A canister vacuum cleaner is light in weight, easily portable substitute for an upright vacuum. Nearly all canister vacuums have a rolling tank connected by a flexible hose to a wide nozzle. Numerous canister vacuums also have a tool caddy attached to the canister body, in addition to rotating bristles in the nozzle. Canister vacuums may be used on carpeted surfaces, such as areas that can be difficult to reach with an upright vacuum, for instance, stairs.
Canister vacuums are a versatile choice for those who need to clean multiple surfaces, ranging from carpets to tile to hardwood flooring. Because of an option to turn off the rotating brushes on the main nozzle, many canister vacuums are at ease to use on bare floors. Canister vacuums that have adjustable suction are ideal for the cleaning fabrics as well as rugs.
Canisters are generally easier to push than upright models, but may be harder to store if the flexible hose doesn’t nest on the canister body. Hoses that swivel at the base work most effectively as it’s easy to use and maneuver.
The majority of canister vacuums have some type of filtration system, onboard attachments and retractable power cords. Most feature collection bags, but a few bagless varieties can be found. Although a greater selection of upright vacuums are typically found on store shelves, canister vacuums are slowly gaining in market share and recognition, and have always maintained a loyal following of tried-and-true canister users.
Nearly all canister vacuums have a 1-year warranty that covers parts as well as labor. Some brands give you a 3- to 5-year warranty. Most brands offer an extended warranty for an extra cost.
Tips on Purchasing
Any time you shop for a canister vacuum, look for needs-based features, just like versatile tools if you have a lot of furniture, molding and drapes to clean; longer cords and hoses if you have a large space; and lighter-weight machines if you would like to transport the unit between floors. Preferably, take a vacuum for a test drive and make sure the attachments are really simple to use, the collection canister is easy to empty, and the unit is not hard to maneuver.
In the event that the occupants of your home are allergy prone, consider a HEPA (high efficiency particular air) system. A HEPA system is a sealed filtration system that retains as much as 99 percent of the dirt, dust, pollens and mites encountered throughout vacuuming.
Meticulously examine the brush roll located on the main nozzle. Some units have independent motors that allow the brush roll dig deeper into thick-pile carpet. Others have turbo- or suction-driven brush tools, which have less strength but might still be adequate to meet your requirements. Several models now come with “pet” tools, which are basically handy tools with rotating, agitating brushes marketed to deal with problem pet hair.
Don’t be misled by gimmicky features. Although a vacuum may have a pet hair system or the newest HEPA filtration system, that doesn’t mean it is the best performer. For instance, a vacuum’s ability to collect all the dust, dirt and pollen possible depends just as much on the design of the vacuum as on its filter system. The same applies for dirt sensors. A few canister vacuums have a light-up “dirt sensor.” However, this sensor only indicates when the vacuum has stopped collecting dirt, not necessarily whether there is still dirt remaining in the rug.
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