Every homeowner has at least one vacuum cleaner at home so we can say this appliance is as popular and indispensable as a fridge or a television. Some people own a classic canister model and others are more into the upright one because it’s more compact and easier to maneuver. If you don’t have one yet, perhaps our article will help you discover the utility of this standing vacuum.
|1. Dyson 206900-01||2. Shark Navigator NV 356E||3. Hoover T-Series||4. BISSELL CleanView Complete Pet||5. Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik|
|Type||Upright||Upright and Lift-Away||Upright||Upright||Upright|
|Dust Bin Capacity||0.5 gal||2.2 dry quarts||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Size(inches)||42.4 x 13.4 x 15.4||15 x 11.4 x 45.5||16 x 12 x 32.5||14 x 15 x 45||6.1 x 3.3 x 21.9|
|Colors||Yellow and Gold||White and Silver||Gray and Sage Green||Black and Blue||Red|
|Number of Wheels||2||4||2||2||2|
|Suction Technology||Radial Root Cyclone||Cyclonic||WindTunnel||Multi-Level Cyclonic Filtration||N/A|
|Number of Filters||2||2||2||2||2|
|Filter Type||HEPA||Anti-Allergen Complete Seal+ HEPA||HEPA||Odor-absorbing Carbon||N/A|
|Full Dust Bin Indicator||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Removable Hand Vacuum|
|Pet Hair Removal|
|Carpet Height Adjustment|
|Warranty||5 years||5 years||2 years||3 years||1 year||Customer Support|
The category of corded vacuums includes both upright and canisters that are highly powerful so they can suck more debris thanks to the powerful motor they rely on. The power cord means you won’t be able to turn them on without a power supply so you need to make sure you have a socket and electricity available. You will also be limited by the length of the cord although it’s long enough to allow you to clean wide areas. They are preferred by most homeowners because they don’t rely on a battery with a short life and a long recharging time. The best models feature a retractable cord so you won’t have to worry about it lying on the floor in your path while cleaning. If you prefer fast and on-spot cleaning, you will be attracted towards a handheld vacuum that lets you clean small and tight areas like under the table or the bed.
The vacuums that don’t rely on a power cord in order to operate include a battery that needs to be recharged before every use. The battery usually takes a few hours to recharge and it lasts for a maximum of 30 minutes, depending on its power. This means that once the battery runs out, you won’t be able to use the vacuum unless you recharge it. Although the lack of a cord makes it more independent in use, the short battery lifespan makes it less helpful if you want to clean the entire house. If you are attracted to the cordless design, you must know that you might not be able to clean for more than half an hour before needing a refill.
You can choose between two types of cordless vacuums, namely a robot vacuum or a stick. Robots are small disk-shaped gadgets that operate on their own, based on a navigation system that guides them around the house. Sticks are very similar to the upright hoovers only they are more lightweight and don’t use a power cord to function.
The first thing you will notice is that this model is slimmer and more compact than the regular vacuum cleaner. It’s very tall and slim, just perfect for a small apartment or for on-spot cleaning. If you have children who spill a lot, you will love how small and easy to use it is.
Canister vacuums need to be dragged around the house and they often hit the furniture or get stuck in thresholds or carpets. Upright models don’t have this problem because you can easily lift them over obstacles and you can carry them up and down the stairs.
A bulky appliance also requires plenty of storage space, which can be a problem if you don’t have a big house. Since it’s so small, the vertical hoover can be stored behind a curtain, behind a wardrobe, or in a corner of a room.
If you are tired of bulky canister vacuums that require you to get your hands dirty when emptying the dust bin, you will be happy to learn that the upright ones feature a hassle-free mechanism that allows you to empty the dirt bin without much effort. All you have to do is remove it, open the lid, and dispose of the collected dust.
Regular hoovers cost hundreds of dollars but the vertical ones are a more affordable option that provides almost the same performance. You can find excellent models for prices starting at $300 if you want a high-end unit but you can also enjoy great versatility for under $50 if you decide to go for a simpler version.
Since the motor doesn’t have a very good sound insulation, this type is louder than the canister vacuum. Therefore, you might find it disturbing especially if you decide to use it when someone is asleep in the house.
The large cleaning head makes it less effective in cleaning corners, stairs, and hard-to-reach places that are easier to clean with a canister model. However, the hose attachment that is usually a narrow brush makes it easier for you to clean tight areas so you might manage to outcome this drawback.
Some people don’t like the idea they have to lift the entire vacuum and carry it around the house, although it is more comfortable than dragging a canister vacuum by the hose. Some models weigh around 20 lbs and they can be difficult to lift and carry up and down the stairs.
Given the size of the head that holds the brushes, this type of hoover is harder to use underneath furniture because it can hardly fit in short places. The canister model is far more convenient when it comes to sweeping under a bed or a closet.
It’s true that state-of-the-art vacuums with a futuristic design and the latest technologies are the best option but you might not need to invest many hundreds of dollars in expensive models. An average model with a sturdy housing and a powerful motor can be all you need to keep your house clean.
Since it will be limited by the cord, make sure you get one with a generous length. Models with 25 or 30 feet power cords are enough to enable you to vacuum multiple rooms without changing the socket. The additional wand brush attached to the hose will increase the cleaning area.
There might be times when you need to reach tight areas or you will need to lift the vacuum to an elevated spot to remove some dirt. In situations like this, a lift-away model that lets you lift the dust canister along with the hose will help you reach every dirty area. Also, if you pick a model with a detachable bin that turns into a handheld vacuum, you will be twice as satisfied with your purchase.
Some vacuums do very well on carpets while others are more effective on hard floors like wood, tile, or linoleum. Luckily, the most recent models have brushes that can adapt to any type of surface so you will be able to clean any type of floor with one vacuum. The models we picked feature a smart carpet adjustment that enables it to lower or raise the head depending on the height of the floor. Therefore, it will transit from bare floor to carpet without a problem.
The most modern hoovers are bagless meaning the dust and debris won’t go into a cloth bag but directly into a plastic bin that can be easily emptied. We chose vacuums that featured a one-hand bag emptying so you won’t make a mess and you will be able to easily get rid of the dirt you have collected.
The head must be very flexible so you will be able to maneuver it by moving your hand. For this to run smoothly, the vacuum’s head must rely on a swivel system that makes it easily maneuverable. Our top pick, the Dyson, features a patented ball head that enables for a 360-degree rotation of the head. The wheels that help the head move can be 2 or 4, depending on the model and the size of the head.
The level of cleanliness provided by an upright hoover depends on the filters it uses to retain dust and debris. Make sure you choose one that comes with at least two filters, one of which should be a HEPA filter. The HEPA media is able to retain dangerous allergens and to prevent them from going back into the room. The other filter is usually a washable one that will be easily maintained clean for the next vacuuming session.
Aside from the head with several brushes that rotate and collect dirt, vacuums also feature a hose that matches a series of attachments designed to extend their range of use. As such, you can enjoy the functionality of a stair tool that makes it easier for you to dust in between the stairs, a crevice tool that enables for vacuuming in really tight places such as behind the car seats, or an upholstery brush that helps you keep your chairs and sofas clean.