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.

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