There are a few general rules about vacuum cleaners and price. Upright vacuum cleaners are overall less expensive than canister vacuum cleaners. Another general rule is that newer features can drive up the cost.
An upright vacuum cleaner will cost anywhere from 50 dollars for a low-end lightweight model, to over 1000 dollars for some of the newer most advanced models.
A low-end upright model will have a suction hose with a crevice tool, stair brush, and extended wand piece. The lower priced upright vacuum cleaner may include a manual adjustment for the height of the carpet. At the lower-end of uprights, you will find a few models that have an additional feature, like bagless models or bagged models with a full bag indicator light. They may also have headlamps and/or bumper protection for furniture. It will be difficult to find advanced filtration systems in the bottom price range.
These upper-priced upright vacuum cleaners may range between 200-500 dollars, depending on the features. The highest of these models may carry every available feature of an upright vacuum cleaner. They may be true HEPA vacuums. They will have a wider cleaning path, possibly dirt sensors, and some will be self-propelled. You will find pre-motor filters to protect the motor from damage in this price range as well. The suction hoses may be more sturdy and crush resistant. Though not necessarily more powerful, these vacuum cleaners have a lot of gadgets that may be handy for your home.
The highest level of upright vacuum cleaners is very expensive. These brands may cost anywhere from 800 dollars and above. Vacuum cleaners over 1000 dollars are even possible. Many times you may pay a lot of money for a vacuum cleaner that will perform at the same level as a much less expensive upright vacuum cleaner.
Canister Vacuum Cleaners
Canister vacuums range anywhere from 150 dollars to 1500 dollars. Canister vacuum cleaners can be bagged or bagless. Some canister vacuum cleaners offer HEPA filtration. You'll want to look for a canister vacuum cleaner with wheels that won't scuff or damage your floors. Canister vacuum cleaners that have onboard tool storage are convenient.
Higher end canister vacuums may have a power nozzle and a suction control switch. Controlling the suction allows canister vacuums to clean delicate and heavy duty areas of the home. There is not much difference in the abilities of canister vacuums cleaners between the bottom and top. To make your choice you will need to look at the company, warranty information, customer service reputation, and bonus features. Some canister vacuum cleaners are doing better at cleaning both carpet and hard floors better by having an on/off brushroll, so you may want to make a choice based on versatility. Like their upright vacuum cleaner cousins, canister vacuum cleaners at the uppermost end of the price range may be merely expensive, and not necessarily higher quality or more effective.
Your Needs vs. Price
Although the price may play a large part in your decision to purchase a vacuum cleaner, choosing a vacuum cleaner based on the features you need most will help you keep your costs down while buying a vacuum cleaner that is a good fit for your needs.