Updated on December 2, 2020 by Lyric Fergusson
It can be daunting buying a new appliance. Advancements in technology, new models, and various prices are only a few of the things that make it difficult. That’s why I’ve put together a list of the 7 best vacuums under $100. Who wants to spend a fortune on something when you don’t have to?? Some of the best vacuum brands out there make models that are easy to use, have good features and suction, and won’t break the bank. So don’t let cleaning ‘suck’ the life out of you (pun intended!)! Get a good, inexpensive vacuum that saves you time and money, so you can enjoy moments doing what you really care about.
The Best Vacuums Under $100
(Best budget option)
Why it’s great: If the price didn’t peak your interest enough, the lightweight portability will! At only 3 pounds, moving this vacuum from room to room or upstairs is a breeze. I also like how it converts from a stick vacuum to a handheld vacuum with just a couple of clicks. It’s quite slender, so it moves between couches and tables easily. Another plus? It’s not as loud as a traditional vacuum! I don’t like scaring my children and pets when I’m cleaning my floors, so this Bissell Featherweight is a nice option to keep the peace during chore time. It’s so lightweight and easy to use, that I can easily turn this chore into my son’s chore when he gets a little older. For now, cleaning up the messes he creates is easier by using this vacuum, especially the handheld part for after snack time.
Keep in mind: There is no roller brush on this vacuum, as it’s meant for smaller jobs.
Good for: People who need something very lightweight and have a small living space.
(Best for picker-upper)
Why it’s great: If you have a furry friend living with you, you may want to go with a vacuum designed for homes with pets. The triple-action brush roll lifts, loosens and removes pet hair from carpets and furniture, and its gentle bristles work on hard floors to remove small debris. I love the scatter-free technology. I wasn’t sure what that would look like, but once I tried this vacuum, I realized that when I start moving towards the dog food crumbles or pet hair, it doesn’t fly away. Instead, there’s less movement of the debris so I can collect it much easier. Saves me time! It also has swivel steering that gets around and under furniture and other obstacles in your home (dog bed, toys, children). The attachments that come with this vacuum are some of my favorites. There’s a corner tool and a small spin brush that works super on stairs. Another bonus is that as an animal lover, I love that Bissel has a pet foundation and gives back $10 of every pet purchase to the foundation. I’m not only helping out my pets but others as well.
Keep in mind: This is a powerful vacuum and it can be noisy.
Good for: Anyone who has a furry friend who sheds.
(Best cordless option)
Why it’s great: If you have a lot of stairs or finding a wall socket is annoying, this cordless vacuum is a great problem solver for you. In just 5 hours of charge time, you’ll get about half an hour of cleaning time. Enough to vacuum the stairs without tripping over a cord, or moving around a large room without having to re-plug. With a couple of clicks, you can easily convert this into a handheld vacuum, and easily clean upholstery or reach hard-to-get-to places. I really like the LED lights that alert you to neglected dust. The brush design is a unique V-shape, so it’s using the latest technology to clean dust and hair faster and more efficiently. All the parts of this vacuum are washable and reusable, so there’s nothing to put on the shopping list, ever! When you’re done using the ONSON, just click it back onto the charging station (You can mount this! Great feature.) and go back to your daily activities. Job done!
Keep in mind: You’re not supposed to leave it charging after it’s achieved full charge. You’ll need to unplug it or take it off the charging station.
Good for: People with stairs or who dislike dealing with cords while vacuuming.
Why it’s great: The tools that come with this vacuum are phenomenal. Not only are they ALL stored on-board (no searching for them when the time comes!), but they all have their own unique usage. From a crevice tool to a dusting brush, an upholstery tool to a quick-release stretch hose, and everything in between, you’ll find a solution for every chore. It’s pretty lightweight at only 10 pounds, so it’s easy to carry from room to room, or even up the stairs. I also save time with the Eureka PowerSpeed because the dust cup is larger than normal, so I don’t have to change it mid-session. It can work on all my floors; hardwood, carpet, and my shag rug, because there are 5 height adjustment settings. This really is all-in-one.
Keep in mind: The brush spins on hard floor settings too, so if you have extremely delicate flooring this may not be right for you.
Good for: Someone who is crunched for time and wants one vacuum with tools for all his/her needs.
Why it’s great: Having trouble reaching the corners of your high ceilings to get those pesky cobwebs? The Dirt Devil Endura has a 10-foot extension wand that will help you out with that. There’s also a dusting brush and crevice tool that easily maneuvers corners and tight spaces and is conveniently stored on the side of the Endura. And because the dirt cup is larger than most, there will be fewer trips to the trash, and the dirt is released with just the touch of a button. It’s super easy to use and lightweight. The filter is rinse-able and reusable, which is a money saver over time. Best of all, the Endura has a three-stage filtration system for advanced filtration performance to provide a very deep clean. This lightweight vacuum really packs a punch with what it can do in a short amount of time!
Keep in mind: It needs to be propped up when resting; when not in use it can fall over if it’s not properly positioned.
Good for: Those with high ceilings who want to use the attachment tool, and for those who have allergies and want to take advantage of the three-stage filtration system.
(Best time saver)
Why it’s great: Spend less time struggling with your vacuum cleaner, because this one is super easy to use. The Eureka WhirlWind has automatic cord rewind, no bags or filters, the tools snap easily into place, and it has an easy-release dust cup, all of which saves you time. It’s very lightweight and can easily maneuver under and around furniture and stairs due to its swivel steering. It’s also easy to navigate around the furniture because of the long telescopic metal wand. The canister holds an amazing three liters of dirt, so you can clean your entire home without having to stop to empty it. This vacuum can also be stored in less traditional places if you choose since it’s not an upright vacuum. It can fit under a tall bed, under a table in the garage, or on a closet shelf. What a space saver!
Keep in mind: This is not an upright vacuum, so you will need to pull it along as you go. Good thing it’s only 8 pounds!
Good for: People who have hard floors, as this is specially designed for hard surfaces. There are three settings, however: upholstery, hard floors, and carpet.
(Quickest small clean up)
Why it’s great: Instead of getting out the large vacuum every time you want to suck up smaller amounts dirt or pet hair, you can use this small handheld vacuum to do the trick. A motorized brush tool removes unwanted pet hair and embedded dirt easily. It comes with a lithium-ion battery, which is powerful and easy to charge. This Bissell features triple-level filtration, which can help with allergies. A set of specialized pet tools comes with it: motorized brush tool, upholstery tool, and crevice tool. Perfect for cleaning stairs, upholstery, car seats, and more. Because it’s cordless, it’s easy to use outdoors and indoors, anywhere you want to clean. The dirt cup is easy to empty and the filter is washable. I love the small size of this vacuum, so I can store one upstairs and one downstairs as a good go-to vacuum for quick needs.
Keep in mind: This is a handheld vacuum and needs to be charged between uses.
Good for: People who want to clean fur off of furniture between traditional vacuuming sessions.
FAQs about vacuums under $100
1. Can I use vacuums on floor rugs?
Most vacuums have a setting that allows for different pilings. Make sure you choose a vacuum that has a setting that works with the type of fibers in your rug. Also, consider whether or not it is a vacuum that has a roller brush. Not all rugs will fare well with roller brushes. However, in general, you can use a vacuum on your floor rug if you adjust the setting.
2. What kind of vacuum cleaner works best on stairs?
Consider using a cordless vacuum on your stairs. Cords can be a tripping hazard and can be annoying to work around when you’re going up the stairs. Look for a model that is cordless, or offers a handheld detachable option.
3. How often should the vacuum filters be changed?
Some vacuums have filters that need to be changed, while others are washable. Regardless, it’s best to clean/change the filter once a month with heavy usage, and every 3-4 months with light usage.
4. Where should I store my vacuum?
It’s common practice to store a vacuum in a hall closet. Think about the areas you vacuum most, and choose a closet near those areas. You may also want an ‘upstairs’ vacuum and a ‘downstairs’ vacuum, to save yourself time and headache lugging it up the steps. If you buy a canister vacuum (not upright), you have more options for storage, such as on a shelf or under a tall bed.
5. Do you need a vacuum if you only have hard flooring?
Even if you don’t have carpets, a vacuum can help improve the air quality because of the filtration system, which a broom doesn’t have. Vacuums are also useful for most rugs and upholstery. However, you may not need to purchase a vacuum that has a lot of attachments or special features, so read over the product information so that you don’t over-buy.
There are so many choices these days when it comes to vacuums. You may not need all the bells and whistles! Think about what your needs are. Do you have a two-story home? Do you have multiple types of flooring? Do you have pets? Are you able to use a heavier vacuum? Once you narrow down your wants and needs, you can pick the perfect vacuum for you. And all the choices above are less than $100, so they won’t break the bank! And you might just have fun using your new vacuum…who knew cleaning could be so enjoyable?!