Your Guide to the Different Types of Vacuums You know that a vacuum is an essential tool for keeping any home clean. However, do you know about the different types of vacuums that are available? Here is a quick guide to the different types of vacuum to help you keep your carpets clean.

Upright Vacuums

Upright vacuums are the most common type of vacuum for homes. Upright vacuum cleaners are effective at removing dust and dirt from areas of carpet, area rugs, and hardwood floors, which is why they are so popular. There is a large range of different features, from very basic vacuums with no settings to customizable features, like brush and suction control. Turning off the vacuum brush can protect hardwood floors from being scratched, and suction adjustments are helpful for cleaning drapes or upholstery, so an upright vacuum with the right features is a great choice for homes. 

Upright vacuums can use a reusable canister to empty the dirt out or have bags that much be replaced every so often, so look for one with your preferred method of dirt collection. One of the downsides of upright vacuum cleaners is that they are heavier than other models and can be more difficult to carry, especially if you have to go up or down stairs with the vacuum. They also take up more room when it comes to storage.

Average Cost: $50 to $700

Stick Vacuums

Stick vacuums are smaller than upright vacuums. They are usually cordless, which makes them great for cleaning a variety of areas around your home quickly, though you do need to make sure that they are charged to use them, and the battery can die when cleaning a large house. They’re lightweight, versatile, and easy to transport from floor to floor. Stick vacuums are ideal for light debris or spot cleaning.

Stick vacuums may come with fewer attachments or customizable options compared to an upright model. But if all you need is a high powered vacuum, not brush or suction options, this could be a great choice for you.

Many stick vacuums also come with a detachable handheld feature, which makes it easy to clean upholstery, blinds, vents, window sills, and car interiors. Stick vacuums are also lighter weight and take up less room in storage than other models, making them a popular choice for small homes and apartments.

Average Cost: $25 to $600

Canister Vacuums

Canister vacuums are designed with the motor and bag together in a separate unit. This unit is usually on wheels so it can move around easily and is connected to the vacuum head with a long hose. Canister vacuums are typically lighter weight than an upright vacuum and can maneuver into hard to reach spots easier, making them a great choice for stairs, upholstery, and other hard to reach places. 

Because the motor is separate from the hose, canister vacuums are often higher powered and have better suction than other vacuums. The motor is often more encased, making it quieter than an upright vacuum. They do have the disadvantage of having to drag the canister along behind you, which puts many people off from buying them. 

Average Cost: $50 to $800

Robot Vacuums

Robot vacuums are the newest innovation in the vacuum cleaning industry. They are battery powered and self-propelled, with sensors that keep it from running into furniture and walls. Simply schedule it to run when you need it to, and it will do all of the work for you. They are very small and can clean underneath furniture if the furniture is high enough, something that is trickier with larger vacuums. 

Robot vacuums are great for busy people or for those with disabilities that make it harder to use a vacuum. While they work well on hard floors and low pile carpet, robot vacuums aren’t ideal for higher pile, plush carpet or rugs. They can sometimes get stuck on high carpet, under furniture or in other places, so you’ll have to go rescue it before it can continue working. If you have more than one floor in your home, you’ll need to either move the vacuum from floor to floor yourself or buy one for each floor, making them less convenient for large homes.  

Average Cost: $100 to $1,000


There are a lot of vacuums that you can choose from. There is no best vacuum, the important thing is to choose the vacuum that is right for you and your home.