Best Vacuum Cleaners Under $200

Best Vacuum Cleaners under $200Who does not like a good deal?

This time we will be talking about the best vacuum cleaners below 200 bucks.

These machines are a bit more upscale than the sub $100 models we reviewed a couple of months ago but a bit more expensive.

If you have an extra $200 to invest (I don’t like to say spend because, these machines are essential if we want to keep our homes clean) then have a look at these 5 vacuums that will clean bare floor, carpet and everything in between.

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Model
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Can be used on
Floor
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Upholstery
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Nooks & Crannies
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Crevices
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Battery
No
No
No
No
20 volt Li-ion
Charge time
No
No
No
No
4 hrs
Run time
(minutes)
No
No
No
No
15 minutes
Cord Length
25 feet
35 feet
25 feet
17 feet
No
Power
1,200 watts
N/A
700 watts
N/A
25-Aw
Dirt capacity
1.2 dry quarts (up to fill line) or 1.15 liters

3.0 dry quarts (max) or 2.84 liters
N/A
1.8 dry quarts (real usable capacity) or 0.95 liters
1.98 liters or 1.05 quarts
17 ounces or 0.5 liters
Washable filter
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Bagless
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Motorized brush
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Brush roll on/off
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Attachments
5" crevice tool

24" crevice tool

Dusting brush

Pet hair power brush

Wand
None
Combination crevice / dusting brush tool

Pet/upholstery tool
3-in-1 crevice / dusting brush / upholstery tool

Hard floor brush tool

Telescopic Wand
2-in-1 nozzle /brush tool

Long crevice tool

Pet hair tool

Stick vac floor head
Cleaning path
(inchdes)
9.25"
12"
9.25"
11"
N/A
Weight
13 pounds
8 pounds
10.6 pounds
13.22 pounds
Approx. 4 pounds
Warranty
5-years
1-year
3-years
3-years
2-years
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Our Pick: Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV352

Our Pick: Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV352This upright vacuum doubles as a canister vacuum thanks to the Lift-Away feature that separates the floor tool from the canister of this machine allowing this to be used on areas like stairs, upholstery all the way up to the vents on the ceiling.

The versatility that this machine offers is a big reason why it has gotten great reviews on online shopping sites like Amazon. Even at its current price point (which is in the $170++ range) it still comes with a full 5 year warranty from Shark.

It will not swivel like a Dyson upright but this feature still helps in terms of maneuverability.

Usability wise, it will work well on both hardwood and carpet because it has a brush roll on/off feature. Cleaning carpeted stairs won’t be a problem as well because it has a mini motorized attachment.

Here’s how it looks like as an uprigh (left) t and canister (right)…

Upright and Canister Mode

Can it deep clean? Based on written and video reviews, it has that capability but it will struggle with larger debris because of the low floor cleaner profile. Expect a snowplow effect when cleaning stuff like cereal or crushed chips.

Here’s comes the best part. This model comes with an extension wand and when you add it all up has an overall reach of 37 feet (that includes the power cord) so you can cover a lot of ground here.

When you combine the features, tools and warranty, this has got to be one of the best bargains out there right now.

Just remember that it doesn’t have an LED headlight and has no handle controls, if you don’t mind those omissions then this is the cleaner for you.

Bottom line: This cleaner would be great for people looking for an all-around cleaner that will all parts of the house minus the cost of a high end vacuum cleaner. This comes with all the attachments you’ll need plus it is lightweight – weighs only 13 pounds and less in canister mode.

Deep Cleaner at a Budget: Oreck Commercial XL2100RHS Upright

Deep Cleaner at a Budget: Oreck Commercial XL2100RHS UprightTo ensure that your carpet lasts a long time it has to be deep cleaned at least once a week so sand and grime don’t tear it.

If you cannot afford a Dyson upright that easily costs over $400, have a look at this dedicated floor cleaner from Oreck.

The XL2100RHS is a no frills commercial grade upright vacuum from Oreck that weighs ONLY 8 pounds! If you look at it, it vacuums that were manufactured in the 1960s and 70s.

This is by design to save on weight so don’t expect premium features like swivel steering. It does not have a headlight or a hose so this is strictly a floor cleaner.

The large gray bag that you see houses the bagged vacuum. If you’re worried about the cost of the bags, don’t be because a pack of 25 will cost around $16 so it’s less than a dollar per bag, pretty good deal.

One concern I have is the need to replace the belt every 6 months. While it should not be hard, it does add to the maintenance cost (add to that the bag).

Another concern for me is the absence of a brush roll on/off feature that make this hard to use on bare floors except when you’re cleaning dust and the low clearance make it difficult for this machine to clean large debris.

Consumers have complained about this because is noisy (not the machine you want if you have toddlers), another complaint is the lack of a headlight but a majority of them liked how lightweight it is and the suction power.

Bottom line: This machine would fit folks looking for a no-frills not-to-expensive standalone carpet cleaner that will deep clean carpets. It has a long 35 foot power cord so this machine can cover a lot of area.

Budget Upright: Shark Navigator NV105

Budget Upright: Shark Navigator NV105This is another lightweight upright option that’s cheaper – under $130 but slightly heavier at 10 pounds.

Even though it is cheaper, this is slightly more versatile because it comes equipped with a hose and wand that you can use this to clean upholstery and stairs (to some extent) but does not have any “lift-away” feature found in the NV352.

Despite that, this would make a decent cleaner to have in mid-sized homes that have a mix of carpet and bare floor because it could clean both effectively. Can it deep clean? It can to some extent but it won’t match a heavyweight like a Dyson in terms of suction power or a commercial upright like Oreck in terms of brush roll power.

Still in terms of value for money, it is hard to beat this upright that can clean upholstery and stairs to some extent.

If there are cons for this product it would be the lack of a swivel steering feature, the small dirt cup, lack of a headlight and since this is lightweight – it will be prone to tipping over if you pull on the hose a tad too much.

Bottom line: This would be a great option for folks looking for a versatile upright minus the premium price tag to clean their medium sized homes. It will struggle to clean a tall flight of stairs because of the short cord and the lack of a lift away feature.

Budget Canister: Hoover WindTunnel Air Bagless Canister

Budget Canister: Hoover WindTunnel Air Bagless CanisterCanister vacuums are regarded as one of the most versatile cleaners available right now because you can use it practically anywhere and they weigh less than an upright. The Hoover WindTunnel is a great option for under $200.

This is one of a few canister models that have a motorized brush roll, meaning the beater bar is powered by its own motor which is huge in terms of carpet cleaning.

It helps this machine clean deeper under carpet strands. When you compare this to a Dyson DC39 Origin that does not have a motorized brush rather it is air powered which means less pick up on carpet. The Hoover will be able to outperform any carpet performance test against the Dyson and will cost $150 less.

Bottom line: This cleaner would be a great budget option for people who cannot afford a Dyson canister. It will offer the same features – Swivel steering and tools plus it has a motorized brush and will cost $150 less. A great buy in my book.

Cordless Option: Black + Decker BDH2020FLFH

Cordless Option: Black + Decker BDH2020FLFHJust in case you’re looking for a cordless handheld, the Black + Decker BDH2020FLFH is one of the better options in the market right now because it comes with all the tools you need from a handheld, not only that, Black + Decker added a stick vacuum floor head which allows floor cleaning without bending over.

The 20 volt lithium ion battery will run for 15 minutes which means this will only be a spot cleaner. You’ll appreciate this feature when you just need to clean up spilled chips or dust bunnies accumulated in your bathroom’s ceiling vent.

Trust me you’ll want this feature in those scenarios. Bringing out a heavy corded vacuum is the last thing on your mind when cleaning up small messes that’s why these cordless vacuums are a great tool to have in your home.

Bottom Line: This machine would be a great quick clean up vacuum, especially for parents of toddlers who will leave a lot of messes when they have their playtime.

Conclusion

Any of these 5 vacuums will give you the best bang for your buck if you’re looking for a cleaner under $200. I placed the Shark Lift-Away at number one because overall it give you the right combination of versatility and cleaning performance.

Oreck was at number two because it is commercial grade which means it will last for years (though it only has a short warranty), I could have easily flipped vacuums #2 #3 and #4 as the differences between these three are close.

In the end consumers really liked the Oreck because it performed well on carpet (and some consumers say it also did well on bare floor).

Overall you won’t go wrong with any of these you, just make sure to pick out one that will fit your need.

Garrick Dee
 

Garrick is the founder of the Cordless Vacuum Guide that originally focused on cordless vacuums but he has now expanded to reviewing corded vacuums and carpet cleaners to be able to provide a more complete guide in terms of choosing the right cleaner.

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