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Q: ”Elizabeth” from
I just moved into my first house and I want to get myself a good vacuum.
But which design of vacuum is better? The kind that is upright, or the “pull behind” canister style?
Congratulations on your new home, Elizabeth! And great question - we actually
get it here Queen Vacuum all of the time...but it’s a trick! This question
does not really have a cut and dry answer. It all depends on what type of job
you’re looking to do - how your house is set up and such. A certain
amount of personal preference plays a role too.
Put it this way: A vacuum cleaner is a tool. Like many other tools they come
in a variety of different forms, each for a slightly different purpose. Take
saws for example. A chainsaw is indispensible for hacking off branches or
cutting down a tree, but it’s not the best choice for making a clean, angled
cut for your crown molding! Similarly, every vacuum cleaner has its own share
of strengths and weaknesses.
Vacuums have come a long way, and some quality
brands like Miele offer models that I call
full-fledged, multi-tasking “hybrids!” But generally speaking, most upright
vacuums do a better job on large expanses of carpet, but usually do
not perform well at all (or may even cause damage) on bare/hard floors. Canister
vacuums are typically more versatile, cleaning a variety of floor
surfaces effectively, as well as dusting above-the-floor. The downside is
that they can be cumbersome to drag around and usually run more expensive
than uprights. Yet regardless of a machine’s performance features or
abilities, it is useless if its user can’t physically handle it, has no place
to store it, or just doesn’t like it (ah, the personal preference part).
If you’re contemplating the purchase of a new vacuum, I implore you to do a
little “homework” first. For example, at Queen Vacuum, we offer our
customers a simple pre-purchase questionnaire
to fill out. It’s pretty cool! Your honest answers allow us to see what
type of cleaning challenges your vacuum will need to face, what your likes
and dislikes are, and how all of these criteria rank against each other in
priority. This allows your salesperson to make a much more appropriate
suggestion for which vacuums fits your personal criteria best. The rest is up
Indeed, there are a number of other important characteristics that can have a
dramatic effect on how well a certain model of vacuum will perform in your
home, aside from the general format (upright vs. canister). In fact, If
you’ve ever bought a vacuum and later come to hate it for any reason - you
should understand how the smallest overlooked criteria can come back to annoy
the heck out of you later! That’s why it always pays to think carefully ahead
of time, and consult experts to help you understand your options.
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