Comparison: Industrial vs. Commercial Vacuum Types

A vacuum.

The main difference between a commercial vacuum and an industrial vacuum is what they are used for. If you are a cleaning service whose main clientele is offices and homes, then a commercial vacuum will do. If you’re in the business of cleaning places like construction sites, factories, or outside sites then a heavier-duty industrial vacuum will be able to handle the harsh materials on the ground.

Commercial Vacuums

These types of vacuums will be your upright or canister vacuums. The basic shape will resemble a house-hold vacuum but the difference will be in the material it is built from. A high-grade plastic or even metal will be used for the casing.

Commercial vacuums do include your wet/dry vacuums for your relatively small spills. They can pick up larger spills, but it’ll just take a long time to do so.

A commercial vacuum generally doesn’t have many attachments since it is often used in various places. Multiple accessories are easily lost which isn’t cost-effective for the business owner. It will also have long cords.

A magnetic bar will often be placed in the front of the commercial vacuum to reduce the amount of metal materials such as paper clips and tacks going into the vacuum. This will be a strong magnet.

Air filters are a major consideration with commercial vacuums. While not all office spaces aren’t concerned with air filtration, places like hospitals and daycare centers may be.

Noise isn’t much of an issue, especially with the better brands. An exhaust muffler can be installed to lower the noise of a commercial vacuum.

Industrial Vacuums

These aren’t generally your typical upright vacuum cleaners. When you see an industrial-grade vacuum you’ll know it and just might be convinced that the operator would be capable of sucking you into the unit if they so desire. They will most often be built with a hefty metal material. These are the types of vacuums that are heavy and will often require more than one person to lift, if they even can be lifted at all. Some resemble a lawn mower. Others have to be mounted on a truck. The industrial vacuum will often be driven by the operator.

The uses for these won’t be for your general office space sweeping, even on a large scale. They can be used outdoors for things like concrete, sticks and brush, dirt, toxic waste and materials, asbestos, and large spills-such as many, many gallons.

Air filters for industrial vacuums will be on a large scale and will be for fine particles often of the hazardous sort.

The motors of the industrial vacuum will, of course, be stronger than the commercial vacuum cleaner. Noise is often an issue because of the heavy-duty nature. Industrial vacuum mufflers can be installed but often make a minimal difference.

The last, and most significant difference, aside from the difference in usage, is the price. The industrial vacuum will often cost thousands of dollars compared to the hundreds spent on a commercial vacuum.