Commercial vacuum cleaners differ from household vacuum cleaners in more ways than the one, but the largest difference among them all is that a commercial vacuum is designed to stand the test of time and repeated daily use. Whereas a household vacuum will (rightly so) get about an hour or two a week of usage, a commercial vacuum cleaner needs to work just as well despite getting 10-20 per week of use. This means that the motor which runs the cleaner must be well designed and pack more of a punch; you can’t keep a cleaner going that long on a measly 1 or 2 amp motor like some household cleaners. (Most commercial vacuum motors start at 10 amps and go up from there.)
Commercial vacuum cleaners also offer different techniques for dealing with allergens in the environment. Many have advanced exhaust features which will take in air, remove the dirt, pet dander, and other allergens in the environment, and then pump the filtered out back out into your environment. While no vacuum cleaner is designed to medically improve allergen conditions, they offer this as a benefit, and the difference they make adds up for your employees who do suffer from allergies in the air.
A good cleaner will also have a modestly long power cable – upwards of 40 or 50 feet ideally. This means you will not waste time going from room to room with the cable in hand, searching for a power outlet; instead, you’ll be going from room to room only while cleaning the carpets.
Lastly, what makes the best commercial vacuum cleaner is a good warranty. Unfortunately, since these cleaners are supposed to get intense and heavy use, the warranties offered are not nearly as good as those for household use. Nevertheless, you’re going to want to look for at minimum a 6-month warranty and shoot for a 1 or 2-year warranty. If you are purchasing a commercial vacuum cleaner through a vacuum cleaner business, they might offer additional warranties and repair services for a one-time fee- consider looking into this. The cost of such a warranty would pay for its self the first time it is needed.