How to Choose a Vacuum: Upright or Canister?

It’s important to have the best tools for cleaning your carpet. The importance of cleaning your cleaning tools can’t be understated, but first and foremost, you want to make sure you have the right cleaning equipment. This is true when buying a new vacuum cleaner.

Vacuum cleaners are more complicated than ever with countless new attachments, features, settings and more. While some of the bells and whistles have changed over the years, the two primary vacuum styles remain the same: upright and canister.

Before deciding to purchase an upright vacuum cleaner or a canister vacuum cleaner, you will want to know the differences between the two:

Upright Vacuum Cleaners

Upright vacuums typically have a revolving brush with either one or two motors to drive the brush and provide suction. The vacuum is operated with a pushing motion as opposed to the pulling motion canisters require.

Upright vacuum cleaners are particularly useful for synthetic, manmade carpet fibers such as nylon and polyester and work extremely well on smoother, low cut piles. In fact, if the upright model allows the ability to turn off the brush, it can also be used for hardwood or tile floors.

For the most part, upright vacuums are the more traditional options between the two standard styles.

Canister Vacuum Cleaners

Canister vacuum cleaners are largely known for their various attachments and whether or not they feature a power head or power nozzle on the base unit.

Canister vacuum cleaners without a power head simply use a suction motor and non-revolving brush to clean smoother surfaces, whereas models that feature power heads also feature revolving brushes and multiple motors.

Compared to upright vacuums, canisters are much more versatile due to their many attachments and are growing in popularity.

Canister attachments often allow the ability to clean multiple surface types, including stairs, ceiling and window panels, and can be used to clean hard to maneuver areas such as in corners or underneath furniture.

No matter the type of vacuum you choose, you want to be sure you are vacuuming the best way possible, including using a diagonal back-and-forth pattern. And, you will still want to hire a professional carpet cleaner in Waukesha at least once every 12-18 months in order to deep clean the carpet fibers vacuum cleaners are unable to reach.

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