Bagged vs Bagless Vacuum Cleaners: What's the difference?

When shopping for a new vacuum, it can often be difficult to navigate all the different features, accessories, and use cases. One of these conundrums is whether to choose a bagged or bagless vacuum cleaner.

Here we discuss the main features and advantages of both bagged and bagless vacuum cleaners, helping you choose the right product for cleaning your home!

Features of bagged vacuum cleaners

Bagged vacuum cleaners contain a replaceable vacuum bag which holds and retains the debris you Hoover up around your home.

These bags will need to be replaced once full, and old bags can be easily disposed of in your household waste bin.

Here are some common features of bagged vacuum cleaners:

  • Hygienic: Replaceable debris bags contained within the vacuum
  • Allergy protection: Bags are great for trapping allergens like fine dust and particles
  • Large capacity: For multiple cleaning sessions

Features of bagless vacuum cleaners

Bagless vacuum cleaners don’t rely on a bag to store debris. They usually use a built-in bin to store the dust and dirt that is collected throughout your home.

Because they don’t contain bags, they can be emptied on the go - usually at the touch of a button, or with very simple disassembly of the bin compartment.

Here are some common features of bagged vacuum cleaners:

  • Filtration: Some bagless vacuums use a HEPA filter to remove allergens & fine particles
  • Built-in bin: Can usually be emptied with minimal maintenance/disassembly
  • Easy access: Should you need to access the contents of the bin for any reason, there’s no need to open a bag to do so.
  • Advantages of Bagged vs Bagless Vacuums

    Here are some advantages of both bagged and bagless vacuums:

    Bagged vacuums

    • Hygienic, with debris contained within a sealed bag
    • Waste disposal is as easy as removing the bag
    • Allergens are trapped within the bag, with no risk of being released back into your home


    Bagless vacuum cleaners

    • Easy to empty, with the built-in bin opening to release debris into the bin
    • Some bagless vacuums use HEPA filtration to trap allergens and fine particles
    • The transparent bin allows you to monitor how full the vacuum is getting while you clean


    Cordless bagless vacuum cleaners

    • Increased mobility with no need for a power cord
    • Easy to manoeuvre around your home - from floor to ceiling!
    • Lightweight and easy to store



    Upright bagless vacuum cleaners

    • Unlimited runtime, as long as the vacuum is plugged in!
    • Hose attachments for cleaning hard-to-reach places
    • Large capacity for effective storage over multiple cleaning sessions