The upright vacuum cleaner has been introduced to the market by the Hoover Company in the late 1940’s. They were the first to attach the debris collecting bag onto the handle of the cleaner and place the motor on wheels. Initially, vacuum cleaners had a separate sucking handle and delivery tube leading into a canister or some kind of device that housed the motor and the carper debris.
At the time of its launch, the upright vacuum cleaner was heavily marketed to all housewives in the States as the ultimate labor saving appliance. As a result, sales virtually exploded. It was not required anymore to carry a heavy device around the house while cleaning the carpet. Also, the new type of vacuum cleaner did not require a large storage space. Upright vacuum cleaners efficiently and quickly clean up large areas and are easy to maneuver for most debris that needs to be quickly picked up. The upright vacuum cleaner turned out to be a best seller!
Still, the upright vacuum cleaner has certain disadvantages as well. First, they are quite difficult to operate on stairs. The upright versions are also rather heavy as they include all the mechanical workings of the device. Even today, the entire weight of the upright models exceeds the weight of the canister models, despite of the availability of light, durable plastics and space age metals. Additionally, the upright vacuum cleaners are not easily used in smaller spots and underneath furniture.
A number of customers have reported less powerful suction with the upright models compared to the canister versions, but vacuum manufacturers rejected that assertion. In terms of attachments, the upright version includes smaller attachments. While canister vacuums regularly include retractable power cords, the upright version require the power cord to be wrapped around latches on the side of the vacuum cleaner.