Beam Central Vacuum was founded in 1957 by Robert Sampson in Webster City, Iowa out of what was once a washing machine manufacturing company. The product in the early years was also sold under the name Manorvac. In 1987, Beam Central Vacuum was purchased by AB Electrolux of Sweden and in 2007 BEAM Industries became BEAM by Electrolux Central Vacuum Systems. In 2010, Beam moved its manufacturing operation to Juarez, Mexico and soon thereafter moved its office headquarters to Charlotte, NC. In 2018, Beam Vacuum was sold to Canadian central vacuum manufacturer Nuera Air.
The Beam Product Line
- Beam Alliance Central Vacuum series was introduced in 2013 and included two-way communication between the unit and the hose handle. This permits the user to obtain diagnostics while controlling the speed of the motors. The trash receptacle is secured by a series of easily releasable magnets, and it has an eye-catching blue back-light on the face of the unit. Motors of Chinese origin were found in the unit that we sampled.
- Beam Serenity Central Vacuum series was initiated in the mid 1990's. The line continues to offer quiet operation compared to their standard Classic offering.
- Beam Classic Central Vacuum represents Beam's historical central vacuum that is value priced without any sound suppression. Similar to all of their other units, it empties from the bottom and has an inverted, center-weighted cloth filter which has featured "Gore Technology".
A Large Presence
Beam has done a tremendous job of central vacuum awareness and has popularized the concept in Canada and a number of other countries. Partnering with UC Davis, Beam Central Vacuum produced a very helpful study proving central vacuums reduce common symptoms of allergy sufferers.
Beam Central Vacuum also manufactures many additional brands of central vacuums, including Electrolux, Honeywell, Eureka, Smart, Frigidaire, Rug Master, Westinghouse, and others.
A Note About Compatibility
Beam has historically utilized components that are compatible with the rest of the industry, including their pipe and fittings, inlets, motors, circuit boards, hoses, attachments, and power brushes except with everything starting with their Alliance and Q-Series hoses and kits.
Most Beam units have clamps that lower a bottom bucket to empty the system. Their instruction manual is very clear that you should shake out the hanging filter every time you empty the system. For allergy suffers that need to clean the filter, we recommend wearing a mask and using a plastic bag wrapped around the bottom of the can to keep dust to a minimum.