FAQ About Upright Vacuums
One day we can choose homes that come with self-cleaning features. But until that fine time comes, a hardy upright vacuum can help us fight dirt, dust, and dander. Upright vacuum cleaners boast the cleaning power to thoroughly clean various surfaces and tackle large areas, while remaining compact enough for easy storage. Find out how these cleaning workhorses can make housework less of a chore.
What are upright vacuums best used for?
If you have mostly carpeted floors and want a vacuum that's easy to manoeuvre without having to bend too much, an upright vacuum is the right machine for the job. It runs on wheels, rollers, or swivel casters so you can turn, push and pull with ease, while an efficient brush combs the carpet pile for dirt. It often has a large capacity, so you don't need to empty the container unit or change the bag as often. Since it's so efficient, it's also great for area rugs and hard floors.
What should I consider when shopping for an upright vacuum?
Depending on your household needs, you may want to look at convenience features, performance, and accessories and attachments to clean different surfaces.
Bagged versus bagless
Either design won't diminish the performance of your vacuum cleaner, but each type has its own perks. Bagless models offer the convenience of simply removing and emptying the bin, making them more cost-effective and kinder to Mother Nature. Bagged versions, on the other hand, tend to have bigger capacities and seal dust away more effectively. If you have allergies, bagged designs will help contain those pesky particles that tickle your nose.
Pets, allergies and asthma
Since vacuums expel air as they operate, a washable filter will help ensure dust and allergens don't go back to the airflow. Upright models with genuine HEPA filtration are ideal if you have seasonal allergies, or are sensitive to dust and mites. These channel the dirty airstream through a fine mesh or sieve that trap tiny particles.
Consider how you'll use the machine. While many upright vacuums are designed to smoothly steer and move around the house, they can vary in weight from 1kg to 9.5kg. A powerful and lightweight upright is the best solution for multilevel cleaning, though it may come with fewer attachments. Cordless stick vacuums offer the most portability, so you can move from floor to floor and clean nooks and crannies with ease.
A wide variety of features and options are making upright vacuums useful tools for cleaning hard surfaces like wood, stone or ceramic floors, upholstery, drapery, and hard-to-reach areas. Depending on the features you opt for, you can be looking at anywhere from a basic stick vacuum in the low $100s to heftier machines with all the bells and whistles upwards of $700. Some handy features include suction control, an adjustable cleaner head, on/off brush switch, crevice tools, and dusting brushes for cleaning versatility. Also consider decibel level to avoid waking the neighbours when the cleaning bug bites.
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