I believe in looking after your health. No one else is going to do it for you—at least not all the time. Mom might send a recipe or two your way that demands fresh ingredients. Mine taught me to “shop smart” and read labels and look for local produce. Now I am on my own and do it naturally. To keep my weight and ward off illness, I am constantly in the search for nutritious food. I practice portion control, even when I am out (when it is not so easy). Life can be better when you eat right.

I also insist on a healthy and clean environment. This means using only earth-friendly products (no toxic chemicals for me), a vacuum with a HEPA filter, and recycling everything. Nothing lies about idly when its usefulness expires. I can repurpose and refashion a great many things. When it came time to try a new vacuum, I had to decide on an upright or canister model and this web site came in handy. While I can coach anyone on quality food, I was at a loss this time. People tell me that uprights are the most popular, but they aren’t necessarily better. It depends on the size of your home and the nature of the contents. Each type suits a particular lifestyle.

I am going to be as careful about this decision as I am about my food. Let’s start with the upright, which by the way, are cheaper than the other kind. The motorized brushes are efficient, especially on thick carpeting. With a press of your foot, you can go from carpets to wood floors. If you have a bad back, this one is for you. They store easily as there are no attachments to dismount. The big plus is the wider cleaning path.

The problem is that uprights are heavy, noisy, and inefficient in corners. So, let’s turn to the alternative. The canister vacuum has a nozzle at the end of a wand, which is linked to the unit by means of a hose. The engine is in the canister as are the filter and dust bags. Wheels make it easy to operate. Most people don’t know that canisters are more powerful than uprights with great suction and flow rate. They are light and easy to carry. Maneuvering is no problem. The hose allows the machine to reach difficult places. They are quiet due to sound insulation and they feature all the tools you need such as crevice tool, upholstery brush, and mechanized brush. Their versatility can beat an upright any time. But wait!

The cons for the canister vacuum are simple. You have to bend down to assemble the unit. Plus, you might drag the canister behind the want which may damage furniture and walls. You must get a model with rubber casing to protect your surfaces. I am also told that the little wheels get stuck in power cords and thick rugs.

Neither style has too many problems or significantly more assets than the other. I am still thinking it over.