Choosing the right vacuum cleaner for you. Should I buy a canister, upright or central vacuum? A look at the Montreal market and living space. Part 1 The Upright Vacuum.
Before choosing the brand of vacuum to buy one should first choose the style of vacuum cleaner that best suits their needs. Often times people will just buy the same style of vacuum cleaner as they had prior to their new one. I would personally advise all my clients to try each one out and then choose the vacuum which is best for them. There are many advantages and disadvantages to each type of cleaner and what works for someone can easily not work for someone else.
This is the most popular style of vacuum cleaner in the United States, however it has been steadily been losing market share to the more versatile cannister style unit. I would recommend this unit for a 1 storey home (ranch style) or an apartment. It is the easiest of all the vacuum cleaners to use, just plug in the machine and you're ready to go. Saying that, it certainly is not the most versatile unit and can be cumbersome to move around furniture. The motor also loses suction as there is 2 suction ports 1(at the bottom of the machine which can not be closed (where the brush is, and 1 where the attachments are.
- Easy to use. (plug in and vacuum)
- Picks up well on carpets.
- Takes up little Storage Space.
- Not as versatile as other vacuum styles.
- Works better on carpets than on solid surfaces.
- Cumbersome and Heavy. (especially on the stairs)
- A home or condo with only 1 floor, with heavily carpeted cleaning surfaces.
- Commercial use as less attachments mean less things to break.
- No nonsense cleaning with little repairs.
NOT RECOMMENDED FOR
- A multi storey home (as it’s heavy to bring up and down stairs, and clean carpets on the staircase)
- Someone who constantly uses attachments (the quality of these attachments are always worst, and the air-watts from the motor suffers from having 2 suction ports)
- Someone who has mostly hard flooring surfaces.
I would say that the Upright Vacuum cleaner is probably my least favorite of the vacuum models. I feel that it’s negatives certainly outweigh its benefits especially with more and more people changing their carpets to hard surfaces. There is a reason why the Upright model has been losing market share to the canister style in the United States this past decade and in my opinion it has lot’s to do with how the canister machine is much more versatile.
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