Best Bagless Vacuum Cleaners


Why Bagless Vacuum Cleaners

These days, you hardly have to look for a bagless vacuum cleaner. Almost all the new models of vacuum cleaners are bagless. It is very popular in upright vacuum cleaners, sticks, and ultra-light models. What advantage does bagless disposal have aside from easier maintenance? Is it really better than using filter bags? There are some compromises but if you really prefer a bagless vacuum to a conventional one, here are a few tips to help you choose the best bagless vacuum cleaner without sacrificing other important features and performance.

To help you understand this type of vacuum cleaner a little better, let’s take a quick look at how a bagless vacuum works. A vacuum becomes “bagless” when it uses cyclonic system. Cyclonic cleaning technology separates the dust from any liquid and air, using very fast spinning action, and then brings the dust or dirt to a detachable dust canister. So instead of using filter bags, which you have to replace regularly, you just detach the canister and empty the dirt straight to the trash bin. It is definitely faster and easier.

So what flaws could this system have? An advantage of filter bags is that they are locked in more securely so that the dust particles don’t go flying about back to the air you breathe. When you vacuum, the dust that goes into the machine has a way of going back out through other openings from the machine. Bagless vacuums are more prone to letting these particles out.

But it’s not at all too flawed. Of course, the inventors also created a solution. That’s the foam filter. So it is very important to inspect how effective the filter is before buying a bagless model.

How to Choose the Best Bagless Vacuum Cleaner

Taking that into consideration, here are other things you need to remember about bagless vacuum cleaners that will help you choose the right one for your home.

  • Disposal

    How easy is it to empty the dust cup? Unlike filter bags that you just take out and throw, you have to empty and regularly clean dust canisters. As much as possible, the dust canister should be easily detached, ideally with a push of a button. It will be of great help if there is a bottom door that releases the dirt straight to the trash bin instead of opening the top lid.If you take a look at the Shark Rocket Ultralight (HV302) Review, we noted that the canister is not detachable from the handle. And the handle is connected to the cord. So you have to unplug it and carry the cord in one hand to empty the dust cup. That could be a big inconvenience.

  • Tangle Prone Parts

    Check if the dust canister has parts inside that is prone to eating up hair or strings, cause that would also wind up thick dust around it. In that case, you would have to pull it off with your hands.The?Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, has this problem. Hair and other strands get wound up in the middle so you have to remove that small part and manually pull out the hair.

  • Full Indicator

    Most dust canisters are clear so you can see what’s in there all the time. But it still helps if the canister has a full level indicator so you will know when it’s time to empty the tank.

  • Foam Filter

    As we mentioned, the foam filter helps prevent dust particles from going back to the air as you clean. If you or someone in your household has asthma or other allergies, you might want a model that has a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter. It traps allergens and dust particles inside. This filter is washable. You just rinse it with water and leave it to dry overnight.

  • Carbon Filter

    Some bagless models include a carbon filter that helps remove unpleasant smells especially caused by pets. This is a special feature and one model that offers this is the Hoover T-Series WindTunnel Pet Rewind.

  • Replaceable Filters

    In some bagless vacuum cleaners, replaceable filters are used instead of a permanent washable filter. These could be cheaper initially but it is more advisable to get one with a washable filter because they are more practical in the long run.


Those are the essential things you always have to check before buying a bagless vacuum cleaner. Of course, other considerations still apply. For more in depth information about vacuum cleaners, check out our general guide in choosing the best vacuum cleaner for your home. See the Best Vacuum Cleaners Buying Guide as well as Hand Vacuum picks, and make sure to incorporate all the important factors like the weight, attachments, suction power, brush roll, etc. That will help you narrow down your options and eventually find the right vacuum cleaner for you.

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