Best Central Vacuum Systems For 2017

It’s the new year and, for many, it’s the perfect time for a new beginning. Maybe it’s a commitment to healthy eating or a promise to replenish your savings account – whatever the case, we use that magic first box on the calendar to mark a fresh start.

January 1st is also the time to reevaluate the norms and take an assessment of the year before. In the world of retail, that means providing a list of the hottest items set to hit the market or make waves in the coming year. So we’ve reviewed the best-of-the-best and updated our list for “Best Central Vacuum Systems” in 2017!

1) Imperium CV300 Power Unit – Best All-Around Unit


The Imperium CV300 has been crowned our all-around favorite unit for 2017 for several reasons.

  • Moderately priced– When you compare power to price, you cannot find a better deal than the CV300.
  • Right for most homes – The CV300 is powerful enough for homes as large as 7500 square feet and is a good fit for homes with hard floors and carpeting.
  • Great for allergies – The paper bag is easily changed without a mess and can be upgraded to a HEPA bag for added filtration.
  • Home square footage – Under 7,500 sq ft
  • Made In USA
  • 10 Year Warranty
  • Motor – 5.7″ Ultra, 2 Stage, Flow Thru
  • Air Watts – 740
  • Paper Bag Unit – Standard with optional HEPA

The CV300 is an all steel central vacuum power unit made of galvannealed steel. Galvannealed steel is made by combining the process of galvanization and annealing. This process produces a very fine matte finish that acts like a primer, easily adheres to paint, and is very rust proof. With a superior powder coated finish, this is a unit that will resist rust and corrosion for years and years.

2) VacuMaid SR52 – Favorite Bagged Unit


The VacuMaid SR52 is a real powerhouse with a lot to offer.

  • Extra large capacity – The dirtbag can hold up to 6.75 gallons of waste for less frequent change-outs.
  • High-Tech Bag – A high-tech dirt bag features an inner liner which adds longer life, strength & resistance to bursting, and serves as an electrostatic barrier.
  • Large home friendly – The SR52 is powerful enough for homes as large as 10,000 sq. ft.
  • Carpeted home friendly – Because it’s packed with so much power, the SR52 is sure to provide enough suction, even for homes with wall-to-wall carpeting.
  • Home square footage – Under 10,000 sq ft
  • Made In USA
  • 10 Year Warranty
  • Motor – 7.2″ 2 Stage, Tangential By-Pass
  • Air Watts – 631
  • Paper Bag Unit – HEPA

The VacuMaid SR52 is a replacement for the dated AstroVac SR52H. Both brands are well-known in the vacuum industry for their quality and innovation. The bag used is the latest in the bag filtration technology for the removal of tiny, lung-damaging particles (including dust mite, feces, and pollen) that are released back into the air. Coupled with this unit’s strong Lamb Ametek 7.2″ 2 Stage, Tangential By-Pass motor, this unit stands out as superior in performance and filtration.

3) Imperium Pink – Favorite Bagless Unit

Imperium PINKThe Imperium Pink is named “Pink” because it was originally designed to support cancer research with its sales.

  • Features a permanent filter – The inverted bag filter shakes itself clean with each use, thanks to a weighted drop, so it never needs to be maintenance.
  • High-Tech design – Surf-Tex™ filter resists bacteria, mold, and mildew growth. This material can also capture particles as small as .3 microns and has a dust retention of 97% efficiency.
  • Bagless with options – The 6.25-gallon dirt canister can be fitted with plastic liners if emptying loose debris in the canister is unwanted.
  • Home square footage – Under 6,000 sq ft
  • Made In USA
  • Warranty – 5 Year
  • Motor – 5.7″ ultra, 2 stage, flow thru
  • Air Watts – 740
  • Bagless Unit With Permanent Self-Clean Filter – with option for a dirt can liner

The Imperium Pink is appropriate for homes as large as 6,000 square feet. The flexibility to choose between a bagless dirt canister or a plastic liner makes these units right for just about any homeowner. A patented Air Channel allows a plastic can liner to be used inside the dirt canister making emptying the can less hassle and less mess. With the Air Channel, you eliminate clouds of dust billowing up in your face when you empty the dirt can.

Picture of Imperium CVPink Universal Combo Kit For  Carpet

Imperium CVPink Universal Combo Kit For Carpet
Picture of Imperium CVPink Universal Combo Kit For Bare Floors
Imperium CVPink Universal Combo Kit For Bare Floors

4) Electrolux PU3650 – Extra Quiet Unit


The PU3650 from Electrolux is our favorite thanks to its extra quiet design.

  • Incredibly quiet – Patented sound-reducing technology and an anti-vibration mounting system make the PU3650 exceptionally quiet.
  • LCD Display – Unique to Electrolux, the LCD display is easy to read and modern in design.
  • Self-monitoring technology – The PU3650 will notify you via the LCD screen when it’s time to change the dirt receptacle and keep track of the system’s overall performance.
  • Home square footage – Under 8,000 sq ft
  • Warranty – 10 Year Limited
  • Motor – Single motor system
  • Air Watts – 600
  • Bagless Unit With Permanent Self-Clean Filter

When people hear the name “Electrolux,” there’s a real recognition. That’s because Electrolux has been a leading brand in home appliances since the early 1900’s. The PU3650 is part of their innovative QuietClean line and features a patented sound-reducing technology in both the power unit and the electric power brush. It also features a window on the dirt receptacle so you can check the dirt level without having to open the unit.

Picture of Electrolux PU3650 Universal Combo Kit for Carpet
Electrolux PU3650 Universal Combo Kit for Carpet
Picture of Electrolux PU3650 Universal Combo Kit for Bare Floors
Electrolux PU3650 Universal Combo Kit for Bare Floors

5) Imperium CV260 – Best Value

0090846_imperium-cv260-central-vacuum-power-unitFor the best system on a budget, the CV260 is a real bargain!

  • Affordable – The CV260 is almost $200 less than the next model up, so it’s incredibly affordable, even for homeowners on a budget.
  • Compact – Because the CV260 measures only 23″H x 13″D, the installation footprint is very compact. This makes the unit ideal for apartments, condos, cabins, vacation homes, or RV’s.
  • Pop of color – Although it doesn’t affect the performance, there’s nothing wrong with adding a fun shade of blue to your utility room or basement. We just love the cheery color on the CV260!
  • Home square footage – Under 2,750 sq ft
  • Made In USA
  • Warranty – 3 Year
  • Motor – 5.1″
  • Air Watts – 507
  • Paper Bag Unit – Standard with optional HEPA

It’s understandable to buy on a budget and purchasing a central vacuum system is no different! So if you’re shopping for a smaller home or office and looking to simply score the best deal, the Imperium CV260 is a really fantastic power unit without the bells and whistles that can drive up the cost.

Miele GN Vacuum Bags


Miele GN AirClean Replacement Vacuum Bags

If you own a Miele vacuum cleaner, you already know about its unmatched filtration. That’s likely the reason you purchased one in the first place! But maintaining that exceptional level of filtration requires maintaining the components inside it. Namely, the exhaust filter, the motor filter, and, most importantly, the GN AirClean vacuum bag.

Working hard inside your Miele vacuum cleaner is the GN AirClean disposable bag. When you look at the different features, you’ll be surprised how much you appreciate all the GN bag does!

  • Self-Sealing CollarMiele-GN-Bag-Automatic-Self-ClosingPerhaps the coolest feature on the Miele GN AirClean bags is the automatic closure on the bag itself. When it’s time to change your bag and you open the lid on the vacuum canister, a circular flap automatically closes the bag’s opening. This means the dirt, allergens, and additional gross contents in the bag are kept safely inside. You’re not at risk of breathing in or spilling out all that you worked hard to vacuum away! Once it’s time to close it up again, the flap remains sealed until the hose connection is pushed against it upon closing the lid. Now you’re ready to vacuum!
  • Miele-GN-Vacuum-Bag-Box-Pack-4High-Tech Bag Construction – The GN bag itself is pretty high-tech. It’s made of patented material that Miele has perfected over time, appropriately called SoftStructure. Thanks to flexible fibers, the GN bag can stretch and grow with limited risk of punctures or tears. But that’s not to say it’s “breathable.” The GN bag’s fibers help contain even the tiniest particles and assist in the Miele’s overall exceptional filtration. Very little ever escapes a genuine Miele GN bag, in fact the GN bag offers 99.9% filtration using their innovative SoftStructure technology.
  • Miele-GN-Vacuum-Bag-Replace-How-ToEfficient And Long-Lasting – The GN bag’s high-tech features mentioned above do more than just add to the vacuum cleaner’s filtration. They also allow the bag to have a long life, meaning less frequent changes and fewer costs associated with maintaining the unit. An average Miele user changes their GN bag about every month. A home with pets may require a fresh vacuum bag every three weeks to accommodate the added fur from cats and dogs. Additionally, because the bag is so exceptional at capturing dirt and dust particles, you only need to change the exhaust filter once a year. Another cost-saving benefit!

Buy Miele GN Vacuum Bags

Miele’s GN AirClean vacuum bags come in a few packages. Below are the available methods of purchase. It should be noted that the GN Performance Packs are the only versions that feature Miele’s HEPA filter and will be the most economical way to buy bags.


Annual Kit Featuring HEPA Filtration For S2000 & Classic C1 Models

GN AirClean HA30 Performance Pack



Annual Kit Featuring HEPA Filtration For S5000 Series, S8000 Series, Complete C3 Series, Complete C2 Limited Models

GN AirClean HA50 Performance Pack



Annual Kit Featuring Basic Filtration For S400 Series, S600 Series, S2000 Series, S5000 Series, S8000 Series, Classic C1 Series, Complete C3 Series, Complete C2 Limited

GN AirClean Case


  • (16) Genuine Miele GN Efficiency 3D AirClean Vacuum Bags
  • (4) Super AirClean, Non-HEPA Filters
  • (4) Pre-Motor Protection Filters

Quarterly Kit Featuring Basic Filtration For S400 Series, S600 Series, S2000 Series, S5000 Series, S8000 Series, Classic C1 Series, Complete C3 Series, Complete C2 Limited

GN AirClean 4-Pack


  • (4) Genuine Miele GN Efficiency 3D AirClean Vacuum Bags
  • (1) Super AirClean, Non-HEPA Filter
  • (1) Pre-Motor Protection Filter

Best Vacuum Cleaners For Pets

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Fred P Fluff, Cat Extraordinaire

When I was three, a family friend visited for Christmas and brought with him a gray and cream, Himalayan kitten. You could hardly see his sweet, little face behind all the fur. As he scampered around our home, examining his new residence (and trying to hide from my brother’s and my wild excitement,) all you could see was a shapeless, wispy streak of hair darting between furniture legs. We wanted to name him “Fluffy.” My father opted for Fred P. Fluff.

Pets bring joy and love and can make a family whole. But, it’s not without work. Pets are a responsibility, plain and simple. While their unconditional love and companionship are invaluable to many pet parents, there is an actual cost for the proper care and maintenance of not only the pet itself but a pet-friendly home. Nothing makes this more apparent than the constant cleaning of pet fur.

A Vacuum Cleaner For Pets

It’s no wonder, then, that one of the most searched inquiries on my blog is in regards to the best vacuum cleaners for pets. Pet moms and dads around the world share a common goal: get rid of the fur! And a standard vacuum cleaner just does not do the job. What you need is a vacuum cleaner designed specifically for pets and their owners. A vacuum cleaner made to specifically remove fur from a variety of surfaces. A vacuum cleaner made specifically to prevent the spread of allergens like dander. What you need is Miele’s Cat & Dog Series.

The Cat & Dog Vacuum Series From Miele

0086020_miele-cat-and-dog-complete-c3-vacuumMiele vacuum cleaners are already one of the most respected vacuum brands in the world. That much is already established. But what they conquered with their Cat & Dog series is something really special. They worked from the ground-up to address the specific needs of pet-friendly homes and created two, new cleaners for pet owners.

Cat & Dog Complete C3 Vacuum Cleaner

The Miele Cat & Dog Complete C3 is Miele’s compact, canister version. Read about what makes this such an incredible, pet-friendly machine below.

The Cat & Dog Complete C3 includes THREE cleaning tools!

The Miele Cat & Dog Complete C3 comes with THREE tools and THREE accessories to vacuum any surface in your home. The Electro Plus Electrobrush is designed to powerfully clean even dense carpeting. The electric power is key. A Turbo style or Combo style powerhead will not properly remove pet dander from carpeting, leaving you with an allergen nightmare. The Cat & Dog C3 also includes a Parquet Hard Floor tool to vacuum all your hard surface such as tile, wood, laminate, and more.

But what’s really exciting is that the Cat & Dog is the only canister to come complete with the Handheld Turbo Brush. This amazing tool is perfect for powerfully vacuuming away pet fur and hair from small surfaces like upholstery, stair treads, car seat, or bedding. You’ll wonder how you ever lived without it!


  • Electro Plus Electrobrush SEB228
  • Parquet Twister floor tool SBB300-3
  • Turbo Brush STB101
  • 4.76-quart capacity, G/N AirClean FilterBag
  • Active AirClean Charcoal Filter
  • Electric Hose
  • Stainless Steel Electric Telescopic Wand
  • Onboard Tool Storage: Natural Bristle Dusting Brush, Upholstery Nozzle, Crevice tool

In addition to the essential tools you can see, the Cat & Dog Complete C3 features essential components on the interior. Because Miele understood that pet odors can be as disturbing as pet fur, they included the Active AirClean Charcoal filter. Designed with activated charcoal, the filter captures and eliminates odors from within the vacuum, keeping them from being exhausted into the room. Anyone who’s owned a lesser quality cleaner understands how smelly a vacuum can become in a pet home. It isn’t long before the entire unit smells like wet dog. But the charcoal filter solves that!

Additional Features:

  • Canister Construction – Exclusive 12-Stage AirClean Sealed System to keep the dirt inside the vacuum
  • 1200-watt, low-noise, high-output Miele-made Vortex Motor System
  • Impressive 36 ft operating radius with an automatic one-touch cord rewind
  • Ergonomic carrying handle
  • On/Off control right on the handle
  • Lightweight skeleton construction
  • 3D bumper strip
  • Foot operated suction control via +/- controls with 6 settings
  • Safety shut-off on overheating
  • Silence insulation

Cat & Dog Dynamic U1 Vacuum Cleaner


The Miele Cat & Dog Dynamic U1 is the upright Cat & Dog version. An upright vacuum cleaner is best for dense, wall-to-wall carpeting. If your home has a majority of carpeting, an upright version may be beneficial.

*Some families choose to keep an upright vacuum cleaner upstairs, where the bedrooms feature carpeting, and a canister downstairs, where there is a variety of soft and hard flooring.

The Dynamic U1 Cat & Dog is an incredible, powerhouse carpet cleaner. The Cat & Dog U1 features a 1200 Watt Vortex motor that powers the vacuum suction AND a 4800 RPM roller-brush motor to provide a deep, deep cleaning of carpets and rugs. Dirt, dust, fur, and dander can’t hide from this vacuum, even in dense carpet fibers. It’s key to making this one of the best vacuum cleaners for pets.

Like the canister version, the Dynamic Cat & Dog also includes the Handheld Turbo Brush to clean upholstered surfaces, drapery, pet & human bedding, and more. It also includes the Active AirClean Charcoal Filter to eliminate – not just mask – offensive pet odors, even over time.


  • STB101 – Hand held Turbo Brush
  • 5.45 qt HyClean dustbag with spring loaded sealing
  • Active AirClean Charcoal Filter
  • Integrated, On-Board Accessories – Natural Bristle Dusting Brush, Upholstery Nozzle, Extra-long Crevice Tool
  • Lightweight, Telescopic, Stainless Steel Wand

Customers love the extra bright headlight that illuminates their path and allows them to see exactly what they’re cleaning. The 54 ft cleaning radius means you’ll have fewer stops to unplug and re-plug as you clean, saving you time and backache!

But the real show-stopper on the Cat & Dog U1 is the automatic height adjustment. As you go from room to room and surface to surface, the Cat & Dog U1 will self-adjust based on the type of flooring it senses. The extra dense carpeting in the bedrooms will activate the Cat & Dog to raise its floor tool to prevent the beater bar from locking onto the longer fibers. Move to the jute rug in the study and the unit will drop to provide a deep clean on the firm material. It takes all the guesswork out of vacuuming!

0090002_miele-cat-dog-dynamic-u1-vacuumAdditional Features:

  • 54 ft cleaning radius with 39 foot cord and hose/wand
  • Headlamp to light the cleaning path
  • Swivel-neck for maximum maneuverability
  • Automatic carpet height adjustment
  • Dustbag change indicator
  • Filter Grill
  • Automatic dustbag lock
  • Safety shut-off on overheating

NuTone Central Vacuum Replacement

Replacing A NuTone Central Vacuum System

NuTone has been a recognized name in the central vacuum industry for decades. Much of their popularity peaked between the 1990’s and 2000’s and we saw thousands of NuTone power units installed throughout the country. Now that many of those units are beginning to show their age, we receive calls daily from customers looking for replacement options.

The most popular models from that era were the NuTone CV450W and CV353. These were powerhouse units that were built to last. However, even the best-made machines have their expiration date and each year we see more and more of these power units being replaced.

Check-mark-in-powerpoint-clipart-free-to-use-clip-art-resource.jpegIt’s important to note that just because your current system features a NuTone power unit, you do not have to choose another NuTone product. Your central vacuum piping will connect with almost any other brand. When shopping for a new unit, it’s wise to compare features, reviews, and costs of comparable models from other makers.

New NuTone Central Vacuum Units

NuTone’s new line of central vacuums feature updated designs and new technology. They offer a range of affordability ($300 – $800) and power (500 Air Watts – 1,040 Air Watts.) The larger models (the VX Series) are suitable for up to 12,000 square feet, making them even appropriate for some commercial installations. If it’s time to replace your NuTone central vacuum system, this is a good place to start.

Here is a quick comparison of current NuTone central vacuum models available in the U.S.

NuTone PP500 Specifications:

Paper Bag Filtration

  • Square Footage – 4000
  • Water Lift – 120″
  • Air Watts – 500
  • Recommended Circuit Amps – 20
  • Voltage – 120
  • Venting Option – Yes
  • Dirt Capacity – 6 Gallons
  • Dimensions- 15-5/8″ D x 13-1/4″ W x 29-3/4″ H
  • Rigid construction and vibration dampening mounting bracket
NuTone PP600 Specifications:

Hybrid- Bag Or Canister Filtration

  • Square Footage – 7000
  • Water Lift – 125″
  • Air Watts – 600
  • Recommended Circuit Amps – 20
  • Voltage – 120
  • Filtration Type – HEPA
  • Venting Option – Yes
  • Dirt Capacity – 6 Gallons
  • Dimensions- 14-5/8″ D x 13-1/4″ W x 36-7/8″ H
  • Rigid construction and vibration dampening mounting bracket
NuTone PP650 Specifications:

Hybrid- Bag Or Canister Filtration

  • Square Footage – 9000
  • Water Lift – 130″
  • Air Watts – 650
  • Recommended Circuit Amps – 20
  • Voltage – 120
  • Filtration Type – Sealed HEPA 2.0
  • Venting Option – Yes
  • Dirt Capacity – 6 Gallons
  • Dimensions- 14-5/8″ D x 13-1/4″ W x 38-1/2″ H
  • Rigid construction and vibration dampening mounting bracket
  • Sealed HEPA with glued seams and a secondary exhaust filter for better indoor air quality
NuTone VX1000 Specifications:

Paper Bag Filtration

  • Square Footage – 12000
  • Water Lift – 130″
  • CFM – 230
  • Air Watts – 1040
  • Utility Inlet – Included
  • Recommended Circuit Amps – 20
  • Voltage – 240
  • Venting Option – Yes
  • Dirt Capacity – 8 Gallons
  • Dimensions- 39″ H x 17.5 W x 11.5″ D
  • Built-in Sound Suppression System – Included
  • Indicator light to tell you when it’s time to change the canister
NuTone VX1000C Specifications:

Filtered Hybrid Filtration

  • Square Footage – 12000
  • Water Lift – 130″
  • CFM – 230
  • Air Watts – 1040
  • Utility Inlet – Included
  • Recommended Circuit Amps – 20
  • Voltage – 240
  • Venting Option – Yes
  • Dirt Capacity – 8 Gallons
  • Dimensions- 39″ H x 17.5 W x 11.5″ D
  • Built-in Sound Suppression System – Included
  • Indicator light to tell you when it’s time to change the canister
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Commercial Central Vacuum Installation Review – Mobile Car Service

Imperium Central Vacuum System Installed In Mobile Car Detailing Fleet

One of the best aspects of working the phones at Central Vacuum Stores is building relationships with the customer on the other end of the line. It’s not uncommon for our sales team to see a client through the research, purchase, installation, and use of their new central vacuum system. And along the way, trust is built and friendships are made.

One such customer recently finished their project and sent along the photos to our central vacuum guru, Brad. This commercial customer was looking for a powerful central vacuum option for his mobile, car detailing and servicing business. His two industrial trucks required a unit that would stand the test of time and use, so Brad directed him to the Imperium CV800B Power Unit.


  • Here’s the CV800B installed in one of the mobile car detailing trucks. Thanks to its compact size (28″ H x 15″ D) it was a perfect fit for the space.

The Imperium CV800B Power Unit was the right choice for this commercial installation thanks to the incredible 8.4″ diameter, 2-stage motor that offers enough suction to cover a 10,000 square foot home. It has a sealed suction lift of 146.6″, nearly unmatched in the industry!

Well, the customer has been so happy with the CV800B, he took the time to reach out to Brad and sent along these photos of his trucks in action. The powerful suction is ensuring he’s happy and, more importantly, his customers come back! If you’re in the Waco, Texas area, we recommend you check out Cen-Tex Mobile Wash. We’re confident your rugs will look spotless!


With the addition of some commercial hoses and accessories, this business owner is ready to vacuum even the dirtiest vehicle! 


Plumbing PVC For A Central Vacuum Installation

Yes! You Can Use Plumbing PVC Piping.

I guess we kind of gave away the big surprise right there in the above heading, but we want to save you some time. Yes, you can use standard, plumbing PVC found at any hardware store to run the pipes for your central vacuum system. It not only saves you time not having to scour the planet for hard-to-find central vacuum piping, it also saves you money because standard plumbing PVC is so much more affordable.

Plumbing Pipes Won’t Fit Central Vacuum Products.

Here’s the catch… central vacuum components are designed to fit into central vacuum sized pipes. So the connections between your Schedule 40 piping and your inlets as well as between your Schedule 40 piping and your power unit won’t work.

But wait… you just said it would. It was in big bold print and everything…

Our Patented 2×2 Pipe Adaptors Are The Fix.

Central Vacuum 2x2 Adaptor FittingCentral Vacuum Stores’ owner, Roger Ambrose, has been in the vacuum industry for over sixty years. So, it’s no surprise he is the one who devised our patented 2×2 Adaptor for installing a central vacuum system using standard plumbing PVC.

The premise is simple, the plumbing pipe and central vacuum appliance fit seamlessly into each end of the adaptor, creating a smooth interior wall. It’s key that the interior of the connection be without interruption because any interference could result in a clog or lessen airflow.

Central Vacuum Stores 2x2 Adaptor

The above diagram is a look at how a 2×2 adaptor would work. In this example, a central vacuum inlet (82) is being installed in a wall and plumbing PVC (60) has been run through the home. The plumbing PVC (60) connects to the large end of our patented 2×2 adaptor (54.) Then, central vacuum piping (48) can be connected to the smaller end. From there, all your central vacuum sized fittings and inlets can be installed per their instructions.

Here’s Roger Explaining His Invention Himself:


Central Vacuum Systems Using 2×2 Adaptors

We specialize in DIY central vacuum installations. Our customers appreciate the ability to install their central vacuum system on their own, saving money and getting exactly what they want. So the 2×2 adaptors are the perfect product for our Custom Central Vacuum Kit Builder Tool.

It’s simple. We sell complete kits that include the power unit, hose, inlets, fittings, accessories, powerheads, and floor tools. Then we add in our 2×2 adaptors. This way, our customers are able to buy their own plumbing PVC from their local hardware store.

Buying plumbing PVC on your own saves you money on freight charges for the large packages of piping. It’s also less wasteful because you’re able to buy the exact length of piping you need, not a fixed number in a kit. Lastly, if you ever need to repair or replace a section of pipe, it’s as simple as a trip to the store. No need to order more, specialty central vacuum pipe and wait for it to arrive, stranded without a functioning vacuum in the meantime.

Central Vacuum Kits For Schedule 40 Piping


 Our Favorite Bagged Central Vacuum

All-In-One Kit

 0089628_imperium-filtered-2x2-kit-builder_200  Our Favorite Filtered Central Vacuum

All-In-One Kit


 Our Favorite Cyclonic Central Vacuum

All-In-One Kit

How A Generic Vacuum Bag Almost Killed Our Miele – Don’t Try This At Home

Here at Central Vacuum Stores, we often receive samples from vendors hoping we’ll add their product to our website. Sometimes, we get some really stellar products that we’re proud to put on our shelves. Other times, not.

One such item recently arrived and was immediately dismissed. The product was a generic Miele vacuum bag, designed to “fit” Miele cleaners while costing less than the real thing. There was no discussion, no hesitation. You NEVER use an off-brand substitution when caring for your Miele and we would NEVER sell one.

It came time to decide what to do with this sample and it felt so wasteful to simply toss it in the garbage (our team is rather “green.”) And so, an environmentally friendly employee (let’s call her Faith) decided she would use it in her personal Miele at home, only temporarily, and remove it before it caused any damage. Let’s see what we can learn from her mistake…

What The Inside Of Your Miele Shouldn’t Look Like!


When Faith originally installed the generic waste bag, she thought the connection felt a little loose. Sure enough, upon opening the hood of the canister, she discovered that the weak seal had allowed weeks of dirt, dust, pet hair, and who-knows-what-else to spew all over the inside of the vacuum. Imagine if you had asthma, allergies, or breathing issues! This is quite literally the opposite of what a true Miele dust bag does.

Genuine Miele Bags Feature A Patented Automatic Self-Sealing Collar

There is no equal to a genuine Miele dust bag!

When you open the vacuum’s lid, a plastic flap on the dirt bag automatically closes ensuring you aren’t exposed to the waste inside. Only when the vacuum’s lid is closed and the hose connection is pushed into the flap does the bag open to allow air and waste inside.

Additionally, when the dust flap is open and you’re busy vacuuming, the hygiene seal integrated into the collar guarantees a tight fit and stops dust from escaping past the collar.

What Your Miele Filter Shouldn’t Look Like!

The only thing standing between a dead Miele motor and the filth from the generic bag was a hard working filter!

Faith’s trusty Miele began to lose suction after installing the generic bag and, knowing it was unlike a Miele to not function well, she suspected the bag played a part. What she was surprised to find is how disgusting and completely sabotaged her motor filter was by the amount of waste that leaked from the bag.

At the core of the canister, the powerful 1200-watt, Miele-made Vortex Motor System is working at full capacity. It’s normally safe from debris thanks to a high-quality motor filter and the superior containment of a genuine Miele dust bag. But the moment the generic bag was installed, the motor was compromised due to the overwhelming amount of waste that was being sucked into the motor chamber.

The motor filter captured most of what would have entered the motor chamber. Had Faith continued to use the generic bag, we’re not sure how much time her Miele would have had left!

Thankfully, the Miele filter did most of the dirty work (literally) and prevented Faith’s motor from being irreparably damaged. Had this dirt and dust actually made it into the motor’s workings, it would have certainly been the end. 

What We Want You To Know

The bottom line here is not a shake-down to encourage you to buy bags from us. We very genuinely want you to understand that using a generic, off brand bag or filter in your Miele vacuum cleaner is a serious risk. It’s not worth the few dollars you saved when you purchased them.

You paid good money for your Miele! You invested in a vacuum with exceptional air quality and components! You also paid for a machine that includes a warranty. All of that is gone the moment you introduce a generic bag or off brand part. (Yes…the warranty, too! Using anything but Miele parts and accessories voids your warranty. Yikes!)

So just don’t do it, ok?

Now… Here Are Some Genuine, Real-Deal, Absolute, High-Quality, Certified Miele Bags!

Miele AirClean GN Bags


Suitable replacement bag for the following Miele vacuum cleaner models:

  • S400 Series
  • S600 Series
  • S2000 Series
  • S5000 Series
  • S8000 Series
  • Classic C1 Series
  • Complete C3 Series
  • Complete C2 Limited


Miele AirClean FJM Bags


Suitable replacement bag for the following Miele vacuum cleaner models:

  • S200 Series
  • S300 Series
  • S500 Series
  • S700 Series
  • S4000 Series
  • S6000 Series
  • Compact C2 Series
  • Compact C1 Series


Miele AirClean U Bags


Suitable replacement bag for the following Miele vacuum models:

  • S7000 – S7999 upright series
  • S7 Bolero
  • S7 Swing
  • S7280 FreshAir
  • S7 Tango
  • S7 Calypso
  • S7 Jazz
  • S7 Cat&Dog
  • S7 Twist
  • U1 AutoEco
  • U1 Cat & Dog
  • U1 Jazz
  • U1 Twist
  • U1 Limited Edition
  • U1 Maverick

Miele AirClean K/K Bags


Suitable replacement bag for the following Miele vacuum models:

  • S142 Mini Upright
  • S143 Mini Upright
  • S146 Mini Upright
  • S147 Mini Upright
  • S148 Mini Upright
  • S157 Mini Upright
  • S163 Mini Upright
  • S168 Mini Upright
  • S194 Quickstep Mini Upright
  • H1 Swing

Best Central Vacuum Accessory Sets Under $375

Accessory Sets

When it comes time to buy a new accessory set for your central vacuum system, you may feel a little sticker shock. But that doesn’t have to be the case! Here are our top picks for the best central vacuum accessory sets under $375.

But First…

  • Each set includes a 35 foot hose – the most popular length
  • Each set includes the appropriate floor tool for the type of flooring specified.
  • Each set offers complete cleaning – dusting brushes, upholstery nozzles, and crevice tools

Best For Hard Flooring

Imperium Deluxe Bare Floor Set – $175


If your home or business has hard flooring, you’re in luck! The expensive tools required to properly clean rugs and carpeting aren’t necessary, so you will see a real savings by choosing a bare floor set. Our favorite pick for hard flooring is the Imperium Deluxe Bare Floor Set at only $175! This set includes everything you need to vacuum your floors and features a 35 foot, crushproof hose with an on/off switch on the handle.

Set Includes:

  • 35 foot Crush Proof On/Off Hose
  • 12 inch barefloor brush
  • 12 inch carpet tool
  • Telescoping wand
  • Imperium dusting brush
  • Upholstery tool
  • Crevice tool
  • Tool caddy
  • Hose hanger
  • Mesh tool bag

Best For Hard Floors & Some Area Rugs

Imperium Deluxe Turbo Attachment Set – $275


For a home that has a majority of hard flooring with some area rugs or very low-pile carpets, an attachment set that features a Turbo style carpet tool is best and will save you money. The Imperium Deluxe Turbo Set features everything in the Hard Floor set, but swaps out the carpet tool for a Turbo Powered powerhead.

What’s Turbo? A turbo styled powerhead will feature a roller bar. The roller bar spins and the fibers along the bar help to refresh carpets and kick up dirt and dust settled at the base. With a Turbo powerhead, the roller bar is rotated due to the suction from the vacuum cleaner. The alternative option is an electric powerhead. These feature electricity that specifically rotates the beater bar. It makes electric powerheads more powerful and better at deep cleaning carpeting. However, if you are only vacuuming low pile area rugs or doormats, a Turbo powerhead like included in this set is completely adequate.

Set Includes:

  • 35 foot Crush Proof On/Off Hose
  • TurboCat Carpet Powerhead
  • 12 inch barefloor brush
  • Telescoping wand
  • Imperium dusting brush
  • Upholstery tool
  • Crevice tool
  • Tool caddy
  • Hose hanger
  • Mesh tool bag

Best For Carpeting – Pigtail & Direct Connect

1) Titan Prime Pigtail Attachment Set – $335


If your home has wall-to-wall carpeting, even in just one room, you absolutely need an electric carpet tool to properly clean it. The Titan Prime Pigtail Set features a “pigtail” electrical cord that powers the 700 Deluxe Electric Powerhead. This way, even if you don’t have a true, electric central vacuum system, you can still have the power of electric carpet cleaning.

The Titan Prime Pigtail Set from Imperium is an incredibly fabulous value when you examine everything it includes. This set exceeds the previous two in quality and quantity. Some of the added accessories that are customer favorites are the Turbine Handheld Tool (for cleaning upholstery, bedding, pet beds, stair steps, etc) and the Mini Vac Attachment Set (for small spaces, car detailing, delicate cleaning, furniture care & dusting, etc.)

Set Includes:

  • 35 foot Plastifex Flush PT Electric Hose
  • 700 Deluxe Powerhead
  • 14″ Bare Floor brush with wheels
  • Deluxe Turbine Handheld Tool
  • The Mini Vac Attachment Set
    • Straight extension wand
    • Curved extension wand
    • Oval brush
    • Round brush
    • Crevice tool
  • Quilted Hose Sock
  • Telescoping Wand with Flush Cord Management
  • Original Telescoping wand
  • Dusting brush
  • Upholstery tool
  • Crevice tool
  • Tool caddy
  • Hose hanger
  • Deluxe canvas tool bag

2) Centec CT14DXQD Quiet Drive Plus Attachment Set – $355


0063328_centec-96855a-ct14dxqd-quiet-drive-plus-attachment-set-35ft-dcThe Centec CT14DXQD Quiet Drive Plus Attachment Set is our top choice if your central vacuum system is a “direct connect” electric system. A central vacuum system that is installed with low voltage AND electrical wiring to the inlets will accept a direct connect hose. In turn, the hose itself features electrical wiring that powers the electric carpet powerhead. See the photo to the right to verify your system accepts a direct connection.

Electrical direct connect systems tend to cost more than other styles because of their advanced design. Both the hoses and powerheads for electrical systems provide a powerful clean for carpeting. The Centec CT14DXQD Quiet Drive Plus Attachment Set is an incredibly affordable set and includes everything you need while not breaking the bank. It should also be noted that the powerhead included with this set, the CT14DXQD, is one of our most popular and recommended carpet tools.

Set Includes:

  • 35 foot Electric Direct Connect Hose
  • CT14DXQD 14″ QuietDrive Powerbrush
  • 12 inch barefloor brush
  • Button Lock Chrome Telescoping Wand and Two Chrome Wands
  • Dusting brush
  • Upholstery tool
  • Crevice tool
  • Tool caddy
  • Hose hanger
  • Mesh tool bag

Still Not Sure?

If the perfect attachment set isn’t on this list, have no fears! There are so many more options available and even specialty kits for your garage. Simply head over to or call a central vacuum system expert at 1-800-221-8227.