What are the top picks when you are looking for the cheapest best vacuum? Here are two of the best upright vacuums available, along with information on each so you can decide which one is best for you.
Top Rated Inexpensive Vacuums
1. BISSELL CleanView Upright Vacuum, Model 9595A
The Bissell CleanView vacuum is one of the best selling upright vacuum cleaners. What are the pros and cons of this vacuum cleaner model?
Pros of the BISSELL 9595A
It comes with a turbo brush for cleaning stairs and upholstery.
The vacuum has a cyclone system so that it doesn’t lose suction until it is almost entirely full.
It has a washable filter so that you don’t need to replace it as often. The filter needs to be cleaned or replaced if suction drops off even with an empty tank.
This vacuum has much better filtration of air than average, so you have far less risk of picking up dander while leaving a fine trail of dust.
The vacuum tank is easy to empty. And it has a larger than average 2.27 liter dirt cup, so it can hold much more dirt than many other vacuums.
This manufacturer provides affordable replacement parts; you can find replacement belts for less than $3 each.
Cons of the BISSELL 9595A
The CleanView plus a rewindable cord is a separate item and costs more than this model.
If you run this vacuum for extended periods of time, the shaft can deform; then it won’t run right. If you run it for a very long time, such as leaving it running while taking care of something else, this can on occasion cause it to overheat and smoke.
The belts have a tendency to slip off. You can tell the belt has slipped off because the brushes stopped working.
The hose that connects to the attachments is stiff and short, making it hard to use unless cleaning something right by the vacuum cleaner.
Observations of the BISSELL 9595A
It has an average 13” path.
You can often find this vacuum sold with a Febreeze brand filter that both filters air and releases scents for about ten dollars more. For those who like this feature, you can buy a variety of Febreeze air filter / scented disk combos to go in the vacuum cleaner.
The vacuum weighs around fifteen pounds; it is lightweight for a traditional vacuum, though there are rivals that are lighter.
This vacuum has a limited two year warranty.
The brush still runs even if you’re using the bare floor setting. If you are concerned about the brushes scratching the floor, this is not the right vacuum cleaner for you.
2. Hoover WindTunnel Upright Vacuum, Model UH70120
Hoover has been on the market so long that the brand name is synonymous with vacuuming a room in England. What are the strengths and weaknesses of this vacuum cleaner model?
This vacuum is easy to assemble.
This vacuum has a retractable cord.
This vacuum has a no-scuff bumper, so it won’t scratch walls as you clean along the walls.
This vacuum uses cyclone technology to maintain suction as it goes.
This vacuum has more height settings than the Bissell.
This vacuum has a HEPA filter that comes with it. You can wash the filter, but it does periodically need to be replaced, especially when clogged by fine dust like ash.
You get more cleaning tools with the Hoover Windtunnel than the Bissell; you not only get an upholstery tool but crevice tool, extension wand and hand tool. If you need more tools to get in all the nooks and crannies, this is the better choice for you.
Cons of the Hoover WindTunnel UH70120
This vacuum should not be used on wood floors; the brush roll can’t be shut off and can scratch up wood floors.
The power brush attachment doesn’t work as well as some of its rivals.
This vacuum makes more of a mess when you try to empty the bags than the Bissell; the Bissell is a better choice if your asthma is triggered by emptying the bag and getting a cloud of dust in the process.
Observations of the Hoover WindTunnel UH70120
The Bissell model is better for those who need the cheapest basic vacuum with all the functionality.
This vacuum is a little heavier than the Bissell; it comes in at 17 pounds. If you have limited upper body strength or have to push it around all day to clean the house, the Bissell is the better choice to the point where two pounds matter.
Hoover has replacement belts and bags at an affordable price. The downside is that replacement filters are relatively expensive.