Vacuum Cleaner Types

Type of Vacuum Cleaners

There are such a variety of options on the market today for types of vacuum cleaners and what kind of features they come with. A lot of customers faced with such choices will buy one of the first vacuum cleaners they see with all the bells and whistles as they think the more the better, and really do not like to vacuum shop anyway! But there are advantages and disadvantages to different types of vacuum cleaners and it really does help to learn about some of the basics so that you are better informed before you hand over a lot of cash! Here is a general guide to those types in the hopes it can get a vacuum cleaner that better suits your needs for a fair price.

Bagless Vacuum Cleaners

bagless vacuum cleaners

The obvious advantage to getting a bagless styled vacuum cleaner is that once the dirt cup that holds the debris is full you empty it and them re-attach and keep cleaning. In most cases you can see how full it is already and not have the problem of starting a clean only to find the bag is full then having to chuck it and put in a new one. You also do not have the problem of realizing you have not bought replacement vacuum cleaner bags, or the ongoing cost of getting them. Be warned though that sometimes it can be messy emptying the dirt cup, dust can billow out and sometimes you have to do some shaking to get it all out. On the plus if you accidentally vacuum up the kid’s Lego you will see it and be able to recover it easily if messily.

Upright Vacuum Cleaners

upright vacuum cleanersIn general the majority of uprights come with the same or very similar tools and accessories and have the same selling points. A strong motor, bag or bagless, a hose and a beater all on wheels to move around the home easily. These also tend to be one of the more expensive types of vacuum cleaners, you can get uprights for around $200 but a quality one from a good manufacturer is more likely to be closer to $500. You can clean carpeted floors and hard floors with them especially if you can turn the brush roll on and off, and adjust the height setting. Most come with hose extensions and wands for reaching cobwebs and such. However on the down side most are quite heavy and are not easy to use in small spaces or on stairs. A lot of owners with uprights will opt to have something light like a handheld for those jobs.

Handheld Vacuum Cleaners

handheld vacuum cleaners

Handheld cleaners are great for taking care of spot jobs or for reaching places a larger vacuum cleaner cannot. It can deal with cereal spills at breakfast time, your stairs, your car, upholstery and dusting. Most models come with very similar features so there is not a huge difference between them. Handhelds are also the best vacuum for stairs.

Stick Vacuum Cleaners

stick-vacuum-cleanersIf the upright style is something you prefer but those full sized uprights are too heavy for you to maneuver the stick vacuum cleaner may be the best type of vacuum cleaner for you. This is especially a better option if you live in a home or apartment with hard floor surfaces rather than carpeting. These cleaners do not have beaters and rollers like uprights. Something like the Eureka broom vacuum cleaner will be able to take care of tight spaces, hard flooring, furnishings and furniture. Most come with a dirt cup rather than a bag. They are super lightweight and easy to move around and can also come cordless as the smaller motors need less energy.

Canister Vacuum Cleaners

canister vacuum cleaners

Canister vacuum cleaners are the type that come in a canister shape with a long hose attached to it that you pull along as you clean. They are particularly effective and easy to use on hard floors, curtains, stairs and vertical surfaces. If you have hardwood flooring and are wondering what cleaner to get a stick would be fine if it is a smaller space, but a canister would be best for a larger home. You can get different sized canister cleaners and some come with certain attachments. A canister will collect the dust and dirt and send it to the container you pull around. It will need emptying when it gets full. Some come with HEPA filters which is best kind as it removes even tiny particles of dander, dust and pollen making it great for allergy sufferers.

Robotic Vacuum Cleaners


The most modern and latest trend in vacuum cleaners if the robotic cleaner. There are a number of advantages to them, after programing there is little need for interaction, you can do other chores, relax or go out even. They have dirt sensors to guide them and heads that are adjustable for different floors and carpeting. Some also have side brushes to get those edges and reach right up to the furniture. You will have to empty it now and then but it will dock itself and recharge when it needs to. Roomba is the leading model but there are other options and more manufacturers are coming up with their own versions. There are some issues still though with this new technology, some do not clean as effectively as regular vacuum cleaners, some lock themselves in rooms accidentally, and you need certain items if you want to set up a route where it skips some rooms. Also this is a more expensive option.

Central Installed Vacuum Cleaners

central-installed-vacuumThere is an option to have a centralized vacuum cleaner so that there is no need to pull or push machines around as you clean since all you have is a long hose. Examples would be the Kenmore, Imperium or Beam centralized cleaning system. It works as it has pipes that run through the walls that connect to a motor somewhere like a garage or closet. All you have to do is get your hose, attach it to an inlet (usually there are 3 or 4 set in around the home) and then go on with your clean. The dirt and debris go to a central collection point that you need to empty but this needs to happen far less often than other bagless cleaners. This vacuum cleaner system is quiet too and super easy to use for everyone. However be aware this is something an expert should install and it is another expensive option.

Carpet Steamers and Shampooers

carpet steamers

While steamers are not really vacuum cleaners as such since they do clean your floors we have included them in our list. The days where to clean your carpet with a deep clean meant hiring professionals or hiring a carpet cleaner are gone. You can now have your own steamer or shampooer. Some cleaners use steam power and some use soap, chemicals and hot water. Most tend to look very much like vacuum cleaners in shape and maneuvering. They have revolving heads that agitates dirt from the carpets and work the solution deep down. Some come with a spray you can use on more stained areas. Every now and then our carpets need a good deep clean rather than just a vacuum and this is a great option to get that done.

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