Why you should ALWAYS use a dustbag in a bagged vacuum cleaner

A common question we get asked almost daily is, can I use my machine without a dust bag? The simple answer is no, if your machine is a bagged machine you should always use dustbags when using it. Look below to find out why.

Efficient Performance

Bagged vacuums have been designed to be ultra-efficient, making vacuuming easier on you and kinder on the environment. Many bagless vacuum cleaners use cyclone bins – these require additional power to work, meaning the vacuums use up more of their battery’s charge if they are cordless.

Bagged vacuums keep the dust and dirt in its bags rather than in a bin – this helps it maintain suction ahead of cyclone vacuums over time and offers optimum cleaning performance. If the suction is kept high, it takes less time to clean than low suction vacuum cleaners do and therefore uses less power. Overall, this means bagged vacuum cleaners are more energy efficient. This also gives it a longer lifespan, making it more environmentally friendly.

If you don’t use a bag in your bagged machine, the filters will become clogged and less airflow will be available, meaning the motor will need to work harder, using more power and putting added strain on your machine. On battery machines, your machine will also use more power, draining your batteries faster.

Low maintenance and ideal for allergy sufferers

One of the best aspects of a bagged vacuum is that there are usually no filters to maintain. Some vacuums have filters that need cleaning out once a month, or that need replacing over time when they wear down.

With bagged vacuums, you simply remove the bag once it is full (which lasts longer than you’d think) and replace it with a clean one. Each bag essentially acts as a filter, trapping dirt and dust, so you are getting a fresh clean every time you use a new bag.

Re using a full dustbag will also be harmful to your machine, as the paper or microfibre material the bag is made from becomes coated, meaning the bag no longer performs as a filter and less airflow is achieved throughout your machine.

Microfibre bags have been specifically designed to be rip resistant, so they are less likely to tear during use or disposal. That makes cleaning more hygienic, which is perfect for homes with kids! The bags trap dirt and dust within the layers, minimising the risk of a dust cloud when they are being thrown away. This is perfect for allergy sufferers, as those clumps of dust or bits of pollen (yep, it can even pick-up particles as small as pollen) are kept within the bags.

Bags also offer a great way to feel cleaner – nobody wants to think about dirt escaping back into their home after they have spent time vacuuming it all up. That goes for hair, pollen and dust mites – all the nasty things you would rather keep safely in the bin. Even better, you do not need to re-vacuum your home or clean up around the kitchen bin again as there is less risk of a dust cloud or any kind of debris spillage.

Protect your machine and reduce maintenance

Bagged vacuums have bags – unsurprisingly! – that cover the insides of the dirt containers. This protects the vacuum cleaner itself from the build up of grease that household dirt contains. Think about all the things you clean up in an average week, from spilt food to hair and dust.

Bagless vacuums do not have anything protecting the dirt containers (their bins), which means they are more likely to become clogged up over time. Bagged vacuums do not get damaged in this way, so they can keep running at an optimum level for much longer and will not need replacing as quickly as bagless ones. Again, bagged vacuums offer a really low maintenance clean, so they are much easier to look after on a long-term basis… as long as you use the bags and do not reuse them!


Bagged vacuums are known to be very hygienic. This is due to many reasons, and not just because the dirt and debris is contained within a closed bag. Technological developments over the years help keep the dirt, debris and possible allergens securely inside the bag, and not just during use of the vacuum cleaner, but when you are removing the bag from the unit for disposal. Allowing you to remove and dispose of the bag without making a huge mess helps prevent those potential allergens from getting back into the air, and possibly affecting your health. Also, you will not have to clean or replace the filter as often, a chore that should be done frequently with bagless models (see owners manual for exact time frame). Another great reason to make sure you ALWAYS replace the bag and do not try to use your machine without one.

Great for allergy sufferers

This type of vacuum is also the recommended type of vacuum cleaner for allergy sufferers. The bag itself works as a great filter and is extremely effective at trapping dust, debris and other contaminants inside the bag. Because the bags are airtight, it is virtually impossible for the dust and allergens to escape back into the air and affect you again. Do you need any more reasons to make sure you use bags in your bagged unit?