Gone are the days when you had to keep a stash of replacement vacuum bags on hand. The majority of models on the market today have a removable canister or container, which can easily be rinsed out or even just shaken into the trash bin if you're feeling lazy about it. The majority of bagless vacuum machines are upright vacuums, though there are several canister models that fit the bill as well. There are several advantages and disadvantages to going bagless:
- Cost: vacuum bags are usually disposable. This means that when they fill up, you need to toss it in the trash and put in a new one. This is now only wasteful, it can also be costly - especially if you need to vacuum large areas or do so often.
- Suction power: vacuums that use bags have a disadvantage when it comes to suction power. As the bag gets fuller, the strength of the machine's suction lessens. This does not happen with bagless models.
- Ease of use: how will you know when a vacuum bag is full? That's an easy question - you won't. You'll either have to keep checking, or will be unpleasantly surprised when you realize that the vacuum isn't doing such a great job (because the bag is getting full). With a bagless model, you'll usually have a see-through canister which will get visibly full; no need to open and check.
- Ease of cleanup: this is where bagless models may fall short. While cleanup is pretty simple, as mentioned, you do run the risk of releasing the dust back into the air when you open it. In bagged models this is less likely to happen. What's more, bagless models typically have smaller dust capacities than bagged ones, meaning you'll have to empty them more often.
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