Are HEPA vacuum filters really better than normal filters? At Goettl’s High Desert Mechanical, we get this question a lot, so we decided to let Consumer Reports weigh in. This question was asked by Dillon Yanick of Seattle, WA.

“I’ve noticed that HEPA filters are advertised as being better than normal filters for new vacuum cleaners. Are they really better, and is it worth it to buy a vacuum that has one?”

Consumer Reports: If you’re concerned about a vacuum’s emissions, buying one with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter is a good choice. But many vacuums without one are just as good. Check our vacuum Ratings and choose a model that scored well for emissions. Two that fit the bill are the Kenmore Elite 21814 and the Panasonic MC-CG937—both bagged canister models. For more information on vacuum cleaners check our extensive vacuum buying guide and watch our video below.

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