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Bagged vs Bagless Vacuum: The Vacuum Debate

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Whether you prefer a bagged vacuum or a bagless vacuum, I’m sharing why both are great (and why they sometimes aren’t). Plus, some Hip2Save sidekicks share what type of vacuums they use in their homes and why they love them so much!


Bagless vacuums

Shark Rotator Vacuum

Pros of bagless vacuums:

  • You don’t need to buy vacuum bags.
  • Eco-friendly since you aren’t constantly replacing bags.
  • Designed with new technology and more features.
  • You can see the dirt it’s picking up, so knowing when to empty is easier.
  • The vacuum won’t lose suction the fuller the chamber gets.
  • More modern and sleek which make them more appealing to look at.
  • Easy to dispose of debris.

Cons of bagless vacuums:

  • Tend to spread a cloud of dust into the air when emptied.
  • Not the best option for allergies.
  • Holds less debris.
  • More difficult to keep clean.
  • The filters are not cheap to replace and normally cannot be washed.
  • Filters can clog easily and cause the vacuum to lose suction.

Some of our favorite top-rated, bagless vacuums:

I searched different types of popular vacuum features with strictly high ratings across the board.

For Best Overall, I found a mid-price, highly-rated option with some bells and whistles. Budget-friendly is still a high-rated vacuum at a very affordable cost. Best for Allergies is the highest rated vacuum that eliminates the most amount of allergins in the air. 

⭐Best Overall – Shark Rotator Professional Upright Bagless Vacuum with Lift-Away Hand Vacuum and Anti-Allergy Seal

⭐Budget-Friendly – Bissell 9595A CleanView Bagless Vacuum with OnePass

⭐Best for Allergies – Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 Upright Vacuum Cleaner Yellow


Bagged vacuums

Oreck Vacuum

Pros of bagged vacuums:

  • Best for people with allergies.
  • Put less dust in the air when changing the bags.
  • Easier to keep clean.
  • Slightly better for sucking up pet hair based on their design.
  • Less likely to get clogged.
  • Don’t have expensive filters that need to be replaced.
  • Less maintenance since bags hold more and don’t need to be changed as often.

Cons of bagged vacuums:

  • Changing the bags can be a hassle.
  • Disposable bags add to the cost.
  • Looks older and less modern.
  • Loses suction as the disposable bag gets full.

Some of our favorite top-rated, bagged vacuums:

I searched different types of popular vacuum features with strictly high ratings across the board.

For Best Overall, I found a mid-price, highly-rated option with some bells and whistles. Budget-friendly is still a high-rated vacuum at a very affordable cost. Best for Allergies is the highest rated vacuum that eliminates the most amount of allergins in the air.  

⭐Best Overall – Oreck Commercial, Professional Upright Vacuum Cleaner, U2000RB1

⭐Budget-Friendly – Hoover WindTunnel T-Series Pet Bagged Upright Vacuum Cleaner, UH30310

⭐Best for Allergies – Kenmore Elite 31150 Pet-Friendly Bagged Upright Vacuum


So what’s the Hip2Save team verdict?

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Bagged Vacuum Fans Said…

“I’m old school. I’ve tried the more expensive vacuums, and they’ve always crapped out on me. I’ve had 2 Bissels in the last 10 years. They aren’t pretty to look at, but they are total beasts! They just keep going and going and going!”Tracy


“I used to have a cleaning business, and sometimes the clients would want me to use their fancy vacuums. And while I would do what they wanted, I never thought they worked nearly as well.”Jessica


“I, personally, think I have the best, bagged vacuum. I’ve had Dysons, I but really like commercial grade bagged vacuums better. They are seriously the best and have never failed me!” – Michelle


“I’ve had the same Kenmore bagged canister vacuum for nearly 30 years, and it outperforms any bagless vacuum I’ve tried! I really like the ease and concept of a bagless, but I prefer the performance of a bagged vacuum.” – Jamie


“I’m a Bagged Vacuum Owner ALL THE WAY. Way more sanitary in my opinion, and no need to clean the nasty vacuum like you have to do with bagless. I LOVE my Oreck!  “ – Collin


“I love our Oreck vacuum with that comes with bags! We’ve owned it for about ten years or so, and I think the performance is high-quality. I also don’t mind changing the bags.”Lina


Bagless Vacuum Fans Said…

“I never really cared for bagged vacuums, and I love my Dyson, so I think it’s easy to say I’m a bagless girl!” – Amber R.


“I own a bagless vacuum, and it’s always done a great job for us! I never even gave a second thought to purchasing a bagged vacuum since they’re not marketed like bagless ones. I do feel good about the eco-friendly aspect though, and I love that I can wash my filter to save on costs.” – Sara 


“I prefer bagless vacuums. I have pets, and with all the hair, my canister seems to fill up so quickly, so I need the vacuum to be convenient for the constant emptying I need to do.”Angela


“I like my bagless as it seems to be one less thing to fool with or have to remember to do! However, I’ve never used a bagged vacuum.” – Amber S.


“We love our bagless to help cut down on the costs of purchasing bags. Plus, it’s eco-friendly.”Alyssa


“We are a bagless vacuum home over here! We have two vacuums, a Shark Navigator and an Arnica stick vacuum. Both have amazing power, and I love that I don’t have to change a bag.” – Stacy


The verdict? Bagged vacuums – 6 vs. Bagless vacuums – 6

Our team ended up being a tie! Half of us love our tried and true bagged vacuums, while the other half love our eco-friendly bagless ones. What I find most interesting? Many of our sidekicks who love their bagless vacuum cleaners have never actually tried a bagged vacuum!


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