Best vacuum storage bags for storing clothes, bedding, cushions and curtains
Do you have an endless amount of hand-me-down clothes that you just don't know where to store? If so, vacuum storage bags may be just what you need. They allow you to store clothes, bedding, cushions, curtains and more, while reducing their volume by up to 80%, saving you valuable space
Vacuum storage bags may be that kind of product you never knew you needed. If you have piles of clothes you're waiting for your child to grow into or perhaps you're planning on having another child and don't want to throw away your first child's clothing, you may not know where to keep it all.
They're also great for storing bedding, curtains or anything else which you may not be currently using but want to keep for future use. Vacuum storage bags aim to reduce the volume of their contents by around 80%. They're super easy to use too, you just put whatever you like in there and either use a pump, any vacuum, including your regular cordless vacuum or handheld vacuum to extract all the air.
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Best vacuum storage bags at a glance
- Best vacuum storage bags for jumpers: Spacesaver Premium Vacuum Storage Bags, £13.49
- Best vacuum storage bags for duvets: Lakeland Vacuum Clothes and Duvet Storage Tote Bag Jumbo 87L, £26.99
- Best extra large vacuum storage bags: Compactor Vacuum Storage Bag 210L, £25
- Best patterned vacuum storage bags: YAAVAAW Medium Vacuum Storage Bags, £7.99
- Best budget vacuum storage bags: Wilko Vacuum Sealed Storage Bags 2 Sizes: £6
- Best vacuum storage bags for hanging clothes: SGerste Vacuum Storage Bags for Clothes, £12.99
- Best vacuum storage bags for a variety of sizes: Variety 8 Pack Space Max Premium Space Saver Vacuum Storage Bags, £20.99
- Best roll-up vacuum storage bags: Packmate Roll Up Travel Bag, £12.99
What to consider when choosing vacuum storage bags
Size – Depending on what you wish to store, you will need different sized bags. A rough guide when choosing the size is small works well for baby clothes, medium can fit clothes, including jumpers but not bedding. Large is ideal for big bulky clothes, towels, curtains and some bedding. Extra large works well for duvets, pillows, towels and curtains but is not big enough for king-size duvets. Jumbo can fit multiple duvets including king-size as well as lots of other things too. This is a rough guide and each brand is slightly different in sizes.
Quantity – If you have lots to store and want to keep it all separated, then instead of buying one jumbo bag and putting it all in, you may want to buy a pack that contain multiple so you can easily sort through and keep your clothes separated
Variety – For storing different things, from babygrows to king-size duvets, you will need different sized bags. Most packs come in the same size but there are a few options listed where there are a variety of sizes in one pack.
Vacuum or roll-up – If you're travelling you can get a vacuum storage bag that comes with a little handheld pump which you can pack with you in your case. Alternatively, if you don't want to pack a pump then you can get roll-up bags which don't require a pump or vacuum – you just extract the air by rolling it out.
Our pick of the best vacuum storage bags
1. Spacesaver Premium Vacuum Storage Bags, £13.49
– Best for jumpers
Size: Medium 71cm x 51cm (8-10 jumpers) | Quantity: 5
These vacuum storage bags are ideal for storing jumpers or larger items of clothing. You get 5 medium sized bags, each bag has a suggested capacity of 8-10 jumpers.
They claim to reduce the original volume by 80%. The bags have a double-zip seal and triple-seal turbo valve which aims to get all the air out and allow none back in.
You can use the bags with any vacuum or, you can use the free travel pump which comes included with the bags. This is great, as it means you can use the vacuum bags for packing when travelling.
Home tester Luke said, "I have used quite a few brands in the past but just use Space Saver now, they seem to be the only ones that don't rip at the valve and stay sealed. They also come with a handy hand pump as my cordless vac will shut off when it thinks it's jammed when using them this is a good addition to finish off getting the last bit of air out."
Pros: Good size for jumpers and larger clothing, double-zip seal, triple-seal turbo valve, compatible with any vacuum, comes with travel pump
Cons: All one size, may not be suitable for larger items e.g. duvets/cushions
Available from: Amazon
2. Lakeland Vacuum Clothes and Duvet Storage Tote Bag Jumbo 87L, £26.99
– Best for duvets
Size: Jumbo (king-size duvet and 4 pillows) 65cm x 50cm | Quantity: 1
If you have lots of bedding, or perhaps you have a winter duvet and a summer duvet you need to store away, then this jumbo vacuum bag is great.
Home tester Jen uses Lakeland vacuum storage bags to store her kids clothes while she waits for them to be passed down and highly recommends them.
It fits approximately a king-size duvet and 4 pillows and have easy-carry handles to help you put it up in the loft or grab it from under the bed.
The vacuum bag also has a handy viewing window so if you have multiple bags, you can easily identify which bag is storing what.
Lakeland offer a 3-year guarantee if you have any issues with this product.
Pros: Extra large for duvets and bedding, easy-carry handles, viewing window, 3-year guarantee
Cons: Larger to store than other vacuum bags, does not come with pump
Available from: Lakeland
3. Compactor Vacuum Storage Bag 210L, £25
– Best for extra large
Size: Extra large 240cm x 220cm (multiple duvets and pillows) | Quantity: 1
This vacuum storage bag is similar to the Lakeland one. However, it has a much bigger capacity, 210L, compared to 87L. This means, if you have lots of bedding or cushions then this may be a better option as you will be able to store more in one bag.
The vacuum bag comes in a semi-rigid storage box with handles and aims to save you 75% more space.
Pros: Extra large, comes with semi-rigid storage bag, handles
Cons: Large to store, does not come with pump
Available from: John Lewis
4. YAAVAAW Medium Vacuum Storage Bags, £7.99
– Best for patterned
Size: Medium (70cm x 50cm) | Quantity: 4
Patterned vacuum storage bags make it easier to identity the different bags. It's a good idea if you're storing children's clothes you're waiting for the next child to grow into. You could store each size of clothing in different patterned bags so you know which one is which, without having to take a look inside.
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These vacuum storage bags are made of antibacterial materials and protect your clothing from dust, bugs, insects, odour, mould, water and moisture. They have a double zipper seal and triple turbocharger valve.
They aim to reduce the volume by around 80%. You can use the manual inflation pump which comes with it – making it great for travel – an automatic pump or any vacuum cleaner to suck out all the air.
Pros: Patterned, antibacterial, double zipper seal, triple turbocharger valve, comes with pump
Cons: May not be suitable for larger items e.g. duvets/cushions, all one size
Available from: Amazon
5. Wilko Vacuum Sealed Storage Bags 2 Sizes, £6
– Best budget buy
Size: Medium (70cm x 40cm), small (60cm x 38cm) | Quantity: 1x medium, 1 x small
You don't need to spend a lot to store your clothes away. For smaller clothing, these Wilko vacuum storage bags would do you just fine.
They protect from damp, dust, mites and moisture and have an easy-slide zip seal. They aim to reduce the volume by around 4 times.
You get 1 medium bag and 1 small bag for storing different sized clothing.
You can use any vacuum to extract the air out of the vacuum bags.
Pros: Good budget option, 2 sizes, easy-slide zip
Cons: Quite small bags, does not come with pump
Available from: Wilko
6. SGerste Vacuum Bags for Clothes, £12.99
– Best for hanging clothes
Size: Large (67cm x 110cm)| Quantity: 4
If you have fancy dresses or coats you don't want crumpled in a box then hanging vacuum storage bags may be just what you need.
You get 4 large hanging compression bags and a manual pump. The bags are soft, elastic, durable, heat-resistant and waterproof so should protect your clothes while hanging at the back of the wardrobe.
You can use the pump included or any vacuum cleaner to extract all the air out of the bags through the leak-proof valve.
The built-in 2-way hanging buckle allows you to hang multiple items of clothing from one storage bag.
Pros: Can hang the storage bags, protects clothes, comes with pump, can hang multiple items in 1 bag
Cons: Only suitable for hangable items
Available from: Amazon
7. Variety 8 Pack Space Max Premium Space Saver Vacuum Storage Bags, £20.99
– Best for variety of sizes
Size: Small (60cm x 40cm), medium (71cm x 51cm), large (61cm x 81cm), jumbo (100cm x 76cm)| Quantity: x2 small, x 2 medium, x2 large, x2 jumbo
These are very similar to the Space Saver bags, but come in a variety of sizes so are great for storing pretty much anything from babygrows to duvets and cushions.
In the set you get 2 small bags, 2 medium bags, 2 large bags and 2 jumbo bags and a pump, making the whole kit excellent value.
They claim to reduce the volume by up to 80% with their double-zip seal and triple-seal turbo valve.
Home tester Amy uses them to store clothes the next size up for her children and said, "They are super easy to seal, have an air lock type seal so no air gets in between removing the hoover and putting the cap on and they haven't let any air in over time."
To extract the air, you can use the pump included or any vacuum cleaner.
Pros: Multiple sizes, lots of bags, pump included, excellent value, double-zip seal, easy to seal, triple-seal turbo valve
Available from: Amazon
8. Packmate Roll Up Travel Bag, £12.99
– Best for roll-up
Size: Medium (50cm x 40cm)| Quantity: 2
If you don't want to use a vacuum or a pump, then roll-up bags such as these are also great, especially for packing.
These roll-up bags claim to reduce the volume in the bag by up to 75%. To compress, all you have to do is roll and press the bag, so there's no need to get the vacuum or pump which you might not have when travelling.
They have a white slider to securely seal the bag – it's recommended to slide the seal 4 times to ensure it's airtight.
The bags are waterproof, mould resistant, keep bugs, moisture, odour and dust locked out.
Pros: Don't need a vacuum or pump, good for travelling
Cons: May not be as compressed as vacuum bag, not suitable for larger items e.g. duvets/cushions
Available from: Amazon
How did we choose our 10 of the Best?
When testing and selecting the best vacuum storage bags, we considered, size, variety, ease of use and value.
Our 10 of the Best lists are compiled by qualified and experienced parenting journalists. They rely on a number of sources, including our independent reviews, testing undertaken during the MadeForMums Awards, and feedback from our home testing panel and Top Testers Club. Each year thousands of products are put through their paces by hundreds of parents across the country on behalf of MadeForMums, to ensure we’re bringing you honest and true reviews and recommendations.
Our list is not an ordered ranking from 1-10, instead it is a carefully selected group of tried-and-tested products, each of which we believe is best for a different situation or requirement. We don't just tell you what is best, we help you discover what is best for your family.
Chloe is a Digital Reviews Writer and Coordinator for Immediate Media's Parenting team, specialising in household and trying to help parents save money. She researches and writes articles, recommending the best products, ranging from best cordless vacuums to best playpens. She has a First-Class Honours Psychology degree where she developed a strong interest in child development. During her teenage years she worked as a play worker and Brownie volunteer to support children's play.
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