublesome swivel elbo on PN.Instead they have the 2 metal wands with plastic sheath on the upper wand and separate wands for other attachments very similar to what the 2 Elux in your closet had.Also the newer, more flexible hose is a big improvement.I feel that if you LIKE your 1205 when you see the standard Aerus you would LOVE it!

Post# 383960 , Reply# 25   1/9/2018 at 16:37 (282 days old) by funeraldirector (Boston)        
Lux Replacement


I am not sure I like any of the machines avail as well as I liked the last all metal machine Lux made in 1992 and I sold a lot of the plastic canisters on the streets of Boston part-time over the years. I always thought the Silverado Deluxe/PN-5 was the best overall vacuum they ever made in terms of ease of use and overall durability.

My pick would be from the following: Miele Marin/SEB236, Sebo D4/ET1, Leftover Riccar Impeccable/Simplicity Moxie or Lux Platinum. Have three of the mentioned and had an earlier Miele. Favorite nozzle is Sebo, Like the Riccar for hose length and good performance. Love the Lux Platinum. Quieter, most powerful of the bunch, convenient, dual HEPA, best attachments. All will have something you don't like. For me it's the Lux wands but I hate the electronic membrane switches on the Riccar and tiny accessories and short cords on Miele. Sebo is clunky and the hose is stiff. All of the power nozzles clean well if you use them so it is a matter of machine preference. All mentioned are plastic except the Lux which is Stainless over plastic. Miele nozzle is a PITA to service.

Try a Downy Dryer sheet in a clean bag and change more often to control the odor. I use two bags/month having a German Shorthair in the house and the twin HEPA in the Lux works well for this issue. Another option is a Rainbow E2B which is an excellent machine and has great scent capability, performance and overall quality. It too is worth serious consideration.


Post# 383965 , Reply# 26   1/9/2018 at 17:37 (282 days old) by cochitin (tampa)        

Yes the motor on my 1205 is perfectly fine. Wheels are noisy. Power nozzle cord needs fixing. Needs cleaning, etc. Maybe the suction issue is in fact that hose.

Otherwise runs like a champ.

You guys are the absolute best thank you so much for all of your guidance!

Post# 383982 , Reply# 27   1/9/2018 at 22:51 (282 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
repairing your 1205

First thing I would do is replace your hose with something like this one.
You could try and repair the power nozzle, and a lot of them are available used. Or, you could pair it up with a different power nozzle entirely such as a Sebo ET1. If the suction motor stilll works well, getting this machine working again should be possible. For the odor issue, I would vacuum up some laundry crystals, I use those in my vacuum bags and they work well. The perfect bags are better than the ones that Aerus provides, they are cloth bags instead of paper.

Post# 383988 , Reply# 28   1/10/2018 at 01:33 (282 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
I bought a new

Simplicity Wonder, used it twice and gave it away, like most new machines that clunky awful hose grip about drove me crazy, I will stick to my vintage machines! I just do not like new products, as much as I have tried, I cant do it!

Post# 384012 , Reply# 29   1/10/2018 at 12:11 (281 days old) by luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

@kenkart - I agree with you 100%!

Post# 384013 , Reply# 30   1/10/2018 at 12:24 (281 days old) by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

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REPAIR YOUR 1205! It's better than many new vacuums. The suction problem is most likely the hose. If you're still on the original one, then it's likely dry rotted and the rubber is probably cracked. Had this issue with my Electrolux Model G (One model before yours) and my Electrolux Model XXX. Hoses aren't that expensive on eBay. In fact, I just bought a new one recently. This one would work with your power nozzle. If your PN is noisy, it may be the motor bearings or brushroll bearings. They can be replaced by your local Aerus dealer. Keep your 1205! They're built like a tank and will run you another 30 years. It just sounds like the old girl needs a tune up, that's all.

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Post# 384033 , Reply# 31   1/10/2018 at 19:50 (281 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
electric hose on modern machines

I do agree about the electric hose grip on modern canisters, I'm just not a fan of the gas pump style grip. I prefer the grip style on these Electrolux machines, as well as the grip on many straight suction canisters, just personal preference of course, but I find the gas pump handle gets in the way more than anything.

Post# 384034 , Reply# 32   1/10/2018 at 20:56 (281 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
Especially the

Plastic wand Electrolux models, try to clean out a car or dust with that monstrosity!

Post# 384045 , Reply# 33   1/11/2018 at 03:05 (281 days old) by compactc9guy (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        
Stick to electrolux 1205 spa day!

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save your self the trouble and treat the 1205 to a NEW vinyl eletric hose now cord for the power head hepa bags type c from Aerus and voila if she runs good as you mention new vinyl hose wil ldo it .I own an Canadian Electrolux AP 200 it has a new vinyl hose and bag and exhaust filter and boy did that wake it up !! Pick it up last year for 40 $ nothign beats an old lux my firend .Electrolux are so wonderfull fix your 1205 and be good for 25 year of servie .

Post# 384053 , Reply# 34   1/11/2018 at 10:33 (280 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I concur. The 1205 is a great machine and very much worth saving. I have two of them and love them. I concur with the previous poster about the OEM vinyl hose. It really is the only way to go. One of mine I rescued from my parents' attic a couple of summers ago. Dad had previously rescued it from a neighbor's trash pile in the early '80s and back then, I had seen it as a pretty anemic performer. I brought it home thinking it would be most useful as a potential parts donor for my other 1205 but I decided just for fun to try it out with a powered vinyl hose I had on hand. The transformation was amazing. It now performs every bit as well as my other 1205. That also may well have been the first time the machine had ever been connected to a power nozzle as itse ridiculously leaky original hose was of the non-powered variety. That little test prompted me to clean the machine up, replace the broken handle, and return it to active use for the first time in a couple of decades. These days, vintage Electrolux machines dominate my collection with two 1205's, a Super J, a Diamond J, and three uprights--a Discovery II, Discovery Plus and Genesis LXe, along with a wide assortment of tools and accessories.

Post# 384057 , Reply# 35   1/11/2018 at 12:14 (280 days old) by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

I would be leary about the hoses linked above. The reason is simple; all the aftermarket hoses on eBay and vac supplies are made in China now. It's not even like it was ten yrs ago. We have dicsussed this in many threads. The chroming quality is indifferent, sometimes won't fit acessories like the Sidekick etc. If you're gonna spend $69 at the vac shop for one, you might as well get the OE hose @Aerus for $100.


I know that's crazy money for a hose on an old 1205, but it works on other models and will save you from buying replacements in five yrs of hard work. The aftermarket hoses used to be great but that's long past. You could also buy a used OE hose off eBay. I've had some luck there and some duds.


As far as the the hose nozzle against your hand...then take the hose off the machine and palm the suction right on the machine. Feel a difference...if yes, it's your hose....common ailment.


The smell....well that COULD very well be your old hose as was said. Otherwise the whole machine needs a breakdown and cleaned with like lemon scented 409.


I'm totally in the camp of fixing your old 1205 et al. PN's are easy to find and/or repair. As I said earlier up, very easy to find a nice condition Diamond J on craigslist.  I have four 1205's but if I'm really serious about cleaning, I reach for one of the Diamond J's.





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Post# 384058 , Reply# 36   1/11/2018 at 12:34 (280 days old) by vacuumdevil (Denver)        

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@kenkart couldn't agree with you more about the Wonder.

Post# 384071 , Reply# 37   1/11/2018 at 15:55 (280 days old) by FanOfVacuums2 (Williamsburg, VA)        

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As I saw other people mention, I would recommend the Aerus/Lux Classic. It does have a plastic construction, but I have never had a problem with the plastic Electrolux models. In fact, I like how light they are. On top of that, they do come with the classic metal Electrolux power nozzle wand instead of the newer plastic one. Also, the hoses don't leak like the older woven ones and they are very flexible. They do come with the basic Electrolux/Aerus tools such as the combination brush/upholstery tool, so it would be an easy transition from the 1205 to the Classic.


Post# 384083 , Reply# 38   1/11/2018 at 17:38 (280 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        

Hose was always its weakest link, the electric braided hoses were terrible, Up thru the G the straight suction hoses were good, I have several older ones that still hold suction quite well, the new vinyl hose really makes a old Lux better than new, I personally like the PN1 and PN2 much better than the later units.

Post# 384117 , Reply# 39   1/12/2018 at 06:57 (280 days old) by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

The PN1, 2 and 4 are fun to vacuum with. But unless you're left handed, the PN5 is my favorite for efficiency. The old Elux hoses with the tracers to match color schemes were indeed beautiful, but were doomed to fail with use/time. Show off the original hose with your setup, but use the newer hoses for real



Post# 384120 , Reply# 40   1/12/2018 at 07:41 (280 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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20 years my Silverado smelled of dust when I ran it, no matter the bags,most factory issue. Tried the hepa for the Perfect, smell gone, much stronger,longer suction too

Post# 384125 , Reply# 41   1/12/2018 at 08:15 (280 days old) by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

I still get a slight smell in my DD even with HEPA if they are in there long enough. I guess it's a tradeoff; replace the bags after a certain amount of time...even if they are not full, or live with some smell. I ordered some carbon pre-motor filters from Aerus....see how that works.


I also had a HEPA bag in a G that had been sitting a looooong time...turned it on and WOW...quite the smell!  I've got an old dog though that I'm always chasing with dander,  hair and DO (dog odor)....I suspect he's most of the problem.



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