Is it time for a new vacuum cleaner? With all the options in style, functionality, and affordability, it can be hard to know which vacuum will fit your needs the best. While the decision can feel overwhelming, our experts are here to guide you to a solution that will fit all your floor cleaning needs. We are always happy to schedule a visit to our showroom for hands-on demonstrations or assist you over the phone by answering any questions that may help you to be confident in finding a vacuum that will fit your needs for years to come. To help you get started in finding your new vacuum, we have compiled some pros and cons of our most popular types of vacuum cleaners.
Uprights are what we typically envision in our heads when we think of a “vacuum cleaner”. These cleaners are the most popular ones in the market. Upright vacuum cleaners have a cleaning head that runs parallel to the floor, a center section that houses a dust containment system and filter, and a push handle for operation. There are both bagged and bagless upright models, as well as models with different attachments. The upright is the best model for covering a lot of ground and can function on carpet, rugs, and hard surfaces. The upright style can be heavy and awkward if you have lots of stairs or need to move quickly from room to room. This type of vacuum may also need special attachments to meticulously clean under furniture or around the edges and corners of your home.
Canister vacuums are usually lighter and more compact compared to uprights. Canister style vacuums have a head that is attached to the main unit by a long hose and usually come with a myriad of attachments. These models make it possible to easily clean in tight spaces as well as being versatile enough to tackle drapes, blinds, walls, and corners. These vacuums pack a powerful punch when it comes to cleaning hard floors and stairs as well. While a canister vacuum might have an advantage of maneuverability, they also have a disadvantage of requiring more physical movement while cleaning and less ease of storage than an upright.
Stick vacuums are a great choice for anyone with physical limitations as it applies to lifting and moving heavier vacuums and they have the added benefit of being easy to store. These slim, lightweight models use a rotating brush and light suction to whisk debris into a dustbin or bag. Their low-profile heads maneuver around furniture with ease. Some of these models are available in a cordless model and some also come equipped with the ability to convert into a handheld vacuum. This little powerhouse is great for quick spot cleaning, cleaning stairs, or accessing small spaces and cleaning furniture (with the handheld feature). The drawback to this model is that they are usually not as powerful and cannot hold as much debris as their larger counterparts.
Robotic vacuums are great for busy people as well as those with injuries or physical limitations. These units can be programmed to run on a schedule (imagine coming home to a clean floor with no effort!) or can be started, stopped, and guided manually. These vacuums excel at getting under furniture and in tight spots that can be overlooked (or nearly impossible) with a regular vacuum. The downside is that the debris collection bin on these models is not very big, and most have to be emptied manually in order for the vacuum to continue its cycle. And, although these are great for pet owners and people with small children, you will want to take the precaution of making sure there are no pet accidents or obstructions on the floor before running your machine.
Central Vacuum Systems
Central vacuum cleaners are systems installed in homes consisting of a power unit, several inlet valves connected to the power unit by PVC tubing, and a 25 to 50-foot hose and accessory package. The power unit is mounted in the garage, basement, or any other remote location in your home with the necessary space for the unit to release exhaust, while several inlet valves are installed throughout the house where your hose is connected. Central vacuums are quieter, cleaner, and more flexible than traditional vacuums. Their dirt capacity is huge, and they’re great for cleaning hardwoods and other hard surfaces. They’re also the easiest of all of the options for cleaning stairs. One drawback is that they require professional installation, and if the unit breaks down, you will have to schedule a repair. However, if you’re looking to add value to your home, central vacuum systems are often a good investment.
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