Taking care of the floored and carpeted surfaces in your house can be a challenging task, especially if you have a large house or worse still – you’re working with inadequate tools.
The thing is, cleaning large carpets, small area rugs, tiles in the bathroom, and then a wooden floor represents a complex series of chores that can be a complete nightmare to get through, but if you wield the proper tools, you have a much higher chance of completing this stress-free.
Better still, if you had one cleaning contraption with which you could address all of these cleaning tasks, you would be able to not only do the job more quickly than otherwise, but you would also save money by not having to buy a new appliance for every individual cleaning job.
In this article, we’re going to talk about commercial vacuum cleaners – a commonly-found breed of these cleaning contraptions that you can use to take care of multiple different surfaces. Indeed, if you get a powerful enough model that you can attach a bunch of accessories on whenever you want, you can take care of a wide variety of cleaning tasks with ease.
So, what we’ve prepared here for you is a list of the fifteen models currently available on the market, a brief buyer’s guide to help you learn more about the features that these vacuum cleaners come with, as well as a section where we explain the difference between different types of commercial vacuums.
We’ve also included a couple of paragraphs highlighting the most important consideration factors you need to pay attention to when buying a commercial vacuum cleaner. Last but not least, there’s also a Q&A section towards the end, where we’ve answered some of the most commonly-asked questions about these cleaners.
Right then folks, without further ado, here’s the deal.
Industrial Vacuum Buyer’s Guide
When it comes to choosing the vacuum cleaner for your needs, one of the most important parameters to look into would certainly be what sort of surfaces can the model you’d opt for potentially clean.
The thing is, even though many models allow you to clean stuff across different surfaces, some of them are better suited for specific surfaces than the others, so if you mostly have hard floors in your house – getting a model designed to take care of hard floors should be your priority.
If you have mixed surface floors, then getting a model with multiple attachments can be the best option for you.
Dust Cap Capacity
As far as the dust capacity of a vacuum cleaner is concerned, one of the first parameters you should take into consideration would be the size of your home. Of course, the larger the home, the bigger the dust capacity you will need, so in case you have a small to medium-sized home, you wouldn’t need anything larger than an upright model.
On the other hand, if you have a larger home or you perform cleaning on a regular basis, you might be better off getting a larger backpack model or an industrial-grade vacuuming contraption. (These tend to have extra-large dust canister capacities, so you won’t have to empty these out too often while vacuuming around your house.)
The availability of accessories represents one of the most important parameters if you’re buying a smaller vacuum cleaner that you plan to use on multiple surfaces. The thing is, these accessories are made so that they can adhere to a variety of surfaces and can take on different cleaning tasks.
For example, many vacuum cleaner models come complete with a special pet brush, a crevice tool, extension wands, hard as well as soft bristle brushes, upholstery tools, and other ones. Separate extensions that you can fit onto the vacuum cleaner head that you can use to clean your car upholstery are also something that you can expect to find with many vacuum cleaner models.
The bottom line, if you have many different surfaces in your home you hope to clean, then getting a model with some of these accessories can be a fix-all option for you. (Sure beats having to but a separate vacuum cleaner for rugs, tile, upholstery, and other surfaces you have in your home.)
Other than suction, filtration would be an important aspect of vacuum cleaner design that you should never take for granted. Namely, while many vacuum cleaner manufacturers go to great lengths to ensure great filtration for their models, some do seem to be better than the others in this respect, so to speak.
Generally speaking, what you want to be looking for would be HEPA filters – a special breed of filters that can get rid of up to 99% of all impurities from the exhaust air before it reenters the room you’re in.
Other than these HEPA filters, you may also want to look out for multi-stage filtration. The thing is, if your vacuum cleaner filters the exhaust air on multiple levels, there’s a good chance that the resulting filtration will be thorough. (Also, if you tend to suffer from allergies on a regular basis, getting a model with multiple stages of filtration can be a great way to ensure these allergies of yours won’t get worse every time you pick up the vacuum cleaner.)
Types of Brush
Last but not least, (as long as this section is concerned, at least) the types of brush your vacuum cleaner comes with can be of great importance for the performance of the contraption itself.
You see, no matter how good a suction a vacuum cleaner model has, if the brushes aren’t strong enough to pick out the debris from within the fibers of the carpet you’re cleaning, for example, you risk wasting a good chunk of that suction power without sucking in the dirt and other particles with the nozzle.
On the other hand, softer brushes can be great for hard floors, and particularly for sensitive surfaces such as cork and hardwood.
Best Commercial Vacuum Cleaners – A List of 15 Best Models
1. EUREKA – Whirlwind Bagless Canister Vacuum Cleaner
Coming from a company well-known for its excellent vacuum cleaners, this EUREKA Whirlwind bagless model represents a sturdy cleaning tool you can use to tackle a wide variety of messes across different surfaces in your house.
Weighing in at less than 8 pounds, this vacuum model falls into the category of lightweight cleaners, so it’s perfect for families, small to medium homes, and for all sorts of cleaning tasks. It’s not only the weight of this model that makes it easy to move around, though.
This model also boasts swivel steering, which facilitates moving this thing around every nook and cranny around your furniture. Not only that, but this model also boasts a telescoping wand, which you can use to extend the handle and so reach areas in your home that would otherwise be impossible for you to get to.
- Integrated airflow control
- A large, 3-liter dust container
- Comes with a crevice tool
- Features a dusting brush
- Automatic cord rewinder
- Washable filter
- Swivel steering
- Some users complained about the ON/OFF button (it can be difficult to keep the thing on at times because the button can get stuck)
- The hose is made out of cheap plastic, which can get damaged fairly easily
2. Shark – Navigator Lift-Away Professional
Featuring the staple Shark lift-away function, this Navigator model can be an excellent choice for people who expect simple functionality out of their vacuum cleaner. All you need to detach the canister of this vacuum cleaner would be to press a button and that’s it. Once you’ve done emptying it, simply pop it back on, turn on the cleaner, and you can continue vacuuming.
As far as this model’s ability to get rid of potentially dangerous pollutants, the folks at Shark made sure that the thing they’ve built-in will be up to the task of preventing dust and whatever it is that you’ve picked up during your vacuuming session from reentering your room. Thanks to the HEPA filter onboard, you can rest assured that this vacuum cleaner will get rid of up to 99% of all pollutants from the air inside before it leaves through the exhaust.
- Lift-away function for easy emptying of the dust cup
- Powerful HEPA filtration
- Lightweight and versatile
- Works both on hard floors and on carpets
- Some users reported problems with the rotating brush
- A bit pricey
3. Bissell – Cleanview Swivel Rewind Pet Upright Vacuum Cleaner
If you have pets and are looking for a cleaning tool that can help you get rid of their droppings, this model from Bissell may be just the tool for you. Thanks to its powerful brush, this vacuum can penetrate deep into the fibers of the carpets you’re working on and so extricate the small foul-smelling particles of urine, feces, and hairs our pets leave behind them.
It’s not only the brush that makes this Bissell model pet-friendly, as folks at Bissell pride themselves in their policy where they donate a fraction of each and every vacuum cleaner to pet sanctuaries. So, if you want a powerful vacuum cleaner for taking care of pet messes AND you fancy contributing to getting stray dogs and other animals find a new home – you might want to go for a Bissell model.
Aside from its main brush, you’ll also get a special pet hair corner tool, as well as a pet turbo eraser tool, so with this vacuum cleaner on your side, you’re pretty much all set for getting rid of pet-related messes from off your floor.
- Bissell is a part of a pet-saving charity
- Features swivel steering
- 27-foot power cord
- Comes with a powerful triple-action brush tool
- Automatic cord rewinder
- Edge-to-edge cleaning for a more complete cleaning experience
- Pet hair corner tool
- Pet turbo-eraser tool
- Some customers complained about poor suction
- The rotating brush cannot be shut off
4. Oreck Commercial – Commercial Upright Vacuum Cleaner XL
Featuring a simple design, and a powerful motor providing strong suction, this Oreck Commercial upright vacuum represents a mighty vacuum cleaner you can use for a variety of cleaning tasks. A big part of the appeal of this particular model would certainly be its wide cleaning path, which helps you clean your carpet or a hard floor in fewer sweeps than you would need with a vacuum cleaner with a cleaning head that’s not as wide.
Another thing that makes this model recommend itself is its ergonomic grip, which means less hand and arm fatigue while using it. What’s more, this model is a recipient of the special acknowledgment from the Arthritis Foundation, so if you happen to have arthritis, or just tend to tire easily when vacuuming around your house, getting this model can be a bull’s-eye.
As far as the cleaning brush this model comes with is concerned, the folks at Oreck decided to install a powerful brush roll featuring double-helix brushes. This thing spins at 6,500 RPM, so there’s no way that many dust particles and other pollutants are going to escape its sweeping path.
- A wide, 12-inch cleaning path
- Easy-to-use handle
- ON/OFF switch located in the handle
- High-speed balanced brush roll
- The brush spins at 6,500 RPM
- Recommended by the Arthritis Foundation for people with arthritis
- Comes with protective bumpers
- Doesn’t come with any attachments
- Can be quite loud
5. Vacmaster – Beast Professional Series Wet/Dry Vac with Cart
With the appearance of a barrel with a hose and a bunch of other additional parts hanging around it, this model from Vacmaster boasts excellent suction as well as excellent durability. When we say ‘durability’, we mostly mean the tough stainless steel tank that will last you for years. (Even if you have to change a couple of parts along the way such as the hose, the tank will continue working just fine.)
Now that we’ve mentioned the hose, we could also say that this thing’s made out of high-quality premium material, which makes it kink-resistant, so you won’t have to worry about it getting damaged too much.
As far as the accessories are concerned, with this model you’re getting a utility nozzle, a floor nozzle, a professional floor brush, as well as a crevice tool and two extension wands, too. Add to that a special accessory bag, air, and noise diffuser and you get a well-rounded vacuum cleaner offer you can’t say ‘no’ to.
- Durable stainless steel tank
- Comes with an integrated hose
- 20-foot power hose
- Features two extension wands
- Accessory bag
- High-performance motor
- Extra-large Drain Port
- A tad expensive
- Some users reported problems with a wonky hose that won’t stay attached as it’s supposed to
6. Hoover Commercial – Lightweight Backpack Vacuum
Weighing in at less than 10 pounds, this model from Hoover Commercial can be a great tool for you if you fancy carrying your vacuum cleaner as a backpack while cleaning around your house. To further ensure that carrying this thing on your back won’t be straining, the folks at Hoover Commercial included a special harness designed by professional chiropractors, so the weight will be distributed evenly on your back.
Other than the chiropractor-designed harness, this model also boasts quiet operation, which is an important thing to take into consideration for vacuum cleaners in general, but especially for backpack models. (Because having a large backpack that produces loud noises from hell the entire time you’re using it can’t be that much of a great solution.)
Since you’ll be having this thing on your back while vacuuming, being able to move around the room without having to switch the power outlets is fairly important, and the designers at Hoover thought about this too. Thanks to the 48-foot power cord attached to this thing, you won’t have to worry about re-plugging this thing in and out of electrical sockets as long as you have a small-to-medium-sized apartment or house. (Even if you have a larger house, you won’t have to re-plug this thing too often.)
- Lightweight design
- Chiropractor-designed harness
- 48-foot long power cord
- Comes with an accessory pack
- Quiet operation
- HEPA filtration
- Not that effective with high-pile carpets
- Cannot pick up liquids
7. Oreck – Professional Upright Vacuum Cleaner
If you’re looking for a sturdy bagged vacuum cleaner you can use for a wide variety of cleaning tasks, this model from Oreck represents an excellent example of a well-made cleaning contraption perfect for a small to medium-sized home.
One of the most sought-after features of this model would certainly be its self-adjustment property, which means you can move between carpeted and non-carpeted surfaces with ease. You don’t need to manually change anything or make any other alterations – all you need to do is move across the surface you’re working on with ease and that’d be it because this vacuum will adjust itself to the surface below.
As far as the handle on this model is concerned, it was praised by the Arthritis Foundation for its ergonomic properties. What’s more, this model is also a recipient of the Ease-of-Use Commendation by the same Arthritis foundation, so if you happen to have this disease, or you simply like your vacuum cleaner handles to be comfortable and easy to use, getting this model from Oreck can be the thing for you.
- Automatic adjustment when moving from carpets to hard floors and vice versa
- Recommended by the Arthritis Foundation for its comfortable handles
- High-speed brush roll
- Double helix brushes spinning at 6,500 RPM
- Slip-resistant cogged V-belt
- Comes with a special cord guard
- Requires some assembly
- Some users may not appreciate the bagged design
8. Roomie Tec – Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
Featuring a unique and beautifully-designed 2-in-1 build, this model from the Roomie Tec company can be a great solution for a person looking for a vacuum cleaner that can be used as either a handheld model or as a regular upright one.
With this thing in your hands, you can easily tackle any cleaning task in your house, no matter how tough-the-reach the spots are that you need to take care of. Some of the surfaces you can clean with this thing include stairs, carpets, furniture, car interiors, as well as different soft furnishings, area rugs, and hard surfaces, of course.
Since this model is cordless, all of its electricity comes from a 2,200mAh battery, which will work like a charm but only for about 23 minutes, which is not that great of running time. That said, during those 23 minutes, you will enjoy uninterrupted cleaning, so you won’t have to worry about sudden power dips and other issues.
- 2-in-1 design allows you to switch from upright model to a handheld one easily
- Can be used to clean a variety of surfaces
- Comes with an instruction manual
- Powerful suction enables you to clean a variety of surfaces
- Features 6 LED lights for better vision in low-light circumstances
- Short battery running time
- Some users reported problems with their batteries dying prematurely
9. Bissell – Garage Pro Wall-Mounted Wet Dry Car Vacuum
As our entry number 9, we’ve got a curious contraption that represents one of the rare cases where a vacuum cleaner-making company manufactures a model specifically meant for garages.
The way you use this model is to hang it on the wall of the garage, attach the hose to it, and then simply move around the place and clean it as you see fit. The benefit of such a design would be the fact that you don’t have to push or pull the vacuum cleaner, nor do you have to carry it on your back (which is the case with backpack vacuum cleaner models).
Another great thing about this model is that it allows you to pick up with its nozzle both wet and dry messes, so you won’t have to wait until the mess your pet just created dries up before you can clean it. Also, this means you can easily pick up a series of other nasty pollutants from off your garage floor, including leaves, dust, as well as various spillages.
- Picks up both wet and dry messes from off the floors of your garage
- Can be converted to a blower
- Comes with a 4-gallon dirt tank
- Excellent 2-stage filtration
- Features a wall-mounting kit
- Extension wand
- Works on both wet and dry messes
- Not that useful for rooms in your house outside of the garage
- Some users reported the quality of the hose
10. Sanitaire – Commercial Shake-Out Bag Upright Vacuum Cleaner
Representing a lightweight vacuum model that you can use to take care of your indoor floor situation, so to speak, this model from Sanitaire offers solid performance and a sturdy design that can last you for years to come.
As far as the way this model functions are concerned, the central part of its designs would be the bag. Namely, this heavy-duty dust container can be reused indefinitely, as long as you properly empty it every time. When it comes to emptying the bag, all you have to do is shake it, as the name of this model suggests, until all the dust and pollutants have left it, so to speak. (Of course, you may want to do this over a trash can or outside.)
An interesting feature added by the folks at Sanitaire would definitely be the handle, which features a special automatic locking system. You can control it with a foot pedal if you want to lower it enough so that you can go below the furniture with it.
- Comes with a Tietex fabric shakeout bag
- A powerful 11-Amp motor
- Automatic locking system (can be operated with a foot pedal)
- CRI seal of approval for its excellent indoor quality and soil removal
- Lightweight design
- Some users may not like the bagged design of this model
- A bit pricey
11. Miele – Grey Classic C1 Pure Suction Canister Vacuum Cleaner
With the appearance of an electric shaving apparatus, this vacuum cleaner from Miele represents a compact and easy-to-use cleaner you can use for a wide variety of maintenance tasks in your home. Ideal for vacuuming hard floors, this model will not fail to satisfy your cleaning needs for a wide variety of cleaning scenarios.
Even though this model performs the best on hard floors, you can just as well use it on other surfaces. What’s more, the folks at Miele took into consideration the nature of different surfaces you might want to use this model on, which is why this vacuum cleaner comes with 6 different suction power settings. With these, you can easily take care of upholstery, carpets, hard floors, car seats – you name it.
As far as filtration is concerned, you can rest assured that the air that comes out of the exhaust of this vacuum cleaner will be thoroughly treated, so to speak, before it reenters your room.
- High suction power provided by the 1,200-Watt motor
- 6 different suction power settings
- Comes with three stages of filtration
- 7-year warranty on the motor and the casing
- 1-year parts and labor warranty
- Some users complained that cleaning high pile carpets can be tricky
- Some users disliked the plastic tube attachment part
12. ProTeam – Backpack Vacuums Super CoachVac Commercial Vacuum Cleaner
In case you’re interested in owning a vacuum cleaner you can wear as a backpack and use to get rid of a wide variety of pollutants from off your floors, this model from ProTeam can be just the thing you’ve been looking for. What you get with this rather chunky vacuuming contraption is a large capacity canister which can enable you to clean the floors and carpets in your house to your heart’s content without having to empty it out all the time.
As far as hard surfaces are concerned, this ProTeam model comes equipped with a special Xover floor tool, allowing you to glide smoothly across parquet, tile floors, and whatever other hard surfaces you have in your house.
Also, this attachment’s hard surface prowess translates fairly well on low-pile carpets, so you can just as well use it for these. (The only thing you should pay attention to would be not to use it on high-pile carpets because it will get stuck and you won’t be able to push it around as easily – so, don’t even try it.)
- Large capacity canister
- Four-level advanced HEPA filtration
- Low-noise operation
- Comes with an extra-long 50-foot power cord
- Features a special Xover all-purpose tool
- Ergonomic design
- A tad expensive
- Some users have reported issues connected with the hose breaking off easily
13. Vacmaster – 8-Gallon Certified HEPA Wet/Dry Shop Vacuum
For all of you in need of a powerful industrial-grade vacuum cleaner, this Vacmaster contraption can be an interesting option to look into. Thanks to its 4 stages of filtration, this thing will be able to suck in the messes on your floors but not allow the dusty air to reenter your room once it’s gone inside this cleaner.
Since this model is industrial-grade, so to speak, it comes with a long 30-foot power cord, so you can push this thing around toward any nook and cranny of your house, without having to re-plug it all the time. Also, there’s the 10-foot crush-proof hose, so you’ll have plenty of reach with this model on your side, so to speak.
When it comes to the collection bag on this model, the folks at Vacmaster made sure that it’s a tear-resistant bag that you can reuse for an indefinite time in the future, provided you take good care of it, of course.
- 4-stage filtration
- 10-foot crushproof hose
- Comes with a 30-foot power cord
- Tear-resistant bag
- Rear storage caddy
- Crevice tool
- Some users complained that this model isn’t stable enough (falls over too easily)
- Some of the tools have different diameters (might require you to buy additional extension tubes)
14. ProTeam – ProVac FS 6 Vacuum Backpack with HEPA Media Filtration
Coming from a company called ProTeam, this backpack vacuum cleaner represents a powerful cleaning tool you can use for taking care of a wide variety of cleaning tasks. Thanks to its powerful suction, thorough filtration, as well as a number of accessories it comes with, this model can be a great choice for people with large apartments, professional carpet cleaners, as well as for companies looking to buy a professional vacuum cleaner they could use for taking care of large work areas.
As far as its primary purpose is concerned, though, the manufacturers claim that it’s the residential cleaning, so if you only want to take care of your home and your home happens to be a bit larger, you may want to consider getting yourself this model. What you’ll get together with it in terms of accessories would be a 12-inch power nozzle, a crevice tool, a dust brush, as well as an extension wand.
- Comes with an adjustable harness
- Powerful HEPA 4-stage filtration
- Power nozzle tool kit
- 50-foot extension cord
- Crevice tool
- Soft dusting brush
- Two-piece wand
- Cleaning under furniture can be tough (because the vacuum head is too tall)
- Some users did not like the plastic joint that connects two parts of the extension wand (because it feels too wonky)
15. Sebo – Airbelt D4 Premium Canister Vacuum with ET-1 Powerhead
Featuring a relatively small size but quite a heft vacuuming power output, this model from Sebo represents a compact and easy-to-use model perfect for smaller apartments and homes. The cleaning head on this model is probably one of its most prominent highlights as its advanced build enables you to steer it with ease to whichever direction you’d like to go while vacuuming.
This maneuverability is further enhanced by the fact that this model comes with a 40-foot power cord that, together with the hose, and the rest of this vacuum cleaner, gives you a cleaning radius of about 50 feet. So, with this thing on your side, you can rest assured that you will be able to cover your rooms easily without having to re-plug the power cord all the time.
Another interesting feature the folks at Sebo decided to build in this model would certainly be the LED indicator which tells you if the suction is working. This way, you can always tell if the vacuum cleaner is working well in case there is no suction at the vacuuming head due to a stuck sock or something.
- Excellent steering capability
- LED power indicator
- 40-foot power cord
- Comes with 3 additional on-board tools
- Features a patented air-belt bumper
- Compact size
- Rubber-coated wheels
- Probably not the best option for larger houses
- Some users reported that using this model can be a tad physically demanding
Types of Commercial Vacuums
Representing one of the most commonly found types of vacuum cleaners, upright models are a breed of cleaning contraptions that have the cleaning head at the bottom that comes with wheels, while motor and the canister are placed in the elongated top part which finishes with the handles. (This is why they’re called upright vacuum cleaners, of course.)
They are typically corded, but there are some models that are battery-powered.
As far as the surfaces are concerned where these work the best, carpeted areas and hard floors are where these will perform the best. The downside to these is that they tend to be heavy, so they cannot be used to clean upholstery, and then also don’t typically come with many attachments other than perhaps a couple of extra brushes.
As their name suggests, upright vacuum cleaners are models that you carry on your back. In order to make the operation as simple as possible for the ‘carrier’, so to speak, the manufacturers of these models typically make sure that they are ergonomically built and that they have a special harness that fits the users back.
When it comes to the type of surface these models can tackle, you can count on all sorts of hard floors and carpeted surfaces, as well as stairs, upholstery, and other areas where other types of vacuum such as upright models cannot get to. Another thing that makes backpack models so effective would be the accessories these come with, so if you get one of these, you can rest assured that you will be able to cover a wide variety of cleaning tasks when different surfaces are in question.
That said, the flipside to backpack models would be that they tend to be more expensive than other types of vacuum cleaners (partly because many of the backpack models are considered as professional models and partly because of their size), and also – some people may find it difficult to carry them on their backs. (Older people, folks with back injuries, etc.)
Wet & Dry Models
As every homeowner knows all too well, not all messes are dry, so if you’re dealing with a wet spillage or any sort of mess where there’s a lot of liquid involved, what you may want to do is get wet/dry model to take care of it.
The way this work is fairly easy – everything’s the same as with the ordinary ‘dry-only’ models, but with the wet ones, you also get the ability to pick up spillages and wet messes together with the dry stuff. Of course, these models tend to feature special protection around the motor that can prevent water damage, but otherwise, they’re quite similar to the regular vacuum cleaner designs.
So, if you need a vacuum cleaner for taking care of both wet AND dry messes, getting one of these models would be the best overall solution.
Canister vacuum cleaners combine the efficiency of having a big dust canister with the convenience of moving it on wheels. So, it can be considered a crossover between backpack models and an ordinary upright vacuum cleaner.
Thanks to the fact that these rather chunky contraptions can be moved about fairly easily, the manufacturers of these typically sell them together with a variety of accessories, as well as long hoses, and extension wands. This makes them perfect for different cleaning tasks such as carpet cleaning, hard floor cleaning, and you can use these to even take care of draperies and other fixtures.
As far as their source of power is concerned, most canister vacuum cleaner models are corded.
Representing a special breed of small vacuum cleaners, handheld vacuums can be, as their names suggest, carried around easily and used for cleaning different surfaces directly. (meaning – without a hose or any sort of special nozzle)
Generally speaking, handheld vacuums can be used on virtually all surfaces but they are best used for upholstery, car seats, stair carpets, as well as other similar surfaces that are otherwise tough to reach.
What’s more, while not many manufacturers produce hoses and extension wands for these types of vacuum cleaners, you can find some models that do come with these, so if you want to have a bigger reach with your handheld model, you can get a model that does come with some of these additional parts.
When it comes to their power supply, handheld vacuums are typically corded, but there are many models out there that are battery-powered.
Last but not least, robot vacuums represent another subcategory of commercial vacuum cleaners.
They are made to be either fully-autonomous or semi-autonomous and can be used to clean hard floors and carpeted surfaces. Due to their design limitations, these are not a good option for cleaning upholstery and car seats. They also don’t do that well on stairs, also because of their design.
That said, if you have a house with large areas with no furniture and you’re too lazy to vacuum these yourself, getting a robot vacuum cleaner can be an excellent option.
Vacuum Cleaner Advantages and Features
If you happen to suffer from allergies (or perhaps some of your family members do), getting a vacuum cleaner with excellent filtration would be an important factor to take into consideration.
The thing is, the better a vacuum cleaner is able to single out potentially harmful and allergy-triggering particles into the air through their exhaust system, the better it will be at preventing these from compromising your indoor areas.
As far as the filter you want to be looking out for here, HEPA filters tend to be the best at fighting off allergies, so look out for this label in the description of your vacuum cleaner before buying it.
Vacuum Head Height Adjustment
This especially goes for the folks who have multiple surfaces to take care of in their homes, such as carpets and hard floors.
Many vacuum cleaner brands out there make their vacuum heads in such a way that you can adjust their height, so as to make them more effective at sucking in the dirt from off the floor easily.
Although this is a fairly simple feature, it can truly mean the difference between being able to clean multiple different surfaces and having to use various attachments for this purpose – which is not as convenient.
While vacuuming isn’t necessarily the most physically demanding sort of chore, doing so for prolonged periods or passing over a high-pile rug a couple of times can mean you have to put your back into it.
This is why ergonomics matter when it comes to vacuum cleaners – especially if you’re using these contraptions on a daily basis because you do this professionally.
A well-made backpack harness for backpack vacuum models, or handles that come with padded rubber coating can mean the difference between getting tired twenty minutes into your cleaning session and completing an entire floor of your house without as much as getting winded.
Vacuum cleaners aren’t well-known for their quiet operation, but there are still some models out there that are noticeably quieter than some of the others.
The thing is, vacuum cleaners which aren’t that loud are typically a rarity, so when the manufacturers do put out a model that is less loud than its peers, so to speak, you can expect to see this piece of info in the description of the vacuum cleaner.
What you want to look for is a tag that says something like ‘low-noise operation’, or ‘quiet operation’. It would be smart to also check in the comments to see the experiences of the folks who already own the vacuum cleaner in question.
One of the most common obstacles that vacuum cleaners ‘face’ in their cleaning path, so to speak, would come in the shape of, what else – furniture. And, walls.
So, if you don’t want to risk chipping your furniture by pushing a vacuum cleaner into it, you may want to try to find a vacuum cleaner model that comes with a special protective bumper.
These bumpers are typically a small rubber stripe that is placed on the edges of the vacuuming head, so when you’re pushing it around on your carpets and hard floors, you don’t damage the furniture you run into.
Advantages of Industrial Vacuum Cleaners
While industrial-grade vacuum cleaners may be bigger, heavier, and more expensive than their ordinary counterparts, if you plan on using them for years and even decades to come, it certainly makes sense to buy the industrial ones.
The thing is, industrial-grade models are made to last because they are typically made for professional cleaners, while the commercial models are made for home use.
Nowhere is this distinction more visible than when it comes to the materials used. The industrial models are made out of high-quality steel and have heavy-duty durable hoses, while commercial models are typically made out of plastic.
Another important department where industrial vacuum cleaner models beat their commercial counterparts would be the filtration.
Since industrial-grade models are used for picking wet and dry messes, as well as a wide variety of potentially harmful substances, they have powerful filters which are there to ensure that the exhaust air is as clean as possible when it leaves the body of the vacuum cleaner.
To be fair, commercial models also don’t lag too badly behind the industrial ones in this respect, because many of them come with powerful HEPA filters. While these cannot tackle dangerous chemicals and other specific industry-related pollutants, when it comes to dust, grime, and other nasty stuff that can be found on your living room’s floor – these tend to do fairly well.
Useful for Larger Areas
Using a small handheld vacuum cleaner for cleaning your kids’ room and your car’s upholstery can be a perfect way to get rid of small messes and small areas.
That said, when it comes to larger areas where you have to cover the length and width of a football field or more, having a large and powerful industrial vacuum cleaner on wheels you can move around easily is the thing you want to have at your disposal.
Not only do industrial vacuum cleaners give you more suction, but they also don’t overheat as easily. Also, they have larger suction heads, so you can cover a larger surface when cleaning.
As we already mentioned earlier, industrial vacuum cleaners are built to last. It is thanks to their sturdy bodies and parts made out of high-quality materials that these contraptions can survive for as long as they can survive – which is often decades.
This is not a coincidence, of course, as industrial vacuum cleaners are used to tackle heavy messes and all sorts of potentially harmful chemicals, so they have to be tough to be able to do it all, so to speak.
So, if you compare commercial vacuum cleaner models with their industrial counterparts, you will see that the industrial ones are tougher, more durable, and have a longer overall ‘lifespan’.
Long Operation Hours
Another positive aspect of industrial vacuum cleaners would be the fact that you can use them for hours and hours on end without risking overheating and other problems which you can usually see with commercial models.
This is mostly due to the fact that industrial models have stronger builds which can take quite a lot of punishment, so to speak, and still continue vacuuming even if they’ve been turned on for a couple of hours already.
Thus, these models tend to be an excellent choice for professional cleaners and people who have large surfaces to take care of on a regular basis.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1) What is a commercial vacuum?
- Commercial vacuum cleaners are cleaning contraptions made to answer to the needs of most homeowners. Of course, small business owners and anyone who has some sort of small house or apartment they need to clean can also benefit from using a commercial vacuum cleaner.
They are typically smaller than industrial-grade models, are made out of mostly plastic parts, and come with a variety of accessories so that you can use them to clean different surfaces.
2) What is the best lightweight commercial vacuum cleaner?
- This depends on what sort of type of vacuum cleaner you’re looking for.
- As you probably already know, there are several types of vacuum cleaners out there (upright, canister, handheld…), and each of these categories pretty much has some models which can be considered lightweight.
- For example, companies such as Hoover, Bissell, Oreck, and Shark, have certain models that may be considered lightweight.
3) Is a 12-Amp Vacuum good for commercial use?
- Generally speaking, most commercial vacuum cleaners tend to be below 12 Amps or have exactly 12 Amps of power, so a 12-Amp vacuum cleaner is more than enough to make an efficient and powerful vacuuming contraption.
- If you only have your home to take care of and don’t need to clean large industrial areas, a vacuum cleaner model with 12 Amps would be more than enough for you.
4) Are vacuums with bags better?
- It all depends on what you prefer.
- Vacuum cleaners with bags tend to be easier to empty out, but then the fact that they have these bags means you’ll have to buy more down the road.
- On the other hand, the canister models tend to require a bit more maintenance, but you don’t have to worry about buying more bags in the future.
5) Do ‘bagless’ vacuums have more suction?
- Not necessarily.
- The thing is, the suction power of a vacuum cleaner mostly comes down to how powerful the motor onboard is, so there are both ‘bagged’ and ‘bagless’ vacuum cleaner models out there with powerful suction.
6) Why do vacuums lose suction?
- There are several reasons why this happens.
- One reason would relate back to the motor. If the belt is broken, the vacuum will have less suction and may even stop working completely. Other reasons include a clogged bag, some sort of obstacle around the rollers, or simply a clogged hose.
All in all, whether it’s cleaning your living room, your kids’ room, or your car’s seats and some upholstery here and there, getting a commercial vacuum cleaner to help you do the job would be the best course of action. We hope this article helped you find the best commercial vacuum cleaner model for your needs, and we wish you a merry and hassle-free purchase.