How do you choose a bagged vacuum?
Something all bagged vacuums have in common: they collect dust and dirt in a vacuum cleaner bag. There are various other properties in which vacuums are different from each other. Pay attention to the following things when you're looking for a bagged vacuum:
- Floor type
- Weight and maneuverability
- Noise level
- Pet hairs
- Cleaning performance
Wooden floor, hard floor, or carpet?
If you have a beautiful wooden floor in your house, naturally, you don't want to damage it. A parquet brush is a necessity. This is a soft brush that protects the floor against scratches. You can vacuum other hard floors, such as tiles or a concrete floor, with a combi brush. This is the most common brush that comes with a vacuum. Do you have a lot of carpet in your house or pets? If so, a turbo brush definitely comes in handy.
The bag of a vacuum doesn't only collect dirt, but also functions as an extra filter. As a result, the re-emission of dust is low, and a bagged vacuum is more suitable for people with allergies. We believe a vacuum is only suitable for people with allergies if it has the right exhaust filter. This must be at least a HEPA 13 filter. This is a special filter that filters fine dust particles from the air and keeps the exhaust air clean.
Weight and maneuverability
If you live in a house with several floors, it's nice if your vacuum doesn't weigh a ton. A light vacuum is easier to take up the stairs and you can easily maneuver it around. Not only the weight of a bagged vacuum determines the maneuverability: the wheels and shape also play a major role.
Do you have a baby that you don't want to wake when they're taking a nap during the day? If so, a silent vacuum is perfect for you. This way, you can vacuum the ground floor when your baby is sleeping upstairs. But there are also vacuums that are so loud that you can no longer hear the phone ringing when you're cleaning. If you don't want to be bothered by the noise of the vacuum, it's smart to purchase a vacuum with a low noise level.
A bagged vacuum offers a solution when you have pets. The bag holds animal hair together better. And throwing away the bag is more hygienic than emptying a dust cup. In addition, the vacuum cleaner bag also serves as an extra filter. This keeps odors in the bag and ensures they don't re-enter the room with the exhaust air. Make sure you also have the right accessories with your vacuum, such as a mini turbo brush that easily removes pet hairs from furniture or stairs.
Whether your floors are actually clean after vacuuming has everything to do with the suction power of a vacuum. You can read how that works exactly in our advisory article on suction quality. The suction power is assessed on the basis of several properties. These characteristics are also different for each type of vacuum, because we don't want to compare bagged vacuums, bagless vacuums, and stick vacuums.