The question of which approach is better - bagged or bagless - abounds on forums and blogs. However there is really no correct answer and it comes down to consumer preference. Some people prefer a bagless machine because they do not wish to buy and throw away bags. Others like the cleanliness of bags which can be removed, disposed of and replaced.
We have reviewed many bagged and bagless machines over the last 8 years, and following is our list of the best bagged vacuums.
|Rank||Model||Type||Approx. Price (USD)|
|2||Miele Dynamic U1 Cat & Dog||Upright||650|
|5||SEBO Airbelt D4||Canister||990|
|8||Bissell Zing 4122||Canister||50|
|9||Panasonic MC UG471||Upright||140|
#1 - Miele Alize
Our pick for the best bagged vacuum in 2016 is the Miele Alize. This is also our best canister vacuum for 2016. The Alize gets top notch reviews from consumers and they rate it an average of 96 out of 100. It is lightweight, powerful and packed with great features. It also excels at cleaning bare floors, tile, vinyl, rugs, and - to a lesser extent - low pile carpet. However, like most Miele machines it is not cheap and will set you back about $650. But the vacuum is still loved by consumers despite the hefty price tag.
What makes the Miele Alize so special?
Highly rated by consumers: There are very few negative comments about this vacuum and the consumer ratings - from a host of sources - are consistently over 90%.
Variable suction: There are 6 manual suction settings as well as an automatic suction setting which optimizes suction for any surface.
Built-in LED headlight: An LED headlight in the handle illuminates dimly lit areas.
Auto-retractable power cord: The auto retraction works flawlessly and is very convenient.
Very good on hard surfaces: The Alize excels on hardwood floors, vinyl, tile and even area rugs.
Built to last for 20 years: Miele states that this machine has an average lifespan of 20 years.
Lightweight: At about 12 lbs it is lighter than many canister vacuums on the market today.
Quiet: Consumers frequently comment upon the low noise level of the vacuum.
7-year warranty on motor and casing: This is a very long warranty compared to most other vacuum cleaners.
Packed with features: Filter replacement indicator, bag change indicator, deluxe handle grip, HEPA filtration, sealed system construction, multiple tools, crush proof hose, stainless steel telescopic wand, caster wheels with shock absorbers, thermal cut out switch, wrap around bumper, and more.
Read more about this vacuum in our Miele Alize Review.
#2 - The Miele Dynamic U1 Cat & Dog
(May, 2017 Update - we've removed this from our list due to an increasing number of mediocre ratings)
The Cat & Dog is a bagged upright vacuum cleaner. It receives great consumer ratings and is a well built, quality machine. The vacuum is manufactured in Germany, carries a lengthy 7-year warranty and uses large capacity bags. The Cat & Dog comes with many tools, multiple headlights (along the front of the nozzle), and brushroll on/off controls. Automatic height adjustment keeps the brushroll at an optimal cleaning distance from the floor and a large number of owners comment favorably on the unit’s ability to pick up pet hair.
The turbo brush attachment is very effective at vacuuming up hair from stairs, upholstery and even vehicle interiors, and the unit’s sealed system construction ensures that all of the air entering the vacuum gets properly filtered. There are many additional features on the Cat & Dog, however like most Miele machines it is rather expensive and can set you back over $600.
What makes the Cat & Dog special?
Attractive: Classy and clean looking machine with a great fit and finish.
Made in Germany: Solid, well built vacuum. Designed and manufactured in Germany.
Great performance on pet hair: Capable at pulling up hair on both smooth flooring and carpet.
High level of filtration: Has a sealed system and a filter that removes 99.95% of particles with a diameter greater than 0.5 microns.
Reduces pet odors: The filter contains active charcoal that removes odors from the air.
Suction controls: Has 4 suction settings.
Low profile nozzle: Capable of getting under low furniture.
Long cleaning reach: 39 foot power cord and 12 foot hose, providing a cleaning reach of over 50 feet.
Long warranty: 7-year warranty on the motor.
Built to last for 20 years: Miele estimates the lifespan of the vacuum at about 20 years.
Read more about this vacuum in our Miele Cat & Dog Review.
#3 - SEBO 9559AM Automatic X4
The X4 is a bagged upright vacuum cleaner that is designed and manufactured in Germany. People may not be familiar with SEBO but it is a well established company. As a matter of fact SEBO is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial upright vacuums. SEBO vacuums tend not to be cheap, and the X4 is no exception, but it is very well made and a solid performer.
The X4 has powerful suction and is very capable on pet hair. The vacuum also has a long hose and the ability to lay completely horizontal which helps to get under low furniture. SEBO reports that its vacuums have a lifespan of 10-15 years.
What makes the SEBO X4 special?
Exceptional filtration: A sealed system and hospital grade filtration have resulted in this vacuum being approved by the British Allergy Foundation.
Well made: Reliable, solid, well-built and manufactured in Germany.
Quiet: While the X4 is powerful, it is also fairly quiet.
High consumer ratings: Most owners give their SEBO X4 a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 or higher.
High capacity bags: The vacuum bags are large and do not need to be replaced frequently.
Automatic height adjustment: Electronically adjusts the height of the brushroll in the vacuum nozzle to match the floor surface.
Lengthy power cord: The X4 has a 40 foot power cord.
Warranty: 5-years on motor, 3-years parts, 1-year labor.
Read more about this vacuum in our SEBO X4 review.
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#4 - Oreck U2000R-1 Commercial
This upright vacuum cleaner is a very basic machine but it cleans large areas of carpet and bare floors very well. This is a commercial vacuum but it is also quite popular with home owners who use it for residential cleaning.
The U2000R-1 is lightweight at under 10 lbs and it has a very lengthy 40 foot power cord. This vacuum has powerful suction but it is loud and has no tools or attachments. It is good bang for your buck and it can sometimes be found online for about $150.
Read more about this vacuum in our Oreck U2000R-1 review.
#5 - SEBO Airbelt D4
The SEBO Airbelt D4 canister vacuum cleaner is German made and highly rated by consumers. It is expensive and a bit on the heavy side, but it is solid and durable as well.
The power cord and hose together provide an exceptionally long cleaning reach and the vacuum is capable on both bare floors and carpet. It has large bags, powerful suction and is also quite good at pulling up pet hair. The vacuum is noted for being very quiet despite its strong suction and it carries a 7-year warranty on the motor and a 5-year warranty on non-wear parts and labor. In addition, speed controls are provided on the vacuum handle and the unit has high quality air filtration.
Read more about this vacuum in our SEBO Airbelt D4 review.
#6) Oreck 2100RHS
The 2100RHS is a reasonably priced, no frills, bagged upright vacuum. It is dubbed a commercial vacuum but is quite popular with folks for residential use.
This machine is very lightweight at only 8.2 lbs and it is easy to lift and maneuver. It has a lengthy 35 foot power cord and a non-marring bumper but no hose. If you need a hose and attachments for overhead cleaning or doing stairs this may not be the right vacuum for you. It is also a little on the loud side. However, it has powerful suction and is good on both carpet and bare floors. In addition, the floor nozzle has automatic height adjustment.
Read more about this vacuum in our Oreck 2100RHS review.
#7 - Hoover CH30000
This vacuum is also known as the Hoover Commercial Portapower. It is a compact, portable vacuum with a host of attachments. It is also very lightweight at only 8.3 lbs and it is worn over the shoulder via a shoulder strap.
The CH30000 is a bagged machine and it has a 3-layer cloth bag that can be reused. The unit can also use disposable bags but this requires a bag adapter kit. Consumers report that the vacuum has plenty of suction and they also like the lengthy 33 foot power cord. This vacuum is best for bare surfaces or low pile carpet.
Read more about this vacuum in our Hoover CH30000 review.
#8 - Bissell Zing 4122
The Bissell Zing bagged canister vacuum 4122 gets good ratings from owners and is very inexpensive (around $50) – two factors that put it on this list. It is a straightforward machine with few features but it is lightweight, maneuverable, compact and easy to store.
The vacuum nozzle also has a fairly low profile which allows it to get under furniture easily. It is best on bare surfaces but can also be used on low-pile carpet. As the machine is small the power cord is a bit short and the bags are on the small side. It is a good fit for an apartment or smaller home.
Read more about this vacuum in our Bissell Zing 4122 review.
#9 – Panasonic MC UG471
The MC UG471 excels at cleaning carpet and can usually be found between about $100 and $150 at most stores. The vacuum has strong suction and a range of tools. It also comes with a HEPA filter and is fairly quiet. In addition, the MC UG471 has one feature we don’t often see on an upright – a retractable power cord. This is popular with owners and works well.
The nozzle has a floating base which acts, to some extent, as automatic height adjustment when moving between carpet and bare floors (or for different carpet heights). There is also a headlight on the front of the vacuum which helps when vacuuming in dimly lit areas. The power cord is a bit short and the vacuum is on the heavy side however.
Read more about this vacuum in our Panasonic MC UG471 review.
#10 - Hoover UH30010COM
We first reviewed this vacuum back in 2009 and it is still on the market today and going strong. It also continues to make several of our “Top” vacuum lists including this one. It has a lengthy power cord, a lifetime LED headlight and is very good on carpet.
The UH30010COM is lightweight (less than 12 lbs) and is easy to lift and maneuver. Bags on this machine are easy to remove and replace. In addition, it has HEPA filtration and comes with a supplementary canister vacuum that you can wear over your shoulder. The supplementary canister includes a shoulder strap and a 25 foot power cord. The UH30010COM does not have brushroll on/off controls however.
Read more about this vacuum in our Hoover UH30010COM review.