Vacuum Cleaners

Choosing the right vacuum cleaner can go a long way towards keeping your carpets and hardwood floors looking their best

Vacuum Cleaners

When choosing a vacuum cleaner it’s important to consider whether you need one that can handle both carpeted and hardwood floors, If you’ll be cleaning stairs, upholstery, or draperies, if you prefer a bagged or bagless model, and whether you or any members of your household suffer from allergies or asthma.

Upright Vacuum Cleaners

Uprights are self-contained units with the hose, power brush, vacuum bag or dirt cup and motor housed together in one body.

  • Well-suited for carpet cleaning
  • Most models can be adjusted to accommodate the height of the carpet
  • Built-in hoses allow for cleaning of upholstery, stairs and other surfaces
  • Look for brush on/off switch for cleaning bare floors without causing damage
  • Motorized pet brushes remove hair and dander
  • Lightweight models improve maneuverability and are easier to transport

Canister Vacuums

Canister vacuums offer flexible cleaning power with a main unit that houses the motor and vacuum bag or dirt cup. A hose connects the main unit to the power brush or appropriate attachment.

  • Often include a variety of separate attachments used for a wide range of tasks
  • Power brushes are often slim enough to get under low-lying furniture
  • Suction control lets you reduce the airflow for use on drapes and curtains
  • On-board tool storage allows easier access to accessories

Robotic Vacuums

Robotic models take care of household messes for you and work best on hard floors and low carpets.

  • Usually includes advanced capabilities that help them plot a course, detect edges and avoid stairs
  • Operates via rechargeable batteries
  • Many are designed to return to the charging station when done cleaning
  • Programmable models can be set to clean at predetermined times

Central Vacuum Systems

Central vacuums are internal cleaning systems that are built directly into the structure of a house. The main unit is installed in a central location and suction ports are placed throughout the home. A long cleaning hose is the attached to the ports.

  • Provides quiet operation
  • Doesn’t require emptying as often as other vacuum types
  • Eliminates the need to lug a heavy machine around
  • Most models have a 30 foot hose or longer for easy cleaning in hard-to-reach areas

Portable and Cordless Vacuums

These portable, lightweight vacuums are designed for light cleaning around your home, vehicle, boat or RV. They work well for quick spills and messes.

  • Cordless designs let you clean anywhere
  • Easy transport and maneuverability
  • Wall-mounted models offer quick, simple access for everyday cleanup

Steam Cleaners/Extractors

These vacuums use heated water and powerful suction to treat tough stains and remove stubborn dirt from carpets.

  • Some units offer separate tanks for clean and soiled water
  • Heat booster feature keeps water warm for easier stain removal
  • Look for unit with one-pass application and extraction for quick cleanup
  • Variable brushes are used to treat more difficult stains
  • Selectable brush speeds allow you to adjust cleaning intensity

Type of Vacuum Common Applications Features to Consider


  • Carpets and rugs
  • Hard floors
  • Furniture
  • Upholstery
  • Stairs
  • Brush on/off function
  • HEPA filtration
  • Built-in hose with included attachments
  • Self-propelled movement
  • Adjustable height
  • Ergonomic handles
  • Lightweight design
  • Bagless dirt storage


  • Carpets and rugs
  • Hard floors
  • Furniture
  • Upholstery
  • Stairs
  • Hard floors attachment
  • Upholstery brush
  • HEPA filtration
  • On-board tool storage
  • Retractable cord
  • Suction control


  • Hard floors
  • Low-pile carpets and rugs
  • Hands-off floor cleaning
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Programmable cleaning schedule


  • Carpets and rugs
  • Hard floors
  • Furniture
  • Upholstery
  • Stairs
  • Long hose
  • Central installation
  • Suction switch
  • Quiet operation


  • Small spills
  • Carpets and rugs
  • Bare floors
  • Stairs
  • Automobiles
  • Lightweight design
  • Cordless models available
  • Wall-mounted storage

Steam Cleaners/ Extractors

  • Deep cleaning
  • Carpets and rugs
  • Furniture
  • Upholstery
  • Hard floors
  • Varied attachments
  • On-board heaters
  • Selectable brush speed
  • Long power cord
  • Hard floor cleaning capabilities
  • Brush type


  • HEPA Filtration. Helps capture a wide variety of dirt and dust particles that can irritate allergies and respiratory ailments.
  • Dirt Sensors. Detects the presence of dirt and lets you know when you have thoroughly removed all dust, dirt and debris from an area.
  • Self-Propelled Motor. Allows you to effortlessly move across the floor and maneuver around furniture with a smooth motion.
  • Bagless Technology. Includes a reusable canister or cup to collect dirt and eliminates the need to buy bags.
  • Telescoping Wands. Gives you a wider reach and allows you to get at areas that are hard to clean.