We have all heard that saying, “There is no place like home.” Statistics show that the average American spends about sixty percent or more of his or her time at home passing the hours doing things like eating, sleeping, relaxing, watching television, exercising or just spending time with family.
It makes perfect sense therefore, that most of us want to keep the living space of our home as clean and free of dust, dirt, debris and allergy causing microorganisms as possible with frequent vacuuming.
Bagged vs. Bagless Vacuums
Finding the right vacuum for your home is something that only you are qualified to decide. Today, there are a variety of different designs, features and performance levels that make up the selection available on the vacuum cleaner market. Vacuum cleaners available today fall into 2 main categories, either bagged or bagless. Knowing which type will deliver the best results for you and your home takes a little research and knowledge. Being familiar beforehand with the pros and cons of both bagged and bagless vacuum cleaner features will ensure you find the best unit for the specific needs of your home.
Bagged Vacuum Cleaner Advantages
Vacuum cleaners that use a bag for trapping dust and debris picked up through the suction of the device were the first of the motorized vacuums cleaners to be effectively marketed and put to use in society. While being the most familiar type of vacuum, these bagged vacuums have an advantage over the bagless units due to their design characteristics. This design enables them to trap the dirt and debris vacuumed up and effectively deposit it into a bag for fast, clean and easy disposal.
One major advantage with a bagged vacuum is the simplicity and tidiness for getting rid of the collected dust, dirt and debris deposited in the removable bag where it is contained for proper disposal. Most modern bagged vacuum cleaners allow the user to quickly and easily remove the old bag and insert a new one for vacuuming. Standard vacuum bags are typically inexpensive to purchase and easy to find at major retail stores. Bagged vacuums also tend to release less microscopic dust back into the air than bagless units, when operating.
Another considerable benefit consumers today have with bagged vacuums is the ability to purchase high-quality hypo-allergenic filter bags that use HEPA (High-Efficiency Particle Arrestor) technology integrated within the bag itself. Using this type of vacuum bag traps 99.97% of the air particles, preventing them from again being released into the air during use. Regular use of a vacuum incorporating this type of technology in the home is proven to be quite helpful for those who suffer from allergies and asthma (so is an air purifier by the way).
Most bagged vacuum cleaners also require less maintenance than their bagless counterpart. Generally, there are no parts to disassemble or reassemble to change the bag. Also most bagged vacuums can accumulate many hours of use before the need to change the bag due to being full. Today many units conveniently provide an indicator light to alert the owner of the need to change the vacuum bag.
Bagged Vacuum Cleaner Disadvantages
While bagged vacuum cleaners are the most popular, there are a few disadvantages associated with owning this type of unit. Some bagged vacuum sweepers can experience reduced suction when the bag is nearly full. Another problem is the need to buy new bags for the vacuum. While most replacement bags are relatively easy to find and inexpensive to purchase, there is still this additional time cost factor to consider. One more problem with bagged vacuums is the environmental impact as they contribute more to our landfills, having a long-term effect on our environment.
Bagless Vacuum Cleaner Advantages
While Bagless vacuum cleaners have not traditionally shared the same level of popularity as that of bagged vacuum cleaners, the demand for bagless units has been increasing in recent years. Most modern bagless units work upon cyclonic technology which, as the air spins through the system at high speed, acts to separate the fine dirt and dust from the larger vacuumed particles and objects. The spinning air created by the powerful suction within the unit deposits the vacuumed debris and dirt into a collection container which, when full, can be removed, emptied and reinserted.
One of the best-known advantages to owning a bagless vacuum cleaner is the lack of time, money and effort shopping for replacement bags. This also helps our environment with less used vacuum bags ending up in the landfills. Another feature many people like about the bagless vacuum is the ability to see the dust and dirt being picked up during use. Often bagless vacuums have a clear collection container which allows easy viewing by the user of the progress involved with vacuuming and ridding the home of dust, dirt, and debris. For some, the ability to visually see the dust and dirt being vacuumed provides a sense of assurance in knowing they are accomplishing their task of thoroughly cleaning their home. Most bagless units have a line marked on the clear removable canister, showing the user at what level the unit needs to be emptied. Another plus for anyone using a bagless vacuum is the ability to retrieve any accidentally vacuumed object much more easily from the system than with a bagged unit.
Bagless Vacuum Cleaner Disadvantages
While many owners of bagless vacuums will testify to their performance, as with any vacuum cleaner, there are disadvantages associated with owning this type of unit also. Bagless vacuums do require more maintenance for keeping them in top running condition. One of the major complaints is difficulty with emptying and cleaning the unit. Today’s bagless vacuums have a simpler design yet do still need to be emptied by hand which unfortunately can be a mess and provides the opportunity for dust and dirt to spill or escape into the air, sometimes exposing the user to irritating allergens and microorganisms. Bagless vacuums often have a filter that needs to be either washed and dried or replaced by a new one periodically to keep the unit running at the optimum level. Bagless vacuums also regularly take time and effort to wash and dry other parts such as the canister. Even with a clean filter trap installed, bagless vacuums are known to release more dust particles back into the air, during use, than bagged vacuums. Lastly, bagless vacuums are typically more expensive to purchase than bagged vacuum cleaners.
There are distinct advantages and disadvantages to both bagged and bagless vacuums. Having a general knowledge of the design and features of both types beforehand will help with choosing the right vacuum for your home.
Another alternative to a vacuum is a steam cleaner, they are a brilliant way to deep clean and disinfect floors, carpets, curtains, and upholstery!