Upright vacuums are the most common style found in homes today. As you likely guessed, they sit in an upright position, so they are a great option if you don’t want to bend over a lot. Typically, they have a foot lever you press to change the angle of the machine for increased maneuverability. Features can vary a lot, but one decision you will definitely have to make is whether to get a model that collects dust in a bin or in a bag.
Upright position, bins or bags collect debris, typically comes with accessories, including a wand for corners or stairs. Many can transition between carpet and bare floors.
Takeaway: Best if you have the space to store something tall. They typically weigh more than other models, so an upright stick vacuum might be a good lighter-weight alternative. Bagless vacuums are generally more expensive, reaching average prices near $700, whereas bagged models rarely exceed $300.
Canister vacuums are also popular. They are a bit more versatile than uprights, because you can lift the canister and take it wherever you want to go. They are known for working well on stairs, because you can carry the canister and use the long wand extender to tackle each level with ease.
Key features: Most offer the same or similar cleaning options as uprights, but with increased mobility.
Takeaway: They are lighter than uprights, but you still have to be comfortable lifting at least 8 pounds. You’ll also have to bend over to push the canister around the house (or you can use the wand to pull it, but you’ll have less control over the movements). The long wands and cords get tangled more easily, and might be a more difficult to store because the hose and wand don’t snap to the canister.
Robot vacuums may seem like a novelty, but they actually do a lot to keep your floors clean. Just let ’em go, and they bounce around your carpeted and bare floors to tidy up your messes.