I used to buy bagless vacuums all the time. Every year I had to get a new one because they either burned out or just shut down. I thought they were better for the air quality in my home. I recently switched over to this vacuum and I am happy I did. I have a dog who sheds a lot and a cat. I am vacuuming at least three or four times a week. When I used to use the bagless vacuums, every time I emptied them I felt like half the dirt, dust, and dog and cat hair would fly up in the air. I feel like I'm breathing in some of that junk. I switched to this vacuum and all that junk that gets sucked up is in the bag and it all goes right in the garbage and not in the air. I can use it all over the house. It picks up all the animal hair and crumbs from the kids. Good vacuum for people with pets and kids.