Bagged Vs. Bagless Vacuum Cleaners


In the modern age of household cleaning, technological advancements mean that as a homeowner, you now have considerable choice when it comes to which appliances you choose to give cupboard space to. So when it comes to choosing a vacuum cleaner, knowing the difference between your bagged and bagless versions will help you choose the appliance that is right for you.

How Do Vacuum Cleaners Work?

  • Vacuum cleaners work using suction power to lift dirt from the surface and transfer it into the main body of the cleaner, regardless of the style of the machine. The machine's motor turns fan blades, which builds up pressure and creates a suction vacuum, drawing the air into the pipes and carrying dirt along with it. The dirt is then passed through a filter and collected in a bag or a cylinder, waiting to be emptied.

How Does Bagged Vcuum Cleaner Collect Dirt?

  • A bagged vacuum cleaner works by drawing air, and the collected dirt, up the suction hose and into a paper bag which is attached to the tube. The bag is covered with minute holes which large enough to allow the air to pass straight though, but small enough to trap the dirt insider. There is usually an additional filter, which prevents the dirt being drawn into the motor and clogging the machine. Once the bag is full, the suction power will decrease and the bag will need to be emptied or replaced.

Pros and Cons of a bagged vacuum cleaner

  • Bagged vacuum cleaners work efficiently to collect dirt by transferring it up a single tube and straight into a bag. With such a simple operating design, they are relatively inexpensive to operate and are less prone to breakdowns or loss of suction. The bags can be disposable or reusable ,and whilst the convenience of disposable is attractive, bear in mind that they will be an ongoing expense. For some manufacturers, only their own brand vacuum bags will work with their machines. Reusable bags, on the other hand, need to be emptied, washed and completely dried before reuse. Vacuum bags do not require numerous filters to collect dirt efficiently, and provide effective and thorough cleaning.

How Do Bagless Vacuum Cleaners Work?

  • Bagless vacuum cleaners work by creating a cyclonic air flow inside the dirt collecting cylinder. Dirt and dust particles are drawn into the center of the machine along with the rotating air, and then passed through a series of filters that allow the air to escape the machine but collect the remaining dirt. The cylinder requires to be emptied when full or suction power will decrease, and affect the cleaning ability of the machine.

Pros And Cons of Bagless Vacuum Cleaners

  • Bagless vacuum cleaners pass the air through a lengthy series of tubes and filters which result in a noisier and more expensive operation than conventional bagged machines. As well as higher running costs, bagless machines are more expensive to buy and more prone to motor problems than their bagged counterparts. Bagless machines have transparent dirt collecting cylinders, which offer a visual reminder to empty them. Although there are no bags to purchase, the filters may need replacing and can be costly. To prevent the filters from clogging, they may need to be removed and cleaned regularly.

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