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Electrolux Intensity EL5020 Upright Vacuum Cleaner

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Description of Electrolux Intensity Upright Vacuum Cleaner

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Electrolux Intensity Upright Vacuum Cleaner are ideal for someone who...
  • Would like a second vacuum that is portable and easily stored
  • Wants an upright vacuum that is not bulky, but does not sacrifice suction power
  • Wants a vacuum for the purpose of floor cleaning only

Features of Electrolux Intensity Upright Vacuum Cleaner

  • Quality Filtration: HEPA filtration and a sealed system design reduce irritating particles from re-entering the air as you vacuum.
  • Powerful: With a 12 amp motor the Intensity delivers full-sized suction and brush roll performance.
  • Direct Airpath: The short 3” air path maximizes suction power. Dirt only has to travel 3” to the bag. Most upright vacuums have a long hose (up to 45” airpath) which dirt has to travel up in order to get to the bag.
  • Compact Design: The Intensity features a body like a canister with a collapsible folding handle. This unique design allows for increased portability and easy storage with minimal space need – perfect for the upstairs linen closet.
  • Easily Maneuverable: Featuring a telescopic wand, ergonomically designed handle with rubber grip and 2 large rubber coated wheels on the canister and 2 small wheels on the brush head this vacuum is simple to operate. The vacuum also is lightweight for an upright only weighting 16lbs.The large carry handle on the canister allows you to transport the vacuum up or down stairs painlessly.
  • Finger-tip Controls: The push button power controls are located on the handle so you can effortlessly power the vacuum on or off, or switch the brush roll on or off as you transition from carpets to bare floors.
  • Automatic Height Adjustment: The brush head will automatically adjust to the proper height depending on the type of carpet you are vacuuming. This ensures the brush roll is properly engaged for the type of carpet you are vacuuming.
  • Automatic Cord Rewind: A no hassle feature that saves time and allows for neat storage. Just press the cord rewind petal with your foot and the cord quickly rewinds.
  • Indicator Lights: When the vacuum is turned on the blue optimum light is illuminated to let you know the vacuum is running properly. Indicator lights for the bag and filter are located in clear view on the back of the vacuum. These indicators will illuminate red when they need to be attended to. The brush head features indicator lights to show when the brush roll is on (carpet) or off (bare floor). If something is wrong with either setting the light will flash on and off repeatedly.

Electrolux Intensity EL5020 Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Intensity in Upright Position
Electrolux Intensity EL5020 Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Intensity partially folded
Electrolux Intensity EL5020 Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Intensity in Storage Position

How it Works:
To unfold the vacuum for use (one step): Simply lift the handle up from the storage position and it will extend, snapping into place.

To fold the vacuum for storage (three steps): (1) Press the handle release pedal with your foot and hold the handle at a waist level, next (2) slide the fold down release button upwards with your thumb, (3) fold the handle forward over the vacuum into the storage position.


Reports by Experts - Electrolux Intensity Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Expert Review:    Courtesy of AllergyBuyersClub.com


  • Easy accessible filters and dust bag makes filter and bag changes a breeze. The HEPA filter snaps nicely in and out of place and the dust bag is clearly labeled so you do not have to guess which way the bag fits in.
  • Indicator lights for the filter and the bag save us from the guessing game of when it is time to replace them. This is a feature we truly value.
  • This vacuum did a great job of sucking up dirt and debris from the floor when we tested it. It also was really simple to maneuver thanks to the large rear wheels, adjustable telescopic wand, and comfortable handle.
  • We were glad to see that all the wheels were rubber coated and that the brush head had rubber bumper guards to protect your floors and walls.
  • It was nice to see the automatic cord rewind feature finally added to an upright vacuum. No more messy wraps – yeah!
  • We loved how compact this vacuum is for storage once the handle is folded down. The large carry handle on the vacuum provides for easy transportation up and down the stairs or to the closet for storage.
  • The finger-tip power controls on the handle along with easy access step-on pedals for the handle release and automatic cord rewind allows for simple, quick operation with out requiring us to bend up and down.


  • We found this vacuum to be louder than what we expected. We would not recommend using it when someone is trying to watch tv or sleep.
  • The dust bag is quite small with a capacity of only 1.2 qt. Most upright vacuums have large capacity bags, but due to the design, the Intensity can not accommodate a large dust bag.
  • This vacuum has only one suction power so you are unable to reduce it to easily vacuum rugs.
  • With no accessory tools the Intensity is solely for floor cleaning.
  • We found the process of collapsing the vacuum handle into the storage position to be slightly confusing on the first couple of tries.


The Intensity holds a unique spot among the other vacuums we carry. It is a compact upright that does not sacrifice suction power or quality filtration and requires less storage space then most canister vacuums. We would recommend the Intensity for someone who wants an easily accessible vacuum that can be quickly set up, easily transported and used to clean carpets and bare floors (but not recommended for delicate bare flooring). With the lack of accessory tools it is not your complete cleaning solution, but is great for quick yet thorough clean ups. Being lightweight and requiring little storage space, the Intensity makes a perfect upstairs vacuum cleaner.



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