Since 2014, we have spent more than 120 hours scouring manufacturer and review sites to find the best budget vacuum cleaners on the market. We narrowed down the features that mattered most and created charts to document the features of each vacuum — and this was all before we even started to test.
Canister vacuums marketed as “for pets” generally come with a powered pet head, which is basically a miniature vacuum head that excels at picking up hair from carpets, upholstery, and drapes. Resist the urge to vacuum up small metal items like paper clips or coins.
Like the Eureka, this cordless stick vacuum is a workhorse, decimating dirt both as an upright and as a handheld. The defining feature here is that it's powerful, using Wind Tunnel 2 Technology to really suck out the dirt hiding in the deepest chasms of your carpet.
The Ergorapido Series 5 Tungsten stick vac is a high performance cordless vacuum with 2-in-1 versatility, 180° Easysteer™ manoeuvrability and unique BrushRollClean™ technology. Featuring a 18v lithium battery which provides strong suction power and long run time. Its low centre of gravity design makes this Ergorapido very easy to glide and feels super light in your hands.
The Good The Gtech AirRam is lightweight, easy to use, and highly maneuverable. Cordless operation makes it extremely convenient, and a data feature provides some semi-interesting usage information. The Bad It consistently underperformed almost every other vacuum we tested.
Which handheld vacuums are best? Editors look at portable vacuum reviews and name the best handheld vacuums for general use, pet hair, and car care. Editors look at portable vacuum reviews and name the best handheld vacuums for general use, pet hair, and car care.
Sitting in the middle of the Miele vacuum cleaner line, the Miele Compact C2 vacuums showcase the staple features of high end Mieles but in a more compact, lightweight canister design. These midsize canister vacuums are best suited for smooth floors, area rugs, and low to medium pile carpeting.
The Nilfisk Elite Superior is the perfect vacuum cleaner for every home. With a five year warranty, powerful 2000W motor, large 3.1L dust bag and HEPA H14 filtration, the Nilfisk Elite Superior has the performance to clean your home with easy as well as to ensure harmful dust and allergens are filtered from your home.
Numatic’s iconic Henry vacuum cleaners have been around for over 20 years. From cleaning offices to cleaning up after building work, Henry’s smiling face remains the professionals’ vacuum cleaner of choice because they are simply cheap, effective and reliable.
"A good stick vacuum can clean under furniture and is more flexible than your typical upright vacuum," says Frank Rizzi, a CR test engineer. "But don't expect to get the same type of cleaning with this smaller vacuum." As a supplemental cleaner, the stick vacs below should do the job.