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Post# 106289   8/18/2010 at 09:26 (3,578 days old) by singingrainbow (Texas)        

You knew this thread was comming! So what do you think is the best vintage upright and or your favorite? It needs to be from 1920's to 1980's, you can name brands or particular models, and you can have more then one. My picks are for best carpet cleaner is any vibra groomer two upright and my favorates for various reasons are whirlpool CVR's even though I dont have any, regina 1920's uprights , regina brush n beats again dont have any, and finally any singer upright even if they have been rebranded. So what are yours?

Post# 106292 , Reply# 1   8/18/2010 at 09:40 (3,578 days old) by bagintheback (Flagstaff, Arizona)        

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I say F&G Eurekas plus the early 80's plastic decade-80 motor Convertibles.

Post# 106296 , Reply# 2   8/18/2010 at 09:58 (3,578 days old) by sanimatic ()        

My favorites are Hoover Convertible (I am partial to model 69) and most any Kirby 500 series, but partial to 561. Those are my favorites because those models are what stimulated my life long love of vacs.

As to best cleaning, I have only recently been acquainted with Eureka F&G from that same time frame and I have to say it is a pretty awesome cleaner. It's not that I don't think the Convertible is a contender for best cleaner, but the bottom fill bag was a drawback to what could have been the best cleaner.

Post# 106297 , Reply# 3   8/18/2010 at 10:08 (3,578 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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I am pretty fond of my Panasonic 6255, but I think that was 89 so getting pretty new there and my Concept 1 really beats the rug up good. Had one Kirby I liked, first with the paper bag inside, can't remember the model.

Post# 106298 , Reply# 4   8/18/2010 at 10:09 (3,578 days old) by xraytech ()        

My choices are the metal-based Convertibles(I'm partial to the 1020) and also The Concept One and Concept Two machines. Those are my pick for deep cleaning

Post# 106300 , Reply# 5   8/18/2010 at 10:18 (3,578 days old) by swiveltop (Galveston, TX)        
My best carpet groomers

My M Wards,Eureka 6.5 F+G is a great carpet groomer, It always needs a new belt,I don't use it a lot so that leaves a flat spot in the round belt, My Hoover Elite also does a great job,but it does have a 12 amp motor from a twin chamber bagless,Also my Kirby Dual 80,My favorite vacuum at the moment.

Post# 106303 , Reply# 6   8/18/2010 at 10:39 (3,578 days old) by briankirbyclass (Eudora Kansas)        

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Id have to say any Kirby 500 Series, Dual 50 or 80, Classic or Heritage model,rebuilt with a 4 row brush roll,brand new belt,and Mini Emptor, with a G Series Hepa bag conversion.

Post# 106305 , Reply# 7   8/18/2010 at 11:27 (3,578 days old) by joe22 ()        

when we had to replace our Heritage 1hd brush roll i used a 4 row, and an awesome vac became awesomer

same for my royals, replaced worn out 2 rows, with 4 rows with stiffners and WOW

vintage 60s with beater brush rolls are great at cleaning, hoover or eureka. dont like that bottom fill bag on the hoover as stated above

Post# 106314 , Reply# 8   8/18/2010 at 16:29 (3,578 days old) by kenkart ()        
My 801 Royal

From 1958 for all around use, but for deep cleaning, the GEs from the 60s.

Post# 106344 , Reply# 9   8/18/2010 at 21:49 (3,578 days old) by 1926700 ()        
i would say.....

i agree with the F&G Eurekas....hoover innovation, Hoover junior,Kenmore twin-fan, Eureka ultra, kenmore Whirlpool widesweep.

Post# 106360 , Reply# 10   8/18/2010 at 23:27 (3,578 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        
The great Hoover 1076

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Picture courtesy of gottahaveahoove (it's the one on the right)....

Post# 106361 , Reply# 11   8/18/2010 at 23:34 (3,578 days old) by vegaslux60 ()        
My Upright Choices !

I agree with Sam in saying any metal base Hoover Convertibles. Nothing "Beats" them ! Dependable, durable and well-performing on mostly all carpets. We also have a couple of Kirbys that are great performers too. I like our Kirby Classic CR1 because of the large head. Jill's favorite would be her Kirby Generation 5 because of the self-propelling tech drive. Kirbys are usually our daily drivers, but the Hoover Convertibles are fun and bring back great memories. I grew up with Mom's model 66 ! Grandma's Hoover model 63 and her upstairs vacuum was a Hoover model 29.

Post# 106370 , Reply# 12   8/19/2010 at 02:44 (3,577 days old) by kirbyclassiciii (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
Some of My Choices

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Kirby 515 vs. Dual Sanitronic 50
Kirby 505 vs. 515
Kirby 505 vs. 516
Kirby 505 vs. Dual Sanitronic 50
Kirby 505 vs. Classic 1CR
Kirby 505 vs. Classic Omega 1CB
Kirby 515 vs. 516
Kirby 515 vs. Classic 1CR
Kirby 515 vs. Classic Omega 1CB
Kirby 519 vs. Classic Omega 1CB

I could go on and on ...

Post# 106372 , Reply# 13   8/19/2010 at 02:54 (3,577 days old) by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

For me-Kirbys are the first pick-next metal Royals,then metal based Convertibles.Hate the plastic ones.Others would be Sanitaire.In general don't really like clean air uprights.They are better than direct air if you you their hose and handtools a lot.

Post# 106401 , Reply# 14   8/19/2010 at 14:05 (3,577 days old) by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        
No surprise here...... LOL!

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My favourite vintage uprights: The Eureka Automatic 260 (the one I grew up with), and the Eureka Vanguard/Rugulator/Dial-a-Naps in the 2000 series. Classic Eureka quality and cool modern design. Not to mention the best dust bag ever: the top-fill F&G!!!!

It's such a shame that the Eureka name has to hide behind the word Sanitaire now. It's also a shame that this fantastic Eureka upright design seems to have been sold to every upright maker on the planet - including Oreck (sniffle, sniffle...boohoo)

Post# 106434 , Reply# 15   8/19/2010 at 22:22 (3,577 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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I would have to say that my top pick would be any 500 series Kirby. I've read the old CR articles on the forum and they consistently rate Kirby as a poor performer. I can only guess that it is because of the two row brush roll with softer bristles. I've been using the new 4 row brush rolls on mine, and I would say they are superior performers. Plus, a Kirby can be easily converted to a canister, cut your hair, unclog your drains, and polish the silver! And I'm sure some industrious farmer's wife figured out how to use her Kirby to milk the cows and churn butter too! My second favorite upright is Royal. Models with the brush stiffeners are stellar performers. They are nimble, maneuverable, and powerful. My third favorite upright would be Eureka. The earlier models with less powerful motors than today seemed to provide just the right balance of power and cleaning ability. I think the only drawback of Eureka uprights (and Hoover Convertibles) is the round belt.

Post# 106435 , Reply# 16   8/19/2010 at 22:50 (3,577 days old) by joe22 ()        

i am pleased with all the royal references as thy are my fave vac ;-)))

Post# 106436 , Reply# 17   8/19/2010 at 22:54 (3,577 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Well, you KNOW what I'd say

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Nice surprise to see my library here. Saved me t he effort. PLUS, I could say, pick one.....

Post# 106500 , Reply# 18   8/20/2010 at 21:10 (3,576 days old) by tazcatsdad (Buffalo, NY)        
My Favorites? Not in any particular order ...

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Hoover Turbopower
Electrolux Contour
Hoover Dial-A-Matic
Eureka Golden Vanguard
Hoover Convertible 1070
Kirby G5
Windsor Sensor
Sebo Felix
"WestSingMoreBeam" Twin Fans

Post# 106501 , Reply# 19   8/20/2010 at 21:12 (3,576 days old) by tazcatsdad (Buffalo, NY)        

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I think that some of the ones I mentioned are newer than the '80s - my bad! Ah well ...

Post# 107845 , Reply# 20   9/7/2010 at 03:20 (3,558 days old) by hygiene903 (Galion, OH)        
Electro-Hygiene 903

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Great carpet cleaner, excellent maneuverability, powerful, and durable, with full suction for attachments as well. Other picks would be the Royal 880, Kirby Classic III, D-50, D-80, and any of the 500 series.

Post# 107854 , Reply# 21   9/7/2010 at 03:59 (3,558 days old) by kirbyclassiciii (Milwaukie, Oregon)        
More Upright vs. Upright Pairs

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I have some more upright-vs.-upright battles for you:
*Royal 880 vs. Royal 801
*Royal 886 vs. Royal 880
*Royal 801 vs. Royal 601
*Royal 887 vs. Royal 801
*Royal 618 vs. Royal 602


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