Dear Home Ec 101,
I admit I wanted one of those – a bagless vacuum cleaner! What an amazing idea! No thought was given to what I was going to do with the container full of dust and debris. I’ve figured out that dumping out the junk is fairly easy – although many people including myself dislike the cloud of who-knows-what that comes from dumping days’ worth of stuff sitting in the canister. What I can’t figure out, nor find online, is how the heck to clean the filter. Everything says, “clean the filter,” but then I see, “don’t touch the filter.” How does one clean the filter of a bagless vac? I’m pretty confident I’m getting lower performance because the filter is, um, gross. (The same can be said for my hand vac but I’ll be satisfied today with knowing how to clean the filter on my less-than-a-year-old hoover.)
*Update for Autumn of 2016* I purchased a Bissell Pet Hair Eraser in July. The filters are easier to access than the Dyson and after almost 3 months of use in a home with a dog and my long hair, I have no need to clear the beater bar of hair. I cannot immediately see what the brush has done differently, but it does not collect hair and I am thrilled with this. The dust canister is also very easy to empty without getting dust everywhere. Currently, it’s $200 cheaper than a Dyson, so it’s the clear winner for this busy household.
*Update for Fall of 2020* The Bissell lasted four years, which isn’t too bad, but I am tired of regularly replacing appliances. Over the last three years, I did some research, including an incredibly interesting ask me anything thread on Reddit by a vacuum repair person. I knew that my Bissell would not last forever so I began saving for a Miele as recommended in that thread. It is not a bagless vacuum, but it IS very well made with two filters and I do not see myself going back. We have a stick vacuum for quick sweeping type cleanups for the hardwood and linoleum, and I don’t mind the dirt cup on that. (That’s also the chore I assign to the teenagers)
I did have a refurbished Dyson that ran well for six years, which was a good run.
*Hey, refurbished was half the price of new.