Bagged vs Bagless Vacuum Cleaners

Filter or Bagged vs Bagless Vacuum Cleaners

As with most things in life, there is really nothing for free. The two most claimed advantages to bagless vacuum cleaners are lower operating cost and better performance. In reality when it come to cost issues, all vacuum cleaners must filter the exhausted air they use to carry the dirt into the collection area. Otherwise, they would just simply pick up dirt from the floor and spit it right back out into the room.

vacuuming-carpetRegardless whether you have a bagless HEPA filter, a pre-filter, or disposable bag, they all need to be changed at some point. When considering the average life of a vacuum cleaner, you can expect to spend about the same amount 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 continuously empty the dirt container. And that is every time it is full and also performing regular maintenance on the filter. The vacuum filter type used determines just how much service is required, although most use a pleated HEPA filter.


Even though the claim of better airflow performance with bagless vacuum cleaners is true in a sense, over the life of the vacuum you’ll get the same, or if not better performance from a bagged vacuum cleaner system.

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 cleaner and bag, you may replace the bag every 3 – 4 weeks. You can expect to get around 90% of performance the first week, 70% in weeks 2 and 3, then about 50% by 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.


Whether you have dogs, cats, or other furry pets, domestic animals shed fur on a regular basis throughout their lives. Pet owners often wonder as well, which vacuum cleaner is best for removing pet hair.

For pretty much the same reasons that fur sticks to carpets, it will also stick to your bagless vacuum cleaner’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, fiber that makes up the filter will collect and retain odor from pets, even if it’s cleaned well. Some filters only require replacing once a year. But then you could end up with a vacuum cleaner that spits out odors stinking up your house pretty bad.

Eureka Mighty Mite 3670G Corded Canister Pet Vacuum

Eureka Mighty Mite 3670G Corded Canister Pet Vacuum Cleaner

​Bag​ It!

​Vacuum cleaners that use bags will often provide for neat disposal when the bag becomes full. The Eureka Mighty Mite 3670G Corded Canister Pet Vacuum is no exception. It is lightweight, yet powerfully cleans in an easy to use machine. Perfect for sweeping dorm rooms, stairs, cars and first apartments. It includes powerful suction and a 20 foot power cord with quick release that allows you to take it with you wherever you go.

Dyson DC65 Animal Complete Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner

​Bag​less Freedom

​Still, there are many people around who love bagless machines. Bagless vacuum cleaners, like the DYSON, will continue to gain market share, and people will continue to buy them. For many, a bagless vacuum cleaner is the right one to have for their use.

​Final Thoughts…

​Bags are considered to be technology of the past, while bagless is considered to be the technology of the future. There are many reasons as to why you should go bagless. For the vacuums of tomorrow, cylinder and bagless are the key.

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