All vacuums can be divided by several basic types of design.
Canister vacuums are so named because their design is similar to a water canister (container with handle) and they have a long hose that allows for extra reach.
Upright style vacuums are vertically standing vacuums, where the entire device is pushed over the carpet or floor.
Stick vacuums look like stream-lined uprights. This design lacks the power of an upright or canister model, but they are good for small living quarters.
Handheld vacuums are small, compact and lightweight and come with a narrow nozzle. They are good for general clean ups but lack the power for bigger cleaning jobs.
Wearable or "backpack" models come with a shoulder strap or harness and can be carried around the house by the user.
Robotic models are the newest type and are somewhat of a novelty. These vacuums roam around a floor space on their own.
Central systems are a stationary type of canister vacuum cleaner which is usually mounted in the basement or garage. This design has a single powerful vacuum with pipe system outlets for every room in a house.\r\n