Bagless Vacuums vs. Bagged Vacuums

By: David Roth

If you're looking for a new vacuum, you might be wondering which is better bagged vacuums or bagless vacuums. We want to give an overview of some pros and cons to both versions, so you can decide which is best for your needs.

Bagged vacuums have the appearance of holding more dust in, since it's in a bag. In the past, thin or porous filter bags allowed dust to seep through the bag, or allowed for easy ripping of the bag, thus forcing dust back into your air. Although in the past few years, more and more vacuum bags are being offerd with HEPA filters or microfilters, so escaping dust should be lower than with the bags of years ago.

Of course, disposing of vacuum bags is simple. Just take out the bag and drop in the trash. Even still, people with allergies often dispose of the bag outdoors immediately since any bumping of the bag can force dirt and junk back into the house very easily.

You also have to deal with the expense of purchasing bag replacements.

Bagless vacuums, as they sound, do not use a vacuum bag to collect dirt and dust, but rather use a plastic canister for colletion. When the canister is full enough, you simply remove it, dump the junk, then replace it and start vacuuming again.

Another benefit to bagless vacuums is that you can empty the canister after every use at no extra cost, which you can't do with vacuum bags. Many people prefer to empty these outside so dust and dirt doesn't re-enter the air in the house when it is dumped in the trash can or trash bag.

Even though you save money on vacuum bags, know that your vacuum will have one or two filters which you will need to replace fairly regularly, depending on your usage. These filters protect the motor and can be quite costly. It's a good idea to price these filters before you buy the vacuum so you're not surprised later. They should also be cleaned regularly to keep your vacuum's suction power at its best.

If you accidentally suck up something you shouldn't have, a bagless canister makes it a little easier to retrieve the object than with a vacuum bag.

If you're buying a used vacuum at a yard sale or thrift store, you might just have to go with whichever you find in your price range. But if you have time to shop around or wait for the gonga deal, start talking to friends and family about the kind of vacuum they use and what they like and dislike about it. Heck, they'd probably let you come "test drive" their vacuum and clean their carpets. (Hah!) The more information you can gather before your purchase, the happier you will be with your investment.

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Dave Roth owns and operates Vacuum Cleaner Talk, a website devoted to reviews about the many different vacuum cleaners available. See reviews of Eureka vacuum cleaners, Kirby vacuum cleaners, Hoover vacuum cleaners, and much more.

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