Commercial vacuum cleaners sit in a class by themselves. They have to run longer both in terms of time and distance, and they tend to face more use and abuse than residential vacuum cleaners. What should I look for in a commercial vacuum cleaner? Let’s look at your general options.
Should I Get a Canister or Upright Commercial Vacuum Cleaner?
Canister vacuums for commercial use may look like the standard push around vacuum, follow around the user as a canister tube on wheels or get carried on someone’s back, but no matter the form it takes, it needs to be able to clean every part of the room in short order. Canister vacuums have long had the benefit of having more tools than most upright vacuum cleaners. They are also quieter, on average, than upright vacuum cleaners, a definite plus when you’re in an office or hotel. Canister vacuum cleaners do a better job on hard surfaces than most upright vacuums and are less prone to dirt scattering.
Upright vacuums tend to be cheaper than canister vacuum cleaners, a trend seen in vacuums for home or commercial use. Upright vacuum cleaners usually store more compactly. Upright vacuum cleaners as a class do a better job on carpet than commercial canister vacuums.
Should I Get a Bagged or Bagless Commercial Vacuum Cleaner?
Bagless vacuum cleaners avoid the hassle of emptying bags as well as the cost. They maintain their suction far longer as the dirt cup is filled. Bagged vacuums tend to minimize the asthma and allergy sufferer’s risk of an attack as you empty the dust cup, because many bags can seal in what you just tried to remove from the carpets. This becomes a true problem when you’re working in a commercial operation, since you’ll need to empty the unit more often. And bagged vacuums won’t accidentally spill everything you’ve just sucked up unless you rip the bag.
Now that you have an overview of the pros and cons of different types of commercial vacuum cleaners, let’s look at the pros and cons of specific commercial vacuum cleaner models.
Oreck 8 Pound Commercial Upright Vacuum Model XL2100RHS
One of the pros of this commercial vacuum cleaner is its weight. It weighs only eight pounds. You appreciate that fact when you have to push it across the long halls. And it takes little effort to push it.
The unit costs around three hundred dollars at full price but can be found for a third off when on sale. Fresh scent tabs are available from the manufacturer to improve the air, and the vacuum does a good job of filtering the air as it works. Oreck offers replacement bags, belts and other consumables at an affordable price. A plus in favor of this particular model is that it comes with a spare belt. The process of replacing the belt is not a point in its favor.
This commercial is well built and very reliable. It does require a screw driver to assemble but comes with good instructions on how to do this. It does not come with a hose, so you can’t use this vacuum to clean drapes or furniture.
It is easy to turn on and simple to use. For some, the fact that you can’t change the vacuum head height from a level to suit the floor covering is a minus.
The Oreck Model XL2100RHS vacuum is thus an ideal choice for someone who needs to clean a lot of open floor space while leaving the furniture and corners to a handheld vacuum.
This Hoover commercial vacuum costs around three hundred dollars at full price but can be found for around two hundred dollars on sale.
This commercial vacuum cleaner uses bags. One of the points in favor of Hoover is the HEPA bags and micro-filtration bags the manufacturer offers, none of which will generate a cloud of dust as you remove it and dispose of it.
This commercial vacuum weighs around eighteen pounds, but it is easy to pus. The vacuum allows you to choose between five different head heights.
This is the best commercial upright vacuum cleaner for those who need to adjust the vacuum to an ever changing array of flooring surfaces.
Rubbermaid Commercial Backpack Vacuum Cleaner 1868434
The Rubbermaid commercial backpack vacuum cleaner costs around $300 at full price but can be found for less than two hundred dollars on sale. At ten quarts, it relatively high capacity compared to other backpack vacuum cleaners.
This vacuum cleaner only puts out 66 decibels; this is one of the quietest commercial vacuum cleaners on this list. It also uses relatively little power for a commercial vacuum, so it is LEED qualified.
The Rubbermaid executive vacuum cleaner comes with a long cord and wide variety of tools. This is a great choice for those who need to clean every inch of an office or workspace quickly without constantly fiddling for tools.
This is the ideal vacuum for quietly cleaning around every piece of furniture in a common area without disturbing people in the next room.
Oreck Commercial Upright Vacuum Model U2000RB2L-1
This upright commercial vacuum cleaner costs around three hundred dollars at full price but costs about $220 on sale.
At eight pounds, it is lightweight and low effort to use. It does the best job on edge cleaning of any upright commercial vacuum cleaner on this list. It performs well on flat surfaces and does a decent job on low carpets.
The only weaknesses of this unit are that it doesn’t have sufficient suction for very thick carpets or pick up the biggest debris like pieces of food.
This is the best commercial vacuum cleaner for low or no carpet environments with dust, light dander and little else to be picked up off the floor.
Hoover Commercial Portapower Vacuum Cleaner Model CH3000
This commercial canister vacuum cleaner costs less than $250 at full price and can be found for almost half that on sale. This is one of the most affordable commercial vacuum cleaners on the list and on the market. A carrying bag for it is an extra twenty dollars or so but not necessary. You can find reusable cloth bags in place of the disposable vacuum bags for around ten dollars.
You get a lightweight portable vacuum cleaner with a full suite of tools for a decent price. It has to be carried because it doesn’t have any wheels on the unit. If you lack the strength to push a vacuum, this may be a plus, but if you lack the dexterity to put it on, it becomes a negative. Conversely, the attachments are easy to take on and off and actually stay on as you work. It has a very long cord that lets you cover a large area.
This vacuum doesn’t handle pet hair well. The vacuum tends to clog on pet hair, and the bag isn’t easy to clean.
Its best performance is on short carpets and occasional upholstery spot cleaning.
Its capacity makes it a great choice for small offices and apartment cleaning as long as you aren’t dealing with pet fur.
Hoover Commercial Hush Tone Canister Vacuum CH32008
The Hoover Hush Tone vacuum costs around two hundred dollars at full price, a relatively low price for a commercial vacuum. It is rarely marked down from that price, which the others match when on sale.
This commercial canister vacuum cleaner has a whopping nine liter capacity. It you need to clean up a lot of debris such as spilled snack crackers and tracked in mud clumps, this vacuum is one of the best choices available.
The bagged vacuum offers HEPA filtration. Replacement bags are two to three dollars apiece, which is cheap for HEPA vacuum bags.
Its wide sixteen inch head literally covers more ground so you can make quick work of large spread out messes while the fifty foot cord means you can use the same vacuum without stopping to clean the entire room.
Rubbermaid Commercial Upright Vacuum Model 1868621
This Executive series vacuum cleaner by Rubbermaid is an upright vacuum cleaner. It has a wide 15 inch vacuum head. You can manually adjust the suction head height via a dial to suit whatever you are cleaning.
The downsides of this unit are the 26 pound weight and lack of propulsion. If you can’t use a vacuum that is a workout to use, this vacuum isn’t right for you. Conversely, it has the suction to handle the thick shag carpets most vacuums on this list can’t clean.
The vacuum costs around six hundred dollars at full price but can be found for less than two hundred dollars on sale. It is even deeply discounted for around a hundred dollars at times. Replacement parts are hard to find, as is warranty work.
If you can handle the model, it is a great piece for the price.
Hoover Commercial Hush Tone Lite Upright Vacuum CH50400
This vacuum cleaner costs around $450 at full price but can be found for a little over two hundred dollars on sale. Like the other Hoover vacuums, it is easy to find replacement bags and belts at a good price. It doesn’t come with HEPA bags by default – those you must buy separately. If you do use them, you get high quality air filtration in relative silence for a commercial vacuum cleaner.
At eleven pounds, it is relatively lightweight for an upright vacuum cleaner. It has a fifteen inch head so it can cover a lot of ground quickly.
One of the perks of this vacuum cleaner is its relative silence despite powerful suction. The vacuum does a great job on carpets. The downside is that it doesn’t do a decent job on hard floors and gets louder on hard floors, too.
If you need something to relatively quietly clean carpeted floors, this is a good choice for you.