In my previous review, I talked in detail about the best bagless vacuums, their advantages and disadvantages.
The latest generation of bagged vacuums are really great in terms of deep cleaning and convenience, but that’s sorely lacking when it comes to filtration.
The use of sachets is not a good option for people with allergic conditions such as asthma because there is exposure to allergens when emptying.
This is where the bottled vacuum cleaner comes in.
The first vacuum cleaners invented had a bag inside that had two functions – dirt collection and filtering.
Emptying the bag is less messy. Simply open the container, pick up the bag and toss it in the basket.
The best brands featured here have a good bag design that seals in microscopic dust even if the container is open.
Kanmore Elite 31150
Cebu X5 9587AM
Mila Complete C3
Oreck Magnesium RS
|Brush on/off switch||
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7 year casing and motor
1 year for parts
What are the pros and cons of bottled vacuum cleaners?
- Easier to maintain
- No exposure to allergens
- Less mess to unpack
- No wireless option
- The cost of the bags will add
- You’ll struggle a bit of cleaning the stairs
How to choose a packaged vacuum cleaner?
Before proceeding to test any vacuum, you will need to know how much you are willing to spend.
This will help a lot in eliminating options that are not in your price range.
For me, I like to put together a bunch of things I want to spend.
For example, you can set a price range between $300 and $400 just to give you a little flexibility if there are two options within that range.
After setting the budget, this is the time you look at the features.
1. Allergen filter
Allergen filters help keep fine dust particles inside the bag. These filters ensure that the air outside is clean. Some brands even offer deodorants that remove the smell of musk.
2. The price of bags
All packaged brooms on the market use disposable bags and depending on how much dirt you clean each day, this is a recurring expense that increases over time.
So it makes sense to check the cost of bags.
The general rule is that the better the filtration the bag provides, the more expensive it will be.
Brands like Miele sell the most expensive bags due to the high level of filtration they provide thanks to the multi-layer design and the automatic self-locking feature. On the other hand, Oreck sells one of the cheapest but it won’t be filtered either.
But note that cost is not the only factor you should look at.
3. HEPA filtration
I mentioned in the introduction that part of the portfolio’s job is filtering. But some brands add an extra layer of filtration located after the motor.
Milia vacuums contain a HEPA motor. They add an extra layer of filtration that prevents fine dust from seeping outside.
But these filters are not washable. The life cycle of HEPA filters is typically 6 to 12 months.
So this will be another additional cost.
4. Wire length
A shorter wire means that you have to change the location of the plug more than once.
This is especially a problem if you are cleaning a large house. Most rolls now have long ropes over 30 feet long.
Overhead vacuums have shorter power cords—usually less than 30 feet. But the latter comes with a wire twist so that there is less hassle when arranging the wire.
5. Powerful motor and brush motor
The powerful motor is a must for deep carpet cleaning.
The most powerful variants have between 10 and 12 amps while the smaller vacuums only have 5 amps.
For old hardwood homes with deep cracks or carpeting, they will obviously need extra strength. Whereas only homes with exposed ground surfaces can escape its suction.
Another feature to look at is the motorized brush.
This is a must in homes that have carpets because these brushes will vibrate and remove the dirt that has accumulated under the carpet threads.
If you’ve ever had back spasms, it could be a debilitating condition that prevents you from walking on your tracks.
Pulling 30 pounds heavy upright can make this happen. Fortunately, the metal is not used much.
Instead, manufacturers use plastic to cut the weight down to 15 to 20 pounds.
But you will have to consider other factors such as bag size, power, and cleaning path.
All of these play a role in the weight of the vacuum.
7. Extension stick and hose
This is something to look at if you’re buying vertical.
Many of the options available have a detachable wand attached to a hose.
The wand and hose combination extends the reach of the uprights above the floor. But how far you will go will depend on the length of the hose and the stick.
The longer the reach, the more areas he will be able to clean.
8. Do you have stairs?
This will affect the type of vacuum cleaner you will pick up. Full sized uprights will not be able to clean stairs because their hoses are too short or their frame is too cumbersome to move up and down.
One solution is to pick up a vacuum cleaner that is lightweight and has a longer hose/wand to clean stairs.
Another option is to use a portable or vertical vacuum cleaner that turns into a canister.
Our pick: Kenmore Elite 31150
The Kenmore Elite 31150 came out on top because it has great filtration and cleaning performance at a price point that isn’t too excessive. If you are looking for a deep clean in an upright position that will keep allergens inside the bag, then you should look at this option first.
- Very strong suction
- The stiff bristles provide good irritation to the rug
- HEPA filtration is great for people with asthma
- long power cord
- Wide cleaning path close to the edge
- very short hose
- There is no pole
Kenmore is a respected brand when it comes to bagged vacuum cleaners and the Elite 31150 offers great value for money compared to other brands that cost 2 or 3 times as much.
This vertical position is the top pick in a recent ConsumerSearch.com review that compared different bagged and non-bag vacuums.
Great on the carpet
Jason Chan of review.com says this is the most powerful vacuum they’ve tested. This naturally translates to great performance on carpets and bare floors.
It has been certified by the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America to be asthma and allergy friendly.
You can get this certificate with caution because they have to pay for it. But this organization is reliable and will not give its seal of approval only if the product does not pass its tests.
In terms of power, this is thanks to the 12 amp motor that has a 3D catalyst that houses the motor inside the motorized brush.
This feature eliminates the need for a drive belt – one less part to worry about breaking.
The combination of suction and excitement is what makes it a great choice for homes with carpets.
Unfortunately, it’s also one of the heaviest options here at over 21 pounds!
The sheer size and weight make it difficult to maneuver inside small homes, but it will do well in larger homes, especially those with lots of fresh rugs and rugs.
Apart from being a deep cleaning tool, it also comes with these tools to clean other areas…
- Dust/upholstery combo
- Pet handi-mate (small motorized brush)
- slit tool
- telescopic stick
Here’s a demonstration of how to clean kenmores on a rug. The mess includes pet hair, dust, oats, and more.
head up. You have to fast forward to the 11:30 minute mark to see the actual test.
He did a very good job picking up just about everything scattered on the rug. Even if you had a hard time brushing pet hair at first, you were able to pick it all out.
It has been mentioned that the hose will not run a full length when the vacuum cleaner is on. This limits the access and ease of use of this above ground.
Good agitation and strength
The strength and action are excellent and make this a great option if you need a deep cleaning tool on your carpet.
But the short hose and massive frame limit reach and maneuverability. If you have trouble carrying or moving heavy objects, choose Cheaper brooms In this list because of these tips Libra at 21 lbs.
But if you’re in a house that has mostly bare floors, I wouldn’t recommend something as expensive as this machine. You’ll be better off with something cheaper And more purposes designed for this task.
Kenmore is the number one choice for many review sites for good reason. It is powerful and will deep clean carpets. This is a great option for medium to large homes with lots of carpet inside due to its strength and flair plus it won’t cost as much as Miele or Sebo.
2: Cebu X5 9587AM
The Sebo X5 9587AM upright is perhaps the best deep cleaning 5-bag vacuum cleaner on this list. It also has the largest dirt capacity of 1.4 gallons! However, it is also the most expensive at over $800! But you will get a German made vacuum cleaner that will last for years, and if you need to clean a lot of carpets deeply, this would be a great option.
- Excellent filter
- Stiff bristles provide great agitation
- big bag
- Long power cord (40 feet)
- Folds flat so you can clean under furniture
- There is no pole
- short hose
- Not good for cleaning upholstery
What’s the first brand that comes to mind when you say “high tech vacuum”?
I bet you would say Dyson. But there is another brand that you may not have heard of.
This brand is called Sebo – a German-made vacuum cleaner that is one of the best performing bag cleaners at the moment.
But all this good stuff doesn’t come cheap. Is the Sebo X5 worth the ridiculously high price tag?
It will depend on your need and whether you can afford it.
First, let’s look at some of the features that make this option popular in Europe.
If you suffer from an allergic condition such as asthma or allergic rhinitis, the slightest hint of dust can trigger a bad reaction.
Using something without a bag is not a wise choice if you have any of these conditions due to potential exposure.
Sebo X5 has two filters and a multi-layer bag that filters up to 0.3 microns of microscopic dust.
To give you some perspective, a micron is equivalent to the diameter of a human hair.
The first filter is a pre-engine filter that filters out fine dust that may have escaped into the engine.
There is a second filter after the motor that prevents allergens from escaping.
The motor pre-filter actually helps extend the life of this vacuum cleaner because only clean air passes through it.
Sebo says that if you follow the instructions and replace the filters in the recommended intervals, they will last about 15 years!
They back this up with a 5-year warranty.
Watch this video from Ibaisaic to see how this product works, its features and a short cleaning test…
What I like the most about this product is the design where the Sebo has redirected the airflow around the bag towards the top of it.
This means that even when the bag is full, the suction does not dissolve because nothing is in the way.
It also has one of the toughest bristles among the rolls on the market right now.
This hardness helps dig up carpet threads and pick up pet hair, dander, dust, and all kinds of dirt.
The biggest downside will be the size and weight. Like the first product on this list, the X5 weighs just over 20 pounds.
It doesn’t have any rotary steering so moving it around can be a problem and you won’t be able to use it on stairs. Even with the hose, you’ll have a hard time using it on carpeted stairs.
The next product on this list will be agile enough and have enough suction power to clean stairs.
The two filters plus the multi-layer pouch make the Sebo X5 one of the best bagged options. It will be able to filter up to 0.3 microns of dirt and has enough power for deep cleaning. But all of this good stuff comes at a cost – close to $900! Sebo says this will last up to 15 years with proper TLC if so, it’s worth it.
3: Meli Complete C3
The Miele Complete C3 is the most versatile vacuum cleaner on this list thanks to the adjustable wand, interchangeable tools and long hose. If strength and versatility are your number one priority, this should be at the top of your list. But all these features will come at a hefty price.
- The most versatile option on this list
- Big Excitement for Drum Vacuum Cleaner
- LED headlights will help track dust
- very very expensive
Here’s another European brand on the list – Miele.
To be more specific, we will consider their C3 vacuum cleaners.
When it comes to bagged vacuum cleaners, you should look at these manufacturers because the European Union has strict regulations regarding air quality and noise.
Complete C3 series contains about 6 different types. Each one comes with a different set of tools to suit a specific type of home.
This is somewhat similar to the Dyson V6 due to the wide range of options.
Variants containing HEPA will filter better than Sebo – about 0.1 microns.
Some of these tools include…
- SEB 228 Electro Plus . Electric Brush
- SBB300-3 Twister Parquet
- Mini Turbo Brush STB 101
- STB205-3 Turbo Comfort
- SBD 285-3 AllTeQ Combination Tool
- SEB 236 Electro Premium Powerbrush
The C3 Brilliant is the best line variant with the most number of tools that make it great on both carpets and bare floors.
Its main cleaning tool is the SEB236 power brush which has a motorized whisk rod with LED headlights.
Like the Kenmore and Sebo, Miele also provides excellent filtration through their bags and HEPA filters.
And C3 is no exception as it provides excellent filtration – up to 0.3 microns.
Marin is a cheaper option compared to the great one. It comes with the same SB236 power brush with motorized brush and LED light.
Besides the small motorized brush, there is a parquet tool suitable for bare floors.
But Marine doesn’t have the little robotic tool that would be an idea for cleaning pet hair on upholstery.
Comparing the two, this is a better value as it is $400 cheaper.
Kona / cat and dog
The Kona and Cat & Dog come with similar floor tools – the ElectroPlus electric brush and parquet tool. These tools work great on carpets and bare floors respectively.
However, the Kona does not come with a small motorized brush but it is about $20 cheaper.
C3 Calima yellow is best suited indoors with a low-pile carpet. Comes with a comfortable turbo pneumatic brush.
Another tool included is the SBB300-3 Parquet Hurricane which has softer bristles that fit over easily scratched hardwoods.
This is the cheapest alternative but in my opinion it offers more value compared to Alize. Comes with STB 205-3 pneumatic floor tool and AllTeQ Combination floor tool
The biggest missing feature is HEPA filtration. But HEPA filters are available.
Alize will cost a bit more compared to the limited edition.
It does come with the least amount of tools but why is it more expensive?
If you take a look at the feature list, it has an air-tight cleaning system and an LED light on the handle for added visibility.
The only floor tool included is the SBD650-3 AirTeQ brushless motorized tool.
Between the two, I chose the Limited Edition even without the sealed system because it comes with better ground tools.
4: Oreck Magnesium RS
Oreck Magnesium RS is the lightest option here. The engineers used magnesium instead of steel as the main body frame and this helped reduce the weight to about 7.7 pounds. It has an airtight bag system that keeps allergens down to 0.3 microns inside the bag and has enough power to deep clean carpets. The biggest drawback will be the lack of versatility as this will only clean the floors.
- Very light at just under 8 pounds
- Magnesium frame is compact but solid
- Good agitation and strength
- long power cord
- Flat fold feature allows access deep under furniture
- HEPA filter
- No above cleaning floors
So far, all of the blanks I’ve covered here are giant creatures that weigh over 18 pounds (two of them are over 20!).
Now let’s turn our focus to something that’s lightweight but nonetheless retains the same performance as a full-size upright.
Oreck has created a vertical deep clean that weighs less than 8 pounds!
Think about that for a moment, a full-size standing device that weighs less than a cordless.
How did Oreck succeed in this?
The first clue is the name. What do you mean? Instead of using plastic like most brands use today, Oreck went in a different direction and used metal.
Not just an ordinary mineral but something really high-tech – magnesium.
Magnesium is one of the strongest minerals in the world.
This property allowed engineers to design a frame that is smaller and thinner than a traditional metal vacuum.
The result is an ultra-light vacuum cleaner that still maintains its ruggedness.
Another innovation is the “direct suction” technology, which shortens the distance between the inlet and the container.
In the conventionally designed upright position, air passes through a maze of hoses that can degrade performance.
By shortening the distance, it improves efficiency and increases power. And when you combine that with tough bristles that spin at over 7,000 revolutions per minute, you’ve got a vacuum cleaner capable of deep cleaning.
The downside is that there is no above floor cleaning capabilities with Magnesium RS. You cannot use this machine to clean stairs and upholstery.
If you’re having trouble pulling about 20 pounds upright, the Oreck Magnesium RS is a great choice. But all this technology comes at a higher price – almost $500! It features a powerful motor and stiff bristles that clean deeply without back pain.
5: Bissell Zing
The Bissell Zing vacuum cleaner is the cheapest packaged vacuum cleaner on this list. It has the versatility of a typical enclosure. However, it does not contain any tools to efficiently clean carpets. This makes this a great option in homes with low carpeting and bare flooring.
- very cheap
- good strength
- Versatile and versatile
- affordable bags
- No tools with motorized brush roll
- short power cord
- No HEPA filtration
- You can’t enlarge the bag
Before I talk about the next product, let’s summarize what we’ve featured so far. All of the blanks in this review range from $290 to $1,500. Each has just enough suction and agitation to clean carpets and bare floors.
But not everyone can afford that much cash for a filled vacuum.
This next option is a good alternative to the expensive brands above.
Bissell is best known for its line of bagless vacuum cleaners, but they also make bagged cleaners. And the Zing box is one of their best products to date.
This compact case has some “zing” and is very affordable.
Despite its lightweight body, it has a 10 amp motor.
The problem is that there are no tools with a motorized brush, so this tray will not be effective on carpets and upholstery.
If you have pets, avoid this product unless your home has only bare flooring. But it should be paired with a vacuum cleaner like the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser to make up for the lack of tools.
The biggest drawback apart from not having a motorized brush is the need to empty the bag even when it’s not full. Bissell recommends throwing the bag away when it is only 2/3s full.
This means that you will have to change bags sooner and you will have to spend more on buying bags.
These bags will cost about $21 for a 3-bag package.
This is the most affordable option of all the brands and will work best inside homes that only have bare floors. Consumers who have used this product say it has performed decently even on carpets. Even with this capability, it will not be as effective as a cleaner equipped with such.
When you talk about the best vacuum cleaners, I feel these 5 are the best factors in performance, filtration, weight and price.
The Kenmore Elite obviously offers the best value for money and that’s why it’s at the top of the list. It has a good HEPA filtration system and enough agitation to deeply clean carpets.
Plus, it’s able to clean over floors thanks to the onboard hose and wand tools. But the hose is short to be effective at that.
The Sebo X5 and Miele Complete C3 are probably the best performing cleaners of the bunch. Both are European brands that offer a lot of quality but at a high cost.
Oreck is the lightest option at 7.8 pounds and the only one without over-floor cleaning capabilities. But it’s hard to miss something with this light at full power especially if you have back problems.
Bissell offers the cheapest option at just under $90. It offers versatility in that it cleans not only floors but also floors. But the tools that come with it lack the features that could make it more versatile.
None of the accessories that come with it have a motorized brush which means this wouldn’t be the best option in homes with carpets.