Best Vacuum Under $300 of 2018 & Buying Guide
When you’re buying a new vacuum cleaner, there are a lot of factors to consider. There’s the size, the function, the type of vacuum – standup vacuums versus canisters, handheld and cordless – but for a lot of people, the most important consideration is budget.
Buying a budget vacuum means you have to make some compromises in terms of features. Fortunately, you can buy a budget vacuum that incorporates the best features, to a lesser degree, for a good price. That’s what we’ve put together this buying guide so you can get the best vacuum for your money under $300.
What do I need to know about buying a vacuum under $300?
There are lots of considerations to take when you’re buying a vacuum. These include the suction power, the versatility, the size and weight of the vacuum, as well as any attachments. The most important and foremost thing to consider, though, is the type of vacuum.
For this article, we’re going to consider the most popular three types of vacuums.
a). Standup vacuums are the most common kinds of vacuum cleaners. Also known as upright vacuums, these boast the most powerful motors. They also weigh the most and are the most difficult to use. A stand up vacuum, well, stands up. You have to push a lever to gain any sort of leverage on the vacuum, and this limits the movement range that you’ll have when using a stand up vacuum.
Standup vacuums are better at deep-cleaning carpets and can get out dirt that other types of vacuums might not be able to. However, you have to balance this benefit with the fact that you have to drag around a fairly heavy vacuum with you while you’re doing your cleaning. Some of these vacuums weigh more than 20 pounds, and they’re louder than other types of vacuums.
b). Canister vacuums are a bit smaller than standing or upright vacuums. Being smaller means that they also weigh a bit less, so they’re easier to maneuver. They’re super convenient for cleaning hardwood floors, but the most excellent benefit is that you can clean stairs and surfaces with these vacuums. Since they’re easy to lift up, you gain more access to other sorts of surfaces that a standup vacuum can’t reach.
They’re quieter than standup vacuums, and they tend to be easier to use since they have a vacuum head that’s attached by a hose instead of being built into the mechanism. However, having all this convenience packed into a small package means they’re also more expensive to purchase.
c). Stick vacuums are similar to standup vacuums in the sense that you have to stand up while using them. Some of them are battery powered, which gets rid of the need for cords which can get tangled and be a major source of frustration.
Stick vacuums usually have an easily detachable dust bin that can hold a fair amount of debris. They’re light, and very convenient for cleaning up a quick mess. However, stick vacuums are nowhere near as powerful as stand up or canister vacuums, and shouldn’t be relied on for serious cleaning procedures.
d). Handheld vacuums describe many types of vacuums. They can be cordless or corded. They’re often considered great for cleaning cars, but they can be good for cleaning up the smaller household or office messes. They’re particularly fantastic because they can be stored easily, and taken out of storage without making a big ordeal.
Handheld vacuums naturally don’t have as much suction power as the other models. However, their low price and high versatility make them great alternatives.
Choosing your specifics
Once you’ve determined the type of vacuum you want to buy, you’ve still got some choices to make. The specifics of your vacuum are what make the vacuum best for whatever task you have to do. For example, a car vacuum won’t need as much suction as an industrial or commercial vacuum.
The suction power is what determines whether your vacuum will be able to get rid of the dirt you need to clean. If you’re just cleaning a regular carpet or a hardwood floor, you’re not going to need an incredible amount of suction. However, cleaning carpets that are very thick will require higher amounts of suction.
- Some vacuums have what is called a dual suction system. These systems have two separate suction intakes that maximize air flow and ensure that you’ll get as much debris into the vacuum, without risking clogging it.
Most vacuums come with a set of cleaning tools. The typical number of tools included is only two, but there are many more available for people with more specific cleaning needs.
- Extendable cleaning hoses are popular tools. These improve the reach of your vacuum by however many feet the hose is. They also allow you to get to hard-to-reach areas, especially if you’re using a stand up vacuum. Standup vacuums can’t get into corners or behind furniture very well, so hoses are a good idea.
- Crevice tools allow you to get into tight areas with the simple addition of a thin tool that directs suction into a smaller area.
- Some vacuums have brushes that allow them to gently sweep upholstery. There are great for cleaning furniture and softer surface.
- Some vacuum will include a dust brush which will gently sweep dust off of tables, counters, and other surfaces.
1. Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away TruePet (NV 752)
Aside from having a decidedly awesome name, the Shark Rotator Lift-Away vacuum is awash in high quality. First off, Shark’s original LIft-Away formula was so fantastic that it’s been recreated over and over – just like it is in this model. It does this by allowing the canister to be lifted up, which provide users with the ability to deep-clean hard to reach areas without losing any of their suction power.
It also carries the label of “Hard Floor Hero,” which is representative of the fact that this vacuum is great at cleaning hardwood floors and other hard surface. This is great because it’s very easy to switch back and forth between cleaning modes. All you need to do is flip a switch.
Speaking of flipping a switch, this model makes the control adjustments very simple. The buttons for power on/off and the switch flip between hard-floor and carpet mode are available right on the handle. No more awkward bending over or feeling around with your feet for a button to push.
The unit uses a complete seal to prevent the release of allergens which can be found in dust and particle that are often made airborne during vacuum cleaning. It also uses a HEPA filter, which are known for keeping dust and dirt kept completely in the vacuum.
- Very good allergen preventing system
- Good HEPA filter system further enhances the vacuum’s ability to keep air colean
- Switches and power button easily accessed
- Good for use on both carpets and hard floor
- Uses the ingenious lift away system
- Hard to maneuver
- Heavier than expected
2. Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 Upright Vacuum
Dyson are often considered masters in the vacuum world. This vacuum isn’t their prime example, but for under three hundred bucks, you’re probably not going to find a more powerful and capable model.
First off, Dyson puts so much effort into the design of their products that they have their own Dyson suction system. There’s a self-adjusting cleaner head, which is great for all sorts of cleaning. It seals the head of the vacuum to whatever surface you’re cleaning, be it carpet, rug, hardwood floor, or anything else, and creates an airtight suction seal.
They have a root cyclone system that claims to capture even more dust and particles than any other model on the market. Considering their rep, I wouldn’t put it past them! There’s a wand attachment that’s easily accessed and allows you to clean high up areas or hard-to-reach spots behind your furniture.
The dustbin empties easily. All you have to do is push a button. Oh, and the whole unit comes with a five year replacement warranty. It’s certified to be asthma and allergy friendly, which is more of a reassuring guarantee than the other models can offer.
- Certified to be allergy and asthma friendly
- Easily emptied dustbin just requires the push of a button
- Comes with a five year warranty
- Root cyclone system captures a record setting amount of dust
- Self adjusting head creates airtight suction zones
- Good for cleaning your whole house from floor to ceiling
- Heavier than it looks
- Attachments can be a bit confusing
3. Eureka Mighty Mite Canister Vacuum, 3670G – Corded
Here’s a corded, imported, easily afforded and quickly transported vacuum that’s also very easy to rhyme about. It comes in at less than nine pounds, making it much lighter than many models available on the market and comparable to the weight of a lighter backpack vacuum. Very impressive.
There’s a 12 amp motor which provides an ample amount of suction power, providing reliable ability to deep clean as well as get rid of dirt that’s near the surface.
As if in contrast to the sucking nature of most vacuums, this vacuum has a blowing port that functions pretty much like a leaf blower or a snowblower, and can be used to quickly clean off hard surfaces like your garage by simply blowing any dirt or debris outside.
There’s also an ample number of tools to encourage cleaning of all sorts of surface, crevices and other hard-to-reach areas, as well as for letting you gently dust surfaces and furniture. These tools are easily attached and removed for a quick change in cleaning technique. Thereès also an extension wand so you can reach far-off areas and extend the reach of the cord.
The dust bag is easily removed and makes emptying it quite easy. There is also included storage for the cord, making it easier to store.
- Has a leafblower like function for easy cleaning of bigger, hard surfaces
- 12 amp motor provides a great amount of suction and blowing power
- Has a cord storage area for convenience
- Dust bag is easily detached for quick cleaning
- Much cheaper than the previous 2 entries
- Has a wide variety of tools for cleaning different situations
- The hose can be flimsy and hard to coordinate
- Suction level might be too high
4. Hoover Linx BH50010 Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Here’s a sleek and attractive stick vacuum for a good price. It’s Hoover’s only stick vacuum that make use of their double cyclonic filtration and wind tunnel system. It also operates on a lithium ion battery, which means you no longer have to jump from outlet to outlet when trying to clean your room.
This vacuum has all the power controls located on the handle, right where your fingertips will rest when holding it. There’s also a battery fuel gauge on the back which allows you to know when you’ll need a charge.
The vacuum head itself has bristles on the side so you can clean the edges and corners of rooms, which usually presents a problem. The dirt cup is easily released and can just be dumped into a garbage can. The handle reclines extremely far so you’ll be able to reach far underneath your furniture.
All of this comes with a two year warranty.
- Very good looking design
- Hoover’s only stick unit to use cyclonic filters and WindTunnel tech
- Cordless vacuum makes it easier to move
- Vacuum head has side bristles for easy cleaning
- Easily released dirt cup
- Comes with a warranty
- Battery takes too long to charge and dies too quick.
- Not the most durable.
Which one is the best?
Of course, the Dyson Multi Ball wins this round. Dyson vacuums seem to always be taking the #1 spot, and it’s because they’re incredibly reliable feats of technology that make cleaning a breeze.
The suction seal technology is unique and something I’ve never seen. That combined with the asthma reducing, allergy-friendly certified filtration system and the tools included make this vacuum great for a huge wide of home and commercial uses.