Vacuum cleaners: Vacuum cleaner parts and spares Vacuum bags
Vacuum bags - like vacuum cleaners - come in a range of shapes, sizes and types. If you've got a bagged vacuum cleaner you'll need a ready supply of compatible vacuum bags to load into your vacuum cleaner to collect dirt and dust.
While bagless vacuum cleaners from the likes of Dyson and Panasonic offer a modern alternative to vacuum cleaner bags, bagged vacs are still a popular choice with households. Bagged vacuum cleaners offer a hygienic and allergy-friendly way of doing the vacuuming, as the bag securely holds all the collected dust.
Our top-rated bagged vacuum cleaners are easy to change when full and don't need changing too frequently.
On the downside, vacuum cleaner bags are an extra expense and an extra piece of maintenance for your machine - but shopping around and buying in bulk can help to keep costs down.
Vacuum cleaner bags
If your vacuum cleaner isn't picking dust up as effectively as usual, check to see if your vacuum cleaner bag needs replacing.
How frequently you'll need to replace a vacuum bag will depend on how often you vacuum, the size of your home and whether you have pets or a large family.
It might seem all too obvious, but it's important to make sure you use the correct vacuum cleaner bag for your vacuum cleaner. Vacuum bag packs usually include a list of compatible vacuum cleaner serial numbers on their packaging, so check before you buy. Your vacuum cleaner's model number will be on the vac itself, and in the instruction manual.
Vacuum cleaner bag shops
Vacuum cleaner bags are available to buy from independent electrical stores and chains such as Comet and large supermarkets, as well as online. Online outlets such as Amazon, eBay, Espares, Partmaster and Partsmaster are good sources of low-cost bags for a range of brands - starting from a couple of pounds for a pack of five bags.
You'll also be able to buy vacuum bags directly from the manufacturer - consult our individual Dyson spares, Electrolux spares and Hoover spares pages for specific information on these popular brands and our list of vacuum cleaner spares contacts.
Fitting a vacuum bag
Properly fitting the vacuum bag is also essential to ensure optimal vacuum cleaner performance. Removing the old bag and fitting a new one can be fiddly and messy - but our Best Buy bagged vacuum cleaners are all easy to change.
Vacuum cleaner models differ, but you'll usually need to remove the outer casing of your vac, unclip the old bag and clip in the new one, ensuring the bag fits securely over the hose section of the vac. Handle the bags carefully to avoid ripping and make sure the bag doesn't get caught when you shut the vacuum cleaner again.