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The History of Sanitaire - The Ultimate Time Machine

Since the launch of our signature "Sanitaire Red" collection in 1972, Sanitaire vacuums have helped millions of commercial cleaners save time and money, while delivering top cleaning performance and durability. Sanitaire’s experience building the longest-lasting and most serviceable commercial upright vacuums available has made us both a respected leader and a thoughtful innovator in the commercial vacuum industry. Sanitaire currently offers uprights, canisters, backpacks, floor machines, industrial carpet cleaners, air movers and accessories for commercial cleaners under the Sanitaire Commercial line. Several professional-grade vacuum models are also available to consumers directly through our Sanitaire Professional line.

Every Sanitaire product is designed to help save time, money and hassle. That's why we are known as Sanitaire - The Ultimate Time Machine. Our signature upright vacuums come equipped with long-lasting 2,500-hour motors, while our popular Quiet Clean models operate at 69 decibels or below. In addition, many Sanitaire models offer washable filters, durable belts and quick change cords making commercial cleaners more productive.

Sanitaire maintains its own North American manufacturing facility, where it owns and oversees the manufacturing process for more than 90 percent of the product line. Our commitment to quality is put to task daily in rigorous lab testing and quality assurance programs that ensure each Sanitaire vacuum is designed and built to last.

All Sanitaire vacuums are certified by Underwriters Laboratory and backed by the Sanitaire Promise of Performance* warranty which covers parts, material, workmanship and labor to further reduce maintenance costs and downtime for two years. Sanitaire products also are backed by a network of more than 1,200 warranty service centers throughout the United States.

Sanitaire is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and offers a variety of vacuum models that have earned the CRI Seal of Approval and are USGBC LEED compliant.

Sanitaire is a member of the Electrolux family of small appliance products and is located at 10200 David Taylor Drive, Charlotte, North Carolina.

The innovative history of Sanitaire Commercial:


1976 - Chrome Steel Round Brush Roll

1979 - Dirt Cup developed to replace filter bag

1982 - Quick-Kleen™ Fan Chamber

1986 - Micron Filtration available on Sanitaire

2000 - True HEPA Sealed filtration

2003 - Sanitaire line expands beyond vacuums

2006 – Contractor Series

2007 – Green Cleaning Line

2007 – DuraLux™ Two Motor Upright

2010 – Sanitaire adds a powerful bagless model to the popular Quiet Clean Line

2013 – Sanitaire QuietClean Backpack introduced to the industry

2016 – Coming Soon!



A Vintage Sanitaire Commercial Flyer

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