Canister Vacuums vs. Upright Vacuums
Upright vacuum cleaners are best for homes that have more carpeting, though canister vacuum cleaners have larger motors than uprights, making them stronger and more versatile.
Most upright vacuum cleaners have tools and attachments on them that are not easily used. Though they are convenient, when push comes to shove, a canister vacuum with an electric power nozzle will out clean any upright vacuum. Canister vacuums are easier to use and lighter to push along than upright vacuums. Their tools and attachments are convenient, and the hose on a canister vacuum allows you to vacuum an entire flight of stairs with ease. Canister vacuums are also ideal for use on hardwood floors.
Shopping for an Upright Vacuum
If 50% of your home is carpeted, an upright is a good choice! Here’s why an upright is a great choice:
- Simple maneuverability
- Easy to store
- Lightweight and commercial models available
- Models available with filtration systems for allergy sufferers
- Tools on board enable detailed cleaning from upholstery to baseboards
If you are looking for an upright to do both carpets and bare floor cleaning, be sure to select a model with a brush roll shutoff switch or an extension hose with a bare floor brush.
Shopping for a Canister Vacuum
If 50% of your home is bare floor, consider a canister model as your solution. Revolving brush canisters are designed to clean carpets, area rugs, and bare floors, while straight suction models are ideal for bare floors and detail cleaning. Additional features of canister vacuums include the following:
- Better suction than upright models
- Lower profile heads allow for easy cleaning under beds and tables
- Ideal for stairs
- Great for cleaning car interiors
- Models available with a filtration system for allergy sufferers