Types of Vacuums
Hopefully you now have a better sense of what you may want your new vacuum cleaner to accomplish. Check out the available types, their benefits and general usage.
Upright vacuums are the most popular type of vacuum and can be found in many homes and apartments today. They are usually the best vacuum type for removing dust and dirt from carpeting, and can clean large areas of carpet quickly. They are also good for area rugs and hard floors.
There are two types of upright vacuums: single-motor and dual-motor. On a single-motor upright vacuum, the brush and the vacuum are driven by one motor. With a dual-motor upright, the vacuum and the brush are driven by separate motors, giving you more power and suction to clean carpets better.
Upright vacuums come in different styles and sizes and many offer a variety of features:
Brush on/off switch: Helps protect the finish of bare floors.
Cleaner head height adjustment: Some upright models adjust this automatically as you move to different floor types, so you don't have to bend down to change settings. Others let you control it manually, which is best for plush carpet; if the cleaner head sinks too deeply into the carpet, it can be difficult to maneuver the vacuum.
Suction control: This feature is useful when using tools to clean draperies and upholstery.