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Bags were better then and now

Joe Carter - Friday, August 22, 2014
This was taken from an article written in 1959. Funny how just 50 years later people have forgotten how messy a vacuum cleaner can be without disposable bags. 


"Paper dirt collector bags


Only five years ago one of the most distasteful jobs around the house was the emptying of the vacuum cleaner bag. Today, the use of disposable paper dirt collectors has done much to eliminate most of the unpleasantness of this chore. The cost of these bags varies considerably, from about 15 cents to 35 cents each for different models of cleaners, which means a small addition to the household expenditures. But the feature has now come to be considered a “necessary luxury” by most vacuum cleaner owners."


The good news is, bag technology has improved to a very high level of dust containment today, and bagless vacuum cleaners are the worst choice in comparison to a well engineered, top quality bag type cleaner.

Generic Vac bags

Joe Carter - Monday, June 25, 2012
Cheap, generic vacuum bags are as damaging to your vacuum cleaner as cheap generic motor oil is to your car. The saying, "oil is cheaper than engine parts" holds true for vacuum cleaners too with a change to " quality bags are cheaper than replacing a motor"
 Don't cheat yourself by buying cheap bags. Your vacuum will suffer, your respiratory system will suffer, and you home will be dustier because of it. Did you really save anything after all ? 

Airflow , Suction , and Filtration

Joe Carter - Friday, September 03, 2010
Dyson vacuums started their advertising campaign with the idea that their vacuum cleaner never loses suction. While that sounds good, and was clever marketing, it has little relevance to how well a vacuum cleaner performs. There are 3 important factors in a vacuum cleaner's performance. Suction power; airflow; and filtration. Of these three, airflow is the most important in actually picking up dirt. You have to move a high volume of air to pick up deep down, embedded dirt from carpets.
 While it's true that you have to have strong suction to get good airflow, you don't necessarily get good airflow just because the suction is good. That's where filtration comes in. If you have ever used a shopvac, you know that they have gobs of suction and good airflow but because they are intended for shop applications and outdoor use, they have terrible filtration abilities. In other words they spew dust. If you increase the filtration ability that a vacuum cleaner has you will in turn degrade the amount of airflow. The perfect balance is when you can achieve the highest airflow and the best filtration at the same time with minimal loss of either. This is why a bagless vacuum cleaner is not usually a good choice. They don't have a high quality bag to catch the bulk of the dirt, so the filter has to do the job of a bag and filter too. This causes them to clog prematurely and blow dust around the filter instead of through it. The result is a very dusty, messy cleaner that performs poorly. That is why companies like Miele have put so much time into developing their high quality, AirClean bags. They filter most of the particles out so that the HEPA filter can do the job it was intended to do, which is filtering microscopic particles. This allows the machine to have peak airflow and peak filtration without compromise. Come check out our full line of Miele, Lindhaus, Sebo, and Riccar at Viewmont Vacuums.

Are Bagless Vacuums Really Better ?

Joe Carter - Monday, July 26, 2010
Are Bagless vacuum cleaners better or worse than bag type vacuum cleaners ? There is a huge assortment of vacuum cleaner choices on the market today. If you only shop at the "Big Box " stores, you could come to the conclusion that they are all bagless. We'll the truth is, bagless cleaners are what the large discount / high volume stores prefer because it satisfies the platform requirements of the store. Large chain stores have to have volume. They must sell large quantities of merchandise to justify taking up the shelf space in the store. Therfore, when it comes to vacuum cleaners, they need you to come back to purchase your next vacuum in 1 year or as close to that as possible. The standard warranty on the brands that they typically carry, is 1 year, so they want it to atleast last until the warranty has expired. Then they need you back so that their volume stays high. To achieve this goal, the vacuum cleaner selections they choose to sell, are cheaply engineered, bagless usually, and primarily manufactured in China to keep the production cost as low as possible. Because of this, the choices are poor quality , bagless, dust blowers that don't work well or last very long. There are a few exceptions to this, such as Dyson and a few others. They claim to be better quality, and they also cost a good bit more. Are they really better ? In some ways yes, but the whole idea of bagless verses bags is still based on the assumptiom that bags "lose suction" and bagless doesn't. The other myth is that bags are dusty and messy.  In reality, the opposite is true. Another reason vacuum shoppers think bagless will be better is they won't have to buy bags anymore, and they will save some money. So let's address these issues:
First, bagless vacuum cleaners for sale today, are not more dust free than a high quality bag type vacuum. A bagless cleaner with a HEPA filter is putting the filter there to capture dirt and particles that it was never intended to handle. If the machine has a quality bag prior to the filter, then the filter only has to do the job of capturing microscopic particles, and that is what a HEPA filter is designed to do. When a filter in a bagless cleaner gets clogged, which happens regularly, dirt and dust starts blowing out cracks and spaces around the filter, because the air has to escape. You end up with a terrible mess.
Bottom line, is this. A good quality vacuum cleaner with a quality bag, will capture more dirt and dust. It will also package that for you, so you don't have to breathe all that airborne polution while emptying a dustbin. And even the highest quality bags, such as Miele AirClean bags, will cost less money annually than filters for the cheapest bagless cleaners.
 So save your money, save your lungs, keep your home cleaner and more dust free. Your next purchase should be from a local vacuum store, and it should have a high quality bag.

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