When you're shopping for a vacuum, one of the primary choices you'll have to make is whether to use a bagged or bagless vacuum. Each option is fairly popular and each has pros and cons. The difference between the two essentially rests in how debris is filtered and stored before removal. Bagged vacuums filter particles into a vacuum bag, and bagless vacuums store particulate in a cup or canister, using a separate filter to catch the small, sometimes unseen particles.
|Bagged Vacuum||Bagless Vacuum|
|Filtration||Reusable or disposable vacuum bags||Canister or cup to hold debris with separate filter for small particles|
|Ease of Cleanup||Minimal contact with dust because bags are thrown away once they're full||Can be messy when emptying canister|
|Maintenance||Vacuum bags are inexpensive but you will have to purchase refills depending on how routinely you vacuum||Canister is washable and reusable, but you'll still need to occasionally replace the filter|
|Cost||$100-$500 + vacuum bags||$100-$500 + replacement filters|