The Best Affordable Vacuum Cleaners of 2019

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    Bissell CleanView 9595A

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Bissell CleanView
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The Bissell CleanView offers the perfect balance of price and performance.

Best Overall
Bissell CleanView

The Bissell CleanView 9595A is our overall winner.

It sells for around $90 online and in stores. Our tests showed that the CleanView offered the perfect balance of performance and price. While this Bissell didn't excel in any one test, it did well across the board. Other vacuums on our list are better suited for a certain type of household—say, pet owners—but the CleanView is a great generalist.

In our tests, we create a special dirt mixture that's representative of the dust and debris that gets tracked through most households. Then, we embed it into a normal carpet—the same way your feet would push dirt into your carpets at home. The CleanView picked up 43.5 percent of that dirt—which is about average. By comparison, the best vacuum we've ever tested only cleaned about 75 percent in a single pass.

We also felt that the included crevice, dusting, and turbo brush accessories are also going to satisfy the needs of most households. At 77 dBa, it was louder than more expensive models, but one of the quietest vacuums we tested at its price.

The overall best does have a few flaws: The Bissell CleanView does not have a retractable cord, nor can it carry most of its attachments on board. It also struggled with pet hair and deep pile carpet.

However, it cleaned well across every other flooring type, had no problem with picking up debris, gets good user reviews for reliability and robustness, and costs ten percent less than its closest competitor. That's exactly how it got to be our number one choice.

Best for Pet Owners
Eureka Airspeed AS3030A

The Eureka Airspeed has two features that we adore, but also one major flaw that kept it from being the best affordable upright.

First of all, the Airspeed achieved the highest dirt pickup on a normal carpet. On normal carpet, this $120 vacuum picked up a whopping 57.5 percent of the dirt mixture we put down—which is the best cleaning we've ever measured from a vacuum at that price point.

Where the Eureka really shines when it comes to cleaning up hair—both human and pet. That's because the Airspeed has a brushroll cleaner, designed to keep long hair from wrapping around the part of the vacuum that spins to agitate dirt out of carpets. We tested this feature out on another Eureka vacuum and found it worked as advertised.

However, when we switched over to high-pile carpet, the Eureka went from hero to zero. Amongst its competitors, it came in dead last for cleaning plush carpets and throw rugs.

Other Affordable Vacuums We Tested

Hoover WindTunnel UH70120

If the thought of wrapping up a cord when you're done cleaning fills you with dread, you may want to check out the Hoover WindTunnel Rewind Plus, which comes with a retractable cord.

In our carpet tests, the WindTunnel picked up almost the exact same amount of dirt as the CleanView. While it costs a little more, that higher price tag gets you a cord that winds up automatically with the touch of a lever.

There's also onboard storage for all the Hoover's attachments, so they'll always be at hand when you need them—instead of lost in the back of a closet.

The downside? All these features keep the WindTunnel from breezing through rooms. With everything onboard, this Hoover tips the scales at 17.3 pounds. That's a full two pounds heavier than the Bissell. Even worse, there's no carrying handle on the back, which means it's a huge pain to lug up and down stairs. It also struggled with pet hair.

Shark NV352 Navigator Lift-Away

The popular Shark Navigator Lift-Away was the most unusual vacuum we tested. Its Lift-Away feature means that users can detach the motor from the handle, which turns the unit into a pseudo-canister. Unfortunately, you cannot use attachments unless the motor is detached, and you have to lug the "canister" around because it doesn't have wheels.

Other features don't come with as many tradeoffs. For instance, automatic height adjustment means you can go from cleaning a thick area rug to short-pile carpet without skipping a beat. This Shark is also the only vacuum in the running that has a swivel joint in the brush head, which allows the Shark to pivot around furniture and other obstacles. The Shark's small brush head also helps you reach tight spaces.

However, we feel that the Shark isn't as good a value as other vacuums on the list. Even though it's the most expensive cleaner we included, it only picked up 38 percent of testing dirt we put down on a normal carpet. Other vacuums cleaned better and cost less.

Given all the trade-offs, the Shark Navigator Lift-Away is a fine choice for small apartments that feature a variety of floor types. But given its quirks and high price, it falls into fourth place in our tests.

Dirt Devil Pro Power

Rounding out our list of the best affordable uprights is the Dirt Devil Power Pro. Retailing for around $50, the Pro Power is the most affordable of our affordable vacuums.

However, its low price comes at a cost: On average, the Dirt Devil was only able to get 20 percent of dirt out of a normal carpet. Its motor also made 86 dBa of noise—about the same as a blender—which made it the loudest vacuum we tested.

The Pro Power may have been the weakest performer, but it checks all the "I want to save money" boxes. It has a washable filter, it does not need replacement bags, and it fits in almost every budget. However, a vacuum is designed to clean your house. That's why we recommend spending a little more to get a vacuum that won't leave most dirt behind.

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Meet the testers

Jonathan Chan

Jonathan Chan

Senior Lab Technician


Jonathan Chan currently serves as the Senior Lab Technician at Reviewed. If you clean with it, it's likely that Jon oversees its testing. Since joining the Reviewed in 2012, Jon has helped launch the company's efforts in reviewing laptops, vacuums, and outdoor gear. He thinks he's a pretty big deal. In the pursuit of data, he's plunged his hands into freezing cold water, consented to be literally dragged through the mud, and watched paint dry. Jon demands you have a nice day.

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