Electrolux EL6986A Ultra Silencer Canister Vacuum - Features, Reviews, and Ratings

The Electrolux EL6986A Ultra Silencer Canister Vacuum Cleaner achieves its UltraSilencer™ moniker by utilizing an ultra quiet, 1000 watt motor and multiple layers of sound dampening insulation. The case is sealed and air ducts are aerodynamically designed to reduce noise causing air turbulence, with additional sound dampening insulation around the air exhaust ports. The sealed case design not only helps to keep the EL6986A very quiet, it helps retain the dust and dirt it pulls from the environment within its bag and filters.

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Price: $399.99 (MSRP)
*The EL6986A has been replaced by the New Electrolux Ergospace EL4100A which is Now Available at Amazon

Update: The EL 6986A has been replaced by the Electrolux Ergospace EL4100A. The new EL 4100A is nearly identical to its predecessor, with the primary differences being a longer hose (9 foot vs 6 foot) and a 12 amp motor instead of the 9 amps of the EL6986A.

The Electrolux EL6986A transitions from hard surfaces to carpets with the flip of a foot switch on the power head. The telescopic wand is easily adjustable and the slim design of the power head makes vacuuming around and under furniture easy. The wheels on the 6986 are large and soft so that it glides over any surface, and is gentle on delicate floors. Weighing in at only 12 pounds aids its maneuverability and portability.

Stored conveniently in the wand handle of the EL6986 are the dusting brush, upholstery nozzle, and crevice tool, always at your fingertips to save time while cleaning. In addition to its telescoping wand, the EL6986A comes with seven feet of hose and a 21 foot power cord giving you over 30 feet of reach, and with its auto cord rewind, stows quickly and easily.


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Electrolux tops off the EL6986A vacuum with an H12 HEPA filter which makes the air leaving the vacuum cleaner than the air that went in. The vacuum bag holds up to two quarts of dust and debris between changes and the vacuum has a built in monitor to tell you when a new bag is necessary.


Electrolux EL6986A UltraSilencer™ Canister Vacuum Cleaner Features

  • Clean and quiet diffused-air exhaust system.
  • Telescopic wand with 360 degree swivel.
  • Automatic cord rewind.
  • High-quality tools store on the handle.
  • Over-molded wheels and furniture guard.

Included with the Electrolux EL6986A UltraSilencer™ Canister Vacuum Cleaner

Variable Speed Control
Let’s you select precisely what power you need. Clean delicate surfaces like drapes with a lower setting or set it to full power for floors.

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Convenient Features
Above-floor tools store at your fingertips. And, it comes with a telescopic wand and automatic cord rewind.

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Floor Cleaning Tools
This vacuum cleans bare floors with ease. Plus, it comes with a full-size turbo nozzle for cleaning area rugs and low-pile carpets.


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Electrolux EL6986A UltraSilencer™ Canister Vacuum Cleaner
Technical Specifications

Vacuum Type: Canister Vacuum
Motor: 1000 watts (9 amps)
Power Controls: Conveniently located on canister body
Bag Capacity: 2.0 Quarts (2.2L)
Standard Filters: Sealed HEPA filter
Included Attachments: Dust Brush, Crevice Tool, Upholstery Brush
Suction Wand: Telescopic Wand with 7 ft. (2.13M) hose
Floor Heads: EL2 Bare Floor, EL5 Carpet
Vacuuming Width: 11 inches (28cm)
Operating Radius: 30 feet (9.1M)
Auto Cord Reel: Yes
Dimensions: 18" High x 12" Wide x 9.5" Deep (45.7cm x 30.5cm x 24cm)
Weight: 12 lbs. (5.4Kg)
Warranty: 2 years
Price: $399.99 (MSRP)
Amazon.com: *The EL6986A has been replaced by the New Electrolux Ergospace EL4100A which is Now Available at Amazon


Electrolux EL6986A UltraSilencer™ Canister Vacuum Cleaner Review

The Electrolux EL6986A, with its large rear wheels and castored front, moves easily and follows the user well. The canister mounted on/off and cord rewind switches are large and well marked. With a flick of a finger the oversized sliding switch to control the motor speed adjusts the suction power of the vacuum.

The onboard attachments of the EL6986A consist of a telescoping crevice tool that extends from 6.5 inches to 9.25 inches and a combination dusting brush and upholstery tool. This is an interesting attachment, and not one we’re particularly fond of. The upholstery attachment has folding wings which must be in the folded position to use the dusting brush and for storage on the vacuum wand’s handle. To use the upholstery tool the wings are folded out flat and the implement is reversed on the wand (brush head first). To stow the implement, the wings must again be folded before inserting into the wand’s handle. Having the implements at the fingertips is very convenient, though we’d prefer the traditional style upholstery tool.

The handle at the end of the hose is plastic, and while the telescoping wand of the vacuum is metal, it has a plastic insert where it connects to the handle. Neither the locking mechanism nor the tip of the handle seem particularly durable and may be prone to premature failure. The telescoping vacuum wand easily extends from 24 inches to 34 inches. For a tall person, this is inconsequential, for a shorter person, this may be helpful, however, only 10 inches of extension doesn’t really seem worth the effort.

The metal wand of the EL6986A vacuum slides into the plastic floor head with a positive lock. The entire floor head is plastic and does not instill confidence as being durable. There is no motorized roller bar for carpet agitation, rather it utilizes fixed brushes and pads that adjust in and out to facilitate bare floor and low pile carpet cleaning. There is a parking feature on the back of the vacuum canister where the wand, with the floor head attached, engages. Without the floor head, the wand must be laid on the floor.

Filter and bag changes on the EL6986A are quick and easy to perform. The vacuum canister body has a bag change indicator to signal when bag changes are necessary. It is estimated that over the course of one year, the EL6986A will require two to three filter changes and 10 to 15 bag changes in a moderately-sized home. Our short term tests indicate that estimate to be conservative. A two quart bag just doesn’t hold much material and will fill quickly in a dusty environment or with pets in the home. The bag compartment is also small and the vacuum bag must be folded in half to install, reducing it’s already small capacity. Plan on spending upwards of $100 or more per year on bags and filters for this vacuum.

Overall, the Electrolux EL6986A is an adequate vacuum cleaner for infrequent use in small homes, but due to its small bag and poor bag compartment design it isn’t suitable for vacuuming large areas.

At a price of $399.99 MSRP, the Electrolux EL6986A Ultra Silencer isn’t cheap. Add in the cost of regular maintenance and operation and it can get quite expensive.

Consumer Reviews of the Electrolux EL6986A UltraSilencer™ Canister Vacuum Cleaner

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  1. Debra Denker says

    Beware of the Electrolux Ultra Silencer. It is a complete waste of money and will waste your time taking it in for repairs. I purchased my first one at Lowes in April 2009, thinking it was pricey but seemed to have qualities I wanted: lightweight but efficient, the ability to pick up pet hair (ha!), and relative quiet. The first time I used it on my mostly brick floors I really liked its quiet, and it seemed to do a good job. But within three weeks the poorly glued on red strips on the floor tool were coming off. I took it in to a repair place and because it was going to take weeks to get the part, returned it to Lowes. Within a month I had the same problem, but since the original part had arrived I just used that floor tool and glued the other ones. The vacuum is lightweight, which is nice, and rather pretty, looking like a green scarab beetle. But it is cumbersome. The wheels won’t even roll over it’s own cord, resulting in it tipping over. The bags are hard to replace, and the owner’s manual looks like the drawings were done by a small child or an early generation computer, as they are so hard to make out. Replacing the bags is confusing, which must be why my recent house sitter threw away the bag holder with the bag. I really loved my Hoover Encore Supreme, which cost $150 in 1995 and lasted 14 years. If I had been able to get parts for it I never would have wasted $300 on this poorly designed, poorly constructed item, but now I am stuck with it. The even more expensive Oxygen model, which I have used at a friend’s house, is incredibly heavy and hard to maneuver, so not a choice for me. Electrolux was apparently bought out a few years ago and quality has been severely compromised, according to a vacuum repair specialist with whom I spoke. It is not the old reliable brand many of us grew up with. I have a second-hand Oreck upright, which is good for a lot of things but does not have tools, which I need frequently. Having spent $300 on the Ultra Silencer I’m kind of stuck with it for a while, but you don’t have to be.

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