Best Vacuum Cleaners


Updated Nov 2019

BUYING GUIDE FOR Best Vacuum Cleaners

A home without a vacuum cleaner is a very unpleasant and dusty place to be indeed.

Vacuums are an essential part of life not just because they help us keep the home presentable. Dust and allergens are an ever-present threat to our health, increasing our risk of developing conditions like asthmas, as well as exacerbating existing allergic reactions.

However, there’s no denying they can get expensive. Utilizing the latest technology and get the most cutting-edge cleaners is not something that everyone can afford. Is it possible to get a vacuum cleaner that has the power to keep your home dust-free without the price tag to also make your wallet cash free? Luckily for you, the answer is a very clear “yes.”

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Brief Reviews of 5 Best Vacuum Under 100

Whether you’re just striking out on your own for the first time or you’re looking to quickly replace an old or broken vacuum, you might not have the budget for the latest and greatest in vacuum tech. However, you may still be able to get a cleaner that get the job done at a reasonable price.

We have decided to set the price for reasonably-priced vacuums at $100. Given that these appliances are expected to do their jobs for a number of years and you want to ensure that you’re buying a quality product, you can’t ask for more reasonable than that.

So, while the budget will decide which products we look at, it’s not the only thing that will shape our verdict. To find the best vacuums under $100, read the pros and cons of each, as well as our guide to what, exactly, you want in a vacuum.

1. Hoover Sprint QuickVac – Compact but powerful

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The Hoover Sprint QuickVac is a corded, bagless and upright model of vacuum cleaner. In terms of cost, it is right in the middle of compared with the others we’re going to look at with a focus on providing a lightweight yet powerful vacuum.

Despite its small size, the QuickVac is relatively powerful compared to some of the other vacuums in the list. The small size and light weight make it perfect for reaching tight corners and under beds while taking up relatively little storage space One of the major advantages is that this vacuum is bagless. Bagged vacuums require you to purchase new bags once you empty the others.

One of the main issues with the QuickVac is a small vacuum capacity. This means that you might have to get used to emptying it regularly. Though this doesn’t impact the cost-efficiency of the appliance, thanks to the fact it’s bagless, it can become a chore. There are some reliability issues, as well. In particular, the hose seems prone to coming apart from the base, which can require a repair. Finally, the twist function that opens the filter can loosen dust, making a bit of a mess if you let it fill too much.

Pros
  • High-quality clean
  • Compact, light, and easy to store
  • No need for replacement bags
Cons
  • Needs to be emptied frequently
  • Messy filter mechanism
  • Hose can malfunction easily

2. Dirt Devil Simpl-Stik Lightweight – The budget option

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The Dirt Devil is a corded, bagless, stick vacuum. As the cheapest option on this list, the price will immediately jump out as some consumers. What’s more, the stick is detachable, so you can use it as a hand vacuum too.

The detachable stick is a relatively novel feature given the extremely low price and can make it more convenient to vacuum even the tightest of spaces where the stick may be more cumbersome. An attachable crevice tool means that it can ensure corners get the fullest clean possible, too. At only 10 pounds, it’s remarkably lightweight. Despite the size and power, it is impressively powerful, with 1.25 amp motor able to pick up even thick pet hairs from carpets.

Slim as it is, the Dirt Devil is not suitable for storing upright as it can easily fall. This means that you need to either find space long enough for the whole stick or you have to detach it, storing the stick and the vacuum separately. One major issue is a filter that tends to wear out easily and can be exceedingly tough to find repairs for. Unless you can track down a supply of replacement filters, the vacuum can lose its power easily.

Pros
  • Incredibly cheap yet powerful
  • Lightweight
  • Highly versatile
Cons
  • Requires more storage space than you would expect
  • Low-quality filters that are difficult to replace

3. Bissell Zing Rewind – For those with allergies

Like the last two options, the Bissell is corded and bagless but instead comes as a cylinder, or canister vacuum. Only slightly more expensive than the Hoover, it still fits nicely within the budget set for this article and offers the capability to clean a range of surfaces.

With the flick of a switch, the Bissell can turn from carpet mode to hard floor mode, making it suitable for fabrics and smooth surfaces alike. The vacuum is not only powerful, but it has a high-quality filtration system. This means that it sucks up and retains more allergens than other vacuums, making it perfect for those with sensitive respiratory systems.

One of the major issues with the Bissell is the short cord-length. At only 4 feet long, you might trouble cleaning larger rooms that don’t have multiple sockets. The wand at the end of the hose is a little flimsy and brittle, too. Replacing it, even after warranty, isn’t too expensive, but you may grow frustrated with how often you have to do it.

Pros
  • Works well on most surfaces
  • Great at keeping allergens at bay
Cons
  • Short cord, not suitable for large homes
  • Brittle wands require replacements

4. Eureka Mighty Mite – Efficient and multi-purpose

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Like the Bissell, the Eureka Mighty Mite is another corded, cylinder vacuum cleaner but this one is bagged. It’s a little less expensive, usually around the same price as the Hoover and provides a lightweight, efficient solution for quick cleaning.

One immediately noticeable difference between the Eureka and Bissell is the cord length. At twenty feet long, the Eureka is perfect for use in larger rooms and is exceedingly easy to move around thanks to its light weight. The handle allows you to lift the vacuum to work on stairs with ease, while the extendable wand helps you reach high spaces like the tops of windows and even webs in the ceiling. What’s more, the Eureka even has a leaf blower function that works well, making it two tools for the price of one.

With the light weight and the smaller body comes the challenge of having to empty the canister a lot more often. As this is a bagged vacuum, this means that it can actually get rather expensive over the years of use. While it can reach just about any space in the home, it isn’t able to clean just about every surface.


The Mighty Mite works best with hard floors, so homes with plenty of carpet, rugs or upholstery might require a different option. There is a more powerful Mighty Mite Pet Lover, but that often costs more than the budget set for this list. If you like all the functions and are willing to go a little over budget, consider looking at that instead.

Pros
  • Most versatile tool on the list
  • Very mobile and easy to store
Cons
  • Small capacity means replacing bags can get expensive in the long run
  • Not powerful enough to deal with carpets

5. Bissell CleanView – Perfect for carpets

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Another product from Bissell, and another corded and bagless vacuum to boot. This Bissell, however, is upright instead of cylindrical. This is a lightweight, yet powerful vacuum designed specifically for tackling carpets and the most expensive appliance on the list.

As far as its purpose for dealing with fabrics goes, the CleanView succeeds. The TurboBrush function digs into the crevices of carpets, rugs, and upholstery well, giving a powerful and effective clean on a single pass. It also contains the multi-level filtration system that makes it better at storing allergens, like the other Bissell. Furthermore, its 25 ft. long cord means that it can reach just about any space unless you have truly massive rooms with only one socket available.

One slight downside is that, compared to the other vacuums, it makes significantly more noise. Vacuums are noisy in general, but the CleanView is noticeably louder which may agitate some homeowners. The hose is shorter than many of the other vacuums so while it may be light enough to carry up the stairs, it might not reach the higher points of the home. Finally, the canister can become coated in dust, which makes removing a messy process best done as close to the outside waste receptacle as possible.

Pros
  • Extremely powerful and great for carpets
  • Long cord, very lightweight
  • Good at keeping allergens at bay
Cons
  • Very loud
  • Short hose
  • Messy canister removal

What To Look For In A Vacuum

SHAPE AND STYLE

There are a variety of different kinds of vacuum cleaners, including upright and cylinder, bagged or bagless. The different kinds each have their pros and cons, but where you plan on storing them also plays a large role. For instance, upright vacuums require more floor space but are better if need to clean around smaller spaces.

Flex

The flex determines how shock absorbent your board is. The softer the flex, the better the absorbency. The better your shock absorbency, the better a board is for riding at mellow speeds. The flex options range from Soft, Soft/Medium and Medium/Stiff to Stiff. For cruising longboards, you want to stick to Soft options. You also want it to have a slight camber, meaning the middle of the board rises some.

Cord length

Though cordless vacuums are certainly becoming more popular, the simple fact is that you might not be able to find very many at the price range we’re looking at. For that reason, you need to consider cord length instead. The shorter the cord, the less reach you have with the vacuum. A shorter cord may not be too much of an obstacle in a home with smaller rooms, but for larger setups like studio apartments, they have their limits.

Cleaning capacity

Every vacuum can store a limited amount of matter before it has to be emptied. Mostly, this is a matter of convenience. Most vacuums store enough for multiple uses before they have to be emptied. In bagged models, however, vacuums with lower cleaning capacities end up being more expensive since you have to buy bags more often.

Allergenic properties

Dust and other allergens are easily banished from the home with a vacuum cleaner. If you or someone in your home has allergies, however, you have to ensure you choose vacuums that can better retain its contents as opposed to leaking them back out. Hepa and S-class filters tend to be much better at retaining the tiny allergen particles that other vacuums can allow to escape.

Buyer’s guide

The size of the home and the storage space available is going to be one your prime concerns when choosing a vacuum cleaner. You need to choose a vacuum that you already have space to store, as well as enough cord to reach every corner of the room from the available power sockets.

Wattage isn’t as important in vacuum cleaners as you might expect, with many lower watt cleaners cleaning just as effectively as more powerful models. Consider what your home is like, as well. Do you have carpets, wooden flooring, or laminate floors? If your home is mostly smoother surfaces instead of fabrics, you don’t need to shell out for a more sophisticated vacuum.

Conclusion

Our final recommendation for a vacuum cleaner in this price range is the Bissell CleanView. If you don’t mind a little noise and the need to take it outdoors when you want to empty the canister, it encompasses many of the best features of the other options. Light, good against allergens, powerful, and perfect for carpets, it is one of the best vacuums under $100.


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