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Synthetic or paper bags, which one is better
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Post# 441839   5/15/2021 at 17:12 by Adam-aussie-vac ( Canberra, Australia )        

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Hey guys, Iíve got a question for you which one is better, synthetic or paper bags? I always thought synthetic bags always had more airflow compared to paper bags, is this true or is my logic wrong

Post# 441840 , Reply# 1   5/15/2021 at 17:29 by Lesinutah (Utah)        

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Synthetic bags provide great airflow and trap dirt. Paper has tendency to have fine dirt get past the bag and clog filters etc. There are many synthetic bags made from various woven products.

Post# 441848 , Reply# 2   5/15/2021 at 19:46 by Thevacomaticiec (Bathurst Canada NB)        

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I agree thats o ne o f the reason i run the envirocare bags in my TristarCXL and Compact C9 .Less fine dust on the cloth bags and motor fitler .I should get some for my Electrolux zb89 e as well .But yes double layer syntetic bags is sooo much better and dont clog as fast to .

Post# 441850 , Reply# 3   5/15/2021 at 20:45 by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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World of difference with my Silverado. Last 3-4? Times longer and no dust smell👍

Post# 441854 , Reply# 4   5/15/2021 at 21:12 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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I prefer synthetic bags if they are available for the vacuum. Allergen micro paper bags work ok too if not.

Also buying online can get some decent deals on synthetic I've found.

Post# 441858 , Reply# 5   5/15/2021 at 23:44 by MadMan (Chicago, IL, USA)        

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I think it might just depend on the quality of the paper bag.

Post# 441866 , Reply# 6   5/16/2021 at 03:14 by huskyvacs (Indiana)        

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MadMan is right - there are so many different types of filtration levels of bags you have to look at what is available, and also companies can be shady or deceptive with their bag advertising so keep your eyes open when comparing bags.
I would not dismiss paper bags outright, just have to watch what you're buying and use what is best for your home.

HEPA bags are a world of difference better, and if you're using them in vintage machines you only run seldomly, they will last forever.

Paper bags, they really all depend on the company making them, and the price point of the bag. Some can be really good and fibrous which can catch a lot of fine dust and sediment, others are literally just a paper lunch bag.

Shop Vac's paper bags are pretty good at both odor control and filtration, but that's expected from a vacuum sold as a utility tool for debris pickup.

Mitsubishi of Japan has some really nice charcoal lined multi-layered bags for their Japanese cleaners that are pretty high rated at dust and odor control - but only available in Japan for Japanese market vacuums sadly.

Today most companies are struggling to keep bagged vacuums relevant so you're lucky to even find bags for vintage vacuums as new stock anymore in various bag filtration types for each vacuum. My local hardware store stopped selling Kirby bags recently, and their entire stock of bags dropped down to maybe supporting 4 vacuums down from about 15 just 6 years ago.

Post# 441868 , Reply# 7   5/16/2021 at 04:53 by Adam-aussie-vac ( Canberra, Australia )        
Oh wow

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We can still get vacuum cleaner bags for Hoover seniors and stuff like that here, Hereís an example from a company called Cleanstar

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Post# 441875 , Reply# 8   5/16/2021 at 15:09 by Blackheart (North Dakota)        
oh definitely

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Synthetics! I use them in any machine I can get them for, they generally increase your airflow, provide better filtration keeping your other components cleaner, clog up slower compared to paper. The only downsides to them are cost and the environmental effects due to them generally being made of a plastic material.

Post# 441896 , Reply# 9   5/17/2021 at 10:38 by human (Pines of Carolina)        
Good quality paper bags work fine for me.

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I'm such a cheapskate, I just buy the multi-ply paper bags in bulk. I can generally find them for 65 cents to a dollar each and I really have any problems with them. I've never noticed any excessive fine dust and I've never had one burst. That said, I recently acquired a Kirby Sentria that came with about a half dozen HEPA bags so there is a possibility they will make a convert of me--maybe. We'll see.

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