How to Choose the Right Vacuum Cleaner

Do I look at upright vacuums or canister vacuums?
What about wet/dry vacuums? How about durability?

When searching for a new vacuum for your facility, there are many options out there. Here are some factors to consider:


The type of vacuum cleaner to purchase depends on where it will be used. For hard-surface floors or stairs, a canister or backpack machine may be best. For mostly carpeted facilities, an upright is probably the best option. If cleaning entrance matting is a priority, then a wet/dry vacuum should be used

Ergonomics. Choose an ergonomically designed vacuum cleaner that, among other things, is lightweight, has easy-access controls, and has a lightweight handle that conforms to the user’s hands.

Height adjustment. Different carpets have different piles and heights. Upright vacuum cleaners with manually adjustable height are the best choice to tackle the variety of carpets encountered in commercial settings.

True-HEPA air filtration. Choose vacuum cleaners with a true HEPA [high-efficiency particulate air] filtration system. This means the machine is properly sealed, with the ability to trap 99.97 percent of particles 0.3 microns in size, preventing them from becoming airborne.

Built-in wand and stretch hose. When vacuuming, there are often a variety of surfaces and areas to be cleaned. Upright vacuum cleaners that can ‘multitask’ facilitate cleaning. Choose upright vacuum cleaners with built-in, extra-strong hose wands for quick detail vacuuming.

Comfort. Some commercial vacuum cleaners make the user more comfortable during operation. If you are constantly hunched over or can’t reach certain areas, consider what a back-pack vacuum has to offer. With a back-back vacuum, the weight of the vacuum is carried on the shoulders and the unit sits high on the operator to make it easier to reach high areas.

Battery Powered. The tried and true corded vacuum may be the perfect fit for one person, but the new wave of cordless vacuums is already changing the market.

Machines that fit the job requirements. Evaluate the application and job requirements before investing in any vacuum cleaner, and select the machine that best fits your needs. For instance, larger or wide-area vacuums are effective in cleaning carpets in hotel corridors and large meeting rooms, but an upright battery vacuum may be better for compact or heavily trafficked areas.