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Hoover Elite history?
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Post# 467388   11/7/2023 at 14:50 (220 days old) by ilovehoovers (England)        

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Hi! I'm from England but I've always loved the Elite series over in the States. From my understanding they had an incredibly long and convoluted run, which I've always found interesting. What was the first model/series? I know the final model in the mid '00s was some sort of Caddy Vac.

Thanks!


Post# 467390 , Reply# 1   11/7/2023 at 17:48 (220 days old) by kloveland (Tulsa)        

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Post# 467459 , Reply# 2   11/11/2023 at 17:43 (216 days old) by Paul (USA)        

Hi Jett,

I know little about the Hoover Elites, but since no one else has responded at this point, and I like data collection I'm posting some information I found online.

Hoover USA's Elite series was launched in April 1988. It consisted of the 200, 300, 350, 400, 500, 600, & 700; although these may have been introduced at different times throughout the year. I didn't do an exhaustive search on years.

Hesco, Inc. or Quincy, Illinois, at one time had posted schematics on its website. Unfortunately, I was unable to locate them, but I did copy the model numbers that were listed and had posted them on another VL thread—all categorized as Elites, but actually a variety of model names. It is likely incomplete as I've found out with other brands, but it provides a framework. Anyway, I looked each up to find its model name and key features that were mentioned in online newspaper ads.

Hope it's of interest to you.

Encore
U4245, -030, -930
U4251-930

Soft & Light Supreme
U4266

Elite 200
U4455
U4457
U4467, -960, -970, -980

Sprint
U4247-030

(No info found)
U4297-910
U4609
U4701-970
U4681, -910

Elite 300
U4467
U4469

Elite 400
U4471, -9, -960 (5.2 amps)

Kmart models
U4265-910, -930 (Runabout)
U4481 (Elite, 5.0 amps)
U4483 (Elite, 5.2 amps)
U4485 (Elite, 6.0 amps)
U4601-900 (Elite LE, 5.0 amps)
U4717-930 (Elite, 7.2 amps)
U5035-930 (Runabout)
U5075-930 (Elite Supreme, 7.2 amps)

Sears Elite models
U4723 (5.0 amps)

Elite 350 – 5.0 amps
U4459, -940
U4461-9
U4463-9
U4509
U4533-9

Elite 600
U4465-9
U4473, -080


Elite 500
U4507, -9 (5.8amps)

Elite 700
U4511, -9

Elite SE
U4599-900

Elite II, 6.0 amps, 20-ft. cord
U4617-910, -920, -930
U4649-910
U4657 (5.0 amps)
U4671-910, -920, -930 (24-ft. cord)
U4689-910 (7.0 amps, 24-ft. cord)
U4697-910
U4709-910

Elite CE, 15.5 amps
U4715-930

Elite Energy Efficient
U4641-10, -920, -930

Deluxe Elite II, 7.0 amps
U4713-910

Preferred
U4655-930
U5051-930 (31-ft. cord)

Elite
U4639-930, -980
U4675-930 (7.2 amps)
U5061-900 (12.0 amps.)
U5062-900 (12.0 amps, hard bag)
U5070-930 (35-ft. cord)

Convertible (Elite Design)
U4535-930

Runabout
U4253-930
U4258-930
U4267-930 (7.0 amps)

Sprint
U4257-930
U4259-930 (7.0 amps)
U5068-900 (12.0 amps)


Encore Supreme
U4261-910, -930, -940, -980, -990 (7.2 amps)
U4263-930 (7.0 amps)
U4271-930, -980 (20-ft. cord)
U4283-970
U4293-930
U4299-930, -980

Runabout Supreme, 7.2 amps
U4269-930

Decade
U4295-930

Elite Supreme, hard shell
U5041-980
U5043-910, -930 (8.0 amps)
U5071-930

Decade Supreme, 7.2 amps
U5077-930

Runabout Deluxe, 7.2 amps
U5064-940

Convertible, UK
U5074-900

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Also, here are some 1988 newspaper advertisements:

1. Apr 4 TUSCALOOSA NEWS - Hoover S3431 & Elite U4461-900
2. Apr 13 BEAVER COUNTRY TIMES - New Hoover Elite 350 & 600
3. Aug 24 OCALA STAR-BANNER Hoover Elite 350 U4461 & Elite 400 U4471
4. Jun 9 LODI NEWS-SENTINEL - Hoover Elite 350 ad
5. Nov 9 OBSERVER-REPORTER Hoover Elite 200, Spirit, Portapower, handvacs, Quik-Broom II
6. Sep 3 STAR-NEWS - Hoover Elite 700



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