Fundamentals, Pros and Cons of Bagless Vacuum Cleaners

One of the original features of a standard home vacuum cleaner that is finally on its way out is the bag in which the debris is stored. If you are still working with a vacuum and you find yourself replacing bags on a regular basis, then it may now be the time to see if a bagless vacuum cleaner would make a better fit for you and your home. These can make vacuuming a lot easier without having to empty or replaces the bag.

Some people worry that a bagless vacuum cleaner will not control the debris that is sucked into the vacuum, but that is not the case. In fact, you will find that you are more prone to emptying a canister than you would be to replace a bag, and because of that, you end up getting better suction and a cleaner home.


What Is a Bagless Vacuum Cleaner?

bag vs bagless vacuumsA bagless vacuum cleaner is any kind of vacuum, whether it is handheld, upright, or canister, that does not require a bag to contain the debris. There are many advantages to having a bagless model, not least of which is that you won’t have to buy replacement bags on a regular basis.

Most people who buy bagless models find that they will never go back to the old-fashioned ones again, not only because they are more expensive in the long run, but also because you tend to get a better clean without the bag.

Most traditional upright vacuums and a lot of canister models have always had bags in them to contain the debris. Although this makes dumping the debris out a little easier, in fact, you will find that replacing the bag and making sure that it fits right can be cumbersome and difficult.

Another feature of having a bagless model is that most of the newer ones come with debris containers that let you see right inside. This will really show you how much debris you are picking up and it will also allow you to easily tell when it is time to empty it.

Many people also find that if they accidentally vacuum up something that they shouldn’t have (such as a ring), they can look right into the canister instead of having to cut up an entire bag to get to it.


What Do These Vacuums Cost?

You can find bagless vacuum cleaners for under $100 when you shop online, but they can also cost as much as $500, depending on the make, model, and how powerful they are. The differences in price are often due to design, special tools or abilities that the vacuum may have, or even the way in which it maneuvers.

Because most vacuum cleaners are somewhat heavy, you will find that models that are designed to be lightweight or easy to maneuver will usually be the priciest.

For the most part, it is not necessary to pay the top price for a vacuum that really does the job. The highest priced models in the consumer market right now are the high-end Dyson models, and although they certainly come with good reviews (and good looks, too), the extra power and style they provide might just not be worth the extra price.


The Advantages of a Bagless Vacuum Cleaner

The most obvious of all the advantages of a bagless vacuum cleaner is that you don’t have to buy bags. This will save you a fair amount of money over the life of your vacuum cleaner and you will simply never have to worry about running out.

When you have a bagless vacuum cleaner, you will also be able to empty the canister after each use if you want, rather than waiting weeks or even months until the bag is full. So, if you are trying to rid your home of fleas or ticks, having this ability is extremely important.

Also, if you are vacuuming up any food items, you will appreciate the value of dumping the debris immediately rather than having to wait until the bag is full to get rid of it.


What About the Downside?

There really isn’t a downside to a bagless vacuum cleaner. Not having to deal with buying bags, taking them off, or putting them back on is a real treat and something that makes any vacuuming a lot easier.

The only problem that is ever reported on these vacuums is by people with severe allergies. You do have to be particularly careful about throwing away the debris, since some of the dust, dander, and hair that you have vacuumed may be prone to re-entering your air.