Bagless or Bagged Vacuum Cleaner, What Is Best?

Hoover Platinum Collection Lightweight Bagged Upright with Caniste

When purchasing a vacuum cleaner, it always comes down deciding between either a bagless or a bagged model. Like most things, there are advantages and disadvantages of using both. So which is the right choice for your home? Here are some deciding factors to consider.

Many people prefer bagged model since bagless needs to be emptied. Emptying the dirt container can be a messy chore. Bagged vacuums tend to be easier and less messier to dispose. All you need to do is to replace the paper bag with a new one. If there is an allergy suffering member in your family, bagless model is a viable option.

The problem with bagged vacuum cleaners is the cost of those bags. If you have a large space to clean up, a bagless vacuum might be the best choice. No replacement bags to buy. Bagless vacuums offer savings since there is no ongoing cost of buying new bags. Bags are not cheap. Moreover, supermarkets do not stock replacement bags for all models.

Choosing a bagless vacuum can be a money saving. Just remember that bagless models have filters that need to be changed. There are now bagless vacuum cleaners that feature a washable filtration system. But although the filters can be reused many times, they will become too dirty to clean over time and need to be replaced. There is no such thing as lifetime filter.

The BISSELL CleanView Plus, for example, incorporates pre-motor filter inside its dirt tank lid and post-motor filter into their design. The filters are reusable. But it is recommended to replace the post-motor filter every three to six months. Depending on the environment, more frequent replacing may be necessary. The filter pack for this model costs around $9.

However, filters on bagless machines do not need to be replaced as frequently as most bags. Reusable filters save time and money. Of course, it depends on the model that you choose. In some cases, the total cost of filter replacements may equal or even exceed the cost of replacing paper bags.

When it comes to maintenance, bagged machines are simpler and cleaner to maintain with little filter cleaning required. Bagless models normally have two or three main dust filters that need to be cleaned or replaced on a regular basis. Depending on how heavy your vacuuming job, you may need to clean the filter more often.

Do not forget also that with a bagless vacuum cleaner, some dust and debris may remain in the dirt chamber. Sometimes emptying the container is more than just dumping the collected dirt in the trash. However, with a bagless unit, at least there is no dirty bag to touch.

Another plus point of bagged model is, on the average, they have larger dust capacities than their bagless counterparts. Many bagless models only have 2-3 litre dust bag capacity. This is one reason vacuum cleaners with bags are preferred for commercial use. If you have a large home this is an important factor to consider.

In terms of cleaning performance, both can have equal suction power. But as bagged vacuum cleaners allow the air to flow in a more direct path, they are considered better in terms of suction power. Both also lose suction over time. However, bagless vacuums have improved their performance. With a well-designed cyclonic filtration system they can maintain airflow consistency.

In addition to that, bagless systems have clear dirt tanks that make it easy to see when the they are ready to be emptied. However, there are some bag models such as the Hoover Platinum that comes with a bag check indicator that alerts you when the bag is full.

Regarding filtration system, vacuums that uses bags is typically better. In bagged machines, the bags act as a primary filter. Disposable bags that contain several layers can effectively filter fine particles. Models such as the SEBO Automatic X4 EXTRA has hospital-grade filtration for allergy and asthma relief.

Choosing between a bagged or bagless model is mostly a matter of personal preference. You can find good options in both. Just be sure to way the pros and cons of the one that you intend to buy.


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