Handheld vacuums are available in corded and cordless types. The corded hand vacuum typically offers a motorized brush roll, which effectively cleans upholstery, stairs, and autos. Units contain easy empty dust cups, and the corded version generally includes a charging stand with detachable power packs.
Shines lights on objects that could potentially be pulled into the vacuum by brightening areas beneath beds or in poorly lit areas.
HEPA Filtration is an acronym for High Efficiency Particulate Air filtration. HEPA filters are a pleated or "extended surface" filter made of glass microfibers. A HEPA filter captures 99.97% of all particles as small as 0.3 microns. For optimal filtration, HEPA filters should be changed every six (6) months.
Home Cleaning Systems
A Home Cleaning System has tremendous cleaning versatility. Not only does it provide Canister suction cleaning, but the power nozzle has a rotating beater brush that offers all the carpet cleaning of a traditional Upright. The power nozzle canister contains two motors; one to create suction and the other to drive the rotating brush on the power nozzle. The power nozzle is attached to the main canister body by a cleaning hose. Extension wands and an electrical power cord drive the motor in the nozzle.
Also referred to as stick vacs or stick brooms, these units are used for quick pickups as a secondary vacuum or as the primary vacuum in apartments, dorm rooms, or other small living areas. These units are easily stored and used. Unlike an Upright, they often contain a dirt cup as opposed to a disposable inner bag. Available in both corded and rechargeable versions, Lightweights can be either the direct-air or clean-air variety providing the same benefits as in the Upright category.
A measurement of size. For example; a human hair has a diameter of 75 to 100 microns. Particles 10 microns or smaller are not visible to the human eye.
Micron filtration traps 99% of all particles as small as 1 micron in size. Micron filtration is not as efficient as a True HEPA or HEPA filtration systems, but this filter will trap a large portion of lung irritants.
Motorized Revolving Brushes
Found on Extractors, motorized revolving brushes use a dedicated motor to drive a revolving brush, much in the same way as an Upright vacuum cleaner. As with the rotating brushes, this works the solution into the carpet more evenly and helps to loosen the dirt more easily than units without brushes. The separate motor for the brushes does not decrease the ability of the cleaner to pull dirty solution from the carpet.
Motor Driven Brush Roll
The brush roll picks up lint and pet hair off carpeting better than a straight suction unit will. This allows the user to clean carpeted areas faster with less effort.
Noise Reduction System
Noise reduction systems reduce the overall noise level of the vacuum cleaner. This makes vacuuming less annoying to those doing other activities around the home.
On an Upright or Canister, on-board tools may include a dusting brush, crevice tool, upholstery brush and extension wands, as well as an above-the-floor cleaning hose.
This is a spike measurement of motor power from the moment the unit is initially switched on. Peak horsepower (PHP), while used to rate Canister motors, is a means to compare units within a single manufacturer's product line.
Found on Extractors, the power pump delivers the cleaning solution to the carpet under pressure through spray nozzles much like on industrial grade units. This provides an even distribution of the carpet cleaning solution over the carpeting and increases the units cleaning ability.
Quick Kleen Fan Chamber
Allows the user to clean and service the fan chamber on site, which reduces down time for the unit.
Quick Release Cord
Cord wraps on unit for storage in the home, yet is released quickly with a turn of a lever for use.
Replaceable Brush Strips
Available on most commercial models, replaceable brush strips minimize replacement costs. As brushes wear, just replace the brush, not the entire brush roll.
Found on Extractors, rotating brushes use an air turbine to drive the brushes to scrub solution into the carpet as the unit dispenses solution. This works the solution more evenly into the carpeting to loosen dirt for deep cleaning needs.
This system uses a transmission to propel the Upright in both forward and reverse. These systems are preferred by individuals with back problems, degenerative disorders such as arthritis, or a physical disability that would be aided by this type of system. Some contain two motors, one for the power drive and one for suction. This allows the second motor to be utilized strictly for cleaning.
This system utilizes a paper bag and an outer bag to trap small dirt particles.
Generally used to clean hard-surface floors and above-the-floor cleaning. Most models will include attachments for upholstery, dusting and a crevice tool. Straight-air canisters are not well suited for cleaning carpet because they lack the agitation of a brush roll to deep clean carpeting.
Provides a greater reach with the tools for cleaning high ceilings and other hard to reach areas. Units without a stretch hose may require lifting the unit to reach upper window valances and curtains.
Usually located on the Canister end of the hose, this feature increases maneuverability of the unit preventing the hose from becoming tangled.
True HEPA Sealed System
True HEPA system vacuums filter to HEPA standards not only for the air passing through the dust bag, but also the air from the motor exhaust. The overall performance rating for the ENTIRE cleaner is 99.97% to 0.3 microns in size. For optimal filtration, HEPA filters should be changed every six (6) months.
Variable Motor Speed Control
This feature allows the user to reduce the suction for cleaning throw rugs or at times when full power is not required. This feature is usually found on Uprights or high amperage Lightweights to prevent the rug from sealing to the nozzle.
Vibra Groomer I & II Brush Rolls
Generally found on commercial models, the brush rolls are constructed of chrome plated steel or solid aluminum with replaceable brush strips. The Vibra Groomer's patented design loosens deeply embedded dirt for deep cleaning and prolonged carpet life.
Wall Mounted Charging Stand
Generally used with Lightweights and Handheld units, the wall mounted charging stand allows the unit to recharge while mounted on the stand so it is ready for each use. This way the customer merely takes the unit off the stand and is ready to clean an entire room or perform quick spot cleaning tasks.
This is a measurement of electrical power and current. As a general rule of thumb, amps x volts = watts. Cleaners in Europe are generally rated by watts.
The Upright vacuum is the most popular style of vacuum sold in the U.S. and is designed for thorough rug and carpet cleaning. These models contain a motor-driven brush roll to agitate carpeting and dislodge dirt. There are two basic upright designs: the traditional direct-air (fan first) system and a clean-air (bag first) system.