Before you can make the correct choice in purchasing your vacuum, you have to become with familiar with all the different kinds of vacuums that exist on the market today — and believe me, there are a lot.
So let’s do a quick overview, shall we?
Upright. This here is your traditional vacuum cleaner, the one you’re likely to find in all your friends and families houses. See that picture above? That’s an upright vac. As you may have guessed, the unit sits in an upright position, allowing you to push it around your floors. These types of vacs are generally more powerful — better suction — but also tend to weigh a bit more and cost a little bit more money. Regardless, they’re by far the most popular type of vacuum on the market today.
Handheld. You’re all familiar with handheld vacuums; likely you refer to it as a “dust-buster”, if you’re anything like me. These types of vacuums are for those quick, small clean up jobs, like if you spilled some cereal on your floor, or tracked some mud into your house on the bottom of your shoes. Handheld vacs are also useful in cars, since they’re portable and can be taken anywhere.
Canister. A canister vacuum kind of falls in between the other two types — they’re generally smaller and lighter than an upright vac, but not nearly as small as a handheld unit. The benefit of using a canister vac is that they’re pretty easy to maneuver around your home, they’re reasonably priced, and their suction power is on par.
So what do we recommend? Well, as usual, it comes down to personal preference and need. More likely than not, you’re going to be best suited for an upright vac. But if you like in an apartment and have less space, a canister unit may be your best option.