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Best Vacuum For The Money  
Everything You Need to Know to Get a Great Vacuum at a Great Price
Top Five for the Money (Based on our Frugal5 Formula)
How do we pick these products? We spend many hours doing unbiased research to only give you the highest rated products at the best price. We first come up with a list of features, which you can see below, that we feel the majority of people will need. We then look for the highest quality products with these features and only show you the top five with the best value. Our mission is to provide you with the best five options based only on the facts. Don't see the product you were thinking about getting? Click here to calculate it's frugal score.
Ovente Cyclonic ST2000Eureka AirSpeed AS1051ABISSELL Zing Bagless CanisterDirt Devil M085590 FeatherliteHoover WindTunnel UH70105
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Average Price
Cheap ($56)
Cheap ($99)
Cheap ($49)
Cheap ($50)
Cheap ($100)
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Additional Info
Cord Length
27 Feet
15 Feet
25 Feet
27 Feet
12 Lbs
18.5 Lbs
8 Lbs
15 Lbs
15.7 Lbs
Features Needed
Affordable Replacement Bags Or Bagless
- Bagless
- Replaceable
- bagless
- Replaceable
- Bagless
Carpet And Floor Settings
Multiple Attachments
Powerful Motor (10 Amps Or More)
- 12 Amp
- 12 Amp
- 12 Amp
- 12 Amp
- 1 Year Limited
- 3 Year Limited
- 1 Year Limited
- 1 Year Limited
- 2 Year Limited
Features Not Needed
Dust Or Dirt Sensors
HEPA Filtration
Other Functions, Like Wet/Dry Or Steam
Retractable Cord
What You Need To Know In 5 Minutes

Vacuums come in two different styles - upright and canister - both of which serve there own purposes. For example, if you have a lot of rugs in your home, upright makes the most sense, but they are harder to maneuver under beds and sofas. Fortunately, most come with attachments that can compensate for the problem. They also tend to be cheaper than canister vacuums, but such is certainly not always the case.

Canister vacuums can reach more places and come with a multitude of attachments designed for stairs, corners, hard floors and other hard to reach places. They also tend to be quieter during operation and are recommended for hard floors because of their ability to resist scattering dirt.

Upright models should allow you to shut off the beater brush for bare floors. The roller will spin dirt back out onto the bare floor, causing scratches and annoyance. Height adjustment is also important for both uprights and the beater brush attachment on canisters. Automatic settings will give the brushes more life, so get them if it won’t cost you extra.

The longer the cord and hose, the better, no matter what type of vacuum you choose.The cord should be long enough to reach across each room to avoid the need to unplug your vacuum when working your way across a room.  A retractable cord is a handy feature, but rare in uprights. 

Long hoses of 7’ or more make it easy to reach ceiling corners and fans, and may even come in handy the next time you decide to vacuum out your vehicle.

It is also important to check the weight of a new vacuum prior to purchase. Keep the vacuum’s weight under 20 pounds if possible. The heavier the machine, the harder it is to lug about your home. If you live in a ranch-style home, however, this becomes less of an issue.  

You will also want a vacuum with enough power to get the job done. Generally, the more powerful the motor, the more powerful the suction, so you should aim for at least 10 amps. However, poor design can compromise suction, so you should check the reviews of other consumers to see how powerful the machine is before you buy.

And, because of the high price of shipping vacuums, it is recommended that you find one that comes with some sort of warranty. Vacuums that will break down will usually do so in a matter of months, and a good warranty will help cover any expenses associated with repair or replacement.

Not every vacuum comes with a set of accessories for dusting and getting into corners. Though you may not need ten different hoses, it is wise to make sure your vacuum will still be able to reach all necessary nooks and crannies, and these numerous accessories will help do just that. Double check that the machine you pick has all the tools you will need for your home. 

Many vacuums also come with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters which should be used in conjunction with HEPA certified bags. Though some HEPA filters are bagless, it is recommended that anyone who suffers from allergies stick with the disposable bag option to avoid having to dump the contents and thus stir up allergies again. If you plan on purchasing a model that uses disposable bags, be sure to price replacements prior to purchase.

There are also some models that boast their ability to detect dirt. Though these dirt-sensing models are flashy, the actual function of dirt sensing works more to sell the product than it does to actually help clean your home. 

Dirt Devil is a well-known affordable vacuum maker. A newer brand, Ovente, is starting to show some impressive competition. Hoover, Eureka and Kenmore are a little more expensive, but also higher quality.

Some unnecessarily expensive brands include Dyson, Kirby and Orek. 

Whether your home is carpeted or hard flooring, having a good vacuum will help your floors remain in like-new condition for many years. Vacuuming your carpet at least once each day will keep dirt particles from breaking down your floor's composition and will help keep your carpet as soft as it was the day it was installed.  

Features You Need
Affordable Replacement Bags Or Bagless, Carpet And Floor Settings, Multiple Attachments, Powerful Motor (10 Amps Or More), Warranty
Features You Don't Need
Dust Or Dirt Sensors, Headlight, HEPA Filtration, Other Functions, Like Wet/Dry Or Steam, Retractable Cord
What You Should Pay
Between $49.00 - $99.99
Top Of The Line Price
Over $800.00