Have you heard it before that sometimes price isn’t always equal to quality? This doesn’t only hold true with unbelievably hefty priced products, but also with low-priced products. When it comes to affordable canister vacuum cleaners, they tend to disappoint in cleaning performance. However, there are models out there that you’re going to get more than you have paid for. These are what we’ve looked for this list. They may have the inexpensive price tag, but their cleaning performance is as impressive as those cleaners in the more expensive side of the shelf.
Here are few of our favorites.
Best Canister Vacuum Cleaner with HEPA Filter
The first thing you’d want to get from a canister vacuum cleaner is a powerful suction, and Ovente ST2000 Featherlite Cyclonic Vacuum does not disappoint in this area. Equipped with 1200-14000 watts of power, it can suck up pretty much every mess – from hair strands, dust particles, and dander to pollen and other allergens present in your home. Its HEPA filter comes with a removable fabric piece that is easy to clean. Moreover, its dirt basket does not require much cleaning effort. In connection to durability, this vacuum has a sturdy construction that ensures it can last for years.
While some customers complained about how short the power cord is, this would not be a big deal for those who have small to medium apartments. A feature worth noting as well (and which you can’t find in many canister vacuum cleaners) is the slots on the vac where the wand can be stored allowing it to stand by itself. Under $100, the Ovente ST2000 is already a great deal.
Best Ligthweight Canister Vacuum Cleaner
If you have cats and/or dogs at home or if you have a small apartment, the Atrix AHSC-1 Lil Vacuum Cleaner is one of the best choices for a cleaning companion that’s under $100. It is small in size but not in suction power as it can suck up even sand grains and other finer debris. And what customers are really impressed about this little vacuum aside from its suction power is its easy-to-carry handle. Moreover, its construction, which is made of metal and rigid plastics, is a clear indication that it is made with quality. Additional features are an auto-retractable cord and a telescopic wand.
Best Canister Vacuum Cleaner for Pet Hair
Pet hair and dander can get annoying when they are all over your sofas, floors, and literally everywhere you turn your eyes on. To help you out with this woe of owning pets is the Eureka Mighty Mite Pet Lover 3684F. Specifically designed to suck up pet messes, this vacuum features a so-called “Pet Power Paw” that picks up pet hair on upholstery and stairs (including carpeted ones). It also has an Arm & Hammer odor-eliminating dust bag, which helps eliminate pet odors while capturing pet dander.
The vacuum only weighs less than 9 pounds, so it can be hand-carried to different rooms and floor levels with ease. It can cover large areas with its 20-foot cord and telescopic wand. Additionally, the Eureka 3684F can get the job done on bare floors, thanks to its 12-amp motor that produces good enough suction. The only downside to this vacuum is its lack of beater brush, limiting its cleaning ability to only bare floors and carpeted stairs. It only does spot clean on low to high-pile carpets.
Best Bagged Canister Vacuum Cleaner
Panasonic has come up yet again with an excellent unit that doesn’t hurt our pockets too hard. The Panasonic MC-CG301 Vacuum can stand up firm to most of its competitors even at its low price. It has an 11-amp motor, which enables its strong suction power. With its design and weight (just 9.4 pounds), it can easily be hauled around the house and up and down the stairs. Its ergonomic handle allows a very comfortable handling when cleaning above-floor surfaces, such as lamp shades and bookshelves. It is also built with two wheels for easy pivoting that are soft enough to not mar carpets.
There are other attachments that come in the box. There is a crevice tool and a 6-foot metal wand for sucking up crumbs, hair strands and other small debris from tight spots like between couch cushions. There’s also a blower port that blows up dirt from hard-to-reach corners out from the house.