Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Genuine Attachment/Accessory Kits

Many things have been said about the quality of Genuine accessories and attachment kits, much of which is false. Many online vendors push these kits and accessories due to the the name alone, not because they can stand behind the quality of their product. More than 97% of central companies do not manufacture their own accessories and more often then not they are manufactured in a plant over seas. 

There are two main reasons why these Genuine accessories get pushed so hard by many online vendors. First,.. name recognition. If you are shopping for central vacuum accessories or attachment kits there is a very good chance you are unaware of what is available on the market, making name recognition very important. Second,.. profit margin. The higher the quality of product, the lower the profit margin is for the company. This leads to some companies pushing "Genuine Attachment Kits", with the name recognition and profit margin it is a
win-win situation for the VENDOR ONLY.

The majority of central vacuum companies simply outsource their accessories to the 
lowest bidder. This means a cheaper quality product for the customer. The end result is a poor quality piece that simply has a sticker applied to it, giving it the "Genuine" label. A perfect example of this would be the Nutone and Hayden line. Both of these companies have there carpet nozzles made over seas in Japan or China by the Panasonic Corporation, with the finishing touch being a Nutone or Hayden sticker, making it Genuine. The name recognition of these accessories becomes more important when your dealing with the internet, because you cannot touch or feel these items. When this happens many customers feel more comfortable with a name they know, and find out the truth later. When the poor quality starts to show months down the road, the warranty is long since over. A lot of companies will state that these "Genuine" attachments are either "Builders Grade" or "Economy Series". This is done in an effort to alert the customer that this is something typically left in a new home by a builder or contractor.

The truth of the matter is, central vacuum accessories that are manufactured by companies that solely manufacture central vacuum accessories give you the most quality. You will notice many "Genuine" accessories will not advertise any sort of warranty, which is always a tell-tell sign of poor quality. While there are a few companies that do make their own tools and accessories such as Hoover and Eureka, there have been other companies that have stepped in to fill the need for better quality attachments. Companies such as Cen-Tec, Wessel Work, MD,  Sebo and others have emerged as companies that produce high quality central vacuum accessories, backed by strong warranties.

Companies such as Nutone and Hayden only offer one electric attachment kit, not giving you the option of purchasing something with better quality. We at believe you should have options and be able to choose for yourself the quality of the attachments you want to buy. And while these "Genuine" accessories or attachment kits may be sufficient for builders or contractors, we feel there are much better accessories out there. And as the old saying get what you paid for. Also remember, equally important to the overall cleaning performance of your central vacuum system is the cleaning accessories which accompany it. These determine not only the overall enjoyment of your system, but have the greatest impact on the cleaning performance you should expect from your central vacuum system.

For more information check out our homepage at