BEAM Product Reviews

BEAM Serenity Review    
by Bella Savvy

BEAM Serenity QS Central Vacuum System with Q Power Team Review
Published August 14, 2010 by Dee Mauser on

As you all know, I’m naturally obsessed with cleaning my home. I believe my obsession started when I moved out of my parents house at the age of 18. I lived in a brand spanking new apartment and the smell of everything new just did something to me. I loved it! That may sound weird but I truly love the aroma of fresh cut wood.

I also loved how everything was sparkling and clean. And so, I was started on the journey of a clean and tidy lifestyle. hehee. I think once I had my own place I went a little extreme with my cleanliness. I literally would pick up, wash and put away glasses that my visitors weren’t even finished with yet. I guess you could say I became annoying.

But then I started having kids and things had to change. Especially once they became toddlers because toddlers get into everything and leave a mess everywhere they go. My older children now have really not changed. They’re still leaving messed behind. It took me a long time to learn how to overlook some disorganization. We aren’t pigs but my home no longer looks like a model home. It’s “lived in”. hahaa

I’m not sure but I think maybe my cleaning OCD caused me to go through many vacuum cleaners. hehee. We’ve tried several different brands and none seemed to last long. I once bought one from a tv commercial because of all of the features but it quit working after 6 months. So, when our current home was being built, my hubby and I decided to try a central vacuum system. They’re quite pricey but after all of the money we had spent on other vacuums that didn’t last long we figured why not.

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Since hubby and I were always do-it-yourselfers we decided to run the PVC piping ourselves during the building process. Luckily our home builder didn’t have a problem with it. And so, after moving in we finished the install by hooking up the inlets, which if you’re not familiar with a central vacuum system, are ports (holes) in your walls where you plug in the vacuum hose. The unit itself was installed in our basement. Some people install the unit in their garage so it’s easy access for cleaning the inside of their vehicles.

In order for the central vacuum to work after plugging in the hose, you need electricity that is hard wired to the ports (inlets). My hubby took care of that since he used to be an electrician. The best part about owning a central vacuum system is that you no longer have to carry around a heavy vacuum cleaner, just the hose and the hose is not nearly as heavy as an upright vacuum cleaner, especially when going up and down stairs.

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I was recently given the opportunity to review the BEAM Serenity QS Central Vacuum System along with the Q Power Team (electric hose with ergonomic handle, wand, power brush, and other attachments). It couldn’t have been at a better time because our current wand was broken, the switch had quit working so I had to resort to using an upright vacuum. Not fun at all. When I found out I was going to be reviewing the BEAM Serenity QS I was ecstatic. I don’t think anyone else could have been as excited as me, seriously. hehee

Did you know that BEAM is Electrolux? The world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of central vacuum systems? They ship products to more than 50 countries throughout the world. I definitely have no doubt in my mind that my new vacuum system will be one that will last a long, long time.

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Upon receiving the Serenity QS and the Q Power Team, I couldn’t wait to get them out of the boxes and all set up. Along with the unit, I received a power head with headlights, 30′ crush proof hose with sock, telescopic wand, dust brush, crevice tool, upholstery brush, 14″ hard floor brush, adapter, muffler and a hose rack to hang on the wall for storage. They truly provided me with everything I need. As an added bonus we were sent 2 extra inlets (ports) along with the covers & wiring to connect them to adjacent electric lines.

After installing the unit in our basement, I got to work assembling the hose, hose sock and wand. Set up was very simple. When I plugged the hose into the port and turned the wand on I was expecting a loud humming noise from the unit in the basement because our old unit could be heard loud and clear throughout our entire house. I seriously did not hear anything. The power head has a slight hum but it’s very quiet. With our old system you could not hear the television, talk on the phone or carry on a general conversation with anyone in our living room because it was too loud. I LOVE how quiet the Serenity QS is! It’s quieter than any other vacuum I’ve ever owned.

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Unextended wand on bare floor!

The power head basically walked me through my home because it is extremely easy to push, it nearly goes by itself. I am very impressed with it. And I love that it has head lights because walking down our dark hallways makes it a little harder to see so it lights the way. And it picks up very well along the baseboards with the dual edge cleaners. Our old power head didn’t have those so I was always disconnecting the wand and attaching the crevice tool. With the Serenity QS I no longer have to do that. It’s saving me a lot of time and strain on my back.

The power head also has 3 height adjustments for different types of carpeting. We have berber so it’s normally set to low and even still, it rolls VERY easy. I’m loving the on-board tools feature which holds the crevice tool and the upholstery brush. No more searching the closet for those. And the EZ Change™ release lets you disconnect the wand from the power head for quick touch-up cleaning. You just push a button and the wand slides off with no problem. One unexpected feature on the power head is the indicator that glows red when the brush roll is stalled or jambed. That’s a great way to prevent the motor from overheating.

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Extended wand!

Another one of my favorite features is the telescopic wand. Although I’m short, 5′ 3″, and have no trouble using the wand as is, I like being able to extend the wand to reach further along and into tighter spaces. When I want to extend my reach, I just slide a lever down, hold my foot on the power head just slightly and pull. The wand is extended another 13 1/4″ in length.

Product Features:

  • 600 Air Watts
  • Air Flow 125 CFM
  • 120 volt Motor, 14.5 max amps
  • ATLIS Intake Technology• Sealed Suction: 140” waterlift
  • LED indicator for height adjustment & circuit breaker
  • Poly V Belt System
  • Electronic Circuit Protection
  • Steel Axle & Sealed Ball Bearings
  • Over Molded Wheels & Bumper
  • Anti-Vibration Mounting System
  • Motor Venting Filter
  • 3 Year Warranty on the Power Head (includes poly v belt & lamp)
  • 10 Year Warranty on the electric & motor
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty on all housing

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Empty Anti-Microbial Collection Bucket!

The Beam Serenity QS Model 375C that I received will clean homes up to 7,000 square feet, or homes with up to 10 outlets. It comes standard with Electrolux’s 4 gallon Anti-Microbial Collection bucket. This means that the machines dust recovery bin is treated with a substance that kills or inhibits the growth of microbes such as bacteria, fungi, or viruses.

I really appreciate this feature because my 15 year old son and I both have horrible allergies to dust, dirt, mold, mildew and outdoor weeds (seasonal allergies). Plus, we have 3 pets as you well know — 2 cats and a toy sized dog. The pet hair can be quit annoying, getting everywhere but the Serenity QS has GREAT suction. It does wonders on removing the pet hair and lint that gets stuck in between our living room furniture cushions. And speaking of cushions, the suction is so great that it literally grabs the toss pillows on my couch and lifts it right off the furniture without me even holding it. AMAZING!

Check out what the BEAM Serenity QS picked up the very first time I used it. And this is just from our living room, dining room, kitchen, hallway and my bedroom. I didn’t even get to the 2 staircases, kids bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and finished room in our basement yet….

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Wow, this makes me look bad but honestly it’s what my old vacuum didn’t pick up.

It makes my nose itch just looking at it. Disgusting!


The BEAM Serenity QS 375C Central Vacuum Unit and Q Power Team ($1205 retail value for both) are sold separately and are available at a number of different vacuum dealers nationwide. Prices vary per store.

The Serenity QS unit measures 11″ W x 42″ H and it weighs 31.5 pounds.

The BEAM Serenity QS is the only central vacuum system clinically proven to relieve allergies. It’s recommended by leading green building programs throughout North America because it completely removes all captured dirt and allergens from the living area without stirring up dust inside the home.

If you’re looking for a high quality, lightweight, quiet vacuum cleaner that provides amazing suction for removal of all unwanted dust, dirt and other yucky microbial’s that cause allergy or asthma flareups, you should definitely check out the BEAM Serenity QS Central Vacuum System and the Q Power Team. They are well worth the money and I will never own another brand of vacuum again. I am completely sold on my BEAM and I appreciate the opportunity that was given to me for this review. It has honestly been by far the best product I have reviewed. I highly recommend the Electrolux/BEAM brand and especially the Serenity QS system. You will NOT be sorry you purchased this one!

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Disclosure: This has been a sponsored post on behalf of BEAM/Electrolux and was facilitated through PTPA Media. All opinions expressed are simply mine. I was not financially compensated for my review but did receive the BEAM Serenity QS Central Vacuum unit and Q Power Team to test. To view product specs, studies performed and guarantees, please visit my sponsors site for more information.