There’s nothing like the look and feel of a freshly vacuumed carpet to make your home sparkle with cleanliness. Given the impact vacuuming has on your environment, choosing a quality vacuum is an important decision. With so many vacuums on the market, deciding which one to buy can be quite overwhelming. One of the first decisions consumers must make when shopping for a new vacuum is whether to purchase a bagless or bagged variety. Which is better?

At Tri-Valley Vacuum & Cleaning Supply in Thousand Oaks, owner Joseph Simeone speaks from his 30+ years of experience in the business when he asserts that bagged vacuums outperform bagless types.

“Vacuum bags are hygienic and improve filtration, suction and cleaning performance,” says Simeone. “Filler bags are essential components of high-performance vacuums, because they hold virtually all the dirt captured by the machines, improving the effectiveness and useful life of vacuum microfilters. This is true because only a tiny fraction of particles escapes from Sebo’s (a high quality German-made vacuum) three-layer bags, but any suction particles are then easily trapped by highly effective microfilters.”

Sebo’s “top-filter” bags also ensure continuously strong suction because dirt enters from the top, deposits at the bottom and accumulates upward, while air exits through the sides, allowing unimpeded airflow as they fill to capacity, Simeone adds. Also, all Sebo bags are large capacity, so they hold about 10 times the debris volume, as compared to the debris capacity of dirt containers found on typical bagless vacuums.

In addition, changing Sebo bags takes just a few seconds and is easy to do. While changing the bag, a “sealing cap” covers the opening, keeping dust sealed inside to maintain excellent hygienic conditions. People with allergies or asthma find it important to have vacuums, like Sebos, that feature superb filtration systems with quality filter bag technology.

The Case Against Bagless Vacuums

“Bagless vacuums are not hygienic and diminish filtration, suction and cleaning performance,” says Simeone, adding, “Without bags to hold nearly all the captured dirt, the microfilters on bagless vacuums quickly clog from excessive dirt buildup and must be replaced often or a loss of suction and cleaning effectiveness will occur.”

What’s more, bagless vacuum microfilters are expensive, often costing more than a multi-year supply of Sebo’s large capacity filter bags. And perhaps the most annoying problem, says Simeone, is that dust and other allergens become airborne when emptying bagless vacuum dirt containers.

So Why are Bagless Vacuums So Popular?

Despite the argument that bagged vacuums are superior to bagless types, bagless vacuums outsell bagged vacuums in today’s United States marketplace.

“This should not happen, if one considers the substantial advantages bagged vacuums offer, as compared to bagless machines,” says Simeone, pointing to a reasonable explanation. “Simply put, bagless vacuums are popular for two reasons: 1) the perception that money is saved by not buying vacuum bags, and 2) it is easier to empty a bagless dirt container than to replace a full vacuum bag.”

Despite manufacturers’ advertising campaigns that support these notions, in reality, these perceived advantages are more than offset by the high cost and inconvenience of frequent microfilter changes, diminished filtration and suction performance, the shortened life of vacuum motors caused by clogged microfilters and the hassle of emptying perpetually full dirt containers,” explains Simeone.

“If you want a quality vacuum that will clean your home better, keep allergens out of the air and last for years to come, come talk to us at Tri-Valley about the Sebo bagged vacuums. You’ll be glad you did,” says Simeone.

Tri-Valley Vacuum & Cleaning Supply is located at 2974 Thousand Oaks Blvd., in Thousand Oaks. Call them at 800.794.7537 or learn more online at

“Filler bags are essential components of high-performance vacuums, because they hold virtually all the dirt captured, improving the effectiveness and useful life of vacuum microfilters."