Everyone seems to think they need them. Pushed into our households, by advertisement ploys, fancy looks and sometimes outright lies. Are bagless vacuums really the latest and greatest thing that's ever hit the vacuum world? Hardly. Rather, we have taken a step backward on so many key issues. We take a look at only a FEW of the reasons that Bagless Vacuums, just don't cut it.

Compromised Airflow

The average surface area of a Furnace Filter is somewhere around 400 to 500 square inches, the same holds true for many Vacuum Bags, but Bagless Vacuum Filters average only 35" square inches. This being a very small area for air to get through, it doesn't take long until every pore of the filter is either clogged or allowing dirt to pass through, into and out of the housings of the vacuum. Ever wonder why there is always so much dust ON your Bagless Vacuum, but there isn't dust like that anywhere else in your house? It's because your vacuum is blowing the dust you just picked up back out into your air! So in reality, if the vacuum is blowing dust around, not only are you not cleaning, you're actually generating more airborne dust than if you just didn't do anything. As a consequence, the average home is dustier than it used to be, and childhood allergies are up for SOME reason, but I won't make medical claims here. Maybe there is no connection, but I would highly doubt it, since some Bagless Vacuum houses trigger my allergies and it's clear to me that many people don't keep clean homes like many of our parents do or did.

Compromised Design

Because Airflow is reduced exponentially as you use it, and by the time a customer gets shocked by the exorbitant price of bagless filters, they usually have already clogged, overheated the motor, and reduced the life of the vacuum. With the lower Airflow, the vacuum motor is always running hotter than in a Bagged Vacuum without the Airflow it needs to cool itself down. The more the filter clogs, the hotter the motor gets, and a hot metal motor, creating a chamber of heat inside a plastic vacuum, is not usually a great idea. Plastic you see, melts or malforms when it gets hot. Most Bagless Vacuums further compound this by creating terrible Airflow Dynamics. Air intake tubes, hoses and/or wands that divert Airflow at angles, through "gadgets", etcetera, compromise your vacuuming power. Dyson, the leading brand of vacuums in sales, has over a dozen on a few of their machines and tend to fill our dumpster. The best Airflow Dynamic is direct, or straight, like through a single straight tube. The more angles air takes the lesser the Airflow. If you get more than 2 years out of a Bagless Vacuum, you are either overworking yourself to maintain it, or you never use it. Problem is, they then become "disposable" and create non-decomposing garbage at 10 times the rate as before Bagless Vacuums existed, thus feeding our nation's propensity to become a "throw-away" society.

Marketing Clouds Consumers' Sense of Reality.

Products that are "NEW" and "IMPROVED" are always going to garner more attention and sales than a product that is presented as "OLD" and "USED UP". Slick advertising leads the consumer towards Bagless Vacuums regardless of quality or functionality, but moreso because the customer demands something new. Despite all the deceptive ads we are exposed to, we still assume that they are truthful, especially if they are selling something we think we want or want to believe in. We trust that the knowledge advertisers share with us is complete and truthful. However, the fact remains, manufacturers sell products for 1 reason - to make money. Here are just a couple examples:

1) Marketing makes people think that vacuuming a carpet with a Bagless Vacuum approaches effortlessness. It is far from it. Somewhere on or in your Users Manual, there will be a "Warning" similar to this "Filters must be cleaned after every use of vacuum to retain acceptable performance", and some add "Filters must be changed every 6 months". Some customers that come into our store don't even know the HAVE Filters! So the routine is, vacuum your carpet, then take out your filters. Then, either "blow" them out, or bang them on a hard surface to knock all the allergen filled dust off them. That way, you can get all the dust that your vacuum didn't already blow out of it's housings right up in your face. Remember, you are supposed to do this EVERY time you vacuum. All that, instead of a 15 second swapping of a paper bag that has full containment of all those allergens. Your call - I choose healthy lungs.

2) Clear dirt cups make it look like the vacuum is picking up more dirt, because you can see it. When there is always dirt in the cup, not to mention, in every crevice of the vacuum, it'll always be flopping around in there somewhere, impressing the user visually. Unfortunately, dirt cups being solid, have no outflow, like let's say, a paper bag has. So they fail in comparison. Bagged vacuums win again.

3) Ever hear a Bagless Vacuum Cleaner commercial say "Never Loses Airflow"? Don't look, you won't find one. Bagless Vacuum Cleaner manufacturers use the term Suction instead of Airflow. Airflow is what creates the force of air required to vacuum, suction is what a "suction cup" has. That's how they carry around huge panes of glass, it isn't how you vacuum. Perfect Suction allows NO Airflow, but without real knowledge we think we understand it, so they continue to deceive us with what should be a form of false advertising.

More Information

No one likes to be misled, but in today's world, that's how a lot of companies make their money. Dig deeper to find information that tells you the whole story. Talk to someone who knows about Vacuum Cleaners and gives you real answers. After all, that IS what you are buying.