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
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.


Central Vacuum Filter Maintenance

There are a handful of videos on our Central Vacuum Stores’ YouTube Channel that continue to receive the most views year after year. Sometimes we make a tutorial hoping to help a few people and end up shocked by the THOUSANDS of views it receives. Our video on “How To Maintain A Beam Style Filter” is just one such video. As it turns out, a lot of people were looking for answers regarding their central vacuum filter. Over 80,000 people, in fact.

inverted-central-vacuum-filter-maintain-help-cleanA permanent, Beam style, inverted central vacuum filter that features a weighted bottom is installed in numerous central vacuum brands including Beam, Electrolux, Honeywell, Husky, CanaVac, Rhinovac, and more. These inverted filters are described as “self-cleaning” because a weighted sand-bag at the base of the filter shakes off residual debris at the end of each vacuum.

How A Self Cleaning, Inverted Central Vacuum Filter Works:

inverted_bag_lgAs you power on the central vacuum, the inverted, cone-shaped filter is pulled up by the vacuum suction towards the top of the unit. Waste enters the power unit. The heavier items fall directly into the waste bag or canister while the filter catches the smallest particles and allows the air to exhaust.

When the vacuum is turned off and the suction no longer holds the filter up, it drops back into the waste canister. The weighted bottom allows it to fall with an added oomph, which shakes off dirt and dust lingering on the material.

In other central vacuum models, a filter may require changing every six months or so to not disrupt suction. With a self-cleaning, Beam style filter, you may never have to issue a repair or replacement. Over time, if the filter begins retaining excess debris on the material, you can simply wipe the fabric with a damp cloth or use a stand-alone vacuum or shop-vac to give it a deep clean.

How To Maintain A Central Vacuum Filter:

Central Vacuum Stores’ owner, Roger Ambrose, explains the benefits and maintenance requirements of an inverted, Beam style filter.

Is Dirt Stuck In My Central Vacuum Filter?

One of the repeated questions we receive regarding a Beam style, inverted, self-cleaning central vacuum filter is from customers concerned there is something stuck inside the filter. People often confuse the weighted pouch at the bottom of the filter for collected debris. As a result, we receive calls and comments asking the best way to remove the load or replace the filter.

Rest at ease! The weighted pouch is there intentionally and serves an important purpose. There is no need to remove or replace it. In fact, you’d be pretty disappointed to find that the new central vacuum filter you order will have the same heavy load in it!

More Central Vacuum Help And Tools

If you’ve found our post useful, you’re only seeing a glimpse of the resources we have to offer! Visit our Learning Center for even more tips on choosing, installing, and maintaining a central vacuum system. And check out more tutorials and helpful videos on Central Vacuum Stores’ YouTube Channel.

Still need to replace your central vacuum filter? No problem! We have bags and filters for Beam, Rhino-Vac, Canavac, Electrolux, Honeywell, and more. And easily shipped right to your front door, too.

DIY Central Vacuum Motor Replacement

central-vacuum-motor-replacement-repair-part-how-toA very common central vacuum repair is the replacement of the power unit’s motor. In some cases, the vacuum motor may begin to lose suction over time as the unit ages. In other instances, dirt or debris has managed to enter the motor chamber and caused the unit to fail suddenly. Whatever the situation, replacing a central vacuum motor is both straightforward and easily handled without a professional (as long as you don’t mind getting dirty.)

Replacing Your Central Vacuum Motor – Step 1

The first step may surprise you, but it’s important to start here. The first thing you must address before replacing your central vacuum power unit is whether or not it’s worth it. There are several key questions you should ask before starting down the road of a central vacuum motor replacement.

Is It Worth Replacing A Central Vacuum Motor?

1) How dirty are you willing to get?

IMG_0127Yes, replacing your central vacuum motor is a true DIY project. But it’s important to mention that it will be a dirty job. To access your existing motor and replace it with a new one, you’ll need to get into the inner workings of the power unit. This will be slightly gross. Dirt, dust, and God knows what else will have accumulated within the motor chamber over the life of the power unit. In honesty, this is a really good time to clean it all out. But this may be more than you bargained for, so it’s worth mentioning up front.

2) What about a warranty? 

If you’re replacing your central vacuum motor, odds are your warranty – if you had one – has already expired. So it’s important to ask yourself just how much time, money, and energy you’re willing to put into a power unit that is no longer under any kind of coverage. Will you be changing this motor only to have something else break next month? New power units can come with warranties between 5-10 years. If you’re the kind of person who wants to play the long odds and not opt for the short fix, simply buying a new power unit would be the best call.

3) Are you ready to enter the 21st century of central vacuums?


If you’re replacing the motor in a dated power unit, you really NEED to shop around first because central vacuum systems have developed right alongside the rest of the electronics world. For example, new Electrolux models feature an LED screen and an internal computer system that monitors the power unit’s efficiency.

Perhaps most notable in the realm of central vacuum cleaners is the addition of True Cyclonic Filtration. True Cyclonc was a real game-changer because it brought us near-perfect suction. No loss of suction and zero exhausted particles (when installed properly to the exterior.) If your current unit is bagged or filtered, you’d really be blowing an opportunity for a healthier home by not researching an updated power unit first.

4) Do you wish you were more Green?

Thanks to greater importance being placed on energy efficiency and green initiatives, new central vacuum power units can save you money and help you be environmentally conscious. Most new models will run better while using less electricity than your dated unit. Less electricity use = more money in your pocket.

5) Do you need more suction? 

(shown to actual scale)

It’s true that updating your unit’s motor will give it a fresh boost of power. However, your existing central vacuum will have limits, even with a new motor. If the system you currently have provides disapointing suction, why install a $200 motor in it? It’s time to buy a more powerful unit. When in doubt, “the more power, the better.

Just take a look at the images above. If you’re replacing your NuTone unit with a motor half the size of one of the newer cyclonic models, doesn’t that have you second guessing what you’re missing out on?

6) Is it a wise investment?

Replacing your central vacuum motor is a DIY project, so you may feel like it’s a “free” option. However, many customers are surprised to learn the expense of a new motor. New central vacuum motors cost between $100 – $300. Often changing your motor requires changing the filter or carbon brush, adding an additional $100. You could spend $400 replacing the motor on your old, dated central vacuum! In this case, the choice is really a no-brainer. Take, for example, this Imperium CV260: It features a three-year warranty, 540 Air Watts, at an incredibly efficient 10.1 Amps. All this for around $300! You really need to run the numbers before installing a new motor. The math usually doesn’t work.

7) What’s the condition of the rest of your system?

All-In-One-Central-Vac-Kit-Saves-MoneyWhen I asked our support team what was the #1 reason people opted to replace their central vacuum power unit instead of the motor, they said it was the added expense of updating tools and accessories. Almost always, if the motor has gone bad, the floor tools and cleaning accessories are equally dated. When a customer begins to add up the costs of also replacing the carpet powerhead, hose, or accessory kit, it almost ALWAYS makes sense to simply buy a new central vacuum kit. Buying as a kit saves you money, and can be significantly less money than buying a replacement motor and mix-matched tools.

Replacing Your Central Vacuum Motor – Step 2

If you still decide to replace your central vacuum motor, your first step is to find the correct replacement motor. This is incredibly easy using this Central Vacuum Motor Finder tool. You simply choose your central vacuum power unit brand and model from the drop-down menus and you’re automatically taken to the correct replacement motor page for your vacuum.


Replacing Your Central Vacuum Motor – Step 3

Once you’ve found, ordered, and received your central vacuum power unit replacement motor, the real work begins! While central vacuum motors differ in some ways, replacing them is pretty uniform across brands and models.

  1. Remove the lid or access door – Most units have two or three screws that hold the lid or door in place. Simply unscrew the lid from the power unit body and remove it. Some models will feature springs, filters, or foam around the motor. Remove those items too. If helpful, take a photo to help remember how it was assembled.
  2. Detach the existing motor – Most motors feature three or four wires attached to the power unit’s relay. We suggest our novice DIY customers use their phone to take a picture of the existing wiring before disconnecting. Then, when it comes time to connect the new motor, you can easily replicate the original.
  3. Connect the new motor – It’s as simple as dropping the new motor in and duplicating the same wiring. Attach the ground wire and additional wires as before.
  4. Replace any padding and screw on the lid/door – Connect any springs and replace any foam or filters as they were. Finally, screw the lid back into place…and you’re done!

Check out this video demonstrating how to replace your central vacuum motor:


Central Vacuum Crevice Attachments

We’ve said it a million times on this blog, but the real beauty of a central vacuum system is their versatility. Case and point: crevice tools.

I know what you’re thinking. What could be so exciting about crevice tools? It’s true there isn’t anything necessarily glamorous about a crevice tool…until you need one. You drop shredded cheese under the refrigerator or discover a moldy french fry in the inner workings of your child’s car seat and suddenly the lowly crevice tool is man’s greatest invention.

Crevice Tool Attachment Styles

Crevice tools come in a variety of styles designed to reach a variety of places.

Under Appliance Wand / Under Refrigerator Tool

Perhaps the most recognized specialty crevice tools are those made to reach under appliances. Notably, homeowners are often looking for a way to clean underneath their refrigerators. And with good reason.

Refrigerators require cleaning more than any other kitchen appliance. Underneath a refrigerator can be a collection of dirt, dust, and food. What makes this really problematic is that the debris acts as a foothold for mold and mildew to form. Additionally, if your refrigerator vent is located at the bottom of the unit, the mixture can also clog up your refrigerator’s workings.

under-refrigerator-appliance-crevice-wand-vacuum-toolOur favorite under appliance wand is this 36-inch, flexible under-refrigerator crevice tool from Imperium. A few, key features make this extended crevice tool so awesome. First, it’s extra long! Reaching 36-inches, it’s sure to reach all the way underneath your refrigerator.

Second, the flexible plastic is so nice. It allows you to reach around corners and refrigerator feet to ensure you’re cleaning everywhere.

Lastly, the flat suction opening. Unlike a standard crevice tool, this under refrigerator crevice wand has a flat, square opening on the face of it. This allows you to cover the whole surface under your refrigerator. We recommend you take one swipe with the opening against the floor and a second with the opening vacuuming the bottom of the refrigerator.

Standard Crevice Tool

Crevice attachments are a standard vacuum accessory and often are included with a set or kit. But there are a variety of lengths and features that can set one style apart from the next.


For example, some crevice wands feature suction relief holes at the entry point. This keeps the wand from locking onto a material due to powerful suction. This is a key design element to consider if what you plan on vacuuming is delicate. Even some fabrics and upholstery should be best handled by a crevice tool with suction control like this to keep from being damaged.

extended-long-crevice-vacuum-attachment-tool.pngAnother important feature to consider is the length of your crevice tool. If you’re looking to vacuum a hard-to-reach area like under an appliance or furniture piece, you will want to choose an extended crevice tool with extra length. This extra long crevice tool measures 36-inches! It’s great for tall ceilings or deep sofas.

Vacuum-Crevice-Wand-Tool-Flexible-Bending-Attachment.jpgFinally, consider if a flexible crevice wand is something you need. The benefit of a flexible crevice tool is obvious. It allows you to reach around corners or obstacles and in small places. This flexible crevice wand from Vacumaid is 23-inches long and super bendy!

Specialty Crevice Tool Sets For Auto Detailing & Electronics


Perhaps one of the most frequent uses for crevice tools and wands is in car detailing. It’s hard to imagine another space with so many nooks and crannies than the interior of your car. And as it’s also so well-used, it’s bound to collect all kinds of stuff!

This Centec “All Things Crevice” tool package includes:

  • Flexible Crevice Tool 1.5″ x 24″
  • Flexible Crevice Tool 1.5″ x 36″
  • Standard Black Crevice Tool 1.5″ x 13″
  • Crevice Nozzle with Attachable Wire Radiator Brush
  • Adaptor for use with standard 1.25″ vacuum cleaner hose
  • Micro detailing tools

Vacuum-Crevice-Mini-Electronic-Computer-SetAnother popular need in the world of crevice tools is for our everyday electronics. Computer keyboards and towers are notoriously difficult to keep clean and require smaller crevice wands and vacuum attachments. This Mini-Vac Attachment Set from Imperium includes:

  • Straight extension wand
  • Curved extension wand
  • Oval brush
  • Round brush
  • Crevice tool

Crevice Tool Vacuum Attachments For Sale

If you’re ready to start shopping for the right crevice tool for your needs, take a look at all the incredible attachments for your vacuum HERE. It’s unbelievable what you can do with a vacuum cleaner!

Vacuflo Central Vacuum Systems

Vacuflo central vacuum systems are widely known for their durability and longevity. Vacuflo vacuum units are simplified workhorses – no frills, just power. Over the years, we’ve seen customers really respond to Vacuflo’s products and come back to buy from the brand again and again. Bottom line, if you’re looking for a central vacuum system that provides superior suction power and will last years without issue, Vacuflo is an excellent choice.


Vacuflo central vacuum systems are a favorite of our sales team. When I emailed our staff and asked why, they responded, “because we never hear complaints.” I get it! Their power units, hoses, accessories, power heads, and floor tools are top-notch.

Vacuflo Central Vacuum Power Units

The Vacuflo brand offers the three, main types of central vacuum power units: Bagged, Filtered, and Cyclonic. Essentially, there’s a type of Vacuflo power unit for every buyer. Vacuflo power units are assembled in Canton, Ohio, making them a proud supporter of the American worker. Each type of unit has its own benefits and are made with quality components and motors.

Vacuflo Paper Bag Central Vacuum Systems

Vacuflo-Central-Vacuum-BagsVacuflo central vacuum systems featuring paper bags offer the convenience of easy dirt disposal. Because the waste vacuumed into the system is contained within a bag, the person responsible for changing the container isn’t exposed to the gross and sometimes dangerous particles inside.

Vacuflo Filtered Central Vacuum Systems

Vacuflo-Central-Vacuum-FilterVacuflo central vacuum systems featuring permanent filters are very popular models. These systems will first filter debris using cyclonic separation and then the suctioned particles will pass through a pleated canister filter for secondary filtration. This filter is designed so that suction is hindered as little as possible.

Vacuflo Cyclonic Central Vacuum Systems

Vacuflo-Central-Vacuum-Cyclonic-Power-Units.jpegVacuflo central vacuum systems featuring cyclonic filtration provide the absolute BEST level of suction and air quality. The cyclonic Vacuflo models must be exhausted to the exterior of the home so they may not fit every installation. But once installed, true cyclonic filtration means there will be almost no loss of suction as the vacuum is used month after month. Larger waste is collected in the dirt canister at the base of the unit and can be emptied as needed. The smallest dirt, dust, and particles are pushed upwards using cyclonic technology and exhausted outside. Nothing is left remaining in your home’s air.

Vacuflo Central Vacuum Carpet Power Heads

Perhaps what Vacuflo is best known for are their central vacuum power heads and carpet tools. Vacuflo power heads are popular due to their durability and flexibility. Even if your central vacuum system is another brand, a Vacuflo power head will very likely fit your system. Additionally, they offer tools for both electric and non-electric systems.

Vacuflo Non-Electric Turbocat Power Heads


Check out this Turbocat designed for Soft Carpeting

The Vacuflo Turbocat is a best-selling power head. They’re affordable and quality built. The Turbocat line is a non-electric, turbo style carpet cleaner. This means the power head uses the suction of the vacuum to spin the rollerbar within the power head. The roller bar (or beater bar) then agitates the carpet fibers and releases dirt.


Turbocat models are designed to be used with non-electric central vacuum systems. If you’re unsure of the type of system currently installed in your home, call 1-800-221-8227 and we can walk you through the steps to find out.

Vacuflo Electric Edge Power HeadVacuflo-Central-Vacuum-System-Carpet-Tool

The Vacuflo Edge Electric Power Head is an incredibly powerful carpet cleaning tool. This is exactly the type of deep cleaning your want for your dense area rugs or wall-to-wall carpeting. It features a bright headlight, low profile, 13-inch cleaning path, and an extra durable cogged belt.

The Vacuflo Edge is designed to be used with electric central vacuum systems. The power head is powered by a separate electrical current that runs through the vacuum hose. If you’re unsure of the type of system currently installed in your home, call 1-800-221-8227 and we can walk you through the steps to find out.

Vacuflo Central Vacuum Hoses

There are many different styles of Vacuflo central vacuum hoses. Customers can find it overwhelming trying to find the correct one, but it doesn’t need to be difficult. The simplest thing to do is to start at the end…the end of the hose, that is!

Determine what kind of connection you have to the central vacuum inlet and you can find the correct style of hose. Then, just match it to the type of Vacuflo hose end below:

Picture for category Vacuflo Turbo Non-Electric Hoses

Shop Vacuflo Turbo Non-Electric Hoses

Vacuflo Central Vacuum Attachments & Accessories

The best thing about owning a central vacuum system is the flexibility. There’s an attachment for every need! Vacuflo central vacuum systems offer a wide variety of tools and accessories. Check out the Vacuflo complete attachment kits, too, because you may save money by buying an all-in-one set.

Vacuflo Central Vacuum Accessories & Tools


Because Vacuflo specifically designs and manufactures central vacuum systems, they have a full line of accessories and tools to complement their units. Vacuflo central vacuums are a favorite among hard-floor homeowners because of the variety of floor tools made to clean their wood, tile, laminate, marble, or terrazzo surfaces. Additionally, Vacuflo central vacuum systems have all the standard attachments like crevice tools, dusting brushes, and upholstery nozzles in a variety of sizes and features.

Vacuflo Central Vacuum Complete Attachment Sets


The best way to purchase your Vacuflo floor tools and cleaning accessories is in a complete set. This not only ensures you get everything you need for whole-home cleaning, but also saves you money. When you buy attachments as a kit, the discount can be significant. Vacuflo central vacuum attachment sets can include the hose, wands, floor tools, and accessories. There are garage sets specifically for utility cleaning, carpet set for homes with wall-to-wall carpeting, and more. Vacuflo central vacuum attachment sets can be as versatile as your cleaning!

Central Vacuum Hose – Review & Buying Guide

We receive calls and inquiries all day long from customers hoping to find a new central vacuum hose for their existing system. It became so common, in fact, that when we built our new website last year we created a section called “Everything Hoses” just to encompass all our central vacuum hose information in one spot.

central-vacuum-hose-replacementIf you’re looking to repair, replace, or buy accessories for your current central vacuum hose, we have the product for you. And if you’re looking for a central vacuum hose to go with a new system you’re installing, we can find the right item for your needs, too.

Central Vacuum Hose By Brand

A question we’re asked A LOT is whether a customer has to buy a hose from the same brand name as their central vacuum system. In most cases, the answer is no. But there are a handful of situations where a customer has a model that is not compatible with universal central vacuum hoses. (For example, older NuTone systems can be tricky.)

If you suspect your system will not be compatible, it’s best to just call us and ask. There is almost nothing we haven’t seen before, so call 1-800-221-8227 to get a quick answer and a little guidance to the right central vacuum hose.

Universal Central Vacuum Hose

central-vacuum-hose-handleThe benefit of purchasing a universal central vacuum hose is simply that it can save you money. Off-brands tend to be less expensive than the main, most notable brands. For example, Cen-Tec makes central vacuum products and is one of the leading central vacuum distributors throughout the US and Canada. Their central vacuum hoses offer a lot of bang for the buck and will fit almost any central vacuum system.

Central Vacuum Hose Types

It’s important before you begin shopping to determine what type of central vacuum hose or hose system you currently have. A great place to start is at the inlet. When the hose meets the inlet, you’ll find key features that help categorize your central vacuum hose.


Central Vacuum Hose With Standard Connection

A standard inlet will feature low voltage wiring. The central vacuum hose will have a metal cuff at the connection that will carry the electrical current into the hose. A standard inlet will accommodate a “pigtail” hose style, as well. This hose will feature the same metal cuff at the connection, but will also have a separate electrical cord that plugs into a wall outlet.

Your Standard Central Vacuum Hose Will Look Like Either Of These


Central Vacuum Hose With Direct Connection

A central vacuum hose featuring “direct connect,” electrical components will have metal prongs on the end of the hose that connect into the wall inlet. When you plug in your hose, these prongs carry the electrical current through wiring that is contained within the hose structure. This allows you to use electric carpeting powerheads and wand systems.

Your Direct Connect Central Vacuum Hose Will Look Like This


Central Vacuum Hose Buying Guide

There are many ways to purchase a new central vacuum hose or parts for your existing central vacuum hose. Because few retailers offer a selection within a storefront, your simplest option is to purchase online. Central Vacuum Stores was founded in 1948 and carries every notable brand and item for central vacuum systems. Our large warehouse allows us to keep items in-stock so shipping is fast and free over $50 for most products.

Don’t waste your time shopping for central vacuum hoses anywhere else. We’re the experts; always have been!

Miele FJM Vacuum Bags

Miele FJM Bags – Facts & Features


Miele’s FJM 3D AirClean bags are designed for the following canister vacuum models:

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

Miele-FJM-Bag-InstallationThe FJM bags feature Miele’s incredible Self-Sealing CollarThe bag’s opening has a spring-loaded flap that immediately closes shut when the lid is opened. This means the person changing the bag isn’t exposed to any of the odors, debris, or harmful allergens contained within the bag.

Another high-tech feature on the FJM 3D AirClean bag is the SoftStructure netting of the bag, itself. The unique design makes the FJM bag impressively strong and yet still flexible. The bag will stretch and expand to fill as you vacuum. But the dense fibers prevent tearing or bursting. The innovative SoftStructure does more than just provide strength and flexibility. It also allows unmatched filtration. FJM bags capture 99.9% of even the tiniest particles.

Generic Miele FJM Bags


How a generic bag almost killed our Miele

You can find generic versions of the Miele FJM bags on the internet and they tend to cost less. However, we tested one of these bags in our own Miele and the result was disasterous. Generic Miele bags SHOULD NEVER be used in your vacuum cleaner. The damage they can cause could completely kill your vacuum motor and using a generic bag will void your warranty. Saving a few dollars on a bag could end up costing you hundreds. Unless you want to buy a new vacuum cleaner, don’t put the junky generic bags in your existing Miele.


How To Buy Miele FJM Bags


Miele’s HEPA exhaust filter

Miele’s FJM bags come in a few packages. Depending on your vacuum model, the level of filtration can be expanded by choosing a package with a better filter, such as HEPA. For the greatest value, the FJM Performance Pack includes the most bang for your buck.


Consider the included exhaust filter when choosing which package is right for you!

FJM Bag Buying Guide

 Miele-FJM-Bag-Box Box includes:

  • (4) Genuine Miele FJM 3D Efficiency dustbags
  • (1) Motor Protection Filter
  • (1) Super Air Clean Filter
Suitable for the following Miele Series:

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

Package includes:

  • (16) Genuine Miele FJM 3D Efficiency dustbags
  • (4) Motor Protection Filter
  • (4) Super Air Clean Filter

Suitable for the following Miele Series:

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

Performance Pack includes:

  • (16) Genuine Miele 3D Efficiency FJM AirClean Vacuum Bags
  • (1) HEPA Filter
  • You will need to purchase a Motor Protection Filter separately

Suitable for the following Miele Series:

  • S6000
  • Compact C1
  • Compact C2

Husky Central Vacuum System Review

Review Of Husky Brand Central Vacuums

Over our many years in business – we first opened our doors in 1948 – we’ve watched numerous vacuum brands rise and fall in popularity. Husky central vacuum systems have recently seen an uptick in interest, and so we thought it best to give them a thorough review.

Husky Central Vacuums are manufactured in Canada by Nuera Air Corporation. They have several different models with a range of suction power and features. The Flex Husky central vacuum system is sold via the largest home improvement store in the world. This, in itself, has certainly helped to push the Husky name to the top of the sales charts.

Although the familiarity of shopping from a well-known retailer is a draw, there’s a lot more to choosing a central vacuum system than “brand recognition.”  So we decided to compare the popular Husky package (the Husky Flex) against another two, top-selling electric central vacuum sets and see how it stands up.

Husky Flex Central Vacuum Kit –



Imperium CV3200 Prime Central Vacuum Kit –

$775 Husky-Central-Vacuum-Compare

Rhino Vac 399R-L Classic Central Vacuum Kit –




  • Power Unit
  • 30 ft. crushproof electric hose
  • (2) Telescoping wands
  • Electric carpet powerhead
  • 12-inch Natural bristle hard-floor attachment
  • (3) Cleaning accessories
  • Hose hanger
  • Mounted wand clip
  • Accessory storage bag

  • Power Unit
  • 30 ft. crushproof electric hose
  • (2) Telescoping wands
  • Electric carpet powerhead
  • 14-inch Natural bristle hard-floor attachment
  • (3) Cleaning accessories
  • Hose hanger
  • Mounted wand clip
  • Accessory storage bag 

  • Power Unit
  • 30 ft. crushproof electric hose
  • (3) Wands
  • Electric carpet powerhead
  • 10-inch Natural bristle hard-floor attachment
  • (3) Cleaning accessories
  • Hose hanger
  • Mounted wand clip
  • Accessory storage bag 
Power Unit Stats:

  • 651 Air Watts
  • 141″ Water Lift
  • 137 CFM
  • All-metal canister
  • 4.8 Gallon waste container
  • 60 dB sound rating
  • Filtration – Permanent, machine-washable filter bag
  • Waste Collection – Canister with optional bag
  • Warranty – 5 Years
  • Made in Canada
Power Unit Stats:

  • 561 Air Watts
  • 142″ Water Lift
  • 117 CFM
  • All steel canister construction
  • 6.25 Gallon waste container
  • 58 dB sound rating
  • Filtration – Permanent, self-cleaning, cyclonic inverted bag
  • Waste Collection – Canister with optional plastic liner
  • Warranty – 5 Years
  • Made in America
Power Unit Stats:

  • 520 Air Watts
  • 136″ Water Lift
  • 96 CFM
  • All steel canister construction
  • 5 Gallon waste container
  • 57 dB sound rating
  • Filtration – HEPA membrane filter
  • Waste Collection –
  • Warranty – 15 Years
  • Made in Canada
Bonus Features:

  • Hose Sock to protect baseboards and furniture
  • Mini-Vac Attachment Set:
    • Straight extension wand
    • Curved extension wand
    • Oval brush
    • Round brush
    • Crevice tool

Husky Central Vacuum Comparison

When seeing the side-by-side comparison of the Husky Flex system against the Imperium CV3200 Prime and Rhino Vac 399R-L Classic, a few things should be noted.

Filtration –

The Husky Flex system features a machine-washable filter bag that protects the motor from the small particles exhausted through the unit. While the option of machine washing your Husky filter sounds like a nice feature, don’t underestimate the level of dirt, grime, and build-up that will accumulate on the filter. It will require a washing several times a year and will be quite a gross task. When the build-up begins to grow, it will negatively impact your level of suction.

In comparison, the Imperium CV3200 features a unique self-cleaning, inverted filter bag. The filter bag features a weighted bottom. As the vacuum is turned on, the bag is lifted by the suction and stays busy filtering out the smallest particles. When the vacuum is turned off, the bag will drop with some force, thanks to the weight at the bottom. This allows the bag to shake off anything stuck to the surface into the dirt canister. Additionally, the Imperium bag features Surf-Tex™. This coating resists bacteria, mold, and mildew growth and can capture particles as small as .3 microns. The result: the inverted filter bag on the Imperium unit will only require a yearly cleaning.

In regards to waste collection, both the Husky and Imperium models offer an optional disposal bag or liner. This is an excellent feature for anyone concerned with emptying the canister and breathing in harmful allergens or particles. The Rhino Vac does not offer the addition of a bag or liner. It only features the dirt canister to be emptied.

Filtration Winner: Imperium CV3200

Included Accessories –

Included with the Husky Flex is what we in the industry would consider a “basic” package: the necessary floor tools (electric carpet tool and hard surface brush) and the standard added accessories. The compared Rhino Vac 399R-L central vacuum set features the identical items but is $65 LESS THAN the Husky central vac set. If the basics are all you need from a central vacuum attachment set, we would recommend the Rhino Vac system over the Husky Flex, just to save you some money.

A hose sock can cost around $55

In contrast, if you’re looking for a complete set of central vacuum attachments, the Imperium CV3200 Prime kit is the way to go. It includes all the same tools as the Husky and additional must-haves. The hose sock, for example, is incredibly important to protect your baseboards, furniture legs, and cabinetry. The ridges that allow a hose to be “crush-proof” unfortunately add a texture to the surface which can prove abrasive to delicate surfaces, especially over time. This is why a hose sock is a must! With the Husky system, you would need to buy it separately. Online they cost between $54-$85, so it’s a real added expense.

Additionally, the Imperium system includes a mini-attachment set for small cleaning needs like car detailing, computer keyboards, in and around tight spaces, etc. However, because the Rhino Vac set includes a sufficient amount of tools and costs less than both the Husky and Imperium sets, we’re choosing it as a winner, too.

Accessories Winner/Price: Rhino Vac 399R-L

Accessories Winner/Quantity: Imperium CV3200

Suction Power –

The suction power of a central vacuum system is measured in a few ways:

  • Water Lift – measures the vacuum’s ideal ability to lift in pure suction. We say “ideal ability” because this number does not reflect real-life actualities like filters or bags in place, bends and turns in vacuum piping, or the age of the motor.
  • CFM – Cubic Feet of air per Minute the vacuum can move.
  • Air Watts – A calculation of the other two measurements for an overall vacuum rating. CFM x Water Lift / 8.5 = Air Watts

Factors to consider in addition to the stats on the chart:

  • The Motor – One of the ways vacuum manufacturers have begun to cut corners is to install powerful but cheaply made motors in their units. These motors may only last a few years and can cost hundreds of dollars to replace. While a system may receive high numbers in the initial testing, it’s important to look at overall reviews of the long-term use of a power unit. How well a vacuum motor ages is equally important, if not more important, than it’s power out of the box.
    • Rhino Vac systems are widely revered for their high-quality motors. That’s why they offer a 15-Year warranty. Those things just last and last.
  • Support – The Husky Flex package is sold in a giant home improvement store and customers think that’s a good thing. But they’re wrong. When choosing a specialty appliance like a central vacuum system, you don’t want to rely on a staff that is completely untrained in the product. In fact, although the Husky Flex package is sold on the retailer’s website, they don’t sell repair parts, powerheads, installation components, or even vacuum bags for the Flex. It’s a bad omen.
  • Conversely, the Imperium CV3200 is manufactured by Lindsay Manufacturing in Ponca City, Oklahoma and sold via Central Vacuum Stores in St. Petersburg, Florida. The CV3200 system comes with free tech support, a DIY installation guide, and the knowledge of 65+ years in the vacuum industry. So, you’re covered in any situation.
  • The Filtration – The Water Lift and CFM are measured in “pure suction,” meaning, without real-world application. What they don’t factor in is the filtration methods which begin limiting the suction power with every use. The key is to choose a central vacuum with a good motor and filtration method. The Husky central vacuum has a higher Air Watts rating, however, their filter bag style will limit that number when it’s actually being used in your home. As the build-up begins to form on the filter, it will lessen the suction power even more. So, although it looks like the Husky is significantly more powerful than the Rhino Vac and Imperium models, it will not maintain that suction level with use.

Suction Power Winner/On Paper – Husky Flex

Suction Power Winner/For Actual Use – Imperium CV3200

Overall Review Of Husky Flex Central Vacuum System

The Husky Flex Central Vacuum system is a pretty good product. However, we think you would be equally happy with the Rhino Vac system (while saving some money) and ultimately more happy with the Imperium CV3200 system for only slightly more money.