I’ve seen people want to buy a carpet sweeper to replace or to get instead of a vacuum cleaner. While a carpet sweeper will pick up some dirt, it won’t be as effective as a regular vacuum cleaner.
Let’s go over some of the benefits of each so we can see if one will work better for you or not.
A carpet sweeper is like a broom for your carpet. Most carpet sweepers are manual powered which means it only works when you push it – kind of like the old style rotary lawnmowers. You do have some sweepers that are powered by a battery and can be more effective than the manual ones.
If you’re interested in seeing a battery powered carpet sweeper then check this one out here.
Some countries will call a Vacuum Cleaner a Sweeper, but we’re talking about the small carpet sweepers that don’t use suction in this article. I thought that was interesting and needed to be pointed out.
The biggest reason why people use a carpet sweeper is that it’s much quieter than a vacuum cleaner. Also, vacuum cleaners are often big and cumbersome machines compared to the carpet sweeper. Many restaurants often use them to clean up between tables so not to disturb the people eating. Or cleaning up spilled chips or other little items at home is perfect for carpet sweepers. I know at my dinner table the kids drop crumbs and cookies all over the place and using a carpet sweeper to clean up the mess is quicker and easier than pulling out an entire vacuum.
A carpet sweeper shines when you need to clean up a mess quickly and quietly. This is why restaurants and many other businesses are often using them.
Carpet sweepers work way better on low pile carpet or commercial style carpets. Using one on high pile carpets can often result in it missing many dirt items. The machine lacks a vacuum to suck things in and should be only used on low pile carpets.
The reason I feel that the electric carpet sweepers work better is due to the brushes always running even when you’re not pushing. This significantly increases the chances of scooping dirt up into the sweeper.
Since many carpet sweepers are manual or don’t need electricity, they’re ideal for someone who is living off the grid. A vacuum cleaner can be one of the most power hungry machines in a home and if every electron counts then it would be best to stick to a carpet sweeper. If you also live in a tiny house, then a carpet sweeper or just an ordinary broom would be better then a big bulky vacuum.
While the carpet sweeper is perfect for cleaning up those in-between messes at the home or business, the carpet sweeper lacks the needed power to thoroughly clean the carpets.
The carpet sweeper will miss the small dirt/dust that gets trapped in the carpet, and the only way to get it out is with pure suction. Carpets trap dust, allergens, hair, and many other things that the sweeper would miss. Many of your vacuums cleaners have filters, even HEPA filters, that can help with all the small particles that the sweeper misses.
If you don’t believe me, then use a carpet sweeper first then go back over the carpet with the vacuum and just see how much it missed.
Since the carpet sweeper misses many of the small things like dander and allergens – someone with allergies should be sticking with a vacuum cleaner when it comes to cleaning. If you do suffer from allergies then stick with vacuum cleaners that have a HEPA filter.
If you’re hesitant to use a vacuum cleaner because of the noise, then check out my post about how to get a quiet vacuum cleaner here.
What To Get?
If you’re trying to figure out which one to get then get both. The only reason to go with the carpet sweeper only is if you live off-grid and power consumption is important. In a regular home, it’s nice to have the carpet sweeper for cleaning all the day-to-day messes that the kids or pets make. Then once a week go by with the big vacuum cleaner and do a thorough clean.