09 May Best Vacuum Cleaner Under £100
So you’re looking for the best vacuum cleaner under £100? How did I know, am I some kind of Jedi, or do we have some really clever tracking software which scans your brain and delivers the appropriate article?
Actually, of course, I just know this since you’re here, reading this article about the best vacuum cleaner under £100 ;-), but I’m convinced some of the bigger brands & websites have some scary spyware type tools for delivering an advert for exactly what you’re thinking about.
We’ve all experienced “re-targeting” which is an advertising method that displays an ad for something you’ve been searching for, but what really freaks me out is when I’m talking to someone about something completely abstract, and then later that day I see an ad for that very thing on my phone or computer! Big brother is watching…
Anyway, less about conspiracy theories and more about vacuum cleaners.
The good news is that there are lots of budget vacuum cleaners under £100, the not so great news is that there are lots of truly terrible vacuum cleaners at this kind of price range. The old saying “buy right or buy twice” is key when you’re looking for a hoover for under £100, simply because there is so much rubbish around at this price.
If you were spending £300-£500 for example, it’s actually not all that easy to end up making a bad decision leading to you having to chalk it down to experience and buy a replacement.
Yes it’s possible to buy a mid to high-end vacuum cleaner that doesn’t quite have the features you find out that you needed. For example some people will invest in a top-end Dyson and in time come to realize that it’s only impressively powerful on max power mode, which only gives them a few minutes of cleaning power on that mode, so they may wish they’d have saved money and gone for a corded upright, for example.
But at the under £100 point, a very popular price point, of course, there are many unknown Chinese made vacuum cleaners being manufactured in huge volumes and sold under various (often strangely named) brands, being sold by “box shifter” type suppliers who simply copy and paste the supplier’s marketing blurb.
It’s worth keeping in mind that £100 really isn’t a lot of money, and also that the manufacturing cost can only be a relatively small percentage of this given that packaging, marketing, container shipping from China (which has recently gone up in cost by staggering amounts) and the profit margins of the manufacturer and the supplier.
So if you’re spending £100 on a vacuum cleaner, really in terms of build cost, you’re probably buying a £20-£30 vacuum cleaner at the most, and I think most people reading this would understand that if they were going to buy a £20-£30 vacuum cleaner, they really shouldn’t expect much.
Fear not, though – there are also some reliable & well-performing vacuum cleaners at around this price point, which I’ll share with you shortly.
The Best vacuum cleaners under £100 are corded
The first thing to understand when looking at spending this kind of money is that you want as much of the build cost to be spent on building the vacuum cleaner.
Even with my first suggestion below, with a UK made vacuum cleaner being purchased directly from the manufacturer, cutting out the cost of container shipping and multiple parties wanting to make a profit margin – a spend of just over a hundred pounds is probably going to equate to a build cost of around a third to a half of that, so it’s still not a lot of money.
So if the total build cost is likely to be around £30-£50, if it’s cordless the build cost and therefore build quality is likely to drop quite a bit, given the cost of the battery, and the componentry required for cordless machines.
Buying a corded vacuum cleaner is the best way to get more bang for your buck, or should I say “more suck for your buck”? Hmm, doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, but I’m referring to suction power, which is obviously important when investing in a vacuum cleaner. The reason the likes of Shark and Dyson cordless cleaners cost hundreds of pounds is that it’s actually very expensive to build a cordless vacuum cleaner which has decent suction power.
It’s not very expensive to build a cordless vacuum cleaner with very little suction power, however, which is clear given the fact that there are some cordless options out there for well under £100, which, given the cost of the battery, and international container shipping, probably means a build cost of around £10-£20!
So don’t be sucked in by marketing and the fact that some of these cheap cordless vacuum cleaners look spookily like Dyson and Shark. If it looks to good to be true, it probably is. The cheapest hoovers to make are those that are corded, as there is less technology to cram in, and no battery required, so if you’re spending a small amount, going for a corded cleaner is the best way to not end up having to buy another vacuum cleaner a few weeks down the line.
Understanding the features you need
It’s easy to forget when buying an appliance such as a vacuum cleaner, that you have specific requirements. If you were buying a car, for example, you’d know exactly what you want that car for. If you needed to do long motorway journeys, then you’d be looking for a different type of car than if you were looking for a car for off-roading or track days.
There are lots of different kinds of vacuum cleaners on the market which have various different features, for different kinds of people, different homes and different lifestyles.
Understanding the most important features for the kind of home you have, and the people and pets you share it with will enable you to make the best choice, avoiding features you’ll never use & making sure you have the features you need in a hoover.
For example, if you live in a one or two bedroom flat then you probably don’t need a vacuum cleaner with a large waste container. If you don’t need to hoover above floor surfaces or cars, for example, then you won’t need “lift and go” and other similar features for these kinds of requirements, and if you don’t have pets then you won’t need a vacuum cleaner with a pet accessory tool.
It’s quite easy to end up spending more for features you don’t need, and to end up with features you don’t need and a lack of features that you do need.
Smaller properties also don’t really need cordless hoovers. One of the inconveniences of corded vacuum cleaners is that the cable needs plugging in and out as you move from room to room and the cable can get in the way as well but these days most corded hoovers come with a long cable and in a small home you probably won’t need to find a different socket more than once or twice which isn’t really that much of an issue and it can be a real cost saver without compromising on performance.
What are the most important things to consider when choosing a vacuum cleaner under £100?
As we’ve already touched on, this refers to the amount of dirt and dust your vacuum cleaner can hold before it requires emptying, and this is something you should give some thought to, as larger capacity vacuum cleaners can often cost more money, but if you do have a large home to keep clean, then you may find your self emptying it often if the container is too small.
Most vacuum cleaners under £100 tend to have small waste containers, as it’s a simple way to keep the price down so if you have a small to medium-sized home this is probably not going to be an issue for you.
If you have a larger space to clean, though, for instance a home across two levels with 3 bedrooms or more, then you might want to stretch your budget just slightly more, for something like a Henry Hoover which, as discussed below, is a really strong all-rounder with a large waste container
If you have allergies to hair or house dust then look for a hoover with a HEPA filter as these will ensure that 99% of all the bad stuff stays inside the vacuum cleaner and doesn’t get recirculated back into the air.
It’s not impossible to find HEPA filters on vacuum cleaners under £100, but it’s less common.
Bagless or Bagged
Many people are moving towards bagless these days, because a lot of the most modern cordless vacuum cleaners are naturally bagless, and probably because it would seem to be a good way to save money in the longterm by not having to continually buy bags. Keep in mind, however, that bagged hoovers offer a sealed system.
If you or anyone else in the household suffers with allergies, you can be more certain with a bagged vacuum that dust and other allergens are going to stay locked in there, and you’re not going to be potentially powdered with the stuff depending on the wind direction when you empty the vacuum cleaner.
A lot of higher priced hoovers come with loads of attachments and accessories that a lot of the time just go in the cupboard and never get used.
Most vacuum cleaners under £100 come with very few attachments in order to keep the price down so be sure to check the one you are thinking about getting to make sure it will do everything you want it to.
For example, if you’ll have pets, you’ll probably want a pet tool that is capable of hoovering up dog or cat hair from above floor surfaces like your sofa.
Not everyone has children and pets and mud being dragged through the house so you may not need the most powerful suction power available to keep your home nice and clean especially if it’s just you or a couple of you that tend to keep the place pretty tidy most of the time anyway.
If however, you do get a lot of dust and dirt in your home then something to be aware of, especially at the budget end of the market below £100, you’ll get a lot more suction power from a corded vacuum cleaner than a cordless, as I mentioned earlier, because the best batteries with the highest suction power cost a lot more than £100 on their own let alone the whole hoover!
These are the best vacuum cleaners in the UK under £100. Some may be very close because prices change and a few may tip over the £100 mark by a few pounds but they will still represent excellent value for money:
Henry The Hoover cylinder vacuum cleaner
This is at the top of the list because it really is the most fantastic low-cost hoover out there. It’s often priced around £20-£30 more than the £100 mark but if your budget can stretch that far then this vacuum cleaner will give you cleaning performance worthy of others priced in the £300-£400 bracket, it really is that good.
You know when something is good when it stands the test of time, especially in the technological age we currently live in, a product can be the best thing since sliced bread one year and totally defunct a few years later.
Vacuum cleaners have moved on in leaps and bounds over the last 40 years with the introduction of amazing technologies from the likes of Dyson and Shark and although Henry has had a few upgrades over the decades, he has stayed pretty much the same since it was first launched in the early 1980’s.
And there is a very good reason that Henry has sold more than 10 million units since he first came out, he provides exceptional cleaning performance for a low cost and he is super reliable as well.
As I mentioned earlier, it’s important to be aware that only a certain percentage of the money you’re spending on a hoover is actually going on building it. Henry is currently the only mass-produced consumer vacuum cleaner that is still manufactured here in the UK, so more of your money is being spent on manufacturing, and less on shipping your vacuum cleaner thousands of miles.
UK manufacturers are generally regarded as among the best in the world when it comes to quality and reliability. The reason a lot of manufacturing left the UK many years ago, wasn’t about quality, it was about cost. Manufacturing in the far East, however, has increased in cost in recent years, with some of the most severe increases having hit fairly recently, especially where shipping is concerned. The cost of shipping a container from China to the UK for example, in some cases, has increased tenfold!
So given that Henry is made in the UK, which means there is no sea freight cost, not only are you buying into a very, very well known and trusted brand name, trusted not only by domestic users but equally by commercial cleaners, but it’s probably fair to say that compared to the majority of cheaper vacuum cleaners that are made overseas, a bigger % of your spend is going on the vacuum cleaner itself, providing greater value for money.
Vytronix Animal Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner
While Vytronix might not be a household brand like Henry, Hoover, Shark or Dyson, Vytronix is actually a UK based vacuum cleaner company with a lot of experience in the industry.
When you’re looking for a hoover for under £100, a lot of the options will be abstract sounding brand names which are being made in massive quantities in the far East and shipped over via various different companies, sold under several different brand names. Buying something like that is a way to save money, because you’re not investing in a known brand, but it can also be a bit of a gamble.
Vytronix on the other hand is a vacuum cleaner brand owned by a well established UK firm called A P Taylor Ltd based in Dunstable. These guys have been around for years, dealing with all the refurbishing of vacuum cleaners and other products for big vacuum cleaner brands including VAX & Hoover, so they’re obviously an outfit that knows about vacuum cleaners.
This is an 800 Watt vacuum cleaner, which is a lot of suction power for the ultra-low price, it comes with a pet hair tool, so it’s a good choice for anyone with pets, it has 4 Stage HEPA filtration, which is a very impressive feature for the cash, and makes it a great choice for anyone with allergies.
If I really needed to keep my spend to this low a price (substantially below £100), then given that I know this is being produced by a company worth their salt, and given these impressive features, the Vytronix Animal would definitely be on my shortlist.
Vax Airlift Steerable Upright Vacuum Cleaner
Similarly to Henry, this hoover does slightly stretch the budget, but I just didn’t want to do you the disservice of leaving this off the list, as I believe it offers such great value for money, even though you may have to bump up the budget to a few pounds over the £100 mark.
If you can raid the piggy bank, as with Henry, this is another opportunity to get amazing suction power and cleaning performance way better than you may expect at this price point.
The Vax Airlift is an upright vacuum cleaner with a “lift-out” feature, which means that you’d push it around as a standard hoover for cleaning carpets and hard floors, but then when you want to tackle stairs, sofas and cars, you can simply lift the cylinder part out of the upright, and carry it with you.
It packs some power at 850 Watts, and it comes with the Turbo tool for pet hair plus an additional Fur and Fluff tool. It’s rated as the lightest of its kind (this relates to the removable canister for portable cleaning), and overall it really is a lot of vacuum cleaner for the money.
Beko Orion 6 Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner
Another low-cost vacuum cleaner which will even give you some change from your £100, the Beko Orion 6 is a powerful yet inexpensive option from the well-known no-frills brand Beko. This is definitely one to stick on the shortlist if you live in a small to medium-sized home, and require decent suction power on a tight budget.
It’s characteristically no-frills, but with a hefty 800 Watts of power, it has the suction power it needs to keep any home clean, and the 2.5 litre capacity is enough for most small to medium houses or apartments. It’s bagless, and it has a HEPA13 filter which is rated to retain 99.97% of dust particles.
There aren’t many tools that come bundled with this hoover from Beko, but the tools that do come with it are impressive, including the crevice tool (great for sofas & skirting boards), the upholstery tool, and a dusting tool which is great for higher surfaces such as rails & window sills.
Budget Corded Stick Upright Vacuum Cleaner
As I’ve mentioned already, cordless hoovers with comparable power to corded, are quite a bit more expensive to build because of the componentry required to deliver the required power from battery power, and because of the cost of the battery.
So if you need the features of an expensive high powered cordless stick but it’s not crucial that it’s cordless, then this corded stick is worth a look.
At 400w it’s less powerful than the much more pricey cordless sticks, for example 125W less than the Dyson V10, but what you have to remember is that you can only run cordless cleaners on full power for a relatively short period of time before the battery runs out. So given that this is plugged into the wall, you can run it on full power continuously, so once this is taken into account I think this inexpensive vacuum cleaner punches above its weight as long as you’re OK with the power cable.
Speaking of the power cable, it’s not a short one, in fact at 10 metres long it’s the longest power cable I’ve seen for corded vacuum cleaners at this price point, the same length as Henry’s cable, and combined with the wand, you have a reach all together of about 12 metres, not bad at all.
It comes with a HEPA filter, it’s bagless, it’s very lightweight at 1.5G (about half the weight of the Dyson V11), and it comes with the usual tools.
Budget Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
This is the cordless version of the budget corded stick, above. On paper at least, this cordless stick has some really impressive features given its very small price, but at one whole star rating lower than its corded sibling on the Amazon reviews I’d say this is the fairly predictable result of trying to do so much for so little.
At just 1.05Kg it’s even lighter weight than the corded version, it has a 4000mAh battery, which is actually slightly bigger than that of the Dyson V10, and it converts into a cordless handheld which is perfect for taking out to hoover the car.
When you look at the specs, it’s actually really difficult to see how they’ve managed to make it for this price, and it’s also difficult to see why it doesn’t seem to have gone down quite as well as the corded version among owners, in terms of the review score, but looking through the reviews, it’s quite clear to see what’s what.
It seems to me, that as is often the case with very cheap products with really impressive specs, this vacuum cleaner suffers from a relatively high rate of failures. The more you spend on something, generally speaking the higher the quality control will be. It’s unlikely for example that you’ll receive a Shark or a Dyson that simply doesn’t work when you get it out of the box, or fails to work the second time you go to use it.
When something with high specs has been made very, very cheap – something has to give, and often what gives is quality control. You can see if you spend some time reading the reviews that many people are very happy with this cleaner, and think they’ve got themselves a bargain, while there are others who’re miffed that it didn’t work and they had to return it.
This is the great thing about buying low-cost items from Amazon, as their returns system is so painless, although of course, the returns window isn’t indefinite so just make sure you realize that there’s some risk involved in terms of durability.
Amazon Basics Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner
I have to admit that I’m not usually the biggest fan of Amazon Basics products, I’ve tried other Amazon Basics products including their Espresso machine, and in the end I decided it was better as a Christmas tree than as a coffee machine, I sprayed it with spray snow & stuck baubles all over it.
The Amazon Basics cylinder vacuum cleaner, on the other hand, appears to do what it was made to do very well, given the largely positive reviews, which is a good thing as it would make a terrible Christmas tree.
It has a 700W motor, which makes it relatively high powered given the very low price, it’s pretty quiet at 78 decibels, there are two models, one with a bag and one being bagless, it has a HEPA filter and the waste capacity is 1.5L.
It’s a budget vacuum cleaner, this is what the Amazon Basics brand is all about, delivering lower pricing by removing unnecessary frills, but unlike their espresso machine which now only comes out once a year at my house, the Amazon Basics vacuum cleaner does appear to do everything it says on the tin. Wait, it comes in a box – anyway, you get the point.
Vytronix Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
This is another offering from the UK vacuum cleaner brand Vytronix who I mentioned earlier as being a brand run by people who really know what they’re doing where vacuum cleaners are concerned.
For the price, this should probably be terrible – but it isn’t.
I say this about the price because as I’ve mentioned more than once with this article, it’s expensive to create cordless sticks which have any actual ability where hoovering up is concerned. The reason that Shark cordless sticks are usually two or three hundred pounds, and Dysons are often double that price or higher, is mainly because the componentry involved in making cordless hoovers that actually work, is expensive.
But this is actually not a bad cordless stick at all, surprisingly given the low cost – and unlike the very cheap cordless stick that featured earlier, this doesn’t appear to suffer from poor quality control, which makes it a safer bet.
The weight is 2.3Kg, which is similar to other much more expensive options, and the battery will last around 30 minutes on the standard power setting, which is less than some of the much more expensive Shark & Dyson cordless hoovers, and the capacity is 0.5L which is only slightly less than the Dyson V10.
In a nutshell, as a very low cost cordless stick vacuum cleaner, it has some impressive features for the price, and I think for most small to medium homes and for using as a handheld for hoovering the car, this is probably going to be a great low cost option for anyone who really needs the cordless feature.
I would ask myself, though, if the lack of a power cable is more important than overall cleaning power. There’s no doubt that buying a corded vacuum cleaner at this kind of price is going to give you better cleaning power, in fact, most of the low-cost corded options give even better overall cleaning power and performance than many of the very expensive cordless sticks.
Swan Eureka Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner
Swan is another brand that supplies espresso machines in addition to hoovers, but the Swan espresso machine didn’t end up as a Christmas tree, in fact I was very impressed with it given the super low cost, and the Swan Eureka looks similarly impressive for such a low priced hoover.
This is another corded cylinder, and it has similar suction power to the other similar cleaners I’ve covered in this article, with 700 Watts of power. It’s bagless and comes with a HEPA filter rated to retain 99.99% of allergens, the power cable is 5m long, and the hose is 1.5m, for 6.5m of total reach.
It has a 2L waste container, it weighs 7Kg, so it’s not super light but similar in weight to other corded cylinders. Just keep in mind that if you need a motorised pet tool, you’ll want to go for the pet which costs a tenner more.
Are Cheap Vacuum Cleaners Any Good?
I think the better question is, what do you need from a vacuum cleaner and does the cheap vacuum cleaner you’re looking at do what you need it to do. The more challenging your requirements are, then the more you’re likely to have to pay.
For example, if you need really high end cleaning performance, and you also need it to be battery powered, and to have the grunt to remove deeply trodden mud & deeply embedded pet hair from large surface areas, then this is something you’d usually end up paying hundreds of pound for, for the best known brands.
The main question I’d ask, if you need a cheap vacuum cleaner, is can you live with a power cable? If you can, you’re likely to get better cleaning performance & better reliability with a lower cost corded vacuum cleaner, than a low cost cordless cleaner
Which is the best cheap vacuum cleaner?
As I’ve mentioned a few times within this article, the safest option when it comes to buying a cheap vacuum cleaner is to buy a corded vacuum, in my humble opinion. The reason for this is simply that you’re more likely to end up with a cleaner which has the suction power and the overall cleaning performance to do a good job of keeping your house clean, than if you try to make the same kind of budget stretch to cover a cordless, which are more expensive to produce.
If you stick to one of the recommendations above you can be sure that you are buying a hoover that has been tried and tested by thousands (or in the case of the likes of Henry, millions!) of people and are already proven to be capable of being able to do a decent job despite the low price.