Bagless vs Bagged Vacuum Cleaners

To bag or not to bag, that is the question.

When it comes to purchasing the best vacuum cleaner, whether or not you go with a bagless or bag vacuum cleaner is one of the bigger choices.

In recent times bagless vacuum cleaners have been all the rage, with companies like Dyson(Read Our Dyson V10 Review) making the lack of bag a clear selling point.

However great vacuum cleaners are still made with vacuum cleaners, Miele has been dropping top quality products with bags for years.

Each type of vacuum cleaner has its advantages over the others, so it’s important to really do your research before you buy it.

That’s what this article’s about, so without any further ado, let’s take a look at bagless vs bagged vacuum cleaners.

Bagged Vacuum Cleaners

Bagged vacuum cleaners are the granddaddy of them all.

A bagged vacuum cleaner comes with a special bag that collects all the dust your vacuum sucks up.

Sometimes these bags are reusable and sometimes they aren’t, so you might end up having to buy a few of them if your vacuum doesn’t come with a reusable one.

To start with their might be some health advantages to the bagged vacuum cleaner.

You’re less likely to get a face full of allergy activating dust than when you empty out a bagged vacuum as all the dust is contained in the bag.

This goes double for bagged vacuums with disposable bags, you just throw them away!

Bagged vacuums are also less likely to get all clogged up the way a bagless vacuum might, this reduces any chance of a reduction in suction power.

On the topic of suction bagged vacuums typically have stronger suction.

There is also a big downside to the bagged vacuum cleaner.  

That’s what you’ll have to spend extra money to replace bags that have worn out, ripped, or otherwise need to be replaced.

Bagless Vacuum Cleaners

They’re marketed as a more futuristic option for vacuum connoisseur, but what are the real advantages of a bagless vacuum cleaner?

To start with they’re typically bigger than your standard vacuum bag.

This increased capacity for dust and dirt means you won’t have to spend nearly as much time changing them over.

Plus they’re almost always visible.

It might not seem like a big deal but having the dirt you’ve vacuumed up be visible is a major advantage.

No more getting halfway through a clean only to discover that your bag is full.

With a bagless vac, you always know exactly how full your vacuum is.

There are also some ancillary costs to owning a vacuum that is minimised by getting a bagless model.

Filters need to be replaced less frequently, and that’s great because they’re surprisingly pricey.

With a bagless vacuum, you can regularly just shake them out or wash them to get them clean.

This type of maintenance will have your filter lasting much longer than if you just left it to accumulate dust.

As for the downsides of a bagless vacuum, there is one big one, dust.

While bagless vacuums are easy to clean, it’s also quite easy to get a face full of dust when you do so.

For people with allergies, this could be a real problem, and for everyone else, no-one looks good covered in vacuum dust.


There we have it, a breakdown of bagless vs bagged vacuum cleaners.

Whichever one you prefer is up to you, but remember these key points.

If you’ve got allergies and don’t like a vacuum with a low suction potential, maybe consider the bagged models.

But if you want easy cleaning and a more convenient way of knowing when your vacuum is full, grab a bagless.

We’ll see you next time with another breakdown.

Max Alison
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Max, a consumer products expert at WeReview, researches and evaluates small & large home appliances and cleaning tools for the Home & Kitchen Appliances and a longtime product tester, reviewer, writer, and editor.

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