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Best Cheap Vacuum - Updated 2017

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You can get a good vacuum for $200, $300, $400 or more but is it possible to get a good machine for under $100?  The short answer is "YES" but if you want the best cheap vacuums you have to look carefully and do your research.

We've reviewed literally hundreds of vacuum cleaners and to help we've put together our 2017 list of the best vacuums for under $100 and it includes models by Hoover, Eureka and Bissell. 

The list contains three uprights, three canister vacuums and three stick vacs.  The models were chosen based on their features, performance, consumer ratings and low cost.

 

Best Cheap Vacuums (under $100 USD)

Rank Model Type Price (USD)*
1 Bissell Cleanview 1330 Upright 80
2 Eureka 169H or 169J Stick 40
3 Bissell Cleanview 9595 Upright 80
4 Bizzell Zing 4122 Canister 50
5 Hoover SH20030 Stick 80
6 Bissell PowerEdge 81L2A/T Stick 70
7 Bissell Zing Rewind Canister 65
8 Bissell Aeroswift 1009 Upright 90
9 Eureka 3670G Canister 90

*Prices based on Amazon September 2017. Please note that pricing may change.

 

ARE THESE REALLY ANY GOOD?

How do we know you can get a good vacuum for under $100?  Well, we’ve reviewed many vacuums over the past 9 years and have seen some good machines in this price range.  To prove this we have plotted Price in USD versus Average Owner Rating - see chart below - for each and every upright, canister and stick vacuum that we have reviewed on our website (we removed handheld vacuums as their tendency to be inexpensive skews the data).  As you can see in the chart there are a number of vacuums that cost $100 or less and score between 80 and 90 (we like machines with scores above 80).  You don’t have to spend big money to find a vacuum that scores in this range.

Vacuum Cost vs Vacuum Rating 

SOME FEATURES TO CONSIDER

If you get the right machine - even though it is not expensive - you can certainly get your money’s worth.  Below we discuss some of the features you may want to look at when considering any of these vacuums.

Brushroll
It is nice to have a brushroll, especially if you have carpet to vacuum.  When you have both carpet and bare floors it’s even better if the brushroll can be turned on and off.  You likely want it OFF when vacuuming bare floors and ON when vacuuming carpet.  Finally, a motorized brushroll is best.  Some vacuums have a suction driven brushroll and while this does work, it is not as powerful or effective (especially on deeper pile carpet) as a motorized unit.  If you have bare floors and maybe a few area rugs it is not as important to have a brushroll.

Weight
Vacuum weight is important.  If a machine is too heavy it can be a literal pain to move from room to room or up and down stairs.  This can be more of an issue for the elderly or for those unable to lift heavy items.  Fortunately many of these cheaper vacuums are not too heavy (although a few are over 15 lbs).

Filtration
Many of the less expensive machines will not have HEPA level filtration although you will find it on some.  It is also nice if one or more or the filters are washable as this helps with keeping costs down over time.

Power Cord Length
This is an important feature as it can be very annoying if you have to unplug your vacuum and search around for another outlet just to finish a small area.  We see a lot of owner complaints when a vacuum has a short power cord.  A long power cord (30 feet plus) is sometimes a tall order for some of the cheaper vacuums.  

Tools
Most vacuums come with one or more tools.  Things like dusting brushes, crevice tools, pet hair brushes, etc.  These can be very handy for certain kinds of cleaning and even some of the more affordable vacuums will have these.  

Warranty Length
A cheap vacuum requires some compromise and warranties are often much shorter for these machines.  They are often 1 year but you will find some with 2yrs or so.

 

THE BEST CHEAP VACUUMS - DETAILS

Bissell Cleanview 1330 Vacuum

#1) Bissell CleanView 1330

The Bissell 1330 is a simple, affordable bagless vacuum cleaner that has been getting good reviews and ratings from consumers.  It is very similar to the Bissell Cleanview 9595A (our #3 below) but it has a new brushroll that has been redesigned for better pickup.  This is a motorized brushroll (but it cannot be turned off).  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.

It includes several cleaning tools (dusting brush, crevice tool, turbo brush) but it has no HEPA filter.

PROS
- 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

CONS
- 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

You can learn much more in our full Bissell CleanView 1330 Review.

 


Eureka 169J

#2) Eureka 169H/J

The Eureka 169H is a bagless 2-in-1 stick vac that converts easily to a handheld unit.  This is quite a small machine and it only weighs about 4 lbs.  The handles also lowers for easy storage.  It has a motor driven brushroll with on/off controls as well as a 15 foot power cord - this is not a cordless vacuum. 

This machine is sometimes referred to as a Eureka Quick-Up bagless stick vacuum and owner reviews and ratings are very good.  It is also very reasonably priced at $45 or sometimes even less.  You won't find a HEPA here though.  It  carries a 1 year limited warranty.

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

CONS
- 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 (turbo brush, crevice tool, dusting brush).  The vacuum has solid suction and good pickup.  It is also effective on pet hair. Like the Bissell 1330 it has a motorized brushroll with no brushroll on/off controls.

We souldn't say it is particularly lightweight at 15.1 lbs but it does come with a HEPA filter and a washable pre-motor foam filter.  The unit carries a 2-year warranty.

PROS
- 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

CONS
- 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 simple machine with few frills and features, however performance is good and it is very inexpensive.  Owners feel that this machine delivers good bang for your buck and are pleased that the unit is lightweight, maneuverable and easy to store. 

The Zing 4122 is a good fit for a smaller home or apartment with mostly bare floors.  Note that this machine does not have a brushroll so this will limit its cleaning abilities on carpet.

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

CONS
- 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 owners and is well liked for its maneuverability, light weight and quiet operation.  This is a corded stick vacuum with a 20 foot power cord.  This is not a cordless machine.  It also has a brushroll that can be turned on and off making it capable on both carpet and bare surfaces.

At about 9lbs te SH20030 is not heavy - but then again it is a stick vacuum and you don't expect these to be as heavy as a full size upright.  It is also bagless and it carries a 2-year warranty.

PROS
- 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

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

Read the full Hoover SH20030 Review.

 


Bissell Aeroswift 1009

6) Bissell Aeroswift 1009

The Bissell Aeroswift 1009 is a compact machine and is best for cleaning small areas.  It only weighs about 12 lbs so it is fairly easy to carry.  It does have a motorized brushroll which is nice but the brushroll cannot be turned off.  It is ON when the vacuum is ON.  The Aeroswift includes an optional Febreze filter which is designed to eliminate odors and keeps rooms smelling fresh after vacuuming.

Despite its size the Aeroswift has a nice long 30 foot power cord which is not too common in vacuums at this price point.  It also has 5 nozzle height setting which help it accomodate different depths of carpet and bare floors. 3 tools are provide and the vacuum carries a 2 year limited warranty.

There is no HEPA filter however and the small, compact nature of this vacuum also results in a small dust canister that requires frequent emptying.

PROS
- 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

CONS
- 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.

 


Bissell Zing Rewind

7) Bissell Zing Rewind

The Bissell Zing Rewind is a compact, lightweight bagless canister vacuum.  It is similar to the Bissell Zing 4122 (#4 above) except that the 4122 is a bagged machine.  Filtration is not HEPA level but both pre and post motor filters are washable.

The cleaner head has no brushroll and the unit is therefore not particularly good on carpet.  It is really designed for bare floors and on these it does a respectable job.  Owners like the automatic power cord rewind feature but the vacuum only has a 15 foot power cord which some folks may find frustratingly short.  This vacuum is really best for small homes.  It carries a 1 year limited warranty.

PROS
- Inexpensive
- Fairly good on bare floors
- Lightweight
- Automatic cord rewind
- Dust canister is easy to empty

CONS
- Short power cord
- Canister is sometimes hard to pull along
- Build quality is not great
- Not very good on carpet
- A bit loud

Read the full Bissell Zing Rewind Review.

 


Bissell Poweredge

8) Bissell PowerEdge 81L2A/T

This is a simple stick vacuum but it is somewhat innovative and a little odd looking.  It has a v-shaped nozzle that is designed to direct larger debris into the vacuum’s core suction area (center of the "v") while the arms of the “v” pick up the finer dust. 

The 81L2A (or 81l2T which is essentially the same machine) is a corded stick vacuum that is lightweight.  It is also maneuverable and provides good pickup on hard surfaces but is not good for carpet.  The 81L2 is bagless and it has a 20 foot power cord.

PROS
- 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

CONS
- 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 Boss

9) Eureka 3670G

Known as the Eureka 3670G Mighty Mite canister vacuum cleaner, this machine gets good consumer ratings, and is lightweight (just over 8 lbs), powerful and quite affordable.  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.  This is a bagged canister vacuum with a 20 foot power cord.  It does not have a brushroll in the cleaner head and is best or hard surfaces.

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

CONS
- 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 Vacuums under $200.  This list provides machines that are a little more expensive but they also have better features, warranties, etc. 


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I'm Nigel Russco, a 50 year old professional engineer originally from the west coast of Canada.  I love to review vacuums and I’ve been doing just that since 2008.  

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