What is the best vacuum cleaner for your needs? What once seemed like such a simple question to answer is now no longer so simple, with the introduction of different types and styles of vacuum cleaners that are equipped with different features and technologies. In this article, we hope to demystify the world of vacuum cleaners for you as a smart consumer.
Cylinder vacuums and upright vacuums
Cylinder vacuums are the more traditional vacuums we see around. They are cheaper compared to the upright vacuums, and they are also quite useful in vacuuming uneven spaces or corners, such as upholstery or stairs.
Upright vacuums, on the other hand, are easier to use and control because of their upright design. Upright vacuums are also often equipped with a brush bar that is extremely effective in dealing with carpeted areas where dirt and dust may have gotten deep into carpet fibers.
Bag and Bagless vacuum cleaners
Some vacuum cleaners are equipped with dust bags that serve as a compartment to store the dirt and mess that the vacuum cleaner picks up. Having a removable bag storage as a feature for your vacuum cleaner does make the cleaning and disposal process easier because all you would need to do is replace the bag. The bag also helps to keep all the dirt and dust contained, making the cleaning process more hygienic, and providing extra protection for those in your household who may suffer from allergies.
One downside vacuum cleaners that have removable bags is that once the bag is full, the performance of the vacuum cleaner begins to suffer. You would need to provide new dust bags every so often, and if you are dealing with extensive carpeting, requiring more than one bag to clean, it can be quite expensive in the long run, particularly with daily vacuuming.
Bagless vacuum cleaners, on the other hand, work with the use of a filter that traps the dirt and dust, but instead of being directed to a bag, these are separated from the air trap and directed towards a canister through a “cyclonic action.” These canisters are usually clear so you can see what’s inside. You will know if you have picked up objects that you may not want to get rid of, and because the canister is clear, you will also know when it’s full and needs to be emptied.
Cleaning out the canisters of bagless vacuums can be quite messy, and it isn’t quite as convenient as the simple bag replacements of vacuum cleaners with removable bags. And on the one hand, because you will not have to keep purchasing replacement bags, it isn’t quite as costly to keep using bagless filters. But should the filter get damaged, having it fixed or repaired can be quite expensive.