7 things to know before buying a handheld canisterPosted by Sheri Davis on Jun 6, 2012 in Tips | 0 comments
At Mr. Sweeps Vacuums & More we know, when shopping for canister vacuums, it’s important to know the difference between canister types. Knowing what your needs are before you shop will help you save money and get the right product for your home. When shopping for a handheld canister, keep these items in mind.
- Know the space you want to use it for (always think about future uses).
- Get the correct power for the types of jobs that you’ll need it for (getting a cordless canister to vacuum kitty litter is not going to work).
- Make sure that the cord length is suitable for your needs (retractable cord winders are great, if you like playing with sling shots, but not normally reliable).
- How often will you use it and consider dirt capacity (if you over fill the bag, it WILL stop working)
- What attachments are important to you? Don’t forget your ceiling heights, stairs and pet needs.
- Consider if anyone in your home has allergies? If so, make sure to buy a canister with a HEPA filter.
- Consider who will be doing the cleaning and make sure you get the one that meets that person’s needs. ( A 15-pound canister is not going to work for an 80-year-old woman)
With virtually hundreds to choose from, it helps to know that there are really only two main canister types. Keep in mind there are always exceptions to the rule, but generally two types. One classification is the “handheld” canister and the other is termed a “full size” canister. For the purposes of this blog, we will concentrate on the handheld canister for today and full size canisters tomorrow.
Handheld canisters are typically smaller in size, more compact, lightweight and are straight suction machines. Meaning, whatever you vacuum goes directly into the bag. This makes them great surface cleaners without the worry of getting something caught in the roller brush. Wheels are options on some, but not normally. In terms of power or suction rate, handheld canisters are less powerful than their full size counterparts, but some pack more punch than expected. This is improving all the time. The dirt capacity is smaller so you have to change the bag or clean the filter more often. A reasonable life expectancy for handheld canisters is about 1 to 3 years. They can last much longer depending on usage frequency and purpose. This type of canister is a great addition to any upright vacuum for cleaning. They’re designed to allow you to get to smaller spaces such as window blinds, curtains, window sills, door tracks, baseboards, upholstery, cars and the oh so dreaded stairs. Some come with an amazing array of tools, while others have only a couple.
Having less power, combined with smaller capacity and no roller brush to agitate carpet fibers makes canister vacuums a less desirable candidate for main floor cleaning. Handhelds are great cleaning tools for someone looking for a more portable option and more suited for detailed cleaning. Mr. Sweeps Vacuums & More offers the Oreck Ultimate handheld (OLD STYLE, known as the DB1200) which we highly recommend. It has a powerful suction rate, HEPA filter, shoulder strap, full array of attachments, such as wall brush, crevice tool, upholstery tool, extension wand to reach high places and a floor tool for getting under beds. And it works! More importantly, our customers love this canister. If looking for the convenience of a handheld canister, check out Mr. Sweeps Vacuums & More. We have the right product for all your home cleaning needs. Mr. Sweeps Vacuums & More services what we sell.