Which one to pick – Upright Vacuum or Canister Vacuum?
Many users get confused when it comes to decide which type to buy as the best fit – upright vacuum or canister vacuum. Practically, the decision lies on the individual needs and personal preferences. However, knowing the types well and the pros and cons of each type may help potential buyers make a quick purchasing decision.
Upright vacuum cleaners employ a motor and a suction head in one unit that’s pushed in front of the user; Canister vacuum cleaners are engineered with a wheeled body and that is pulled behind the user. A hose and a nozzle are connected to the body of a canister vacuum.
Pros of Upright Vacuum Cleaners:
• Upright vacuums are convenient to slide out of the closet, glide over the floors and placing it neatly. Those employing self-propelled feature make it even easier to move forward and backward. Floor cleaning becomes virtually effortless.
• Some upright models incorporate the reach and maneuverability of the canister featuring a long hose and attachments. These features help users to reach under furniture and into corners, clean upholstery, and even clean bare floors without the traditional upright kickback of dust, other particles and debris onto the feet. A quite good number of uprights available today feature telescoping hoses that reach 15 feet and even more – enough to cover most staircases.
• The majority of uprights has dual motors and allows transition between a beater head for carpets and a static suction suited to bare floors. With just the tap of a foot switch, this type allows users to switch off the brush roll motor during hardwood floor cleaning and clean the floor without the brush-roll scattering the dirt. Some people have difficulty bending over to use a canister. For them emptying an upright is easier, be it a bagged or a modern bagless one.
• Upright vacuum cleaners provide a wider cleaning path than canisters. Those having homes with large open areas, uprights are a much better candidate to consider.
• Uprights tend to be less expensive than canisters. The bags or dirt containers are also usually bigger than their counterparts in the canister category. With an upright, users do not need to replace the bag or empty the dirt cup very often. If the users are suffering from back pains, they may consider to buy an upright as it is easier to empty an upright.
• Upright vacuums are sometimes preferred by its proponents as, generally, an upright bag will collect more debris than a canister bag as the bags or dirt containers are also usually larger than their counterparts in canister types. Proponents consider it time and money saver as it does not require them to frequently replace the bag.
Cons of Upright Vacuum Cleaners:
• Upright vacuum cleaners are criticized as it gives difficulty to users in reaching into tight spaces. However, this complaint is negated or proved false as many uprights today have the detachable hoses with specialty attachments.
• Some users complain that uprights are way too heavy to carry up and down stairs – especially for the frail.
• Perhaps the upright vacuum’s greatest flaw is its sheer bulk, making it harder to carry. However, even to negate this complaint, there are lightweight models available today.
Pros of Canister Vacuum Cleaners:
• Canister lovers love the convenience of vacuuming under low-profile furniture like coffee tables that this type allows.
• Another advantage of canister vacuum is that even very small houses can afford to store it. It can be tucked very neatly into a tiny closet.
• Canisters that come with a retractable cord is even more preferred as it eliminates the boring task of wrapping the cord around the unit before storing.
• This vacuum is preferred by many for its compact and lightweight design which makes the job of moving up and down stairs easier.
• Proponents consider this type easier to maneuver than uprights and love for its greater versatility. Featured with a long flexible hose, wand and various attachments, canisters are ideal for above the floor cleaning, tall furniture like bookcases or ceiling areas.
• Canisters generate less noise than uprights as they employ a wheeled barrel to allow a better sound insulation.
• Canisters also give a special advantage. If its power head breaks, there is no need to fix the entire unit as this can be solved by easily replacing the attachment.
Cons of Canister Vacuum Cleaners:
• Users who have used both a canister and an upright opine that canisters require more energy y to haul the unit from behind than to glide an upright ahead of them.
• Critics also cite the tiresome manual task of switching between the separate heads for carpet and bare floors.
• In general, average price of canister vacuum cleaners are more than upright vacuum cleaners of similar quality.