Bag vs Bagless Vacuums

March 4, 2016 by Kenmore


It’s getting close to that time of year again. The sun will be shining, flowers will be blooming, lawns will be growing and your kids will be running back home with tiny treasures from playing outside. Soon enough, you’ll start to find those tiny twigs, small leaves, grass clippings and microscopic morsels nestling in your carpet. Which leads us to the point of this post: It’s important to have the right, powerful vacuum to tackle the season.

When it comes to picking a vacuum, you need one that’s perfect for your home, but also perfect for you. This means knowing the differences between a bagged vacuum and a bagless vacuum. On paper, choosing one over the other might seem easy, but in reality, certain things should be taken into consideration before purchasing. Let’s dive in!

Bagged vacuums are a great at tackling a variety of different floor surfaces; carpet, wood, tile and more. They keep dirt and grim out of sight and give you peace-of-mind knowing that whatever your kids track inside won’t need to be handled by you. Why? Because whatever it is, it’s in the bag (pun intended). Bagged vacuums are also a great option if you want to keep allergens tucked away and locked in the bag. Full disclosure though, bagged vacuums do eventually require replacement bags.

Check out the Kenmore Elite 31150 Bagged Upright Vacuum Cleaner if bagged vacuums are right for you.

Ok, forget about the bag for now; let’s move on to bagless vacuums. Another great option for tackling a variety of different floor surfaces, bagless vacuums tend to be a little more versatile. Most have a removable canister that gives you freedom to move around. And speaking of the canister, since there’s no bag concealing what’s being sucked up, you can literally see when the canister needs to be emptied.

Here are great options for bagless vacuums.

Calling all pet lovers! There’s also a bagless, canister vacuum that could be your best friend when cleaning up after your best friend. It has a special attachment—the motorized Pet PowerMate—made specifically to lift tough pet hair and dander from your furniture and carpet. So if you’re sharing a home with Pugs, Huskies, American Shorthairs or other shed-loving pet breeds, you should definitely consider this:

The Kenmore Elite 81714 Canister Vacuum Cleaner 


If you really want the pros and cons of bagged and bagless vacuums as it pertains to your home, you need to check out this detailed article. It gives you a more in-depth look at each style of vacuum.

Now that you’re a little more in the know on the different types of vacuums, you’ll have a better chance at choosing the right one to battle the upcoming springtime messes that are sure to come knocking at your door. With the right vacuum by your side, dirt and dust don’t stand a chance. Happy spring cleaning!

Still undecided on the perfect vacuum for your cleaning needs? Explore our comprehensive guide on bag vs. bagless vacuums and find the best fit for your home. If you prefer the convenience and efficiency of canister vacuum cleaner bags, check out our selection of high-quality options. Make your cleaning routine a breeze today!


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