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Post# 462446   4/20/2023 at 19:43 by MichaelT (Phoenix AZ)        

Hi folks. I bought an Aerus Lux Classic from ebay a week ago and it arrived a couple of days ago. It's white with the gray/taupe side moldings. It's very clean and has nary a mark on it. It's quiet and has great suction. I'm not crazy about the plastic, but it seems to be solid and well made. Both the vacuum and the power nozzle are quieter than my Lux Guardian Ultra. I really like both machines even though I miss the really quiet and powerful Electroluxes I grew up with. By comparison, I feel that the models made by Electrolux now are inferior to the Aerus machines.

Post# 462477 , Reply# 1   4/21/2023 at 19:19 by huskyvacs (Gnaw Bone, Indiana)        

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Most of the Aerus LUX models are Electrolux's low end cleaners from the 1980's. They are not new designs. The LUX Classic was the Electrolux LE back in the late 80s or early 90s which was the bottom of the barrel model. They aren't improving them at all. The attachments are even the same.

It's such a waste that Aerus wants nothing to do with Electrolux. They could put so much more effort into making new Electrolux vacuums with modern features, design improvements, and they just dumped them off.

Post# 462482 , Reply# 2   4/21/2023 at 22:01 by MichaelT (Phoenix AZ)        
My 'new' Lux Classic

Hi. Thanks for the information. I had no knowledge of this. I do wonder why the Lux machines mirror the Electrolux machines so completely, and this could be the reason. I never understood the name sale either. I do like my Guardian Ultra and Classic, but agree that they are both a far cry from the kind of vacuums we knew from decades earlier. Like most things, they've been cheapened and their features and quality are lacking, but their prices keep going up.

Post# 462487 , Reply# 3   4/22/2023 at 01:38 by kirbylux77 (London, Ontario, Canada)        

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First of all, welcome to the forum, and I appreciate your passion for Aerus and Electrolux vacuums as a collector.

I agree with you - the machines made by Electrolux AB and sold under the Electrolux name in North America are inferior in quality to the Aerus and Electrolux machines we grew up with. With regards to the name change, Electrolux was bought by Joseph P Urso, and one of the first things he did was start to strip mine the company of it's assets - he sold off Electro Motor, the motor manufacturing division, the bag manufacturing division, and the name Electrolux back to Electrolux AB of Sweden so they could enter the North American marketplace. He also bought TriStar as well, and changed the corporate name to Aerus Holdings LLC.

Mr Urso has proven himself to be only obsessed with how much money he can milk from the company - the only newly designed products the company has actually come out with since Mr Urso purchased the company are the TriStar EXL, and the Guardian Ultra. Everything else has been outsourced and added to the company's product offerings, such as the Guardian Platinum, the machine is entirely outsourced and the hose/wands/powerhead/tools added to it.

Also, as Huskyvacs pointed out, the other 2 canisters are old designs. The Lux Classic is a Electrolux LE / Ambassador back from the 80s and 90s, and the Lux Legacy is a Electrolux Epic 6500 SR. All they did was change the plastic moulding slightly to allow for the change to the single stage JEI motor they now use, and made some improvements to the powerhead motor, belts and brushroll.

Personally, if I was looking to buy a new vacuum and was focused on a new Aerus, I would much rather buy a used Electrolux plastic body canister on Ebay, buy a new motor for it, take it into a vac shop to have it installed, and add whatever is needed to complete it like a hose or wand. If you do that, you will have a machine that will last 20+ years. Furthermore, the motor will be of superior quality to the single stage JEI motor since the Electro Motor is a double stage motor, and actually there is a version that will pull a whopping 117" waterlift - it will match the motor in the Guardian Platinum for performance! So buying and rebuilding a plastic body Electrolux would be a far better deal in my books.

Huskyvacs - I think Aerus was smart NOT to join Electrolux AB and have them come out with new designs and "improvements". The reason Electrolux AB left the North American marketplace a few years back is people found out they were all flash and not a quality product. Once people found out after they bought their vacuum they had been duped and this wasn't the same classic Electrolux as Mom and Grandma had, and NOT the same quality as the old ones, they switched to other brands like Miele.

Post# 462495 , Reply# 4   4/22/2023 at 12:14 by MichaelT (Phoenix AZ)        
My 'new' Lux Classic

Hi kirbylux77. Thank you for the warm welcome and the information you provided. I know too little about the name change situation and was most interested in it. I am a major vintage Electrolux fan (since I was a kid) and own and use several. I got interested in Aerus machines only recently when I found a beautiful Lux Guardian Ultra and then decided to get the companion Classic. Both are white and in excellent condition and I enjoy using them, although I recognize that the quality I'd come to expect in my vintage models is sadly absent. That being said, I think they are really good vacuums and are at least similar to the Electroluxes of old. I own 1 Electrolux currently, a Special Edition, which I like very much. It prompted me to look into Aerus models, in fact. I did buy an Electrolux Ambassador III, but didn't like it and gave it away. It seemed to be of lower quality than my Special Edition. I think I'll just stick with what I have now.

Post# 462504 , Reply# 5   4/22/2023 at 16:29 by MichaelT (Phoenix AZ)        
Lux Guardian Platinum

Hi kirbylux77. I re-read your reply and realized I forgot to note that the current top-of-the-line Lux vacuum, the Guardian Platinum, is not even made by Aerus. That explains why the colors on the machine and the colors of the hose and attachments don't match. I can't believe it. Who makes it for Aerus? Is it a good vacuum? I see one on ebay now for around $1150, only used twice per the ad. I generally stay away from high-end models of most things anymore due to all the problems with computers and circuit boards, etc.

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