Do bagless vacuums actually get the job done? The short answer is yes, of course they work.
In fact, they were very popular with some vacuums in the eighties.
They waned in popularity and have recently re-surged as popular again, toted as an eco-friendly, and cost effective alternative to bagged machines.
But, even if they do get the job done, does that mean they are better than bagged vacuums? Let’s see what we can find out.
How “Bagless” Works
Bagless vacuums work in two main ways:
- Filter Based – These machines use filters to clean the air. You can tell pretty easily if it needs a filter because you can usually see it right in the middle of the area where the dust and dirt is collected.
- Cyclonic – These machines still have a filter, but it forces the air into a cyclone pattern, which makes the filter more effective because less dirt needs to come into contact with it. You normally can’t see these kinds of filters, and they don’t need to be cleaned as often.
Whereas a bagged vacuum cleaner collects all that dirt in a disposable bag, the bagless version deposits the dirt into a canister, which can then be manually dumped into a garbage can.
This could be a problem for some people, especially because it’s sometimes a bit tricky to avoid releasing the huge cloud of dust into the air. Emptying the canister outside might be the best idea, especially if anyone in your household has allergies.
These canister vacuums can be just as strong and durable as any other kind of vacuum.
Is Bagless a Better Buy?
Bagless vacuums seem to be a better buy on the surface, since you won’t have to buy replacement bags all the time. This can help you save money over the course of your vacuums lifetime. Some cleaners even claim to be more “green” because they’re bagless.
This is sometimes true, and sometimes not. Remember, bagless cleaners still require filters. These filters can be taken out of the machine, and washed between uses; but, they will have to be replaced every year, or sometimes every month, depending on the brand.
Since the price of these filters can really add up, you’ll want to measure that against the cost of bags. Bags are usually a lot easier to empty out than canisters, but with practice, the difference becomes negligible.
So, to answer your question, bagless vacuums do work great. But, in the long run, it really comes down to your personal preference because choosing a good cleaning machine is a lot more important than whether or not it’s bagless.