Bagged, bagless. Upright, canister. Full-size vacuum cleaners come in multiple variations. While bagless uprights are the vacuum cleaner of choice, bagged canisters are growing in popularity. Bagged canister vacs are hygienic, lightweight and agile, making them ideal for allergy sufferers and crowded homes.

Miele Compact C1 Pure Suction Canister Vacuum

The Top Five Bagged Canister Vacuum Cleaners

For bagged canister vacs, that would be Bissell, Dirt Devil, Kenmore, and Miele. Check out the latest and greatest canister vacuum cleaners these manufacturers have to offer.

5. Bissell Zing Bagged Canister Vacuum 4122

The 10-amp Bissell Zing is a versatile canister vac. Push the floor nozzle’s foot pedal, and the brushroll retracts for hard floors or lowers for carpet. The canister’s dial allows you to adjust the suction, and an indicator tells you when the bag is full.

Bissell Zing Bagged Canister Vacuum, Maroon, 4122

An auto-rewind function makes cord storage a breeze, and there is a place to keep both tools onboard the Zing. The 5-foot-long hose swivels, and the wand’s length is adjustable, maximizing the canister vac’s reach.

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4. Dirt Devil Tattoo Crimson Bouquet Bagged Canister Vacuum, SD30040BB

Equipped with straight-suction technology, the Dirt Devil Tattoo‘s 11-inch-wide nozzle is ideal for bare floors. The sliding control makes adjusting the suction easy, and casters allow the vacuum to pivot for incredible maneuverability.

Dirt Devil Tattoo Crimson Bouquet Bagged Canister Vacuum, SD30040BB

It features a 20-foot-long cord that automatically rewinds as well as an extension wand, a crevice tool and a dusting brush. This canister vac also has a 5-foot-long flexible hose and full-bag indicator.

3. Kenmore 81414 400 Series Bagged Canister Vacuum Cleaner

Powerful. The Kenmore 81414 400 Series has one motor in the canister and another in the 14-inch-wide PowerMate nozzle to prevent suction loss. In addition to its two attachments, the canister vac comes with a bare floor brush. You can even adjust the PowerMate’s height and choose from one of two suction strengths via the on-handle slider.

Kenmore 81414 400 Series Bagged Canister Vacuum Cleaner

Features like auto rewind tidy the 26-foot-long cord in seconds, and a check-bag light takes the guesswork out of bag changes. Plus, the canister vacuum contains a HEPA filter that traps airborne allergens.

2. Miele Compact C1 Turbo Team Canister Vacuum

At the heart of the Miele C1 Turbo, there is a 1,200-watt Vortex motor that provides enough suction to throughout clean medium-pile carpet. If you need to clean delicate surfaces like area rugs, you can lower the suction with the labeled dial. There is also a Parquet nozzle for hard floors.

Miele Compact C1 Turbo Team Canister Vacuum

The dirtbag has a locking mechanism to keep 99.9 percent particles contained within it, and all three tools can be kept on the hose clip. Between the stainless steel wand and the power cord, you get 29.5 feet’ worth of cleaning radius.

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1. Miele Compact C1 Pure Suction Canister Vacuum

With six suction speeds from which to choose, you can safely vacuum any surface in your home. This Miele Compact C1 Pure canister vacuum comes with a dusting brush, a crevice nozzle and an upholstery tool as well as an AllTeQ combo-surface floor nozzle, which goes from bare-floor to carpet mode when you push the foot pedal.

Miele Compact C1 Pure Suction Canister Vacuum

Inside of the canister, there is a dirtbag that holds a whopping 3.5 liters of debris. This bag also traps over 99 percent of minute particles that run through the vacuum’s suction system. Components such as fully swiveling wheels and a telescopic wand make whole-housing cleaning a breeze.

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Bagged Canister Vacuum Cleaner Buying Guide

Picking the right canister vacuum requires a full look at all of its functions. You want one that suits the type of flooring in your home. From the floor nozzle to the debris bag, here are the most important features to consider.

The Floor Nozzle

The floors in your home will determine the best floor nozzle for your canister vacuum. If you have hardwoods or tile throughout the house, you need a straight-suction nozzle with no brushroll. For carpets, a brushroll is a must-have. However, if your home has a combination of carpets and hard floors, the floor nozzle should either have a brushroll on-off switch, or there should be two separate nozzles.

Bissell Zing Bagged Canister Vacuum, Maroon, 4122

Bissell Zing 4122


When it comes to suction, the more, the merrier. Look for a canister vacuum with a motor that produces at least 10 amps or has a wattage of 1,000 or more. A few canister vacs are equipped with a suction-bolstering dual-motor setup. You’ll also want to have the ability to adjust the suction when necessary, so you can vacuum drapes and area rugs.


A vacuum cleaner can be chock-full of functions. However, if the controls aren’t conveniently placed, these functions become cumbersome to use. Of course, the canister vacuum should be easy to move. This means it should roll smoothly and turn sharply. There should also be a tote handle. A retractable cord is also great to have.


Speaking of the power cord, the length matters, especially if your house has spacious rooms. Other factors included in a canister vacuum’s reach is the wand. Ideally, the wand should be telescopic, which means its length can be adjusted. Canister vacs also have hoses – They tend to stretch up to 5 or 6 feet.

Miele Compact C1 Pure Suction Canister Vacuum

Miele Compact C1


A vacuum cleaner bag itself does a fine job of isolating debris, and many have a built-in filter. If you suffer from allergies, you need a canister vacuum with additional filtration power. For you, a HEPA filter bag is the way to go. Alternatively, find a canister vacuum that has filters outside of the bag like a pre-motor and a post-motor filter.


As opposed to a bagless canister vacuum cleaner, a bagged vacuum creates less mess. The bag does a better job of keeping dust and dirt contained. Therefore, when you remove the bag, your hands stay clean. More importantly, dust and other allergens aren’t released into the air, meaning you’ll inhale fewer contaminants and do less dusting.

Vacuums with a bag don’t need as much maintenance as those without one. Bags are able to hold more debris than a bagless container, so you won’t need to change a bag as often as you empty a cup. Plus, bags have an integrated filter instead of a separate filter you must clean and replace. In some bagged vacuums, the filter is a high-efficiency particulate air filter that traps 99.97 percent of allergens as small as 0.3 microns.

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Bagged vacuums may be light on maintenance and all-around cleaner; however, they aren’t perfect. When a bag is full, you can’t just dump out its contents; you must replace the entire bag. Although vacuum bags are relatively cheap, the cost is an ongoing expense of owning a bagged vacuum cleaner.

If the bag is almost full, the vacuum’s performance may become degraded until you change it. To spare you this issue, manufacturers of newer bagged vacuums add a bag indicator that tells you when it’s time to replace the vacuum bag.

Size is one advantage that canister vacs have over their upright counterparts. Typically, canister vacuums are smaller and lighter. The benefits this brings you are twofold. First, they take up less space in the closet or wherever you decide to store yours. This is a big benefit to those who live in cramped quarters or small homes.

Second, canister vacs are easy to steer and easier to carry up the stairs. If you have a lot of furniture, a canister vacuum can maneuver around without a problem because it is a separate wand, not the entire vacuum, that’s reaching underneath your sofa, bed, and tables.

Canister vacuums are also multipurpose in terms of what they can clean. These vacuums work great on all types of flooring, especially bare floors like hardwoods. Many canister vacs come with an array of attachments, which means you can use your canister vacuum to clean blinds, ceiling fans, and bookcases.

The longer the flow of air has to travel, the weaker it gets. On occasion, a canister vacuum may lose a little suction because the airflow must run through a long tube and hose. However, manufacturers combat this by integrating no-loss suction technologies into their canister vacs, such as an optimized air path and cyclonic filtration.

Depending on the model, pet hair may pose a problem. Due to the clingy nature of animal fur, powerful suction and a strong brush roll are must-haves for a vacuum cleaner. If you opt for a canister vac instead of an upright, make sure it has a floor head with a motorized rolling brush.

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If you’ve ever owned an upright vacuum cleaner, you know that most come with accessories like a crevice tool for vacuuming into slim gaps and a brush tool for knocking out dust on hard surfaces. These two common attachments are available on most canister vacuums too.

Extra accessories are also available. Upholstery brushes are usually equipped with a small brushroll that lifts hair. Some canister vacs may come with an extension wand, but the length of the main pole makes a wand unnecessary.

There is no set timetable you must follow for vacuum bag changes. The frequency with which you should replace the bag depends on how often you use your canister vac and the amount of debris it collects per vacuuming sessions. On average, bags become full every 2 to 4 weeks. If the canister lacks a full-bag indicator, make sure to check the bag every time you use the vacuum cleaner.

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