We have spent more than 120 hours since 2019 researching and testing some of the less expensive vacuum cleaners on the market, and we think the Shark Navigator is your best bet. It has great suction, especially for a machine that costs around $100. It has multiple accessories, which combined with its lightweight, make it great for cleaning stairs, furniture and draperies. The swivel head improves maneuverability on floors, too, and it performed excellently on our low- and high-pile carpet suction tests.
Best Vacuum Cleaners
Vacuum Cleaners: Shark Navigator
- The pull-apart design makes it portable for stairs and furniture.
- This one comes with more tools than most in the lower price range.
- A long warranty inspires confidence in the product.
- This vacuum costs more than most in our lineup.
- Other vacuum cleaners we tested were better at removing dog hair.
- While suction was good, it was not the very best in our testing.
Vacuum Cleaners: Dirt Devil Dynamite
- This is inexpensive even when compared with other budget vacuum cleaners.
- Dynamite did a good job of cleaning up pet hair in our testing.
- The retracting handle makes it extra-compact for storage.
- This one was relatively loud.
- The bagless design is not great for trapping allergens.
- Other vacuum cleaners were easier to maneuver in our tests.
Vacuum Cleaners: Hoover Tempo
- This had the best scores in our suction tests.
- You get a lot of attachments with this one.
- The wide head means you can cover a lot of ground quickly.
- This is the loudest budget vacuum cleaner we tested.
- The lack of a swiveling head makes it less maneuverable.
- It felt a little heavy during our tests.
Vacuum Cleaners: Dirt Devil Dynamite Plus UD70355B
Vacuum Cleaners: Dirt Devil Breeze Cyclonic UD20124