In this article, Charlie Vacs talks about the different types of vacuum cleaners and why professional vacuum dealers recommend bagged vs bagless vacuums. Most people think they need a bagless vacuum because they don’t like having to replace the bags in their conventional cleaner, it’s an inconvenience. Others reason that emptying a dustbin is easier. But this isn’t always true, so let’s take a look at all the facts before deciding if you need a bagless or not.
Fact. The Majority of Bagless Vacuums leak dust. Much more than their bagged counterparts.
Bagless vacuums are known in the vacuum industry for leaking dust and dirt. It turns out that this dust is made up of much smaller particles than bagged vacuums release. And it is the most damaging to those suffering from respiratory conditions such as allergies and other breathing-related problems.
Allergies and asthma are caused by particles that are too small for our body’s defenses to detect as foreign invaders; this means they can pass through our systems with few problems at first but eventually build up and cause symptoms like sneezing or wheezing later on down the road—and all those extra little particles floating around means even more chances at getting sick over time!
Bagless vacuums require frequent cleaning & replacement of filters.
Sure, with bagged vacuums you need to change a bag, however, on bagless vacuums there is a filter that needs to be removed and cleaned on an equally frequent basis. The imagined convenience of not needing to dispose of a bag is replaced by the chore of removing, washing, and often purchasing and replacing filters.
Bagless Vacuums are difficult to empty completely.
Emptying a bagless vacuum isn’t as easy as it may sound. Typically they will need to be shaken or agitated to remove all of the dust and debris. Dust tends to scatter and fill the air during the process of cleaning out the dustbin. Once the dust bin is empty, a light film of dust will likely remain to cling to the interior of the bin. This should be washed out each time you empty the bin and clean the filter, or dust will build up to the point where you may not be able to see inside the bin to tell when it’s full. This is a dirty job that comes at the expense of not using a bagged vacuum.
When do we recommend going bagless?
Every once in a while, we agree that there is a need for bagless vacuums. If you are an owner of pets that shed excessively, to the point where you need to empty your vacuum with each use, a bagless vacuum may be right for you.
If you are not able to handle a standard household vacuum and need a lightweight rechargeable vacuum, a bagless, cordless vacuum may be right for you.
Or, if you are moving to an area without the convenience of a vacuum dealer or place to purchase bags, a bagless vacuum may be right for you.
With that said, consider having someone else empty the bagless container if you have allergies or other respiratory ailments.
An exception to the rule.
The Miele Triflex Cordless Vacuum was late to the bagless game. MIele builds their vacuum with the idea in mind, that a vacuum cleaner MUST keep dust out of the air. It took a while for the engineers at this well-known German manufacturer to design a vacuum that meets their high standards of filtration, but the Triflex hit the mark. If you insist on a bagless vacuum, this is the one to consider.
Bagless vacuums just have too many downsides to recommend, and bagged vacuums are better.
Bagless vacuums are a lot messier than bagged ones. When you’re using a vacuum, you’re probably not thinking about how much dust is being tracked into your home—but it’s important to consider the implications of all that dirt being swept up and then left on your floor when you empty it out. With bagged vacuums, you can just dump out the contents of the garbage can into a trash can outside (or in your kitchen) and be done with it. But with bagless vacuums? That’s not so simple.
The problem with emptying out a bagless vacuum is that there’s no convenient way to avoid getting dust all over yourself while doing so—and if there is any moisture in the air at all (like right after mopping or showering), then those fine particles will stick onto your skin and clothes immediately upon contact.
With over 40 years in the vacuum cleaner sales and service in the South Florida area of Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach, Charlie Vacs has seen and heard the numerous complaints about bagless machines over and over again. We’ve seen firsthand, the difficulties in cleaning and maintaining bagless machines a thousand-fold over what you the consumer sees.
Our recommendation is to stay away from bagless vacuums unless you meet some not-so-typical guidelines as mentioned above.
When you’re in the market for a new vacuum cleaner, visit Charlie Vacs for helpful information and hands-on demonstrations of better vacuum cleaners. A few minutes spent with a vacuum cleaner professional can save you years of misery down the line.