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Paper Vacuum Cleaner Bags can be a bit of a chore, but depending on which vacuum you have! Numatic & Vax Vacuums have always suffered with paper dust bags because with Henry, the Paper Bags are had to fit & tear easily but with Vax they burst under the pressure of the airflow from the motor. Miele Vacuums have been making Synnthetic Vacuum Bags for years but as they're cleaners are really expensive (as are the bags) they do last & last & don't have tears or cuts if you suck up glass or a sharp substance. About 6 years ago Menalux (owned by Electrolux) started making Synthetic Triple Layer Dust Bags for many models of Upright & Cylinder, claiming they lasted longer by up to 15% & gives better suction. Only in 2008 did Numatic start to produce fabric bags that are much easier to put on rather than the Paper Triple Layer Equivalent. But Still, many vacuum cleaners out there can't be fitted with Synthetic bags but good news for them as now you can buy Synthetic Universal dust bags from many branches of Wilkinsons (Wilkos) if Syntheitc bags for your machine are unavailable.
In my opinion I find that Bagged Machines are far healthier than Bagless Vacuum Cleaners though because you have to wait for a calm day to empty a dust container or face having to vacuum up the dust & dirt you've just tried & failed to put in the bin. I do think that spending £3-£4 on a pack of Dust Bags is much better than having dust blown in your eyes! Having said that, putting Dust Bags in a Henry is a chore, but not any more!
When Numatic Hepa-Flo dust bags first came onto the scene 4 years ago, they were available at Makro for £2.50 + VAT for a box of 10. (For those of you who don't know, Makro is a wholesale outlet) But now they are available in electrical stores & online for around £10 for a box of 10, but sometimes you can find them cheaper on places like eBay or Gumtree if you're lucky. Qualtex, make copy Hepa-Flo's which are cheaper (around £5 for 10) & they seem to do a good job compared to these Genuine Hepa-Flo's.
The box they come in have a list of Models on the side which these bags will fit. These bags will fit Henry, Hetty & Harry, Henry Micro/Turbo/Xtra, & Charles & George but they have bigger versions of these Hepa-Flo Bags which are like the size of Pillowcases! These dust bags will also fit Small Cleancare models too. Using in my 13 Year Old Henry Vacuum Cleaner you can smell the difference in the air between using these & the Paper Equivalent that they are working, sealing in the bad smells of rotting dust & dirt in the bags as I only change the bag around twice a year! Numatic do claim that these offer 30% extra Filtration & I do feel that this claim is true as the room dosent smell of Stale dust anymore.
The thing I love about these the most is that how easy they are to put on the dirt channel & take off! Unlike Paper bags where you have to be careful or otherwise face the bag tearing & rendering useless these are worth their weight in Gold! The paper bags have a Cardboard collar & a rubber membrane seal which is very tough to get on but once on they stay on until you have to yank them off! The Hepa-Flo bags have a plastic grig with a bigger hole with a thin rubber membrane allowing them to slide on to the dirt channel & stay on during use, until about 6 months later when they also just slide off with minimal effort. A tab attached to the green grid is designed to turn around & cover up the hole so no dust can escape. This is good idea considering with the old Paper Bags when you had finally ploughed it off you had a cloud of dust escaping as it hit the other side of the dust container meaning its like bagless but with a lot less dust! This is where these Hepa-Flo bags are good too as they are so simple to put on & take off.
The one & only one problem I find with them is unlike the Paper Equivalent, these don't fill the entire space of the dust container. Paper Bags as they fill, make like a circle, forming the shape of the dirt container, whereas with these Hepa-Flo bags they only fill the middle of the dirt container thus meaning that the other space is left alone. I feel that this space is wasted as the Hepa-Flo bags could expand a bit more but anyway they still hold the same Capacity of the Paper Bags (9 Litres).
For £10 you are getting very strong & very long lasting dust bags that mirror the same capacity as the Paper Equivalent, are very easy to put on & take off & keep in bad odours of Stale Dust, Ped Odour etc. So, if you want to treat your Numatic Vacuum, then get some of these today! Copyright BrookieFan99 2012
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We purchasec these bags for our Henry Hoover from Macro. We paid £2.50 plus VAT for a pack of 10.
The 10 bags come packed in a box which is good as it means that they do not keep falling out in your cupboard once the packet has been opened (unlike plastic bag packaging).
I cannot believe the quailty of these bags. I would class them more like a material than the heavy cardboard / paper that most bags are made up from. You can get so much in each bag and I am sure that you could even empty them and re-use them again if you really needed too (I have'nt tried so please don't blame me if it goes wrong!).
These bags also fit the hoover like a dream. The rubber seal is easy enough to stretch onto the pipe bit in the hoover but also tight enough to stop any hoovered up items spilling into the actual hoover drum.
They are also really easy to remove without spilling the contents onto your floor to have to be rehoover and like mentioned before because of the quility of these bags there is little chance they will split unlike some other brands I have tried.
When it comes to paper dust bags for bagged vacuum cleaners, most shoppers wouldn't be able to tell the difference between copy versions and genuine parts let alone bags that promise to seal in the dirt and odour thanks to extra layers or have seals that come with the bags to ensure no dust leakage once they are taken out of the machine. Whilst a few manufacturers have been producing the humble dust paper bag, a few brands have started to copy Miele who have been making material disposable dust bags for years that cover all the same promises but also don't burst or tear upon contact making the art of disposing of dust a healthier proposition. Synthetic bags seem to be a newer kind of substance that has more of a trusting nature universally whilst claiming to last longer by 10 to 15%. The material/synthetic bag however is usually higher in price, even though some companies such as UniFit make bargain copy material bags that do the same job at a quarter of the price. However, whilst UniFit are a company who produce millions of copy dust bags, filters and belts for vacuum cleaners, their soft material bags are not always available for every vacuum cleaner.
Miele have been making genuine branded material dust bags for years, promising to lock in the dust, odours and allergens with the help along the way of the filter built into their vacuum cleaners. As a result it's only been this year that other manufacturers are starting to catch on with synthetic type dust bags and the use of the HEPA filter to combat allergens and dust odour as opposed to paper dust bags and secondary filters on the machines. First there was Bosch who copied Miele's material bag for their BS series of cylinder vacuums, then Electrolux who fitted the same type of synthetic bag to their bargain budget Powerlite upright vacuum as well as the Eco Vac. Now however Numatic have hopped on the gravy train of filtration giving the owners something cleaner than disposable paper bags as well as offering stronger filtration effiiciency and dust sealage.
Unlike Sebo, Miele and others who use similar fabric/cloth properties for high filtration bags, the HEPA-FLO bags can be used in any Numatic model that picks up dry dirt only. Although they are supposed to be used purely only in the Numatic Henry model shown on the back of its large green packaging and white wording, since "Hetty," "James," "Basil," "Edward," and "George" are all based around the same model, the bags can actually be used on all of these models - and they don't need a HEPA filter on the same vacuum to offer odourless dust disposal. Numatic claim that these synthetic material bags offer 30% extra filtration over the standard paper bags; quite a claim so how do they perform?
In use in my James model I found a marked difference of filtration, the odours of monthly dust and pet hair odour kept to a minimum, similar to the kind of performance from my Sebo vacuums and Miele even though they have HEPA filters fitted as standard and suction is still as strong as ever. Infact over the justification of keeping my little Sebo K1 on for another year, there makes little difference in keeping this model for the easier to maintain and bigger dirt capacities offered on the Numatic model. Not just concerning dust disposal, the standard filter on my James model reveals a cleaner smell to the air even though it doesn't have a High Efficiency Particulate Air filter, it does make a good attempt of masking odours with the HEPA FLO bag installed compared to the old faithful paper dust bag.
The HEPA FLO bags are available from John Lewis at a cost of £6-00 for 10 bags. Each bag has the same paper capacity of the paper dust bags - so you're not missing anything out here and rewarded with 7 to 9 capable litres of dirt in one bag. Infact the only downside to these bags are the fact that they are not available everywhere and are slowly coming on the market even though EBay sell copy items that have ironically just come on the market for sale too. Over the dust bags general performance is still the same - the suction from the bag is just as strong as my James model is with a paper dust bag. However some Numatic models - Henry models in particular that have the 1200 watt motor - have a tendency to allow paper dust bags to burst creating a lot of mess and a lot of dust to clear up once the machine has been opened up.
Well, of course being made of material and white in colour, the HEPA Flow bags minimise bursting open. Thanks to their green grids and rubber seals, they are also extremely easier to put onto the dust channel mouth that leads to James' nose - I found it a lot easier to put on these bags than the paper ones which can be a bit of a trial and patience due to their card collars compared to the green plastic on these bags. Once they are ready to be taken out, there is also a handy seal cap located on the green grid of the bag collar and can be pushed over the hole for complete dust sealage.
However if there is one advantage of these material bags over the paper dust bags, then it simply must be down to the fact that when it comes to odour sealage the HEPA FLO bags retain the smells. In terms of pet hair for example which can make an awful stench from the paper bags unless you have the additional HEPA filter ring fitted to your Numatic model, there really isn't any other way you can escape the smell of rotting oily pet hair. However the HEPA FLO bags change this downside; whilst it is possible to perfume the filter of your own choice, the material bags hold back pet hair odour which is a great welcome against not owning a default Numatic pet HEPA filter. Over the cost of £20 to £30 for a HEPA filter ring, these material bags are worth the £6 in lieu of using with the standard filter supplied by Numatic and 10 are included in the box. Strong and very long lasting, they make an ideal bag for owners fed up with smelly paper bags in their Numatic cylinder vacuums as well as prolonging the use of just one bag. Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2008
Product code: 85662102
Pack of 10 NVM / 1C dust bags offering improved filtration for all types of Numatic Henry vacuum cleaners