Best Vacuum Cleaners Under $100

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Buyers are cautious these days and who can blame them.  News of the economy changes daily and it is hard to know what direction things will move in the near future.  As a result, more consumers are looking for bargains than ever before.  This is also very much the case when it comes to buying a vacuum cleaner.

You can get a good vacuum for $200, $300, $400 or more but is it possible to get a good machine for less than $100?  The short answer is “YES” but you have to look carefully and do your research.  To help we'’ve put together our 2016 list of the best vacuums for under $100 and it includes models by Hoover, Eureka and Bissell.  The list contains 3 uprights, 3 canister vacuums and 3 stick vacs.  The models were chosen based on their features, performance, consumer ratings and low cost.

Rank Model Type Price*
1 Bissell Cleanview 1330 Upright 80
2 Eureka 169H or 169J Stick 45
3 Bissell Cleanview 9595 Upright 80
4 Bizzell Zing 4122 Canister 50
5 Hoover SH20030 Stick 75
6 Bissell Aeroswift 1009 Upright 60
7 Eureka 3684F Canister 90
8 Bissell PowerEdge 81L2A/T Stick 50
9 Eureka 3670G Canister 80

*Prices based on Amazon June 2016. Please note that pricing may change.


Bissell Cleanview 1330 Vacuum#1) Bissell CleanView 1330

The Bissell 1330 is a simple, affordable vacuum cleaner that has been getting good reviews and ratings from consumers.  It is very similar to the Bissell Cleanview 9595 (our #3 below) but it has a new brushroll that has been redesigned for better pickup.  The vacuum is very reasonably priced and can usually be found for under $100.  It is also capable on pet hair, carpet and hard floors and it has good suction.

- Very reasonably priced
- Not too heavy
- Easy to assemble
- Dust canister is easy to empty
- Works well on pet hair
- Strong suction
- Attachments work well

- Power cord is on the short side for an upright
- Brushroll cannot be turned off
- Location of on/off switch is awkward
- Build quality is not great

Read the full Bissell CleanView 1330 Review.




Eureka 169J#2) Eureka 169H/J

The Eureka 169H is a 2-in-1 stick vacuum that converts easily to a handheld unit.  This is quite a small machine and it weighs just over 4 lbs.  It has a 15 foot power cord and a motor driven brushroll with on/off controls.  It is getting some very good ratings and reviews from owners.  It carries a 1 year limited warranty.

- Good suction
- Lightweight
- Small footprint
- Easy to assemble
- Converts to hand vacuum
- Motorized brush roll
- Good on carpet and bare floors

- Short power cord
- Power button is low on unit

Read the full Eureka Quick Up Review.




Bissell Cleanview 9595#3) Bissell Cleanview 9595

The 9595 is another affordable Bissell bagless upright and it includes a nice array of tools.  The vacuum has solid suction and good pickup and is fairly lightweight.  It is also effective on pet hair.  The unit carries a 2-year warranty.

- Inexpensive
- Powerful suction
- Easy to empty the dust canister
- Good on animal hair
- Light and easily maneuverable
- Easy to assemble
- Not too loud
- Turbo brush works well

- Attachments sometime fall off when bumped
- Not great at doing edges or getting into corners
- Power cord is a bit short
- Stiff hose
- Power switch is awkwardly located

Read the full Bissell CleanView 9595 Review.




Bissell Zing 4122#4) Bissell Zing 4122

This vacuum has also made our best bagged vacuum list and our best canister vacuum list.  The 4122 is a fairly simple machine and it doesn't come with a lot of frills and features, however performance is good and it is very inexpensive.  Owners are giving it great reviews and feel that it is also lightweight, maneuverable and easy to store.  It is a good fit for a smaller home or apartment.

- Respectable amount of suction
- Lightweight & easy to carry
- Small and easy to store
- Very affordable
- Gets under furniture easily

- Not great on carpet – especially medium to high pile
- Short power cord
- Small vacuum bag
- Hose is stiff
- Crevice/brush tool isn’t very useful

Read the full Bissell Zing 4122 Review.




Hoover SH20030#5) Hoover SH20030

The Hoover Corded Cyclonic Stick Vacuum gets good ratings from consumers.  It is well known for its maneuverability, light weight and quiet operation.  This is a corded stick vacuum so there is no battery life or recharging issues to speak of.  It also has a brushroll that makes it capable on both carpet and bare floors.

- Light and easy to move and maneuver
- No battery to run down
- Dirt canister is easy to empty
- Good on both carpet and bare floors
- Relatively quiet
- Strong suction
- Very small footprint (easy to store)
- Slim design makes it easy to get under and around furniture

- Short power cord
- Being a stick vac the dust canister is not that big

Read the full Hoover SH20030 Review.




Bissell Aeroswift 10096) Bissell Aeroswift 1009

The Bissell Aeroswift 1009 is a small, compact vacuum cleaner and is a good fit for those with a small area to clean.  The vacuum is affordable at around $50-$70.  It also includes an optional Febreze filter which helps eliminate odors and keeps rooms smelling fresh after vacuuming.  The 1009 is lightweight and easy to carry.

- Lightweight
- Compact
- Reasonably priced
- Dust canister is very easy to empty
- Febreze filter leaves room smelling fresh
- Rinsable filters
- Designed for hard surfaces and carpet

- Small dust canister
- Hose and wand are a bit short
- Attachments stored on vacuum are easily knocked off
- No HEPA filtration

Read the full Bissell Aeroswift 1009 Review.




Eureka 3684F7) Eureka 3684F

The 3684F has no bells & whistles but still gets good ratings and reviews from consumers.  It is fairly inexpensive and tends to be around the 100USD level.  It comes with HEPA filtration and includes a special Pet Power Paw Turbo tool for vacuuming up pet hair.  In addition, it is lightweight, compact, easy to store, and quite effective on hard surfaces.

- Very lightweight
- Has HEPA filtration
- Good on hard surfaces
- Compact and easy to store
- Large bag size
- Pet attachment works well
- Not too inexpensive

- Hose seems flimsy
- Short power cord
- Not so good on carpet
- No brushbar
- No auto-cord rewind
- A bit loud

Read the full Eureka 3684F Review.




Bissell Poweredge8) Bissell PowerEdge 81L2A/T

This is a simple stick vacuum but it is somewhat innovative.  It has a v-shaped nozzle that directs large debris into the vacuum’s core suction area while the arms of the “v” pick up the finer dust.  The 81L2 is corded and lightweight.  It is also maneuverable and provides good pickup on hard surfaces.

- Light
- Inexpensive
- Compact and easy to store
- Powerful for a stick vacuum
- Works very well on hard surfaces
- Very easy to maneuver
- Dust canister is easy to empty
- Good for getting around furniture and along edges
- Handle lays quite low so good for getting under furniture
- Fairly good at picking up pet hair

- Loud
- Suction isn’t that strong at the far ends of the “v-shape”
- Not really designed for carpet but can do a little
- Power cord could be longer
- Has no attachments

Read the full Bissell PowerEdge Review.




Eureka 3670G Boss9) Eureka 3670G

Known as the Eureka 3670G Mighty Mite canister vacuum cleaner, this machine gets good consumer ratings, and is lightweight, powerful and inexpensive.  It is a no-frills vacuum and is often described by owners as something of a “work horse”.  The 3670G also features a blower which is good for removing leaves, or debris from a workshop floor for example.  It is small and best for light to medium cleanups.

- Small and easy to store
- Very powerful suction
- Very light (just over 8 pounds)
- Very good on hard surfaces
- Good for cleaning vehicles

- Attachment tools not very useful
- Have to wrap cord around bottom of vacuum
- Sometimes considered noisy
- Not great on carpet
- Hose can get easily clogged

Read the full Eureka 3670G Mighty Mite Review.


We have also recently released our list of Best Vacuum Cleaners under $200.  This list provides machines that are a little more expensive but they also have better features, warranties, etc. 



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0 # Sam 2011-09-11 09:41
Thanks for the great overview.
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