Bagged or Bagless Vacuum Cleaner: Which would make your life easier?

April 25, 2019
bagless vs bagged vacuums

If you think that buying a new vacuum cleaner is as simple as it seems, you’re in for a big surprise. Try once, just open the Amazon app in your phone and type “vacuum cleaner”. Yes, exactly. You’re now looking at a diverse range of vacuum cleaners, from many brands and with different models. Now, try to check first few – you’ll see each vacuum cleaner has their own unique set of features (of course, they have some common features, like they suck dust) and you’re just overwhelmed by so many options. Moreover, vacuum cleaners come with a very wide price range, from $200 to a little over $2000 – therefore, you’re further confused if that $200 model will be enough for your purpose or you really need that $2000 model and all the fancy features it offers. Now, if you know the pros and cons of bagless vs bagged vacuums and can decide on which type you need, that will exclude one type of vacuum cleaners from your search list – which basically means your search for that perfect vacuum cleaner will narrow down to almost half.  In this article, I’ll do exactly that – will tell you the pros and cons of both types and will try to make your already complicated life a bit simpler, please read on.

bagless vs bagged vacuums

Of course, there are many types of vacuum cleaner available in the market – but at the very basic, they are mainly divided into two types – one is bagged and another bagless.

Bagged or Bagless, which one you should buy?

Both of the vacuum cleaners do their basic job, sucking your dirt, dust, and debris, well. And both types come with various accessories and attachments to make your cleaning job easier.

But they are different in the disposal method. At first, it may seem easy to decide which one you want, or you might think you can do well with either type – but it’s not that simple. Both have their pros and cons, and once you know them, it will be easier for you to decide. Let’s start then.


Bagged Vacuum Cleaners Pros:

  1. Hygienic: Bagged vacuum cleaners are more hygienic than their bagless cousins. The main reason is that all the debris and allergens get securely locked in a closed bag. It makes sure that those will never get back in open inside your home or make contact with your skin, during vacuuming and as well as while disposing of.
  2. Better for those who are allergic: Those who are allergic to dust and debris or any other kind of allergens typically found inside a home, bagged vacuum cleaners are simply a no-brainer option for them.
  3. Low Maintenance: It requires lower maintenance than the bagless ones, due to the facts that a bag will hold up to 2 pounds of dirt, so no need to change bag or filter frequently (as the filter directly fitted into the bag).


  1. Can be expensive: Due to frequent bag replacement, it can be expensive in the long run.
  2. Performance issue: As the bag starts to fill, gradually the vacuum performance will decrease compared with when fitted with a new bag.

Bagless Vacuum Cleaners Pros:

  1. Less Expensive: It’s simple – as you won’t need to replace those expensive bags, it will save money in the long run.
  2. Easy to Know When to Empty: You’ll be able to see through the clear chamber fitted with the cleaner and you’ll know when to empty that.
  3. You can see what’s inside: Apart from the visual satisfaction of seeing that debris getting sucked up, you can easily see if somehow you vacuumed a valuable thing (like a gold ring) and get that out easily.


  1. Allergen exposure: Unlike the bagged versions, here you can get contacted with allergens more likely, hence less hygienic.
  2. Hands-on experience: While some may think it’s not something to consider, but many can find this more hands-on experience with the bagless vacuums is kind of dirty and they may prefer the hands-free experience of the bagged cleaners.