Bagless vs bagged, it is one of the greatest debates when shopping for a vacuum cleaner! Both options come with their pros and cons therefore it simply comes down to personal preference. So, lets dig deeper into the benefits and disadvantages and get some answers on bagless vs bagged vacuum cleaners today!
BAGLESS Vacuum Cleaners
Bagless vacuums are becoming more and more popular because of the buzz you get out of no longer needing to buy vacuum bags! Similarly, most bagless vacuum cleaners allow for more sleek, compact, and economical designs.
However, there are cons to bagless vacuums dear I say it, in particular the sheer amount of dirt, dust and allergens that can get trapped in the orifices of the vacuum unit.
The Pros of Bagless
Bagless vacuums are the most popular style of vacuum everywhere. That’s mostly because you don’t have to worry about running out of bags and/or buying bags. There is something extremely satisfying about seeing the canister fill with dirt and debris, emptying the canister, and then starting all over again!
With bagless vacuums, you never have to worry about having bags in stock. So it’s probably less expensive. Once bought, bagless vacuums are less expensive when compared to bagged vacuums. Also, a bagged vacuum can be used and emptied again and again and lasts longer.
3. Canister Convenience
Vacuum canisters are washable and reusable and will last as long as your vacuum does (unless of course it breaks for some odd reason). Moreover, most canisters are transparent and therefore take the guess work out of knowing whether the canister is full or not. Most vacuum types also come with dust compression technology which works to push dirt and debris down, making emptying a breeze. Lastly, canisters work as a support mechanism to the filtration system as they capture and trap most of the dirt and dust before it even touches the filter. Did I mention you get to see your dirt in action? The best
4. Eco- Friendly
Simply put, canisters are disposed of when your vacuum unit is disposed of, which, as we know, is less frequent to that of a vacuum bag. The main benefit here is the long-term environmentally friendly impact.
The Cons of Bagless
1. A Dirty Job
Vacuum canisters have a tendency to get really dirty over time. Despite doing an excellent job of capturing and trapping dirt, dust & debris, emptying the canister too late can cause this dirt dust and debris to be deposited in the orifices of the vacuum unit (I mean, where else is it suppose to go when the canister is full?). So, lets imagine your rubbish bin without a rubbish bin liner? Now imagine emptying it once it is full, and then cleaning it thereafter? Whilst your vacuum canister is not near as filthy as your rubbish bin, it can certainly be very and unpleasant task emptying and cleaning it. Not to mention, cleaning the vacuum orifices, and filters.
2. Multiple Filters to Clean
Most bagless vacuum units are designed with multiple filters to that of its bagged counterpart. As such, there is more cleaning to be had, and more replacing of filters to be done. This not only takes time, but can be costly. Sometimes you will find that the housing around the filters require cleaning too.
3. Not So Good For Allergy Sufferers
Emptying canisters can be messy. The moment you pop open the lid/s, you become fully exposed to the contents inside. Most times when you empty the contents of the canister the speed by which it empties can someones create a gush wind out of the bag which releases some dust, dirt and allergens back into the air.
Some opt to empty the canister outside to avoid this scenario, however, all this does is introduce wind to your emptying process causing the dirt, dust and debris to blow it back towards you! As such, this is not exactly helpful if you suffer from allergies.
BAGGED Vacuum Cleaners
So, what is a bagged vacuum cleaner? Why use a Bagged vacuum cleaner? We already know that all vacuum cleaners come with some type of filtration system. With bagged options, your filter integrity is enhanced given the bag doubles as a trapping mechanism for dirt, dust and other particles. But, it also means you need to replace your bags often which could become costly if you vacuum often. So, let’s dive right into the advantages and disadvantages of the Bagged Vacuum Cleaner.
The Pros of Bagged
1. Less Messy, and More Hygienic
Bagged vacuums are considered more hygienic given they trap dirt, dust and other particles within a closed bag. Because of this, you are not having to change your filter as often as you would with a bagless vacuum.
They are also less messy as they allow you to remove and dispose of the bag with minimal to no contact with the contents. They also prevent the likelihood of allergens getting back into the air when being removed from the vacuum unit.
Bagged vacuums are a great choice if you suffer from allergies as they add a second layer to the vacuum cleaners filtration system. In other words, their air-tight design helps to trap dirt, dust and other particles securely, and prevents allergens from returning to the air.
Bagged vacuums are recommended for allergy sufferers because they are as effective as a HEPA filter which, as we know, also work to trap allergens and other particles.
3. High Capacity (usually)
Vacuum bags generally have more capacity than dust cups, therefore, you can go longer without having to change the bag. Further to this, it means less time emptying the caniste
4. Less Maintenance
Filters are generally built into the design of a bagged vacuum cleaner so it requires less cleaning the filter in the Bagged vacuum is inbuilt in the Vacuum itself, it never needs to be cleaned as often as in a bagless model.
The Cons of Bagged
As the bag fills, the overall performance of the vacuum declines. Some vacuum types don’t come with a ‘full bag’ indicator light either so you’re left with your ‘random checks’ method.
2. Costly & Inconvenient
As you know, vacuum bags eventually fill up and will eventually require replacing. The size of your bag is dependent on the size of your vacuum unit too, so, the smaller the bag, the more frequent the replacement.
3. Not So Eco-Friendly
Despite most vacuum bags being made with paper, not all of its parts are biodegradable and are therefore, non-recyclable.
4. Retrieving Accidental Suck Ups
If you accidentally suck up something valuable, your only option for retrieval is to cut open the bag and search through the dirt and debris. This is not only a messy task, but an absolute unhygienic one, not to mention a waste of a bag!
So In The End…
The decision around bagged vs bagless vacuum cleaners simply comes down to your needs and your preferences.
Both options are an equal balance of pros and cons, so, there is not obvious winner between the two when it comes to performance, effectiveness and efficiency.
Happy vacuuming X