I’d like to discuss the basic differences between vacuums. There are upright vacuums, canister vacuums, hand vacuums, stick or quick broom vacuums, and shop vacuums. This covers the vacuums the average home owner would own but doesn’t encompass commercial type vacuums.
Upright vacuums are easy to use and for the most part do a great job vacuuming carpet. Many have tools allowing a person to do above the floor cleaning. Because upright vacuums move the dirt a relatively short distance they don’t require a large motor. When measuring the straight suction on an upright vacuum they don’t have near the suction a canister vacuum does. A canister vacuum has to pull the dirt far further so consequently they have larger motors. The only time this is a benefit is if you’re cleaning hard surface floors or doing above the floor cleaning. Canister vacuums can be either straight suction or with a motorized power nozzle. If you’re going to be cleaning carpet I highly recommend a canister with a power nozzle. If your house is all hard surface floors a straight suction canister is adequate. When you own a canister with a power nozzle it’s like owning two vacuums in one. This is also why they tend to be more expensive. Quick broom vacuums are great for hard surface floors but shouldn’t be used as your primary vacuum. They are light and easy to use but their suction is limited. Hand vacuums are great for quick small jobs, stairs, cars, and furniture. Realize hand vacuums have limited suction and if it doesn’t include a brush roll it won’t be as effective. Also battery power on a hand vacuum limits you to a short window of time to accomplish your task. Shop vacuums are great for the basement, garage, and cleaning up home improvement projects. Many can be used for wet or dry pick up. Make sure you have the correct filter in place for the job you’re doing. If you’re in St Louis and need help purchasing the right vacuum stop into our St. Louis Vacuum Store and let our knowledgeable staff help you.