Are Bagless Vacuums Really More Hypoallergenic and Maintenance Free? For over 25 years, the bagless vacuum has been somewhat of the norm when it comes to the average American home’s vacuum, replacing the once popular bagged vacuum. The switch from bagged to bagless is likely due to the idea (and marketing message) that the bagless vacuum is more hypoallergenic than a bagged vacuum and are essentially maintenance free. But is the bagless vacuum really maintenance free and more hypoallergenic? Not necessarily! Let’s break it down. Sure, the bagless vacuum doesn’t have a bag to replace, but it still does have a filter that has to be cleaned and/or replaced. These filters often come with a high price tag. The cost of a filter (in some cases with a high end vacuum) could be more than a year’s supply of paper vacuum bags for a conventional upright vacuum. Bagless vacuums like Electrolux also have parts that need replacing every so often. Components like a rubber gasket, seal or rubber band may break and need to be replaced. Bagless vacuums like the Dyson, which claims to “never lose suction,” require routine maintenance like cleaning out the canister to ensure that the cyclone doesn’t get clogged and washing and properly drying of the filters to ensure that suction is never lost. Even the best brands in the industry need proper care and maintenance—nothing is truly free. Maintenance is required of all vacuums bagged or not! So what about bagless vacuums being more hypoallergenic? Let’s tackle that. Fact is that bagless vacuums have a canister that needs emptying, and while many come with a HEPA filter attached which traps most allergens, when the canister is emptied, dust particles are released back into the air. A hypoallergenic bagged vacuum system these days typically uses two bags, an inner and an outer. The inner bag is where all the dirt and particles are captured and contained while the outer bag, which is typically made of HEPA material, is there to clean the air while you clean your floors. The proof is in the pudding, you can’t purchase a vacuum these days and just assume it will take care of itself, or assume that the newest trend is actually the best. Research your options carefully to find the vacuum that fits your lifestyle. About the Author
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