Bagless or Bagged?

When you start to research the different vacuum cleaner brands and their various models you will see many differences. There are different levels of suction power, types of attachments, user controls, and price range. The technological advancments in many areas not only gives you a better performing machine for the money but it also gives you a lot of choices.

Perhaps one of the biggest choices you will make is the one between a bagless and a bagged model. They both operate similarly in that they suction up the dirt and debris into a type of collection chamber. The difference being on the bagged vacuum the chamber is actually a removable dust bag. You would purchase these bags and replace them as they fill up. Depending on the size of your house this could be after each cleaning, so they ongoing cost should be factored into your decision.

Advantages of Bagged

  • Dust has virtually no place to escape as today’s bags are self sealing
  • Easy to remove dirt from the vacuum as they bag will usually just clip right in
  • Filtration system is quite efficient since all pathways are fully sealed
  • Suction stays constant as there is no air leakage at any point in the path
  • Fewer (or no) filters to regularly replace


  • Cost of buying the replacement dust bags can add up, especially if you have a large home with many medium to high pile carpets
  • If cleaner doesn’t have a ‘full’ indicator it can be difficult to tell when it’s time to replace the bag
  • Some people find it wasteful to constantly throw the bags into the garbage (not as ‘green’)

Advantages of Bagless

  • Cost savings as you don’t have to purchase the dust bags
  • Easy to use as you just empty the collection chamber into the garbage when full
  • Clear bin makes it simple to tell when it’s time to empty, this prevents a loss of power when the machine is full


  • Some use non-washable filters that must be changed every once in a while to keep cleaning performance high
  • Dust can escape easier than on bagged models once you open up the collection bin
  • Lower end models are not as efficient as they clog up often (Dyson is one of the companies that has solved this problem)

Making Your Choice

Once you have learned all the pros and cons of each type then it is just a matter of choosing. Weigh your needs with your specific budget, and start comparing the many different brands and models. Reading reviews is a great place to start as this will give you a more indepth look at the specifications, attachments, and intended use. You will also want to find a vacuum cleaner with a quality HEPA filtration system. This is important to remove microscopic allergens like mold spores, dust mites, and pet dander from the air in your home. These organisms like to hide deep in the fibers of your carpet. If you have medium to high piled carpets you will need a machine with enough power to pull them out as well as a good enough filter to capture them. Click here if you want to learn more about these types of filters and how they can benefit your home.