Pros and Cons of Bagless Upright Vacuum Sweepers

I’ve owned bagged sweepers and I’ve owned bagless sweepers. I have a definite favorite between the two. For the sake of the accuracy of this article, I’ll simply present the facts. If you’re in the market for a new cleaner and you’re considering a bagless upright vacuum sweeper, this information will help you make an educated decision.

1. No Bags

Since you don’t need bags, you’ll save time, money and hassle. You’ll never have to wait to start, or stop cleaning, to run out and get more sweeper bags. You’ll save time and gas driving to different stores to find the exact type of bag you need. And of course, not buying bags means money saved.

2. Dirt Cup

The dirt cup on an upright sweeper is easy to use. They’re made of a see-through plastic that allows you to see when the dirt hits the full line. It’s easy to unlock the cup to remove and empty it. To keep the dirt and dust out of the air, though, you’ll need to take the cup outside and dump it in a trash container.

Another pro of the dirt cup versus a sweeper bag is, it’s much easier to retrieve an object that was accidentally sucked up. It’s easy to see brightly-colored items such as Lego toys.

And, if your cleaner doesn’t seem to be picking up right, you can take a quick look at the cup to see if it’s filling correctly.

3. Suction Loss

As the bag in an upright vacuum sweeper fills up, the suction becomes less and less powerful. The same thing happens with a bagless model. The difference is, you don’t have to wait until the dirt cup is completely full until you can dump it and maintain a strong suction.

4. HEPA Filters

Since bagless upright vacuum sweepers don’t have a bag to help filter the air as it passes through the machine, they have filters. My cleaner has three foam filters plus a cardboard and plastic one. After approximately every four uses, I have to clean them. The foam filters are easy to wash and air-dry quickly. The latter filter can’t be washed, which means buying replacements often. To avoid waiting on filters to dry, I bought extras. The foam filters were cheap, but the cardboard and plastic filters are rather costly.


Kassidy Emmerson

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