The Essential Features of a Canister Vacuum Cleaner

The main advantages brought about by the features and added accessories of a canister vacuum are its flexibility and added mobility. The flexibility is made possible by its design – the dust receptacle is separated from the long wand that holds the vacuum head, and the two are simply connected by a flexible hose that also functions as the pathway for the dust collected from the vacuum head towards the receptacle. Consequently, the user can maneuver the lightweight vacuum more manageable over stairs and under furniture and beds with the use of its low profile and lightweight nozzle. The weight of the dust receptacle, or the canister, is not on the vacuum itself, and this lightweight design allows cleaning on the draperies, window sills, and other vertical surfaces.

According to, the three fundamental parts of a canister vacuum cleaner are the vacuum head, the flexible hose, and the dust receptacle (as aforementioned). These parts can be modified with the use of the vacuum’s added features and accessories that can come together with the device, or can be purchased separately. Here is a list of some features and accessories used for a canister vacuum cleaner to function according to its intended cleaning or as preferred by the user.

  1. Bagged or Bagless Dust Receptacle

Canister vacuum cleaners, or any vacuum cleaners for that matter, uses either bagged or bagless dust receptacle.

  • Bagged-type vacuum cleaners are the most traditional types that use disposable paper or fabric bags placed in the dust receptacle. These type of bags are meant to allow air to pass through but traps the collected dust inside as much as possible. Some bags may be disposed of accordingly when full while others can actually be cleaned and reused. Most bags can be purchased with built-in additional filtration systems. For more information on bagged-type canister vacuum cleaners, refer to the content here.
  • With bagless-type vacuum cleaners, the dust is deposited into a removable bin with reusable filters. The filters are to be cleaned regularly and should be replaced when needed. Emptying the dustbin and cleaning the filter can expose the cleaner to the dust, and although infrequently, replacing the filter costs a great deal as well.

  1. Powerhead Attachment and Bare Floor Options for Cleaning Versatility

Most canister vacuums come with a vacuum head for the standard floor with hard surfaces such as hardwood, vinyl, and other uncarpeted floor surfaces, and an added power head, or power nozzle, for carpet cleaning. The power head has either a motor or an air-driven brush that lifts the deep-seated dirt on the carpet’s fiber, and since powerheads come with rigid bristles, it is most of the time unadvisable to be used on bare floors. The options as to which is best to be used in any type of cleaning hinges on the on-off switching and height adjustment of the vacuum brush.

  1. Filtration System

Ideally, vacuums filter the fine particles from the air that passes through the machine before it goes out again through the exhaust. Filtration systems are in different forms but the most popular of having a higher level of filtration are the micron fibers found in bags or in a separate filter and the high-efficiency-particulate-air (HEPA) filtration system.

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