Selecting a vacuum cleaner to use for your home is quite a challenging task. One of the first things you will need to determine, before even getting on to researching through vacuum cleaner reviews, is what type exactly of vacuum cleaner do you want and need in your home. This article will help you in doing just that by providing you with a bit of information about each basic type of vacuum cleaner available today so you can determine the best vacuum cleaner for your needs. After reading this, you may even decide you need more than one vacuum cleaner for your home, depending on the type of cleaning you need to do.
Basic Types of Vacuum Cleaners
Upright vacuums: These vacuums are predominantly inclusive of a motor, bag, and beater all in one place. It is excellent in cleaning carpets and not so good when it comes to stairs and closets. However, lately, advancements have been made in an effort for them to also work well on other surfaces. Bagless versions have been increasingly popular in recent years, and those with cyclonic action are very powerful and do a very good job of pulling dirt and dust out of carpets. Uprights have to be used with caution on wood and vinyl floors however, especially if they are not equipped with a turn-off switch for the beater bar. The beater bar can scratch the surface of those types of floors fairly easily.
Canister vacuums: The opposite of uprights, these toes mostly excel in working on hardwood surfaces. They also work well in cleaning the stairs, and even walls and curtains. These vacuums are usually identifiable through their long hoses attached to a canister. These vacuums are also usually bagless types which means they substitute dust bags with a dirt container which can easily be washed and emptied. They are usually very powerful, so that is a definite plus. A downside of canister vaccums is that you are not only dragging a cord behind you, but a heavy canister unit as well.
Stick vacuums: These vacuums are generally only a fraction of the size of the regular vacuums. This is so they can get into those tiny spaces a full sized vacuum cleaner cannot. They usually appear similar to upright vacuums. They are very good for small rooms, or for vacuuming an area rug that a large vacuum would otherwise chew to pieces. Obviously, these units are bagless. Some of these units are cordless, which is a plus if you hate dragging cords behind you when you vacuum. On the downside, however, these vacuums tend to not be as powerful as vacuums that plug in, and sometimes the battery power wears out before you are finished with your cleaning.
Handheld vacuums: These vacuums are like miniature vacuum cleaners that can be carried around with ease. These are usually used for small messes which are too trivial to be cleaned up using a full sized vacuum cleaner. Of course, it would not be practical to consider owning only one of these small units for whole house cleaning, but they certainly do come in handy when you don’t want to drag out the “big vacuum”, or when you want to do a quick vacuuming of your automobile carpeting. Most are now cordless, but some great corded versions are available like the Eureka model pictured below that tend to be a bit more powerful than their cordless cousins.
As you can see, there are a lot of different types of vacuum cleaners to choose from, and these are not the only ones. So remember, before you buy that Shark Lift Away vacuum cleaner or any other type of vacuum cleaner, take note of the type of vacuum it is and decide if it will fulfill your home cleaning needs before you take off looking for all of those vacuum cleaner reviews online.