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The Best Vacuum for You: Evaluating the Most Popular Vacuum Types


A vacuum cleaner is a device that sucks up dust and dirt that is collected by either a dust bag or cup. Vacuums make cleaning much easier, especially if there is carpeting in a home. Carpets are often full of dirt, dust, small bugs and pet hair and vacuums are the best tool for pulling all that filth up and out. They provide cleaner carpets and healthier air for you and your family to breathe.

But, choosing a vacuum cleaner for your home is hard. There are many choices that are all great for a variety of cleaning tasks. As well as canister and upright vacuum cleaners, there are also vacuums designed to help with hardwood floors, pet hair and even allergy problems. Selecting the best vacuum for you makes cleaning effortless and prolongs the appearance of your floors.

Upright Vacuums

These are the most common type of vacuum cleaner and they are great for cleaning large, clear carpet surfaces. Upright vacuum cleaners are designed with a pump mounted above a suction intake and a bag mounted on a waist-high handle.

To help evenly distribute dust and debris, upright vacuums have mechanisms like mechanical beaters and rotating brushes. An upright vacuum can be a single motor unit or a dual motor unit. When the vacuum has a single motor, the beater brush is driven by the vacuum motor via the belt. On a dual motor unit, the vacuum and beater brush are powered by 2 distinct motors.

Canister Vacuums

The best vacuum for hard-to-reach spots like underneath furniture and flights of stairs is a canister vacuum cleaner . They are designed with a cylindrical main body that contains a motor and a bag or dust cup. This canister unit is attached to the vacuum head by a hose. They are lighter than upright vacuums, offering greater maneuverability.

Bagless Vacuums

For your convenience, bagless vacuum cleaners do not require the purchase of disposable vacuum bags. Before bagless vacuum cleaners became popular, all vacuums  pulled material up from the floor and deposited it in a disposable bag. Although this method was effective, it was a hassle to purchase and replace these bags regularly. Instead, bagless vacuums deposit particles into a container or cup via ducted air. Instead of regularly purchasing disposable bags, the dust container is emptied after every use.

HEPA Vacuums

A vacuum that contains a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter provides a high level of filtration that is beneficial to asthma and allergy sufferers.  HEPA vacuums capture 99.97% of fine dust particles at 0.3 microns or larger. These filters are provided in residential and commercial vacuum cleaners. Remember, a vacuum that features a "true HEPA filter" is usually going to be more effective than one that features a "HEPA-like filter".

Wet/Dry Vacuums

When you need to handle liquid spills, the best vacuum is a wet/dry vacuum.  Wet/dry vacuums are especially designed to accommodate wet and dry soilage. Some even have a switch or exhaust port that reverses the airflow. Reversible airflow is a great function for easy collection of dust or clearing a clogged hose. They usually feature a similar design to an upright or canister vacuum.

Handheld Vacuums

The best vacuum when you desire a lightweight, bagless and easy to maneuver unit is a  cordless handheld vacuum . Most are powerful as compared to uprights, yet the power is wielded in the palm of your hand. They are ideal for quick cleaning of spills, car interiors, stairs and other hard-to-reach areas. A handheld vacuum may feature a cord or it may be cordless. When a model is cordless it is more versatile and convenient for cleaning outside of the home. 

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