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Best Vacuum for the Money

Updated on October 1, 2014

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If you're looking for a new vacuum cleaner, it's important to find the best vacuum for the money. A vacuum sweeper is a major purchase, especially if you're going to spend more than a few hundred dollars.

Buying the best vacuum the first time means you hopefully won't have to buy another one again for years. Choosing the right vacuum with the features that are important to you is key to getting the best vacuum for you and your needs.

Based on Internet research and reviews at Amazon, I've selected three of the best vacuums for the money.

The "Dedusting Pump" is what vacuum cleaners were called in 1906 when this photo was taken.

Photo Credit: Chronik 1913, Wiki Commons Photo in the Public Domain.

Bissell Cleanview Helix Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Bagless 82H1

The least expensive option of the best vacuum for the money is the Bissell Cleanview Helix Upright vacuum cleaner. This sweeper has nearly 200 high-ranking reviews (4 and 5 stars) at Amazon while I write this (October 2011). The vacuum sweeper has the following features:

- bagless upright design

- 12-amp motor

- HEPA media filter

- Helix dirt-separation system

- 1-year warranty

The Bissell Cleanview vacuum is less than $100 and gets the job done according to nearly 200 satisfied buyers at Amazon.

Hoover Wind Tunnel Canister Vacuum

Electronic Bagless S3765-040

There are more than 800 high-ranking reviews (4 and 5 stars) at Amazon while I write this (October 2011). The vacuum sweeper has the following features:

- bagless canister design

- 12-amp motor

- HEPA filter

- variable suction for hard floors and carpet

- WindTunnel Technology

- 1-year warranty

The Hoover Wind Tunnel canister vacuum is in the $250 range and has features that satisfied 800 Amazon buyers.

Handheld Vacuums

Choose a good handheld vacuum to tackle those little everyday jobs like clumps of pet hair on the sofa or a dry spill in the kitchen. This will save you from having to haul out the big vacuum and keep your house tidy and cleaner!

Dyson DC25 Ball All-Floors

Upright Vacuum Cleaner

Numerous independent reviews from owners of this Dyson DC25 raved about its suction and dependability. The Dyson DC 25 had more than 400 high-ranking reviews (4 and 5 stars) at Amazon at the time of writing (October 2011). The Dyson DC25 vacuum sweeper has the following features:

- bagless upright vacuum

- washable lifetime HEPA filter

- variable suction for hard floors and carpet

- Root Cyclone Technology to avoid clogging and loss of suction

- Dyson Ball Technology for easy maneuvering

- 5-year warranty on parts and labor

This Dyson DC25 vacuum costs upwards of $330 on Amazon and is a superior performing vacuum according to 400 satisfied buyers at Amazon.

Vintage vacuum.
Vintage vacuum.

Vacuum Sweepers Have Come a Long Way

According to Wikipedia, "The vacuum cleaner evolved from the carpet sweeper via manual vacuum cleaners. The first manual models, using bellows, came in the 1860s, and the first motorized models came in the beginning of the 20th century."

I know that before wall to wall carpets, people used area rugs. They had to be taken outside and beaten to loosen the dirt.

I think we're pretty lucky to live in a time when we can buy a good vacuum without breaking the bank and one that actually works!

Vintage vacuum image source: The Graphics Fairy

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This author, Peggy Hazelwood, participates in Amazon, eBay, All Posters, and other affiliate advertising programs. When you click an advertising link on this page and make a purchase, I receive a small percent of the sale. Thank you for reading this far!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a Dyson and HATE it. canaster is to small, dosn't suck as good as my cheap Dirt devel, the hose is hard to use. it has one inch strips that don't get sucked up so you have to go over what you just did a couple times. It is easy to menuver around and that is it. It was just a waist of money on a name brand. sorry to be a wet noodle.

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      I have a Miele which just cost me over $300 to have fixed (rotten dog hair). It's great when it's in good working order though.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Personally, I use a Hoover but would love a Dyson. Maybe one of these days!