Bag Vs Bagless

The Hidden Mistakes You Could Be Making

Learn how to avoid them!

It’s really easy to buy a vacuum cleaner without thinking twice and regretting a purchase for years. It’s also really easy to get the facts beforehand, and pat yourself on the back when you realize you’ve made the smartest decision possible. This article is for you. Save the trouble upfront! Quickly learn the real differences between bagged and bagless cleaners.

What’s Less Dirty?

With bag vacuums, some people might have an image in mind of a dusty old bag leaking or spilling dirt back into the room you just cleaned. The truth is, this is definitely a thing of the past. Nowadays, bags are of much higher quality, and really the only cleanup you’re doing is simply throwing away the bag with all its contents sealed in.

With bagless cleaners, there are a few concerns. They use a technology (called cyclonic) that separates out large pieces of dirt, then drops them into a plastic cup. Instead of a bag, you’re really just removing and cleaning out a plastic cup full of dirt. Many find that this is unpleasant, because the cup is usually just being smacked into a garbage can, where much of the dirt can travel back into your air. It also could require more through cleaning (like running under a sink) if you really want the cup to be cleared out. Additionally, because of the cyclonic technology, the smaller dirt particles must be captured by filters so that they do not go back into the room and air. These filters may also require cleaning.

What’s Going to Cost Me Less?

One of the supposed benefits of a bagless cleaner is that you don’t have to pay the price of buying vacuum bags. The reality of this is that bagless cleaners often have disposable filters that require replacement about 1-2 times per year. These can be anywhere from $20-60. On the other hand, a year’s supply of bags costs about $20.

What about Suction?

A concern people have with bagged vacuums is that they lose suction when the bag starts to get full. Some higher-end models have a way around this. The simplest measure to take is to toss the bag before it gets completely full, but this might require buying a few more bags per year.

A thing most people don’t think about is that vacuums don’t clean as well when the filters get stuffed up. Airflow can be reduced. This means bagless vacuums also need to have something periodically removed to preserve suction.

Special Considerations

A possible benefit of using a bagless cleaner is being able to see all the dirt and debris in a clear plastic cup. Some people may find that visually unappealing. If you are the type that accidentally sucks things up that you don’t want sucked up, you may find it easier to locate and fish out those kind of items from a bagless cleaner.

Also, when using a bag vacuum, you have to make sure that you are getting the right bags for your machine. In some cases, buying generic bags can void the manufacturers warranty on the machine.

What Now?

It may seem that much of this article was bashing bagless cleaners. It is true that many experts “in the know” often prefer bag vacuums. But, it is really down to you to decide what benefits you want to play on. Both types of vacuums will certainly get the job done, if all the other features are carefully selected.

You can begin looking at both bagged and bagless cleaners in our Vacuum section. You can also call to ask about more specifics at  717-397-5776.

However, we ALWAYS recommend coming down to our showroom and seeing the machines yourself. Get it done now while all this information is still fresh in your mind. Our staff at AAA will help you make the perfect decision for your unique situation. We’ve made it easy for you to get all the right specifics with your vacuum.

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