When you’re looking for the cheapest cleaning appliance available, the best vacuum under $50 is where it’s at.
The good news is that there’s a lot of products available at this price. The bad news is you’ll need to do more due diligence to get a quality product.
You do have to temper your expectations though. As the saying goes, “you get what you pay for.” For the most part, you aren’t going to get the same quality suction, construction and accessories as those in more expensive units.
But, they’re good enough to clean your home.
Our list and reviews below are the top choices available when you’re on a tight budget.
Our Picks: Top Options for under $50
- Dirt Devil Vacuum Cleaner Dynamite Plus M084650 RED
- Bissell Zing Bagged Canister Vacuum 4122
- Dirt Devil Vacuum Cleaner Simpli-Stik SD20000RED
- VonHaus 2-in-1 Corded Upright Stick & Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
- Dirt Devil SD20505 Power Air
What to Expect at Under $50
Here are a few things to be aware of at this price range.
- Upright Vacuums: There are very few available. Most uprights run at around $70 or above. The few that you’ll find are lightweight and pack less suction that your standard upright. But, they do give you more suction and accessories compared to regular stick models.
- Canister Vacuums: Here you get quite a few options. If you need suction power and want to keep costs at under $50, this is the best place to look. Many are lightweight and more compact compared to the mid-range and high end canisters. But, they do a great job.
- Stick Vacuums: You’ll find a lot of stick vacuums at this price range. These are a great choice if you live in an apartment or need to clean a small space. They’ll work fine for medium to large areas. But, it will take more time and effort on your part.
- Handheld Vacuums: Handhelds are also plenty at under $50. If you’re looking for better quality ones, you’ll find them closer to the $40 and $50 range.
Best Vacuum under $50 Reviews
Upright Vacuum. Dirt Devil’s Dynamite Plus is one of the few upright vacuums that come in at under $50. It’s a popular choice not only because of the price, but also because it offers a number of useful features.
This is a lightweight unit, at under 10 lbs. It also comes with an extension hose that makes it easier to clean furniture, stairs and messes off the ground.
The device is fairly compact. Plus it comes with a handle that can be pushed down to reduce the size of the vacuum. This makes it easier to store away in the closet or storage space.
For those harder to reach areas, the device also includes 3 tools you can attach. These are the:
- Crevice tool
- Dusting brush
- Extension wand
Finally, this bagless vacuum comes with a removable dust bin which lets you easily dump the dirt into the trash can.
Overall, this is a very affordable vacuum cleaner that works well on various surfaces, including hard floors and carpets. It has good suction and easily beats out stick vacuums as far as this aspect goes.
Canister (Bagged). For homeowners who live in 2 or 3 story homes, this canister vacuum cleaner may be a better option. The unit is more suited for anyone who has a lot to clean besides floors. It is also ideal if you want something easier to carry.
The Bissell Zing 4122 is another lightweight unit. It is much easier to carry than the Dirt Devil above because of the shape and handle position.
Aside from being a canister device, this product is also a bagged vacuum. That means that it needs a dust bag in order to work. The dust bag does make cleaning more efficient. It also keeps any collected dirt particles from escaping the vacuum and recirculating into the air. The compromise here is the cost or replacing the bags when they get full.
As with canister vacuums, power isn’t always comparable with upright units. This is due to the suction power that’s lost while it travels through the longer hose. It works well on bare floors as well as above floor spaces like tables. It also does a good job on regular rugs and carpets.
That said, it doesn’t perform as well with thicker carpets and rugs. You’ll get some cleaning done, but won’t get all the particles out. This forces you to do more passes to get these types of flooring cleaned.
Overall, this is a very cost effective unit. It costs under $50, and does a good job especially if you don’t have a large home to clean. It offers variable suction control and has an extension wand for those higher areas like walls or ceilings. The automatic cord rewind and full bag indicator are also nice additional features.
This is very similar to the Bissell Zing 4122 above. Its design and function are very much alike.
The one major difference is that this device, the Zing 1665 is bagless. This makes it more convenient and economical in the long run.
This small vacuum comes with strong suction power. It offers long reach thanks to a 5 foot long hose. If that’s not enough, you can attach the extension wand which gets it close to 10 feet total. The device also comes with a good length retractable cord for easy mobility.
The Bissell Zing 1665 comes equipped with cyclonic technology which allows it to do without the vacuum bag. This keeps the dirt that’s collected in the dirt cup, which is detachable.
For ease of cleaning, the device comes with a crevice tool and upholstery tool as well. This lets you clean nooks and crannies as well as furniture.
As with the Zing 4122 vacuum, the Zing 1665 is ideal for homes with stairs and a lot of space to clean above the floor.
Stick Vacuum. 2-in-1 Stick & Handheld. This is our top choice when it comes to stick vacuums at this price range. It is combination vacuum cleaner that includes both the stick and handheld vacs. This gives you the ability to clean floors and easily cover above ground areas like tables and curtains.
Like the other products in this review, it is lightweight at just over 5 pounds. The best part though it is suction power and features.
This cleaning device offers good suction power especially for a stick vacuum. It offers you 130 air watts of suction. To give you an idea, Hoover recommends choosing upright vacuum cleaners that have at least 100 air watts, and canisters with at least 200 air watts. The difference is due to the ‘lost’ suction power canisters experience due to the long hose. This gives this lightweight unit comparable power to some upright vacuums.
Additionally, it offers HEPA filtration. This ensures that dirt that’s caught by the device doesn’t escape back into your home.
Overall, this is a good buy if you’re looking for a lightweight cleaner with good suction power and versatility. It’s low price also comes as a bonus.
This Dirt Devil is a 2 in 1 device. It gives you the benefit of having a stick and handheld vacuum in one appliance. It’s probably also the lightest one of all at under 5 pounds.
The handheld vac is housed in the body of the stick vacuum. And when you need something more portable you can just detach the hand vac from the unit.
Everything on the device is likewise re-usable. This includes the dirt cup as well as the filter. Both can be cleaned and reused so you don’t need to keep replacing them.
It is equipped with a 1.25 amp motor. This gives you enough suction power for small dirt particles. Unfortunately, we don’t recommend it for thick or high pile carpeting. It works well of wood and tile floors. And, will do the job for low pile carpets as long as the dirt isn’t jarred into the threads.
Overall, this is ideal for anyone who’s on a budget and doesn’t need to clean a large room or home.
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