The first decision that you will need to make when buying an industrial vacuum cleaner is just how you want to vacuum. Some people really do prefer a backpack vacuum, but if you will be having multiple people use the vacuum cleaner on a regular basis, then you may want to choose an upright. If you are personally using it and want the lightest weight possible, then a canister will probably be your first choice.
Then, it’s just a matter of whether you need wet/dry functionality, how long you want your cord to be, and what type of motor you will need. If you will be vacuuming up large pieces of debris, then it is worth paying extra for more HP. On the other hand, if cleaning and air quality are more important to you, then make sure you buy a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter and a bag or debris canister that is easy and convenient to empty.
For the most part though, choosing an industrial vacuum cleaner is much like choosing one for you home. You want convenience, good cleaning, and a product that will stand up to whatever you plan on putting it through.
Industrial Vacuum Cleaner Recommendations
One of the most popular upright industrial vacuum cleaner products on the market is the Shop-Vac Shop Sweep Indoor/Outdoor Vacuum. The most important feature of this product is that you can vacuum outside and pick up all sorts of debris. It has an enormous eight-gallon collection bag and filter that is easy to empty. It also has a built-in kick stand, a safety switch, and two height settings. It comes with a one-year warranty and is fairly priced at less than $200.
The Vacmaster Wet/Dry Floor Vacuum is a canister model that has a four-gallon receptacle and runs at up to five HP. It has a variety of accessories that are all stored onboard and a secure fit hose. It comes with a 15-foot cord, with automatic rewind, and a large on/off switch that is easy to use and is completely sealed so that dust can’t get into the mechanism.
The Hoover Commercial Elite Upright is a very basic upright vacuum that would look just right in any office or warehouse setting. It is sturdy, very highly rated, and affordable at just around $120. This model comes with many features that you don’t often find in industrial vacuums of any kind such as allergen filtration, a two-brush agitator, and a built-in maid’s cart hang hook. It has a manual four-position height adjustment and a convenient fingertip on/off switch. If you are looking for a basic model to run over your carpet every day, then this is it.
Carpet Pro makes the CPU 2T Commercial Vacuum, and although this is a bit pricier (retailing at almost $400, but often found at about half that price), it may well be worth the price. This has a metal bottom plate and tools on board. It has an extendable stretch hose and also has a three-wire cord, which means that it will stand up to a lot more use and abuse than a traditional vacuum can.
If you are looking for a true commercial backpack model, then you can’t go wrong with the Nilfisk Advance Backpack Vacuum. This is considerably more expensive (around $700) than the other models, but it is a high-quality vacuum with a built-in HEPA filter. It has all the regular accessories you would expect in one of the industrial vacuums and with its 50-foot cord, you can vacuum a large piece of flooring with no problem.
All of these models are legitimate industrial models that come with long warranties on parts and labor (one year or more) and should hold up to daily use for years.