Choosing a vacuum cleaner with a bag
The bag vacuum cleaner is the most classic vacuum cleaner. Its advantages and reliable design make it always interesting today. To choose the vacuum with bag that suits you, follow these simple rules.
1. Suction performance
The easiest way to evaluate the performance of a vacuum cleaner is today to refer to the information on its energy label. Mandatory since September 2014, it mentions the following information:
- Energy efficiency, noted from A to G, which gives an overall indication of the effectiveness of the vacuum cleaner in relation to its power consumption.
- The cleaning performance on carpets , rated from A to G.
- The cleaning performance on hard floors , rated from A to G.
This information is based on tests under conditions controlled by a regulation, and thus allow you to have reliable information to compare the vacuum cleaners which interest you between them.
For information the energy label also mentions the annual consumption of electricity (based on a typical use of about 1 hour per week), and the sound level of the device.
Power output, vacuum and airflow
This information was sometimes provided before the energy label made its appearance, and some manufacturers still give it.
The useful power , in watts, indicates the suction power of the device. It should not be confused with electrical power, which indicates only the electricity consumption of the vacuum cleaner.
Thus 2 aspirators 1400 W power and 2200 W can have the same power output of 300 W if the first model has a better performance. It will also be efficient for the household, but the 1400 W model will use less electricity and save money. Ecological models with improved yields are becoming more common.
The useful power is the combination of the air flow (in L / s) and the vacuum (in kPa) that the vacuum cleaner can generate. It requires a good airflow (more than 40 L / s ideally) to quickly clean hard floors, and a good vacuum (more than 30 kPa) for the suction of carpets and carpets.
It is almost essential to choose a model equipped with a power variator (and not only a valve on the handle).
A power variator makes it possible to adapt the suction power to the type of soil (so that the brush does not stick on the tiles for example). It also reduces the noise and power consumption of the vacuum cleaner when possible.
Caution: On a poorly designed vacuum cleaner, air leakage can “waste” the engine power output and decrease the suction power.
2. Noise level
The sound level of a vacuum cleaner is one of the most important criteria for buyers. Expressed in decibels (dB), it varies between 65 and 85 dB approximately. A vacuum cleaner with a bag rarely generates more than 75 dB, except for low-cost vacuum cleaners.
There are more and more silent vacuums that generate less than 70 dB. This is done either by sacrificing a little suction power, or by improving the sound insulation of the vacuum cleaner (which increases its price). A silent vacuum cleaner will disturb the neighborhood, children or pets.
Suckers with bags tend to have a better filtration level than bagless vacuum cleaners, but the result varies from one device to another.
The filtration level is now clearly indicated in the energy label of the vacuum cleaner (for models produced after September 2014), directly in the form of a note from A to G, and it is therefore easy to compare the models between them.
Fabric bags tend to provide better filtration quality than paper bags. Preferably choose a vacuum cleaner that allows you to use bags with a shutter , which close easily when removed and avoid flying dust.
The more you have to clean a large area, and the more important it is to choose a vacuum cleaner with large volume bags : 2.5 L or more. Below, you have to replace the bag too often, which is more expensive.
If you are allergic, asthmatic, or require a perfect result, choosing a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter is a plus: HEPA vacuum cleaners filter the majority of fine dust, and tend to have the best ratings for the level of filtration.
Some accessories are classic and equip most vacuum cleaners: long nozzle and furniture brush for example.
Others can be very useful depending on your needs: a turbo brush (driven by the airflow) or electrobrush (driven by an electric motor) if you have a lot of carpets and carpets, or animals that lose their hair. These brushes facilitate the aspiration of dust and hairs stuck in the tissues. A parquet brush is very practical if you have hard floors like tiles.
5. Weight and maneuverability
The weight is a criterion not to neglect if you have a house with floors and you will have to carry the vacuum on the stairs. The weight varies from 3 to 8 kg, the most powerful models also tend to be the heaviest.
For maneuverability, besides the presence of ergonomic handles and a telescopic handle adapted to its size, an important point is the length of the power cable and the radius of action of the vacuum cleaner.
For a studio a cable length of 6m will be enough, but for a house or a house with large rooms and few electrical outlets it will take 8 or 9 m of cable to be comfortable.
Finally, the choice of a compact vacuum cleaner model is interesting if you only have a small amount of storage space.
Choose your vacuum cleaner with bag:
Now that you know the important criteria for choosing your bag vacuum, you can continue reading with:
- The comparison of vacuum cleaners with bags , to compare at a glance the vacuums with the most popular bags of the moment.
- Our selection of the best vacuum cleaners with bags , to choose directly from the best current models.