Types of Vacuums and Their Functions

These days, I walk into the electrical store and I see different vacuum models and brands. I enjoy chatting with the salesperson and act like I’ve no experience whatsoever in buying vacuum, just to see what he/she would recommend based on my needs! After doing this a few times, I’ve compiled a list of the types of vacuums and their most suitable functions (a million thanks to the helpful salespersons I’ve met in different stores!)

In general, a vacuum can work on different surfaces (unless specified) and they are built to be portable and user-friendly. I’m awed at the fact that vacuums come in different size, shape, and design to meet specific purposes. To know which one suit you best, here’s a list of vacuum type and function:

1. Upright Vacuum

Good for carpets but most models today can work on wood floor, tiled floor, and hard surfaces. Overall, they are cheaper than canister vacuums. Since it is upright, you don’t have to bend over much and you can keep a comfortable posture when vacuuming. Most models also come with soft bristles to avoid floor scratches. More advanced models include pet hair removal feature and good filtration system, making it more popular among pet owners. Here’s my review on Best Upright Vacuum Cleaner.

2. Canister Vacuum

Canister models are a popular choice because they are practical. With a wide range of price, you get to choose a model (and brand) that suits you best. They also work on carpet and floor surface, giving a thorough cleaning because of the better suction power. They come in bag or bagless feature and most models have a more compact design these days. Easy to store and lightweight, they are easy to lug around house or office space. Check out my review on Best Canister Vacuum Cleaner.

3. Stick Vacuum

Ideal for light-duty cleaning, stick vacuum or Sweeper conveniently replaces the traditional carpet sweeper. They work best on bare floors but can be used for light cleanups on carpet. Storage is easy because it’s designed to be lightweight and compact. It is also not expensive. Read my post on the best stick vacuum: Vacuum Cleaner Best Buy.

4. Robotic Vacuum

This is ideal for those who have no time to clean or in need of quick house cleaning. This vacuum power on with a button press and helps you save time by roaming the house on its own while picking up dirt and dust. This is an impressive technology that does the cleaning for you while you are busy doing something else. However, they are expensive. The models can range anywhere between $190 to more than $300. I think that it’s good for long term use. Here’s my recommendation on the best robot vacuum: Best Robotic Vacuum Cleaners.

I have a few other tips (4 Ways to Keep Your Vacuum Cleaner in Tip Top Condition) that you can read and share with your friends. Overall, choosing the most suitable vacuum is important because you are making an investment here; so do give your money its worth! Go back to my Top Vacuum Cleaner main page for more vacuum cleaner reviews or go to my post here for carpet cleaner reviews.

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