For anyone on a budget, the best cheap vacuum is a good place to look. In this review, we aren’t going to pick the cheapest options available.
Instead, we list out those that are inexpensive. Yet, are worth the money you spend on them.
Thus, the items are a step up from the cheapest models. But, you get better quality products to choose from.
We prefer this price range for inexpensive vacuum cleaners because you not only get more options but also get better products to choose from.
To give you a basic idea of what you can get.
- The best vacuums under $100 include a number of solid upright vacuums. The products here also let you clean hard floors and carpets effectively.
- The best vacuums $50 meanwhile mostly consist of stick and handheld vacuums. There are a few canisters there as well. These work well for cleaning small spaces because they don’t have a lot of power.
Thus, our picks are cheap, but not too cheap that they end up being worthless after a few uses.
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Our Top Pick. This is an affordable all-around vacuum cleaner that works well for most homes. It cleans different types of surfaces including hard floors and carpets. The unit is likewise equipped with a 6 foot long hose attachment that lets you easily clean stairs and upholstery.
Do note that the device is designed more for low pile carpets. It does have a head height adjustment switch which lets you use it on higher, taller carpets as well.
Something else worth noting is that the brush roll does not have an on and off switch like the ones you see in more expensive models. This means you’ll need to remember to lift the head height when cleaning bare floors like hardwood, laminate or tile. This ensures that the brush head doesn’t scratch the floor’s surface.
The Bissell 9595A offers good suction power. This is thanks to its 12 amp motor. In addition, its multi-cyclonic system also helps improve suction by making air flow more efficient.
As with most vacuums today, this is a bagless unit. This makes it more convenient and less costly over the long term. You do get a good sized dirt container at 2.2 liters. Though some people find this a bit small especially if you have a good amount of space at home.
Overall, this is a very good cheap vacuum. It covers most homeowners’ needs as far as vacuuming. It is able to clean different floor types and lets you vacuum above floor as well.
Our Choice for Cheap Canister. The Eureka Mighty Mite is a canister vacuum that offers good suction and reach. At 16.5 inches long, 9 inches wide and 11 inches tall it is fairly compact. You also don’t have to wrestle with its weight since it weighs just under 9 pounds.
Note that this is a bagged vacuum cleaner. This means that you’ll need to replace the dust bags when they get full. The design makes it more efficient in trapping dirt and easier to dispose of after. The downside is having to purchase vacuum bags to replace them.
The Eureka Mighty Mite is a multipurpose tool combining both vacuum and blower features.
The blower can be accessed on the back side of the unit. This lets you save on having to buy another tool for blowing leaves and other things from your driveway or yard.
The suction power comes from its 12 amp motor. You get a 7 foot long hose and 20 foot cord for maneuverability.
The Mighty Mite excels in hardwood and flat surfaces. It also works very well for short carpets. In these surfaces it comes close to the much more expensive Miele canister vacuums, which rank among the best.
Because it doesn’t come with a power brush, it isn’t too effective which high pile or thicker carpets. Without the brush to agitate and loosen dirt particles, the device struggles and becomes noisier.
That said, we do like that it is very easy to use. The design is simple making installing and replacing the dust bags easy for users.
Overall, this is a good affordable canister vacuum. If your home has a lot of flat surfaces, stairs or low carpets, it will work very well for you.
For Hard Floors and Pet Hair. At this price range, this is our top choice for pet owners. The unit is specifically designed to pick up pet hair around the home. Its cleaning head comes in a V-shape that draws in the dirt and fur making it easier for the vacuum’s suction to pick them up.
Also, the bottom of the head is equipped with soft rubber attachments. This addition helps catch more wayward dog or cat hair so you don’t need to keep making several passes to pick them up.
Do note that this is a lightweight unit. As such, it is better suited for light to medium workloads. It can definitely handle bigger areas, though it does take more time.
Another thing worth noting is that this stick vacuum is meant for use in hard floors only. It isn’t designed for carpets or rugs, which can limit its practicality if your home has these floor types.
Overall, this is an effective, lightweight pet vacuum. It is inexpensive and very easy to use. It does have its limitations. It doesn’t do carpets well and it isn’t the most ideal for larger spaces.
The Hoover Linx is a lightweight rechargeable vacuum cleaner. It runs on battery power. The difference between its power source and other cordless vacuums is you can put in and remove the battery anytime.
This feature lets you get more than one battery to extend it run time. All you need to do is charge the other battery while you’re using the vacuum. Once the current battery is used up, place it on the charger and use the other one that was charging.
Other cordless vacuum cleaners have their battery inside the device. This forces you to stop vacuuming when recharging the battery.
Besides the good 18 volt lithium ion battery, we also like the Linx’s overall performance. When it comes to suction, it comes close to the much more expensive Dyson V6 Motorhead. You also get a Hoover’s WindTunnel technology which keeps collected dirt in the device and improves suction ability.
The Linx comes with a brush roll that can be turned on or off as needed. This lets it clean both hard floors and carpets.
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