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Upright Vacuum Cleaners vs. Cylinder Vacuum Cleaners

Upright Vacuum Cleaners vs. Cylinder Vacuum Cleaners

When choosing a vacuum cleaner for domestic needs one of the major decisions you have to take is to pick the right style of cleaner either upright or cylinder. Upright vacuum cleaners are more commonly used in US and UK; whereas most people in Europe rely on cylinder vacuum cleaners for their cleaning needs. Choosing one style over the other can have its pros and cons, but one can make up for the disadvantages with additional attachments. In the end, your choice for the right style becomes a matter of personal preference.

The Type of Flooring and Vacuum Cleaner’s Performance

Hoover WindTunnel Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Upright Vacuum cleaners are considered to be better for carpeted floor, while cylinder vacuum cleaners are generally preferred for hardwood or tiled floors.  If the beater brushes in uprights can be switched off and the cylinder vacuum provides a turbo brush attachment, then both styles are suitable for all types of flooring.

The upright models not only rely on the suction of the vacuum, but also have brush rollers and beater bars, which make them suitable to agitate the dirt out of carpets. It also makes them more effective to remove pet hair. However, on sensitive carpeting or hard flooring the moving brushes can be damaging. Many newer models of upright vacuum cleaners come with switches to turn off the brushes making them capable of multi-floor cleaning. Cylinder vacuum cleaners originally did not have moving brushes which made them less effective for carpeting, but suitable for bare floors. But today cylinder models come with brush rollers attachment for efficient cleaning on carpeted floors as well.

Which One is More Maneuverable for you?

Cylinder style cleaners are generally lighter and have better reach. Upright models are usually easier to steer.

Dyson DC23 Vacuum Cleaner

Cylinder vacuum cleaners have their cleaning head attached at the end of a hose. Since the hose is longer, one can cover a wider radius standing in one place with cylinders. Also the hose is great for cleaning under the furniture, in narrower areas, and for cleaning upholstery as well.  Cylinders are usually lighter in weight making it easier for you to clean the stairs and carry them from floor to floor. However, dragging the cylinder around can be difficult for some people. Upright vacuum cleaners rely on the suction provided at the base of the structure for cleaning. They are unsuitable for cleaning under the furniture and in narrower spaces, but the more recent models provide attachments for this purpose. They are usually heavier making them less suitable for homes with stairs. Nonetheless, uprights are easier to steer, one can complete his cleaning chore without bending. They also have larger cleaning path, allowing faster clean in some cases.

Storing the Two Styles of Vacuum Cleaners

It is easier to store upright vacuum cleaners because they have more stable structures. On the other hand, cylinder vacuum cleaners can provide difficulty in storage because the hose is unstable and cannot stand on its own.  Also, uprights are more compact so they occupy less storage area.

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