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Upright Vacuum Cleaners
- Good for picking up pet hair
- Easier to store
- Covers large areas quickly
- Often has a larger capacity than cylinders
- Can be noisy
- Heavier than cylinder vacuums
- Difficult to use on stairs
Unlike cylinder vacuum cleaners, upright vacuums don’t have the hose section that can be difficult to store away neatly. Instead, the upright vacuum cleaners have a rigid structure, which requires a good amount of cupboard space. Therefore it is important to think about the space of where you will be storing your vacuum cleaner before you decide which one to buy.
Do you have a large property? If so then an upright vacuum cleaner may be a good choice as it can easily cover large areas. However, due to the weight, an upright vacuum may not be advisable if your property has a lot of stairs.
Weight and Reach
The average reach of an upright vacuum cleaner is only 8.6m, which compared to the 10.1m average reach for cylinder vacuums, is fairly short. If the space you need to cover is large, it would be a good idea to buy an upright with a long power cord, to avoid the inconvenience of stopping to plug it in elsewhere. As mentioned before, upright vacuum cleaners are also generally heavier than a cylinder vacuum, at an average weight of 7.75kg, they can be too heavy for use on stairs.
It is often found that vacuum cleaners generally prefer one type of floor to another, though most vacuum cleaners will have different settings for the different floor types.
These days, vacuum cleaners are usually fitted with a High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter, or S-class filter. These are designed to pick up extra dirt and prevent allergens from escaping. Unfortunately, simply having a filter doesn’t guarantee performance.
Do you require a vacuum cleaner to help you deal with your pet dander? If so the upright vacuum cleaners are better than the cylinder vacuums for doing so. This is due to a motorised brush bar that upright vacuums use.
The wattage/power of a vacuum cleaner is often used as a product selling point, however good performance is about the design and suction. A higher wattage vacuum cleaner may mean that you are using more energy for a vacuum that may not have a great level of performance. Similarly, a vacuum cleaner marketed as "energy-efficient" may not be powerful enough to have a great level of performance. A vacuum cleaner needs power to be efficient at cleaning floors.
Some vacuum cleaners are significantly louder than others and it is worth mentioning that cylinder vacuums are usually quieter than upright vacuums. Vacuums with a lower wattage may also be quieter. It is difficult to know how loud a vacuum cleaner will be until you start using it, but if noise is a key issue for you it could be worth looking in to a cylinder vacuum instead.