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Be careful this vacuum can endanger you and your child's health

Aug 3, 2008
Have you ever encountered this situation? You are in the middle of vacuuming the floor pressured for time because company is coming over soon when you encounter the problem of a full bag and additionally a filter that needs changing. Searching frantically through your closet to find the necessary materials to rectify the problem you see that you are depleted of both filters and bags. You suddenly wish you had a bag-less vacuum cleaner, with a filter system that does not require consistent changing. Although a bagless vacuum cleaner would solve this problem from occurring, it is deficient in other areas where a bagged system excels. For this reason it is important to consider both the positives and negatives of each item and how it specifically relates to your situation.

A tremendous amount of people question the differences between being the owner of a bagless vacuum cleaner and being the owner of a bagged vacuum cleaner. One of the principle and distinct advantages to owning a bagless vacuum cleaner is never being in a situation similar to the one mentioned above. A bagless vacuum cleaner uses a simple dirt bin that fills up and must be dumped when full, directly translating to no bag changes, and no fretting your current stock on vacuum bags. It is impossible for the situation mentioned above to occur if you own a bagless vacuum cleaner because there simply are no bags to run out of.

Lifetime filters is an additional benefit of bagless machines is found in the vacuum brands such as the Dyson. This popular bagless vacuum cleaner has the unique advantage of not needing a filter change. Dyson filters are washable as opposed to being disposable, a feature that saves time, money, and frustration. Dyson filters work by simply cleaning them every 6 months, and leaving them out to dry for 12 hours, directly after doing so you are able to start vacuuming. It is very important to remember that not all bagless machines include this feature, and other bagless vacuums may have you changing filters more often to compensate for not having bags in the machine.

Some bagless vacuum cleaners use cyclonic technology, like the Dyson, which allows the vacuum cleaner to vacuum with the same amount of suction regardless of how much dirt is in the bin. This means no loss of suction even if the entire bin is full. Cyclonic technology is not found in every bagless vacuum cleaner, but be aware when shopping that this is a major consideration considering other brands without this technology do lose suction fairly quickly as the filter and bin begin to clog up with dirt.

Despite the advantages to owning a bagless vacuum cleaner there are also disadvantages to owning such a cleaner. A strong drawback to owning a bagless vacuum cleaner is the emptying of the dirt bin. With a bagless vacuum emptying the dirt bin quickly becomes an unbearable chore for you. When emptying the bin the dirt does not neatly empty into the trash bin, instead it scatters everywhere and quickly sullies the floor you just cleaned and dirtying the air with contaminates you were trying to rid your house of. Emptying the dirt bin is so bad that many bagless vacuum manufactures advise emptying the dust bin outside to prevent getting dirt everywhere in the house. If you suffer from asthma or allergies, this situation can trigger outbreaks. Those with either condition are strongly advised to purchase a bagged vacuum cleaner, to both avoid allergenic or asthmatic outburst and maintain a healthier house.

An additional downfall of a bagless machine is the dirt within the machine is always visible; the tank holding the dirt will NEVER look clean. Your vacuum will reveal all the dirt within it and the dirt will not go away until you dump and wash the dirt bin. As mentioned above dumping the bin is not a 'fun' experience and washing the bin is an even more un-pleasurable and arduous experience. One must wash out all the dirt and debris that is clinging to the vacuum dirt bin by hand in order to make their machine look 'clean'.

Another disadvantage of some bagless vacuum cleaners is the filtration system. This does not apply to all bagless vacuums but some vacuums contain horrendous filtration systems. Many machines rapidly fill and congest with dirt the minute the machine is switched on. Dirt should be filtered through the filter medium, which in a bagless vacuum cleaner is located in the same place the dirt and debris is located making the filter highly inefficient and unhealthy. The filter is supposed to contain and stop dirty air from spreading within your house, but with this type of setup the contaminated air spreads throughout your house, which should be a serious concern for allergy suffers. Another problem with some bagless filters is the amount of maintenance and money that is required to upkeep the filter. Numerous bagless vacuums require that you change the filter every 6 months, this totals to an amount of roughly $80 a year. A total which is very high for a vacuum cleaner which is supposed to prevent you from spending money on 'extras.' The filters for many bagless vacuum cleaners are both costly and ineffective. For this reason it is vital to look for either a bagged vacuum cleaner or a bagless vacuum cleaner with a lifetime washable filter (an example being the Dyson vacuum cleaner).

With a bagless vacuum cleaner you are not forced to purchase bags and filters for the machine, but it when purchasing your subsequent vacuum cleaner it is important to keep in mind the negatives of buying a bagless vacuum cleaner as well. Bagless vacuum cleaners are a horrendous choice for those with asthma and allergies, as the construction of the machine is far from friendly with those with these types of conditions. Overall it is the choice of the user, and the lifestyle of the user. However not having to replace the bag has many drawbacks such as a vacuum cleaner that never looks clean, needs filter replacements every 6 months for an ineffective filter, and a machine that constantly emits contamination into the air. Now you are armed with useful information about the positives and negatives of both the bagged and bagless vacuum cleaner, which can help you find out what is best for you and your current situation.
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Don't put your wellbeing in danger by buying a bagless vacuum cleaner not knowing the truth. Learn more about the differences between bagged and bagless vacuums and which vacuum brands such as Dyson Vacuum Cleaners are best for your life.
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