Best Vacuum Under $100 – cheap vacuum cleaners are definitely worth it!
I love a good deal and in the world of vacuum cleaners, many good deals can be had if you know where to look. And today is your lucky day because I’ve prepared a list for you of good performing vacuums that cost under $100.
These cleaners will certainly not have the solid fit and finish of top-of-the-line brands like a Dyson or Miele but their performance will not be far off.
Think about it, you’re buying a product that costs around a third of the price of a more popular brand but you still get the around 70 to 80% of the performance, this is great value for money in my opinion.
Take note that there will be some quality issues with these vacuums but you’ll have to take the good with the bad, you can’t have them all. For under $100 these are the best and I’ll show you the reasons why.
Can be used on
|Nooks & Crannies|
14.4 volt nickel–metal hydride
20 volt Li-ion
12 to 17 minutes
15 to 20 minutes
Stair & Upholstery Turbo Nozzle
Rubber nozzle (for pet hair)
Hard nozzle (for hard surfaces)
Pet hair tool
How to choose one?
Once you’ve set your mind on buying cleaners at this price range, selecting one all boils down to the need you have. You’ll have to answer these questions.
How big is your home?
For big homes, you’ll need something with a wide cleaning path so that you’ll be able to cover more with less time. Also consider how big the dirt cup capacity is, for large homes you almost certainly need a big upright vacuum with a long power cord that is retractable.
Do you need a floor cleaner?
If you’re looking strictly at cleaning the floors go for an upright or a stick vacuum. The former covers a larger area better but these are bulky heavy while the latter works great for smaller homes as the primary cleaner and in larger homes that can quickly clean high traffic areas.
Does your home have wall to wall carpeting?
For homes with a lot of carpet space look for something with a motorized brush, this will help it pick up dirt not just on the surface but underneath the strands as well.
The larger the brush the better, this might be a weak point for vacuums at this price range but if your home doesn’t have really thick carpet, their performance should be enough.
How much storage space do you have?
Small homes with limited storage space are better multipurpose that can clean more than just one area.
Canister and 2-in-1 vacuums come to mind here, you can configure these machines in different settings so that they’ll be able to clean floors, upholstery, windows all the way up to the ceiling.
Remember that suction isn’t their strength but versatility but cleaning performance is decent.
Do you have pets?
For pet owners, look for something with a motorized brush and/or a pet hair tool. These tools will allow it to pick up pet hair more efficiently on carpet and fabric upholstery rather than just relying on suction alone.
Does your home have expensive hardwood flooring?
If your home is equipped with expensive hardwood like Hickory that you don’t want scratched, a vacuum with a motorized brush is a no, no.
Well, you can still buy one equipped with a beater bar but it should have an option for you to turn off – this would be great if your home is equipped with a mixture of carpet and hardwood but if it’s all hard wood then consider something that is not equipped with a motorized brush.
Our pick: Eureka AS3030A Airspeed Bagless Upright
Is this upright better than the Dyson? Eureka says that this is better than the Dyson DC41 thanks to its Airspeed technology that minimizes power loss by shortening the distance between the motor and vacuum inlet, thus increasing efficiency and power.
Combine that with the multi cyclonic technology, you have a potent cleaner on paper but some consumers have refuted this claim on paper saying it struggled to pick up embedded dirt in plush carpet.
With that said remember that this vacuum costs just under $100 which is a quarter of the cost of a DC41 worth over $400 in Amazon. Performance will still be around 80 to 90% but at a 75 to 80% discount which in my book is value for money.
Included in the package – a 12 foot hose, mini motorized brush, crevice, brush tool and a 27 foot retractable cord which means you can use this clean anywhere inside your home from the floor to the ceiling.
Upholstery and Stair Cleaner: Eureka 71B Corded Handheld
Based on my experience owning my own home, one of the most neglected furniture is the chair and sofas.
Even though we have a vacuum cleaner it isn’t well equipped to handle upholstery efficiently.
The Eureka 71B would be great for people looking to buy an upholstery vacuum thanks to the design of the nozzle.
If you look inside, it is equipped with a motorized brush works as an agitator that loosens dirt and hair that can be embedded on fabric upholstery. These can be tough to remove, some people have resorted to lint rollers to remove these.
It also has a featured called the riser visor which basically allows you to use the vacuum this way…
Cool isn’t it? This makes it easier to clean carpeted stairs.
Don’t forget that it has a hose that you can use with the crevice to clean loose dirt scattered around the house.
Consumers who bought this were mostly pet owners who gave this a 4 or 5 star rating impressed with the suction power and the ability to clean pet hair.
Budget conscious shoppers looking for a really cheap handheld that still performs and would be capable of cleaning upholstery and stairs won’t be disappointed with this.
Pet Hair Cleaner: Bissell Corded Pet Hair Eraser 33A1
Ask any home owner and they’ll tell you that one of the toughest things to clean is pet hair on fabric upholstery because they tend to stick on fabric. And when it accumulates it can be a health hazard especially for those who suffer from allergies.
The Bissell Corded Pet Hair 33A1 is a great option for people looking for a budget pet hair cleaner on upholstery. It does this using a ribbed nozzle that will follow every contour on upholstery.
This ribbed nozzle works by agitation to loosen up pet hair off fabric upholstery, stairs and edges of carpets near baseboards where a lot of pet hair accumulates (great if you don’t mind going down on all fours).
It also comes with another attachment called the hard floor nozzle that will allow you to use this like a regular handheld.
While this is a great for pet hair, outside of that it will be limited despite the hard floor attachment.
A Lightweight Stick: Shark Navigator Freestyle
If a full sized upright is too heavy for you then have a look at this light weight stick vacuum from Shark – it weighs just 7.5 pounds.
Despite being priced below $100, performance was not too far off from more expensive cordless stick vacs like Dyson plus it has a swivel feature that makes it easier to move around.
This will perform well on hard floors and low pile carpet but on medium to high pile carpet, it will struggle to deep clean so you’ll have to tag team this with a strong upright cleaner.
Remember that the purpose of this cleaner is for quick clean ups in between deep cleaning sessions. This will work well on high traffic areas where a lot of dirt tends to accumulate on and will give you a lightweight option for maintenance clean ups.
This will work great for people looking for an affordable cordless option that will work well in smaller homes with minimal carpeting. Just remember it will take between 3 to 7 hours to recharge and it will only run for about 12 to 17 minutes.
Budget Cordless Option: Black and Decker BDH2000FL
If you think wires are too cumbersome for you then allow me to recommend the BDH2000FL – our pick for the best cordless handheld vacuum.
This versatile cordless handheld actually has a 4 foot hose and attachments that allow it to clean different types of debris in different situations.
The first tool you get is the combination brush tool that can be used for loose surface dirt and for cleaning dust.
Second is the crevice tool that will help you reach hard to clean areas such as areas in between the cushions of sofas or crevices inside the car.
Last tool you’ll get is an oddly shaped pet hair tool for cleaning pets.
Powering this is a 20-volt lithium ion battery that will run for approximately 15 to 20 minutes which is long enough for spot cleaning. It will take roughly 5 hours to recharge.
The addition of the hose is neat because it allows you to put the vacuum down and only use the hose to really scrub stubborn dirt on carpet – this would be great for cleaning car interiors.
The hose is also great because it will allow you to clean vents or venetian blinds much quicker.
Biggest downer would be the absence of a corded power source which limits run time but remember this is the downside of all cordless vacuums – limited run time.
There you go, five of the best vacuum cleaners below $100 that will still clean decently without burning a hole through your pocket. I’ve included a wide range in this article to give you different options depending on your need. If you feel that I’ve overlooked a certain model, feel free to comment below.