The 7 Best Cheap Vacuum Cleaners of 2020

Keep your home clean without spending a fortune

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Our Top Picks
"Has a lightweight, powerful design that will help you clean your home."
"Has a runtime of around 24 minutes on bare floors."
"Ideal for picking up small messes around the house."
"This affordable model costs a fraction of its pricier counterparts and has many features."
"The powerful suction captures dirt on both carpets and hard floors."
"The rubber nozzle lets you remove more hair from furniture and stairs."
"Has bumpers and soft roller wheels to ensure you don’t dent your floors."

If your budget, life situation, or cleaning routine doesn’t warrant spending hundreds of dollars on a vacuum cleaner, don’t worry, you can still find a model that will keep your space clean and tidy without destroying your budget. The vacuums below might have a few limitations compared to our overall best vacuum picks, but they will still get the job done and tackle pet hair, dust, and debris, but at a fraction of the cost.

While they won’t last forever, these vacuums will do their jobs for a few years, until you’re in a position to upgrade your machine. Below, see some of our picks for the best budget vacuums. 

Best Overall: Bissell 9595A CleanView Bagless Vacuum

You can get all the performance of a high-end vacuum with the Bissell CleanView Bagless Vacuum. This top-rated budget pick has a lightweight, powerful design that will help clean every area of your home, including hard floors, carpets, upholstery and more.

This bagless vacuum cleaner weighs just 15 pounds, and it features OnePass technology that gets your floors clean faster, picking up more dirt on each pass. It delivers strong, long-lasting suction, and the vacuum comes with a TurboBrush tool for upholstery, as well as a dusting brush, extension wand, and crevice tool. The large capacity dirt tank empties with the touch of a button, and the washable filter is easy to clean.

Reviewers say the Bissell CleanView is every bit as powerful as high-end vacuum cleaners, delivering strong suction and easily picking up dirt off a variety of surfaces. Several customers mentioned that it works well on pet hair, but the one downside is there’s a fair bit of assembly required.

"Considering its low price, the Bissell CleanView Bagless Vacuum performs admirably. Many of our past vacuums have failed when it came to sucking up debris in corners and along walls, but with the Bissell’s OnePass technology, we were able to pick up most things without using the hose."—Rebekah Joan, Product Tester

Best Cordless: Shark Navigator Freestyle Upright Stick Cordless Bagless Vacuum

Don’t want to be limited by a power cord as you clean? Then you need a cordless vacuum like the powerful Shark Navigator Freestyle Stick Vacuum. This lightweight design is great for quick cleanup jobs on all types of surfaces, and it has a runtime of around 24 minutes on bare floors and 17 minutes on carpets.

The Shark Navigator needs four hours to charge up the battery, and at 7.5 pounds, it’s light enough to carry all around your home. It offers a two-speed brushroll for carpets and bare floors, and the extra-large dust cup is easy to empty. This stick vacuum excels at picking up pet hair, making it a great investment for pet owners.

Best Handheld: BLACK+DECKER Dusbuster Handheld Vacuum

Handheld vacuums are ideal for picking up small messes around the house, and one of the top-rated affordable products in this category is the Black+Decker Dustbuster. This compact vacuum weighs just 2 pounds, and its lithium battery provides strong suction and extended runtime.

This handheld vacuum has a larger dust cup, allowing you to collect 50 percent more dirt before you need to empty it, and the washable bowl and filter let you keep the transparent vacuum looking pristine. Its wide mouth is great for picking up large debris—like spilled ingredients in the kitchen—and the vacuum comes with a wall mount so it’s always within reach.

This inexpensive vacuum comes with a crevice tool and brush tool, and reviewers say it delivers impressive suction and is easy to clean.

"This handy tool is undoubtedly powerful. In our experience, it effortlessly sucked up particles of all sizes, including dirt, pet hair, cereal, stray kibble, and kicked-out kitty litter. With its angled nozzle, it easily fits in and under small places, plus two additional attachments—a crevice tool and a brush tool—make it even more versatile."—Karen Tietjen, Product Tester

Best Robot: Pure Clean Robot Vacuum Cleaner

Robotic vacuums can be really expensive—new models often cost close to $1,000! However, you can get the hands-off cleaning abilities of a robot vacuum at an affordable price with the Pure Clean Automatic Robot Vacuum. This affordable model costs is a fraction of the price, and it has all the features you’d expect—and then some.

The Pure Clean Robot Vacuum has a 90-minute run time, and all you have to do to start it is press a button! It works well on tile, hard floors, and short carpets, and it has a built-in cliff sensor that will stop it from falling down stairs. This robot vacuum has a thin 3-inch profile that lets it fit under furniture, and it picks up dirt and dust with its dual rotating brushes. Reviewers say the Pure Clean Robot Vacuum does a great job capturing pet hair and dirt, making it a wonderful option for daily tidying.

Best Canister: Bissell Zing Canister Bagless Vacuum

If you’re partial to canister vacuums, the Bissell Zing is a budget-friendly option that gets top marks from reviewers. This bagless model uses cyclonic technology to create powerful suction that captures dirt on both carpets and hard floors.

The Bissell Zing weighs less than 8 pounds, making it easy to move around your home. It has a 15-foot retractable power cord, and the large dirt cup is easy to empty with the push of a button. You can alternate between cleaning carpets and hard floors with the flip of a switch, and the vacuum comes with a crevice tool and dusting brush, as well.

Reviewers love that the Bissell Zing is so lightweight, making it easy to pull along behind you. Many customers were impressed with the powerful suction, and several said that it does a decent job on thick carpets, too.

Best for Pet Hair: Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Handheld Vacuum

If you have one or more pets, you know how quickly pet hair can take over your home. Regular vacuuming and dusting is a must in pet households, and the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser will be a welcome addition to your cleaning arsenal.

This compact corded hand vacuum is specially designed to tackle pet hair. The rubber nozzle lets you remove more hair from furniture and stairs, and the suction nozzle works wonders on dry messes around the house. Plus, this handheld vacuum has a multi-level filtration system to trap household allergens, and its lightweight design is perfect for cleaning the stairs or even the inside of your car! Reviewers say the rubber nozzle for this vacuum is amazing, as it scrapes the hair off carpets and furniture with ease, and many of the happy pet parents highly recommend this product.

"One of our favorite design features is the vacuum’s roomy, bagless dust cup. The 0.78-liter cup was large enough to suck up loads of long blonde fur from our Shar-Pei/Golden Retriever mix. Unless you have a couple of Saint Bernards or a whole litter of Maine Coon kittens, you probably won’t need to empty the vacuum between every use."—Karen Tietjen, Product Tester

Best for Hard Floors: Bissell 81L2W Hard Floor Expert Corded Stick Vacuum Cleaner

Certain vacuums fall flat when it comes to cleaning hard floors, but not this inexpensive model! The Bissell Hard Floor Expert Corded Stick Vacuum may look unconventional, but it does an unbeatable job on hardwood, tile, linoleum, and more.

This vacuum’s V-shaped foot helps to capture large particles more efficiently and lets you get around corners and furniture with ease. It’s easy to maneuver around your home, and the bagless cyclonic technology delivers powerful suction. Plus, this vacuum has bumpers and soft roller wheels to ensure you don’t dent or scratch your floors or furniture. Reviewers say it’s ideal for picking up animal hair, and you can’t beat the low price.

What to Look for in a Cheap Vacuum Cleaner

Style If you want robust cleaning power with a wider floorhead and larger dust bin, an inexpensive upright vacuum might be your best bet—however, it's likely to weigh more than other options. There are also more compact canister vacuums, which are great for stairs, and stick vacuums that are lightweight and easily maneuvered. Even robotic vacuums can be found on a budget, so really, no style of vacuum is off the table.

Dust bin and filters Keep recurring costs low by looking for a budget vacuum with a dust bin instead of bags that need to be replaced. Just make sure that you keep the dust bin clean to prevent a loss of suction power and performance from your vacuum. Washable filters will also reduce ongoing costs since they can be rinsed clean.

Cordless Are you looking to cut the cord but keep the price tag in check with your next vacuum cleaner? While many budget-friendly vacuums are still corded models, there are some great stick vacuums available that cost less than $100. Just be sure to check the battery life and make sure that it's adequate for your cleaning needs.

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