Three Things to Consider Before Buying an Upright Vacuum

Pick your next appliance based on the size and space of the area you need to keep clean.

Sanitaire Tradition Upright Commercial Bagged Vacuum, SC679K
The nice thing about using a vacuum bag is the dust and debris doesn’t drift all over when it’s time to empty like it often does with a bagless vacuum.Sanitaire

When choosing the best vacuum cleaner for your home, first consider the living space itself. Do you have wall-to-wall carpet or mostly hardwood floors? Is it a four-bedroom house or a studio apartment? The size and style of any residence should be primary factors when deciding whether to invest in an upright vacuum cleaner, a canister model, or a state-of-the-art robot vac. In most cases, it is hard to go wrong with an upright. They handle everything from hardwoods to carpet and offer some of the best dust-filtration technology on the market. Keep these tips in mind before buying this essential household appliance.

Hoover UH30600 WindTunnel Max Bagged Upright Vacuum Cleaner, with HEPA Media Filtration, 30ft. Power Cord, Red
This model traps 99.7 percent dust, dirt, pollen, and allergens down to 0.3 microns.Hoover

Canister vacs are best suited to wood floors rather than carpet. But an upright with height adjustments will handle both. On low settings, the beater brush pulls dirt from thick carpeting. For wood or tile, raise the intake port and quickly transition to hard surfaces that don’t need brush action.

Kenmore Elite 31150 Pet Friendly Bagged Upright Beltless Vacuum w/Pet Handi-Mate, Triple HEPA, 3D Inducer Motor, Telescoping Wand, 5-Position Height Adjustment, 3 Cleaning Tools & AAFA Certified-Black
The belted agitator on this model reduces maintenance and repairs.Kenmore

Uprights are either bagged or bagless. Bagged machines trap debris as air moves through a disposable paper or cloth membrane. Bagless models use centrifugal force to spin dirt into a permanent receptacle you’ll need to empty from time to time. Because they do not require a bag, they are less expensive to maintain, but a lot messier to clean. If you are susceptible to allergies or highly sensitive to dust, look for a bagged model with a HEPA-rated filter.

Oreck Commercial, Professional Upright Vacuum Cleaner, U2000RB1
You can use this model on carpet or hardwood floors.Oreck

Uprights can be bulky, so it is important to consider how well a given model allows you to reach overhead or under furniture. Some lightweight uprights do not even have a hose, while others offer attachments that can reach 15 feet or more. Hose accessories may include pet-hair brushes, extension wands, crevice tools, curtain vacs, vent brushes, and more. Choose a vacuum based on what you want it to do, as well as how much machine you are willing to push around.

Also Consider:

Dirt Devil Endura Reach Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner for Carpet and Hard Floor, Lightweight, Corded, UD20124, Red
This model can hold up to 1.5 liters of filth before needing emptying.Dirt Devil
Sanitaire Tradition Upright Commercial Bagged Vacuum, SC679K
The 18-foot long cord on this model makes it easier to clean distant rooms.Sanitaire