Bagged or Bagless Vacuum Cleaner?

The Right Vacuum Cleaner

Vacuum Cleaners can make house-keeping a breeze, especially if you select the right one for your needs. Be it the upholstery, draperies or carpets, a vacuum cleaner can suction off the dirt, dust and grime that invariably settles in. However, the range of options out there and the many models and brands can be intimidating. We have already covered the differences between upright and canister vacuums. The next decision to make is whether you need a bagged or bagless vacuum cleaner.

The two types - Bagged and Bagless Vacuum Cleaners - are functionally equal. They come with different accessories, extensions and attachments. So, what’s best for you? The experts at Superior Vacuums are here to provide you with the information to make that choice. 

Bagged Vacuum cleaners are efficient in removing those stubborn contaminants that tend to cling to carpets and floors. They are equipped with easily removable and replaceable vacuum bags. Bagless vacuums use in-built filters that improve the quality of air.

Bagged Vacuum Cleaners

Bagged Vacuum cleaners are the original choice. With continued innovation from the industry, they continue to be powerful and efficient, maintaining popularity with consumers.

Benefits of Bagged Vacuum Cleaners

Reduced Allergens

The airtight, sometimes sealed, vacuum bags trap dirt, pollen and allergens very effectively. This makes it difficult for dirt and dust to escape into the surrounding air even when the bags are removed and emptied. Thus, there is no ‘after mess’ to deal with and less exposure to dirt and debris.

Air Filters

HEPA filters built directly into the bag need to be replaced only when the vacuum bag is full. Thus, you have the dual benefit of a high level of cleanliness sans the extra work of maintenance. 

Self-sealing Bags

Though these bags are more expensive, they are worth the price. They absorb foul odours, contain the stench and seal themselves when they are removed for disposal. Easy to handle and easy to dispose of!

Larger Capacity

SEBO Vacuum Cleaner Calgary

This feature is a big advantage, especially when you clean carpets and rugs in large homes. Since bagged vacuums can hold almost 3 quarts of dust, they need to be emptied less often.

Downsides of Bagged Vacuum Cleaners


Bagged vacuums come with vacuum bags, which need to be replaced when they become full. You will incur the recurring cost of replacing bags. The bag might become full right in the middle of a ‘big clean-up’.

Full Bags Decrease Performance

New, empty bags vacuum up dirt and debris efficiently. When a bag gets too full, the performance of the vacuum cleaner can decrease.

SEBO Vacuums are well known for producing high-quality bagged vacuums.

What About Bagless Vacuum Cleaners?

Bagless Vacuum cleaners have become more popular in recent years. Likely due to convenience and not having to purchase vacuum bags.

Benefits of Bagged Vacuum Cleaners

Reduced Ongoing Expense

Although bags are not very expensive, over the years the cost adds up. If you want self-sealing bags or odour eliminating ones, the cost is even higher. With bagless vacuum cleaners, this cost is eliminated.


With bagless vacuum cleaners, you won’t need to clip on a bag and ensure proper placement. All you need to do is remove the in-built container, empty the dust bin and replace it. You’ll get to know if the container is not in position before you begin using it. 

Environmentally Friendly

With no paper vacuum bags to replace and the possibility of recycling debris from your home, the bagless vacuum cleaner is eco-friendly. While the dust bin containers are plastic, they are built for long-term use.

Empty on Demand

With bagless vacuums, the container can be emptied every day. No need to worry about debris decomposing or stinking. 

Easy to Clean

Rinse the container in a bagless vacuum with a wet cloth, wipe it dry and it’s clean. The entire unit can be cleaned the same way. A bagged vacuum cleaner takes longer to clean and dry. 

Less Clogging

With bagless vacuums, as the container is emptied regularly, clogging is minimized. Thus, bagless vacuums generally retain their suction power and there is a considerable decrease in downtime. 

Downsides of Bagless Vacuum Cleaners

Exposure to Allergens

While emptying containers, there’s the risk of allergens and dust entering the atmosphere. This could pose risk to those suffering from asthma or related conditions. 

Emptying & Maintenance

If you let the container get too full, it may be difficult to empty. Also, the containers tend to collect dirt and debris which tend to stick to the sides. The container will need frequent cleaning.

Miele Vacuums' new C1 Blizzard is a popular choice when it comes to bagged vacuum cleaners.

The Takeaway

Both types of vacuum cleaners have their pros and cons but in general, will offer equal cleaning power and efficiency. The best vacuum cleaner depends on your needs so consider the differences discussed above before deciding which is best. All said and done, homeowners that are looking for a bagless vacuum cleaner will do well to go for the Miele Blizzard. Those who would prefer bagged vacuum cleaners will find the Sebo Canister Vacuum Cleaner a good buy. These are both available at Superior Vacuums in Calgary.

Leave a comment

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.