Best Vacuum Cleaners
Julie Rosenfeld serves as an Administrative Assistant for Aaron’s Quality Cleaners, a carpet-cleaning company that services the Fresno and Clovis (CA) areas. She is the author of “Julie’s Corner” and provides information and perspective on topics related to the carpet-cleaning industry.
January 23, 2013
One of the most frequently asked questions we receive as a carpet cleaner is, “What type of vacuum cleaner should I buy?” We get that question so often that we finally broke down and did some serious research on the issue. It turns out there are an infinite number of factors involved in choosing a vacuum cleaner. Most of these can be placed in the category of personal preference. Things like what type of tools the vacuum comes equipped with, vacuum cleaner weight, etc.
The primary factor you will need to consider is whether you prefer an upright vacuum cleaner or a canister style vacuum cleaner. Here are some of the pros and cons of each:
1. Upright: The Pros – It’s terrific at vacuuming carpets due to its rotating brush bar and high power. High end models are also terrific on hard floor surfaces. Uprights are easily adjustable for long or short fibered carpets. Also, the attachments often fit right on the back for convenient access. The Cons – They are not very practical for cleaning stairs as the hoses tend to be short and you cannot rest the vacuum on the stairs while you clean. Uprights are often bulky and heavy. This can make it difficult to maneuver and clean under furniture or hard-to-reach places. Unless they come with a small mobile canister, you cannot use an upright for upholstery or automobile cleaning.
2. Canister: The Pros – They maneuver great! Canisters are known for their ability to reach those hard-to-reach places. They are lightweight for carrying up and down stairs and they store well in closets. They come with a large variety of cleaning tools and work well on differing floor surfaces. Also, when used with a HEPA filter, they can really cut down on dust and allergies that often result from vacuuming. The Cons – Many people just don’t like to pull canisters along behind them. Too vigorous of a tug, and your heel or furniture may feel the brunt of it. They are also generally more expensive to purchase than uprights.
Once you’ve decided between these two styles of vacuum cleaners, then you will need to decide whether you prefer a vacuum cleaner with a bag or without. Here are the pros and con’s regarding this decision:
1. Bagged: The Pros – It’s simple. When the bag gets full you change it. There isn’t a lot of contact with the dirt. No dusty mess or filters to clean. The Cons – You have to change the bag and of course buy bags on a regular basis. Also, it can often be difficult to tell when the bag is full.
2. Bag-less: The Pros – You can see the dirt that has just been cleaned out of your carpet. Also, if you happen to vacuum up anything by accident, you can easily retrieve it from the dust container. There are no bags to buy. The Cons – Emptying the dirt container can be messy. People often complain that dust is released back into the air or face. There is usually a filter that needs to be replaced or washed regularly. This can be more expensive than the cost of bags.
Everyone has their own set of preferences when it comes to the vacuuming process. The above options are just that. Options. Choose what works best for you and your household.
Now for the vacuum cleaners themselves. After searching numerous websites, surveys and user reviews, we came up with the following list of high quality vacuum cleaners in each of the above categories. Please note that although these are all considered excellent choices for your everyday vacuuming needs, they are by no means the limit of all the great vacuum cleaners out there. Happy hunting!
- Lightweight upright vacuum cleaner with WindTunnel Technology for consistent suction
- Five position height adjustment; 13-1/2-inch-wide nozzle; no-scuff bumper
- 27-foot retractable power cord; rinse-clean filter and permanent HEPA filter
- Includes extension wand, crevice tool, upholstery/dusting brush, and powered hand tool
- Measures approximately 12 by 16 by 44 inches; 2-year limited warranty
- Windtunnel Technology – removes embedded dirt and minimizes blowback and scatter on carpet
- Intuitive Power controls – high/low speed control is illuminated and conveniently positioned right at your fingertips
- HEPA Media bag comes installed in vacuum- HEPA media traps 99.97% of dust and pollens down to 0.3 microns
- Self-Sealing bag eliminates dirt puffs when changing the bag
- Bag check indicator shows when the bag needs to be changed. Available with a canister for $250
- Upright bagless vacuum cleaner with lightweight design and smooth-gliding wheels
- Infinity Technology keeps dirt off the filter for consistent suction power
- Ergonomic grip; power nozzle with on/off brush roll for carpets and bare-floor surfaces
- Includes super-stretch hose, dusting brush, 2 crevice tools, turbo power brush, and lifetime filters
Measures approximately 12-3/5 by 10-1/5 by 35-2/5 inches; 5-year limited warranty
- Air Clean filter
- Dusting brush, upholstery tool and crevice nozzle on VarioClip
- 29.5-feet cleaning radius
- Classic combination carpet/smooth floor tool recommended for low pile carpeting, rugs and smooth flooring
- Sealed HEPA Filtration
- Multi-Surface Deep Clean Powerhead
- Ultra Quiet
- Cleans Carpets & Bare Floors
- On-Board Tools Included
- Motorized compression system compacts dirt and greatly reduces the dust cloud when emptying the bin allowing you to pick up three times more dirt before emptying versus non-compressor models
- Dual Force suction uses two additional air pathways to pick up dirt from both sides in addition to the traditional center section creating a wider suction area
- Dual Force suction motorized tool bar uses an additional motor to spin the brush bar for better cleaning performance
- 21 foot long auto rewind cord
- Includes a 2 in 1 crevice tool/dusting brush, and a telescopic wand