Should You Choose a Bagged or Bagless Vacuum?

One of the options you should consider when buying a central vacuum cleaner is whether to get a bagged or a bagless vacuum. Both are available in leading brands and models, and each has its own advantages. We will examine each separately to describe how it operates and the benefits it provides.

Bagged Vacuum Cleaners

The effectiveness of paper and cloth bag central vacuums typically earns them a rating of 5 stars among customers. With this system, the dust, dirt, allergens, and other debris are sucked through a series of tubes to a bag in the power unit, located in an out of the way location such as the garage or basement. The dirty air is filtered as it passes through the bag and releases clean air thus eliminating outside venting and preventing contaminants from returning to your home. Another bonus of a bagged system is that it increases the life of the motor.

If you are considering purchasing a bagged vacuum cleaner, here are some of the advantages you would enjoy:

  • They are the cleanest and most hygienic system
  • Paper bags prevent mold spores, bacteria, and fungi from growing
  • You do not need to clean the collection canister.
  • No dust comes out of the bag when dumping
  • Effectively collects dust mites and bed bugs.

It only takes 20 to 30 seconds to change a bag, and there is no mess when doing so. Additionally, it’s easy to change the bags, and generally, you only have to do it twice a year. Four of the leading bagged brands include DuoVac, DrainVac, PurVac, and Nutone, all of which are capable of an outstanding cleaning job in any size house.

Vacuum cleaners pick up all kinds of debris, and you might be surprised what’s lurking under and behind furniture and in odd places. Some common things include:

  • Bacteria, mold, fungi
  • Bugs, spiders, ants
  • Carpet fibers
  • Dirt and dust
  • Dust mites
  • Odors
  • Pet dander
  • Rotted food

Having a bagged system prevents you from having to deal with any of these items.  We have even had occasional homeowners report vacuuming toys, coins, nails, and other unusual items, including a dead lizard.

Bagless Vacuum Cleaners

The second option in central vacuum cleaners is a bagless unit. In this instance, a strong tornado effect pulls the dirt, dust, and debris into the collection canister. The powerful force prevents the debris from sticking to the filter and drops it into the bottom of the canister when the vacuum is turned off. These units use high-quality gaskets and seals to keep from leaking dirty air.


Your only job is to remove the filled canister every 3 to 6 month and empty it into the trash.The essential advantage of bagless units is not changing or replacing bags.

Bagless central vacuums are exhausted outside of the house to keep the inside air cleaner. However, as the canister fills up you will experience less suction and need to empty it to resolve the problem. Occasionally you will need to shake or wash off the loose dirt and debris and wipe the inside of the bucket clean.

A disadvantage of bagless filtration is you cannot prevent the buildup of harmful pollutants and unwanted odors. If you suspect bacteria or mold, you must disinfect the inside of the collection canister. For safety purposes, you should wear plastic gloves when emptying and maintaining your bagless central vacuum.

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    Before ordering, you need to know the square footage of your home to match with the correct size vacuum system.  We recommend a different model for each of these size homes:

    • Up to 3,500 sq. ft.
    • 4,000 to 9,500 sq. ft.
    • 10,000 sq. ft. and up

Once you have this information, choose between a bagged or bagless vacuum cleaner. Follow that up with the brand, model, and price range you desire. Our team is specially trained to be knowledgeable about all the models we sell and how they can fit with your cleaning needs. Study our website carefully to gather more ideas and if you have any questions, talk to one of our vacuum experts today toll-free at 1.877.615.6839.