Bagged vs. Bagless Vacuum Cleaner: How to Choose

When buying a new Kenmore vacuum cleaner, one of the first questions to ask yourself is whether you want a cleaner that’s bagged or bagless. Each style of vacuum cleaner has its advantages. This buying guide will help you decide whether a bagged or bagless vacuum is right for you and your home.

What’s the difference?
A bagless vacuum cleaner relies on a re-usable dust cup to contain the dirt and debris that’s picked up. A bagged vacuum cleaner collects the debris in a disposable bag that must be changed periodically.

Which style is better?
Both bagged and bagless vacuum cleaners are equally efficient, so deciding which is a better fit for your home is a matter of preference. The dust bin on a bagless vacuum should be emptied after every use. If that seems like a hassle to you, a bagged vacuum may be the better fit. On the other hand, with a bagged vacuum you will need to purchase vacuum bags periodically. For the shopping averse, a bagless vacuum may be a better choice.

Which vacuum is better for allergies?
While both bagged and bagless vacuum feature filters that help contain potential allergens, a bagged vacuum might be best for those who struggle with allergies. Containing debris in a disposable bag means that you never have to come in contact with dust and allergens.

But aren’t vacuum bags expensive?
Actually, a package of vacuum bags will last the typical consumer an entire year. Considering that most packages of vacuum bags are under $20, that comes down to pennies per day.



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2 Comments to comment
    1. Kathy ~

      Please see if the following helps you in your search for vacuum bags:
      Item number 52294 or 53293 are O Style bags in HEPA Cloth or paper and can be purchased at or

      Thank you.


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