What’s the secret to a cleaner home?

Many homeowners wonder about the benefits of a central vacuum system. What’s all the hype about, anyway? In a word: cleanliness.

Central Vacuum Systems Are Simply Better

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A regular vacuum exhausts into your home as you clean, spewing the dirt back out!

When vacuuming, the air that is suctioned in eventually has to be exhausted out. With a standard vacuum cleaner, this means the suctioned air is blown back into the room, carrying with it the tiniest dust, dirt, and allergens too small to be captured by the bag and filter. This is why so many vacuums leave an odor after use (especially in homes with pets.) The air that is being exhausted back into your home contains the built up dirt and smells from within the vacuum. Yuck.

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Dirt and dust come into a central vacuum and are exhausted to the exterior, gone forever!

A central vacuum system, however, eliminates this problem. The power unit (the vacuum) is installed in a remote area like a garage, utility room, or basement. While you vacuum, EVERYTHING – the dirt, the dust, the allergens, the pet hair, the smells –  it’s all completely removed from your living space and carried to the power unit. Some central vacuum systems can even be installed to exhaust to the exterior. So even those tiny particles are gone for good.

So in welcoming the new year, our team wanted to compile our top five central vacuum units for 2016. We based our review on customer satisfaction, our personal experiences, and – frankly – the past sixty years in the vacuum industry. The below power units are our go-to choices, perfect for almost any home or business. Take a look at the list and feel confident choosing one of these incredible central vacuum systems.

The Top Five Central Vacuums For 2016

The Imperium CV3200 – Filtered Unit Under $500

Imperium CV3200 Central VacuumTime and time again our experts are recommending this product to customers. It’s one of our top-selling power units and for good reason. We love the Imperium brand because of the incredible level of care that goes into the manufacturing and the fact that these units are proudly made in the USA. The CV3200 features…

  • 6.25-gallon dirt canister with the option to use a plastic liner for easier clean-up
  • Surf-Tex™ permanent filter which resists bacteria, mold, and mildew growth
  • 561 Air Watts of suction power
  • Powerful enough for homes up to 6,000 square feet

The Imperium CV3200 also features a patented Air Channel which eliminates clouds of dust billowing up in your face when you empty the dirt can. It’s important to note that this central vacuum is a filtered unit, not a cyclonic or paper bag unit (keep reading if you’re shopping specifically for one of those.)

The Rhino Vac 700R-LS – Filtered Unit Under $625

Rhino Vac 700R-LS Power UnitThe key bonus in owning a central vacuum system is the ability to vacuum your home without the disruption and noise of a standard vacuum. With the Rhino Vac 700R-LS, you get 700 Air watts and 132″ of Water Lift at an incredibly quiet 59 decibels. In addition to a 20-year warranty, the 700R-LS features…

  • Solid, all steel construction
  • HEPA Membrane Filter perfect for homeowners with breathing issues
  • 5 Gallon dirt canister
  • Powerful enough for a 12,000 square foot home

The Rhino Vac 700R-LS comes with a utility inlet so you have access to the vacuum in its location. It’s an important feature for homeowners who want to have a garage or basement inlet. This central vacuum, like the CV3200, is a filtered unit and can be vented to the exterior for best exhaust.

The Imperium CV800 – Bagged Unit Under $650

Imperium CV800If you’re specifically looking for a bagged central vacuum unit our absolute favorite is the Imperium CV800. The CV800 features a special HEPA bag which uses the latest filtration technology for the removal of tiny, lung-damaging particles.

  • All steel construction with special non-corrosive paints
  • 6.75 Gallon dirt canister
  • Included muffler and foam shields allow for a quiet 68 dB
  • Lamb Ametek 8.4″ motor give this unit a long life
    • Powerful enough for a 10,000 square foot home

Choosing a bagged central vacuum unit has its advantages. The Imperium CV800’s extra-large bagged capacity (6.75 Gallon) means you may only have to change the bag every six months or so, making it a dream unit for the low maintenance homeowner. Additionally, if the person responsible for emptying the canister has health issues, a bagged unit is an absolute must in order to prevent breathing in loose particles.

The VacuMaid S1660 – Cyclonic Unit Under $750

VacuMaid S1660 Central VacuumThe VacuMaid S1660 Central Vacuum Power Unit comes from Lyndsay Manufacturing in Oklahoma. This “Made In The USA” unit is unique because it features a split design. The motor is housed in a separate, foam-lined chamber that reduces noise and can be installed in a discreet location such as a garage or basement. Then, the dirt canister can be installed in a more convenient location to simplify regular maintenance.

  • Only 60 DB for an ultra quiet run and an included muffler kit to reduce noise level even further
  • 6.75-gallon dirt canister with an option to use plastic liners
  • Constructed from rolled galvannealed steel and powder coated for a tough, corrosion-resistant lifetime
  • Powerful enough for a 6,000 square foot home

The S1660 is a cyclonic filtration power unit. This means, once dirt and debris are vacuumed up, they are swirled around the dirt canister, separating the large debris from the small. Through this process, the large debris falls to the bottom of the dirt can while the lighter dirt and dust are vented straight outside your home. What makes cyclonic units so popular is the limited required maintenance. As there is no filter or paper bag required, the only thing to take care of is emptying the dirt canister (which may only be necessary a couple of times a year.)

The Imperium CV7800 / CV1200 – Cyclonic Unit Under $800

Imperium CV7800/cv1200 Power UnitThe final power unit on our Top Five list is the Imperium CV7800 with the CV1200. Like the above VacuMaid, the CV7800 is a true cyclonic system made in the USA. It doesn’t use bags or filters so there’s no loss of suction over time. With cyclonic filtration, heavy particles fall to the bottom of the dirt can and all the fine particles and allergens are exhausted outside.

  • No traditional filters to clog or clean; No loss of suction by dirty cloth, paper or foam filters; Virtually 100% sustained cleaning power.
  • An ultra quiet 60 db when running
  • Includes a utility inlet on the system to give you access to the vacuum even in the remote area you choose for installation
  • 6.75-gallon dirt canister capacity
  • Premier 7.2″ Tangential by-pass motor for ultimate power
  • Powerful enough for a 10,000 square foot home

The Imperium CV7800/CV1200 also features a patented Air Channel, which 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.

Choosing A Central Vacuum Unit

Now that you know the best central vacuums on the market this year, you need to decide which unit is right for your home or business. Start first by determining the type of unit you want (read a comparison of bagged, filtered, or cyclonic) and then choose a model that is right for your square footage. For customized help or assistance putting together an entire package including pipe and inlets, use the Custom Kit Builder or call 1-800-221-8227 to speak with a Central Vacuum Stores specialist.

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