Best Vacuum Cleaners Under £100 – Are Budget Vacs Any Good?

Written by James Hall | 0 Comments| Last Updated: June 7, 2017

If you’re looking for a great vacuum that doesn't cost a fortune, you’ll be pleased to know there are some excellent budget models available. Here's our list of the best vacuum cleaners under £100 (or close to it) in the UK.

Our #1 Pick: Numatic Henry Hoover

Our Top Pick for a Vacuum Under £100 is the Henry Hoover

If you're looking for a cylinder vacuum, the Henry Hoover is our top pick in this price range. It's powerful, near-indestructible and has a huge capacity - plus it provides great value! Keep scrolling if you want an upright, cordless or handheld though.

While major brands such as Dyson have made their name by manufacturing highly powerful, feature-packed models costing upwards of £200, don’t let that fool you into thinking higher priced vacuums are always better. There are cleaners for under £100 that can match the suction, performance, accessories and convenience of more expensive models.

Of course, if you buy a £100 vacuum cleaner there will always be trade-offs, so you need to be clear about your requirements. Are you looking for an appliance with strong suction power? If so, you may have to choose a model with fewer accessories or a small dust capacity. Is an efficient filtering system vital for your vacuum? If this is the case, the model may have a weaker engine.

You also shouldn’t assume that vacuums for under £100 are only made by unknown brands. There are some top vacuum manufacturers that produce vacuums in this price range, including Numatic (of Henry fame), Vax, Bosch and many more.

Listed below are our top recommendations for the best vacuum cleaners under £100 (or close to it). We’ve tried to include models from a variety of categories, including cordless, uprights, handheld and cylinder. We’ve also written a brief guide of what to look out for when choosing a model in this price range.

What to Look for in a Cheap Vacuum

As we mentioned, a vacuum for under £100 is never going to have everything. While there are some excellent models available, you shouldn’t expect them to match a more expensive appliance in terms of all-round performance. Instead, look for a model that excels in the areas most important to you. Here’s an overview of what to consider, but for more in-depth information visit our homepage by clicking here.

  • Suction power. Low-quality vacuums often have poor suction. Fortunately, improvements in motor technology mean there are machines available for less than £100 with strong suction power.
  • Dust capacity. Cheap vacuums with a small dust container need to be emptied regularly – especially if the model has strong suction. If you want to minimise how often you need to empty your appliance, look for a model with a large capacity.
  • Filtration system. HEPA filters remove over 99% of dust particles and bacteria from exhaust air, which is vital if you suffer from allergies. However, buying a model with a HEPA filter (or buying a filter separately) can add to the cost. If a vac doesn’t come with a washable filter, you’ll need to purchase replacements.
  • Bagged or Bagless. Bagless models have become very common in recent years, but that doesn’t mean they are always the best option – especially if you suffer from allergies. However, buying bags can add to the lifetime cost of the vacuum.
  • Attachments. Cheaper vacuums often only come with basic tools – or sometimes no tools at all. If you’re looking for a model with a motorised hand tool, for example, you may need to go above the £100 limit.

Please note: The models listed below were available for under or close to £100 when this article was last updated. However, prices change regularly so we make no guarantees as to the current prices of models on this list.

Which are the Best Vacuums Costing Less than £100?

Welcome to our list of the Best Vacuums Under £100 in the UK
RankImageProduct NameTypeWeightPowerRead More
#1
NUMATIC HVR200-12 HenryCylinder8kg620WRead More
#2
Zanussi ZAN2000A AirSpeed LiteUpright4.1kg1100WRead More
#3
Black + Decker Lithium Compact PivotHandheld1.9kg980WRead More
#4
Vax C88-AM-PE Air Compact PetCylinder5.5kg800WRead More
#5
Morphy Richards 732000 2-in-1 CordlessCordless3.9kg100WRead More
#6
VonHaus 1000W 2-in-1Upright2.9kg1000WRead More
#7
Hoover Telios TE70TE11Cylinder4.9kg700WRead More
#8
Hoover Whirlwind SE71WR02Cylinder4.1kg700WRead More

Best Cylinder Vacuum under £100

1. Numatic HVR200 Henry

The Henry is a great choice for a budge vacuum cleaner

The Numatic HVR200, or “Henry” for short, probably doesn’t need any introduction. It’s a work-horse of a vacuum with a large 9 litre capacity, two power settings and a recent overhaul for greater reliability.

Other features include a rewind system for the long 10 metre cable, a lightweight design and a soft brush for cleaning areas requiring a little extra care. It’s a bagged model, which adds to the lifetime cost, but also makes it easier to empty without releasing dust and other allergens into the air. And, of course, Henry will always cheer up your day with his happy face (although this can be removed if required!).

The Henry has proven to be a consistently popular vacuum. The strong suction mean it's suitable for a variety of tasks, while the attachments also improve its versatility. One of the only drawbacks is that it takes up quite a lot of floor space when not being used.

If you’re looking for a reliable, powerful cylinder cleaner for under £100 then the Numatic HVR200 Henry is probably the perfect option. It’s a powerful and easy-to-use bagged model that provides excellent value for money.

You can read our full review of the Numatic HVR200-12 Henry here.

Overview:

  • Price Range: £
  • Power: 620W
  • Weight: 8kg
  • Dust Capacity: 9 litres

Key Features:

  • Superb suction power
  • Large capacity
  • Hi-Lo button to switch between suction modes

Best Upright Under £100

2. Zanussi ZAN2000A AirSpeed Lite

If you're looking for a cheap upright, the Zanussi ZAN2000A is a good option

The Zanussi ZAN2000A has quietly become one of the most popular bagless upright vacuums under £100 over the last few years – and for good reason.

While it lacks advanced accessories and has a relatively small 1.5L capacity, it makes up for this with excellent suction power for such a cheap model. This is due to the Multi-Cyclonic technology and powerful motor.

Other features include a 1.5L capacity, B rating performance on both carpets and energy efficiency, two on-board tools and an adjustable height for different surfaces. It also only weighs 4.1kg, which puts it comfortably into our lightweight vacuum category.

​In terms of performance, the Zanussi is great for floor cleaning. It's let down slightly by its power through the hose, but this is to be expected from a budget vac. We've seen reports that it can damage vinyl flooring due to the strong suction though, which is something to keep in mind.

Overall, the Zanussi ZAN2000A is one of the best upright vacuums under £100 if you’re looking for excellent suction power. It’s also relatively lightweight and easy to manoeuvre.

You can read our full review of the Zanussi ZAN2000A here.

Overview:

  • Price Range: £
  • Power: 1100W
  • Weight: 4.1kg
  • Dust Capacity: 1.42 litres

Key Features:

  • Excellent suction power
  • Two on-board tools
  • Relatively lightweight

Best Handheld Under £100

3. Black + Decker Lithium Compact Pivot

A handheld option is the Lithium Pivot

If you need a handheld vacuum for under £100, one of the most popular options is the Black+Decker Lithium Compact Pivot. It’s a stylish model with a number of interesting features, and has also received a large number of positive reviews from buyers.

The two primary features are the Lithium technology for extra suction, and the pivot design allowing you to easily clean on top of cupboards or other difficult areas. Other features include ECO charging technology, so the vacuum charges up to four times quicker than other handhelds, and a high performance motor.

As we mentioned, the Black+Decker Lithium Compact Pivot has received excellent reviews from buyers. People are happy with the power of the model - especially considering its a handheld. It's also effective for vacuuming pet hair off beds and sofas.

While no handheld can match the suction power of a cylinder or upright, the Black+Decker has more than enough “oomph” for spot cleaning. Its pivot design is great for accessing tricky areas, and the relatively short charging time makes it convenient to use.

Overview:

  • Price Range: £
  • Power: 980W
  • Weight: 1.9kg
  • Dust Capacity: 0.44 litres

Key Features:

  • Strong suction power for a handheld
  • 10 minute run-time
  • Stylish design

Best Pet Vacuum Under £100

4. Vax C88-AM-PE Air Compact Pet

The Vax C88-AM-PE is a budget pet vacuum

If you’re looking for a cheap pet vacuum, the Vax C88-AM-PE is a popular choice. It’s a compact model that’s designed to pick up more pet hair and dander than other budget models – so if your dog or cat won’t stop shedding, it’s a great option.

The most important feature of the C88-AM-PE is the turbo tool. This attaches to the hose and provides extra power when you need to get hair out of upholstery, other fabric and stairs.

Other features of the C88-AM-PE include a combi-floorhead, which is designed to cope with both hard floors and carpets, and multi-cyclone technology to prevent suction loss as the canister fills up. The model is relatively small for a cylinder, with a capacity of 2 litres, but this also makes it easier to store.

It’s surprisingly heavy at 5.5kg though, so if you’re looking for a lightweight vacuum this might not be the best choice. You also need to make sure the filter and interior stay clear, as reviewers have mentioned it quickly becomes clogged.

The Vax C88-AM-PE Air Compact is a great choice if you’re looking for a powerful budget vacuum that can handle pet hair. While it’s not the best pet vac on the market, which isn’t surprising considering the price, it can hold its own against models that are far more expensive.

Overview:

  • Price Range: £
  • Power: 800W
  • Weight: 5.5kg
  • Dust Capacity: 2 litres

Key Features:

  • Turbo tool for getting pet hair off upholstery
  • Powerful suction
  • Compact design

Best Cordless Vacuum Under £100

5. Morphy Richards 732000 2-in-1 Cordless

The Morphy Richards 732000 is a popular budget cordless

The Morphy Richards 732000 is a versatile cordless vacuum that’s available for a very reasonable price. It’s a 2-in-1 model, meaning it has both handheld and upright modes.

While the 732000 isn’t designed for heavy cleaning, it’s perfect for small clean ups and dry spills. Other features include 20 minute runtime on a single charge, easy to manoeuvre design and several accessories.

​The main feature that makes the 732000 stand out is that it has reasonably powerful suction despite the compact design and low price tag. While it can't match corded vacuums, it's capable of handling most cleaning tasks. It's also easy to store and doesn't "feel" like a budget vacuum.

If you’re looking for a cheap cordless vacuum cleaner for under £100 that still provides reasonable suction power, the 732000 could be a good option. While it has a small capacity, this is to be expected on a budget cordless.

Overview:

  • Price Range: £
  • Power: 100W
  • Weight: 3.9kg
  • Dust Capacity: 0.3 litres

Key Features:

  • Upright and handheld modes
  • 20 minute runtime
  • Motorised brush bar for picking up more dirt

Best Ultra-Cheap Vacuum (Under £50)

6. VonHaus 1000W 2-in-1 Upright Stick & Handheld

The Vonhaus 1000W costs less than £50

One of the most popular vacuums on the market is also one that most people haven’t heard of: the VonHaus 1000W 2-in-1. We’ve classed it as an “ultra-cheap” vacuum, as its RRP is just £34.99…and it’s often available for considerably less than this. Despite the low price tag, the VonHaus is a great choice if you need a simple cleaner for quick clean-up jobs.

As the name suggests, the VonHaus is a 1000W cleaner. It has two modes – handheld and upright – which makes it a highly versatile option. The 1.3 litre capacity is also relatively large for such a cheap model.

Other features include a two-stage HEPA and sponge filter, 6 metre power cord and a lightweight design. The dust container is also easy to remove and empty.

If you’re looking for a lightweight vacuum that doesn’t cost much money, then the VonHaus 1000W provides outstanding value. It’s never going to match the suction power or dirt pickup of more expensive vacuums, but considering the price it does a more than acceptable job.

Overview:

  • Price Range: £
  • Power: 1000W
  • Weight: 2.9kg
  • Dust Capacity: 1.3 litres

Key Features:

  • Lightweight corded vacuum
  • Can convert to handheld mode
  • Excellent value for money

Other Excellent Vacuums Under £100

While the models listed below didn’t fit into any of the “best of” categories above, they are still great choices if you’re looking for a vacuum costing less than £100.

7. Hoover Telios TE70TE11

The Hoover TE70 is an excellent vacuum for under £100

The Telios TE70TE11 is an understated bagged model from Hoover, but it provides great value for money. With its large capacity and useful tools, it’s a good option if you’re looking for a cheap cylinder vacuum.

This is a relatively large vacuum with a 3.2 litre capacity, so you won’t need to be constantly emptying the dust container. It has a six metre cord, several on-board tools and a setting for suction control. The TE70TE11 also boasts an A rating for energy efficiency.

Other features include an extension tube, making it easy to clean higher regions of your home, and a full indicator. As we mentioned, this is a bagged vacuum so you’ll need to purchase new bags, which adds a small amount to the lifetime cost of the vacuum.

If you’re looking for a powerful cylinder vacuum that can handle almost any cleaning job, then the Hoover TE70TE11 is an option to consider. Reviewers have praised its suction power, especially its pet hair pickup. It’s also energy-efficient without sacrificing suction.

Overview:

  • Price Range: £
  • Power: 700W
  • Weight: 4.9kg
  • Dust Capacity: 3.2 litres

Key Features:

  • A-rating for energy efficiency
  • Full bag indicator
  • Extension tube

8. Hoover Whirlwind SE71WR02

The Hoover Whirlwind SE71WR02 isn't the first Hoover on this list

Another excellent compact vacuum for less than £100 is the Hoover Whirlwind SE71WR02. It’s a bagless vacuum that’s designed to be small for easy storage, yet packs enough suction power to handle almost any cleaning job.

Considering the small construction, the Whirlwind SE71WR02 provides strong suction power. It’s convenient to move around the home, as it weighs just 4kg, and allows you to adjust the height of the floor head depending on the type of surface.

A downside is that it only has a 1.5 litre capacity. This is relatively small for a cylinder vacuum, so you’ll need to empty it on a regular basis – especially as it has such strong suction power. It’s also more effective on hard floors (A rating) than carpets (D rating), although reviewers have praised its all-round performance.

Note: If you have a dog or cat, you can pay slightly more and buy a model that includes a Pet Turbo brush.

If you’re looking for a Hoover under £100, then the Whirlwind SE71WR02 is an excellent choice. It’s powerful, compact and easy to manoeuvre around the home. While it has an RRP of £120, it’s often available for much less than this, which is why we’ve listed it as one of the best vacuums under £100.

Overview:

  • Price Range: £
  • Power: 700W
  • Weight: 4.1kg
  • Dust Capacity: 1.5 litres

Key Features:

  • Powerful suction
  • Bagless cylinder
  • Comes with a 2-in-1 crevice tool and dusting brush

Conclusion

While the most expensive vacuum cleaners can cost over £300 – or even more for the priciest models – the best vacuum cleaners under £100 can match many more expensive models for performance. You need to be careful which model you choose though, as there are also plenty of sub-par vacuums in this price range.

For all round performance, the Numatic Henry is probably the best option due to its large capacity, strong suction and reliability. But, depending on whether you want a handheld, cordless, or upright, the other models on this list are all excellent choices.

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