Before deciding on which canister vacuum cleaner you want to buy you should think about the type of floors you’re going to want to clean and the power of cleaner you’ll need. Most canister cleaners have three different types of tools for floor surfaces:
- A hard plastic brush for bare floors, these are usually 10″ – 12″ wide and have soft bristles.
- A turbo brush which has a spinning drum roller and harder bristles.
- A power head brush which has similarities to the turbo brush with a difference that it has a separate motor to power it.
Turbo brush and power head brush vacuum cleaners usually have a drum roller with bristles which spins in a similar fashion to an upright cleaner. Although these brushes appear and function very much in the same way, the power head brush with its separate motor does tend to be much more powerful than the turbo brush which relies on the airflow which is sucked up past it.
The carpet fibers are snapped by these type of brushes and this lets the air get under the dust particles. It’s this action which enables the cleaning to take place, without it the dirt and dust wouldn’t get sucked out, even with very powerful suction.
If you buy either a power or turbo head cleaner, it’s likely to be used mainly on carpets, but most also come with additional tools for other surfaces such as hardwood floors. It’s best to think about which is best for your needs before buying:
- Canister cleaners for bare floors are best on smooth surfaces and tend to not be great on carpets or rugs.
- The turbo models of canister vacuum cleaners work best on wall to wall carpeting and also on rugs.
- The power head models are also good for wall to wall carpets but they are usually also very good at picking up pet hair.
Canister vacuum cleaners tend to be reliable and are usually reasonably priced. Filters are almost always HEPA or high efficiency particulate air filters, which are able to trap large amounts of very small particles of dust: read more at Wikipedia. Filter types obviously don’t have the need to buy replacement bags. They are often lightweight and easy to store because they tend to be fairly compact.
Take a look at our article on bagless canister vacuum cleaners and our other canister vacuum cleaner reviews below.
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