Canister Or Upright Vacuum?

If you are in the market to purchase a new vacuum cleaner, there is something you should consider.

thumbnail-1Do you want a canister or upright vacuum? We recommend a canister for several reasons. Uprights typically don’t have the right tools and attachments for bare floors. Uprights are designed for carpet with a less-than-optimal option of being lowered closer to the ground. Whereas the canister has the option of using a head attachment for carpets and a separate attachment for bare floors. The canister vacuum is also highly maneuverable. It is perfect for tight spaces like low-profile furniture, places in which it would be almost impossible for the upright to go. Canisters are also very lightweight and easy to tote around the house and up and down stairs.

The Big Vac is the best option we have found to date. Here are some of the thing we love about it:

  • It is a canister vacuum
  • Has 91 inches of “water lift” (a measure of suction power)
  • It is comfortable to hold and use
  • Has an on/off switch that’s easy to reach (preferably with your foot)
  • It is able to vacuum under most furniture
  • It won’t tip over when yanked by the hose
  • Has a hose that never twists during use
  • Has a handle for easy lifting
  • It is light enough to spare your back (only 13-1/2 lb.)
  • Has a paper dust bag that’s large enough to last for weeks, plus a pleated filter that traps particles down to 0.5 micron
  • It has a very quiet operation: 65 dB(A)
  • Has a 6 foot hose
  • Has a powerful, high-suction turbo head with beater bar
  • Has a second dual-action attachment that moves easily from hard floors to rugs and carpets
  • Has rugged, high-impact housing
  • Has a complete set of attachments, 3 vacuum bags, and exhaust filter
  • Has a whopping 32-foot long chord

Have you tried the Big Vac? And will you ever buy a different vacuum? (We think probably not.)

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