A lot of people have difficulty choosing whether to get an upright vacuum cleaner or a canister vacuum cleaner. Both types deliver effective performance on various surfaces. Likewise, both types serve different purposes.
Upright Vacuum Cleaners:
An upright vacuum cleaner is just in one piece and is usually much lighter than canister vacuum cleaners. They are easy to use especially when vacuuming large carpets areas and hallways. The cleaner is upfront which appeals to most users. Pricewise, they tend to be less expensive too. These type of vacuum cleaners are known for their superiority in cleaning carpeted surfaces rather than other types of surfaces such as wood, tile, or concrete.
The upright is also easy to store because it is compact. More so, for an upright, a number of tools and options are available such as dirt sensors, and self-propelled options. No need to worry about long hoses and brushes as these are mostly found in canister models.
Compared to canister types, upright models tend to be much louder. This is quite acceptable with the users because they prefer this more as this is easier to manoeuvre on carpet versus the canister. They also are unable to truly get under and around furniture easily. Many models do come with filtration systems, but these are not as good as the ones in canisters. Finally, they are heavier and more difficult to manoeuvre on stairs.
Canister Vacuum Cleaners:
Canister vacuum Cleaners is smaller and easy to push around with its hose and wand making it far easier to get around and under furniture. Its suction power is excellent and they have a superior filtering system as many canisters offer HEPA filtration. Lastly, they are compact and easy to store in a closet.
However, one must accept the following points: Canisters follows behind their hose. Thus, it can hit furniture and with this, may slightly damage it. It comes with different cleaning head attachments that may need to be used on the different surfaces to be cleaned like floors, tiles or carpets. For others, this may be a frustrating task if it has to be done multiple times throughout the cleaning process.
Uprights have some negative aspects to them also. They are unable to truly get under and around furniture easily. The hose and attachments can accomplish this, but many times the reach on these is not very long. Many models do come with filtration systems, but these are not as good as the ones in canisters. Finally, they are heavier and more difficult to manoeuvre on stairs.
Finding the right vacuum cleaner is a personal thing, so all of the positive and negative points should be weighed before making a purchase.