As more vacuums are made, stellar innovations are being implemented on some vacuums so they offer more functionality than its rivals, making the set of vacuum stand out.
Vacuums with modern innovation appeal to a younger and larger audience, that’s the focus of these groups. One of these inventions is the “beater bar”.
What are Beater Bars?
Beater bars are widely misunderstood; most people erroneously think the beater bar is the rotating brush rollers located at the bottom of the vacuum cleaner head.
This is so wrong, but the misrepresentation is clearly understandable and pardonable since most modern-day vacuum doesn't have the "traditional" beater bar.
So what then can be referred to as a beater bar? It can be represented or seen as a smoothly curved metallic anchor bar that is attached to the rotating brush rollers, added with the bristle brushes.
The vacuum brand "Hoover" was actually the first company to invent this agitator bar in 1920. It was invented to help in lifting dirt from the depth of a carpet thoroughly through a vibrational reaction that gets created by the beater bar as the brush rotates. Normally, it would vibrate the carpet to loosen the dirt trapped inside, the same time the suction draws the air out, which brings the dirt up for the brushes to sweep and groom. It was from this invention the hoover slogan “it beats, as it sweeps, as it cleans” came about.
The hoover uses this extra functionality to have a mass appeal on a larger audience than its competitors because normal cleaners only use suction and brushes whilst Hoovers are able to use the additional vibration to shake the dirt buried deep within the carpet, as an advantage.
As I explained earlier the traditional beater bar is just a metallic bar on the brush roll, not the brush roll itself, as most people keep making this mistake.
Although they are little to no vacuum that still has the feature bar on its brush roll. It has been replaced by another innovation which is “stiffer brush strips” this can also agitate the carpet while brushing simultaneously.
The design of brush-roll has been greatly influenced due to the invention of the stiffeners. So they are different levels of stiffness and brush lengths that depend on the kind of result the user seeks.
Although the beater bar may seem to have phased out, it still is mistakenly used by many to refer to the modern brush roll on new vacuums.
There are canister models that come with this eccentric feature “the beater bar”, such models include; Bissell Multi-Cyclonic, Sebo Kombi, Dyson Animal Canister, and others, but I strongly recommend those three if you’re to go for canister vacuums with a beater bar.
How Does a Beater Bar Canister Vacuum Work?
Many of the upright vacuums made specifically for carpet flooring has the brush roll feature, what people still refer as the beater bar. As the rotating brush is dynamic by either electric power or air.
It uses a drive belt powered by the motor to power the brush roll. The brush has the capacity to make 6500 revolutions per minute. This beater bar is run and maintained by a belt fixed on a dedicated suction motor.
The modern-day brush roll comes with four sets of brush strips intertwined. Normally they are installed on the brush roll in the place of brush strips.
So what can we say is the main purpose of the beater, its purpose is to provide a greater vibrational reaction to the carpet to release the dirt from deep so it can be sucked up into the floor nozzle with the power of the suction and brushes
Another useful function of the beater bar in your brush roller is it loosens any trapped yarn buried deep in your carpet under another set of yarns. It will vibrate all the yarns and the vacuum would suck them up.
Can it be used on all carpets?
No, it can’t be used for all types of carpets.
The beater bar vacuum works on fluffy carpets. The rotating brush is what helps in reaching out to the depth of the carpet to shake out any dirt or debris.
But where it performs best is fiber carpets. Although it works well on these carpets they could cause damage, if you use other types of carpet. For example, if you use hard flooring, basically any flooring type, it would scratch and damage your flooring styles.
If you use a soft—rug/ delicate carpet then don’t use a beater bar canister vacuum.
Have you used a beater bar vacuum before? Did you enjoy reading about this feature?
It’s good you know the type of flooring and carpet you use in your house before you consider getting a vacuum cleaner. If you use both flooring and carpeting, then you can use a canister vacuum that has the beater bar when it’s needed, and it also has a switch button you use to turn it on/off when you need to vacuum your hard floor or vice-versa.
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