Best Vacuum for Residential Cleaning Business

Best Vacuum for Residential Cleaning Business

As a business owner, you know that you’re only as good as your equipment. As a cleaner, you need the best vacuum for a residential cleaning business. A typical household vacuum is great for the one a week clean of a run of the mill home, but you need something stronger and faster.

 

In our shop, we torture all kinds of household gadgets. For this list, we wanted to find the best and quality options to help you get some serious cleaning bang for your business.

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Reviewing the Best Vacuum for Residental Cleaning Business

What makes a vacuum among the best for a cleaning business comes down to how the features come together. A vacuum for a residential cleaning business needs to be light, powerful, versatile, and durable. Each of the vacuums you will see on this list will highlight a specific feature or set of features that make it an effective machine that will take your residential cleaning business to the next level.

Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional NV356E

Shark Navigator NV356E review

Shark is one of those vacuum brands that inspires confidence. No matter the reason you are buying a vacuum, you know a Shark will get the job done. The Navigator lift-away is a must have in the best vacuum for residential cleaning business category.

What makes the Lift-Away vacuum so great for your cleaning business is that it is multiple vacuums in one machine. With a quick transformation, the Shark Lift-Away can change from an upright to a canister, and then to a specialty vacuum for reaching those high up and hidden spaces. No area is left unchecked under the nozzle of the Shark Navigator.

As an upright, the Shark has a swivel head that allows the user to quickly and easily sweep a room. We love that you can switch the suction mode quickly to transition between carpets and hard floors.

Speaking of hard floors, the Navigator comes with a very handy little attachment called the “Hard Floor Hero.” We were impressed at how well the attachment simultaneously attacked stuck on messes on hard floors, while still being gentle enough to avoid scratching and damage. If you have a client with hard floors, you will find the hard floor hero very useful.

The last two features that made this vacuum a must for our list are the HEPA filter and the dustbin. The filter is rated to trap over 99% of irritants and allergens that are common in a home. The filtration will let you leave your customer’s homes free from annoying floaties that give people the sneezes.

The dustbin is almost twice the size of Sharks standard bins, with a 2.2 dry quart capacity. You can work longer without having to stop to empty the bin. We like getting more done in less time, and so will your bottom line.

PROS

 

What we like:

  • Highly maneuverable
  • Excellent dust and allergen filtration
  • 30-foot power cord
  • Specialized tool for hardwood floors

CONS

 

What we don't like:

 
  • Suction wand hose is a little stiff
  • No storage for accessories built into the vacuum
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Oreck Commercial XL Commercial Upright Vacuum Cleaner, XL2100RHS

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oreck commercial XL2100RHS review

Oreck was one of our favorite vacuum commercials in the 90’s. These little vacuums have built a reputation of being lightweight, but still incredibly powerful. The entire Oreck marketing campaign builds on the fact that their vacuums are only 8-pounds. The weight is 25-50% lighter than other vacuums. When you are hauling the vacuum from car to house to car the lighter the vacuum, the easier it will be for you and your employees.

 

The lightweight also translates into a smaller form that saves space. You can carry more vacuums or more employees in your trucks.

 

Enough about weight and space. Let’s talk a little performance. I remember the first Oreck we ever tried. We turned the little guy on and watched as its suction slowly pulled the vacuum forward across the carpet. We jokingly let it run to see how far it would go on its own and watched as it slowly made it across out test rug. It wasn’t fast, but we learned that the Oreck vacuums didn’t sacrifice serious performance power.

 

The newer generation of Oreck vacuums includes the XL2100RHS. The XL has a high-speed brushroll with double helix brushes that spin at an impressive 6,500 RPMs. The double helix design does an admirable job of agitating debris on both carpet and bare floors. After agitating, the brushes pull everything in toward the suction inlet to make quick work of the messes you need to tackle.

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A final note of favorite features on the Oreck XL is the oversized handle with on/off switch. The handle is large and comfortable offering complete and easy control of this lightweight powerhouse. The power switch located directly on the handles offers further control over the vacuum.

 

PROS

 

What we like:

  • Vacuum automatically adjusts between carpets and bare floors
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  • Excellent performance with pet hair
  • Lightweight and easy to control
  • Easy to change the vacuum bag

CONS

 

What we don't like:

 
  • No options or attachments for stairs, blinds, furniture, etc.
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  • The vacuum motor is very loud

Hoover Commercial WindTunnel 13" Bagged Upright Vacuum C1703900

 
 
 
Hoover Commercial WindTunnel 13 review

We aren’t short on quality names for our line up of best vacuums for residential cleaning business. Hoover has been a popular name in vacuum for as long as there have been vacuums and the commercial upright vacuum keeps well with the Hoover reputation.

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Hoover’s latest line of vacuums features WindTunnel technology. The WindTunnel feature uses a combination of three air channels to create a firm hold on the debris you have to clean up. The result is a powerful and efficient vacuum.

 

For those homes that have a variety of carpet and rug types, the Hoover commercial vacuum has 5 carpet height adjustments that you can manually change based on the floor types that you are cleaning. Not as flashy or fancy as some other vacuums, but it is still fast and effective.

 

One of the unique features of the Hoover Commercial vacuum that cemented its place on our list is the extreme recline handle. Where most uprights stop their recline or become so loose they are useless; the Hoover keeps a solid recline with good control. You can get deeper under furniture without losing suction or falling flat. We were comfortably able to reach so many more areas with the recline of this vacuum than other commercial uprights we tested.

 

Some of the other enduring features of the Hoover commercial upright are specialty brushes that clean along the baseboards of your client’s homes to break loose the trapped dirt along the edges. The wheels are commercial grade plastics that will outlast the vacuum and combine with the non-marking furniture guard to make sure you don’t leave a trace of your machine around the house.

 

PROS

 

What we like:

  • Excellent dirt removal, we love the baseboard brush
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  • Comes with a variety of specialty tools for furniture and crevices
  • 35-foot power cord
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CONS

 

What we don't like:

 
  • Weighs 23-pounds
  • Attachment hose is a little short

Hoover CH30000 PortaPower Lightweight Commercial Canister Vacuum

 
 
 
Hoover CH30000 PortaPower Lightweight review

To wrap up our list of the best vacuums for a residential cleaning business we wanted to mix it up. The Hoover PortaPower is a break away from the uprights we have predominantly featured. The PortaPower is an over the shoulder canister vacuum designed specifically with the professional cleaner in mind.

 

The entire vacuum weighs just over 8-pounds, and with the shoulder strap, it is easy to move around the job site. Plus, this vac comes with 7 attachments to allow you to tackle any and all messes that come your way.

 

We became attached to this vacuum as just about the perfect vacuum for tackling homes that have a lot of stairways, tall furniture, and an abundance of blinds. The range of nozzles and tips lets you reach almost all of the most difficult areas of a residence.

 

The speed and freedom of movement with the PortaPower is outstanding and makes us feel like we could conquer even the most sprawling estates.

 

PROS

 

What we like:

  • Lightweight with the most maneuverability of any vacuum we tested
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  • Reusable cloth refuse bag
  • Durable metal hose attachments
  • Almost perfect for staircases

CONS

 

What we don't like:

 
  • Bag can be difficult to empty and is small
  • Power cord storage can be frustrating

Cleaning Up The Tools Of The Trade

 

When it comes to your business, you want the best of the best, without sacrificing your bottom line. Each of the candidates on our list of the best vacuum for a residential cleaning business will give you the power and versatility that you need to run a successful business.

 

If we had to pick one to recommend at the end of the day, we would have to go with the Shark Navigator Lift-Away. This vacuum offers the widest range of versatility and reach of all the vacuums on the list. Regardless of the type of cleaning, or the size of the house, you will be able to tackle almost anything with the Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional.

 

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