A Guide to Bagless Vacuum Cleaners

Bagless vacuum cleaners have become very popular in the past 20 years, as technology has advanced in the industry and made bagless vacuums much more affordable. If you are considering purchasing a new bagless vacuum, here are some handy tips to consider when making your decision.

A Guide to Bagless Vacuums

What are the different types of bagless vacuum?

Bagless vacuums are generally split into two main categories – filtered and cyclonic. Filtered bagless vacuums use a simple filter to trap the dirt and are generally quite cheap, whereas cyclonic bagless vacuums use careful cyclonic design to effectively separate the dirt from the air and trap it in the dust canister. Cyclonic models often have a filter as well to protect the motor from dust particles, are generally significantly more efficient than filter-only models.

Does size matter?

The size of the dust canister influences how quickly the vacuum will lose suction, and subsequently how long you will be able to vacuum for without emptying the canister and cleaning the filters. Larger capacity bagless vacuums (greater than 2 litres) are generally considered to be better for cleaning standard 3-bedroom homes, however if you have a smaller 1- or 2-bedroom apartment, a smaller dust canister (up to 2 litres) should be sufficient.

Does the power rating make a difference?

The power rating, or wattage, does not determine the suction ability of the vacuum. The suction power and cleaning ability of the vacuum comes from its design and also its Air Watt rating. For example, a low-cost 2400W filtered bagless vacuum cleaner will generally have poor suction and a low Air Watt rating, whereas a well-designed 1400W cyclonic bagless vacuum will generally have a higher Air Watt rating and therefore have greater suction than the 2400W model.

This is a common mistake that people make when choosing a bagless vacuum, i.e. making a selection based on wattage alone. To ensure that your new vacuum has strong suction, test it out in the store before you purchase or read other customers reviews on that particular vacuum.

Does it matter what kind of floor tool it has?

The type of floor tool that a bagless vacuum uses can have a big influence on its ability to clean your house. A poor-quality standard floor tool can often leave dust and dirt behind, whereas a turbohead, or even better a motorised powerhead, can help to extract significantly more dust and dirt from your carpeted floors.

Are bagless vacuums easy to maintain?

A common myth is that bagless vacuums are easier to maintain than bagged models because they do not require vacuum bags. In reality, bagless vacuums need to be looked after just as well as their bagged counterparts, particularly when it comes to cleaning and changing filters. If you give your filters a quick clean after every vacuum and change them completely every 6 months or so, your vacuum should be performing to its highest level. Keep an eye out for bagless vacuums with washable filters; these can save you money in the long run.

Bagless Vacuum Maintenance

There are many different types of bagless vacuums out there in the market today, so just remember to do your research and understand the benefits and drawbacks of each model before you purchase. If you have any questions about a particular bagless vacuum, then feel free to visit one of our experts at any Godfreys store and they’ll be able to help you out.

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