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Yellownotblue Mon 22-Feb-21 21:26:39

I’m thinking of having a central vacuum cleaner installed. I grew up in North America where they are more usual, and the first house I bought had one. I remember it being very powerful and lightweight, and a godsend with two huge shedding dogs. But that was decades ago and I don’t remember any of the details.

They seem to be almost unheard of here, I’m not sure why. Anyway we’re embarking on a massive project so I thought this would be the right time to have one fitted. Any advice on brands, or other considerations would be welcome. TIA

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windmill26 Mon 22-Feb-21 21:55:57

Never seen them here . I have seen them in OZ and NZ but not in the UK.

MinecraftMother Mon 22-Feb-21 21:59:51

I've seen them in Northern Ireland in a new house.

Yewtown Mon 22-Feb-21 22:02:31

I have one, live in Northern Ireland. I have a drainvac which is great as there is no central bag to dispose of. I had a beam one in my last house. Both are great

Weirdlynormal Mon 22-Feb-21 22:31:35

Uncommon here because very few wooden frame houses

crazylikechocolate Mon 22-Feb-21 22:37:52

My friend had one in a house he built , several houses later ( again self build ) he has robot hovers instead so I'm guessing that are better than a fixed one , he has dogs too if that helps

Yellownotblue Mon 22-Feb-21 22:43:04

Ooh, lots of replies, thank you! I didn’t know they need a wood frame home. I will investigate this.

Robot hoovers would be a pain because we’re on lots of levels.

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Yewtown Tue 23-Feb-21 09:11:44

My first was block built, the second timber frame. Both systems were installed when newly built.

Mix56 Tue 23-Feb-21 10:23:27

I have one du moi R

Taytotots Tue 23-Feb-21 10:28:19

We have one (not UK). Hated it. Hose very heavy to lug around and didn't suck very well. Ours was an old system though. Replaced with a plug in upright now - so much better. When we had a cleaner she used to being her own hoover (I think she did to all houses though).

titchy Tue 23-Feb-21 10:28:51


Ooh, lots of replies, thank you! I didn’t know they need a wood frame home. I will investigate this.

Robot hoovers would be a pain because we’re on lots of levels.

Several robot hoovers would prob be cheaper than retro fitting a central vac.

Mix56 Tue 23-Feb-21 12:30:08

Sorry, i meant to say, I have one not in UK either, (was already in the house I bought, I dont like it, & certainly wouldn't pay for one

FurierTransform Tue 23-Feb-21 14:09:53

I don't think these make much sense anymore, particularly with how efficient modern handheld vacs are / robot vacuum cleaners etc. Back in the day I guess you needed an enormous motor etc to get good performance.

MyCatLovesFish Tue 23-Feb-21 17:23:31

I did a house swap with a family in the States who had a central vac system and I was really excited to try it. Very disappointed - somehow lugging the hoses around was more annoying than just using a hoover and I was quite glad to see the back of it. Now American washing machines on the other hand - I'd have one of those tomorrow!

Yellownotblue Tue 23-Feb-21 19:04:37

Thank you for these replies. I think we’re coming to the view that it’s maybe not the best purchase.

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Weirdlynormal Tue 23-Feb-21 21:34:18

I’m getting 2 robots for our house.

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