Best Vacuums for Under $250

I often get asked for recommendations for my favorite vacuums. Here are my favorites for under $250.

Amanda Thomas
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As the owner of a cleaning company in Phoenix, AZ, I often get asked for recommendations for my favorite vacuums. Everyone wants to know they have the best vacuum for their budget, so I’ve put together a list of my favorites in varying price ranges. Keep in mind that this is all based on my own personal experience. None of these companies have paid me to say this. Also, I have not personally used every vacuum on the market, so there are probably some terrific vacuums that could have made this list. These are simply the ones that have really impressed me when I've used them.

Best Vacuum Under $50

Bissell PowerForce Bagged Vacuum

You want to know a little secret? This bare-bones, budget-friendly vacuum is the one we have at our house. It’s almost eight years old, and as much as I would love to get a newer, fancier, prettier vacuum, this one will not die. The best part is that it costs under $50!

We have two dogs, and the brush and suction do a great job of getting all the hair up from the floors. Having dogs, I also prefer being able to switch vacuum bags instead of emptying a canister. It just feels cleaner having all that dust, dirt, and hair contained in the bag. My only complaints about this vacuum are that both the cord and the extension hose are a little shorter than I would prefer them to be. But all in all, for under $50, this vacuum cannot be beat!

Best Vacuum Under $50-150

Shark Rotator NV400

This power house of a vacuum is a staff favorite at Moxie Girl. It’s an older model, so the price has dropped significantly since Shark has been introducing the new models of the Rotator line. Don’t let the $130 price tag fool you; this vacuum holds its own!

Unlike some pricier vacuums that are confusing to use, this one is very intuitive to figure out. It’s easy to turn on, use the extension hose, and clean any and every nook and cranny of your home. This is a bagless vacuum, so you will have to empty the canister quite often, but it’s also kind of fun (or terrifying) seeing how quickly this model pulls dirt from the floors of your home.

Best Vacuum Under $150-250

Shark Rotator Professional Lift Away NV500

Yep, another Shark vacuum made the list. This one is very similar to the NV400, but it has an added bonus that can come in very handy. The canister on this bad boy releases from the frame of the vacuum and allows you to get in even the trickiest spots of your home. Cleaning stairs, behind and under furniture, and the tops of your curtains has never been easier than it is with this model.

If you are the type who wants to feel like you are getting the most you possibly can from your vacuum, the Rotator Professional Lift Away will make you feel like you have two totally different vacuums.

Best Vacuum for $250

Kenmore Progressive Bagged Canister Vacuum

Unlike the last three vacuums that have amazing online reviews, this one doesn’t have the best reviews. I can only guess it is because it’s a pull-behind canister model, and most of us aren’t used to using this type of vacuum anymore. The pull-behind piece can be a little tricky to learn how to keep control and not bang it into your baseboards and furniture, but if you are willing to give it a little time, I think you can come to love this vacuum as much as I have.

I used this vacuum on a weekly basis when I was cleaning a 7,000 square foot home, which had 4,100 lb dogs living inside. Most of the home had hard floors, but there were also rugs. The nifty foot release on the hose made it super easy to switch back and forth between using the beater brush attachment, to the hard floor attachment, to the furniture attachments. It was so quick and easy to vacuum all the surfaces of the house that I couldn’t help but fall in love with the vacuum.

And this model hovers right around $250, so all you deal shoppers can probably find it for a little cheaper when it goes on sale.

So, you’ve probably noticed that none of my favorite vacuums are over $250. I do like some of the more expensive vacuums and they all do a great job picking up hair and dirt, but I don’t believe that a vacuum has to cost as much as a mortgage payment. There are affordable options that perform great, but won’t cost you an arm and a leg. After all, a vacuum should be good at sucking up dirt, not sucking money from your wallet!

What kind of vacuum do you use? Please weigh in over at the Domestic CEO Facebook page or in the comments section below.

Until next time, I’m the Domestic CEO, helping you love your home.