Bagged or Bagless Vacuum Cleaners

Choosing whether to buy a bagged or bagless vacuum cleaner. This is largely a matter of personal preference. In this article, I will explain the difference between the two types. In addition I will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of both bag and bagless.

A little history first. Dyson originally developed the bagless vacuum to roughly 30 years ago. Nowadays all the main vacuum companies have their own versions of bagless vacuum cleaners. Overall, the performance of bagless vacuum is no better than that of a bagged one.

The Difference between Bagged and Bagless Vacuum Cleaners

Bagged Vacuums

Bagged vacuums will filter out dust and dirt from air path so that the there is no damage to the motor. They usually have a filter installed before the motor. This protects the motor if from badly fitted bags. There is also an exhaust filter to prevent carbon generated by the motor been expelled back into the room.

In these vacuums, you need to change the bag when it is full. Some bagged vacuums have an indicator, which lights up when the bag is full. In addition, it is advisable to empty the bag if the suction performance drops.

It is easy to change the bag without making a mess with the dust and dirt contained inside the bag. You can remove the bag, seal it and dispose of the bag in the dustbin.

With bagged vacuums, you always need to make sure you have a new bag ready when the existing one is full up.

The bags are not expensive to replace and are easy to order on Amazon. Either purchase the original bags from the manufacturer or you can buy replica bags.

In a bagged machine, the air does not have so far to flow, so there is less drain on the motor and it therefore runs cooler.

There are specially designed bags if you suffer from allergies or asthma.

Bagless Vacuums

In Bagless Vacuums, a filter replaces the bag. This can be a HEPA filter or a cyclonic separator, sometimes the vacuum has both.

The cyclonic technology works by separating out the fine dirt, from the larger particle dirt. The fine dirt collects in the filter and the larger dirt goes into the dust collector.

There is generally a line in the dirt bin, which indicates when the bin is full and needs emptying.

Emptying the bin is easy and usually means pressing a trigger, which opens a flap. This lets the dust drop down into the bin. When this happens, you can get a dust cloud produced.

With bagless vacuums, you do need to remove and wash the filters regularly. They then need to be left to dry for 24 hours.

Make sure that you buy a vacuum with washable filters otherwise, you have to allow for the additional cost of replacing the filters.

You may also have to wash down parts of the vacuum, which attract the dust. You may also have to buy new filters each year.

The filters in cyclonic bagless vacuums require less maintenance than the filters in non-cyclonic vacuums. This is because the cyclonic vacuums spin a lot of the dust on to the sides of the container.

Advantage of Vacuums with Bags

Bagged vacuum are a good choice if you or a member of your household suffers from asthma or from dust allergies.

Bagged vacuum cleaners take less time to maintain as do not have to clean the filters.

With the some vacuums like the Miele vacuums, it tells you when the bag is full. They also have a little tag, which you can use to seal it. You can then just throw it away in the bin.

Disadvantage of Vacuums with Bags

The performance of bags lessens vacuum fills up. Some bag vacuum cleaners have indicators to say the bag is now full. To maintain performance it is always best to empty them before they are full. This maintains the suction and filtration.

You need to buy replacement bags for vacuums, which use bags

Advantage of Bagless Vacuums

Bagless vacs trap all the dust and dirt from you floors into a canister. You can then empty the dirt into your bin.

The advantage that you do not have an ongoing cost of replacing bags for the vacuum cleaner

There is no need for bags with Bagless vacuum cleaners this saves you money and the environment.

You can see the dust and dirt accumulating in the bin and empty it when it is full. There is no loss of suction.

If you suck something up in the vacuum, you can easily see it in the dust container and retrieve it.

Disadvantage of Bagless Vacuums

You need to clean the filters of some bagless vacuum cleaners for the vacuum to maintain a high performance.

With bagless vacuum, you will not lose suction as the dirt container fills up. However, you can lose suction if the filter clogs. This can sometimes be worse than when using a bagged vacuum and the bag is filling up.

User exposed to dust when emptying bagless vacuum cleaners. You need to take them outside and to empty straight into a rubbish bay

Sometimes bagless vacuums can be more expensive to buy.

Bagless vacuums generally have smaller dust capacities than bagged models

Emptying bagless vacuum cleaner can be messy and worse if you suffer from allergies. You have to make sure you do not spill the dust when emptying the canister.

Deciding between Bagged Vacuum or Bagless Vacuum Cleaner

Deciding on whether to buy a bagged or bagless vacuum is not so easy.

Bagged vacuums tend to be cheaper than bagless. In addition, bagged cleaners produce less dust when being emptied.

If you are going to buy a bagless vacuum, it is best to buy one of the higher end models, as the cheaper ones do not seem to work so well. Also, make sure that you buy washable filters so you do not need to replace the filters each year.