What Are The Different Types Of Vacuums?

What are the different types of vacuums

Unless your needs are unusual, Viewpoints recommends the bagged upright vacuum because of its versatility and durability. We outline the pros and cons of all types.

There are all different types of vacuums: bag-less, upright, canister, handheld, the list goes on and on. So how do you choose between them? Lets take a look at all of the different choices you have, effectively answering the question, what are the different types of vacuums?

The choices

Upright vacuums

Upright vacuums are the most powerful vacuums on the market. There are bag-less and bagged options, both of which are best for pile carpet and easy to store. This vacuum type does have a couple of cons, though, since they are usually heavy and therefore hard to get up the stairs, and can’t be used on damp areas.

Canister vacuums

Cannister vacuums usually have longer hoses and cords than their upright counterparts. They are also known to be the best vacuums for hardwood floors and stairs. Attachments to these vacuums also tend to work better than upright attachments. However, these vacuums also take up more storage space and can be awkward to drag around the house.

Handheld vacuums

Handheld vacuums are great for hard-to-reach areas and can clean up larger particles than your more traditional vacuum since they have a larger mouth. However, battery models run down quickly and these vacuums are much less powerful.

Stick vacuums

Stick vacuums are great for dorms or small spaces and clean up quick spells very well. However, they are difficult to rely on as your only vacuum since they don’t stand up to heavy use.

Cyclonic (bagless) vacuums

Cyclonic vacuums clean without bags and using high suction. Without the expense of bags, this option has all the advantages of the upright with a lower day-to-day cost. However, the filtration of dust can be problematic and some models have expensive filters and parts.

Wet/dry vacuums

Wet/dry vacuums are versatile, so they can suck up dust bunnies and clean up wet spills. They are also bagless and works on most floor types including tile, wood and carpet. However, these vacuums won’t clean pile rugs and are generally bigger to maneuver and store.

Robotic vacuums

Robotic vacuums will run around the floor in a pre-set fashion and can sense obstacles in order to maneuver around them. They will also work when you’re not at home. However, they have a smaller dust bin and sorter charge time. They are also not ideal for home with children or pets.

Carpet steam cleaners

Carpet steam cleaners use water to create steam for deep cleaning of all surfaces. On the one hand they clean dirt, germs and pet hair that other vacuums leave behind. On the other hand, steam cleaners can clog and you must work very slowly for it to clean properly. They are also not recommended for pet stains.

Carol Fowler Carol Fowler (53 Posts)

Carol's background is broadcast journalism, and for nearly two years, she led the content team at Viewpoints. In 2014, Carol co-founded Queue Digital to help news organizations leverage the explosion in mobile to grow a new audience for their awesome content.