As a kid, I was lucky enough to have the job of vacuuming the house frequently.
My main issue? I hated the cords and the weight. You could build some serious muscle pushing the old thing around.
I saw a small cordless vacuum at a Black & Decker store once and nearly swooned, but my mother told me it “just wasn’t practical.”
Practicality, of course, is relative to the type of vacuum you personally require.
Let’s take a look at the trade-offs to see which device might be the best option for you.
- Deep-cleaning: Generally, the more powerful vacuums are the ones that deep clean your carpets the best.
- Speed: This one’s a given. If you have a medium or large home, you’ll probably opt for a more powerful cleaner to pick up dirt faster. You wouldn’t want to cut all the grass on a baseball diamond with a hand-mower, would you?
- Versatility: Many models of more powerful upright vacuum cleaners have settings to clean bare floors as well. And don’t forget the classic removable tube extension for small spaces that a lot of portable cleaners don’t come equipped with
- Power: More power, more suction strength!
- Storage: A reliable place to stow a bigger vacuum is required.
- Bulk: It’s harder to get into small places.
- Precision: Some precision is lost with power since it’s the bigger vacuums that pack more of a punch.
- Cords: Unfortunately, you need to deal with cords if power is what you require.
Someone looking for a powerful vacuum cleaner typically has a bigger space that needs cleaning. Powerful, upright vacuums are best when you need to clean large, carpeted areas quickly and efficiently. These are best for all-over jobs when you’re cleaning more than just a little at a time.
- Size: Get into tight spaces with ease. Also, the small, lightweight design of portable vacuums are much easier to maneuver. Smaller vacuums are also desirable for smaller homes, where storage is scarce.
- Maneuverability: Portable stick vacuums are easy to maneuver and are ideal for area rugs and bare floors. Again, think portable vacuums for smaller homes or smaller jobs.
- Portability: Many portable vacuums are battery-operated and cordless!
- Low suction: The trade-off for the convenient size is the lack of power. While they are ideal for smaller jobs, stick or handheld vacuums are difficult to use when lots of cleaning needs to be done.
- Speed: If you’re going to use a portable cleaner for more than just a quick, small job, be prepared to empty it out multiple times. Less power means less effect too, so it might take a few swipes to thoroughly clean a surface, resulting in a slower job.
Portable vacuums might not have as much suction, but can be a much more practical choice if required for the right reasons. These are ideal for small living spaces, where you’d only need to clean a little at a time, and there might not otherwise be room for anything bigger than a stick vacuum. They really do the trick for bare floors, as well.
So, after I moved into a smaller place with a mostly-tile floor, I finally ended up with the cordless vacuum of my dreams, and it does the job I need it to. When choosing what it is that you need, be sure to consider the types of jobs the vacuum will be doing, first and foremost, and don’t forget about necessary additions or extensions you might need to clean areas other than floors, as well.