We have always had uprights, first with bags and the last one was a bagless.
We dont like the bagless, its to dirty to deal with dumping the container.
Also the belts keep burning up. (mostly due to the things being picked up
jamming the brushes)
We went to sears to look at the upright recomended by consumers. My wife
thought it was very heavy so we started looking at the canisters...
Can anyone offer the advantages or disadvantages of upright vs. canister
vacumes.. We do have stairs.
We bought a Eureka "The Boss" Smartvac (upright) a few months ago.
While we don't have carpeted stairs, the vacuum comes with a "power
paw" attachment for the hose that works wonders on the sofa - gets all
the dog hair off in a jiffy. It might work well for you on the stairs.
We've been most pleased in all respects with this unit.
Does it sound like a 747 [airplane] engine in your house? :\\ My current
upright is a Eureka, and you need ear plugs to use it. I keep looking for a
replacement that is rated as "quiet"... or at least "quieter" than others. :)
I hate to buy two of anything, but have to agree that you almost need both.
Canister is the more versatile of the two. Canister, if a good one, will
have much better suction and come with more tools. My Kannmore canister is
30 years old and still works very well. Current uprights (from WalMart)
last a year, if you're not careful with them, Dyson sucks - the hose is so
cheap it wore out in 6 months (my neighbor had one).
For years I owned only a canister, but recently got a broken upright, which
I fixed. It's a lot easier to do a quick sweep with it.
One point that is rarely made about vacuum cleaners. The upright makes much
smaller dust cloud, when in use. This may be important, if you're allergic
The exhaust port on a canister is almost at the floor level. If you start
in the middle of a dirty floor, you're blowing air on duty floor.
Exhaust on the upright is much higher off the floor and better diffused.
Studies have been done to show this, but rarely mentioned.
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