Vacuum cleaners come in all shapes and sizes, and the right one for your needs is out there waiting for you. Whether it's an upright or full-sized canister or wet or dry vacuum, we've got you and your floors covered. Find the perfect one today.
Uprights and canisters have long been the staples of floor cleaning, but there’s more out there so consider the surfaces you’ll be cleaning. Upright vacuums are generally best-suited for carpets, while canisters more suitable for hard floors. Also think about the weight of the vacuum, with the more attachments you have, the heavier it’ll be to push or pull.
A broom vacuum is good for small homes with hard surface floors, or for people who have difficulty manoeuvring heavier, full-size vacuums. Features include:
Handheld vacuums are convenient for picking up small messes without dragging out the full-size vacuum. They’re lightweight and wall-mountable, come in both corded and cordless models, and are bagless. Extra attachments can include:
Robotic vacuums let you sit back and relax while a machine does all the work for you. These are some of their main benefits:
Wet/dry vacuums are no longer just for the workshop. Over time, their technology has improved. When you buy a wet/dry vacuum, you need to learn about their details. They're available in a variety of sizes and horsepower, ranging from 6 to 22 gallons and from 1.5 to 10.5 HP. The capacity of the vacuum should match your needs.
Wall-mount vacuums with 1.5 HP and a one-gallon tank are available for quick and easy cleanup jobs, and they can be hung up for out-of-the-way storage. A six-gallon vacuum accommodates small jobs and is easier to manoeuvre and store than a larger model, but smaller ones (fewer than 10 gallons) can be louder and more prone to tipping. The smaller the tank, the more often it has to be emptied. A higher capacity (greater than 10 gallons and four to six HP) is recommended for your workshop to clean up large spills. The larger tank capacity decreases the number of times it has to be emptied.
A pleated cartridge filter is rinseable and reusable. It provides more filtration area than a flat filter and doesn’t have to be removed when switching from the dry to wet vacuum function. Look for an automatic shut-off mechanism is available on most high-quality vacuums. It automatically shuts off the motor when the tank is full of water. Wide-set wheels help prevent the vacuum from tipping over. Some larger wet/dry vacuums (greater than 16 gallons and at least a 6.25 HP motor) have the ability to convert to a leaf blower. A drain valve or spout makes emptying the vacuum easier. Otherwise, the lid is removed and the tank is tipped to the side for emptying. Wide hoses and floor nozzles are pluses — the wider they are, the less likely the vacuum is to clog.
If not provided with the vacuum you choose, the following replacement accessories are available.
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If you want to go the extra mile on keeping flooring in great condition, other options to consider include hard surface floor steam cleaners and deep-cleaning vacuums.
Steam vacuums can be used on hard surface floors and carpets and are good for cleaning spills, stains, and other accidents.
Bags: If your floor care product requires bags, be sure to keep the style number of the bag in an easy-to-remember place. You'll thank yourself later when it comes time to buy refills.
Amperage: When choosing a vacuum, don't use the amount of amperage as a deciding factor. Amperage is the amount of electricity the motor uses, not the suction power.