As history indicates, the first model vacuum cleaner wasn’t even a vacuum cleaner at all, more of a carpet sweeper. This was invented by a man named Daniel Hess, who in 1860 patented a machine that featured rotating brushes on the bottom and bellows that helped create suction.

However, there is no evidence that the machine was ever produced. Some 40 years or so later, in 1908, James Spangler of Canton, Ohio received a patent for the first portable electric vacuum cleaner. It was his cousin-in-law, William Hoover, who lent his name to the legendary company that produces quality vacuum cleaners even today.

For more than 150 years, the vacuum cleaner has been improved upon greatly. From doing the weekly vacuuming of your home, doing a spring cleaning, or simply leaving the vacuuming up to the robot, there is a vacuum out there suited to your needs.

With upright, canister, HEPA filtered, bagged, and bagless, there is always a vacuum cleaner for your needs on the market. There are two ways in which a vacuum cleaner cleans. The first, and the way we rate a vacuum on most is how debris and dirt are picked up off of a carpet and the floor. When you are searching for a vacuum, keep in mind the power of the suction motor, as this is very important for getting good performance.

The second reason is how well the vacuum filters the air and puts it back into the home. Those with allergy problems will find a HEPA vacuum the best choice. There are some models of HEPA vacuums that can filter out 99% of pollens, dust, and other common household allergens. There is also the choice of canister or upright vacuum, as this is more or less based on personal preference. Both vacuum types have their pros and cons. The heads of canister vacuums can reach under your furniture, also making it easier to vacuum the stairs as well.

Canister vacuums, on the other hand, have a retractable electric cord, which is much more convenient than wrapping the cord back around the neck of the vacuum. It is, oftentimes, easier to push the lightweight canister vacuum head as opposed to a canister-style vacuum.

When you choose your vacuum cleaner, keep in mind what you plan to vacuum. There are several designs and types intended for different uses. If you have hardwood floors, you obviously wouldn’t want to use a carpet vacuum. Little things, such as this will be a huge factor in selecting your vacuum cleaner. If you play your cards right, you’ll have the perfect vacuum cleaner for your home – and other areas as well.