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First Time Buying A Vacuum Cleaner? Learn What The Differences Are

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If you're living on your own for the first time, you're likely looking for your first vacuum cleaner. You might think that you can just go to the store and purchase the cheapest one. But once you get there, it can be intimidating to find that it isn't as easy as that. Various styles and types are available, so it can be confusing to learn which one is the vacuum for you. This guide shows you the differences between vacuum cleaners so you can help make the best decision based on your needs.

Upright Vacuums

Upright vacuums are an excellent choice for carpeted areas. They typically have a wide cleaning path that features furniture and wall bumpers to prevent damage to these areas.

One benefit many upright vacuums offer is that they are self-propelled, making the chore a little easier. Most models include attachments for curtains, furniture, and the corners of your walls and ceiling.

Canister Vacuums

Canister vacuums are ideal for hard floors such as tile, hardwood and laminate. Canister vacuums generally have an equally wide cleaning path as an upright vacuum; however, canisters are able to instantly go between bare flooring and carpet making them ideal for mixed-floor homes. Most canister vacuums come standard with a retractable cord and attachments for upholstery, dusting and a bare floor brush.

Broom Vacuums

Broom vacuums are ideal for small, hard floor spaces such as apartments. These vacuums are generally lightweight, quiet and small, which make storage easy and are easy for quick pick-ups. Broom vacuums are bagless, which can be convenient, however, if you need to clean a large area you may have to empty a broom vacuum more frequently.


In addition to the style of vacuum cleaner to you desire, there are also a few other things to consider when making your choice. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. HEPA Filter: These filters are ideal for allergen reduction as they remove the majority of microscopic allergens from the air. These filters are not available for all vacuum models, so be sure to ask about them when shopping.
  2. Attachments: Some vacuum models come with various attachments. The most standard are hoses, extension wands, upholstery brushes and agitator brushes. Consider your house cleaning needs when deciding which attachments to look for.
  3. Handhelds for smaller jobs: If you need something for just a quick pick up or stair touch up and do not wish to drag out the whole vacuum, pick up a handheld vacuum as well. These are ideal since they are small and lightweight. They are typically cordless and rechargeable.

Take the time to test various vacuum types in the store so you can consider weight, mobility and power. Ask a local house cleaning service (such as A-1 Maid Service Inc) about which vacuum would be best for you to purchase. They can help you choose the right one, because they have likely used a variety of styles in the homes that they clean.