When choosing the right vacuum to buy, one of the biggest decisions to make is whether you want a bagged or bagless model. Both of them have their advantages and disadvantages, and it pays to know which is best for your needs. While bagless models can save you the cost of repeated bag replacements, bagged vacuums make cleaning even more effective, as they trap all of the dirt and debris that vacuuming accumulates and allow you to seamlessly transfer it to the trash can. Let’s look at these differences in a bit more detail:
Bagged vs. Bagless
Both options have their advantages and disadvantages, so ultimately your decision depends on your needs. For example, bagged vacuums tend to be favoured by people suffering from asthma and allergies as they provide the least exposure to dirt. Bagged vacuums are also much more hygienic overall and you can be confident that after vacuuming all the dust and dirt in your home you won’t have to inhale it again. Moreover, you won’t have to clean a bagged vacuum as much as you would a bagless vacuum. Because the dirt goes straight to the bag, there’s no need to clean a dustbin or to pull out the dirt with your fingers. You simply replace a used bag with a new one.
While bagged vacuums will require you to purchase bags over and over, the benefits that you get from them will be more than worth it.
Here at HowtoHome, we’ve compiled what we believe are the best bagged vacuums that you can buy this year. All of them are great despite their differences, but ultimately it’s up to you to decide on what will meet your needs. Below is a quick overview chart, but read on for more specific discussion of our selected models:
Upright | Corded 29 ft | Bagged | HEPA | 20.2lbs
This vacuum does the hard work while you simply steer. With HEPA Media and WindTunnel® Technology, it has great cleaning power
- Self-Propelled feature makes pushing and pulling easy
- Very strong suction
- A sensor tells you if the area being vacuumed is already clean
- Automatic height adjustment
- DirtFinder Sensor
- Tools: Extension Wands, Crevice Tool, Upholstery Tool, Dusting Brush and Air Powered Hand Tool
- WindTunnel technology
- 3-year limited warranty
Hoover’s Anniversary Self-Propelled WindTunnel Bagged Upright Vacuum is a real all-surface powerhouse. It’s built tough and can give you years of powerful cleaning service on everything from carpet to hardwood floors.
It uses Hoover’s proprietary WindTunnel technology, which uses three suction tunnels. Powered by a 120V, 12-amp motor, this vacuum picks up dirt and debris very easily on any surface. It’s loud, but it cleans very well.
While the vacuum is quite heavy at 20.2 lbs, this weight is mitigated by its self-propelled feature. When you turn the self-propel function on, maneuvering the vacuum will be almost as easy as a lightweight stick vacuum. Moreover, though it’s quite a chore to lift the vacuum and carry it upstairs, the extension wand that reaches up to 7 feet, and the tools, such as a crevice tool, and edge-cleaning bristles, will make cleaning the stairs and other hard to reach areas at home quite easy, too.
Cleaning in dimly-lighted areas is also easier with this vacuum for two specific reasons. First, it has a headlight that effectively illuminates the area in front of the vacuum to reveal dirt and debris. Second, there’s the embedded DirtFinder Sensor that uses two LED lights to indicate if the vacuum is still picking up hard-to-see dirt: a bright red LED will mean dirt is being picked up, while a green LED will mean the area is already clean.
Hoover’s Anniversary Self-Propelled Bagged Upright Vacuum uses sealed HEPA media bags, which means all the dust and dirt it picks up stays in the bag all the way to the trash can. A bag check indicator will even tell you when the bag is full and needs replacing, which means you don’t have to worry about dust and allergens spreading in the air.
All in all, this is great for those who are looking for an effective machine at a fairly affordable price and don’t mind the loud noise and weight to clean their home. It comes with a 3-year limited warranty on parts.
Upright | Corded 35 ft | Inner bag with Saniseal® automatic closing seal | 8.2 lbs
An affordable commercial-grade vacuum that offers great cleaning power for all floor surfaces.
- Wide cleaning path
- Lightweight; easy to carry
- Convenient handle
- Automatic height adjustment
- Easily picks up dirt
- Can reach beneath furniture
- Large bag capacity
- No attachments
- Quite noisy
- Has a scatter guard squeegee beside the brush roll
- Has a built-in belt holder and extra belt
- Has a back pocket
- 1-year commercial warranty and 1-year warranty on the belt
The Oreck Commercial XL2100RHS, which comes with strong suction power and amazing carpet cleaning ability for an affordable price, is ideal for your home, your office, or even your professional cleaning business.
The XL2100RHS is a lightweight performer capable of sucking in dirt and debris quickly on carpet or on hard surfaces. Its soft brush grooms carpets gently to effectively avoid damage to the pile. Coupled with its exclusive Microsweep feature, which is a scatter guard squeegee located beside the brush roll, the XL2100RHS effectively picks up dust, sand, and dirt in less time. This vacuum is also capable of moving from one surface to another quickly,(insert comma) thanks to its automatic height adjustment feature. This allows quick and easy cleanup of floors. And with a 35-foot-long power cord, you can just move from room to room without having to frequently transfer to another power outlet.
Though this vacuum doesn’t have attachments such as telescoping wands and crevice tools, it folds flat to allow for cleaning underneath most furniture. It also has side edge brushes useful for cleaning corners, baseboards or anywhere the wall meets the floor. Its non-marring bumper also ensures that your furniture and walls are protected from scratches, even when you’re cleaning in a hurry.
The Helping Hand handle allows comfortable operation without the need to twist and turn your hand to maneuver the vacuum. And because the switch is located at your fingertips, you won’t need to bend down or to hold the handle in an awkward position just to operate it. It only has one speed setting, but it is adequate for most vacuuming jobs. It has a 12-inch wide cleaning head that allows for faster cleaning. It uses a “top fill” bag that can hold up to 630 cubic inches of dirt and debris. Moreover, the bag automatically seals up when you take it out for disposal to ensure that none of the collected debris escapes.
Thought it might not be as effective as some vacuums when it comes to cleaning crevices and other hard-to-reach places, the Oreck Commercial XL2100RHS offers great floor-cleaning capabilities at an affordable price.
Canister | Corded 17 ft | Multi-level filtration | 8 lbs |
Strong suction power and lightweight convenience that comes at a very affordable price.
- Good for most surfaces
- Compact and lightweight
- Easily go from carpets to hard floors with the flip of a switch
- Automatic cord rewinder
- No HEPA filtration
- No motorized brush for use on carpets
- Short cord
- Includes Telescoping wand, Combination Crevice Tool/Dusting Brush, Upholstery Tool
- Automatic cord rewind
- Variable suction control
- Full bag indicator
- 1-year limited warranty
This lightweight vacuum offers good cleaning power at a great price. This powerful vacuum can take on dust and dirt on various surfaces such as carpet, upholstery, bare floors, stairs, and low pile carpet, and makes cleaning quick with a 10.3-inch cleaning path. It can also handle above-floor cleaning, thanks to its hose and attachments.
The power cord is a bit short at 17 feet, but because it’s lightweight you can easily take the vacuum from room to room or upstairs. What is more, you can use the specialty tools such as a combination crevice tool/dusting brush to clean hard to reach spaces and above the floor surfaces. The Bissell Zing 4122 doesn’t have a motorized brush, but it’s able to clean low pile carpets easily thanks to its adjustable suction power.
Overall this vacuum provides great suction, a lightweight design, and useful attachments for an overall great cleaning experience. This vacuum is perfect for those looking for a very affordable and effective bagged vacuum for their home. Note, however, that while this is a bagged vacuum, it doesn’t use HEPA filtration, which means this might not be best model for those with allergies.
Upright & Canister | Corded Upright 35 ft – Canister 25 ft | HEPA | 11 lbs
The convenience of both an upright and canister vacuum, rolled into one package.
- Great for most surfaces
- Lightweight but powerful
- Both upright & canister vacuum
- Strong suction
- Automatic height adjustment
- Easy above floor cleaning
- Upright may scratch sensitive floors
- Quite loud
- Self-sealing bag and check-bag indicator
- Upright has dual cleaning speeds
- Canister vacuum includes crevice tool, brush and floor tool and a 5 ft flexible hose attachment
- LED headlight
- Carry strap for canister
- 5-year limited warranty
Most vacuum cleaners in the market are made to be either a canister or an upright version. The Hoover UH30010COM Platinum Collection hits the sweet spot of being both. It promises to be a lightweight vacuum cleaner with a total 11 lbs. of weight for both the upright and the detached canister.
The highlight of this machine is that it is convenient for everyone and for all types of cleaning. The upright can be used by anyone, while the canister is even more friendly to use especially for those who are not allowed to carry a lot of weight.
The upright vacuum is as straightforward as it can be and can clean multi-surface areas with ease. It has dual cleaning speeds – a low setting for hardwood floors and a high power setting for vacuuming carpets – that can be switched with a simple fingertip control.
The brand's signature Windtunnel technology makes it ideal for carpets and muck-filled grooves, but some reviews said that the motorized brush may scratch linoleum and expensive hardwood floors. So, if your home is made up primarily of hardwood floors, this vacuum may not be for you. For an upright, though, it is considerably lightweight and can handle pretty much any cleaning including embedded dirt and pet hair. The bright LED lights are an added feature to help with cleaning in low-light areas. This upright does not swivel, nor does it have a hose, for which you would need to switch to the canister.
The shining feature of the Hoover UH30010COM Platinum Collection is the handheld canister vacuum that makes above floor cleaning a breeze. It comes with several canister-mounted brush attachments along with a carry-strap to make it easier for transport around the house. The upright has a 35 ft. cord, while the canister cord can extend up to 25 ft. By many standards, these lengths are long and convenient for use especially in big spaces, but with no automatic cord rewinder, it can be a hassle to put them away.
Another thing to note about this vacuum cleaner is that both machines use self-sealing HEPA bags, a feature that allergy sufferers will appreciate. While it can be costly to buy the HEPA bags, it can be a fair price to pay for keeping most of the allergens inside the bag to safeguard your health.
Canister | Corded 24 ft | HEPA | 11.8 lbs
An easy to use high quality canister vacuum that cleans the air while it cleans the floor. Has various convenient features.
- Powerful, adjustable suction levels
- Great for all surfaces
- Easy to operate
- On board tools
- Relatively quiet
- HEPA filter and bags are costly
- Small capacity
- Output air might smell
- 6 suction power settings controlled via Footswitch Controls + automatic setting
- Electro Premium Floorhead SEB 236
- Parquet Twister Floorhead SBB 300-3
- Includes telescopic wand, an upholstery nozzle, a crevice tool, and a dusting brush
- 36-foot operating radius
- One-touch cord rewinder
- HEPA filter
- Filter replacement indicator
- 7-year motor and casing warranty
- 1-year warranty on other components
The Miele Complete C3 Marin Bagged Canister Vacuum Cleaner is an excellent all-around vacuum that can take on dirt and debris on all surfaces. The C3 Marin features six suction power levels to deliver the right amount of suction for whatever cleaning job you’re faced with at home. You can also choose to go higher or lower using +/- footswitch controls. If you don’t know what power level to use, you can just set it to automatic and focus on cleaning.
The vacuum comes with attachments perfect for various uses. The Electro Premium Floorhead is perfect for carpets and features different height levels that can be adjusted using a footswitch. It also features headlights to help you see the dirt you need to pick up. The Parquet Twister floorhead is designed for hard floors. It has soft bristles that won’t scratch tile or laminate floors but will dislodge dirt so that it can be picked up. It also rotates a full 180°, allowing you to clean hard to reach areas on the floor.
The vacuum features an ergonomic handle; a telescopic, stainless steel wand; and on board tools designed for cleaning awkward places. These tools are conveniently stored under the hood and can be accessed with the push of a button. If ever you need to pause while cleaning, you can simply park the floorhead on the vacuum’s parking slots (one at the rear when the canister lies down and another on the side when the canister is standing), then pick it up again when you resume.
The C3 Marin uses Miele’s proprietary AirClean Sealed System to make sure no air, dust, or dirt sneaks out during vacuuming. Combined with HEPA filter, these features mean dirty air goes in the vacuum, but only clean air comes out.
This vacuum is pretty much great in all aspects, save for a few: the power cord isn’t that long, so an extension cord might be necessary depending on the size of your home and the distance between outlets. It also is priced higher than some of the vacuums on this list. Nevertheless, you get premium cleaning power and performance at a premium price.
If you’re looking for a vacuum that offers the best protection against dust and other pollutants in the air, then bagged vacuums are the way to go. Each of the bagged vacuums listed in this article have strengths and weaknesses, so we hope these reviews we’ve provided have helped you make the right choice for your needs.