When it comes to vacuum cleaners, you are limited to five choices: the shark canister vacuum, the upright, the handheld, the stick and the robot. Only two, either the canister or an upright vacuum, are considered true workhorses if your goal is finding a machine that will tackle the vast majority of your home.
Sure, you can own one of each. Many do. The question is, which vacuum is the alpha? Your go-to machine when the chips are down? For most, the shark canister vacuum is their first choice. The model, identifiable by the long wand attached via tubing to a rolling canister, tackles both carpet and bare floors equally.
Canister vacuums are known for housing the latest advances in vacuum technology. Look at the canister vacuums from Shark, which now include the company’s patented Lift-Away technology. The Lift-Away feature delivers continuous power to the nozzle, maintaining brushroll spin even after the user lifts the main canister from the chassis for portable cleaning.
What Is A Canister Vacuum?
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- What Is A Canister Vacuum?
- Shark's Answer To The Canister Vacuum
- The Other Four Vacuum Types
- Quick Tips For Vacuuming Success
- The Last Word
More often than not, consumers select an upright vacuum because that’s what they picture when they think of a standard vacuum cleaner. A canister vacuum seems a little too old school. A little research, though, might persuade them to think differently.
The body of a canister vacuum comprises three parts, the wand, the hose and the canister. The canister contains the motor, filter, dust bags and accessories. Wheels on the canister allow for mobility, though, as you will read, canister steering is an art that users must master. A hose connects the canister to the wand, and owners use the wand to direct the vacuum. A cleaning nozzle sits at the end of the wand, often connecting to attachable units that allow for rug and bare floor cleaning.
The canister vacuum’s design allows for a host of benefits users won’t get with an upright vacuum. Canisters can house motors of any size, since the size of the canister can change with each model. This allows the machine to deliver more power, suction and flow rate, making cleaning easier and faster than other styles.
While dragging a canister vacuum around while working can cause some frustration, the wand and hose actually provide better maneuverability when it comes to cleaning stairs, under furniture, on walls, in corners and even near the ceiling. Designers can also outfit a canister vacuum with more niche accessories than upright or other vacuum styles because of the wand and cleaning nozzle’s flexibility. This could include a crevice nozzle, upholstery brush and more.
Owning a canister vacuum comes with its own challenges, though, which are enough for some consumers to choose a different style. Dragging the vacuum, mentioned above, is one of the top reasons people avoid canisters. They can be a bit unwieldy, sometimes bumping into furniture, and the wheels can get tangled in the cord. Carrying the canister is an option, but some vacuums are heavy.
Users find storage challenging. It is not always easy to slide a canister vacuum into a closet. They can also be a bit bulkier than an upright or stick vacuum. Others would prefer not to bend down to the canister as often as necessary.
Shark's Answer To The Canister Vacuum
Shark’s entry in the category is its Rotator series of canister vacuums. To set its version apart from competitors, Shark added its patented Lift-Away system to the Rotator. The company originally applied the solution, which allows users to unlock and carry the canister, to its upright vacuums. In many ways, this feature transformed a standard upright into a makeshift shark canister vacuum, providing better usability.
The feature works similarly on the Rotator series. While the design is like a standard canister vacuum - canister, hose, and wand - users can now lift away a portion of the canister, making it lighter and easier to transport. That includes the wand piping, which turns the canister and cleaning nozzle into a smaller, more portable machine. The feature works well for stairs and for sweeping draperies and other off-the-floor areas.
There is a good reason to invest in the Shark brand. The canister vacuum series can conquer heavy-pile carpets, hardwood, and bare floors equally well, which is good news for homes that mix styles or rely on decorative throw rugs.
Designers took note of consumers’ dislike for having to bend to switch floor and power settings. The Rotator series includes foot controls on the canister for power settings and button activators on the wand for suction control.
It may not seem like much at first, but the automatic cord rewind feature is something users will appreciate. Regardless of the vacuum style you select, winding the vacuum cord is a task no one really enjoys.
The unit can be a bit noisy, however. If you think this might bother you, or if you are looking for a quiet vacuum, it may be worth giving the Shark a test before you buy. It is also prone to flipping over during turns.
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- Lightweight and maneuverable at only 10.6 pounds
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The Other Four Vacuum Types
We have talked a lot about canister vacuums and the benefits of that style. What about the other four types? Smart shoppers should know what each style offers so they can better match type to specific jobs.
Every house could probably benefit from a handheld vacuum; these little powerhouses are perfect when you need a quick clean up. They are light, run on rechargeable batteries (so you never have to battle a power cord), and are easy to store. You cannot clean the whole house with a handheld, though you may want to try. These are best for jobs when pulling out the bigger vacuum would be overkill.
If you have hardwood floors or enough family members that daily vacuuming feels like a real thing, a stick vacuum might be good to have around. They are less powerful than upright and canister vacuums, but do well when floors need a quick pick-me-up, so to speak. Stick vacuums are designed to be slender, light, and easily storable.
Autonomous Rr Robot Vacuums
A relatively new entry to the family of vacuum styles, autonomous or robot vacuums roam about the residential interior with minimal human interaction. Some models are able to learn patterns, making them work better and better over time. They also help reduce the number of times a homeowner needs to fully vacuum, saving both time and effort. They can be expensive, however, though, over time, those prices should drop lower.
As we mentioned prior, upright vacuums are among the most popular vacuum types. They may even be the style of vacuum you picture in your head when you think of a vacuum. The right upright can pack a powerful punch and do an incredible job cleaning floors. They are easy to use and often come ready out of the box with little or no assembly required. Some models even include features that give you the best of a canister vacuum as well, such as portability and bare floor coverage.
Quick Tips For Vacuuming Success
As you set out to find the right vacuum, it is important to remember that the way you vacuum is as important as the type of machine you use. Here are a few tips that should make vacuuming easier:
Eliminate Instant Mess Makers
We all have to vacuum at some point, but when it seems like you are constantly vacuuming, that is a problem. What you may not realize is that you are thwarting yourself even before you get out the vacuum. Something as simple as wearing shoes around the house can bring dirt and debris into the house and onto the carpet. Eating in rooms other than the kitchen can result in crumbs in furniture and on the floor. Identify these mess makers and eliminate them where you can.
Go At It From Different Angles
You may know that to get a deep clean, you may have to run the vacuum over the same spot multiple times. Nevertheless, did you know that sweeping the spot from different angles and directions could help dislodge dirt and produce a cleaner carpet? Try a crisscross pattern the next time you get out your canister vacuum.
Check The Bag
Long before you realize the vacuum bag is full, the vacuum bag will be full. This will make vacuuming more difficult and your cleaning nozzle will lift less debris. Rather than wait until this happens, check the bag regularly to see if it needs to be changed, and the same goes for the canister in a bagless vacuum system. The less dirt clogging the system, the better your vacuuming will be.
Pick It Up
In this case, we are not talking about the canister but rather garbage on the floor. While your vacuum may be powerful enough to suck up marbles, you will get a better clean and put less wear and tear on your machine if you pick up smaller objects first.
Pick The Right Setting
Become familiar with the settings on your vacuum so that you know you are getting the best performance possible. Many people ignore the settings and battle with the vacuum to get it to work the way they want. Know that you will get a better clean if you pick “carpet” instead of “hardwood” when you are running the vacuum over your throw rugs.
The Last Word
If you are in the market for a new vacuum and are not sure what style works best for you, consider starting with a canister vacuum like those designed by Shark. While they can take some getting used to when it comes to mobility, they more than make up for it in power and flexibility.