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

Written by James Hall | 0 Comments| Last Updated: April 30, 2018

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 James Hoover

James Hoover

If you're looking for a cylinder vacuum, the Numatic James 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 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 motor.

You also shouldn’t assume 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 eight of 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 about 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. EU regulations limiting power consumption have also forced manufacturers to create innovative ways to improve cleaning performance, which has helped the budget end of the market.
  • 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 pet hair, 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 James JVP180Cylinder7kg620WRead More
#2
Vax U90-MA-Re Air ReachUpright5kg820WRead More
#3
Black + Decker Lithium Compact PivotHandheld1.9kg980WRead More
#4
Vax Energise Tempo Pet U86-E1-PEUpright5.0kg900WRead More
#5
Morphy Richards 732000 2-in-1 CordlessCordless3.9kg100WRead More
#6
VonHaus 1000W 2-in-1Upright2.9kg600WRead More
#7
Hoover Enigma TE70Cylinder4.9kg700WRead More
#8
Hoover Whirlwind SE71WR02Cylinder4.1kg700WRead More

Best Cylinder Vacuum under £100

1. Numatic James JVP 180-11

James Hoover

The Numatic JVP 180-11, or “James” for short, is the younger brother of the famous Henry. It’s a work-horse of a vacuum with a large 8 litre capacity, edge-to-edge cleaning and a variety of tools - plus it's available for a very reasonable price.

Before we go any further, the price of James varies between around £90 - £115, so it's not always available for under £100. The performance is strong enough for us to recommend spending a bit more though, as it's an excellent vacuum​

How does James compare to Henry and other vacuums though?​

Like the entire Henry Hoover range, James is a bagged vacuum cleaner with a large capacity and a simple design.​ Numatic calls it the "frugal" member of the family, as it's cheaper yet provides similar cleaning performance. James also has an A-rating for energy efficiency.

Most importantly, it provides strong suction and excellent cleaning performance. If you need a vacuum for serious cleaning but are on a tight budget, it's our top recommendation.​ The attachments also make it a versatile vacuum.

There are a few ​downsides though. James doesn't come with the automatic cable rewind system found on other Numatic vacuums, so you need to wind the cord by hand. The vacuum also doesn't include Numatic's TriTex filtration system and takes up quite a lot of space when not being used.

Even so, if you’re looking for a reliable, powerful cylinder cleaner for under £100 then the James JVP 180 is probably the perfect option. It’s an effective and easy-to-use bagged model that provides excellent value for money - although the lack of TriTex filtration means it's not suitable for people with allergies.

If you're not sure which Numatic to buy, read our comparison of the various models here and our full review of the Numatic HVR200-12 Henry here.

Overview:

  • Price Range: ££
  • Power: 620W
  • Weight: 7kg
  • Dust Capacity: 8 litres

Key Features:

  • Superb suction power
  • Large capacity
  • Great value for money

Best Upright Under £100

2. Vax U90-MA-Re Air Reach

Vax Air Reach

If you're looking for a budget upright vacuum, Vax U90-MA-Re Air Reach is our top recommendation for under £100 (replacing the Zanussi ZAN2000A which is no longer in production).

Like the James above, it's not always available for under £100 as prices can vary. It's usually close to this price though - and even if you pay a bit more it's a brilliant vacuum for the money.

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, efficient motor and capable floor head.

Other features include a reasonably wide cleaning radius, several accessories, and an adjustable handle for greater comfort. It also only weighs 5kg, which puts it into our lightweight vacuum category.

​In terms of performance, the Vax is great for carpet and hard floor cleaning. It's let down slightly by its power through the hose, but this is to be expected from a budget vac. It's also not as effective on laminate or tiled floors, although it's great with floorboards.

Overall, the Vax U90-Ma-Re Air Reach is one of the best upright vacuums under £100. If you’re looking for strong suction power and all-round performance you won't be disappointed - even though it doesn't have any advanced features. It’s also relatively lightweight and easy to manoeuvre.

Overview:

  • Price Range: ££
  • Power: 820W
  • Weight: 5kg
  • Dust Capacity: 1.5 litres

Key Features:

  • Excellent suction power
  • Adjustable handle
  • 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 - not least the pivot design - and is available for a very reasonable price.

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.

​Aside from its pivot design, the Black+Decker Lithium Compact Pivot is lightweight and easy to use. It doesn't have the versatility of handheld vacs such as the Dyson V6 Trigger Pro, but is considerably less expensive. It's also useful for getting rid of hair and dust on 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 Energise Tempo Pet U86-E1-PE

The Vax Energise is a low-budget pet vacuum

If you’re looking for a cheap pet vacuum, the Vax Energise Tempo is a popular choice. It’s an upright 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 U86-E1-PE is the turbo tool. This provides extra power when you need to get hair out of upholstery, other fabric and stairs.

Other features of the U86-E1-Pe include a relatively lightweight design and a 2.4 litre dust capacity. It's also designed to cope with both hard floors and carpets, while the single cyclonic technology prevents suction loss as the canister fills up. A bonus is the hard floor adaptor, which helps protect delicate wood or other floor types from being scratched.

There are a few drawbacks though. While it has surprisingly powerful suction for a budget vac - especially as it feels lightweight and "plasticky" -  it can't rival the power of more expensive models. You also need to make sure the filter and interior stay clear, as it can become clogged relatively quickly.

The Vax U86-E1-Pe Tempo is a great choice if you’re looking for a budget vacuum that can handle pet hair - as long as you have realistic expectations. 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: 900W
  • Weight: 5kg
  • Dust Capacity: 2.4 litres

Key Features:

  • Turbo tool for getting pet hair off upholstery
  • Energy efficient
  • Two year Vax guarantee (UK)

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, so it can clean most places in the home.

While the 732000 isn’t designed for heavy cleaning, it’s perfect for small clean ups and dry spills. It also provides 20 minute runtime on a single charge, is easy to manoeuvre and has several accessories.

Is it worth buying compared to other cordless vacs though?​

​The stand-out feature of the 732000 is its low price tag - not its cleaning performance. While it's a capable vacuum for quick clean-ups, don't expect it to remove dirt and dust buried deep in carpet fibres. It also has a tiny 0.3 litre capacity and struggles with larger debris.

On the other hand, it's easy to store and doesn't "feel" like a budget vacuum. It's also less than a quarter of the price of the most expensive cordless vacs.

If you’re looking for a cheap cordless vacuum cleaner for under £100 that's suitable for quick clean-ups, the 732000 could be a good option. While it has a small capacity and relatively weak suction, this is to be expected from 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 600W 2-in-1 Upright Stick & Handheld

The Vonhaus 1000W costs less than £50

One of the most popular vacuums is also one that most people haven’t heard of: the VonHaus 600W 2-in-1. We’ve classed it as an “ultra-cheap” vacuum, as the RRP is just £34.99…and it’s often available for less than this. Despite the low price tag, the VonHaus is a capable choice if you need a simple cleaner for quick clean-up jobs.

What do you get for your money though?​

Firstly, the VonHaus is now a 600W cleaner, as the motor power has been reduced from 1000W to comply with EU regulations. It has two modes – handheld and upright – which makes it a versatile option. The 1.3 litre capacity is also relatively large for such a cheap model.

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

Can it really clean though? This depends on your expectations. ​With an RRP of less than £50, it's never going to compete with a full-size vacuum or even most cordless vacuums. This is a vacuum designed only for the simplest tasks, such as clearing crumbs or loose dirt.

Even so, if you’re looking for a lightweight vacuum that doesn’t cost much money, the VonHaus provides great value. It’s never going to match the suction power or dirt pickup of more expensive vacuums, but considering the price it does an acceptable job.

Overview:

  • Price Range: £
  • Power: 600W
  • Weight: 2.9kg
  • Dust Capacity: 1.3 litres

Key Features:

  • Lightweight corded vacuum
  • Can convert to handheld mode
  • Very cheap

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 Enigma TE70

Hoover Enigma

The Enigma TE70 is an understated bagged model from Hoover, but it provides great value for money. With its large capacity, great performance and useful tools, it’s a good option if you’re looking for a cheap cylinder vacuum.

What advantages does the Enigma have over other cylinders in this price range though?​

Firstly, it's a relatively large vacuum with a 3.2 litre capacity, so you don't need to constantly empty the dust container. It has a pet hair turbo tool and a setting for suction control, so it's suitable for almost any task. The Enigma also boasts an A rating for energy efficiency.

Most importantly, the TE70 provides excellent cleaning performance - especially considering the low price.​ Many cheap vacuums struggle with pet hair, but the Enigma's turbo tool makes quick work of both long and short hair. It's also great on carpets and hard floors.

There aren't many downsides to this model - although it's not quite perfect. The cleaning radius isn't the widest, so you'll need to change sockets more often than other vacs. The Enigma is also a bagged vacuum which adds a small amount to the lifetime cost of the vacuum.

Despite these minor issues, if you’re looking for a powerful cylinder vacuum that can handle almost any cleaning job, then the Hoover Enigma TE70 is one of our top picks. 

Overview:

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

Key Features:

  • A-rating for energy efficiency
  • Excellent performance on pet hair, carpets and hard floors
  • 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 it provides decent 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 James 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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