Best Vacuum Cleaners Under $200
Who 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.
Can be used on
|Nooks & Crannies|
20 volt Li-ion
1.2 dry quarts (up to fill line) or 1.15 liters
3.0 dry quarts (max) or 2.84 liters
1.8 dry quarts (real usable capacity) or 0.95 liters
1.98 liters or 1.05 quarts
17 ounces or 0.5 liters
|Brush roll on/off|
5" crevice tool
24" crevice tool
Pet hair power brush
Combination crevice / dusting brush tool
3-in-1 crevice / dusting brush / upholstery tool
Hard floor brush tool
2-in-1 nozzle /brush tool
Long crevice tool
Pet hair tool
Stick vac floor head
Approx. 4 pounds
Our Pick: Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV352
This 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)…
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.
Deep Cleaner at a Budget: Oreck Commercial XL2100RHS Upright
If you cannot afford a Dyson upright that easily costs over $400, have a look at this dedicated floor cleaner from Oreck.
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.
Budget Upright: Shark Navigator NV105
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.
Budget Canister: Hoover WindTunnel Air Bagless Canister
Canister 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.
Cordless Option: Black + Decker BDH2020FLFH
Just 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.
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.