Electrolux Oxygen EL6988E Canister Vacuum
The Electrolux EL6988E HEPA vacuum cleaner is an affordable and simple way to help reduce allergens in your home while you
clean. With the EL6988E you not only get a powerful vacuum with superior suction but also a sealed system, self-sealing bag and HEPA filter capable
of capturing even the fine particles like pet dander. Included mini attachments and two floor tools give you the versatility to clean most areas of your home. After
testing a showroom model this is what I found.
What I like about the Electrolux Oxygen
I addition to a smooth floor brush for hardwoods, laminate, and tile, the EL6988E comes with a powerhead for carpets. This electrically driven
brush is a good fit on low, medium and high pile carpet alike. Three height adjustments allow you to the powerhead accordingly, and the suction is
more than enough to deep clean even thick and dense carpeting.
Even though it is relatively well priced, this canister vacuum cleaner has several features commonly found in high end vacuums. A HEPA filter
captures 99.97% of particles 0.3 microns or larger, and a seal around the vacuum ensure air flows correctly through the system and doesn't mix
while being filtered. The dust bag is self sealing which is far more hygienic than bagless dust bins and eliminates needlessly exposing yourself
to dirt and allergens while changing. Overall, these three things work together to make this Oxygen vacuum cleaner a perfect fit for asthma
and allergy sufferers alike, so much so that Good Housekeeping rates the EL6988E as the best HEPA canister vacuum cleaner.
On the wand you have control over the brush roll, so if you're vacuuming carpet and need to quickly transition to smooth flooring you can
simply turn the brush roll off and use straight suction without having to change attachments. The included mini tools are of the standard fare and
can be used for a variety of above-floor cleaning tasks. The cord can auto-rewind which makes for less strain and easier storage. An electronic
indicator lets you know when the S-bag needs to be replaced, and the powerhead had an LED light to help illuminate your way.
Changing the bag and filters is easy, and the two year warranty is a little less than similarly prices units but in line with other
Electrolux vacuum cleaners.
What I do not like about the Electrolux Oxygen
My biggest complaint with this model is the lack of suction adjustment. Unlike other canisters, you essentially have
two settings as far as suction - off and on. For things like rugs this can be problematic in that full suction will
suck them right up if you aren't standing of them to keep them secure to the floor. The EL6988E does have a slide on the handle that
allows you to release some of the suction, but difference in suction at the end is only minor.
Many canister vacuums come with a park feature that allows you to attach the floor brush to the side of the vacuum. This makes
moving the unit from floor to floor and storage a little easier, but the EL6988E lacks this feature. Though a small inconvenience, it's
Overall, the Electrolux EL6988E Oxygen is a well-priced canister vacuum cleaner with many of the filtration benefits more commonly
seen in high end vacuum cleaners. Though it lacks true suction adjustment, the included brushes and cleaning power make this vacuum
a great buy for allergy and asthma sufferers.