What's the Right Vacuum for Your Carpet?

By: christineh Tuesday April 30, 2019 comments

With so many brands and models of vacuums available, choosing the right one can be a bit difficult. Also, different vacuums will benefit different people, and their floors, in different ways. Depending on your needs, budget, and storage space, you can narrow your choices. Luckily, we’ve got you covered with a list of pros and cons, and where each vacuum should be used.  

In general, there are two types of vacuum: uprights and cylinders. Uprights are what you normally think of when it comes to a vacuum; it’s a taller, push style vacuum with a spinning brush and attachments. Cylinders, on the other hand, are more of an old-school style of vacuum. It is a large cylindrical container with a long hose and follows behind you on a set of wheels.  

These two styles are very different, however, so let’s go over some of those differences and where they matter the most.

Upright Vacuum 


  • Easy to maneuver, especially with newer technology
  • Usually comes with a hose and numerous attachments
  • Brush bar beats carpet to get the dirt out of the carpet
  • Gets carpet cleaner 


  • Can be heavy, making them harder to carry upstairs
  • Some models are unable to get under low clearance tables or furniture
  • Depending on the size of the base, getting into corners can be difficult

            Best Used For

  • Houses with a lot of traffic
  • Smaller businesses
  • Buildings with easy access to other floors

Cylinder Vacuum


  • Smaller than an upright vacuum
  • Easy to move around due to the wheeled base
  • Uses suction to get dirt rather than beating the carpet
  • Easy to carry and store
  • Usually cheaper than upright vacuums


  • Because it is only suction, can leave a carpetless clean than an upright
  • Not ideal for larger areas 

            Best Used For

  • Smaller apartments
  • Stairs
  • Corners 

As you can see, each vacuum has its strengths and weaknesses. Depending on your needs and budget, one might be more right for you than the other. Sometimes it makes sense to have both types if budget and space allow.

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