If you’re looking for a great vacuum cleaner under £100 right here in the UK you’ve come to the right place.
I’ve searched high and low, put on my war paint, and hunted across the land to bring you this guide on the best Budget Vacuum Cleaner Under £100. Plus, I updated this article in 2022 to find all the latest and greatest models for you.
Now hopefully you haven’t been tricked into thinking you have to break the bank just to get a half-decent vacuum cleaner. Because that’s simply not true.
If you pay for a high-end cleaner, you (usually) get a high-quality product but you can still get a great vacuum cleaner for under £100.
So no matter where you live or what you’re looking for I’ve found something that’ll suit you and your budget. I hand-test all the vacuum cleaners I review, you can read more about my review process here.
Top 5 Best Budget Vacuum Cleaners Under £100 in the UK
- Top Choice – Vax CCQSAV1P1 Air Pet Vacuum Cleaner
- Best Cheap Cordless Vacuum – VYTRONIX Lithium 3in1 Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner
- Best Upright Vacuum Under £100 – Hoover Breeze Evo TH31BO01 Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner
- Best Cheap Bagged Vacuum – Amazon Basics Bagged Vacuum Cleaner with HEPA Filter
- Best Budget Bagless vacuum – Hoover Breeze Bagless Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner
1. Top Choice – Vax CCQSAV1P1 Air Pet Vacuum Cleaner
- Powerful Suction
- Hepa Filter
- Good on hard floor and carpet
- 1.5 L Dust capacity
- Tips Over Easily
2023 is here and the Vax Air Pet remains the best budget vacuum out there. I prefer it to the Vytronix below because you don’t have to worry about charging it. Plus it’s bagless so you don’t have to spend £15 every few months on those.
The vax air has the best suction of all the cheap vacuum cleaners I tested. Which is exactly what you need for a thorough clean. It picked up my dog’s hair with just a single pass most of the time.
It’s got a HEPA filter which is great for taking the allergens out of the air so if you have guests with allergies coming over they’ll be able to breathe freely, plus the filter is washable to keep the house constantly fresh. The only other vacuum with a HEPA filter here is the Amazon basics vax. Even the upright Hoover doesn’t have one.
What is a pain, is that because the pipe comes out right at the bottom it’s quite easy to tip the whole thing over while you’re cleaning. It’s not the biggest problem but its kind of annoying, but the plus of this is an extra 3m of reach on the 6m long cord to help you get around as much of the house as possible from a single socket.
The tank is 1.5L so plenty big enough to do the whole house if you vacuum often, otherwise you’ll need a couple of empties but it’s very easy to use.
Overall, A great little vacuum, awesome price, good suction for pet hair and nice and easy to store.
2. Best Cheap Cordless – VYTRONIX Powerful 22.2v Lithium 3in1 Cordless Upright Handheld Stick Vacuum Cleaner
Style: Cordless stick
- Great price
- Easy empty
- Energy efficient 45 minute run time mode
- 3 hour charge from flat
- Not super powerful
- Carpet takes a few goings over
Before I get into anything with this, it costs 10% of what a new cordless Dyson costs. So you have to set your expectations accordingly, is it the most powerful vacuum cleaner out there? Of course not.
But does it do a great job for the price? Absolutely!
The great thing about this is the ease of use, it’s got a wall-mounted storage and charging station so you can easily click it off the wall and vacuum the house every day. So what it doesn’t pick up the first day it will pick up the second, and a few times over any stubborn patches is a small price to pay for the convenience of not having to deal with a cable.
It can also go down to a more handheld mode to easily clean your furniture.
It doesn’t have the biggest dust tank but it’s an easy one-click open and shut, so if you have a dog or are dealing with long hair you’ll have to empty it after each use. But it’s easy enough that you could empty it into your kitchen bin without a big mess.
It’s lightweight at 2.3 kg and it couldn’t be easier to glide around the house, get in and about the stairs and even do the furniture. On eco mode, it can run for 45 minutes but I don’t think I’ve ever vacuumed for that long in my life, even as a cleaner at a guest house.
My favourite part of owning a cordless vacuum is that it cuts down cleaning time, I can whip out the vacuum for a quick pass multiple times a day without a problem.
All in all a superb cordless cleaner for the price, the most powerful and best model you’re going to get for under £100.
3. Best Upright Cheap Vacuum – Hoover Breeze Evo TH31BO01 Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner
- Large 3 litre dust capacity
- 4.5m hose fore easy stair cleaning
- 7m cable for maximum room reach
- Adjustable floor brush for all floor types
- Not the most powerful
- Feels plasticky
There’s nothing quite like a Hoover vacuum, not least because I always say hoovering instead of vacuuming, and with this it’s so much more true.
But that aside this is a very decent upright vacuum cleaner, it moves around nicely and has plenty of suction plus an adjustable bar so that it works on carpets and hard floors.
If you’ve got a lot of stubborn dog hair to deal with you might need to spend a little more for more power but for your average home this is more than enough to get you a clean house.
Plus the 3-litre bin capacity stops you from having to empty the vacuum quite so often, and as long as you don’t overfill the container it’s easy to empty. Compared to the Vax Airpet which is my top choice this is double the bin capacity so if you have a bigger house to vacuum this would be a great choice.
If you want something a little sturdier with a little more suction then this is a great choice compared to the Amazon, Vytronix or Vax.
4. Best Bagged Choice – Amazon Basics Bagged Vacuum Cleaner / Hoover with HEPA Filter
Brand: Amazon Basics
- Great price
- HEPA filter
- Bagged for easy emptying
- Light weight
- Not the best on deep pile carpet
- Not the biggest bin capacity
The Amazon Basics range is excellent, basic products that do a great job for the price, in other words, they are great value.
And this bagged vacuum is no different, able to clean carpets and hard floors with relative ease. It could do a better job on carpets, but then again you could spend more money on a vacuum so there’s a give and take. It’s not as powerful as the other vacuum cleaners in this list but for the price it’s great.
It’s small and easy to store while also being lightweight for easy manoeuvring around the house. The power cord is 5m long which is reasonable to get around a room but you’ll likely need to plug in again for each room you move to.
There are trade-offs but overall this is the best bagged vacuum cleaner you’ll get for under £100, easy-empty, good cleaning power and cheap replacement bags. I know some people like a bagged vacuum for tidier clean up so I wanted to include one.
5. Best Bagless Cheap Vacuum – Hoover Breeze Pets Bagless Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner
- Multi floor head included
- Great For Small House
- Washable filter
- Only one power setting
The Hoover Cylinder Whirlwind is ideal for people who have pets in a small home or flat.
It’s got a reasonably sized canister at 2L dust capacity similar t the Vax Air Pet above which is big enough that you won’t have to empty it after every use.
The best bit is the turbo attachment for dealing with pet hair. Ideal to get pet hair off of the sofa, chairs or even curtains if you have a particularly adventurous cat. Again I tested this with my own dog, who is a hairy beast, and it was very proficient, even on my bedroom carpet.
You just clip it on and it sucks twice as hard with a roller to nicely grab everything and suck it away. If you have very long hair it might get tangled but for dog and cat hair it’s perfect.
What’s also good is the cyclonic technology which separates the dust and gives you longer use out of the filter, because let’s be honest, not many people get around to cleaning the filter in the vacuum cleaner so the longer it lasts the better.
There’s only one power setting but you can adjust it by opening an air vent on the end of the nozzle if you find you can’t push it.
Overall, it’s perfect for a small flat or house as a pet owner.
Main Problems With A cheap Vacuum Cleaner
When I was hunting through all the best budget vacuum cleaners there was one common complaint that kept cropping up.
Not Enough Suction!
Sometimes if you go too cheap you end up with a vacuum that’s about as useful as opening the window to get rid of dust.
Fortunately, that’s not always the case, I’ve found loads of good ones, still under £100, that’ll do the job nicely.
What To Think About When Buying The Best Vacuum Cleaner Under £100
Just because you’re going affordable new vacuum cleaner doesn’t mean you have to skip out on quality.
There are still a few different things you might want your budget vacuum to have.
If you only have a small flat you might find that you only have space for a small vacuum. An upright one just won’t fit so a small cylinder vacuum will be just what you need.
How Big Your House Is
Vice-versa, if you have quite a lot of floor space then looking at cylinder vacuum cleaners might be too small and you’ll have to keep emptying it while you go.
So in those cases, you’ll want to get a nice big upright vacuum that you can push around quite happily.
Do You Have Stairs
If you have stairs then you might want to consider a nice light vacuum that you can heave up and down a flight of stairs with no trouble at all.
Or one with a nice long pipe so you can vacuum the stairs far easier than trying to balance the whole thing.
Otherwise you could get a second smaller vacuum specifically for the stairs
A Word On Long Hair
Now if there are a lot of people in the house with long hair then you’re going to want a vacuum designed for pets. Loads of suction and a specially designed nozzle to not get hair tangled in it.
I worked as a cleaner for a while and a large part of my job was untangling hair out the end of the nozzle. And, to add insult to injury I was in Australia and I kept calling it a hoover, not a vacuum; I got laughed at every time. Sigh…
The Hepa Filter
Hepa filters are built into the vacuum cleaner and clean the air while you vacuum around the house.
It pulls the air through this filter and takes out all the allergens and nasty stuff from the air. A real must if you have pets.
Other Great Cheap Vacuum Cleaners Under £100 Reviewed
Henry Vacuum Cleaner
- Good Suction
- Hepa Filter
- Good Length Of Pipe
- Nowhere to Put Attachments
Henry is one of the most loved cylinder vacuums, there isn’t a single person who wouldn’t recognise this little red guy.
It’s easy to wheel about the house and the nice long pipe allows you to easily reach in and about all the nooks and crannies of your house.
Many moons ago it used to be that the suction wasn’t very powerful on the Henry. I hear a lot of people saying they aren’t any good but then say they haven’t used one in decades. Think I know where the problem is!
So rest assured they are now top quality and you’ll get great suction. Plus, it has a HEPA filter to keep the air clean while you go.
It is bagged so you have to buy more when you empty it. I like this as it keeps all the mess contained, you don’t have to try and pour out the dust while it blows back into your face. No one likes the taste of old floor dust. But it’s something to keep in mind if money’s tight.
And unless your house is especially big it shouldn’t need to be emptied all that often anyway.
Oh, and you have nowhere to attach the extra heads to so they’ll have to live under your sink. But I don’t know of anyone who’s ever used them so don’t know if that’s a downside.
Overall, the great suction and portability make it a fantastic affordable vacuum cleaner coming in under £100. Cannot go wrong with this one.
Upright Power Vacuum
- No Loss Of Suction As It Fills
- 13 m Cord Length
- 6-Year Guarantee
- Not The Most Comfortable Grip
This upright Vax vacuum is great for big houses, the power cord is long so you can reach through your house without unplugging every 5 minutes.
The pipe is also really long at over 3 m so you can reach anywhere and everywhere with it to get your house clean.
It weighs about 5 kg when empty so it’s nice and manageable to push around the house as well, even taking it upstairs isn’t too much of a bother.
It’s also not too bulky as some upright vacuums can be so you can get it tidied away into a cupboard easy enough so it’s not taking up loads of space.
Overall, a great upright vacuum cleaner, good suction, lightweight and great for floor cleaning
Hoover Whirlwind Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner
- Best Vacuum Under £50
- The original Brand
- Easy To Empty
- Very Noisey
There’s a good chance that, like me, you didn’t realise Hoover was a brand growing up, just another name for a vacuum cleaner. That’s because they were the original and still are one of the best.
And yes you do recognize the name from the hoover above but this is the upright version.
Excellent suction, good overall floor types and we finally have somewhere to put the attachments. Hurray! I have drawer full of loose dusting brushes and I hate it/
The only drawback is that it’s noisy, even for a vacuum cleaner it’s especially noisy. So no midnight hoovering with this one.
It’s bagless so you don’t have to spend anything there and the canister is nice and easy to empty, you just clip it off and take it to the bin, empty it there, and clip it back on again. Easy-peasy.
Overall, a very strong contender for the best budget vacuum you can’t go wrong with it has good suction and is easy to empty.
Morphy Richards 732005 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
Brand: Morphy Richards
Style: Cordless Upright
- Lift away Handheld Vacuum
- Easy Daily Clean Up
- Small Canister Size
The main issue with this one is the tiny canister size, it’s only 0.3L because it just has the handheld canister.
This means it really struggles if you need it to do your whole house, you’ll be back and forth to the bin
But, if you need a good spot cleaner then you’re onto a winner because the removable handheld vacuum is excellent for hard to reach places like stairs and upholstery and quickly cleaning up little messes. Ideal if you’re chasing around a little one all day.
And what you lose in bin capacity you make up for in how lightweight it is, it’s only 3kg and has a 35 minute run time on a single charge which is plenty to get around a regular-sized house.
Overall, an ideal choice of stick vacuum cleaner for vacuuming every day. Keeps everything clean, easy to use, good suction power. perfect.
Vax Gator Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
- Lightweight at 1.3 kg
- 15-minute battery life
- Built-in crevice tool
- Great for seats and sofas
- 12-hour charge time
- Not great at pet hair
First off, 12 hour charge time?!? It’s not as bad as you think though, it’s got a handy little charger station it can live in and stay out in the kitchen at all times without causing too much disturbance.
Even use it through the day to spot clean and then charge it overnight and you’re good to go again.
Good suction for a handheld vacuum, not quite enough for pet hair but handy for getting in and about your upholstery, the sofa or your curtains and perfect as a budget car vacuum. It is of course under £100 and falls into the best vacuum cleaners under £50 category too! And yes you do get small vacuums like this one that are that expensive.
Not much else to say, this is a superb little handheld vacuum, great price tag and ideal for crumb pick up.
Vax Arrow Cordless Upright Vacuum Cleaner
Style: Cordless Upright
- 35 Min battery life
- 4 Hour Charge time
- Needs Frequent Emptying
Vax have nailed it with their cordless vacuum cleaners. You get 35 minutes of run time on the lower power setting which is more than enough to clean the house. And it only takes 4 hours to charge.
It’s super lightweight at only 2.5 kg and can viz around the house in no time. Ideal for if you like keeping a tidy house and vacuuming often otherwise you’ll find you have to empty it after every use.
It works great on both wood and carpet and is great for cleaning stairs.
Ideal for the right person but if it’s going to be your main vacuum then I’d suggest going with something else.
unfortunately, this is now discontinued which is why it’s at the bottom!
I’ve had it a while and the suctions now rubbish, what can I do?
One of the main reasons a vacuum loses its suction is that it’s too full, try emptying it and giving the inside a clean to clear all the tubes out. And make sure you clean the filter, this is why a washable filter is important!
Are vacuums and Hoovers the same thing?
It’s one of those weird cases where not all vacuums are Hoovers but all Hoovers are vacuums. Hoover is the name of a brand, like Dyson or Shark, but if you came here looking for the best budget hoover you still came to the right place.
Which brand of vacuum is best?
It’s a toss-up between Shark and Dyon as the two best brands, I think Shark is superior because the price is so much lower, you get 90% of the quality of a Dyson for 50% of the price. But if money is no object then the Dysons are better vacuum cleaners.
What is the best vacuum cleaner for the least amount of money?
Any of the vacuums here are great choices, but generally Hoover and Vax are the two market leaders of the budget vacuum, having been cleaning houses for decades now.
You won’t find any Dyson, Shark or Miele vacuum cleaners on this list but you will find some excellent of the best vacuum cleaners under £100. Sure there is no anti hair wrap technology but you can get a clean house without breaking the bank. You do get what you pay for to a point so these aren’t the absolute best available but they’re the best for their price range and can still keep your house clean whether you’ve got hard floors, carpets, lino or whether your a pet wonder or an allergy sufferer I’ve got you covered.
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