~Bagged Versus Bagless


As with most things in life, there is really nothing

free.  The two most claimed advantages to bag less

vacuum cleaners were lower operating costs and 

better performance.  As far as the cost issues go,

all vacuums must filter the exhausting air they use

to carry the dirt into the collection area, as they

would otherwise simply pick the dirt up from the 

floor and spit it right back out.

Whether you have a bag less HEPA filter, a pre-filter,

or disposable bags, they all need to be changed at

some point.  With the average life of a vacuum

cleaner, you can expect to spend the same on either

collection system for filters, but if you value your

time, you can expect to spend quite a bit more on 

a bagless system.

To keep your bagless vacuum cleaner operating at

peak levels, you'll need to empty the dirt container

when it is full and perform regular maintenance on

the filter.  The type of filter the vacuum uses will

determine just how much service will be required,

although most use a pleated HEPA filter.


Even though the claim of better airflow performance

with bagless vacuums is true in a sense, over the

life of the vacuum you'll get the same, or maybe

even better performance from a bagged vacuum cleaner


With bagged vacuum cleaners, the performance will

start at 100% with each new bag then slowly drop

as the bag starts to fill.  Just how quickly the

performance drops depends on how well the bag is

constructed.  With the average vacuum and the average

bag, you may replace the bag every 3 - 4 weeks 

with 90% of performance the first week, 70% in

weeks 2 and 3, then 50% of less in the fourth week.

The short cycle will insure that you get a 100%

peak cleaning every 3 or 4 weeks from the vacuum

cleaner.  The filtered cyclonic machines have

filters that are designed to last 6 months, 12

months, and even up to 18 months before they need

to be replaced.


If you have dogs or cats, whether you see it or

not, almost all domestic animals shed their fur

on a regular basis throughout their lives.  Pet

owners often wonder as well, which vacuum is the

best to remove pet hair.

For pretty much the same reasons that fur sticks 

to the carpet, it will also stick to your bagless

vacuum's pleated filter cartridge.  The fur will

reduce the performance of airflow, and is also a 

pain in the neck to clean off the filter.  

Over time, the fiber that makes up the filter can

retain odor from pets, even if you clean the 

filter well.  If your filter requires replacing

only once a year, you could end up with a vacuum

that spits odors that will stink up your house 

pretty bad.  

Bagged up

Those vacuums that use bags will often provide

for neat disposal of a full bag.  There are some

brands such as BOSCH that actually engineer bag

disposal into the system.  With BOSCH canister

vacuums, the replacement of bags is a single

dust free step.  The new mega filt bags have a

built in closure system that upon removal,

will slide shut and trap the dirt and debris 

inside of the bag, making removal quick and easy.

Still, there are many people out there who love

bag less machines.  Bag less vacuums will continue

at a slow place to gain market share, and people

will continue to buy them.  For many, a bagless

vacuum can be the right vacuum to have.  

Bags are the technology of the past, while bagless

is the technology of the future.  There are many

reasons as to why you should go bag less.  For

the vacuums of tomorrow, cylinder and bag less

is the key.

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