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Upright Deep Cleaners vs. Canister Deep Cleaners
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Post# 179486   4/30/2012 at 20:27 (2,893 days old) by mieles7 (DFW, TX)        

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I grew up never seeing a canister deep cleaner in person, since my family always rented a rug doctor. What is your favorite type in terms of cleaning aboility and ease of use? Also, what deep cleaner do you think is the best of all?

Post# 179493 , Reply# 1   4/30/2012 at 21:19 (2,893 days old) by bagintheback (Flagstaff, Arizona)        
Both Have Their Advantages

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I've used both, but only recently got a canister deep cleaner. What I like about the canister style is that it is much easier to use a wand than to push and pull an upright full of water. The suction is also much better on the canisters as their is more room for a larger motor. What I like about uprights is they are a single unit, so moving one upstairs takes less time than moving a motor unit and hose and then a wand. The extra weight of the water placed on the cleaning head helps pull out more water.

One thing to note is that not many professionals use upright extractors. They either use a large portable or a truck mounted unit, which are all basically canister style. I think the best deep cleaners, consumer grade, would be a Hoover Steamvac as an upright or the Bissell Big Green for the canisters. A professional upright I've heard good things about would be the Steamin' Demon. Almost $5000, but if you have the money, it looks like a better deal than a portable. But I've never used one so I can't say for sure.

Post# 181296 , Reply# 2   5/16/2012 at 05:45 (2,877 days old) by director12 ()        

The best portables would be a Bissell Little Green or SpotBot.

Post# 181302 , Reply# 3   5/16/2012 at 06:01 (2,877 days old) by sebo_fan (Scotland, UK, member AKA ukvacfan, & Nar2)        

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The U.S have a better line up of products. In the UK the canister vacuums for washing carpets/hard floors come down to the VAX canister and Numatic George. Also a market that Hoover UK had entered with their Aquajet tubs (and of whom were taken to court by VAX for infringement with advertising claims). In all cases those vacuums use suction only floor heads to get the dirt out - but at the moment Vax's latest tub has a "spin scrub" brush that got me interested since I'm either going to consider that one or Numatic George.

The upright versions are so much easier to push over the old canisters with suction only floor heads and static plastic scrub bars. But the only issue I don't like are the massive tracks that some of the uprights leave behind thanks to the space that is given to accommodate the wheels in the first place. I end up having to go over that again. Uprights that have built in hoses are naturally better for getting into the skirting areas than those that don't have a hose on board.

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