Canister Vacuum Vs Upright Vacuum: Which Is Best For Carpet?

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By CleanersWithLove

So you’re looking to buy a vacuum cleaner for your carpets but aren’t really sure which one to go for? There are so many kinds out there and each one seems to make different claims. In this article, we’re going to clear up everything you need to know about the canister and upright vacuum cleaners, from their pros and cons to determine the best vacuum for your needs. Keep reading to know more!


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A canister vacuum is a machine that sucks up dirt and debris from your home, but it doesn’t have a hose. It’s an upright vacuum that comes with a detachable canister. The canister holds the dirty air, so you don’t have to carry it around in your hand. This makes it easier to get under furniture and into tight spaces.

There are a number of different types of canister vacuums. Some have low-pile carpets, while others have high-pile carpets. Some are made for hardwood floors, while others are made for carpeted floors. Some canisters have HEPA filters to trap allergens in the air as well as bags or filters that need changing periodically; others use bags but don’t require you to replace them regularly (and thus won’t be exposed to dust and dirt). And these will be discussed later on.


As you are probably aware, there are a variety of vacuum cleaner types. One particular type that is becoming increasingly popular among homeowners and renters alike is the canister vacuum. Although there have been some changes in how this type of vacuum works over time, it remains one of the most versatile and useful options for cleaning your home or apartment.

? Accessibility

Canister vacuums are also easy to use. They are lightweight, making it easier for you to move them around the house. They have a long hose that allows you to reach any part of your home without having to carry the vacuum everywhere with you. Additionally, canister vacuums don’t require bags or filters, so they’re cheaper to maintain than other types of vacuums offered by different manufacturers.

? Lightweight

One of the benefits you can get with a canister vacuum is that it is lightweight. It is easy to carry around and store, which makes it more convenient for you when cleaning up your home. You do not have to worry about it getting in your way or being too heavy for you to use when cleaning around furniture or hard-to-reach areas. The lightweight nature also makes it easier to clean even if there are obstacles along the way.

? Agility

Canister vacuums are easy to move around in and out of rooms. They’re also easy to store because they don’t take up much space and can be tucked under furniture or against walls. You can find them at most retailers.

Unlike upright vacuums that require you to lift them off the ground before moving them around, canister vacuums are just as mobile as stick vacuums. This makes them perfect for anyone who has mobility issues or those who have back problems. As mentioned, canisters also tend to weigh less than their upright counterparts. This means they won’t cause any unnecessary strain on your bones or joints. And because they don’t have large bodies as uprights do, it’s easier for people with poor eyesight or those without depth perception issues.

? Versatility

Canister vacuums are great for cleaning stairs, upholstery, and hardwood floors.

There are models that have impressive 12 amp motor that provides strong suction on all surfaces and across the floor. This kind of vacuum features a washable filter and a cord retainer to keep your cord safely stored when not in use. It also has an easy glide pedal that allows you to push or pull the vacuum without any effort at all!

? Efficiency

Canister vacuums are more efficient than upright vacuums. They’re also easier to maneuver and have longer cord lengths, so you can easily reach under furniture. However, the best part about a canister vacuum is that it doesn’t require an excess of floor space like an upright vacuum does.

With a canister vacuum, you can easily clean stairs and drapes without having to move any furniture out of the way or rearrange anything in your home.


A canister vacuum is a type of vacuum cleaner that uses a small bag to collect dirt and dust. They can be great for cleaning stairs, upholstery, and other types of surfaces that a smaller handheld vacuum can’t reach. But what are the disadvantages? Let’s find out!

? Heavy

A canister vacuum is a bit heavier than other types of vacuum. Because it has a long hose and cord, carrying the canister around your home will be more difficult than using a stick vacuum. In addition, it may not be easy to move around because of its weight and size. Canisters also take up more storage space than other types of vacuums due to their shape, which makes them less convenient for storing in small spaces like closets or under furniture.

? Not to be used on stairs

If you have a multi-story house, then a canister vacuum is not for you. This is because it does not have the capability to adjust its height and even if it has an adjustable height it works only up to a certain distance. But other than that, if you have flat floors in your home like tiles or concrete then this type of vacuum is perfect for you as they are lightweight and easy to carry around with them.

Also, if you are using your canister vacuum on the top floor and then take it down to the basement or ground level, there will be lots of dust particles and dirt falling off the machine which makes them dirty very quickly and it becomes difficult for you to clean them up again

? Particular cord length

One of the most important disadvantages of a canister vacuum cleaner is its cord length, which is generally too short. This can make it difficult to clean areas that are far away from an electrical outlet. The short cord length means that you will have to move the unit around as you clean and may have trouble reaching every area of your home.

The disadvantage of having a short cord includes several other issues:

  • You need an extension cord, which can be inconvenient and unsafe if not used properly.
  • It’s hard to maneuver the unit without moving it around on wheels or pulling it behind you while cleaning.


So, what kind of surface where you can use a canister vacuum? Let’s find out!

? Hard floors

Hard floors are made of hard surfaces like wood. These surfaces can be dirty, but they aren’t as messy as carpets. Canister vacuums are good for hard floors since you don’t need to worry about pulling the vacuum across carpet fibers and getting them tangled in the brush rollers. If you have any kind of allergies, it’s best not to use this kind of vacuum on the carpet because the dust particles that get released into the air could cause problems for people with allergies.

? Deep-pile carpet

Canister vacuums are ideal for deep-pile carpets. They can easily move through the carpet and pick up dust and dirt, but they won’t damage the fibers when you do so.

On most floors, you should use a lower speed setting on your canister vacuum. On high-pile carpets, however, this is not always possible because of how thick the carpet is. If you go too fast with a high-speed setting on an area of thick carpeting, then it will create more friction between your vacuum’s roller brush and its spinning bristles (the ones that clean) than what would be comfortable for them both to handle.

This friction causes wear and tear on both types of brushes that results in premature wear or damage to them respectively. If this happens regularly over time, then either one may need replacing sooner rather than later!

? Rugs

Rugs can be a great place to start when you want to vacuum your home. They are a great way to add some color and texture, especially if you have hardwood floors or tiles. A canister vacuum is suitable for rugs because of its size and the type of cleaning needed.

? Tiles

Tile is the go-to surface for canister vacuums. It’s smooth and hard, so it’s easy to clean. However, you should avoid cleaning tile with grout if you’re using a canister vacuum. Grout is porous and can trap dirt in its tiny holes, making it hard to suck up with a canister vacuum that doesn’t have specialized attachments for this purpose (though many do). You also shouldn’t use your canister on rough tiles or ones that aren’t sealed properly, as those surfaces will scratch when pushed against by the brushes in your vacuum’s suction head.


Upright vacuums are the most common type of vacuum cleaner. They use a motorized brush roll to agitate dirt and debris, and they have a long handle that makes it easy to maneuver around your home.

Upright vacuums come in many different sizes and styles, so it’s important to compare the features of each one before making a purchase decision. Some models have attachments that can be used for cleaning hardwood floors or furniture while others do not include these features at all!

Upright vacuums are versatile and great for cleaning hard-to-reach areas like stairs and corners. They come with attachments for sucking up dirt from floors and carpets, as well as dusting furniture and drapes. You can even use an upright vacuum to clean the walls in your house! 


An upright vacuum is a great tool to use when you want to clean your house thoroughly. It’s a powerful and versatile vacuum that can be used to clean floors, carpets, stairs, and more. With an upright vacuum, you don’t have to worry about bending over or crouching down too much while vacuuming because it has an upright design that allows you to stand upright while cleaning. And since its strong suction power can pick up dirt from both pet hair and human hair together, this type of vacuum will help make your home look neat and tidy every time you use it! What else can we get from an upright vacuum?

? Cleans vertical surfaces and floors

In addition to the traditional cleaning of carpets and floors, an upright vacuum can be used to clean vertical surfaces and floors. This is made possible with its suction power and dirt cup capacity. The bristles on the brush roll are designed to reach deep into carpet fibers as it moves across them, picking up embedded particles. A rubber nozzle helps direct airflow down into crevices between floorboards or upholstery, removing debris in hard-to-reach areas.

? Deeper cleaning

In terms of cleaning power, the upright vacuum cleaner is the best. The upright vacuum cleaner has a powerful suction that can suck up dust, dirt, and all other kinds of debris.

A long hose means that you can reach areas that are hard to get to with your hands. It is also useful if you have pets in your home because they shed hair all over the house and it gets stuck in places that you cannot physically reach. This makes it easy for them to run away when they see you coming near them with a broom or vacuum cleaner!

A longer power cord means that there will be no need for changing sockets throughout your cleaning session as it will last long enough until everything is cleaned up! If there are outlets nearby then all we have to do is plug it in and start using it right away without having any problems whatsoever!

? Heavy-duty cleaning of both pet and human hair

In addition to the above, upright vacuums have the advantage of being able to clean both pet and human hair. You can use them to clean both vertical surfaces and floors. They are also more efficient at cleaning deeper than smaller models, like handheld vacuums or stick models.

? Easy to use strong suction for any type of uneven surface

The powerful suction from the upright vacuum is ideal for any type of flooring, particularly hardwood. You can use it on carpets and rugs to get rid of pet hair and other particles that may have landed in your home, as well as use it on hardwood floors to keep them clean and dust-free.

? Portable and cordless design

This is one of the greatest advantages of an upright vacuum. The design lets you vacuum any surface and in any direction, so you can easily clean large areas without moving the device around.


Despite their popularity, upright vacuum cleaners have a few disadvantages that can make them less desirable than other types of vacuums. Here are some reasons why you might want to consider another type of vacuum:

? Can be heavy

Upright vacuums are heavy. Not only is it difficult to carry one upstairs, but it’s also hard to take one downstairs. When you’re finished cleaning the first floor and want to go upstairs, you may find yourself having trouble with this task if you don’t have someone in the house who can help out.

? They don’t work well on stairs

Upright vacuums are not designed to handle stairs. If you have hardwood floors and carpets, it’s best to use a different kind of vacuum that will do both types of flooring well. This way, you won’t have to worry about the mess slipping through the brush bar when you try to vacuum stairs or carpeted areas.

If you like using an upright vacuum on hardwood floors or non-carpeted areas, consider purchasing a bare floor attachment that fits into your existing hose. This way, all the pet hair doesn’t get sucked up into your filter so quickly!

? Maneuverability

One of the biggest disadvantages of an upright vacuum is maneuverability. If you are in a large house with many stairs and tight spaces, then this type of vacuum might not be for you. It will be difficult to carry up and down stairs or get into small areas around your home.

? More difficult to store

You will find that upright vacuum cleaners are more difficult to store than canister vacuum cleaners. The bulk of the unit makes storage a problem, and this is especially true in small homes or apartments. Also, upright vacuum cleaners tend to be heavier than canister versions. This adds to their difficulty in being moved around the house when they need to clean different areas.


You may be thinking about getting a new vacuum or maybe even upgrading to a robotic cleaner. But before you decide on what kind of vacuum to buy, let’s talk about some of the surfaces where upright vacuums are most often used.

? Carpet

The carpet is a great surface for an upright vacuum. It’s difficult to clean, and it can get dirty fast. You might not know it, but carpets are expensive too! They can cost over $2,000 just to replace the carpet in your home. That’s why it’s so important that you use the right vacuum with your carpets, and this is where an upright vacuum comes in handy.

The best upright vacuums for carpets will have brushes that rotate side-to-side or up and down. This will help remove dirt from all parts of your carpet, including those hard-to-reach areas near the edges where dust tends to collect most often. In addition, having variable suction settings will allow you to adjust how much suction power is being used based on what type of flooring you have underneath.

? Bare floors

If you have a hardwood floor, laminate floor, tile floor, or linoleum floor, then an upright vacuum is ideal for your home. The suction head on the upright vacuum will pick up dirt and debris from any kind of surface including hardwood floors. Upright vacuums are also great at picking up pet hair because they have more power than handhelds.

? Upholstery

Upholstery is a type of furniture, such as a couch or chair, that has soft fabric upholstery. It can be cleaned with an upright vacuum using the vacuum’s brush attachment to remove dirt and dust in nooks and crannies.

Upholstery is one of the surfaces you can use your upright vacuum on because it’s soft enough for you to maneuver around with ease while still being sturdy enough to hold up against cleaners’ brushes and bristles.

? Mattresses

When it comes to mattresses, you’ll want to make sure the vacuum is unplugged before you start. Then set your upright vacuum on its lowest setting and start at the head of the bed and go towards the foot of it. Use a crevice tool or upholstery brush to clean between your mattress and box spring.

? Stairs and area rugs

Upstairs? Downstairs? Both, whoa!

It’s a pain to lug your upright vacuum up and down the stairs, but you can save yourself the hassle by using it on area rugs and stairs.

When you clean stairs and area rugs with an upright vacuum, use the crevice tool to clean corners and edges. This tool helps you target tight spaces that may be hard or impossible to reach with your regular brush or nozzle attachment.

Use also the upholstery tool for upholstery items like sofas or armchairs. Again, this will help save time when compared with removing furniture prior to vacuuming (or even hosing down) because there’s no need for such heavy lifting!


When it comes to choosing a vacuum, there are a lot of factors to consider. Both canister and upright vacuums have their advantages.

Canister vacuums are great for getting into corners and around furniture, but they aren’t as powerful as uprights. Upright vacuums are more powerful, but they can be awkward to push around in tight spaces. If you have a lot of hard-to-reach places in your house that need to be cleaned, then the canister vacuum is a good option. If you have mostly open floor space, then go with an upright vacuum.


The canister vacuum is more suitable for carpets because it provides more suction power, which means that you can get rid of all the dirt and dust in your carpets.

On the other hand, using an upright vacuum for carpets may not be very effective as it does not provide enough suction power to clean your carpets thoroughly.

There are also other factors when choosing the best vacuum and these depend on your needs. If you have a large house with lots of different flooring types, an upright vacuum may be better because it’s less expensive than a canister and easier to maneuver around furniture. On the other hand, if you live in an apartment with mostly carpeted floors and don’t need something too heavy or bulky, then a canister might be more appropriate for your needs.


Ultimately, which is best for you is going to be based on your needs and preferences. There are numerous factors to consider, such as the type of vacuum you prefer, your budget, and even where the vacuum is manufactured. Hopefully, our insights will give you a clear idea of what to look for when searching for a new vacuum cleaner.

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