Upright vs. Cylinder Vacuum Cleaners

Sometimes our clients contact us for an advice on what vacuum cleaner to choose for their homes- upright or cylinder, in terms of their design as well as their brand.

In order to answer these questions, we decided to take a quick survey among our professional cleaners as their practical experience is invaluable. Every day they use different kinds and brands of vacuums ranging from cylinders and uprights to the trendy and lightweight cordless vacuum cleaners. Our survey is based on the professional cleaning specific requirements and our clients` needs as vacuuming is among the most important cleaning tasks. Our cleaners usually have to vacuum large areas for a short time and be able to deliver a good finish. We’ve looked at the most popular choices among our clients as detailed below:

Cylinder vacuums – they are generally lighter, more manoeuvrable and come with accessories that are usually stored within the housing. The set of attachments is helpful when a number of different surfaces have to be cleaned. Many cylinder models now come with two types of heads – a traditional brush head, as well as a turbo head with brushing action which allows the user to vacuum not only hard floors but also deep pile carpets and collect even the most stubborn of pet hairs. The cylinder cleaners can be easily manoeuvred around the room and allow access to hard to reach places such as the underside of large pieces of furniture. The longer hoses and tubes supplied allow for ease of movement and the usually daunting task of vacuuming stairs turns into an almost effortless one. Cylinders vacuums normally have foot controls positioned on the outer housing along with a cord rewinder on the rear which makes it easier to be tucked away in even the smallest of cupboards

Upright vacuums – Some of these models weigh around 7-8 kg making the process of cleaning more cumbersome. They require ample space in the storage cupboard and make the cleaning under and around furniture very difficult due to their design. They come with a good choice of attachments and the hose attached to the housing can be used to vacuum hard floors or carpets. Due to its short length and weight vacuuming the stairs and reaching cobwebs becomes nearly impossible.

Last but not least are the trendy cordless vacuums. They are small, take less of your valuable space in the storage cupboard but are still quite expensive based on their actual performance. They are a good choice for а quick cleaning around the kitchen table, small or hard to reach areas around your house. The battery normally lasts about 20 min and the suction is far less than the full-size vacuum cleaners. It takes time to re-charge the batteries, making this kind of vacuum a good supplement but not a direct replacement for the conventional one.

The preferred choice of vacuum cleaners among our staff is the cylinder ones. Working with a cylinder vacuum cleaner is easier and requires less physical effort as they have to be pulled along, rather than pushed like the uprights. Our professional cleaners chose Miele as the best vacuum cleaner for residential cleaning, in particular, the Miele Cat and Dog model. A good alternatives are the models supplied by Bosch, Samsung, Phillips and Dyson. A number of our staff also enjoy working with the cheaper but versatile Numatic Henry for its dual stage motors, reliability, large dust tank, long cord and cheap replacement bags.

1. Pick a cylinder if:

You need good, thorough vacuuming at home including around the edges, corners, etc. The cleaning head is generally much smaller on the cylinder one and it easy goes under the furniture. If you have a lot of furniture in the rooms than cylinders will do the job. They are lighter and more manoeuvrable for getting under tables and cleaning stairs. Cylinders are ideal for cleaning a wide variety of surfaces – hard floors, carpets, vinyls. They are lightweight (between 4-5kg) and you can carry up and down the stairs with ease. They are small and good if you have limited storage space.

2. Pick an upright if:

You are fan of such kind of vacuum cleaners although they are less efficient than the cylinders. They are good for large carpeted rooms with less furniture. Uprights are generally not as manoeuvrable as cylinders, and though some manufacturers boast about ‘low profile’ designs, the shape of uprights still makes it impossible to clean under very low furniture. Uprights have revolving brushes that dislodge dirt and grit that is embedded deep down in the carpet pile. The cons are that the brushes block very quickly with fluff and hair and you must remove the collected hair regularly. Otherwise, instead of collecting the dust and fluff they just spread it around. The other minus is that every time when you reach a corner, or vacuum stairs, or must vacuum underneath you have to take out the hose and put the additional attachment to do the task which is time-consuming.

3. Pick a cordless if:

You need something handy to vacuum quickly around the table or in the kitchen, or to vacuum the pet hair from the sofa, etc. They are good for hard floors quick vacuuming but not so good for carpets. The con is that the battery lasts around 20 min and it is not possible to vacuum large areas on one go.