Even with the arrival of new technologies and designs, the upright vacuum cleaner remains the most recognizable and most popular vacuum type. However, not all uprights have the same characteristics. In fact, there are two factors users must consider when choosing this type of machine.

The first distinction is the number of motors the vacuum has. A single motor upright vacuum is used mainly in small areas that need to be cleaned quickly, such as small offices or hotel rooms. The low weight of the machine allows users to clean at a quick pace without putting much strain on the user.

Dual motor upright vacuums are used in places that require more thorough cleaning, such as lobbies, schools and high-traffic facilities. These vacuums are able to extract more dirt from the carpet while grooming it at the same time. These models are heavier than their single-motor counterparts, however.

The other differing factor when it comes to uprights is how the vacuum is emptied. Bagless vacuums with dirt collection cups allow users to see when the vacuum is full. However, when the cup gets emptied, dust can be released back into the air. Bags, or high-filtration bags, are better suited for facilities with indoor air quality requirements because dust is sealed inside the bag and doesn’t escape during replacement.