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Central vacuum vs upright vacuum cleaner: Which one to choose?

If you're looking for the best vacuum on the market, you might be wondering which is better for your home, a central vacuum or a upright vacuum. Both clean your home well, but there are some differences. And both have their pros and cons, so ultimately choosing who to choose for your home can be tricky. Read on if you want to know.

(left)Homevac central vacuum vs Shark vacuum cleaner(right)

Central Vacuum Cleaner:

A central vacuum is a built-in vacuum that is installed in your home and can be used in any room. Its vacuum unit can be installed in a garage or basement, and then piped through each room through walls, floors, etc.

Upright Vacuum Cleaner:

A upright vacuum is a device consisting of a powerhead, a dirt container, and a handle, all connected into a unit.

How do they work?

A central vacuum is vacuumed by a hose that runs through the wall to connect to a garage or basement. This type of vacuum is more powerful than a upright vacuum. upright vacuums use a motor to turn a brush that cleans carpets, drawing dirt and dust into the vacuum cleaner.

Advantages & Disadvantages of Central Vacuum

Any room can be installed suction port.

Smaller sound than upright vacuum.

Less maintenance and long service life.

Relatively speaking, the suction is relatively large.

There are many accessories for you to choose from.

Hide-A-Hose Retractable Hose Central Vacuum


Installation is expensive.

It can be difficult to move around the room if there is no suction port and it is not installed in a convenient location.

The hose has a large storage area. Unless you choose a retractable hose, you will need to find a place to store it.

Advantages & Disadvantages of upright Vacuum Cleaners

Cheaper than central vacuum in price.

It is a good choice for families with small storage space in a small house.

It can clean carpets, floors and surfaces that are difficult to clean with a central vacuum.


Difficult to move in tight areas.

May be heavier than a central vacuum cleaner.

The service life is not as long as that of a central vacuum cleaner.


Choosing between the two can be difficult. They all have their pros and cons, and it is important to balance the two before making a decision. If your home is large and you have a budget for a central vacuum, you may choose to buy it. If your home is small and doesn't have enough storage space, and the budget is not large, the upright is your best choice.


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