The Kirby Heritage vacuum cleaner was manufactured from 1981 to 1989.
From 1981 to 1984, the company manufactured the original Heritage vacuum in the colors of a gray and orange.
The Heritage I model lasted three years.
From 1984 to 1989, the company offered the Kirby Heritage II vacuum, in the colors of gray, red and charcoal.
Here’s some neat information I found on the company’s official website about the Heritage II.
“Some of the standard features on the Kirby Heritage II /Legend included:
- Polymer Kirby Kaddy to store the many Kirby attachments
- Improved swivel tube hose – non-metallic design
- Scuff retardant bumper
- Streamlined nozzle with Brush Performance Indicator Light
- Upright cleaner
- Mattress cleaner
- Tank canister cleaner
- Reusable vacuum cleaner bags
The Heritage II /Legend vacuum also included an entire group of convenience attachments that featured a crevice tool, utility brush nozzle, duster brush, extension wand and more.”
Source: Kirby Website
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I’m not sure how much either model initially sold for, I’m guessing at least $500.
Many of these old Kirby Heritage vacuum cleaners are still in use today.
After all, they are designed to be high quality and last a long time.
I’ve also noticed a lot of old Kirby Vacuums for sale on Craigslist.
One of the things I like about the Kirby Heritage vacuum is that you can buy them cheap now.
If you look on eBay, or other websites, you can find a good used one for $100 to $150.
This is a great alternative to spending a couple thousand dollars for a brand new Kirby vacuum.
It’s also competitively priced with other new vacuums.
It might not look as fancy as some of the new models, but I can assure that it works just as well!
Ultimately, you have to decide what is best for you.
If you are on a tight budget and can’t afford one, don’t buy a new Kirby.
Get a used one instead.
But if you have the money and want a new Kirby, please note that it will probably last you the rest of your life.
If you own a Kirby Heritage I or Heritage II vacuum cleaner, I would really love to hear from you.
How long have you had it?
What do you like about it?
Do you still use it?
How much did it originally cost you?
Please share your personal story about your Kirby with the rest of our online community.
I look forward to hearing from you.
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Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Kirby. Kirby is a registered trademark. All views in this article are simply my opinion.