Bagged vs Bagless Vacuum Cleaners
Many customers ask us ‘Should I purchase a bagged vacuum cleaner or a bagless vacuum cleaner?’
Both have benefits and both have drawbacks, so it’s really up each individual to decide.
Bagged Vacuum Cleaners
Bagged vacuum cleaners have a dustbag inside the main vacuum unit that collects the dirt as you vacuum. When the dustbag is full, it can either be disposed of or emptied and replaced depending on the type of bag you use.
1. Hygienic Disposal - Vacuum bags are more hygienic to dispose of than a bagless system, as the dust is concealed within the bag, preventing any significant exposure. Some bags also have a closing device that covers the inlet hole during the disposal process, providing even more dust protection for the user
2. Efficient Suction Pathways - Bagged vacuum cleaners allow the suction to travel in a more direct path than bagless vacuums (especially the cyclonic variety), as the air travels from the hose straight through the bag, through the motor & filters and out through the exhaust of the machine
3. Clog Resistant Bags - Improvements in modern bag technology have meant that some bags have an anti-clog property, which means that they can be filled completely with virtually no noticeable loss of suction at all. This saves time and money, and ensures a more consistent cleaning performance
1. Replacing Vacuum Bags – All vacuum cleaner bags need to be replaced when they become clogged or are full, resulting in a cost for the consumer
2. Clogged Bags – Many vacuum bags tend to lose suction as they fill, as the suction is not only trying to make its way through the bag lining but also through the build-up of dirt collecting inside. This means that sometimes they need to be replaced before they are 100% full, especially in cases where extra fine dust has created a dense barrier against the suction flow
Bagless Vacuum Cleaners
There are two types of bagless vacuum cleaner - filtered and cyclonic. Filtered bagless vacuum cleaners rely on a filter located within the dust canister to trap the dirt, whereas cyclonic bagless vacuum cleaners use the power of cyclonic action to separate the dirt from the air and trap it in the canister without the use of a filter. Cyclonic bagless vacuums are generally more efficient than filtered bagless vacuums.
1. Visible Dirt Collection – Almost all bagless vacuums have a transparent chamber, which allows the operator to easily see when they need to be emptied. This feature is also helpful if something valuable has been accidently vacuumed up, such as jewellery or money.
2. Filter Maintenance – To minimize the expense of replacing the filters regularly, most filters can be brushed or shaken clean for a period of time before they are eventually discarded
3. Replacement Frequency - Filters do not need to be replaced as frequently as most bags, saving time and effort on this task
1. Filter Expense - In some cases, the total cost of filter replacements can exceed that of replacing paper bags
2. Exposure To Dust – While emptying the dust chamber, and especially when cleaning the filter, the operator comes into contact with a significant amount of the unhealthy organisms that make up household dust. This exposure can be harmful to health, especially in cases of asthma and allergies
3. Inefficient Suction Pathways – Due to the air flow of most bagless chambers, the suction is channeled along twisting and turning pathways, which impacts the delivery of the suction and airflow generated by the motor