shark hv292 1mVacuum cleaners range in price from dozen of dollars/euros to thousands of dollars or euros. Large, robust and very powerful commercial or domestic units do their job very well, but they are often an over-kill. Smaller and lighter units, ranging in price up to, or around $100, can do their job well, too. Perhaps not as well as $1000 vacuums, but 'almost as good' with just a fraction of cost.

Updated: August 10, 2017.

Here is our selection of the best vacuums under $100, depending on the vacuum category. As always, you can agree with as or not - there are many vacuums with very similar features and specifications, that in the end, these lists depend only on the user's personal preferences.

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Best Upright Vacuums Under $100

Best Canister Vacuums Under $100

Best Stick Vacuums Under $100

Best Handheld Vacuums Under $100

Best Cordless Vacuums Under $100

Best Mattress Vacuums Under $100

How To Find The Best Inexpensive Vacuum

- Vacuum Type

- Floor Types

- Suction Power

- Air Filtration

- Warranty Conditions

Best Upright Vacuums Under $100

Upright vacuum cleaners are very popular type of home vacuums. Cheaper units with price tags of around or slightly less than $100 are actually very capable units in terms of suction, air filtration, additional cleaning attachments including even an extension hose, are often lightweight and easy to carry around etc.

The difference between lightweight upright vacuums and stick vacuums is often vague, since both categories practically have the same or at least very similar features and specifications.

Upright vacuums can be corded or cordless units. Cordless units don't depend on the mains power, but their operating time and suction power is limited when compared with corded units. Modern lithium ion batteries significantly diminish difference between corded and cordless units, at least regarding performances. Operating time depends on the battery capacity, and cordless uprights under $100 have operating time usually limited to 10-20 minutes. But, for cleaning smaller homes and apartments, 10-20 minutes is often more than enough to thoroughly clean the home.

Here is the list with our selection of the best affordable upright vacuums:

1. BISSELL 9595A CleanView Bagless Vacuum with OnePass

bissell 9595 1BISSELL 9595A Vacuum with OnePass is relatively lightweight upright vacuum cleaner featuring Bissell's OnePass Technology which combines a powerful suction and rotating brush, of a new, innovative design. It is very popular vacuum cleaner which costs under $100 and can be used as excellent main vacuum cleaner for smaller homes and apartments.

Bissell 9595a weighs 15.1 pounds (6.84 kg) and although it doesn't feature full swivel steering (only back and forth), vacuum is light and easy to maneuver around furniture and other possible obstacles.

Vacuum's dimensions: 31.5 x 14.63 x 10.75 inches (80 x 37 x 27 cm).

Vacuum comes with cleaning hose, extension wand, dusting brush/upholstery tool, crevice tool and 'TurboBrush' tool.

Power cord is 25 feet (7.6 m) long, without automatic rewind system - power cord is long enough for smaller homes and apartments, but for covering larger area, one needs extension cord. However, this vacuum is not designed for commercial use or anything similar, so 25 feet long power cord should be long enough in most situations.

BISSELL 9595A Vacuum with OnePass is excellent cheap upright bagless vacuum cleaner. If you have smaller home, it can be your main vacuum cleaner, especially if you have mostly carpets - there is no on/off rotating brush switch and no automatic height adjustment. Don't forget that this is under $100 vacuum which comes with great suction, good air filtration and 2 years limited warranty.

For more reviews and recommendations, check BISSELL 9595A Vacuum with OnePass Amazon link (link opens in the new window).

2. Shark Rotator Freestyle Pro (SV1112)

shark sv1112 1Shark Rotator Freestyle Pro (SV1112) is cordless, bagless, upright vacuum cleaner. Due to lightweight and maneuverable design and cordless operation, it is suitable as main vacuum cleaner in smaller homes and apartments for regular cleaning and cleaning in emergencies. Two speed rotating brush and LED headlights help clean various dirt off bare floors and carpets.

Shark Rotator Freestyle Pro (SV1112) features two speed brushroll, which is optimized for carpets and bare floors.

Unit is powered via Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery, providing 12 minutes of operation at full brushroll speed and 17 minutes at lower brushroll speed.

Although NiMH batteries are used, charging station is used as permanent storing/docking station. Charger is intelligent enough to prevent battery damage when the unit is stored in the charger.

When fully drained, in order to protect the battery, unit simply shuts off. To fully charge the drained battery, unit must be left in the charger for at least 4 hours - initial charging can last for up to 7 hours.

Shark Rotator Freestyle Pro (SV1112) is great cordless vacuum cleaner for pet hair - the brushroll is equipped with a raised cutting guide which easily cuts pet and human hair, threads, lint and other similar debris. And if required, brushroll is easily removed from the unit and cleaned.

Air filtration is done using washable mechanical filter - air filtration is good, but not HEPA grade air filtration. Filter is washable using cold water - be sure to properly dry the filter before returning it into the unit.

Unit dimensions: weight 7.5 pounds (~3.4 kg), 10 inches (~25 cm) wide cleaning path, LxWxH 9.6 x 10.5 x 46 inches (~24.4 x 26.7 x 116.8 cm).

For more reviews and recommendations, check Shark Rotator Freestyle Pro (SV1112) Amazon link (link opens in the new window).

3. BISSELL CleanView Bagless Upright Vacuum with OnePass Technology, Model 1330

bissell cleanview onepass 1330 1BISSELL CleanView Bagless Upright Vacuum with OnePass Technology, 1330 model, is corded, bagless and rather affordable upright vacuum cleaner with additional hose and wand.

Bissell 1330 model is very similar to Bissell 9595 model, except it is newer with several improvements.

Bissell 1330 upright vacuum comes with 'OnePass Technology', which provides strong and continuous suction with a new brush design (compared with older, similar Bissell's models) to clean various surfaces on the first pass.

Air filtration is based on cyclonic filtration system, which provides constant suction, regardless how full is the dirt tank. Also, two mechanical filters are present - washable foam pre-motor filter and pleated post-motor filter. Note that unit doesn't have dirt sensor or air flow indicator. As usual with similar model, dirt tank and brushroll cover are transparent, so it is very easy to see the amount of dirt in the unit or if there is a problem with the rotating brush.

Main nozzle is 13.5 inches (~34.3 cm) wide and in combination with brushroll and 5 height settings, Bissell 1330 can clean various surfaces like low-, medium-, and high pile carpets and rugs, bare floors, cars, upholstery, stairs etc and various dry dirt.

Bissell 1330 is relatively lightweight unit - it weighs 15.5 pounds (~7 kg) and thanks to the wheels, it glides over various surfaces rather easy. Hose in combination with turbo brush or crevice tool is very easy and lightweight to use.

However, Bissell 1330 as the vacuum, is not the lightest unit around and elderly people can have issues moving it up and down the stairs.

For more reviews and recommendations, check BISSELL 1330 CleanView Bagless Upright Vacuum with OnePass Technology Amazon link (link opens in the new window).

4. Hoover T-Series WindTunnel Rewind Plus Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner, Model UH70120

hoover uh70120 1Hoover WindTunnel T-Series UH70105, UH70120, UH70205 and UH70210 Models are series of corded, upright, bagless vacuum cleaners that come at very reasonable price. Although these four models are very similar, they differ in several details, which might be important to know before considering any of these models.

Hoover Model UH70120 T-Series WindTunnel Rewind Plus Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner is the most popular Hoover WindTunnel T-Series model and one of the best buy uprights under $100.

Hoover UH70120 comes with 12 Amps motor, performance check indicator, 8 feet stretch hoses, 12" extension wand, crevice tool, 13.5" wide suction nozzle, standard (mechanical) washable first filter and second HEPA, non-washable filter and it comes with 2 year warranty.

Hoover UH70120 uses 'WindTunnel Technology' cleaning head, which improves suction of various debris on both carpets and hardwoods. Also, it is bagless vacuum, using 'Dual Cyclonic Air System' for dirt separation.

Dirt bin is easily cleaned. Also, Hoover UH70120 features 'No Scuff Bumper' to protect walls and furniture from any damage caused by vacuum cleaner during vacuuming.

UH70120 comes with 25 ft power cord and it has automatic cord rewind system, which significantly eases the cleaning and storing away the vacuum.

System Check Indicator indicates when the filter needs to be cleaned or checked or if there is some sort of clog in the vacuum that needs to be cleaned or checked.

Indicator is positioned on the left side of the dirt bin handle and can be easily seen almost continuously, if you are right-handed person. Left-handed people can have issues in seeing it all the time.

Note: System Check Indicator doesn't show when dirt bin is full - dirt bin is transparent and one can see amount of the dirt in the bin.

For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to check Amazon link Hoover WindTunnel T-Series Rewind Plus Bagless Upright UH70120 (link opens in the new window).


Best Canister Vacuums Under $100

Canister vacuums with their flexible hoses often can reach surfaces which are hard to clean with upright vacuums. They are especially suitable for cleaning surfaces from floor to the ceiling, stairs included. Although upright vacuums with additional flexible hoses and telescopic wands can be used for cleaning hard to reach areas and elevated surfaces, some people nonetheless prefer canister vacuums.

Bagless canisters usually come with transparent dirt bins, while bagged models use additional filtration provided by vacuum bags to achieve sometimes exceptionally good air filtration.

Here is the list with our selection of the best affordable canister vacuums:

1. BISSELL Zing Rewind Bagless Canister Vacuum, Model 6489

bissell zing bagless 1BISSELL Zing Rewind Bagless Canister Vacuum, Caribbean Blue, is a very cheap canister vacuum cleaner, suitable for hard floors and low pile carpets. It has decent suction and decent construction and can do jobs almost as good as more expensive vacuums at the fraction of their cost.

BISSELL Zing Rewind Bagless Canister Vacuum is lightweight vacuum cleaner which can reach rather tight spaces like corners, around furniture, edges and similar. Swivel cleaning head turns to get into tight spaces and slides under the most of the furniture. Combination crevice tool and dusting brush can be used in tight and narrow spaces and for cleaning curtains, cushions, draperies, fabrics etc. When cleaning such surfaces, be sure to decrease the suction.

It is powered by 9 Amp motor which provides decent suction, when compared with much larger, stronger and more expensive models. Bissell 6489 Zing doesn't have electronic motor control, but it is equipped with Air Flow Regulator on the handle.

Multi-Surface Floor Nozzle is equipped with brush switch, but it doesn't have rotating brush, which makes it suitable for hard floors and low pile carpets. Medium pile carpets (and thicker carpets) and rugs are not the best surfaces for this model.

Bissell 6489 Zing is lightweight vacuum cleaner (~8 pounds, ~3.6 kg) and can be easily carried around.

For more reviews and recommendations feel free to check BISSELL Zing Rewind Bagless Canister Vacuum Amazon link (link opens in the new window).

2. Eureka Mighty Mite Canister Vacuum with Pet Attachments - Model 3684F

mighty mite pet lover 3684f 1Eureka Mighty Mite Canister Vacuum with Pet Attachments Model 3684F is a compact and lightweight canister bagged vacuum cleaner with strong suction, HEPA air filtration and a set of cleaning tools suitable for various surfaces. It comes with a blower port, too.

Model 3684F comes with cleaning attachments suitable for various surfaces and dirt, including pet hair.

In order to keep the home clean, it features HEPA grade filtration, achieved using filtration bag, motor filter and HEPA filter.

Also, one can use dirt bags with a scent, or one can crush scent tablet(s) and vacuum them before first vacuuming.

Eureka Mighty Mite uses disposable bags (recommended), which are easy to take out and throw in the garbage.

However, one must note that when dirt bag starts to fill up, it can cause the vacuum to lose suction - time to change the dirt bag. Fortunately, replacement bags (Style MM Dust Bags) are relatively cheap.

Suction is very good for the vacuum cleaner of this size and this price tag, thanks to the 12 Amp motor. Unit also has a blower port for cleaning loose material in and around the house, like leaves and similar.

Physical dimensions (WxLxH): 9" x 17.5" x 11.3" (~22.9 x 44.5 x 28.7 cm).

Mighty Mite 3684F vacuum is rather light - it weighs around 8.6 lbs (~3.9 kg) and can be easily carried around. It can be used for cleaning surfaces from the floor to the ceiling, while the unit is on the ground, thanks to the hose and the telescopic wand.

Cord is 20 feet (6.1 m) long and at first, it is not very long. However, keep in mind that this is a canister vacuum cleaner with the 6 feet (~1.8 m) flexible hose and adjustable wand.

For more reviews and recommendations, check Eureka Mighty Mite Canister Vacuum with Pet Attachments 3684F Model Amazon link (link opens in the new window).

3. Bissell Zing Bagged Canister Vacuums - Models 4122 and 1668

bissell zing bagged 1Bissell Zing Bagged Canister Vacuums are very affordable corded canister vacuums. There are two very similar bagged models - model 4122 and the newer 1668 canister vacuum. They are compact and lightweight vacuums, suitable as the entry-level main vacuum cleaners in smaller homes and apartments.

Both units feature automatic cord rewind system and variable suction power - these features are often found only at more expensive units.

The main difference between these models is that a newer 1668 model has a larger dust bag (2.5 vs 2 liters) and has a more efficient motor that consumes less power (9.5 vs 10 Amps).

Bissell Zing bagged vacuums are not noisy vacuums, but since they have rather good suction, they are far from being low-noise vacuums.

Both models lack Air Flow and Clean Filter indicators, there is no Soft Bumper, or Edge Cleaning brush or ... But, they have Full Bag Sensor, power cord rewind system and few more features usually reserved for more expensive vacuums.

Newer 1668 model also has longer flexible hose - 6 ft vs 5 ft. This 1 ft difference at first doesn't look much, but can be important when cleaning stairs, elevated surfaces, under and around furniture etc.

Both units have the same cleaning nozzle width - 10.3 inches (~26.2 cm). This enables them to clean relatively large area quickly.

For more reviews and recommendations, check BISSELL Zing 4122 Bagged Canister Vacuum and Bissell Zing 1688 Bagged Canister Vacuum Amazon links (links open in the new windows).

4. Oreck Commercial BB900DGR XL Pro 5 Super Compact Canister Vacuum

oreck commercial bb900dgr xl pro 5 3Oreck Commercial BB900DGR XL Pro 5 Super Compact Canister Vacuum is lightweight, easy to use and rather versatile commercial grade vacuum cleaner. It comes with several cleaning attachments optimized for various surfaces which can be found from the floor to the ceiling.

Oreck XL Pro 5 is canister vacuum cleaner which comes with shoulder strap and integrated handle for portability and easier handling.

Since it weighs only 5 pounds (~2.3 kg) without hose and accessories, it can be used on the ladder, stairs, around corners or furniture, ceiling fans, molding, bookshelves, curtains, light fixtures and anywhere where there are no much room for maneuvering with vacuum cleaner and/or cleaning attachment.

Vacuum comes with 4-amp, two-stage bypass motor, which is, at least as powerful as typical flow-through motors that draws more amps, and generally has a greater vacuuming capability than single-stage motors.

Oreck XL Pro 5 comes with adjustable extension wand and 4-foot hose. 4-foot (1.2 m) hose doesn't sound long enough, but this vacuum is usually carried and used using shoulder strap or is carried in the left hand with the wand in right hand (or vice versa, if you are left handed). This significantly helps cleaning overhead vents, ceiling fans and other high places.

Vacuum comes with 30-foot (9.15 m) power cord, which enables the vacuum to cover larger area without changing outlets. Power cord is thick and robust and it appears overdimensioned - good! :)

Unfortunately, there is no automatic rewind system, but such system would make this vacuum heavier, bulkier and probably more expensive.

Oreck XL Pro 5 is very compact vacuum cleaner. It measures 8 x 6 x 15 inches (20x15x38 cm - H x W x D) and it has 1-quart (~0.95 l) dirt capacity. Vacuum comes with 1 year warranty.

For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to follow Oreck Commercial BB900DGR XL Pro 5 Amazon link (link opens in the new window).

5. Ovente Featherlite ST2010 Cyclonic Bagless Canister Vacuum

ovente st2010 featherlite 1Ovente Featherlite ST2010 Cyclonic Bagless Canister Vacuum is very affordable, corded, bagless canister vacuum cleaner with cyclonic dirt separation and HEPA filter. 1200W electric motor provide plenty of suction and, combined with many other features, it is one of the best buy entry-level home canister vacuum cleaners.

Air filtration is based on cyclonic filtration and mechanical filtration using HEPA level filter. Note that there is no mention of HEPA level, just that it 'protects against over 99 percent dust and allergens' - true HEPA filtration captures at least 99.97% of 0.3 microns and larger particles. Nonetheless, Ovente ST2010 has a very good air filtration, but if you have real issues with asthma and allergies, consider true HEPA vacuums.

Dirt bin is transparent and one can check amount of the dirt at any time. Amount of dirt doesn't influence the suction level, at least not as in bagged models - cyclonic separation is good, but not as good as in more expensive cyclonic vacuums.

Ovente ST2010 is suitable for various surfaces due to several cleaning tools that include floor brush, crevice nozzle/bristle brush and sofa brush.

Due to small dimensions, approximately 11.5 x 15.5 x 10 inch (~29.2 x 29.2 x 25.4 cm) and canister design, Ovente ST2010 can reach and clean surfaces that are problematic for most upright cleaners - under and around furniture, corners, edges and similar. Also, telescopic wand extends easily and can quickly be adjusted for cleaning floors or stairs from optimal height, or for cleaning walls or even ceiling.

For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to check Ovente ST2010 Featherlite Cyclonic Bagless Canister Vacuum Amazon link (link opens in the new window).


Best Stick Vacuums Under $100

Stick vacuum cleaner are popular units often used as the main home vacuum or second home vacuum for in between cleanups or for cleaning in emergencies.

These units are lightweight and can be carried around the home easily. Cordless units are more and more popular, especially 2-in-1 vacuums (stick and handheld vacuums in one unit).

Here is the list of the most popular and the best affordable stick vacuum cleaners:

1. Dirt Devil Vacuum Cleaner Simpli-Stik Lightweight Bagless Corded Stick and Handheld Vacuum, Model SD20000RED

dirt devil SD20000 1dirt devil SD20000 2Dirt Devil SD20000RED Simpli-Stik All-in-One Stick Vacuum Cleaner is simple, lightweight, multipurpose and very cheap stick vacuum cleaner, very suitable as second vacuum cleaner for home emergencies and cleaning of small areas.

The Dirt Devil Simpli Stik is a one step solution for quick and convenient cleanups. This unit functions as a stick vacuum cleaner, corded handheld vacuum cleaner, and a utility vacuum all in one.

Dirt Devil SD20000RED is rather lightweight, weighing around 3.8 pounds (~1.72 kg), which makes it simple and easy to transport from room to room. It is bagless vacuum cleaner, with easy-to-empty dirt cup.

An on-board crevice tool comes included, which allows for cleaning hard to reach areas like between couch cushions, along baseboards or under furniture and appliances.

Dirt Devil SD20000RED is equipped with 1.25 Amps motor, which provides decent suction. Its suction can't be compared with the suction of much larger and stronger vacuums, but also, their price can't be compared, in the favor of Dirt Devil SD20000RED :)

Power cord is 16 feet (~4.9 m) long and it is manually wrapped - vacuum cleaner doesn't have automatic rewind mechanism, but such mechanism would increase the weight, price and mechanical complexity of this simple and rather reliable vacuum.

Controls in the form of simple on/off switch are near the handle of the handheld unit. Unit has very smooth-rolling wheels, that are very gentle and leaves no scratch, not even on the sensitive floors. Note also that the unit is also very light and if you notice any damage on the wheels, avoid soft and sensitive floors, until the wheels are replaced.

For more reviews and recommendations feel free to visit Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik Lightweight Corded Bagless Stick Vacuum Amazon link (link opens in the new window).

2. VonHaus 600W 2-in-1 Corded Upright Stick & Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

vonhaus 600w 2 in 1 1VonHaus 600W 2-in-1 Corded Upright Stick & Handheld Vacuum Cleaner with HEPA & Sponge Filtration is strong, versatile and very popular vacuum cleaner that comes at fantastic price. It is great corded vacuum cleaner which can be used as an emergency vacuum cleaner, for cleaning hard to reach areas or even as a main, entry-level, vacuum cleaner for small homes.

VonHaus 600W 2-in-1 corded vacuum cleaner can be used as: upright stick vacuum cleaner and handheld vacuum cleaner with or without extension hose.

First of all, this is corded vacuum cleaner, meaning that it can't be used in emergencies as fast as some cordless vacuums that are stored on their charging stations ready to be used at the moment notice - this vacuum cleaner must be plugged in first and this requires few seconds.

Although dependent on mains power, this vacuum cleaner can cover much larger area than cordless vacuums - power cord is 18 feet (5.5 m) long and for vacuum of this size, it is long enough and it doesn't have to be recharged after use.

Since vacuum require some 5-6 amps of current, extension cord doesn't have to particularly thick, so using it where there are no power outlets (cars, backyards etc) shouldn't be a problem.

Vacuum is very light, around 3 pounds (~1.4 kg) and very easy to use. It has an adjustable (telescopic) wand, with power switch being on the vacuum cleaner, not on the handle.

Although light, it has two wheels, which help vacuum move around easily, even transitioning smoothly from surface to surface.

Basic model doesn't have any rotating brush in the cleaning head, so its cleaning performances could be better - they are relatively good on the hard floors, modest on the low pile carpets, not so good on thicker carpets and rugs.

Effective cleaning width is around 10-12 inches (25-30 cm). Dirt bin is transparent and its capacity is around 1.2 liters.

For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to follow VonHaus 600W 2-in-1 Corded Upright Stick Vacuum Amazon link (link opens in the new window).

3. BISSELL PowerEdge Pet Hard Floor Stick Corded Vacuum - 81L2A Model

bissell poweredge 81l2a 1BISSELL PowerEdge Pet Hard Floor Stick Corded Vacuum - 81L2A Model is very affordable, corded stick vacuum cleaner, optimized for cleaning of the hard floors. It has very distinct V-shaped cleaning head, which in combination with specially designed wipers, helps clean various debris and dirt, pet hair included, from hard floors like tiles, hardwood and similar.

Due to the design, BISSELL 81L2A PowerEdge Pet Hard Floor Stick Corded Vacuum captures both larger and smaller debris and dirt along the edges and in tight corners and spaces without the need of special attachments or motorized brush roll. It does excellent job on hard floors and good job on low pile carpets. It picks easily kitty litter, dust, sand, pet hair, pet's food etc.

Since the unit has no motorized brush roll, it is not so good on carpets and rugs, in general.

However, such brush roll would increase the price, weight and mechanical complexity of the unit.

The V shape of the cleaning head directs larger debris into the center of the cleaning head, where the suction is the strongest, while the ends of the V shaped cleaning head help clean the edges.

Swivel head. large wheels and lightweight design allow the unit to maneuver easily around corners, furniture legs, edges and similar, often hard to reach, areas. Bissell 81L2A PowerEdge weighs only 7.5 lbs (~3.4 kg).

Bissell 81L2A PowerEdge Pet Hard Floor Stick Vacuum Cleaner is bagless unit. It uses cyclonic separation to remove the dirt from the air and two stage mechanical filter - foam filter and the inner pleated filter.

Dirt bin is transparent and very easy to empty. If the dirt bin gets dirty, it can be washed using warm water and mild detergent. Be sure that it is completely dry before assembling the unit again. Note: it should NOT be washed in dishwasher.

Power cord is 20 feet (6.1 m) long and is generally long enough for most of the cleaning jobs. Bissell 81L2A has no automatic rewind system and IMHO, longer cord would require such system.

For more reviews and recommendations, check BISSELL 81L2A PowerEdge Pet Hard Floor Corded Vacuum Amazon link (link opens in the new window).

4. Eufy HomeVac Lightweight Cordless Upright-Style Vacuum Cleaner

eufy homevac cordless upright 1Eufy HomeVac Lightweight Cordless Upright-Style Vacuum Cleaner is cordless stick vacuum cleaner with excellent lithium ion battery, good suction and air filtration and rotating brush bar for carpeted surfaces. And it comes at very affordable price.

Eufy HomeVac is powered with 28.8 V 2200 mAh lithium ion battery. Maximum motor power is 140 W, and operating time on the full power is up to 22 minutes. When the suction is decreased (eco mode), operating time is up to 50 minutes.

Since 22 minutes is enough to cover respectable area, Eufy HomeVac can be used as the main vacuum cleaner in smaller homes and apartments, or as a second vacuum in large homes.

Dirt cup is transparent and enables the user to see type and amount of the vacuumed dirt. Dirt cup capacity is 0.9 liters and is enough for most cleaning tasks found at home - it could be larger, of course, but that would also increase the size and the weight of the unit.

Dirt cup is emptied quickly and easily, just be sure to empty it just above the trash can, not from few feet above.

Eufy HomeVac uses multistage air filtration - cyclonic dirt-air separation in combination with mechanical HEPA-style air filter. Cyclonic action keeps the dirt away from the filter, helping the unit to operate clog-free until the dirt cup is almost full. Mechanical HEPA-style filter prevents small dirt particles to exit the vacuum cleaner.

Eufy HomeVac dimensions: 10.3 × 9.3 × 43.0 inches (26.1 × 49.1 × 109.2 cm); unit weighs ~5.3 pounds (~2.4 kg).

Thanks to the lightweight and slender design and swivel cleaning head, unit maneuvers easily around the obstacles and under the furniture.

For more reviews and recommendations, check Eufy HomeVac Lightweight Cordless Upright-Style Vacuum Cleaner Amazon link (link opens in the new window).

5. Hoover LINX BH50010 Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

hoover linx cordless stick vacuum 1Hoover LINX BH50010 Cordless Stick Vacuum is cordless and bagless stick vacuum cleaner, based on Hoover's WindTunnel Technology. Lithium ion battery provides fade-free power for optimum cleaning performances.

Hoover LINX BH50010 is cordless and bagless stick vacuum cleaner based on Hoover's WindTunnel Technology, providing better cleaning of the various surfaces.

Power is provided by interchangeable 18-volt Lithium Ion battery, providing fade-free power. Such battery enables vacuum cleaner to work at full power all the time.

Motorized power brush can be turned off and on with a flip of a switch for bare-floor cleaning. Motorized brush does excellent work for pet hair and other dirt on rugs and carpets, however, it requires additional power and slightly reduces operating time on a single battery charge. For easier cleaning of various surfaces, Hoover LINX cordless vacuum also comes with the auto height adjustment, making transitions from bare floors to and from low and medium pile carpets and rugs very easy.

Cleaning nozzle is 11 inch (28 cm) wide and combined with edge-cleaning bristles and low-profile base, it can cover rather large area  and access and clean tight corners and areas. For example, it can reach around 8-9 inches (20-23 cm) under 3 inches (7 cm) of furniture.

Hoover LINX vacuum cleaner measures approximately 11x8x42 inches (28x20x107 cm) and is lightweight and easy to use to clean home regularly or in emergencies.

This unit comes with 2-year limited vacuum warranty and 2-year limited battery/charger warranty.

For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to follow Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner Amazon link (link opens in the new window).

6. Dirt Devil Power Air Corded Bagless Stick Vacuum - Model SD20505

dirt devil sd20505 1Dirt Devil SD20505 is lightweight, corded stick vacuum cleaner, optimized for bare floors like hardwood, tiles, linoleum and similar.

It is powered with 10 Amp motor, providing plenty of suction for 11 inch nozzle. Power cord is 20 feet long, and it is manually wrapped - there is no automatic power cord rewind system.

Dirt bin is transparent and it is emptied from below, enabling the user to easily and cleanly empty the dirt bin.

Air filtration is based on cyclonic dirt-air separation and pleated mechanical filter.

Air filter is washable and can last for 3-6 months. It is 'F2' Dirt Devil air filter and although such OEM filter is advertised as true HEPA filter, Dirt Devil SD20505 vacuum is not advertised as true HEPA vacuum. Nonetheless, be sure to use OEM air filters, since the unit as a system, provide very good air filtration.

This vacuum weighs only 6.67 pounds and it is easily carried around, even up and down the stairs. Although cleaning head doesn't have full swivel mechanism, vacuum is light and very easy to maneuver around the obstacles.

Unit comes with 2-year limited warranty.

For more reviews and recommendations, check Dirt Devil SD20505 Power Air Corded Bagless Stick Vacuum Amazon link (link opens in the new window).


Best Handheld Vacuums Under $100

Handheld vacuums are lightweight and compact units, commonly used for smaller cleanups and emergencies. They can be powered using mains power or onboard batteries. Regardless if they are corded or cordless, handheld units often come as stick/handheld vacuums combo.

Due to their small dimensions, handhelds are often used for cleaning stairs, cars, boats, upholstery and similar surfaces and areas that are hard to access and clean thoroughly with full-size vacuums.

Here is the list of the most popular and the best affordable handheld vacuum cleaners:

1. Shark Rocket Corded Hand Vac - HV292 Model

shark hv292 1Shark Rocket Corded Hand Vac - HV292 Model is corded, bagless, handheld vacuum cleaner. It comes with several very important attachments: TruePet Motorized Brush, Extended Reach Hose, 12" Crevice Tool and Dusting Brush. Shark HV292 is suitable for cleaning various dirt and debris, pet hair included, from surfaces like upholstery, shelves, furniture and similar. Very capable and affordable vacuum cleaner.

Shark Rocket HV292 is lightweight unit, weighing 3.7 pounds (~1.67 kg). There are, of course, lighter handhelds on the market, but HV292 comes with 400 W motor and 15 feet (~ 4.6m) power cord. Center of gravity is in front of the handle and it can be little bit tiring to hold the unit in such position. However, when being used, unit is mostly kept under certain downward angle, with center of gravity being almost below the handle, which makes it very easy to use even by elderly people.

For its size, it is very powerful vacuum, with very good suction, but with no suction control.

Unit has no automatic cord rewind system, but with relatively short power cord, it is not absolutely required. Also, power cord is long enough for cleaning single room and cleaning other rooms often requires unplugging the power cord from wall socket in one and plugging it in, in the next room.

Shark Rocket HV292 comes with 1-year limited warranty.

For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to follow Shark Rocket Corded Hand Vac (HV292) Amazon link (link opens in the new window).

2. Black and Decker CHV1410L 16 Volt Lithium Cordless Dust Buster Hand Vac

black and decker chv1410l 16v 2Black and Decker CHV1410L 16 Volt Lithium Cordless Dust Buster Hand Vac is handheld cordless vacuum cleaner with lithium ion battery technology providing many benefits. Other than battery, it is practically the same as Black & Decker CHV1410 Dustbuster 14.4-Volt Cordless Cyclonic Hand Vac.

This small and lightweight vacuum cleaner is ideal for kitchen, cars, boats and similar areas where 'emergencies' can occur and prompt action in the form of small, yet powerful vacuum cleaner is required.

Black and Decker CHV1410L 16 Volt Lithium Cordless Dust Buster Hand Vac features:

- lightweight and portable for quick clean-ups and emergencies - very important not only for people with pets and kids.

- the rotating, slim nozzle targets dirt in tight and hard to reach spaces.

- brush and crevice tool accessories are located on-board and they are easy and fast to use.

- the wide mouth design means this vac can effortlessly scoop up large debris. This 'wide mouth' is relative to other similar cordless and handheld vacuum cleaners - it is much smaller when compared with standard canister and upright vacuum cleaners.

- cyclonic action spins dust and debris away from the filter so suction power stays strong for longer periods of time. Nonetheless, it is good practice to empty dirt bin after each use and when you notice that suction power has been decreased (and battery is fully charged), change the filter.

- a transparent, bagless dirt bin makes it easy to see dirt and it is easy to empty - just be careful that it locks well after cleaning, otherwise it can open itself, usually when it is full of dirt.

- Removable, washable dirt bin and filters allow for a thorough, hygienic cleaning.

Since it is cordless, lithium battery powered vacuum cleaner, one can charge it when needed without fearing of losing charge and suction strength over time.

For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to follow Black & Decker CHV1410L 16 Volt Lithium Ion Cordless Dust Buster Hand Vac Amazon link (link opens in the new window).

3. Black and Decker BDH2000PL MAX 20-volt Lithium Pivot Vacuum

black and decker bdh2000pl 1Black and Decker BDH2000PL MAX 20-volt Lithium Pivot Vacuum is excellent cordless, handheld vacuum cleaner which features small size, good suction, three stage air filtration system, acceptable operating time etc. It doesn't come with pet hair cleaning tools, detachable hose and similar attachments, but for an emergency vacuum cleaner, it has everything such vacuum cleaner must have.

Black and Decker BDH2000PL is cordless vacuum cleaner powered by 20V lithium battery. Fully charged battery provides some 12-15 minutes of operation, which is generally more than enough for cleaning smaller messes at home or in the car - people with small kids and pets appreciate a good emergency vacuum cleaner that gets it's job done.

BDH2000PL vacuum's dimensions are: 6.75x18x6.88 inches (17x46x17.5 cm). It weighs 3 pounds (1.36 kg) and is light enough that even kids can use them (especially if they are the ones that made a mess!!!).

One of the most prominent features is pivoting mechanism of the suction nozzle, which enables reaching areas that would otherwise be hard to reach and clean and small and compact size when not in use.

Vacuum has very good suction - for handheld, cordless vacuum cleaner. Don't expect vacuums of this size, even when powered with lithium battery, to match corded vacuums regarding suction.

Additional cleaning tools, like cleaning brush are easy and fast to use. Although they are most basic cleaning tools, they can help a lot when cleaning tight places (crevice tool) or large debris (brush tool) like dry pet's food and similar.

Since charging base with vacuum cleaner doesn't require much space, it is highly recommended to be kept around the kitchen or similar area. When required, vacuum can be used right away, without wasting any time with cables, hoses and similar.

Note: The base station can be attached to the wall.

Charging time depends on the discharged state of the battery, but before first use, the battery must be charged for at least 24 hours.

Vacuum comes with two year limited warranty.

For more reviews and recommendations, check Black+Decker BDH2000PL MAX 20-volt Lithium Pivot Vacuum Amazon link (link opens in the new window).

4. BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum, Corded, 33A1

bissell handheld 33a1 1BISSELL Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum, Corded, 33A1 model is small, yet very powerful corded handheld vacuum cleaner. It doesn't feature 'fancy' things like rotating brush, but nonetheless, it gets job done easily.

This small vacuum cleaner is approximately 10x8x5 inches (25x20x13 cm) in size and light enough to be easily handled with only one hand.

This is very powerful handheld vacuum cleaner - when you switch it on, you will feel torque from motor starting. This vacuum cleaner sucks plenty of air and creates strong suction for cleaning the dirt - problem can be exhaust air that sometimes can interfere with the cleaning surface and blow away the dirt. However, this can be easily avoided with careful handling of the vacuum cleaner.

During operation, vacuum draws 4 Amps, making it much stronger than similar sized cordless vacuums.

Such strong engine makes relatively plenty of noise, but I guess it is the price for having such a strong engine (which is good, of course) in such a small vacuum cleaner.

Cordless vacuum cleaners that produce such a strong suction force are much more expensive with limited time of operation.

Power cord is 16 feet (5.5m) long which is more than enough for cleaning around the house in emergencies. For thorough cleaning, use your main, full size, vacuum cleaner.

For more reviews and recommendations and to compare it with other Bissell vacuum cleaners, feel free to follow Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum Amazon link (link opens in the new window).

5. Shark Pet Perfect II Hand Vac - SV780 Model

shark pet perfect II hand vac sv780 1Shark Pet Perfect II Hand Vac SV780 Model is lightweight, cordless, handheld vacuum which comes at very affordable price and does the job well. It comes with several cleaning attachments seldom seen on the rather cheap vacuum, which enables it to clean various types of debris on various surfaces. Very useful little vacuum for emergencies with kids and pets.

For quick and easy cleanups of pet hair and other most common ground-in dirt, Shark SV780 comes with motorized pet hair brush, crevice tool and dusting brush.

Combined with very good suction and charging stand, it can wait ready to be used when required within seconds - excellent choice as 'emergency vacuum cleaner' for people with small children and pets. Although it has relatively wide suction width, it is not suitable for cleaning larger areas - it can clean easily surfaces like sofas, car or boat interiors, smaller rooms, individual spills on the floor and similar.

The charging stand is wall-mountable or it is positioned on flat surface like a table top and it holds all accessories which comes with SV780 vacuum.

Shark SV780 uses 18V Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) battery, which provide enough energy to do the smaller cleanups properly, while keeping the price low. Lithium battery would provide more power and more energy, but it would also increase the price.

Shark SV780 weighs around 4.35 pounds (~2kg). It is not the lightest handheld cordless vacuum around, but it is still rather lightweight and can be easily used with one hand. It is light enough to be used even by children. Make your kids clean their own messes - they will develop great working habits, next time will be more careful and they will actually clean the mess :)

Air filtration is good, but far from HEPA grade - one really can't expect HEPA air filtration from units like these. Air filter is mechanical and it is washable.

For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to check Shark Pet Perfect II Hand Vac (SV780) Amazon link (link opens in the new window).

6. Eufy HomeVac Duo 2-in-1 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

eufy homevac duo 1Eufy HomeVac Duo (formerly known as the Anker HomeVac Duo) 2-in-1 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner is affordable and versatile cordless, bagless stick and handheld vacuum cleaner. At the moment, it comes in two colors, white and black, but it still can be found in red color, branded as 'Anker'. This is very easy and simple to maintain unit, which comes with excellent lithium ion battery providing superb power fade-free operating time.

Eufy HomeVac is a 2-in-1 cordless vacuum combining detachable cordless handheld unit with a cordless stick vacuum cleaner.

It is very lightweight unit - it weighs only 6.2 pounds (2.8 kg) and thanks to the full swivel cleaning head, it is highly maneuverable around furniture, edges, corners, stairs and similar. Eufy HomeVac can be used on various surfaces, and thanks to the motorized brush roll, the best cleaning is achieved on the low and medium pile carpets.

Eufy HomeVac comes with the set of headlights, which come very helpful for cleaning dirt and debris in low light conditions, without cleaning unwanted items.

Unit is powered by 2000 mAh lithium ion battery which fully charged can deliver 24 minutes of operation at full power and 60 minutes in so-called Eco Mode, which can clean up to 150m² of space. Suction is relatively good and thanks to the rotating brush roll, it can clean very well.

When purchased, HomeVac Duo comes with a charging cradle base, AC power adapter, crevice nozzle, dusting brush, and welcome guide (manual). When it arrives, unit must be assembled, and it can be done easily within seconds. In combination with handheld unit, crevice nozzle and dusting brush help cleaning surfaces like upholstery, edges, between cushions and seats, car interiors etc.

Charging base size is 10.2 x 7.5 inches (26 x 19 cm) and should be placed on the permanent position. When the handle is extended, unit is 46 inches (117 cm) high and with lowered handle, unit requires only 28 inches (69 cm) of vertical space. HomeVac is stored in vertical position.

For more reviews and recommendations, check Eufy HomeVac Duo 2-in-1 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Amazon link (link opens in the new window).

7. Black and Decker HFVB320J27 Eggplant Lithium Flex Hand Vacuum

black decker hfvb320j27 1Black and Decker HFVB320J27 Eggplant Lithium Flex Hand Vacuum is compact and lightweight, bagless, cordless handheld vacuum cleaner. It is one of the models from Black and Decker Flex series of handheld vacuums. Black and Decker HFVB320J27 features 12 V, 2 Ah lithium battery, 4 feet (~1.2 m) flexible extension hose and with few additional cleaning tools represents excellent balance between price and cleaning capabilities.

Thanks to the use of modern materials and lithium battery, Black and Decker HFVB320J27 is rather lightweight unit - it weighs 3.2 pounds (~1.44 kg). There are many, much lighter cordless units on the market, but Black and Decker Flex handhelds are used by carrying via ergonomic handle with one hand and by vacuuming with other hand. It is very compact vacuum cleaner - 6 x 10 x 11 inches (15.2 x 25.4 x 30.5 cm), requiring very little space for storing.

Black and Decker HFVB320J27 comes with 4 feet (~1.2 m) flexible hose with the combination of standard cleaning nozzle and dusting brush. Also, it comes with additional crevice tool and pet hair brush.

Black and Decker HFVB320J27 is powered using 12 V lithium battery. Its capacity is 2 Ah and the battery stores enough energy for the unit to operate ~15 minutes at full power. Unfortunately, unit doesn't have power controls except 'on' and 'off' - for delicate surfaces lower power setting would be good to have and for really messy situations power boost option would be great.

Nonetheless, 12V 2Ah battery in combination with good motor provide 17 Air Watts of suction.

For more reviews and recommendations, check Black & Decker HFVB320J27 Eggplant Lithium Flex Hand Vacuum Amazon link (link opens in the new window).


Best Cordless Vacuums Under $100

black and decker bdh2000pl 1mWith the advances in battery technology, especially lithium ion batteries, cordless vacuum cleaners are emerging not only as 'emergency vacuums', but are more and more being used as the main vacuum cleaners at homes and apartments.

Lack of power cord enables them to be used at the moment notice, even where and when there is no mains power available - at home, for cleaning cars and boats, at workshops or construction sites, when camping etc.

On the other hand, energy stored in onboard battery is limited, thus many cordless units come with 'eco-mode' (or 'normal' mode or ...) and 'boost-mode'. In eco-mode, suction power is limited, but the operating time is prolonged. In boost mode, cordless vacuum operates at full throttle, but the operating time is shorter.

Cordless units come in various sizes and types - small handheld units, convertible all-in-1 units, stick vacuums, backpack vacuums, construction site vacuums etc.

Here is the quick list of the best cordless unit in various categories (all of these models are reviewed in other categories on this page):

1. Black and Decker CHV1410L 16 Volt Lithium Cordless Dust Buster Hand Vac

2. Shark Rotator Freestyle Pro (SV1112)

3. Black and Decker BDH2000PL MAX 20-volt Lithium Pivot Vacuum

4. Shark Pet Perfect II Hand Vac - SV780 Model

5. Eufy HomeVac Duo 2-in-1 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

6. Hoover LINX BH50010 Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

Obviously, there are many more cordless units on the market, with very similar features and when found on sale, they are perhaps even better choice than these models.


Best Mattress Vacuums Under $100

Until actually needed, mattress vacuums are rarely purchased for regular cleaning and maintaining mattresses and upholstery. However, regular cleaning of mattresses with a good mattress cleaner can significantly reduce the possibility of bed bugs appearing at all and can reduce amount of potential allergens and other unhealthy particles found in mattresses, pillows, sheets etc.

Here is the list of the most popular and the best mattress vacuums under $100:

1. Housmile Anti-Dust Mites UV Vacuum Cleaner

housmile anti dust mites uv vacuum cleaner 1Housmile Anti-Dust Mites UV Vacuum Cleaner is very popular and efficient corded, handheld vacuum cleaner, designed for cleaning mites, bed and other similar bugs and allergens from mattresses, pillows, cloth sofas and other cloth furniture and upholstery, carpets etc.

In order to clean/remove dust mites and other similar bugs and allergens, Housmile Anti-Dust Mites UV Vacuum Cleaner uses several methods to kill the mites in the mattresses and other surfaces, to remove them and to prevent them from reappearing again.

Unit uses 253.7nm UV light tube and 55℃ (~130°F) high temperature hot air to ensure high efficiency of killing dust mites and other bed bugs. According to the manufacturer, the rate of killing bed bugs, mites, microorganisms and bacteria is almost up to 99.7%. And that is 'lab value'. In real life, expect less, or if you have time and you apply more passes, you can achieve even more than 99.7%.

UV light can be harmful to the humans and when operating, be sure to press the unit firmly to the cleaned area - just to be sure, read the manual before the first use. Also, 55°C/130°F doesn't sound much, but such hot air will warm the mattress significantly - be sure that you mattress can handle it. IMHO, they all can and should be able to handle it and if they can't, get yourself new, more resilient mattress.

In order to remove the dirt, bugs, and allergens, Housmile Anti-Dust Mites UV Vacuum Cleaner uses motorized beater pad, with 3800 Hz high frequency vibration and double suction to remove the dust and mites. First the motorized beater pad agitates and help loosen out the dust mites and dirt from deep of the mattress and other surface and then sucks them away.

The whole machine is true HEPA vacuum cleaner, with filtration based on mechanical filter with activated charcoal - unit captures 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns and releases the fresh air.

The unit is rather small and compact and with just 2.81 lbs (~1.27 kg) it is very light and easy to operate.

Unit is of bagless design and it has rather small dirt bin of just 160 ml. However, unit is designed to clean mattresses and similar surfaces, not carpets in walkways and similar. It is highly recommended to empty and clean the dirt bit after each use.

For more reviews and recommendations, check Housmile Anti-Dust Mites UV Vacuum Cleaner Amazon link (link opens in the new window).

2. Sonya Anti-Bacterial UV Vacuum Cleaner

sonya anti bacterial uv vacuum cleaner 1Sonya SYVC-21A Anti-Bacterial UV Vacuum Cleaner is compact, corded, bagless vacuum cleaner, specifically designed for vacuuming and sanitizing mattresses, pillows, cloth furniture and upholstery, carpets and similar. Sonya SYVC-21A mattress vacuum combines UV light and suction to kill and remove dead bed bugs, mites, bacteria and other microorganisms and allergens from cleaned surface.

According to the manufacturer, this unit kills 99.9% of potential allergens and bacteria, including bed bugs and dust mites with unit's 8W UV lamp, at least in the lab. After irradiating the surface, vacuum removes dirt and dead bugs from the mattress and other surfaces just like any other vacuum - using air suction. Motor is rated at 400 watts and it provides very good suction. However, unit doesn't have beater bar or beater pad to agitate the dirt and allergens from within the mattress.

To prevent spreading the dirt and debris after cleaning, unit is made as true HEPA vacuum cleaner. Dirt bin is relatively small, but this unit is designed to clean surfaces like pillows, mattresses, carpets, seats and similar.

One of the very interesting features of Sonya SYVC-21A Anti-Bacterial UV Vacuum Cleaner is that it can be used in 2 ways, as classic mattress handheld vacuum cleaner or a full length vacuum cleaner using the in-built telescopic handle.

For more reviews and recommendations, check Sonya SYVC-21A Anti-Bacterial UV Vacuum Cleaner Amazon link (link opens in the new window).

3. Euleven 3005CH - Handheld UV Mattress Vacuum Cleaner

euleven 3005ch 1Euleven 3005CH is handheld mattress vacuum cleaner. It combines good suction with two suction ports, vibrating pad, UV light and hot air to kill and thoroughly remove dust mites, bacteria and other dirt and allergens from the quilts, mattresses, bedspread, bedding, pillows, cushions, sofa cloth products, car seats etc.

Using Euleven 3005CH, it is very easy to keep the mattresses and other surfaces clean. It is easy to operate and very efficient in cleaning. However, when in use, it must be pulled rather slowly (4 inches/s, 10 cm/s) over the surface, or its cleaning efficiency can drop significantly.

Euleven 3005CH uses several methods to clean the mattresses and other similar surfaces: hot air, UV light, beater pad and strong double suction.

Euleven 3005CH is small and lightweight handheld vacuum cleaner. Its dimensions are 11.69 x 7.17 x 4.88 inches (~29.7 x 18.2 x 12.4 cm) and it weighs around 3.2 lbs (~1.45 kg).

Power cord is 157.5 inches (4 m) long, which is long enough for most situations. Of course, due to the unit size, there is no automatic rewind system of any kind.

Dirt bin capacity is 5.4 oz (160 ml) which is rather small for handheld vacuum cleaner, but this vacuum is designed for very specific use and such small bin is more than large enough.

For more reviews and recommendations, check Euleven 3005CH Handheld UV Mattress Vacuum Cleaner Amazon link (link opens in the new window).


How To Find The Best Inexpensive Vacuum

When buying inexpensive vacuums there are few things to consider, like vacuum type, floor types, suction power, air filtration, warranty conditions and similar.

Also, be sure to read reviews and comments of previous buyers and take a note why are they satisfied with their units and especially why are they NOT satisfied and what could be better.

Vacuums under $100 do their job, just don't expect the same results and don't compare them, especially in the long run, with larger, stronger and much more robust vacuums in, for example, $500+ price range :)

vonhaus 600w 2 in 1 mVacuum Type - this is highly personal, since some people prefer uprights, some people prefer canisters, etc. Floor types and other surfaces that are going to be cleaned dictate which vacuum to buy, too.

If you have many stairs and other elevated surfaces (upholstery for example), ordinary upright vacuum will not do the job properly. But upright vacuum cleaner with additional flexible hose is as good as any other upright vacuum, and can reach surfaces like canister vacuums.

Bagless units with easy-empty dirt bin don't have additional cost of vacuum bags, but disposable bags are even cleaner when compared with easy-empty bagless models - mostly.

Stick and handheld units are thin and small and often very easy to store on easy-to-reach position and are ready to be used in emergencies, too - this is very important for people with kids and pets. Also, such units are also often very light and can be used even by elderly and children (under supervision of adults, of course).

Convertible units (2-in-1, 3-in-1) can be used as handheld vacuums and as stick/upright vacuums, practically eliminating the need for more units at home or apartment.

Floor Types - common surfaces found at home include bare floors, hardwood floors, tiles, low-, medium-, high-pile carpets, rugs, upholstery, stairs, furniture etc. When choosing vacuum cleaner, not only under $100, be sure that your new unit is able to thoroughly clean surfaces found at your home.

Main cleaning heads often have rotating brushes with off/on switches, or have mechanisms to elevate brushes off the bare/sensitive floors. Rotating brushes significantly improve cleaning of carpets by agitating fibers and dirt embedded deeply in the carpet.

For cleaning upholstery and stairs, vacuums come with attachments specialized for such surfaces. Similarly, people with pets should aim for vacuums with pet hair attachments.

black and decker pav1200w 12v 1mSuction Power determines the air flow strength which removes the dirt off the cleaned surfaces. Suction power is given in Air Watts and varies significantly - it depends on power source (cordless/corded), vacuum price and similar.

Suction power of some units is given in the following list:

- Black and Decker HFVB320J27 Eggplant Lithium Flex Hand Vacuum - 17 Air Watts, lithium ion battery,

- Black and Decker CHV1510 Dustbuster - 25 Air Watts, NiCd batteries,

- Black and Decker PAV1200W - 11 Air Watts, powered via cigarette lighter adapter cable,

- Black and Decker BDH2020FLFH Flex - 24 Air Watts, lithium battery,

- Dyson V6 - 28 Air Watts (20 minutes of normal operation), 100 Air Watts (6 minutes boost), lithium battery, cost more than $100,

- Dyson V7 - 100 Air Watts (6 minutes boost), lithium battery, cost much more than $100,

- Dyson V8 - 115 Air Watts (7 minutes boost), lithium battery, cost much more than $100, etc.

To compensate for lower Air Watts values, such 'weaker' vacuums have smaller cleaning nozzle areas - this keeps the air flow speed high, enabling these units to pick even larger debris. But, such vacuums require more time to clean required area - you win some, you lose some :)

exhaust fitrationAir Filtration - people suffering from asthma, allergies and similar health related issues should aim for true HEPA vacuums. Such vacuums remove 99.97% of 0.3 microns particles from exhaust air. This is very hard to achieve since it requires that whole unit is designed with HEPA filtration in mind and that costs some money.

Also, some manufacturers claim that their units use HEPA-style mechanical filters. HEPA-style and true HEPA air filtration are two different things.

Nonetheless, there are true HEPA vacuums that doesn't cost a fortune :)

Warranty Conditions - vacuums under $100 should have limited warranty of at least one year, preferably 2 years for home-only use. 'Limited' means that the warranty cover normal use of the vacuum cleaner - if you drop it, throw it or abuse or misuse it in any way or anything similar, forget the warranty :)

More expensive vacuums come with longer warranties, sometimes having different warranties for different parts of the unit, but such units do cost much more - IMHO $500 unit should have at least 4-5 year warranty.


Long Story Short - inexpensive vacuum cleaners do the job they are designed to do. Most of the time.

Be sure to read our reviews and recommendations, but also note what other people have to say. After all, the reasons why we like certain unit might be the reasons why you are NOT going to like that particular vacuum...

 

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