10 Different Types of Vacuums

If you are on the market for a new vacuum cleaner, but aren’t sure what kind of vacuum to purchase, then you’re at the right place. By reading through this guide, you will learn all about the ten most popular types of vacuums and what they have to offer.

Types of Vacuum Cleaner
Types of Vacuum Cleaner

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Upright Vacuums

To start off this list, we are going to take a look at what an upright vacuum is. Essentially, an upright vacuum is a vacuum cleaner that stands tall and upright. More often than not, they are rather large, a little bit wide, and quite tall. While many upright vacuums offer a detachable vacuum nozzle, they are designed for floor cleaning.

For you to use an upright vacuum, all you must do is push it across your floors. Since upright vacuums are so powerful, they can easily remove dirt, dust, and debris from rugs, carpets, hardwood floors; and just about any other kind of floor.

Upright Vacuum
Upright Vacuum

Stick Vacuums

A stick vacuum is very different from an upright vacuum. Rather than being tall and large, stick vacuums are very thin – thin as a stick, in fact – can often fit in your hand, and are designed for clean floors, walls, tables, and just about any other surface.

Eureka NES210
Eureka NES210

To use a stick vacuum, you can use it as an upright vacuum or as a handheld vacuum. Stick vacuums are quite versatile, in that regard, since they offer multiple vacuuming modes. By combining these vacuuming modes with the lightweight nature of most stick vacuums, you have access to an extremely versatile and convenient vacuuming experience.

Canister Vacuums

A canister vacuum is a vacuum that takes the shape of a canister. Right underneath this canister, there are several wheels, which can be used to move the canister vacuum around. Since canister vacuums are in the shape of a canister, they aren’t very tall, but they can be rather wide and they lack the mobility of a stick vacuum. They are easier to move around than upright vacuums, though.

Eureka WhirlWind Bagless Canister Cleaner NEN110A Lightweight Corded Vacuum for Carpets and Hard Floors, Blue
Eureka WhirlWind Bagless Canister Cleaner

Even though canister vacuums are smaller than upright vacuums, they are just as powerful. Due to this power, and the mobility that they offer, they are great for small rooms and homes.

Robot Vacuums

A robot vacuum is a vacuum cleaner that automates the entire vacuuming process. All you need to do, to use a robot vacuum, is to turn it on. From that, the robot vacuum will begin moving across the entirety of your home, vacuuming up all of the dirt, dust, and debris that is in your path.

Roborock S4 Max

While robot vacuums do not offer the power that other vacuum cleaners offer, they are easily the most convenient vacuum cleaners that money can buy. Because of that, they are ideal for people who need convenience and just enough efficiency for most vacuuming tasks.

Handheld Vacuum

A handheld vacuum is a small vacuum cleaner that you can hold in your hand. Due to their small size, most handheld vacuums aren’t very powerful, but they are great for small vacuuming tasks. By using a handheld vacuum, you can vacuum underneath furniture, in tight corners, on desks – and just about anywhere else.

Handheld Vacuum
Handheld Vacuum

While a handheld vacuum is not ideal for most vacuuming tasks, if there is a small mess you need to clean, then a handheld vacuum is a great choice. Most handheld vacuums are cordless, too, which means all you need to do is turn it on, move the vacuum cleaner to the mess, and vacuum it up.

Wet/Dry Vacuums

A wet/dry vacuum is a vacuum cleaner that can vacuum up dry material – which every vacuum cleaner can do – and wet material – which few other vacuum cleaners can do. Since you are able to vacuum up wet material, you can remove water, spilled milk, excess water that has piled up in your basement; among many other uses.

Vacmaster VJC507P 5-Gallon 3 Peak HP Wet-Dry Shop Vacuum, Blue, 5 gal
Vacmaster VJC507P

Along with that, wet/dry vacuums are often capable of removing especially thick and strong items. These are items such as nuts, screws, and bolts. For that reason, they are often used on construction work sites, and they can easily handle a wide range of different messes.

Pet Vacuums

A pet vacuum is a vacuum cleaner that has been designed to clean up pet hair. You can find pet vacuums of all sorts – there are stick vacuums and upright vacuums that offer pet vacuuming features, to name just two examples.

For a pet vacuum to clean up pet hair, they use a special brushroll that can gather up those hairs. Many of these brushrolls are self-cleaning, which allows the pet hair to come off of the brushroll with ease, rather than becoming stuck on the individual bristles of the brushroll. That way, the entire experience is thorough and convenient.

Central Vacuums

A central vacuum cleaner is unlike any other vacuum cleaner in this guide. Rather than being mobile and relatively small, a central vacuum is very large and completely immobile. For you to use a central vacuum, you must set it up in a space in your home. Then, various pipes are connected to the central vacuum, each one to another space in your home.

Central Vacuum
Central Vacuum

Right after those connections are made, outlets in those spaces are created. By using those outlets, you can connect a vacuum nozzle to the outlet, which allows you to use the central vacuum. A system of this sort allows multiple people to use the vacuum at one time, while also allowing tremendous amounts of suction to flow through the vacuum nozzles.

Backpack Vacuums

A backpack vacuum is a vacuum that you wear on your back. Most backpack vacuums are repurposed canister vacuums that have more versatile vacuum hoses and a harness that you can wear on your back.

Backpack Vacuum
Backpack Vacuum

More often than not, backpack vacuums are used by people who clean commercial buildings. The reason for this is that backpack vacuums allow for tremendous mobility, while also making the entire vacuuming experience so much more comfortable. By using a backpack vacuum, you are able to vacuum just about any space and any surface, due to the vacuum nozzles, and you can do so comfortably.

Stationary Vacuums

A stationary vacuum is a small vacuum that, of course, remains stationary. Most stationary vacuums are located on the floor, in spaces that are swept regularly. For you to use a stationary vacuum, all you need to do is sweep that floor and push all of the dirt, dust, and debris that you vacuum up into the vacuum. It will vacuum up that material effortlessly, due to its suction capabilities. And then, after a period of time has passed, you can empty the contents of that stationary vacuum.

While stationary vacuums are very simple, they are useful, since they forfeit the need for a dustpan and make performing regular room sweepings more convenient.


In the end, there are so many different types of vacuum cleaners available. But, by knowing what you need and what you are looking for, you won’t have any problems finding what is right for you!

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