Filter Queen Vac
I've used various vacs 4 many yrs & finally got a nicely used & well cared Filter Queen K31X. One of the BEST vacs I've ever owned--runs quiet & powerful suction; better than HEPA/ULPA filtration (important since I have allergys); also can use the Majestic 360 hose/tools on older Filter Queens. The only thing I don't like is the older style (pre-75 Anniv) Power Nozzle doesn't do a good job cleaning like the PN on the 360; the M 360 PN is BETTER & QUIETER than the old style PN (before 75th Anniv) but I'm getting either a 75th Anniv or M 360 Filter Queen or upgrade the hose & tools 2 the 360 style since it fits the older FQs. The 360 PN REALLY eats dirt & pet hair like CRAZY! EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE A FILTER QUEEN! I also service vacuums & shocked 2 c the other vacs' motors are DIRTY & FILTHY; while most Filter Queens' motors (even 40+ yrs old) are SHINY & SPARKLING CLEAN! USE ONLY GENUINE HMI/FILTER QUEEN CONES! Other generic cones & filters let out too much dirt thru their filters while genuine HMI filters/cones keep the FQ's motor clean like new. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED VACUUM CLEANER! MUST-HAVE 4 ALLERGY SUFFERERS & CLEAN FREEKS! NOTHING BEATS A FILTER QUEEN!
9 of 9 people found this review helpful.
Clean in more ways than one!
Years ago, I had a Filter Queen vacuum which I found to be extremely good but I had to leave it behind due to a move. Really missed that unit for what it did and i decided to check Ebay for a replacment. Glad I did.
These vacuums have excellent suction and air flow allowing quicker cleaning of the home. And, with their much above average filtering, they clean both the dirt from your home and the air in the home. I remember being truly shocked at what I would find in the dirt cannister when I emptied and the pleasant smell when using the machine. No weird smell comes from the vacuum when you are using it and you do notice a difference in the air quality with frequent use.
They are very quiet in operation, much more so in the low speed mode. Possibly, this is the quietest vacuum I've ever experienced. The downside is that the vacuum is so quiet it makes the powerhead seem very noisy. The powerhead is probably no noisier than any other but, with the quietness of the main unit, it just seems to be noisier than expected.
I'm not fond of the unusual way the attachments fit but they do stay firmly in place while in use. And, because of the unusual fit, aftermarket accessories not made specifically for Filter Queen will not fit without an adaptor (usually available at any vacuum store). But these attachments are very well made and last indefinately. As will the powerhead with only minor maintenance. I'd recommend all owners check the powerhead at least every six months for buildup inside and change the belt at least yearly. Not hard to do and makes for a longer lasting unit. I would like to try out the newer style powerhead and hose, tho. It looks like it would be easier to use.
The filtering system in a Filter Queen is outstanding! No bags, foam filters or pleated filters. Just large cellulose cones which fit over the bottom of the main motor unit. Very effective - in fact, I've read in several places where this cone filter exceeds HEPA! Yes, the cones can be difficult to find locally - Ebay to the rescue! - but work so well the difficulty is minor. And, they are not expensive. Just remember to replace the small grey inside filter every six changes to keep the excellent filtering quality.
Emptying the dirt cannister is very little different than emptying that of a modern bagless vacuum. Only larger and capable of holding much more. I remove the motor top and hose, take the cannister out to the garbage can, remove the filter cone and dump. I've been told by many old hands that a garbage bag can be placed over the top of the cannister to aid in dumping but it's never been a problem to me. What fascinates me is that this is a cyclonic bagless design - essentially similar to modern syles - but it came out in 1928 and still is better than most new styles.
Overall, they are a great vacuum, terribly overpriced when new (but, worth it) so I recommend Ebay. They are built to last with tried and true engineering and will be very economical to use over the years. My vacuum shop tells me that they are very easy to work on should work be needed also.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
Filter Queen Majestic Canister Vacuum - A+++
Filter Queen. It's one of the absolutely best vacuum cleaners of all time. It's also one of the most expensive to purchase but its long-term staying power makes it a good value. It is not uncommon to see Filter Queens working perfectly after 20, 30 or more years! (my Mom's is from the 70's and still works perfectly)
I purchased this "2003 75th anniversary edition" to replace my 1990 vintage Filter Queen, which is in perfect working order but lacks the 2003-2007 style power nozzle and hose which are considerably improved and easier to use.
The basic design dates back at least to the 1940's with incremental improvements every few years. Due to this excellent design, Filter Queens have incredible suction and better-than HEPA filtration for "dust-free" vacuuming. They draw considerably less power than "store-bought" brands while providing more suction and airflow. The "Filters" are cheap, at about $1.00 apiece for "Genuine HMI" or about $.25 each for generic. (on eBay)
Negatives: The canister must be emptied into a large garbage bag as there is no tidy bag to easily remove and discard. Older ones (70's-80's) with the retractable cord are quite heavy. Filter Queens are not sold in stores but by direct old-fashioned sales by commissioned salespeople. Some have unscrupulous sales techniques, though my saleslady back in 1990 was very professional. The price is invariably high but somewhat negotiable.
Do not hesitate in buying a used or even a very old one especially if it has been professionally serviced recently. They're THAT good! A 20 year old FQ from 1987 in good condition is still vastly superior to many NEW vacuums. Any problems that may occur can be easily remedied by either a vacuum cleaner shop or the mechanically inclined.
Summary: Filter Queen is THE vacuum for those with allergies or who hate dusting frequently or even those that just want the very best.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
Great vacuum for people/pets with allergies
I had one of these vacuums a long time ago & lent it to a neighbor which moved during the night & took it. At that time I didn't have to money to go out & buy another one so I bought a so called high-end model which claimed to do the same thing but better. I should have know by how it was made. Needles to say for years I have been buying other vacuum cleaners in hope that one would work like the filter queen but who was I kidding. Being ded up I had some extra money & saw what a deal this was so I bought it. A much newer model than the one I had but I will not let anyone use this but me. I know when i'm done vacuuming the floors & carpets, etc they are clean. Also my allergy to dust & pet dander seem to be going away once again. I can put some fragrance in the top part & when the machine is running it's puts out a pleasent scent that last a long time. To empty it is easy, unclamp the two clamps, take it outside & dump in a garbage bag, return inside, install a new filter cone & away you go!! Also I don't have to worry about finding parts, filters OR who will fix it IF it breaks, these are still being made today and built to last not like some others that last for a year & cost as much as your car payment. I guess the old saying it true "you get what you pay for". I am very content with this filter queen & in closing anyone who is considering buying one & you have bad allergies, get it & you will be pleasently surprised. Also I forgot to say this machine has two speeds low-high & even on high is very quiet. Again there are many models of this machine out there today & new one's still being made this very minute, get it, try it, you'll like it!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Love my Majestic!
I wanted a canister with a wand and attachments so I can dust furniture, cobwebs, etc, and not just the floors, as I have all hardwoods. I had a used Dyson, but the reach on the attachments was very limited. I had a presentation from a Filter Queen salesman who wanted to sell me the air filters, which I didn't like, and the vacuum, for $4000, or the vacuum for $1500.
I love the power the vacuum has. I don't like the way you have to empty the filter, as it's a bit messy, but the canister holds a large amount between changes. I have a friend who shakes the dirt off the disposable filter, but I just change it, as the machine works better and it's less messy.
The light on the power head, for floors, makes it easy to see where you're cleaning, and I really like having a wand, brush, furniture brush and the bare floor brush as well.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.