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Residential Vacuums vs. Commercial Vacuum Cleaners


Using professional cleaning equipment and vacuum cleaners is a chore for many of us. We might enjoy it when the house is freshly cleaned, but when it’s time to vacuum with pets or allergies, that’s another story.

The fact is that vacuuming has changed dramatically over the last few years. These days there are different types of vacuum cleaners for various purposes.

Here are some ways to help you figure out which vacuum is best for your home.

Which Vacuum Is Right For You?

Today's market has many vacuum options to choose from. For home use, you have the option of a traditional plug-in upright or canister vacuum cleaner.

If you are looking for something more heavy-duty or commercial-grade, backpack vacuums and commercial uprights are available. Each type has its advantages and disadvantages, so read on to determine which one will be best for your needs.

Here are three main things to consider:



Do you need to take your vacuum cleaners with you as you work around your house? Do you need something that travels well if it needs to be taken into another room (or outside) to vacuumhouse-with-hardwood-floor-chair-table-plant

Hardwood Flooring

If you have a large house with a good deal of hardwood flooring, you may want to consider a model designed for this type of application. An incorrect machine can easily scratch hardwood floors, so make sure the one you choose will not cause scratches or gouges on your wood floors.

Carpet Quality

The better quality your carpet, the more effective and thorough your vacuum should be. The bad thing about high-end vacuums is that they tend to be heavy and bulky due to their increased power and water capacity. Heavy equipment does not translate into higher productivity when moving it around becomes cumbersome and bothersome. However, if you have a lighter-duty vacuum, it may not pick up debris as effectively as a heavier-duty model.

In addition to these factors, many other considerations go into choosing the right type of vacuum for your use. It is best to make a list of all the things you want out of your purchase before shopping around to be sure you have found the perfect fit.

Residential Vs. Commercial

You'll need to make the decision on whether you want a residential or commercial vacuum cleaner. A residential vacuum cleaner is best for homes with pets, allergies, and people who want to keep their homes and floors clean.

Residential vacuum cleaners are lightweight and easy to use, but they don't work well on high-pile carpets. You can use residential models on low-pile carpets or area rugs without any problem, though. They come in handheld and upright models.

Commercial vacuums and industrial vacuums are more powerful than residential vacuums, so they're best for cleaning offices, restaurants, warehouses, and other large spaces. Commercial models also come in upright and hand-held models with different attachments for different tasks, just like an industrial vacuum.

You can find commercial vacuums that come with multiple motors for added suction power; these models are the most powerful available anywhere, and they require fewer repairs. 

Commercial vacuums usually cost more than residential vacuums because they're designed to do more intense jobs like deep cleaning carpeting or sucking up liquids like spilled coffee or paint thinner. They are specifically designed for industrial settings.

different-types-of-vacuumsTypes Of Vacuum Systems

Now that we have outlined some crucial factors to consider when choosing between commercial and residential vacuums, let’s take a look at what types of systems are available on the market today.



Upright Vacuums

These units have been popular for years due to their ease of use and excellent performance. An upright vacuum is easy to assemble, maintain, and carry around the house as needed.

When purchasing an upright model, look for one with a rotating brush or beater bar that will help loosen embedded debris on carpeting before it is sucked up by the powerful suction action of the unit.


Canister Vacuums

These vacuums are more popular with businesses than homes due to their heavy-duty design and ability to handle everything from small debris (such as dirt) to large particles like gravel or nuts and bolts.

Some canisters even come with wet/dry options, making them good choices for business AND home use! They are typically mounted on wheels for ease of portability, and they are designed for easy low-profile cleaning, like under furniture.


Backpack Vacuums

These commercial-grade units are just like the canister model in that they have powerful suction and many accessory options to choose from. The difference is that a backpack vacuum has a strap system that allows you to wear the unit on your back.

This makes it easier to carry around when using it in larger areas such as warehouses or parking garages, where taking the unit by hand would be difficult or cumbersome.


Commercial Upright Vacuums

An excellent upright vacuum will cost more than its home-use counterparts due to its heavy-duty design and higher motor wattage (which means more power). However, if you are looking for something that will stand up to constant use and provide high performance every time, the extra cost is well worth it.


Commercial Canister Vacuums

These units have many features as the upright models we just discussed, but they come in a more compact and mobile design.

They can still be used for dry vacuuming applications such as large sweeping areas (such as warehouses). Still, they also work great for wet pick-up or spot cleaning jobs where getting under furniture is unnecessary.


Commercial Backpack Vacuums

Much like the commercial canister model described above, these units feature extremely powerful engines and long accessory wands so that you can clean larger areas quickly and efficiently.

However, the backpack model is designed to be worn on your back for increased mobility when using it in large spaces or tight quarters.


Commercial Wet/Dry Vacuums

If you need the ability to wet pick-up liquid spills, such as oil or coolant, look no further than these units.

They feature powerful suction action and internal storage tanks that hold enough liquid for multiple pick-ups without having to stop and empty between jobs like with a bucket and pump system. These machines are incredibly versatile and great for all businesses (except maybe fine dining).


How To Buy The Right Vacuum Cleaner For Your Home


Check The Weight Of The Vacuum

The weight of the vacuum you purchase will depend on what type of surface you vacuum. It’s important to know which kind of flooring you have before deciding on a vacuum because it will affect your decision significantly.

If you have a light carpet, then a lightweight vacuum is best. On the other hand, a heavy-duty vacuum should be used if you have a deep pile carpet.


Consider Your Space And Whether You’ll Need An Upright Or Canister Vacuum

A canister vacuum may be best for you if you have hardwood floors. You could also use one if you would instead vacuum the floor and not the furniture or other areas.

An upright vacuum is better for homes with carpets. An upright vacuum is also good if you have pets because it won't get tangled in their hair like a canister vacuum might.


Find The Right Power Setting For Your Home

Different vacuums can have different settings for power on the vacuum. This is an important consideration when purchasing a vacuum because it will determine how much dirt you will get up with your vacuum.

If you have allergies or any type of respiratory condition, you might want to consider buying a vacuum that has the lowest power setting possible.


What Type Of Flooring Do You Have?

One of the most important questions to ask yourself when figuring out which vacuum you need is what type of flooring you have. Some vacuums are great for wood floors but not for carpets or rugs.

If you have hardwood floors primarily, then a regular upright vacuum might be good enough, but an upright with a motorized brush attachment is probably best if you have carpeted floors.

If your home has mostly carpeting or rugs, then you’ll want to get a vacuum with a motorized brush attachment. This will help pick up all the dirt and debris on your carpet, so it doesn’t just get pushed around on the rug.

This works incredibly well on deep-pile rugs or shag carpets. A rotating brush can also help get into corners and walls where hair and other debris might collect while effectively removing dirt from these areas without disturbing furniture too much.

Which Is Better, Bagged Or Bagless?

One of the most important differences between residential and commercial vacuums is whether they come with a bag. This is a question of aesthetics for many homeowners. Some people don’t like looking at the gross debris that gets vacuumed up.

However, some people will tell you that bagless vacuums are better because they don’t cost as much to maintain.

The truth is that it comes down to personal preference, but there are pros and cons for both types of vacuums. The more traditional bagged vacuum might be better if you have allergies or pets in your home.

If you don’t want to see any dirt and debris getting sucked up, then a bagged vacuum may be desirable for you. But if you like the convenience of not replacing the bag, then a bagless vacuum would work well for you.

Bagless Vacuums

Bagless vacuums are generally easier to maintain. They also benefit from being more economical because you don’t have to buy replacement bags.


Bagged Vacuums

Bagged vacuums are the type of vacuum most people think about when they hear the word “vacuum.” They use bags to capture dust and dirt. The bag will need to be replaced at some point, but it is a straightforward process that can be done within seconds.

This type of vacuum is best for homes with pets or allergies because you don’t have to worry about the dirt being released back into the air while you are cleaning. You can also use these vacuums on area rugs without worrying about them getting sucked up in the vacuum cleaner.


Residential and commercial vacuums are two names for the same thing, but they can denote different types of cleaners. Residential vacuums are smaller and typically have a bag or bagless design. They are meant for non-commercial use in homes.

On the other hand, commercial vacuums are much larger and intended for commercial use in shops and offices. They also have a rotating brush to get into corners and walls where dirt tends to accumulate.

Using professional cleaning equipment and vacuum cleaners is a chore for many of us. We might enjoy it when the house is freshly cleaned, but when it’s time to vacuum with pets or allergies, that’s another story.

The fact is that vacuuming has changed dramatically over the last few years. These days there are different types of vacuum cleaners for various purposes.

Here are some ways to help you figure out which vacuum is best for your home.