Types Of Vacuum Cleaners Overview

Searching for a new vacuum cleaner? It’s important to consider different types of vacuum cleaners to see which best fit your needs.

In this article we outline various types of vacuum cleaners to provide a clear and concise way for you to choose the type that is right for your household.

Upright Vacuum Cleaners

Upright Vacuum Cleaners

This model of machine is probably the most common for vacuums. Upright vacuum cleaners have a cleaning head that runs parallel to the floor, a center section that houses a dust containment system and filter, and a push handle for operation. There are both bagged and bagless upright models, as well as models with different handy attachments. The upright is the best model for covering a lot of ground and can function on carpet, rugs, and hard surfaces.

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Cordless Vacuum - Types of Vacuum Cleaners


Cordless vacuum cleaners are useful for quick jobs and are convenient for those who have limited storage space as they are much smaller than other types of vacuums. Cordless vacuum cleaners come in either a stick vacuum style or a handheld style. One downside of models of this type is that they typically require a relatively long charge time relative to the time they are able to run. For example, a full charge for an average model takes around 12 hours, and the run time is only about 15 minutes.

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Bagless Vacuum - Types of Vacuum Cleaners


Bagless vacuum cleaners take advantage of an empty-able dirt bin to collect debris. Standard vacuums use a vacuum bag for this purpose. The advantage of going for a bagless vacuum is that using bagged vacuum cleaners can be a costly and time consuming experience as you have to buy and replace vacuum bags relatively often.

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Canister Vacuum - Types of Vacuum Cleaners


Compared to other vacuum models, canister vacuum cleaners are generally more versatile and maneuverable. Canister vacuums are usually lighter and smaller compared to their counterparts, making them easy to move and take up less storage space. They typically have a low-profile cleaning head that allows for use in tight spaces as well.

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HEPA Vacuums - Types of Vacuum Cleaners


HEPA refers to a type of vacuum filtration. Spelled out, the acronym is “high-efficiency particulate arrestance,” meaning a specification for collecting dust and debris effectively. In order for a vacuum cleaner to be certified HEPA, if must contain at least 99.97% of the particles it sucks in. This makes machines with HEPA filtration great for keeping your home clean. HEPA machines are especially beneficial for allergy sufferers.

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Handheld Vacuums - Types of Vacuum Cleaners


Handheld vacuum cleaners are small, portable devices that are good for small jobs, use in tight spaces, and detail work. They are particularly helpful for use in automobiles. There are both cordless and corded handheld vacuums, although corded options can be slightly less convenient since they are limited in mobility relative to their cordless counterparts.

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Central Vacuum Systems - Types of Vacuum Cleaners

Central Vacuums

Central vacuum cleaners are systems installed in homes consisting of a power unit, several inlet valves connected to the power unit by PVC tubing, and a 25 to 50 foot hose and accessory package. The power unit is mounted in the garage, basement or any other remote location in your home with the necessary space for the unit to release exhaust, while several inlet valves are installed throughout the house where your hose is connected.

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