Upright vacuum cleaners, although less powerful and less autonomous in terms of energy than conventional canister vacuum cleaners, are unanimously accepted by households. How can we explain this success, and what are the real advantages of the upright vacuum cleaner?

Where does the canister vacuum come from?

It was in 1907 that an American janitor named James Murray Spangler, who incidentally was allergic to dust, created the first true portable electric vacuum cleaner using a fan motor, a soap box and a pillowcase as a dust collector. Much more maneuverable than previous inventions, Spangler's vacuum cleaner was so successful that he founded his own company, later purchased with patent rights from William Hoover, who gave his name to the machine. The Hoover company is considered to be the true forerunner of modern vacuum cleaners, thanks in part to the creation of a vacuum cleaner with a removable hose in 1936. Since then, the vacuum cleaner has continued to evolve, taking on various forms and offering a variety of functions, and in 1978 the bagless vacuum cleaner with a cyclonic suction mechanism was born, thanks to the English inventor James Dyson. This invention revolutionised the world of vacuum cleaners and today there are several manufacturers competing in this segment of the vacuum cleaner market.

How does a upright vacuum cleaner work?

Derived from the canister and hand vacuum cleaner, the canister vacuum, whether cordless or cordless, consists of a handle, motor unit, vacuum brush and a removable or fixed dust container (or bag). With or without a cord, the upright vacuum cleaner is rechargeable via mains power or has a rechargeable battery. However, cordless sweepers are so popular that they overshadow the existence of wired sweepers, which have a longer battery life. A wired vacuum cleaner works in a fairly simple way: once switched on, a small motor drives a fan that draws air in front of the brush, and then the particles are collected in a dust container. It should be noted that the canister vacuum is an auxiliary tool, a complement to the conventional canister vacuum, as it is intended for daily cleaning. Its autonomy, of more or less one hour, and its power are not enough for a deep cleaning of an entire house.

What are the advantages of the canister vacuum?

Thanks to their manoeuvrability and lightness, the upright vacuum cleaners are a huge success with French households. The cordless version is particularly appreciated because it can be easily carried everywhere to clean the house, furniture, and even cars... Some manufacturers even offer clever devices that allow some broom vacuum cleaners to be transformed into handheld vacuum cleaners, very useful for cleaning certain corners of the house or certain pieces of furniture that are difficult to access or that need dust removal. In addition, a wired or cordless upright vacuum cleaner can be equipped with a removable bag or without a bag. The version with a removable bag is more functional because it can be emptied easily. Vacuum cleaner manufacturers are constantly innovating to offer optional features such as illuminated brush heads, folding brushes, motorized brushes, models with power variator, etc., other advantages of the upright vacuum cleaner, compared to the classic vacuum cleaner, which explain its success in French households.