Cleaning the floors in the house can be extremely tedious and even counterproductive, as whatever cleaning that gets done can become quickly undone. This goes double for carpeted floors, which can often be one of the most difficult areas in the house to clean. Additionally, it can be very inconvenient to keep different devices that clean different floors in the house. You need a mop for the hardwood or tile floors, then a vacuum for the carpeted floors. Multi surface vacuums eliminate most of this busy work that many do not have the time and energy to do.
Benefits of having a multi surface vacuum
- The name says it all: Multi surface. This means you will have a cleaning device that will clean any floor that needs cleaning.
- Having a multi surface vacuum will eliminate the need to have any other cleaning devices around, so it will clear up a lot of space.
- Most multi surface vacuums are really small so they will not take up a lot of space. This is one more thing that will clear up space.
- They are much more efficient at cleaning than a mop or a carpet vacuum. Compared to a mop which can leave streaks after cleaning a hard surface or a carpet vacuum that usually leaves jobs unfinished, the majority of multi surface vacuums are much more efficient at cleaning.
With all that being said, here is a guide to 5 popular multi surface vacuums.
There are a number of qualities a multi surface vacuum should have. It should be small enough to be able to clean any room, easy to maneuver around the rooms that it needs to be cleaned, and it needs to physically be able to clean most surfaces. The Dyson multi surface vacuum is very good at what it does, and is very much designed to be extremely versatile when it comes to cleaning. One thing it has that some other multi surface vacuums do not have is that it has a ball joint attached to the cleaner head, which makes turning it very easy to do. Emptying the bin that collects the dust and dirt is also very easy as well, as it has a button on the top of it which opens a hatch on the bottom that dumps out the dust and dirt. The last thing that is nice about the the Dyson multi surface vacuum is that the cord it uses is very long, extending to over 30 feet. This makes it very easy to use it to clean a very large room.
There are a couple of issues with the Dyson multi surface vacuum. The first of these is the fact that it needs an attachment to clean up underneath a bed or other places that are difficult to reach with the vacuum itself, or even with the wand and hose attachment. The attachment costs extra, so that can be an issue for those who do not want to spend any more money. Some of its users have said that it does not clean thicker carpets as good as it should, so you may need to take extra time cleaning thicker carpets with the Dyson multi surface vacuum.
2. Shark Rocket DuoClean Ultra-Light Corded Bagless Vacuum for Carpet and Hard Floor with Lift-Away Hand Vacuum (HV382), Charcoal
Multi surface vacuums should not only be versatile in the surfaces they clean, but how they clean said surfaces. The design of the Shark multi surface vacuum appears quite unconventional at first, but once you understand what it exactly it can do, it is actually very effective at what it does. The head is detachable, and can convert into a hand vacuum that can clean above the floor and overhead. This makes the Shark multi surface vacuum perfect for dusting. It is bagless, meaning that the dust, pet hair, and dirt that gets picked up goes into the top component of the vacuum. Emptying this out is as easy as emptying anything out of a hand vacuum. The Shark multi surface vacuum also has a brush inside of its head that not only pulls in particles, but also adds a bit of polish to a hard floor.
The Shark multi surface vacuum does its job too well. When it picks up hair off the floor, oftentimes the hair will stick to the brushes. The hair will then disrupt the process of cleaning a hard floor with it. This can get troublesome. In addition, it tends to be so strong that it can pull on some carpets and if you are using the Shark multi surface vacuum to clean a rug, it is very possible that the Shark will attempt to pick up the rug. This is also troublesome.
One issue that some may have when it comes to multi surface vacuums is that changing out the cleaning solution can be a tedious process. That is if the multi surface vacuum can even do any deep cleaning at all. Not only can the Bissell crosswave vacuum deep clean any surface, it captures whatever dirty water it uses, this way only fresh solution is used. It does this by utilizing two tanks; one for the dirty water and one for the solution. This is one of the most innovative and best things about the Bissell crosswave.
Unfortunately, the fact that the Bissell crosswave can easily clean both hard and fabric surfaces is probably the only good thing about it. Although it captures dirty water, the dirty water has to be stored somewhere, and that is in one of it’s tanks. The tanks will eventually need to be emptied and refilled with more solution and that can be a painful process. The cord is only 25 feet long, so if you are using the Bissell crosswave to clean a large area, you will need to have extension cords handy. The Bissell crosswave also does not come with any other tools or accessories that can be used to clean other areas of the house, so that limits what it can actually clean.
Most people keep a multi purpose vacuum around so that they can use one device to clean virtually everything in the house. The Eureka Floor Rover vacuum is, indeed, one of these devices. It contains literally everything that anybody would need to clean anything in the house. It contains a 2-in-1 upholstery tool, a crevice tool, as well as a pet turbo brush. These accessories make the Eureka Floor Rover vacuum very effective in cleaning any area of the house with efficiency. Because it’s main function is to clean many things, it also has a very large dust cup which even has a HEPA filter that can shrink some of the particles. Because it is bagless, this saves money as the Eureka Floor Rover will likely be used to clean a lot of things.
The Eureka Floor Rover does it all, but it does these things at a price. And that price is its size and weight. The common multi purpose vacuum weighs somewhere around 12 pounds. The Eureka Floor Rover is well north of 16 pounds, and because of all the accessories it comes with, it can be difficult to carry around and use regularly. Because it comes with a lot of parts, it also would not be uncommon if one of those parts gets lost at some point.
5. Shark Navigator Lightweight Upright Corded Bagless Vacuum for Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning with Swivel Steering (NV105), Blue
Sometimes it is not necessary to possess a massive vacuum that has a plethora of accessories that attachable tools that are not necessary for the areas you wish to clean. The Shark Navigator vacuum is one such machine that is perfect for small homes, apartment units, or offices, as it is much smaller than the common multi surface vacuum. The common multi surface vacuum weighs about 12 pounds. The Shark Navigator vacuum only weighs about 10. This makes it very easy to carry around, which also means it is it can be suitable for larger areas, as it can be carried from room to room. Despite that observation, it is still much better suited for smaller places.
The Shark Navigator vacuum is better suited for smaller places due to a number of factors. First, there are no real accessories attached to it. This means it is only designed to clean floors and nothing else. Second, the dust container that comes with it is extremely small. That is to be expected, seeing as the vacuum itself only weighs 10 pounds. But the last thing about the Shark Navigator is probably the worst, and that is the fact that the head of it does not swivel. This is what makes it ideal for cleaning floors and floors only.
Things to consider when shopping for a multi surface vacuum
- Accessories: Accessories, like crevice tools, upholstery tools, and pet brushes are nice additions to multi surface vacuums, but are they really necessary? Often they will not be necessary unless you have animals in the house.
- Size of the vacuum: This is directly related to the size of the place you live, but is also related to the number of rooms you wish to clean. Some multi surface vacuums are indeed really small, which may not be ideal for a large living room but could perform well in smaller rooms.
- The kinds of surfaces they specialize in cleaning: This is related to what kind of floors your place has. If there are more rooms with carpet than with hard surfaces, you may want to get a multi surface vacuum that performs better on carpet, for example.
- Cord length: It is going to be really stressful to clean a 1200 sq ft living room with a vacuum that is only 25 feet long. By contrast, using a vacuum with a 40 foot cord will crowd a room.
Cleaning a floor not only can be stressful, it is stressful if you do not possess the right equipment. With all the technology offered by multi surface vacuums, it does not need to be this way. If you possess the right multi surface vacuum, it is not necessary to possess the other cleaning supplies that many think are necessary to keep floors clean, such as brooms and mops. These can be easily replaced with a multi surface vacuum to declutter your living spaces as well as own one thing that can the majority of your cleaning.