Vacuum Cleaner Attachments and Fittings

In order to clean various surfaces, to clean various types of dirt and debris and to reach different inaccessible places, vacuum cleaners are supplied with different attachments like carpet floor brush, hard floor brush, dusting brush, upholstery brush head, crevice head, blind (mini, vertical etc) brush, ceiling fan brush, pet vacuum attachments, extension hoses and wands etc.

Good thing about attachments is that they can be bought as needed – you can shop vacuum attachments on the internet and with fast deliveries you don't have to wait very long.

Since single vacuum cleaner can be used for cleaning various surfaces and dirt, and can be of various types and constructions, there are numerous additional parts that you might need for your vacuum cleaner, like replacement batteries, replacement filters and bags, replacement hoses and cords, spare parts like wheels, switches etc.

Many attachments and accessories are made for specific vacuum cleaner model, so before you buy anything carefully read vacuum cleaner's manuals.

Note: Most vacuum cleaners, especially high-end models, have various selling options, but usually there is one top, most expensive, model that comes with every possible attachment. Such investment can be significant, but in the long run, attachments come at the most acceptable price.

Of course, such models should be considered by people who has large homes to keep clean, large families with plenty of kids, with pets (dogs, cats, birds ...), healthy issues (allergies of some sort, for example), etc.

Some of the most popular vacuum cleaner attachments are given in the following table (ordered alphabetically):

 Name  Brand/Seller Photo Fits Amazon Link
Dyson Articulating Hard Floor Tool   Dyson dyson articulating hard floor tool table  All Dyson upright and canister vacuum cleaners with extension hoses. Dyson Articulating Hard Floor Tool
Dyson Asthma & Allergy Kit Dyson dyson asthma and allergy kit table   All Dyson upright, canister and cordless vacuum cleaners. Dyson Asthma & Allergy Kit
Dyson Flat Out Floor Tool Dyson dyson flatout head tool table  All Dyson upright and canister vacuum cleaners.
Note: extension wand highly recommended.
Dyson Flat Out Head Tool
Dyson Pet Groom Tool  Dyson dyson groom tool table  Suitable for most Dyson upright and canister vacuum cleaners with extension hoses. According to the official Dyson site, tool is not compatible with DC01, Motorhead models or Dyson cordless vacuums.  Dyson Pet Groom Tool
Dyson Tangle Free Turbine Tool Dyson dyson tangle free turbine table   Suitable for most Dyson upright and canister vacuum cleaners with extension hoses. It is compatible with DC19/DC23 onwards, except DC24 and Dyson cordless vacuums. Dyson Tangle Free Turbine Tool
Electrolux Home Care 62550D Power Paw Vacuum Tool Eureka electrolux power paw table For use with standard 1 1/4 inch (32 mm) and 1 3/8 inch (35 mm) diameter, friction-fit vacuums. Electrolux Home Care 62550D Power Paw Vacuum Tool
MaximalPower 25-inch Flexible Long Reach Crevice Tool Attachment with Removable Brush Head MaximalPower flexible long reach crevice tool table For use with standard 1 3/8 inch (35 mm) diameter, friction-fit vacuums. MaximalPower 25-inch Flexible Long Reach Crevice Tool
Micro Vacuum Attachment Kit - 7 Piece  Schneider Industries  micro vacuum attachment kit 7 piece table  For use with standard 1 1/4 inch (32 mm) and 1 3/8 inch (35 mm) diameter, friction-fit vacuums. Micro Vacuum Attachment Kit - 7 Piece
Miele Parquet Soft Brushes Miele miele parquet soft brushes table Various Miele vacuum cleaner models. SBB Parquet-2 Smooth Floor Brush
SBB Parquet-3 Smooth Floor Brush
Parquett Twister SBB 300-3
SBB 400-3 Parquet Twister XL Smooth Floor Brush
Miele SFD 20 560mm Extended Flexible Crevice Tool Miele miele sfd 20 table Various Miele vacuum cleaner models. Miele SFD 20 560mm Extended Flexible Crevice Tool
 Miele SHC 10 Home Care Accessory Case Miele miele shc 10 home care accessory case table  Applicable for the following models: S371 – S858, S2, S4, S5, S6, with limited compatibility for vacuums with electro-brush.  Miele Home Care Accessory Case
 Miele SMD 10 Mattress Tool Miele miele smd 10 mattress tool table  Fits directly onto the handles of Miele Canister vacuum cleaners.  Miele SMD 10 Mattress tool
VonHaus Universal Vacuum Cleaner Attachments VonHaus vonhaus attachment table  For use with standard 1 1/4 inch (32 mm) and 1 3/8 inch (35 mm) diameter, friction-fit vacuums. VonHaus Universal Vacuum Cleaner Attachments
 ZVac Flexible Crevice Tool Eureka zvac flexible crevice tool m   Fits most vacuums accepting 1 1/4" (32 mm) inner diameter attachments. ZVac Flexible Crevice Tool

Note: Amazon links in the table are affiliate links. They open in the new window, so feel free to check them out.

Features and Specifications

When buying vacuum cleaner attachments, there are few things to consider:

- type of attachment depends on the cleaned surface and dirt and debris that have to be cleaned.

- hole size is given in inches or millimeters. There are several standard diameters, and it has to be checked before buying new attachment. Luckily, if you happen to find excellent cleaning tool, but it doesn't fit your vacuum, there are adapters which can help. Most common sizes are 1 1/4 inch (1.25 inch or 32 mm) and 1 3/8 inch (1.375 inch or 35 mm).

There are also several ways of attaching the cleaning tool, most common are by friction and by using simple connecting mechanism (it must 'click' to fix the attachment!).

Carpet Vacuum Cleaner Brush Tool

carpet vacuum cleaner brushFor optimum carpets cleaning, many vacuum cleaner models include carpet brush tool. There are great differences between models, some of them are:

- carpet floor brush can be powered directly by main motor or it can use air flow to generate rotation of the brush. In the case of cylinder or canister vacuum cleaners, carpet brush can/must powered by separate motor or by air flow. Also, some models use gears or belts to transfer rotation of the wheels to the brush - such models have great disadvantage since brush doesn't rotate if it is not moved across the surface of the floor/carpet.

- shampoo and steam vacuum cleaners have brushes optimized for wet applications and for extraction of dirt and moisture from the carpets. This way, dirt is more effectively removed from the carpet and carpet itself has very low amount of residual moisture in its structure after cleaning.

Carpet vacuum cleaner brush tool is essential for deep and thorough cleaning of carpets, especially if you have kids, pets and any health issue like allergy and similar. Of course, any high-end vacuum cleaner model MUST come with good exhaust filtration.

Carpet brush tool is generally not 'aggressive' toward cleaning surface, but to be sure, check label on your carpet (usually underneath), especially if you plan on using shampoo and/or steam to clean the carpet.

Upholstery Brush Tool

Upholstery brush tool is similar to carpet brush tool and some models can be used for both purposes. Anyway, upholstery brushes are generally weaker and more gentle versions of carpet brushes that are used for same purpose - deep and thorough cleaning of upholstery. If you have pets and small kids that climb and play on such surfaces, this tool is a must.

Of course, be sure to check if materials in your home can tolerate such cleaning tools.

Crevice Cleaning Tool

Crevice head has narrow nozzle, with or without small, usually unpowered, brush. Its narrow shape and small dimensions help reach tight spaces and crevices - hence the name.

crevice head tool

It is commonly found on 'emergency' vacuum cleaners like hand held, battery operated vacuums as main tool or it can be found on much stronger models as an attachment that is easily mounted when needed and then removed and stored until it is needed again.

When buying new vacuum cleaner, especially high-end models, be sure to read reviews and recommendations of other people. Also, before first use, read the manual, even several times, if needed - especially if you have sensitive surfaces to keep clean.

Pet Grooming Tools vs. Pet Hair Cleaning Tools

dyson groom tool mIf you have pets like dogs and cats, then you probably have need to clean the hair from the carpets, hard floors, upholstery, car seats and similar surfaces. In that case, good Pet Hair Cleaning Tools can be of great help.

However, Pet Grooming Tools help remove loose hair from pets while the hair is still on them, before hairs even get to the floors, significantly reducing the amount of hairs that end up on the floor.

Which one is better, Pet Grooming Tools or Pet Hair Cleaning Tools? IMHO, they work best when combined - Pet Grooming Tools can help reduce amount of pet hair on the floors, while good Pet Hair Cleaning Tools remove hair from the floors, upholstery, car seats, etc.

Note: dogs and cats mostly like to be groomed, if performed gently. If you get Pet Grooming Tool of any kind, give your pet some time to accept it. In most cases, dogs consider it as cuddling and actually enjoy it.


Our reviews and recommendations of some most popular vacuum cleaner tools and attachments.

miele sfd 20 mMiele SFD 20 560mm Extended Flexible Crevice Tool is great cleaning attachment for reaching and efficiently cleaning under and around furniture, appliances, between car seats, along the edges, in the corners and other hard to reach areas.

Central section of the Miele SFD 20 extended flexible crevice tool bends easily and enables the tool to clean efficiently. Also, when required, tool itself can be cleaned easily.

Date: February 27, 2017.

dyson tangle free turbine 1mDyson Tangle Free Turbine Tool is being advertised as 'The only turbine tool that doesn't tangle'. Dyson Tangle Free Turbine has counter-rotating heads with vertical brushes that remove hair from the carpets and upholstery, while stream of air sucks the dirt, debris and hair into the vacuum, removing the hair from the bristles.

miele parquet soft brushes tableMiele Parquet Soft Brushes Miele SBB Parquet-2 Smooth Floor Brush, Miele SBB Parquet-3 Smooth Floor Brush, Miele Parquet Twister SBB 300-3 and Miele SBB 400-3 Parquet Twister XL Smooth Floor Brush are designed for vacuuming sensitive wooden and similar floors.

miele shc 10 home care accessory case tableMiele SHC 10 Home Care Accessory Case is collection of four genuine Miele vacuum cleaner attachments. This set is ideal for quick and thorough cleaning of home, regardless of surface and type of dirt. Set fits following models: S371 – S858, S2, S4, S5, S6, with limited compatibility for vacuums with electro-brush.

miele smd 10 mattress tool tableMiele SMD 10 Mattress tool has wide, flat nozzle which reaches between mattresses and bed frames to clean dust and debris found on such hard to reach areas. Also, it effectively cleans mattresses, upholstery and other similar smaller flat surfaces.

flexible long reach crevice tool mMaximalPower 25-inch Flexible Long Reach Crevice Tool Attachment comes with removable brush head. Crevice tool can easily bend 180 degrees and due to the shape, it can easily reach areas between and under the home appliances, various vents, car seat and similar. It fits most standard 1.375 inch (35 mm) vacuums - or it can be used with the adapter even on 1.25 inch (32 mm) vacuums.

zvac flexible crevice tool mZVac Flexible Crevice Tool is elastic and flexible cleaning tool, being capable of bending up to 180 degrees, without issues. This cleaning attachment fits most popular vacuums accepting 1.25 inch (32 mm) inner diameter attachments.

dyson flatout head tool mDyson Flat Out Head Tool is compatible with all Dyson upright and canister vacuum cleaners. It features ultra-low profile for easier cleaning under low furniture, household appliances and similar, often hard-to-reach surfaces.

dyson asthma and allergy kit mDyson Asthma and Allergy Kit contains three Dyson's vacuum attachments designed to clean dust, dirt, allergens, hair, fibers and other debris from hard-to-reach places around the home.

The Dyson Asthma and Allergy Kit includes Soft Dusting Brush, Mattress Tool, Flexi Crevice Tool and adapter.

electrolux power paw 1mElectrolux Home Care 62550D Power Paw Vacuum Tool fits all standard 1 1/4 inch (32 mm) and 1 3/8 inch (35 mm) diameter, friction-fit vacuums. It is used for cleaning pet and human hair and other dirt and debris from upholstery, stairs, car seats and floors, and other similar surfaces and areas.

vonhaus attachment 1mVonHaus Universal Vacuum Cleaner Attachments is 8 piece universal vacuum cleaner attachments set, designed for use with standard 1 1/4 inch (32 mm) and 1 3/8 inch (35 mm) diameter, friction-fit vacuums. Although the are similar cheaper vacuum attachment sets, this VonHuas set is popular due to number of attachments, their type, design and quality.

micro vacuum attachment kit 7 piece tableMicro Vacuum Attachment Kit is 7 piece micro vacuum cleaner attachments kit that provides miniaturized cleaning tools for use with full size vacuum cleaner. It fits all vacuum cleaners that accept standard 1 1/4 inch (32 mm) inside diameter attachments and friction-fit wands.

dyson groom tool mThe Dyson Pet Groom Tool is designed for use on medium and long-haired adult dogs, except the dogs with wool-like fur. Tool is suitable for most Dyson upright and canister vacuum cleaners with extension hoses. According to the official Dyson site, tool is not compatible with DC01, Motorhead models or Dyson cordless vacuums.

dyson articulating hard floor tool 1mDyson Articulating Hard Floor Tool is designed for cleaning various hard floors. It has soft nylon bristles that gently remove dust even from sensitive wooden floors, but also do thorough job on the tiles. Thanks to its very slim profile, it easily reaches into awkward gaps and spaces.

Recommend This Page

Search Pick Vacuum Cleaner