Europe to ban all vacuums over 900 watts

Europe to ban all vacuums over 900 watts

Sept 2017 – Jim Stone

This appears to be a popular topic. I’ll say it like it is.

I don’t care. Here’s why.

900 watts is more than the strongest Kirby ever made has, self propelled and all.

Vacuum cleaners in general are extremely inefficient noise making heaters.

Kirby out does every vacuum out there by a huge margin, and does it with 1/3 the consumed power. The top most powerful Kirby has a 7 amp motor. It will BLOW AWAY vaccums with 12 or more amps. 7 amps at 120 volts is 840 watts.

Vacuum cleaner makers know it is cheaper to turn cheap parts with an over powered yet inefficient poorly wound motor than to make a nicely wound motor and hook it up to something real, so they up the amps and spin under sized parts with power wasting motors far faster than efficiency allows.

Ever wonder why Kirby’s are so quiet compared to other vaccums? It’s because they are not inefficient garbage.

The kicker? A lot of cleaning contractors want the old Kirby heritage series because they have permanent bags and never need a paper bag – you just clean the cloth bag (and Kirby made that really easy to do). The Heritage series still delivers far better performance than all other vacuums on the market (outside the super elite vacuums from other brands, which might match it) but the Heritage series only uses a 4.5 amp motor. Even the elite from the competition pushes crap parts too hard and consume 12+ amps trying to keep up. To this day no manufacturer has anything that will beat a modern Generations series Kirby with a 7 amp motor. So do I care if Europe bans inefficient vacuums? Well, inefficient vacuum cleaners have annoyed me for decades. Even despite being against government intrusions, I’m having a hard time caring. They could drop the power to 300 watts and if the vacuums were not garbage, no one would notice.

2 comments

  • uhm

    Jim Stone is correct about better designed and built systems doing more with less. If you look at the Gtech Air Ram machine you’ll find it has excellent suction and only runs off 100W of power via a lithium-ion battery. None of these vacs will compare with a Kirby or a Sebo for deep down cleaning. If you want durability and quality then you should look to the Kirby and German brands like Sebo which all use bags. Always look at the warranty as well as performance for a good indicator of build quality and lastability. The Gtech (made in China) only gives you a two year warranty where as a Sebo (made in Germany) will give you a five year like Dyson.

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  • uhm

    Phew tired now just cleaned up the 1800 watt old Bissell vacuum all filters etc so I could do a fair test against my Shark Powerhead 600w. This old Bissell is a powerhouse as you can see three times the wattage and it sucks like a homosexual orgy, Well it picked up a similar amount to my Powerhead but I went over the carpets twice with Bissell as I forgot to lower the head in a fair comparison. Then I had to do everywhere with my Powerhead and it still got some more dust and fibres up but yeah not many but it proves it can match and excel even 1800 watt systems which I knew also beat the Dyson’s.

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