To Bag or Not to Bag: What’s the Best Vacuum Cleaner for You?

By mattherndon, April 9, 2013

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Why Are You Buying a Vacuum Cleaner?

The reason you’re shopping for a vacuum cleaner can sometimes help make this decision an easier one. For instance, if you’re just starting out on your own and the ancient upright vacuum you inherited from your mom just bit the dust, your choice is probably based on budget, pets and the type of flooring in your home or apartment.

On the other hand, if your toddler has been diagnosed with multiple allergies, your search for a vacuum cleaner will have more stringent requirements for cleaning and filtering abilities. Moving to a new home is a third example of why you might require a new vacuum cleaner. Once the rationale for your planned purchase is identified, the field of possible vacuum types and varieties can be better explored.

Upright vs. Canister Models

If allergies, pet hair, your home’s floors or architectural aspects require an upright model vacuum or a canister model vacuum, your decision may already be made. Some vacuum models are available only with a bag system while others are designed to be bagless. Further, your budget is going to determine whether you’re able to purchase a particular brand or model. Regardless of your choice, most vacuum cleaners—canister, upright, designed for a bagging system or meant to be bangles—will require some type of vacuum replacement parts or supplies.

Bagged Models

As the name suggests, bag systems pick up dirt and dust where it’s deposited in a disposable vacuumed cleaning bag. When the bag is full, it’s usually a simple process to open the appliance, dispose of the full bag and replace it with a new one.

In past models, thin paper bags resulted in the appliance collecting large particles of dirt while blowing a fine dust throughout the household. Two improvements have stopped this from happening: the vacuum bag is now thicker and allows less dust through its weave. Secondly, most machines now have an inexpensive removable and replaceable filter located at the exhaust port of the machine. These filters are packaged with the bags and are changed along with the bag.

Bagless Models

Although bagless models have been available for decades, it’s only recently that this type of vacuum became the fall-back model of choice. Again, the reason involves adequate filtration. The models now have filters that help capture dirt and dust into a container users empty when it becomes full.

Owners of these vacuum cleaners boast of not needing to purchase a box or two of bags every year. However, they have much more expensive filters that require replacement on a similar schedule as bagged models. Although owners can ignore the instructions to replace filters regularly and continue to use their appliances, the stopped-up filter will ensure less cleaning power and greater wear on the engine.

Finally

As noted, the model, maker and type of vacuum you choose to buy will be based on several characteristics. One final comparison noted by the experts is the relative ease of removing a full bag—many of which close automatically when removed from the machine—versus emptying out a container into the trash which may or may not require cleaning afterwards. It’s your choice.

 

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