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The 4 Best Vacuums Under $100 - Fall 2022 Reviews

Best Vacuums Under $100

If you're looking for a vacuum under $100, it may seem like you need to make a lot of sacrifices regarding performance. However, vacuums have become more affordable over time and can offer versatility that comes close to their higher-priced counterparts. While you still may have to make some choices between extra tools or better build quality, it's possible to find a vacuum for under $100 that suits your needs.

We've tested over 125 vacuums, and below are our recommendations for the best vacuums for under $100 that you can buy. If you're looking for more, check out our recommendations for the best handheld vacuums, the best upright vacuums, and the best lightweight vacuums.

  1. Best Vacuum Under $100

    The best vacuum priced under $100 that we've tested is the Eureka Mighty Mite. This bagged vacuum is lightweight and compact, making it easy to maneuver in cluttered areas or pick up and carry. It's also remarkably easy to maintain, with the few parts that require regular cleaning being simple to access. It delivers fantastic performance on bare, even surfaces and does a good job cleaning material on low and high-pile carpet. Its primary floorhead has bristles that can be extended or retracted depending on the floor type that you're currently on. You can also remove its extension wand and clean it with either its hard-bristle brush or its combination upholstery/crevice tool.

    Unfortunately, it does incur some recurring costs in the form of its dirtbag, which needs replacing once it gets full, though it does have an impressively large capacity. If you don't want to deal with the hassle of replacing a dirtbag periodically, the Eureka Whirlwind Bagless Canister is a great alternative, though it has a shorter range.

    See our review

  2. Best Upright Vacuum Under $100

    If you're looking for an upright model, the BISSELL PowerForce Helix is among the best vacuum cleaners under $100 we've tested. If you're willing to sacrifice the Eureka Mighty Mite's portability and ease of use on bare floors in exchange for improved debris pickup performance on carpets, it's worth a look. Despite its budget-friendly price, it does an excellent job cleaning debris on low and high-pile carpet, thanks to a floorhead that offers five levels of height adjustment. The latter is a rare feature amongst vacuums in this price range and will make it easier to push around on uneven surfaces. If you need to clear debris from hard-to-reach areas, you can clean them with the vacuum's hose and soft-bristle dusting brush or its crevice tool.

    Unfortunately, its bulky design makes it a little tricky to maneuver in tight spaces, especially when trying to clean under tables and chairs. There's no off switch for its brushroll, so be careful when cleaning around loose obstructions like rug tassels since they can get tangled in the floorhead. Want a vacuum with a larger dustbin? Check out the Dirt Devil Endura Max, but note that it doesn't do as well on carpeted floors.

    See our review

  3. Best Lightweight Vacuum Under $100

    If you're looking for a lightweight, all-purpose vacuum that won't break the bank, the BISSELL Featherweight Stick is worth a look. Compared to the Eureka Mighty Mite and BISSELL PowerForce Helix, it doesn't offer anywhere near the same level of debris pickup performance. However, it's remarkably compact and lightweight, making it a good option for those who don't want something too heavy to carry around. Its simple design also makes it easy to maintain, as the few parts that need regular cleaning are easy to access. You can easily reconfigure it into a compact handheld vacuum to clean tight spots by merely removing its handle.

    It does a fantastic job dealing with pet hair on different surface types. This vacuum performs impressively well on flat, even surfaces like hardwood or linoleum, easily clearing small debris. However, it can have quite a bit of trouble dealing with bulkier material as its dustbin fills up. Unfortunately, loose obstructions like rug tassels can also get stuck in its floorhead, requiring you to turn off the vacuum and pull them out. It also has a very short power cord, so you might need to swap outlets when vacuuming larger areas.

    See our review

  4. Best Handheld Vacuum Under $100

    If you're shopping for a budget-friendly handheld, the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ is a great choice and is the best cordless vacuum under $100 that we've tested. It isn't as well-suited to cleaning large areas compared to the Eureka Mighty Mite or even the BISSELL Featherweight Stick, but it's still a great choice if you only need a vacuum for spot-cleaning small areas. It delivers superb performance on bare surfaces like countertops and does an excellent job clearing away messes on low and high-pile carpets. It's decently effective when dealing with debris wedged in cracks and crevices. It comes with a miniature turbo brush for dealing with debris on upholstered surfaces, not to mention a crevice tool and a hard-bristle brush for dislodging stuck-on dirt and debris.

    However, it does a terrible job of sealing in fine particles, in part due to its lack of a HEPA filter. Its short battery life of just over 10 minutes also forces you to work fast when dealing with bigger messes. If those are serious issues, you could consider the Wyze Handheld Vacuum, which does a much better job of trapping allergens and can run for up to half an hour on a charge. However, its dustbin is much smaller than the Shark's and will need frequent emptying.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Black+Decker dustbuster Hand Vacuum: The Black+Decker dustbuster CHV1410L is an affordable handheld vacuum, but it doesn't outperform the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ on bare floors. See our review
  • BISSELL Zing Bagless Canister: The BISSELL Zing Bagless Canister offers great performance on high-pile carpet. However, it has more recurring costs than the Eureka Mighty Mite. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Oct 19, 2022: Recategorized Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ as 'Best Handheld Vacuum Under $100'. Removed 'Best Vacuum Under $50' category. Ensured all other picks are still available and are in line with user needs and expectations.

  2. Jun 30, 2022: Article restructuring to better align with user expectations. Recategorized Eureka Mighty Mite as 'Best Vacuum Under $100'. Added Wyze Handheld Vacuum as 'Best Vacuum Under $50'. Added BISSELL Featherweight Stick 2033 as new 'Best Lightweight Vacuum Under $100' pick. Removed Eureka Whirlwind Bagless Canister and Hoover ONEPWR Cordless Hand Vacuum from main recommendations. Removed BISSELL Adapt Ion Pet from Notable Mentions due to current availability.

  3. Apr 20, 2022: Recategorized Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ as 'Best Cordless Vacuum Under $100' pick. Ensured all main picks are still available and in line with user needs and expectations.

  4. Feb 15, 2022: Ensured that all main picks still represent the best fit for user needs and expectations.

  5. Dec 20, 2021: Substantial article restructuring to better align with user expectations. Recategorized Eureka Mighty Mite from 'Best Vacuum Under $100 For Bare Floors' pick to 'Best Canister Vacuum Under $100' pick. Recategorized Eureka Whirlwind Bagless Canister from 'Best Vacuum Under $100 For Low-Pile Carpet' pick to 'Bagless Alternative' pick. Re-categorized BISSELL PowerForce Helix from 'Upright Alternative' pick to 'Best Upright Vacuum Under $100' pick. Re-categorized Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ from 'Best Vacuum Under $100 For High-Pile Carpet' pick to 'Best Handheld Vacuum Under $100' pick. Recategorized Hoover ONEPWR Cordless Hand Vacuum from 'Handheld Alternative' pick to 'Alternative With A Larger Dirt Compartment' pick.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are currently the best vacuum cleaners for under $100 to buy. We factor in a fairly wide range of factors, including availability, price, and reader feedback.

If you'd like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our vacuum reviews under $100. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no vacuum is 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.