With so many different brands on the market today, it can be tough to try and decipher what the best central vacuum brand is. A lot of manufacturers have come and gone leaving the homeowner in the dust as to whether their machine is going to be covered under warranty or if parts are even available anymore. What confuses customers even more is the fact that a few manufacturers make a lot of the different brands available too. A lot of large companies with brand recognition will subcontract a central vacuum manufacturer to produce a power unit and then put their name on it. A prime example of this is with the honeywell line of whole house vacuums. These units are actually manufactured by electrolux, then branded with the honeywell name.
When you’re trying to make the decision about which central vac is going to be best for your home you should consider three different things:
1) You should know where the unit is made. This will keep you in the clear of sub-par manufacturing and help you choose the correct central vac. A quality central vacuum is either going to be manufactured in the United States or Canada. Canada has the largest market for central vacs and are held in very high prestige for their whole house vacuum products.
2) Try to find out what type of motor is providing the suction for your central vacuum system. There are a wide range of different styles and designs of electric motors that provide the vacuum for your system. These motors are all rated different grades and specifications. Typically you will find that smaller motors with a shorter lifespan will still provide a decent amount of airwatts, but will lack the longevity and overall durability of larger motors.
Through this image you can honestly see the different motors systems and what’s installed in most central vac’s. You’ll find that a lot of central vacuums that are low im price but high in “airwatts” will have the cheaper flow-thru motor systems. These are the same exact motors that are installed in various portable machines so it almost negates the reason most people purchase whole house vacuum systems in the first place.
3) A third thing you should be concerned with is the type of guarantee that’s backing your product. The standard warranty for whole house vacuums can range anywhere from 7-10 years. With cheaper models you will find that this is cut down anywhere from 2-5 years. When you really find a good product you will see its warranty range into double digits (anywhere from 15-20 years). Central vacuums that have this 15-20 year motor warranty include the Canavac units. They are the only ones to currently use the high grade 8.4’’ Tangential bypass motors
If you find a power unit that is made in the United States or Canada, has a good warranty and a large motor capable of lasting a long time then there is no doubt you’ll be happy with what you recieve!
Thanks for reading and happy cleaning!
Central Vacuum Direct Tech Support