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Post# 391811   5/10/2018 at 22:47 by broomvac (N/A)        

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Anyone who has spent any amount of time on this site knows there are differing opinions about bagless vacuums shared here. In this thread, however, letís share everyoneís favorite bagless vacuums without any dissing of bagless vacuums.

Although the majority of my collection is bagged, I do have a few bagless vacuums. Personally, I have a soft spot for cyclonic vacuums, particularly those with Dyson roots.

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Post# 391818 , Reply# 1   5/11/2018 at 02:55 by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana)        

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I'll probably face the firing squad but I do think the Eureka Altima is the best bagless I have come across yet. I used it heavily in 2014 and it would always fill up 3-4 times in one hour's use. It has great suction power and can pull itself along the floor in the upright position.

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Post# 391819 , Reply# 2   5/11/2018 at 02:56 by huskyvacs (Northern Indiana)        

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It also grooms the carpet nicely.

Post# 391822 , Reply# 3   5/11/2018 at 06:31 by Mike811 (Finland)        

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Dyson DC40 MKII
Very easy and light to use. Cyclonic system is the best I have seen. Minimal filter maintenance needed. Not quiet, but pleasant tone (not a screamer). Quite good build quality.
MKII cleaning head is the highlight of this vacuum.
Older Dysons are known for their weak agitation, but this is very good. Only downside is very low airflow. This can't truly deepclean.

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Post# 391824 , Reply# 4   5/11/2018 at 06:36 by mariotron (Texas )        
The Bissel lift off Revolution

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A Bissel from the early 2000s. This thing was a bit heavy but was bulit much better than the ones they make now. The plastic was pretty solid, it had brush roll shut off next to the power button and cleaned pretty well. In my opinion the single cyconle was easier to maintenance than vacs with multiple small ones.

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Post# 391826 , Reply# 5   5/11/2018 at 07:20 by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

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This early Bissell PowerForce. This was my first vacuum I could call my own. I still prefer my Kirby though.

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Post# 391828 , Reply# 6   5/11/2018 at 09:12 by dysonman1 (Missouri)        
The World's First Bagless and NO loss of Suction

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I love bagless cleaners. And I don't care what the Kirby snobs say. My all time favorites are really two: The Rexair "Rainbow" and the H P Vacuflo Central Vac. Both have No loss of suction technology and both predate the Dyson by decades. I also like the Dyson (especially the DC17 Absolute).

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Post# 391832 , Reply# 7   5/11/2018 at 10:00 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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I would have to say Rainbow or Filter Queen are top followed by Water-matic and Silver King (however I rig them up to take bags lol)
Amway and Fantom are my favorite bagless uprights.
I also like my only Dyson that I have, it's dc07

Post# 391840 , Reply# 8   5/11/2018 at 12:35 by panasonicvac (Northern Utah)        

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That's almost a tough one for me. I also prefer bagged vacuums as well but there's lots of bagless vacuums that I really like. And there are still lots of bagless vacuums that I want to add in my collection. Here are my list of bagless vacuums that I like the most.

For a collectible vacuum, I would say a green Fantom Fury either a 10 or 12 amp version but I like the 12 amp version better.

For the most funnest bagless upright I've ever used, I would say the Amway ClearTrak or currently known today as the Workhorse.

For the most powerful bagless upright I've ever used, I would say the first generation Kenmore Progressive.

Keep in mind that those were only just uprights. I really dislike canisters so I don't have favorites for those. For stick vacuums, I've always liked the blue Hoover Quick Broom Cyclonic Bagless the best. For hand vacuums, I've always liked the Eureka Step Saver the best. And for Wet/Dry vacuums, I've always liked the black Craftsman models the best. Now moving on to my personal favorite, central vacuums.

Vacumaid has always been my favorite central vacuum brand. The best central vacuum that I've ever used is the Vacumaid SilentPartner S-3200. But my personal favorite one which is one of my top 3 favorite vacuum cleaners of all time is the vintage 1982 Vacumaid P-125 with the electric kit.

Post# 391846 , Reply# 9   5/11/2018 at 14:16 by crazykirbydude (Lexington, KY)        

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If bagless is so great, how come one just crapped out on me? What about the people who bring their broken baglesses to me to fix? I feel that that statement you made about the "Kirby snobs" was made to start a fight. It's not just the "Kirby snobs" who say bagged is better, it's the "Riccar, Meile, Sanitaire, Aerus, Oreck and Sebo Snobs" as well. Bagless is just as bad if not worse to empty than the shakeout bags of the early 20th century.

Post# 391848 , Reply# 10   5/11/2018 at 15:06 by vacuumdevil (Denver)        
not a fan of dry Bagless vacuums

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This is my favorite bagless vacuum that you've never heard of.

Post# 391851 , Reply# 11   5/11/2018 at 15:29 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
separator water filtration machines

The only bagless machines I like are the separator water vacs, that Rotho unit doesn't sound like it has a separator so it's probably a mess to clean out. The Rainbow, Sirena, Vivenso, Quantum, Hyla, Ritello, and Roboclean are all good machines. Other than that I prefer bagged machines. The dry bagless vacuums usually allow dust to go all over when dumping them out. When I first got my Beam central vacuum unit, it was bagless and after emptying that a couple of times I decided that I would either try to convert it to use bags or sell it for a cheap price. Fortunately converting it to use bags was very simple.

Post# 391859 , Reply# 12   5/11/2018 at 16:55 by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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I was going to say Rainbow, but realized something before I could... The Riccar RPU-C10!


Post# 391865 , Reply# 13   5/11/2018 at 17:33 by vacuumdevil (Denver)        
"central vacuum is best vacuum"

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@ Ultralux88 #CentralVacuumpropaganda

Post# 391868 , Reply# 14   5/11/2018 at 17:48 by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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I believe I said it best, when it comes time to open the kimono and get down to business, nothing beats a good set of flaps!

Post# 391874 , Reply# 15   5/11/2018 at 19:45 by niclonnic (Bonney Lake, WA)        

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The Fantom Fury! It was my family's first bagless vacuum. I believe we owned the 10 amp version which was sold on the infomercial. I've said it before and I'll say it again: We sadly had to get rid of it in the summer of 2001 upon moving to our current home.

For so many years, I searched for another Fantom Fury, but it had been unsuccessful until a few months ago; user electroluxxxx emailed me, stating that he had access to a few Fantom Furies and was more than willing to refurbish one for me. So I jumped right on it; following an exchange of emails and text messages, he refurbished a 12 amp Fantom Fury for me and shipped it to my house in March. Coincidentally, it arrived on St. Patrick's Day; on the day of good luck, I was finally reunited with my childhood vacuum cleaner!

I used the Fury as my daily driver, and then two weeks later, it died! The motor fried; I don't know what happened to it, considering that the Fantom, being an early dual-cyclonic vacuum, had a lot of dust pass through the motor. A month ago, I was cleaning my laminate floors and the vacuum worked perfectly fine, but then I tried using it on a rug, and it came on and promptly quit working. Now I have to mail the motor to electroluxxxx so he can fix it for me.

Enough rambling; here's a pic of it.

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Post# 391878 , Reply# 16   5/11/2018 at 22:46 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
My favorite bagless vacuum

McAllister Bagless!

Post# 391889 , Reply# 17   5/12/2018 at 09:38 by Dysonman1 (Missouri)        

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You are so correct Hans. How could I forget about the Mc Allister bag less? This one came from the late Clay Floyd's collection.

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Post# 391923 , Reply# 18   5/13/2018 at 13:20 by completenutt (West Hollywood, California)        

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UltraFlex.† Mostly for it's design/looks.† Haven't used it yet.

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Post# 391969 , Reply# 19   5/15/2018 at 03:16 by Tseg (World Traveller)        

Hereís my short list:

Post# 391975 , Reply# 20   5/15/2018 at 09:38 by kirbyvertibles (Independence, KS)        

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I am hoping to one day get a twin tt.

Tseg, omg that was pretty damn funny!

Post# 391978 , Reply# 21   5/15/2018 at 11:12 by completenutt (West Hollywood, California)        

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Post# 392117 , Reply# 22   5/19/2018 at 03:43 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

I am not a bagless vacuum fan-but the ones I have--are the Water Matics.Use a Rainbow on rare occasions.

Post# 392184 , Reply# 23   5/21/2018 at 21:06 by man114 (Buffalo NY)        

Rainbow and the Fantom Thunder.

While some other Fantoms were lackluster the Thunder (domestic, Vectron as well) were a tank of a vacuum.

Post# 392185 , Reply# 24   5/21/2018 at 21:17 by compactc9guy (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        
id say

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The Bissels clear-view bag less plus i had fora while was actually a good vac.
Of course if i were to get a bag less id go vintage whit filter queen or Rainbow

Post# 392189 , Reply# 25   5/22/2018 at 00:44 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Silver King.

Post# 392205 , Reply# 26   5/22/2018 at 15:20 by Electroluxxxx (Syracuse, NY )        
Mine is the eurekalux

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Ultra active... surprisingly for a bagless canister it has really good cyclonic action, seems to keep power for quite some time and not to mention it actually has airflow and quite a bit of it.

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Post# 392221 , Reply# 27   5/22/2018 at 23:27 by Mike811 (Finland)        

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Ultra active is great.
I had one years ago. I should never sold it. Later I bought UltraFlex and it was very good also. Powerful quiet and very nice to use.
Too bad I just sold it to my niece.

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Post# 392253 , Reply# 28   5/23/2018 at 12:59 by broomvac (N/A)        

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I have a tendency to later regret getting rid of some of my vacuums too, Mikko.

Post# 392276 , Reply# 29   5/24/2018 at 00:29 by Mike811 (Finland)        

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Yeah I have sold way too many nice vacuums. Although all those wouldn't fit in to my apartment anymore. Selling the Electrolux Ultra Active / Ultra Performer was a big mistake. It had massive 2100 watt motor. EU has now the new rules what prohibit from making more than 900 watt vacuums.

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Post# 392353 , Reply# 30   5/26/2018 at 05:48 by electromatik (Taylorsville, North Carolina, U.S.A.)        

On that blue Electrolux pic above, what is the blue stripe on the floor head? Is that just a colored strip or is it some sort of headlight? Just curious.

Post# 392364 , Reply# 31   5/26/2018 at 11:05 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
the Quantum

the Quantum is an awesome water vac, costs $500 in the United States and cleans every bit as well as water vacs costing 4 or 5 times that price, and it actually does one thing better than the Rainbow. With the current model Rainbow, when you fill up to the center post, the separator is not actually in the water so there is a gap before what you vacuum up hits the water. The Quantum actually holds more water and the vacuumed debris goes directly in to the water because the separator is always in contact with the water. Don't get me wrong, I like my Rainbow but Rexair could learn from the designs of some of the other water machines.

Post# 392368 , Reply# 32   5/26/2018 at 12:30 by Mike811 (Finland)        

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It's the powerhead light. Ph is the old (EU only) small ph. Now we have the full size Electrolux Paragon ph.

Post# 392601 , Reply# 33   5/31/2018 at 23:12 by titaniciscool (Nampa, ID)        

I love my Electrolux Ultracaptic, but I have to say my all time favorite bagless cleaner would be my Fantom Lightning. I love that machine!

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Post# 398458 , Reply# 34   9/19/2018 at 19:45 by broomvac (N/A)        

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Update: Not too long ago, I added to my bagless lineup a Fantom Cyclone XT. If the Thunder was good, the Cyclone XT is superb. It is a marked improvement over the Thunder. One can tell that Fantom really took the initiative to correct all that was annoying about the Thunder and make it not only more pleasant to use, but also a ton more convenient to service.

I am keeping an eye out for a Lightning and a Fury to complete my Fantom collection.

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Post# 398538 , Reply# 35   9/21/2018 at 09:07 by Mike811 (Finland)        

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My favorite is now AEG / Electrolux Precision.
It has massive airflow for a bagless vacuum (76 cfm from the nozzle), dual cyclone system keeps the pre motor filter clean a very long time.
Manual height adjustment + very long cable and hose. Fully sealed hepa filtration.

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Post# 398546 , Reply# 36   9/21/2018 at 13:35 by dysonman1 (Missouri)        
For those who say:

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Bags are Best. Well, except when they're not. Bagless vacuums can last decades. The world's first bagless vacuum that doesn't lose suction (Rexair model A) is close to a century old.

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Post# 398561 , Reply# 37   9/22/2018 at 03:01 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

Yes,bagless machines can last a long time if-----THE OWNER TAKES PROPER CARE OF IT!!!!Most owners throw away the instruction book with the box and MISUSE the vacuum.In this instance it won't last long!!

Post# 398723 , Reply# 38   9/24/2018 at 22:23 by Rivstg1 (colorado springs)        
Tolivac,exceedingly true

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Comment, Iíd bet itís unusual owner, who is NOT a collector/afficiendado, who actually takes care of their vacuum , they are NOT the norm

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