Backpack Vacuum Cleaner – Pros and Cons

Backpack Vacuum Cleaner – Pros and Cons

If you are a cleaner and run your own cleaning business you will need to have a good reliable vacuum cleaner. It goes without saying. But what type is best? What are the advantages and disadvantages of a backpack versus a pull-along type? How do you know which to spend your money on?

As a cleaner of five years experience in my own business I always used a backpack. I preferred this type because firstly I was tall and could stand up straight as I vacuumed. I found a pull along type meant I had to stoop to get the vacuum head onto the floor.

Secondly, it came with me everywhere I went. The pull along was always somewhere behind me and would frequently crash onto the corners or doors because it was harder to manipulate and move around.

Third, the pull along did not have as much capacity in the bag as the backpack and needed to be emptied more often. A pull along needs to be picked up and carried on stairs like a small dog.

Stairs are always difficult with a pull along because it wants to rolls backwards down the stairs and won’t stay put on the step. A backpack is there with you up and down again.

On the other hand the backpack cost more to buy. They are more industrial and don’t have as many features as a pull along which is designed for a more domestic application. And pull along models will almost always have a cord retractor mechanism and no back pack does. It is a manual wind-up of the cord which is tedious and has the potential of wrecking the cord. Cord retractors make a really neat job of winding it up.

A backpack requires more strength to use because it is carried and they are not light machines. They are hot on hot days and can be noisy.

What makes the backpack vacuum worth it to me is that it is more powerful and robust. In a cleaning business you need to have a reliable hard working machine that is easy to use and strong enough to pick up the worst of dirt and more without complaint.

If you are considering starting your own cleaning business or even if you are a home owner who needs a more manoeuvrable machine to do your house cleaning, a backpack will be a better buy in its ability to get around corners, up and down stairs and go wherever you are going right there with you.

When I sold my cleaning business I had to sell the backpack machines along with all the other equipment.  But the first thing I did was to go out and buy another one to replace the ones I sold because as a professional cleaner there was nothing to replace my old friend which lived with me day after day in my cleaning business.