Raise your hand if you like saving money. Oh, is that everyone? What a surprise!
This isn’t rocket science, we’re talking about. People want to save money when they can. People like staying within a budget. People love a good value. These are fairly universal truths. When you’re shopping for new central vacuum products, the same principles apply. So, today’s blog will focus on our top three picks for the best, value electric powerheads under $200.00.
Do I Need An Electric Powerhead?
Before we list our choices, it’s wise to cover what an electric powerhead is and who needs one. An electric powerhead is a carpet cleaning floor tool that uses electricity to power the rotating beater bar. The beater bar is what spins underneath the powerhead and agitates the carpet fibers. Its job is to stir up the dirt, dust, or dander that inevitably settles into the base of your carpeting. An electric beater brush leaves carpeting with a deeper cleaning and more refreshed finish.
There is a less expensive carpeting tool option and that is a Turbo Brush. A Turbo style powerhead has a rotating beater bar, too. The difference is, the bristles are rotated using the vacuum cleaner’s suction. As air is pulled in, it whisks past the bar and spins it. These types of floor tools are perfectly adequate for low pile area rugs and door mats. However, we NEVER recommend these powerheads for real carpeting. If your home has any rooms with wall-to-wall carpeting or dense area rugs, an electric powerhead is a must. A Turbo powerhead will not clean your carpeting.
How Did We Choose?
When choosing our top three picks for electric powerheads under $200, we tapped into our nearly 70 years of experience selling vacuums and attachments. Essentially, we know what’s best because we’ve sold it, maintained it, repaired it, and reviewed it. When our sales and support teams got together to chat about which three would be the front runners, it was easy to narrow it down.
What About Repair Parts?
When gathering our picks, we also took into account the cost and availability of common repair parts, most notably the belt and roller bar for each unit. These are a factor because, while the expense of the powerhead may be feasible, it’s wise to also consider the costs of maintenance. Keeping your powerhead in tip-top shape is key to extending its life, so you should count on replacing these parts at least once in its lifetime.
And The Top Picks For Electric Powerheads Under $200 Are…
1) Wessel-Werk EBK340 Universal Powerhead
We’re calling the Wessel-Werk EBK340 our “All Around Favorite” because it was, literally, unanimously chosen by our panel.
The EBK340 from Wessel-Werk is a favorite for several reasons but the real kicker is the price. This powerhead has a lot to offer and is one of the least expensive units on our list. At just $145, the EBK340 is a real bargain!
A favorite feature is the double swivel neck which makes this carpet tool incredibly maneuverable. We also love the chevron patterned bristles on the roller bar which help feed debris into the suction path and ensures the unit doesn’t lock down on dense carpeting. It’s also cost effective because the belt is designed to require less changing, saving you money in the long run.
- 13.5” Cleaning Path
- Hard Floor Wiper Blade
- Belt – Fiber Glass Reinforced Cogged Timing Belt (located on the opposite side of the dirt path to protect it from objects that might damage the belt.)
- Safety Indicator Lights – Green = Normal, Red = Stopped/Clogged
- Non-Marring bumper surround and non-scuff wheels to protect baseboards and hard flooring
Common Repair Parts:
- Replacement Beater Bar – Beam #155130 Roller Brush $69.95
- Replacement Belt – Wessel-Werk Geared Belt # 19.1 016-300 $13.60
- Headlight Option – The EBK340 is also available with a bright, headlight for about $40 more
IMPORTANT NOTE: The Wessel-Werk EBK340 does not include replacement wands, however, the powerhead may work with your existing wands. To determine if the EBK340 will function with your current wand, we suggest you call and speak with one of our technicians at 1-800-221-8227. They can walk you through a few checkpoints and guide you to the correct solution.
2) Dust Care 700 Power Head
The Dust Care 700 is on the list thanks to the opinion of two vitally important team members: our repairs manager and our returns specialist. When the two of them agree on a product, you know it’s good! In their years of experience, the Dust Care 700 is well made and a proven customer favorite.
One of the popular features on the Dust Care 700 is the automatic height adjustment. The unit will raise and lower to match the level of flooring being vacuumed. (While this is very helpful, we do not recommend a powerhead with automatic adjustment if your home features dense or “soft” carpeting. You can jump below to our next pick if you have this type of carpeting.)
The flat belt on this powerhead is not as durable as a geared version (like found on the other two models in our article.) This belt will require more maintenance. However, the Dust Care 700 features removable and replaceable bristles on the roller bar. This means you may not need to replace the entire beater bar (at around $50) but instead simple replace the bristles when maintenance is necessary.
- 13” Cleaning Path
- Extra Bright Headlight
- Steel Roller Bar – with replacement chevon patterned bristles
- Belt – Flat (non-geared)
- Belt View Window – allows you to see that the belt is in good standing
- Non-Marring rubber wheels
Common Repair Parts:
- Replacement Beater Bar – Dust Care Roller Brush # 25-3425-09 $49.95
Replacement Beater Bar Bristles – Electrolux 155405 Brush Strip $14.99
- Replacement Belt – Eureka Flat Belt #25-3200-01 $2.50
IMPORTANT NOTE: The Dust Care 700 does not include replacement wands, however, the powerhead may work with your existing wands. To determine if the Dust Care will function with your current wand, we suggest you call and speak with one of our technicians at 1-800-221-8227. They can walk you through a few checkpoints and guide you to the correct solution.
3) CenTec CT23QD Response Electric Powerhead
If you called our team and mentioned that you were vacuuming dense or “Soft” carpeting, we would direct you to the CenTec CT23QD Response. This powerhead is ideal for the ultra lush carpeting styles thanks to the unique air vents.
The new “Soft Carpeting” trends feature high density fibers that allow for a luxuriously soft feel. However, it’s incredibly difficult to vacuum such thick carpet with a standard powerhead. In some cases, a lesser powerhead will lock onto the thick-pile fibers and actually burn, tear, or remove them. You DO NOT want to use the wrong tool on this type of carpeting. What makes the CT23QD different are the self adjusting air relief vents which prevent the suction from locking down on dense rugs and carpets.
- 14” Cleaning Path
- Extra Bright Headlight
- Wooden Roller Bar – with chevon patterned bristles
- Belt – Quiet Drive poly V belt for long life
- Four position height adjustment
- Non-Marring bumper and rubber wheels
Common Repair Parts:
- Replacement Belt – Imperium Poly V Belt EB29010 $7.95
IMPORTANT NOTE: The CenTec CT23QD Response does not include replacement wands, however, the powerhead may work with your existing wands. To determine if the CT23QD Response will function with your current wand, we suggest you call and speak with one of our technicians at 1-800-221-8227. They can walk you through a few checkpoints and guide you to the correct solution.