Upright vacuum cleaners are the most common type of floor cleaning appliance in homes today. They typically cost less than canister vacuums, and often come with attachments, have bags or bins to collect dust and dirt, and they need a tall space for storage.
Inexpensive upright vacuum cleaners are available for you to do an excellent job of removing dirt and debris from your floors. If you have a bigger budget, there are a few top of the line vacuums that make big promises with their high tech design.
Best Upright Vacuum for the Price
According to the manufacturer, the Shark “Navigator Lift-Away” Professional Upright Vacuum (NV356E) has excellent control with its swivel steering for maneuvering through the home. It has a lightweight, portable (extra large capacity) canister which lifts away so that you can clean things above floor level. It has the technology that prevents the “Navigator” from losing suction.
Shark has designed this vacuum with complete seal technology (anti-allergen) and HEPA filters. Bare floors can be dusted and vacuumed in one easy step with a Dust-Away attachment that comes with microfiber pads. Attachments also included with the purchase include: a 8 inch crevice tool, pet power brush, and a dusting brush.
A customer thinks that this machine performs as well as the much pricier Dyson at one third of the cost. They say that it is easy to assemble, and has excellent suction. Another person who says that they have a medium pile carpet says that the suction is so good that it still pulls at the carpet, even when the brush is turned off. Another example from this person about the performance of this Shark vacuum is that they had the canister 3/4 of the way full and it still picked up cat litter and cat food on the floor.
Best Pet Upright Vacuum
This upright vacuum by Dirt Devil has the two types of bristles that clean carpets and hardwood floors. The name of this technology is Spin3Pro. If you have pets, you will love having the Turbo Claw pet hair tool of the Dirt Devil “Power Flex Pet” Upright Vacuum. The Turbo Claw is designed to grab and attract pet hair on upholstery and stairs.
Removing pet hair without hassle is easier with the extra large dirt cup that is built into this vacuum. It includes an odor trapping filter made of carbon to trap odors created by your pets. The design of this “Power Flex Pet” vacuum is lightweight so that you can move it easily from room to room.
An owner of three dogs and four cats wondered if this product would be able to work for their household. They were very pleased, when trying it out, that it moved so smoothly across the carpet. They said that it picked up every bit of hair and debris. It also cleaned their hardwood kitchen floor well. Others mentioned the light weight of this vacuum. One person was concerned that meant the appliance would not work well, but said they were pleasantly surprised at the suction provided by this unit.
Top Rated Upright Vacuum for Pets
When you purchase the Dyson Animal Complete Upright Vacuum Cleaner (DC65) from an authorized Dyson reseller, a five year parts and labor warrantee is included. Part of the design of this distinctive upright vacuum is the “Radial Root Cyclone” technology that provides constant suction. The brush bar has been reconfigured to have 25% more power and removes more dirt as it drives the bristles deeper into carpets.
Dyson claims it has the only turbine tool that is tangle-free included on this unit. This tool has counter-rotating heads (with brushes) that should remove hair and dirt from upholstery. Also included with purchase are a tool bag with extra tools, a multi angle brush, soft dusting brush, a Zorb, and a stiff bristle brush.
One person who purchased this item, found it to be easy to assemble. They allowed only one week for dust and debris to accumulate on rugs, hardwood, and carpets. After using this product in one room, they were amazed that the canister was full and they had to empty it. The customer said that it shows the performance of the Dyson vacuum and how much debris they were missing with sweeping and using another vacuum cleaner.
Another customer raved about the suction and made the comment that their carpet felt better to the feet after using this Dyson than when it was first installed. They like the “rotating ball” design of the unit, and say that the cord length is perfect.
Your budget and preference for upright vacuum cleaner features and accessories will most likely determine your choice when buying a new upright vacuum. Many people find it more convenient to purchase an upright that has a canister as opposed to emptying vacuum bags.
It is important to pay attention to attachments if you need to clean things above floor level. If you have a larger house, you may want to note cord length.