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The 7 Best Cheap Vacuums - Winter 2022 Reviews

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Best Cheap Vacuums
109 Vacuums Tested
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If you're looking for a cheap vacuum, you may be surprised by how good of a performance you can get from budget-friendly options. The current product landscape has yielded many choices that should have little trouble cleaning different kinds of debris, though you might have to make sacrifices in terms of premium features or build quality.

We've tested over 105 vacuum cleaners, and below are our recommendations for the best value vacuums. These recommendations are based not only on their price but also on their design and performance. For more buying recommendations, take a look at our list of the best vacuums under $100, the best handheld vacuums, and the best lightweight vacuums.


  1. Best Cheap Cordless Vacuum: Wyze Handheld Vacuum

    7.4
    Bare Floor
    7.4
    Low-Pile Carpet
    7.7
    High-Pile Carpet
    8.6
    Pets
    8.4
    Stairs
    8.4
    Cars
    Vacuum Type
    Handheld
    Bagless
    Yes
    Cordless
    Yes
    Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
    Yes

    The Wyze Handheld Vacuum is the best cheap vacuum with a cordless design that we've tested. This compact cordless vacuum delivers good performance on bare floors, where it easily sucks up pet hair as well as small debris. However, it struggles somewhat with cleaning especially bulky material. It also performs very well on low and high-pile carpets. If you have a particularly stubborn mess to deal with, you can increase its suction power by quickly tapping its main power button.

    Depending on your choice of suction power mode, this vacuum supplies roughly anywhere between 10 minutes to half an hour of runtime, which is fairly lengthy by the standards of a handheld vacuum. It comes with a relatively broad selection of tools and accessories, including a dedicated upholstery tool and an extension hose for reaching hard-to-reach spots. It feels well-built, is decently easy to maintain, and incurs low recurring costs, with the only part requiring regular replacement being its allergen-trapping HEPA filter assembly.

    Unfortunately, and unsurprisingly for a vacuum of this size, its dirt compartment is very small, so you need to empty it very often. You can't use most of its accessories if you lose the included attachment adapter, and it doesn't come with a motorized turbo brush. Still, it's one of the best cheap vacuum cleaners we've tested, and its portable design and versatile overall performance also make it one of the best handheld vacuums we've tested.

    See our review

  2. Alternative With A Larger Dustbin: Black+Decker dustbuster CHV1410L

    Vacuum Type
    Handheld
    Bagless
    Yes
    Cordless
    Yes
    Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
    No

    If you're looking for a cheap handheld vacuum but don't want to empty a dustbin quite as often, consider the Black+Decker dustbuster CHV1410L. This cordless model is bulkier than the Wyze Handheld Vacuum and lacks a suction power adjustment feature. Its dirt compartment is significantly bigger, and it has a much easier time clearing bulkier debris from bare floors. It also feels well-built, has few parts that need regular cleaning and incurs low recurring costs. However, it struggles somewhat with clearing fine debris from low and high-pile carpets. It also doesn't come with a HEPA filter to trap allergens as you clean. Its selection of tools and accessories is somewhat smaller, as it includes only a combination crevice tool/extension wand/hard bristle brush. It only supplies roughly 10 minutes of runtime on a single charge, so you need to work fast when dealing with bigger messes, though it's worth noting that battery life can vary in the real world.

    Get the Wyze if you're looking for a smaller vacuum with a broader feature set, but consider the Black+Decker if you want a larger dustbin and better performance clearing bulky debris.

    See our review

  3. Best Cheap Corded Vacuum: BISSELL Featherweight Stick 2033

    7.9
    Bare Floor
    7.3
    Low-Pile Carpet
    6.4
    High-Pile Carpet
    8.5
    Pets
    7.7
    Stairs
    7.9
    Cars
    Vacuum Type
    Upright/Handheld
    Bagless
    Yes
    Cordless
    No
    Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
    No

    The best cheap vacuum with a corded design that we've tested is the BISSELL Featherweight Stick 2033. This upright vacuum has a very lightweight, compact construction that allows you to pick it up and carry it or maneuver in tight spaces without too much effort. Its simple design makes it easy to maintain, and its lack of a dirtbag and washable filters keep recurring costs to a minimum.

     This vacuum delivers great performance on flat, even surfaces like hardwood or linoleum. It also does a decent job sucking up pet hair and larger debris on carpets. However, you should empty its dustbin frequently since its suction performance drops by a significant degree as it fills up. If you need to clean any tight corners, you can quickly reconfigure it into a smaller handheld vacuum.

    This vacuum has a very short power cable, so you may need to swap outlets when vacuuming larger areas. It also feels cheaply built, though that isn't unusual for an appliance at this price point. It's also worth pointing out that rug tassels can get sucked into its floorhead. Still, its simple, easy-to-carry design makes it one of the best lightweight vacuums that we've tested.

    See our review

  4. Alternative With Better Performance On Carpets: BISSELL PowerForce Helix

    Vacuum Type
    Upright
    Bagless
    Yes
    Cordless
    No
    Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
    No

    If you're looking for a corded vacuum that delivers better performance on carpeted floors, consider the BISSELL PowerForce Helix. This corded upright isn't as easy to carry around or store compared to the BISSELL Featherweight Stick 2033 and delivers inferior performance on bare floors. It does a better job clearing debris from low and high-pile carpet and has a five-level surface type adjustment feature. It also has a much bigger dirt compartment that doesn't need emptying as often. Its pre-motor filter shouldn't need replacing too often, so recurring costs aren't especially high, either. Unfortunately, its all-plastic construction doesn't feel sturdy, and many parts require regular cleaning. Its bulky design and lack of a rotating vacuum head make it difficult to maneuver in tight spaces.

    Get the Featherweight if maneuverability and portability are bigger concerns, but take a look at the PowerForce if you prioritize cleaning performance on carpeted surfaces.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Robot Vacuum: yeedi K650

    7.8
    Bare Floor
    5.8
    Low-Pile Carpet
    6.6
    High-Pile Carpet
    6.1
    Pets
    6.1
    Stairs
    5.7
    Cars
    Vacuum Type
    Robot
    Bagless
    Yes
    Cordless
    Yes
    Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
    No

    The best cheap robot vacuum we've tested is the yeedi K650. This basic robot vacuum does a superb job clearing debris on bare floors and performs reasonably well on high-pile carpets. It offers four different suction power modes to suit different surface types, and you can set its cleaning pattern to clean the edges of a room or a small area.

    Despite its budget-friendly price, it feels well-built, with a matte-finish plastic body and wheels with rubber treads. Its dirt compartment is a little larger than most other robot vacuums. Battery performance is also remarkable, with a battery life of roughly anywhere between 50 minutes to four hours depending on your choice of suction power mode and usage habits.

    Unfortunately, it can struggle with sucking up pet hair on carpeted surfaces, and it doesn't have an allergen-trapping HEPA filter. Due to its lack of an advanced room mapping system, it occasionally bumps into objects, including its charging dock. Also, it has many parts that need regular cleaning or replacing, so recurring costs are high. Still, if you're looking for an affordable robot vacuum that can easily handle messes on bare floors, this is a good option.

    See our review

  6. Best Budget Vacuum Cleaner: Eureka Whirlwind Bagless Canister

    8.7
    Bare Floor
    8.0
    Low-Pile Carpet
    7.5
    High-Pile Carpet
    8.3
    Pets
    7.6
    Stairs
    7.6
    Cars
    Vacuum Type
    Canister
    Bagless
    Yes
    Cordless
    No
    Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
    No

    The best budget vacuum we've tested is the Eureka Whirlwind Bagless Canister. This compact canister vacuum is lightweight and easy to maneuver, even in tight spaces. Its lack of a dirtbag and washable, reusable filters keep recurring costs minimum. User maintenance is simple, with the few parts that need periodic cleaning being within easy reach.

    This vacuum delivers superb performance on flat, even surfaces like tile or linoleum, easily cleaning pet hair as well as small and bulky debris. While its floorhead doesn't have a brushroll for more thorough cleaning of carpeted floors, it does have bristles that can be extended or retracted at the flick of a switch. The vacuum itself still clears an amazing amount of debris on low-pile carpet and performs well on high-pile carpet, though you may still need to make another pass to fully clean very fine debris.

    Unfortunately, this vacuum has a short power cord and vacuum hose, so you may need to swap outlets when cleaning larger areas or far-away spaces. Parts of its mainly plastic construction also feel somewhat cheap, especially its clear plastic dirt compartment. It doesn't have an allergen-trapping HEPA filter either, which could be an issue if you suffer from serious allergies. Otherwise, its versatile performance and compact size make it one of the best canister vacuums we've tested.

    See our review

  7. Cordless Alternative: Wyze Cordless Vacuum

    Vacuum Type
    Stick/Handheld
    Bagless
    Yes
    Cordless
    Yes
    Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
    Yes

    If you're looking for a budget-friendly cordless vacuum, consider the Wyze Cordless Vacuum. This stick vacuum doesn't offer the virtually indefinite runtime of the Eureka Whirlwind Bagless Canister and has a smaller dustbin that needs more frequent emptying. However, its cordless design allows you to clear with ease. Also, you can easily convert it into a handheld configuration. It delivers superior performance on high-pile carpets and does a similarly fantastic job dealing with pet hair on most floor types, though bulky debris can get stuck at the entry to its dustbin. It has a washable allergen-trapping HEPA filter, resulting in a near-total absence of recurring costs. Depending on your choice of suction power mode and attachments, it supplies roughly 10 minutes to an hour of runtime, which should be sufficient for vacuuming most rooms. Unfortunately, it does have quite a few parts that need regular cleaning, and some of its plastic parts scratch easily.

    Get the Eureka if you're looking for a corded vacuum, but consider the Wyze if you value the go-anywhere range of a cordless vacuum.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • eufy HomeVac H11: The eufy HomeVac H11 is a cordless handheld vacuum similar in size to the Wyze Handheld Vacuum. It lacks an allergen-trapping HEPA filter and a suction power adjustment feature. It also delivers inferior performance on all surface types. See our review
  • Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+: The Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ is a handheld vacuum with a great overall performance comparable to the Eureka Whirlwind Bagless Canister, but it's more expensive than the Wyze Handheld Vacuum. See our review
  • BISSELL AeroSlim: The BISSELL AeroSlim is a cordless handheld vacuum that incurs virtually no recurring costs. It doesn't perform as well as the Wyze Handheld Vacuum on any surface type and has a smaller dustbin. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 10, 2022: Ensured that all main picks are still available and represent the best choice for their given category.

  2. Nov 11, 2021: Added Wyze Cordless Vacuum as new 'Cordless Alternative' pick.

  3. Sep 14, 2021: Replaced HoLife HM036E with Wyze Handheld Vacuum as 'Best Cheap Cordless Vacuum' due to current availability. Replaced 'Smaller Alternative' category pick with 'Alternative With A Larger Dustbin' category. Removed Black+Decker dustbuster CHV1410L from Notable Mentions.

  4. Jul 29, 2021: Replaced BISSELL AeroSlim with Wyze Handheld Vacuum as 'Smaller Alternative' pick. Added BISSELL AeroSlim to Notable Mentions.

  5. Jun 01, 2021: Removed eufy RoboVac 11S from recommendations due to current pricing. Added BISSELL PowerForce Helix 'Alternative With Better Performance On Carpets' pick. Removed iRobot Roomba 692 and bObsweep Bob Pro from Notable Mentions due to current pricing.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are currently the best value vacuums to buy. We factor in a fairly wide range of other factors, including availability, performance, and reader feedback.

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our reviews for vacuums priced under $100. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While there is no single best vacuum for cheap that's perfect for every use, most are good enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.

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