How to Choose Between an Upright and a Canister When Shopping for Vacuums?

If it is time for a new vacuum cleaner, you have two main choices: an upright or canister vacuum cleaner. Most people might think that a choice like this is not very difficult, but the truth is, there is a lot to know about these two vacuum cleaner types and both of them have their pros and cons. What might be right for you might not be right for someone else, so it can be very worth your time to get to know the advantages and considerations of an upright and canister vacuum cleaner.

Upright Vacuum Cleaner - Advantages

There is a lot to be said about the advantages of an upright vacuum. These vacuums are more traditional than other vacuums, people are comfortable using them, and they are quite convenient. Many times upright vacuum cleaners will also be more affordable than a canister vacuum cleaner with the same features. You can usually switch from carpet to bare floors with just a touch of a button when you have an upright vacuum cleaner (like the SEBO Felix) and there is almost never any bending, which can be important if you have mobility issues. You might also find that in most cases uprights have a wider cleaning path than a canister vacuum cleaner, and they can easily move from room to room with no major problems. Finally, uprights are usually easier to empty too, no matter if you have a bin or use vacuum cleaner bags. This probably all sounds great, right? So why would you choose another vacuum cleaner? Well, uprights have some considerations you might want to keep in mind too.

Upright Vacuum Cleaner - Considerations

In many cases upright vacuum cleaners can be louder than canister models, which could cause issues in some households. These vacuum cleaners are not as versatile as a canister vacuum and most (not all) are designed to only clean carpeting verses a canister that can handle carpeting and hardwood. An upright vacuum cleaner can also have difficulties getting into tight spaces and along walls, but if you choose one with the right attachments, this might not be an issue. They are also tall which could lead to storage problems in some homes.

Canister Vacuum Cleaners - Advantages

One of the best features of a canister vacuum cleaner is that it is highly portable and very lightweight. This is important to many people who are looking for a new vacuum for their home. Another big advantage of a canister vacuum cleaner over an upright is that they are generally more versatile and powerful. You will also find that you can easily get under couches, tables and other hard to reach places very easily with a canister vacuum cleaner, something that's harder with an upright vacuum cleaner. Canister models are also usually smaller, easier to store and not as loud as upright models. They can handle all types of flooring; from carpets to hardwood floors and tile.

Canister Vacuum Cleaners - Considerations

As with uprights, there are a few considerations to keep in mind when it comes to canister vacuums. For example, typically a canister vacuum will be a bit more expensive than their upright counterparts. You will also need to pull the vacuum behind you as you clean, something that critics of this model do not necessarily like so its vital to look for a canister vacuum that's easy to use with caster wheel like the SEBO D4.

As you can see, there are some great advantages to both types of vacuums, but also some considerations to keep in mind. Because of this, it is recommended that you take a look at your lifestyle, your homes cleaning needs, if you have pets and your flooring type to see which style might be best for you. For example, if you only have one floor of carpet, an upright might be perfect, but if you have two or more floors, you might be better off with a canister vacuum. It is going to be best if you locate a retailer, like GoVacuum, and check out the information and selection they have available. Then you can choose the right model for you. If you need help selecting a vacuum cleaner you can always contact us at 1-888-468-2210 for free advice.