Canister or upright? Ah, the age-old question. Most people might have a personal preference one way or the other, but both types have distinct advantages and disadvantages. And though it is certainly the less sexy of the two, the canister - arguably - has more going for it.
Sure, there's no doubt that there's more bulk involved; you have two pieces to maneuver, one of which carelessly drags behind you and can get caught on furniture or around corners. Not to mention the power cord you have to maneuver around as well...
But canister vacuums are easier for reaching under furniture, due to the skinny arm. They also provide more flexibility in storage, unlike upright vacuums. Our data shows that their total height is lower than average as well.
What do users have to say about them?
Buzzrake collected thousands of opinions about vacuums from all across the web, and found some interesting insights on canister vacuums.
- Quality and reliability: users feel that canister vacuums tend to be of the highest quality and tend to last longer than upright and handheld vacuums.
- Noise: users find canister vacuums to be quieter than upright ones, which is a nice feature for those of us who vacuum in unconventional hours or have easily agitated pets.
- Weight: canister vacuums are easier on the back, and users report they are more lightweight and easier to carry. This is good news if vacuuming requires you to tote the machine up and down stairs.
According to users, you can't really go wrong with a solid canister vacuum. They come in a variety of prices and with a variety of features. You can find excellent models by almost every vacuum manufacturer, including industry leaders like Hoover and Miele.