The Benefits of a Bagged Vacuum Cleaner

Why does SEBO design vacuums with bags?

Not only is it easier to empty a vacuum when all you have to do is pull the bag out, but a top-fill, three or four-layer Ultra bag is actually an integral part of SEBO’s filtration system. Here are 5 main reasons why SEBO chooses a bagged vacuum over a bagless vacuum: The Benefits of a Bagged Vacuum Cleaner

1. The Science Behind the Bag:

SEBO's vacuum bags hold virtually all the dirt captured by the vacuum which improves the effectiveness and useful life of the vacuum's microfilters. They also ensure continuously strong suction because dirt enters from the top and deposits at the bottom. The dirt then accumulates upward as the air exits through the sides which allows unimpeded airflow while they fill to capacity.

Once the full bag indicator on the vacuum comes on, a hygiene cap (typically attached to the bag) can be used to tightly seal the bag. This means no dust can escape into the air during bag removal (and no cloud of dust in your face!) while the bag is then deposited into the garbage can.

2. Hospital-Grade Filtration:

Every SEBO upright and canister vacuum cleaner is equipped with the exclusive S-Class, hospital-grade filtration technology. The “S” represents the German word “Schwebstoff”, which directly translates to the term “airborne particles”. 

The S-Class Filtration is a European standard, comparable to the popular North American term “HEPA”. However, unlike the HEPA standard where only the filter is expected to absorb 99.97% of particles down to 0.3 microns, the S-Class Filtration standard can only be obtained by having met all three of the following criteria:

1) A vacuum that contains a vacuum bag, a pre-motor filter, and an exhaust filter that captures 99.97% of particles down to 0.3 microns
2) Electrostatic filters that use statically charged microfibres to catch particles bouncing around
3) A completely sealed vacuum cleaner that does not leak air from any side.

Side note – why should your vacuum be able to filter air particles down to 0.3 microns?

Industry standards require testing at 0.3 microns because this size tends to be the ‘most penetrating particle size’ (MPPS), meaning it is the particle size most likely to slip through the filter fibres. These particles can consist of mold spores, dust mite allergens, bacteria, pet allergens, and more.

The Benefits of a Bagged Vacuum Cleaner

A common misconception is that air filters do not catch nanoparticles smaller than 0.3 microns in size, as they are so small they would fit through the fibres in the filters. But in fact, because they are so small, they bounce around like a pinball when they hit gas molecules - scientists call this the Brownian Motion. This causes them fly in random zigzag patterns which makes them end up hitting the filter fibres and getting stuck anyway.

It’s the particles that are 0.3 microns in diameter that are the most difficult to trap because they don’t bounce around like the smaller particles do, and yet they are still small enough to slip through some air filters.

Fortunately, SEBO’s S-Class Filtration system is meticulously designed to capture 99.97% of dust, pollen, mold, bacteria, and any airborne particles down to 0.3 microns (µm). The dust is permanently trapped inside the bag and the vacuum filters, and cannot escape through any gaps in the vacuum or even when it comes time to switch out the bag!

The Benefits of a Bagged Vacuum

3. Recommended for Asthma & Allergy Sufferers:

Bagged vacuums are the most hygienic option when it comes to keeping the dirt, debris, dust mites, and other creepy crawlies securely inside the bag. Because the bags are sealed, and in SEBO's case fitted with a cap, it’s virtually impossible for the dust and allergens to escape back into the air and affect you again. This is especially important for asthma and allergy sufferers who require a high level of filtration to prevent triggering their symptoms. You can breathe easy knowing that with the SEBO filtration system, once dust has been picked up, you never have to face it again.

The British Allergy Foundation tested the SEBO filter and confirmed it filters 100% of the dust mite allergen.
They have since endorsed select SEBO vacuums and given them the seal of approval for asthma and allergy sufferers.

4. Bags can trap and hold A LOT of dirt:

A common assumption with bagged vacuums is that you need to change the bags often and that it can be costly to do so. However, one overlooked factor is how much dirt a vacuum bag can hold. Take this 3.5L Ultra vacuum bag, for example, from a SEBO AIRBELT E3 Premium. The vacuum is used every week at a residential home with 2 adults, 1 child and 2 cats. The full bag indicator came on after the vacuum had been used for approximately 8 weeks and the bag weighed in at 322g, or 11oz. The dust was being compacted down into the bag due to its top-fill design and it did not compromise the vacuums performance. This means that on average our customer will go through 6 vacuum bags a year, costing them approximately $25 per year.

Now consider our largest 6L vacuum bag that comes with an AIRBELT D4 Premium vacuum. Based on the above example, we can estimate this bag will hold approximately 20oz of dirt – that over 1.2 pounds of waste! Even if you have a busy household with multiple kids and pets, you are still most likely to only use 6 vacuum bags per year. 

The Benefits of a Bagged Vacuum

5. Virtually Maintenance-Free

Vacuum cleaners with bags generally require less maintenance than their bagless counterparts. With a SEBO vacuum, all the dust is being captured by the bag and filters preventing any from entering the motor or other areas within the vacuum. Having a vacuum that does not effectively filter the air could mean dust gets into the motor and affect the vacuums performance. This can cause costly repairs over time and, in some cases, if no replacement parts are available then a new vacuum may be the only solution.

The Benefits of a Bagged Vacuum

As long as the vacuum filters are replaced after every 15 - 20 vacuum bags, a SEBO vacuum should perform at its best for at least 10 years or more. In fact, we're so confident in our German-engineered vacuums that we offer a complimentary 10 year warranty with the purchase of any upright or canister vacuum!

The Benefits of a Bagged Vacuum Cleaner

The Benefits of a Bagged Vacuum Cleaner