What do you do when your magical dirt-destroying machine stops working or loses its power? It might be time for a new vacuum cleaner, but with so many options to choose from — upright or canister, bag or bagless — how do you know which one is the best for your family?
Vacuum Style Is Vital
In the world of vacuum cleaners, there are three main styles: upright, canister and handheld.
Upright: Upright vacuum cleaners are all-in-one units that provide a powerful, sustainable suction — making them great for large areas. Getting rid of dust, dirt and crumbs is easier than ever with the strong bristles that lift dirt deep from within carpeting, rugs and upholstery. Plus, you can get a customized clean with an array of attachments that target specific areas of your home.
Canister: Canister vacuum cleaners have more mobility and combine a long, flexible hose with a powerful motor designed to be tough on dirt. Canister vacuums are light to carry, making them a breeze to haul up and down the stairs. The long hose reaches and cleans stairs, drapes, and under or behind furniture with minimal effort. And for extra reach, attachments connect to the handle, making it easy for you to transition from upholstery cleaning to floor care.
Handheld: Handheld or stick vacuum cleaners are the master of maneuverability — with a talent for quick cleaning in small spaces that makes them ideal for small apartments or offices. All Kenmore® handheld vacuum cleaners are cordless and store upright in their own charging station, where they can get 18 minutes of total run time on a single charge. Kenmore® 2-in-1 models come with a detachable dust buster that helps you clean hard-to-reach areas underneath furniture, in air vents and around the kitchen table.
Your Floors Will Thank You
At Kenmore, we design different vacuum cleaners with flooring type in mind. We recommend that you buy the right vacuum for your floors to ensure they get the treatment they deserve.
Carpet: With a lot of carpet, it’s easy for dust and dirt to get trapped in the threads. Upright vacuums pair powerful airflow with sturdy rotating brushes that are ideal for pulling dirt from deep within carpet fibers.
Hardwood: With an upright vacuum cleaner, you can turn off the rotating brush or adjust its height, so that the bristles won’t scratch your beautiful hardwood floors. Canister vacuum cleaners have a long, oval floor brush attachment that is gentle enough to use on your hardwood floors.
And never fear — the Kenmore brand has solutions if your house has both carpet and hardwood flooring. Aside from adjusting the height of an upright vacuum or changing the attachments on a canister vacuum, there is another option. The Kenmore brand offers a selection of crossover vacuum cleaners that act as upright vacuum cleaners but have a detachable canister, which lifts off for stairs and hard-to-reach areas.
Disposing of Dirt
Bag: Select vacuum cleaners have bags that collect the crumbs, dust and debris. This is a dream come true for people with allergies because you can remove the bag and avoid direct contact with the dust. All you have to do is replace the bag and you’re good to go! If you decide to go with a bag vacuum cleaner, keep in mind that you will need to continue purchasing replacement bags.
Bagless: The Kenmore brand also offers bagless options. Without a bag, the dust and debris collect in a reservoir. Simply detach the reservoir and dump out the contents. Latch it back in place and continue cleaning. It’s that easy!
Allergies: If your family suffers from allergies due to dust or pet dander, an allergen-friendly vacuum cleaner is a must. The Kenmore brand carries a wide variety of these, designed with a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filter that pulls 99.97% of dust and dander particles out of the air as you vacuum. Look for the blue icon that shows which vacuum cleaners are certified asthma- and allergy-friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
Pets: Got fur babies at home? Consider a model that includes the Pet Handi-Mate® attachment. The hose and wand attachment is designed to eliminate pet fur and dander from your home and is also perfect for removing pet hair from your car.
Once you’ve considered these topics, you should have a better idea about which vacuum cleaner is the best pick for your home.