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Comparison Chart

Vacuum Type
Surface Type
Canister vacuum
canister vaccum

Hard surfaces

Small carpeted areas


  • Shape creates a strong suction and cleaning power
  • Bag and bagless options
  • Flexible hoses reach stairs, upholstery and other difficult areas of the home
  • Not ideal for large floor surfaces
  • Two-piece design can be difficult to maneuver simultaneously
Deep cleaner
deep cleaner

Carpeted surfaces

  • Warm water provides more than a surface cleaning
  • Some feature microbial treatments to prevent against bacterial growth
  • Heavy and bulky
Upright vacuum
deep cleaner

Large carpeted areas

Hard surfaces


  • Powerful with a wide cleaning path to clean large areas of your home quickly
  • Bag and bagless options
  • Difficult to clean under beds, furniture, etc.
  • Usually bulkier and heavier than other vacuums
Handheld vacuum
handheld vacuum

Small carpeted or hard-surfaced areas

  • Lightweight and easy to maneuver
  • Ideal for cleaning small messes or car interiors
  • Not as powerful as full-sized models
Sweeper or stick vacuum
sweeper or stick vacuum

Small floor surface areas

  • Lightweight with long handles for comfortable use
  • Some are battery-powered
  • Excellent surface cleaners
  • Not ideal for deep cleaning
  • Do not perform as well on carpeted areas as other vacuums
  • Small dirt bin capacities
Pet vacuum
pet vacuum

Carpeted areas

Hard surfaces

  • Powerful
  • Collect pet hair and dander
  • Minimize pet odors
  • Can be heavy and difficult to maneuver
Robot vacuum
robot vacuum

Medium-sized floor surfaces

  • Hands-free vacuuming
  • Cordless
  • Programmable
  • Navigates from room to room on its own
  • Sensors detect dirt for efficient cleaning, even when you're not home
  • Move around obstacles
  • Not as powerful on carpeted surfaces as an upright or canister
  • Must be charged prior to use
  • Not ideal for shag carpeting or area rugs
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