The Truth about Vacuum Cleaners - They Don't Clean Vacuums

Advantages and Disadvantages of a Bagged Vacuum and a Bagless Vacuum.

Are you in the market for a new vacuum cleaner? If so, you have probably noticed that there is a wide range of vacuum cleaning products available and it can be confusing to decide which one to go for.

When it comes to vacuum cleaners, there are 2 main types: bagged and bagless. So, which one is better and what are the pros and cons of each one? Let’s take a look!

Bagless Vacuum Cleaners.

Bagless vacuum cleaners have become very popular lately and it is easy to see why. Unlike bagged varieties, they use filters to capture dust, dirt and debris on surfaces, which are then stored in a chamber which must be emptied on a regular basis. As the name suggests, they don’t need any bags!

Advantages of Bagless Vacuum Cleaners.

Although newer to the vacuum cleaner market, bagless models are no less effective than their bagged counterparts.

Effortless Emptying.

Unlike bagged vacuum cleaners, bagless models are better in that the user can clearly see when the chambers need emptying. Just like a bagged vacuum cleaner, they tend to become less effective with a fuller chamber but bagless vacuums don’t require the changing of a bag.

Vacuumed up something that you shouldn’t have? With a bagless model, you can simply open the chamber and retrieve it and this task (on a bagged vacuum) would have required cutting open the bag!

Great for the Environment!

With many people trying to reduce their carbon footprint, a bagless vacuum cleaner is the better option as you don’t have any bags that need to be recycled or end up in a landfill. The amount of vacuum bags used per cleaner really adds up and you could really make a difference by not using bags!

The Cheaper Option.

Of course, the prices of vacuum cleaners vary and while a bagged model may be cheaper than a bagless one, if you consider the cost of bags, it is often more cost-effective to go for a bagless vacuum cleaner.

Disadvantages of Bagless Vacuum Cleaners.  

Easily Become Clogged.

A bagless vacuum cleaner is much more convenient but it does tend to clog more readily than a bagged vacuum. This is because there is no bag to hold the dirt and dust and a bagless model requires periodic cleaning and declogging to ensure optimal performance.

Not the Best Option for Allergy Sufferers.

Emptying out a bagless vacuum cleaner means that you are exposed to all the dust and dirt you have vacuumed up in the past while. If you are an allergy sufferer, opening up your bagless vacuum cleaner’s chamber could trigger a sneezing attack or worse. It is for this reason that most bagless vacuum cleaner owners prefer emptying out the chambers outdoors so that any excess dust will not remain in their home.

Bagged Vacuum Cleaners.

There is nothing new about bagged vacuum cleaners. They usually consist of a bag that slots into a cloth section which can be zipped around the bag. Whenever the bag becomes full, you can either empty it or replace it.  

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Advantages of Bagged Vacuum Cleaners.

Bagged vacuum cleaners are a great choice for many reasons.

Great for Those with Allergies.

The bag in a bagged vacuum cleaner acts as a filter for dirt and dust and, because it is airtight, any dust or grime that you vacuum up cannot easily escape.

Easy to Maintain.

Generally speaking, a bagged vacuum cleaner doesn’t require a lot of maintenance and upkeep. Their bags can hold a large amount of dirt and dust and do not need to be changed as frequently. Since a bagless vacuum cleaner’s filter attaches to the bag, you hardly ever have to clean this, either.

More Hygienic.

Because bagless vacuum cleaners keep dust, dirt and debris trapped within the bag, they are considered more hygienic. Modern bagless vacuums are even more hygienic as they keep all the dust and dirt securely trapped in the bag, even when you’re changing it out. This means that there is much less chance of allergy sufferers being exposed to dust particles.

Some Models have HEPA Filtration.

Not all bagless vacuum cleaners make use of a HEPA filtration system but if yours has one, you  can have peace of mind that it will trap almost 100% of even the tiniest of allergens in your home. In fact, they are the most effective at removing dust, pollen and dirt from surfaces than any other filtration system.

Disadvantages of Bagged Vacuum Cleaners.

While an attractive option, a bagged vacuum cleaner does have a few disadvantages.

They become Less Effective with a Fuller Bag.

Many folks enjoy a bagged vacuum cleaner as it captures dust and dirt and keeps it airtight in the bag. However, as the bag fills, the vacuum becomes a little less effective. Depending on your vacuum model, it can be difficult to see when your bag is full and you may be replacing bags too often and spending unnecessarily.

The Inconvenience of Replacing Bags.

If you want a value for money vacuum cleaner, you would need to consider the cost of bags in the case of a bagged vacuum cleaner. This can add up and it may be more cost-effective to buy a bagless model. In addition, replacing the bags can be a great inconvenience and if you have an older model, you may find it more difficult to find replacement bags.

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