In this section, we would like to discuss the most important things related to the vacuum cleaners for stairs. We suggest you go through this section with attention and care, for it will help you select the best vacuum for stairs.
Understanding The Subject
First and foremost, there are no stair vacuum cleaners. There are handheld, canister, and upright vacuums (see Wiki), but no stair vacuum cleaners.
However, that doesn’t mean that some vacuum cleaners aren’t more efficient than others when it comes to stair vacuuming, upholstery vacuuming, open space vacuuming, and so forth.
The right question is: what qualifies as a good vacuum cleaner for stairs? Well, here are some of the things that come to my mind.
It makes sense, right? As you move up and down the stairs, you don’t want to drag with you an old 30-pound vacuum cleaner.
You want compact, and preferably lightweight vacuums, ones that will make the task less stressful, not more irritating.
When it comes to portability, nothing beats handheld cleaners. They are small, light, and if you find the right one, surprisingly powerful.
Such vacuums are also suitable for cleaning vehicles like cars, furniture, and so forth.
On the other hand, upright or canister vacuum cleaners generally have a long hose, attachments suitable for stair vacuuming, etc.
Naturally, they are heavier and bulkier, but are much more versatile, meaning that you can clean open spaces with them more comfortable than you would with handheld cleaner.
2. Cord Lenght
Usually, I wouldn’t say that cord length is something you should pay attention to when you are looking for a vacuum cleaner. But, when it comes to cleaning the stairs, you have to consider it.
Now cord length isn’t vital (by default), but it can be. For instance, if you have very long stairs, the short cord can cause headaches. And I doubt you have a power socket halfway up the stairs.
In any case, make sure you are satisfied with the cord length when you are selecting the product.
Make sure that you are happy with the attachments that come with the product.
For instance, what I like the most about Bissell 9595A Vacuum Cleaner is the TurboBrush, a tool used mainly for stair vacuuming.
You might not be satisfied with, let’s say powerhead dimensions (they may not fit comfortably on your stairs), but see if the product comes with the attachments similar to the TurboBrush tool
Which One Should I Buy (If Any)?
As I said previously, stair friendly (let’s call them like that) vacuum cleaners make stair vacuuming more comfortable than the standard vacuum cleaners. But, are they worth it? That’s entirely up to you.
If you seek product for stair cleaning specifically, then go for the handheld cleaners.
However, if you plan on using the vacuum cleaner for tasks other than stair cleaning then go for the more versatile ones. They all have advantages and disadvantages and differ in many fields.
For instance, HOOVER Power Scrub Carpet Washer is much more durable, powerful and sophisticated than the Eureka EasyClean Vacuum Cleaner.
On the other hand, Eureka EasyClean is four times lighter, less expensive and a lot more portable.
In the end, it comes down to your preferences, your budget, and other things that can’t be objectively measured and written on the paper.
Bagged Or Bagless
There is a lot of content online regarding this subject (check WikiHow).
You have opinions on the environment, health, functionality, cost-effectiveness, and so forth.
For instance, WikiHow argues that one of the advantages of bagless vacuum cleaners is that, if you vacuum valuable items (such as jewelry), you might be able to retrieve those items as you are emptying the bag.
As you can see, people go really far to say that something is better than something else.
Don’t get me wrong, this is a valuable point, it is possible that you vacuum your wedding ring and then retrieve it while you are emptying the bag; but how probable is that scenario?
What I’m trying to say is that, when you are selecting between bagged vacuums (which don’t have a built-in bag and instead use disposable bags) and bagless (which use built-in bags), focus on the things that might be important to you.