Electrolux has been a market leader in the manufacture of small appliances and, in the past, Electrolux vacuum cleaners have received high marks from consumers. The company has a reputation for manufacturing high performance cartridge vacuums. The most expensive of these is the Oxygen 3 range. So how does the Oxygen 3 canister vacuum work and is it worth the high price?
There are three vacuum cleaners in the Electrolux Oxygen 3 range; the Oxygen 3 Canister Vacuum (EL7000), the Oxygen 3 Ultra (EL7020) and the Oxygen 3 Ultra Combination (EL7025).
All three models in the Oxygen 3 vacuum range share some basic features. All models look pretty much the same and each model’s dust bag has a 2-quart capacity. All 3 models come with Electrolux MicroSeal technology, a combination of a sealed motor and HEPA filtration system, which ensures that 99.97% of the dust and particles that are collected remain inside the vacuum bag and are not expel into the air. On the container itself there are several indicators that let you know that the vacuum cleaner is operating at maximum performance. Probably the best feature (certainly the easiest to use) are the buttons on the handle; You can turn the machine on and off, turn the rotating brush on and off (when using the motorized head), and increase or decrease the suction.
The cheapest model that Electrolux makes in the Oxygen 3 range is called the Electrolux Oxygen 3 Canister Vacuum (or EL7000). Its claim to fame is that it is supposed to clean bare floor types and it comes with a pretty long hose – a good 21 feet! Don’t worry if you have rugs; this vacuum cleaner still does a very adequate job. It comes with the lowest wattage – 10 amps, which still offers good suction. If you are looking for a hassle-free vacuum, buy a well-made vacuum that sticks with this model.
Next in line is the Oxygen 3 Ultra vacuum. Its hose is 7 feet long and comes with a more powerful 12 amp motor; Despite having a more powerful motor, the vacuum still weighs the same as the Oxygen 3 at 27 pounds. Electrolux says the Oxygen 3 Ultra vacuum is great for cleaning all types of floors, however this model only comes with one head attachment – the Ultra Combination comes with two; the standard 13 “width and a smaller, lighter nozzle, which is much better for cleaning bare floors.
The Electrolux Ultra Combination vacuum cleaner is supposed to be a combination of the two previous models. I feel like this is a little marketing tactic – why not develop a model to do all types of flooring and forget about models that only do rugs or just bare floors.
Price may be the answer. The Electrolux Oxygen 3 vacuum is not cheap and the EL7025 is considerably more expensive than the EL7000.
Speaking of expense, replacing dust bags isn’t cheap either; something to think about when buying a vacuum cleaner.
Another negative point of the Oxygen 3 vacuum is that the vacuum handle rotates to the side so that it remains upright when not in use. This is fine, but makes it difficult to drive the vacuum around the room.
Having said all that, the Electrolux Oxygen 3 vacuum has excellent suction and will clean almost all types of floors. It is ideal for allergy sufferers, as its HEPA system retains 99.97% of the particles, which is as good as any other manufacturer. The Electrolux Oxygen 3 is an expensive vacuum cleaner but no more expensive than the competition.