Canister vacuums are used on hard surfaces or smaller, carpeted areas, like your car or stairs. A suction hose picks up dirt and many feature a retractable cord for easy maneuvering.
These vacuums are ideal for large, carpeted areas of the house. Uprights use a motor-driven beater brush that loosens and removes dirt through suction. Most come with onboard attachments for versatile use. There are designs with bags to capture dust and debris and others that are bagless. Some uprights feature height adjustments, allowing you to clean dense carpet or hardwood floors with the flip of a switch.
Handheld vacuums can clean areas that are too large for your upright. Portable and cordless designs make them ideal for cleaning small areas. These are perfect for cleaning up after children and pets.
Sweeper or stick vacuum
Commonly used for quick cleanup areas, such as kitchen and bathroom floors. Most stick vacuums have a dirt cup, as opposed to bags, to collect debris.