1380824500_BEAM Product Logo~ Thank you to BEAM for providing samples at no charge. No monetary compensation was received or offered. My opinions are strictly my own! ~

Let me start off by saying this is one of the most exciting products I have EVER reviewed.

Now I know what you’re thinking… “but it’s JUST a vacuum”. NO, it’s not just any old vacuum. It’s a whole house central vacuum system and if you’ve never owned one, you should! After learning more about this one, I guarantee you’re going to want to one too.

1385226818_MainProductPage_BEAMAlliance_InternationalVersionDuring the building process of our current home, hubby and I decided we were going to install a central vacuum system because, let me be honest, those basic upright vacuums just plain SUCK (in the sense that they don’t work)! We never had good luck with them and were lucky if they lasted more than 6 months.

Considering those can be costly, they should last a whole lot longer than they do. They’re not worth the box they’re packaged in!

Oh yeah, they’re also pretty darned heavy to lug around. I don’t know about you but with hubby and I both having previous back injuries, we’re not in the condition to drag a heavy vacuum up and down the stairs. That’s one reason we decided to go with a central vacuum system.

The main unit is installed in the basement (or garage/utility room if you don’t have one) and all you push or carry is the hose/wand & attached cleaning tools — those are EXTREMELY lightweight!

With my OCD for cleaning, I’m not about to forgo vacuuming so during the building process we ran PVC piping throughout and then once we got moved in we finished the project by installing outlets in a few locations on all 3 levels of our home, making it more convenient to vacuum.

Now before I get into more specific details I should probably explain what a central vacuum system is— assuming you don’t currently own one. You have a few different important parts to a central vacuum — the main unit itself, PVC pipes that are ran through your walls— one end of the piping is connected to the main unit and then they branch off and end at each outlet or port which is a hole in your wall where you plug the hose in.

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1.) Port in wall  2.) Plug hose end into port
3.) Plugged in  4.) Attached electric plug

In order to get the system to run you need electricity. Lucky for me, my hubby was a licensed electrician so he took care of all that. Now at each port you have a cover that includes a “lid”. If you have young children in your home, you’ll be glad those are covered. hehee!

Ports can be ran in each room in your home, even your garage but in our case (in order to save money) we installed two on the main floor, one upstairs and one downstairs. We have an open floor plan so that worked out great (not many walls to maneuver around when vacuuming). We do plan to run a port to the garage so we can vacuum our vehicles more easily. That’s on our to-do list!

1385228847_bsav-gg-bmali3-BSSHose, wand and powerbrush assembly

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1.) Push button handle controls   2.) Handle release/height adjust/check brush roll indicators & levers
3.) Alliance headlights   4.) Push & slide to adjust wand length

Aside from those components, you have a hose & wand combination that includes a powerbrush which is used to vacuum carpeting, a combo floor tool (used for hard floors), and additional onboard tools for upholstery and stairs.

Now let me introduce you to the new Alliance Central Vacuum System from BEAM, which is Electrolux. Did you know that? These guys are the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of central vacuum systems. They ship products to more than 50 countries throughout the world and let me tell you, their vacuum systems are AWESOME!

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PRODUCT FEATURES:

Air Power: 700 airwatts
Waterlift: 146 in
Airflow: 107 CFM
Voltage: 120 V
Motor: HE Flow-Thru
Size: 43in tall, 15in diameter
Sound Level: 68 dB*
Dirt Capacity: 4 gal

• Advanced Smart Screen (C)
• HEPA Exhaust Filter
• Powered Quick Clean valve
• Press & Release bucket
• Self-Cleaning GoreTM Filter
• System On Indicator
• LED Backlit & Ring
• Motion Sensor
• Empty Bucket Icon
• Performance Bars
• Hose Link Icon
• Motor Fault Icon
• Clock
• Error Code

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All installed & ready to use!
The Serenity QS is in the background.

Three years ago I was first introduced to BEAM (through another review opportunity) and although I love my BEAM Serenity QS system, I’m even more in love with the Alliance— it’s a top-of-the-line intelligent system that offers two-way communication that tells you at the hose how the system is performing (status of power/motor fault), suction/hose connection, AND when to empty the bucket.

Plus, it’s extremely quiet and even more powerful (with up to 700 air watts) than my Serenity QS. I didn’t even think that could be possible. The Alliance has truly knocked my socks off. It’s THAT amazing!

This bad boy has a really pretty blue smart LCD screen on the main unit that displays key system performance details and guess what, it has a clock. This feature also communicates with the interface on the hose so you know what’s going on without having to go downstairs to check it out. Why waste a trip when you could be doing other things?

The Alliance also has a HEPA filter so there’s no need to vent the unit outdoors (like we did with the Serenity). This feature is a true lifesaver for my son Derek and I because it removes impurities in the air before it’s recirculated. Ahh, we can breathe easier now!

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1.) Back view of Alliance   2.) HEPA filter
3.) Inside the HEPA filter

Speaking of filters, there’s a self cleaning filter inside the main unit. With GORE-TEX technology filters like this one, 98% of particles are filtered at 0.3 microns. This function helps protect the HE motor to prolong it’s life, and gives it superior suction performance. Now this vacuum sucks… but in a good way. hehee!

Some additional features we love about the Alliance system; the Quick Clean Valve. While doing other DIY projects, messes occur, especially if they involve wood and saws. The Quick Clean Valve makes clean up a breeze since the unit is right there. It’s also useful if say, hubby accidentally spills the debris from the bucket while dumping it when it’s full. Yes, he’s done that. hahaa!

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1.) Blue LCD screen  2.) LCD screen in action
3.) Quick clean valve  4.) Press & Release bucket
My old Serenity QS is in the background!

To use the Quick Clean Valve, simply press it like a button and it flips open. Since it’s already powered there’s no on/off switch— just plug in your hose and go!

Because I suffer from allergies, hubby gets the job of dumping the bucket. He really loves the Press & Release bucket on the Alliance because there are no annoying brackets to undo to remove it. You just press down around the ring and pull and it comes loose. It’s also easier to reattach and can be done with just one hand.

Although my Serenity QS was fairly quiet, it still made noise and that’s why I love the Alliance SO much better. It’s much, much quieter thanks to the exclusive double-D nozzle and fully sealed AeroPro hose & wand. We can now carry on a conversation without repeating ourselves and if anyone is on the phone while we’re using the Alliance, they’re not bothered at all. This baby is quieter than any other vacuum I’ve owned!

The push button controls are an improvement as well. My old system had only an on/off switch. The Alliance handle is much more thorough in that it allows you to adjust the amount of suction with the touch of a button. This is perfect for cleaning drapes, blinds and throw rugs. I don’t know how many times I had to get a good grip on those and tug to prevent my old system from sucking them up. hahaa!

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1.) Bare floor brush  2.) Onboard attachment
3.) 3-in-1 Cleaning Tool  4.) Upholstery brush

What I love most about BEAM central vacuums (not that I don’t love everything because I do), is that they literally take off without you. It’s like using a self propelled lawnmower. It goes and you just direct it. They’re THAT easy to use!

Something new for me is the 3-in-1 cleaning tool. It makes cleaning upholstery, drapes, hard furniture, even along baseboards easy because it converts from a brush to a crevice tool with a simple flip. No longer do I have to stop and change attachments because this one has it all. And the new 13″ bare floor brush comes with a D-neck adapter for round-neck tools. I can use my old attachments with this one. That’s pretty cool!

The telescopic wand and 30-foot rigid crush-proof hose makes those hard to reach places such as stairs, effortless. I can reach pretty far without straining my back. I LOVE that!

When you’re done vacuuming and dusting for the day, the included Alliance hose hanger makes storage super simple. We store our wand & powerbrush in the coat closet and the hose in the laundry room until next time.

It doesn’t get any better than this!

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Use the BEAM dealer finder to locate an Alliance Central Vacuum System (model 700TC – ARP $1170) and Alliance Q 30′ Cleaning Set ($610.00) dealer near you. You can also purchase the unit directly online at www.buybeamonline.com.

Yes, it’s a small investment but once you use a BEAM central vacuum system you will NEVER want to live in a home without one again. I guarantee it!

Enter to win one of these awesome systems HERE!

~ All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by the company.  Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclaimer for more information. I did not receive financial compensation for my post but did receive the product(s) mentioned above free of charge from the manufacturer or PR Agency and was under no obligation to write a positive review.  ~

© 2013, Dee @ Bella Savvy. All rights reserved.

Dee

93 Responses to BEAM Electrolux Alliance Central Vacuum System review #giftidea

  • Pamela R says:

    I was a nanny and they had one I loved it!

  • krista grandstaff says:

    I had a central vac in my last home, and I really do miss it… I was tired of lugging my vacuum up and down the stairs at this house and actually went out and bought a cheap vacuum for each floor and the basement.. it is NOT the same! :(

  • Alaina Bullock says:

    I remember my neighbor next door to us growing up had a central vacuum system in her house, and her mom loved it…as an adult I see why. This BEAM Electrolux sounds simply amazing! I wish we had this in our home, not only because it is much easier and convenient, but because it works so much better than a regular plug in vacuum.

  • Dee @ Bella Savvy says:

    It definitely does. I got tired of spending money on other vacuums, only to have them blow up in a short amount of time. It was a waste! Now if I could only get a steam cleaner that does as well and lasts as long, I will be a happy camper.

  • Brenda Brown says:

    This is another reason to move in a HOUSE and not apartment! I am so jelly right now LOL! Nice review,Dee!

  • lisa says:

    It sounds perfect for us. Our house is too much for me to deal with.

  • Chasity Boatman says:

    Nice review. I’ve been looking for an upgrade to my vac. Maybe when we get a house.

  • lisa says:

    That’s so cool. I’ve never seen a vacuum like it before.

  • Anita L says:

    Wow! What an awesome review of a vacuum system I want badly! This would be so very convenient instead of dragging that thing I call a sweeper around with me!

  • Sandra VanHoey says:

    Oh my goodness, I have never owned anything like this and how amazing this is…oh gosh, I want one. Wish I could afford one, it is awesome

  • Theresa Wilson says:

    Would love to own this baby!

  • Alexia says:

    This vacuum sounds amazing! I love all the features such as the Advanced Smart Screen, HEPA Exhaust Filter, Quick Clean valve, Motion Sensor and the Empty Bucket Icon. However, my FAVORITE feature is the Motor Fault Icon because I always have trouble figuring out what’s wrong with a vacuum and this would be so helpful!

  • Cara Lyn Erickson says:

    Wow! I didn’t know a vacuum like this exists! I sooo want to win this! It looks awesome!

  • Barrie says:

    Thank you for educating me on Central Vacuuming. I’ve heard of it but really didn’t know how it worked. Sounds like something we really need to look into! What happens if there is a plug somewhere in the PVC or doesn’t that ever happen?

  • Heather McCormick says:

    Loving that it a whole house vacuum!!

  • Dee @ Bella Savvy says:

    We’ve owned a central vacuum system for the last 13 years and never had a problem with clogs. That’s not to say that they don’t happen but in our experience we’ve never had an issue. Prevention is the best thing you can do but if it ever gets clogged the first step you should take is test each of your ports (inlets) to see if one has less suction than the others. If all ports have low suction, it could be a clog in the main unit itself. You can test it by using the manual switch on the unit. With the unit running, test the suction at the intake. Make sure the bucket isn’t full. Also, make sure that all the doors to the ports (inlets) are closed and sealed as well. If the clog is in or near one of the ports, you can try using a small high powered vacuum with a short hose to suck the clog out. Never use a plumbing snake because it can crack or break your PVC pipe. Really it’s a matter of testing each end to see where the clog is located. Try to avoid using the central vacuum to suck up liquids because they will mix with dirt and other debris and harden in the lines creating a potential clog.

  • Jennifer Hiles says:

    I guess I’m a little confused… you have to install one of those hose hole thingy’s into your wall? Or run pipes through your walls? We have a little log cabin so those kinds of things probably wouldn’t work well for me?

  • Dee @ Bella Savvy says:

    PVC pipes are ran through your walls. One starts at the main unit and branches off and ends at each port (inlet).

  • lisa says:

    It sounds pretty confusing to me. But. it doesn’t take much to confuse me. All I know is that I could use one.

  • Sarah Elyce says:

    A very thorough review! The concept does still kind of seem strange to me but I’m sure it would grow on me if I got to try one.

  • DENISE SMITH says:

    this would be so nice for our home i have 5 dogs and 2 cats and i am always sweeping everyday

  • Rust says:

    I have long wanted a central vacuum system and this review makes me want one even more. How convenient this would be …and no more lugging around a vacuum cleaner.

  • Candy Kratzer Wenzel says:

    I want one sooo bad. With 7 cats my vacuuming is a nightmare. Even though I live in an apartment. We do have a utility room and where it is placed in my apartment the pipe running would be easily installed for the hose connections to the walls. My landlord is awesome and would let me install this and I am not planning on moving for a long time. So I would get the full benefit of this system.

  • David Smith says:

    I really like that it has a 30′ hose, is self-propelled and has a display inside so you know what is going on.

  • NICE REVIEW–WOULD LIKE TO GET MY HANDS ON ONE OF THESE–MY STEP DAD HAD ONE IN HIS HOUSE AND IT WAS GREAT…

  • Marcia Lee says:

    My mom had a central vac…in the home she and my dad built after my sisters and I were married & out of the house. But I did come over during the holidays and help her out. I always volunteered to do the vacuuming. I have to say the Beam Electrolux puts her system to shame. They’ve come a long way and have a lot more accessories. I love the power of this system & even though it is more powerful, I also love that it is quiet.

  • Ronald A. says:

    cool vacuum

  • Kimberly K. says:

    Very nice detailed review this vacuum system. I would love to own one, it seems that after installation, it would be very easy & convenient to use.

  • jo n says:

    I like the kick plate for sweeping dust into.

  • lisa says:

    It sounds like there is some assembly required. Luckily (not that I’ll win) my husband has a lisc. to do the work.

  • natalie parvis says:

    We rally need to get one of these. Our current vacuum with HEPA just isn’t cuttng it anymore.

  • Arianah Watts says:

    We had a central vac system in our old house and I would LOVE to have one installed in our new home! They are amazing!

  • Carly erskine says:

    I love cleaning! Can’t wait to try this product out.

  • Stacy says:

    we used to have one of these at work! It was fantastic

  • Jennifer Aikens says:

    I would love to have one of these units upstairs. Upstairs gets neglected because I don’t want to lug our vacuum all the way up our steep stairs.

  • Stephanie F. says:

    You were so smart to install a central vacuum while you were building your house! I’ve always wanted one of these. With 5 dogs and 2 cats, plus usually some foster dogs, we should vacuum constantly!

  • Stephanie F. says:

    I like that this has a HEPA filter and push button controls. I noticed the Gore filter is self-cleaning so that’s always a great thing!

  • This looks like a great system and very handy!

  • I’m going to be honest and say that it seems pretty complicated to me. Plus, we happily choose apartment living so it wouldn’t be for us. It does look like a nifty piece of technology, though.

  • sandy weinstein says:

    i could really use this, i have 3 dogs and live in the country and it would be so great. need a new vac now… very badly…

  • Rebecca Peters says:

    My GIL needs this, hers is broken and she STILL tries to use it! This looks super neat and not so ancient like hers! lol

  • Christina Swenson says:

    Thank you for including the price tag! Way to expensive for me.

  • Allison Downes says:

    This looks like a perfect vacuum for me. Thank you for sharing!

  • jeri boss says:

    i used to have one in my old house and i loved it

  • Laura An says:

    This is awesome. I like all the features that it has. Thank you for doing a review on this.

  • Andrea says:

    This would be sooo nice to have in a multi level house!

  • Chris Mckenzie says:

    Never have had the pleasure of owning a decent vacuum much less a gorgeous machine as this. Had to try and win this no matter what. Thanks for the chance.

  • Dee @ Bella Savvy says:

    It’s honestly not complicated at all. You plug the hose in and the electrical plug in (just like a basic vacuum). Nothing complicated about that. Even the installation was easy.

  • Brandi Dawn says:

    I love that vacuums have come this far. This looks like a great product. Thank you for the review!

  • Tara says:

    This sounds really nice to have. I would consider it, IF I was tearing down walls or starting from scratch, but I can’t see my husband ever agreeing to rip apart the house for a vacuum.

  • Dee @ Bella Savvy says:

    It wouldn’t require ripping apart walls, just fishing them behind drywall from a basement or attic.

  • Dee @ Bella Savvy says:

    And central vacuum systems typically come with a 10 year warranty or more. You don’t get that with the basic upright vacuums. Those only come with a 1 year warranty. Why? Because they are not made to last. When comparing prices, for what you’re paying for a typical vacuum cleaner, once it stops working within a year or two (or maybe sooner) you might as well spend the $1200 on a central vacuum system and get a 10 year warranty. They’re worth every penny!

  • Kristen says:

    A friend of mine has something like this and it seems to me to be really convenient to use.

  • Gianna says:

    That looks like an amazing vacuum!

  • Megan K says:

    This may sound weird, but that is a beautiful vacuum! OMG! But it might have something to due with the fact that I own a $25 vacuum that only slightly works.

  • Sarah Hirsch says:

    it would be great to have a whole house vacuum system. this sounds like a really nice product

  • Germaine Harrison says:

    This is the most beautiful vacuum cleaner and it would make cleaning house so much easier.I have lots of pets and two son so I vacuum all the time so I am always looking for easier ways and faster ways to clean.

  • Sandy Cain says:

    I’ve never had a Central Vac – what a great gift this would be! Such a work and time saver! Anything that could help get the housework quicker and easier is wonderful!

  • Rebecca Parsons says:

    When I was younger we had a central vacuum system and they are so amazing. Would love to have one again. I think they are much more advanced than they used to be. This one sounds amazing.

  • June S. says:

    This vac sounds really nice, I would love to try it out to see how well it works on cleaning everything around our house.

  • Nicole S says:

    I think this is every mother’s dream come true! Very good review. Awesome product. This would be awesome to have!

  • Deborah D says:

    I like that it is built in and you don’t have to lug a vacuum cleaner up & down the stairs.

  • lisa says:

    Sometimes I think it must be cool to have all of this stuff sent to you. Then I put my reality hat on and I know that you are actually working full time job with over time.

  • I have heard of this vacuum system, but I don’t know anyone who’s ever had one. It sounds awesome. I wounder how hard it is to put the system in a house that doesn’t have it. I would love to have one. Everyone in my family has allergies especially my poor grandson who has breathing problems. this would be great for him.

  • Barbara Farrow says:

    Thank you so much for your review! Very helpful. I didn’t know anything about them before and I feel well educated on this one now. I entered the sweepstakes, but if I don’t win I will be talking to my husband about putting money to the side for a while to get one. There is so many things about this that I love and will be so very helpful with having so many children. Again, tank you for taking the time to write such an informative review! Really appreciate it! :)

  • Eileen Richter says:

    I know my husband would be stirred up about installation so it’s nice to see how easy it would be. I used to clean homes when I was working through school and some had central vac. It was SO nice and clean not to have to empty vac bags and run a heavy vac all over the house and up and down stairs. I loved it and always hoped I could have this too some day. Now have had 5 back surgeries and other health issues so the lightweight cleaner to run would be a God send to me. 30 feet of hose would help maneuver this around without many “outlets” in our home. The filtration system wouold be a necessity in our house with 3 asthmatics. Not supposed to vaccum but if I dont no one does. A clean home is a happy AND healthy home. Thanks for a great review!

  • Sheri Ferguson says:

    this product looks amazing. How handy and an easy way to keep the house, dust and pet fur
    free!

  • courtney b says:

    this seems really nice for the crack in the walls and around the window .. all those small places where i cant get with the vaccum cleaner…

  • Deborah Biggs says:

    We already have the ports in the wall so this system would be very easy to install. I really want one! With 3 cats, this system will make it easier to keep the house clean.

  • lisa says:

    I didn’t even know that they made a vacuum like this until I read your review.

  • Charissa says:

    I would so love to have one of these in my home. We are even set up for central vac but, after building our home, we couldn’t afford to put the system in right away. My hubby is also an electrician so installing and all that would be a snap, we just need the system. This looks like an amazing system, and though I’ve heard both pros and cons to central vac, I think this would be way better then having a vacuum that I have to lug everywhere and clean out ALL the time.

  • Jennifer Johansen says:

    I love that it has an upholstery brush!

  • Sonya Morris says:

    I have seen something similar to this and love it! Electrolux has been a long time favorite of mine and I would love to try this wonderful vacuum!

  • krystal rivera says:

    never mind not having one of these ive never even herd of them!! thats a really neat item and super innovative! i think this would make my life much easier

  • Colette S says:

    This is a seriously cool system.
    I’m hoping I can have one for our home.
    What a great review! So much detail! Thank you.

  • Amy Tolley says:

    this would be a wonderful vacuum for my house thanks for sharing this review

  • christine jessamine says:

    This vaccumm looks amazing. I love the design too!

  • Mer says:

    Wow! This is definitely on my dream home wish list. I hate dragging a heavy vacuum cleaner around.

  • Tara says:

    I obviously didn’t understand how this worked. I thought it had to built into the house. :) I love my Dyson but this would make it so much nicer not to have to drag around my heavy vacuum.

  • Mya Murphy says:

    With animals everywhere, this would be a great product for me to have!!

  • Christina Strapp says:

    This is a really nice vacuum. I could really use a vacuum that works well and will last.

  • Paula Weintraut says:

    I hate draging around my vacuum Its buly and heavy for me this would be so wonderful to have. Much easier on the strain of going room to room with my machine. I couldn’t get much easier if I had this in the house!

  • Jennifer Hiles says:

    Sounds like it works fantastic but the installation seems complicated.

  • kathy pease says:

    OMG I might enjoy cleaning if I had this baby..lol I have never seen such an awesome vaccum :)

  • Richard Hicks says:

    One of the best vacs I have come across in a while. We need something like this as much traffic as we have in our house.

  • clenna says:

    I love the ease of using this vacuum. The hose is so lightweight – perfect!

  • Caitlyn S says:

    oooo this is a central vac? I wanted it more when I thought it was a regular vac…. I still need a vaccuum regardless. If I win my father in law will just have to let me install it lol

  • Lily Kwan says:

    This central vacuum system looks very nice. Thanks for the interesting and informative review!

  • lisa says:

    This system really puts my sweeper to shame.

  • cATHY jAROLIN says:

    The Beam Electrolux Alliance Vacuum sounds like the one to have. However I have a smaller Ranch Home and my one Vacuum is sufficient for me.. If you Have a big multi floor house this one would be a Must. Thanks for posting..

  • Stephen says:

    Wow!. I’ve never heard of a central vacuuming unit before. Thanks for sharing!

  • Katie Smith says:

    This looks great! Also, very interesting! You make me want one!

  • Belinda says:

    I would LOVE to have a central; vacuum system! It would make my life so much easier and would be so much better than lugging a traditional vacuum up and down the stairs.

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