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Keeping a neat, tidy, and clean home can be a daunting task. With kids, pets, and everyday life going on around the house at all times, messes are bound to happen. And you need the right tools to tackle even the toughest jobs.

Thankfully, today's vacuum cleaners take most of the hassle out of eliminating dust and dirt from your home's floors and surfaces. And a wide range of brands provide a cleaning tool for just the situation you need.

With a brand new vacuum from Kohl's, cleaning your home will be as easy as can be, and you'll be able to find the perfect vacuum at a price that won't break the bank!

Types of Vacuums

Vacuums come with a wide range of functions, features, and uses, meaning choosing the right one can be a chore in and of itself! Luckily for you, the following information about each of the different types of vacuums is sure to help make that decision easier!

Canister Vacuum

Canister vacuums work best on hard surfaces or smaller, carpeted areas like a car or the stairs. They come equipped with a suction hose and a retractable cord for easy maneuvering. Canister models have a separate unit for the motor and receptacle for easy maneuverability, flexibility and versatility. That makes these vacuums best for furniture and multi-surface use.

Deep Cleaner/Carpet Cleaner

Deep cleaners or carpet cleaners use warm water for spot removal and carpet treatment. Also called carpet extractors or carpet shampooers, these devices spray the carpet with soapy water, then use vacuum technology to brush the fibers and suck up the water, dirt and stains from the carpeting. These specialty vacuums are not designed for everyday use and are not meant for hardwood floors.

Upright Vacuum

Upright vacuum cleaners are ideal for large, carpeted areas of the house. They use a motor-driven beater brush that loosens and removes dirt through suction. Most upright vacuums come with onboard attachments for versatile use. Some designs are bagless while others have bags to capture dust and debris. Features can include height adjustments for easy transition from dense carpet cleaning to hardwood floors with the flip of a switch. Upright vacuums tend to be best for hardwood floors and carpet.

Handheld Vacuum

Handheld vacuums can clean areas that are too large for your upright. Portable and cordless designs make them ideal for cleaning small areas. These are perfect for cleaning up after children and pets. Handheld vacuums are lightweight, quiet and easy to use. They are typically battery powered, making them portable and handy for cleaning up small spills.

Sweeper/Stick Vacuum

Stick or sweeper vacuums are the middle ground between an upright and a handheld vacuum. Lightweight and battery powered, they offer the convenience of a handheld but feature the upright construction of a traditional vacuum, making them better for cleaning up spills on hardwood floors. They are most commonly used for quick cleanup areas, such as kitchen and bathroom floors. Most stick vacuums have a dirt cup, as opposed to bags, to collect debris.

Pet Vacuum

Pet hair vacuums are designed to collect pet hair and minimize pet odors in your home. What separates them from traditional vacuums is the ability to easily detach and clean the "beater brush" (the rotating brush under the vacuum that cleans the carpet) that commonly gets clogged when faced with large amounts of pet hair. Pet-friendly vacuums also commonly include upholstery cleaners to help collect pet hair on furniture.

Robotic Vacuum

Robotic vacuums represent the latest in vacuum technology. Simply set up the sensor boundaries, choose your settings and let your robotic vacuum clean the floors for you. Cordless and compact, these vacuums clean with precision while saving you time. While not as powerful or versatile as traditional vacuums, the constant cleaning action offers ease and convenience.

Vacuum comparison chart

To help you visualize and compare the different types of vacuums and their intended uses, we put together this handy chart:

Vacuum TypeSurface TypeProsCons
Canister vacuum
  • Hard surfaces
  • Small carpeted areas
  • Stairs
  • Shape creates a strong suction and cleaning power
  • Bag and bagless options
  • Flexible hoses reach stairs, upholstery and other difficult areas of the home
  • Not ideal for large floor surfaces
  • Two-piece design can be difficult to maneuver simultaneously
Deep cleanerCarpeted surfaces
  • Warm water provides more than a surface cleaning
  • Some feature microbial treatments to prevent bacterial growth
  • Heavy and bulky
Upright vacuum
  • Large carpeted areas
  • Hard surfaces
  • Rugs
  • Powerful with a wide cleaning path to clean large areas of your home quickly
  • Bag and bagless options
  • Difficult to clean under beds, furniture, etc
  • Usually bulkier and heavier than other vacuums
Handheld vacuumSmall carpeted or hard-surfaced areas
  • Lightweight and easy to maneuver
    Ideal for cleaning small messes or car interiors
  • Not as powerful as full-sized models
Sweeper or stick vacuumSmall floor surface areas
  • Lightweight with long handles for comfortable use
  • Some are battery-powered
  • Excellent surface cleaners
  • Not ideal for deep cleaning
  • Do not perform as well on carpeted areas as other vacuums
  • Small dirt bin capacities
Pet vacuum
  • Carpeted areas
  • Hard surfaces
  • Powerful
  • Collects pet hair and dander
  • Minimizes pet odors
  • Can be heavy and difficult to maneuver
Robotic vacuumMedium-sized floor surfaces
  • Hands-free vacuuming
  • Cordless
  • Programmable
  • Navigates from room to room on it's own
  • Sensors detect dirt for efficient cleaning, even when you're not home
  • Moves around obstacles
  • Not as powerful on carpeted surfaces as an upright or canister
  • Must be plugged in prior to use
  • Not ideal for shag carpeting or area rugs


So with all that information, you should be ready to make the decision on which vacuum is right for you.

No matter which type you choose, you're sure to get a cleaning tool that keeps your living space in pristine condition, ready for events like hosting parties or holiday gatherings. And each vacuum is sure to make your house feel like "home clean home" every single day!