Features to consider while choosing a vacuum cleaner
The best vacuum under 300 dollars is one that meets all your needs, including type, power level, capacity, runtime or cord length, noise level, dimensions and weight, and any extra features. The below qualities will help you choose the best vacuum cleaner under $300.
The type of vacuum can make a world of difference in what you select, whether upright, cordless hand-held or robotic. Upright will work in most homes, though they require the most manual work, whereas robotic has a set-it-and-leave-it mentality that’s great for those who don’t want to be responsible for the chore, though they aren’t compatible with all homes. For a great upright vacuum try our Editor’s Choice, the Shark NV356E and for a great robotic vacuum check out the eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 11S.
The power level can vary drastically between different types of vacuums. And since power correlates with suction, it’s important to pick a vacuum that can meet your needs. If you live in a household with a lot of pets, you may want to look for a vacuum with a strong power level, such as the Shark NV356E which has a power level of 1200W. Or if your house doesn’t require as much heavy cleaning then check out the Tineco A11 with a power level of 450W.
All vacuums, regardless of type, have a capacity. Whether they use bags or canisters at some point the vacuum will be full of dirt and debris and need to be emptied. All the vacuums on our list are bagless, meaning they use easy to empty and clean canisters to collect the dust and debris from your home.
The larger the cannister, the more the vacuum can hold before being emptied, though sometimes larger canisters on some vacuums, like handheld models, can make the unit heavier, which is an important aspect to consider when making a purchase.
For a vacuum with great storage capacity, check out the two-liter capacity of the Bissell 1547.
Runtime (for cordless models)
If you’re interested in a cordless vacuum, or a robotic vacuum, these vacuums typically work on a rechargeable battery system. Which means the runtime is an important consideration to keep in mind when purchasing a vacuum.
If your house typically takes over an hour to vacuum and has a lot of dirt to pick up, you’ll need a vacuum that has a runtime that can assist you in your cleaning needs, or at the very least a fast recharge on the batteries. Check out the Tineco A11, which is the only vacuum that comes with two rechargeable batteries to help with your cleaning needs.
Cord length (for corded ones)
For those vacuums that are not battery powered, they run off the tried and true method of plugging a cord into a wall outlet to provide unlimited runtime and power for heavy-duty cleaning. Cord length, though, is important to consider.
If you have a large house and a vacuum with a short cord, you’ll have to unplug the vacuum and find a new outlet every time you want to clean a new room. Whereas if your vacuum has a lengthy cord, you can clean uninterrupted. The Shark NV356E
has an amazing 30-foot cord length for extended cleaning and reach.
Vacuuming is often a loud chore. The suction creates noise that usually can’t be avoided. But if the noise level is an important consideration for you, it may be a good idea to check out robotic models. Because they’re made to vacuum on their own, they’re also designed to be as unobtrusive as possible, which means a level of quiet so they won’t disturb you while you’re working or wake a napping baby. Check out the eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 11S if you’re looking for a quiet robotic vacuum.
Dimensions and weight
The size of the vacuum is one of the most important aspects to consider when purchasing it, regardless of type. If a robotic vacuum is too large, it won’t be able to fit under furniture to clean. If a handheld cordless vacuum is too heavy, it won’t matter how long the battery runtime is if you can’t hold it for that long due to weight. And if your upright vacuum is too heavy, it may make it difficult to use in your rooms, and if it’s too large, storage becomes an issue.
An all-around good bet is the Tineco A11 which can convert between an upright, stick vacuum and a handheld vacuum. And because it’s a stick vacuum, it’s very small, making storage easier than a larger upright vacuum.
It’s always important to check the warranty of any vacuum you purchase. A well-made and designed vacuum should last for years, but sometimes accidents happen and you need to rely on a warranty for repairs or replacements. If you’re looking for a vacuum with a robust warranty, check out the Shark NV356E which has an amazing five-year limited warranty.
Some vacuums come with extra features, which is a bonus when considering which vacuum to purchase. For a vacuum with a lot of optional cleaning tools, check out our Budget Pick, the Dyson V7 which comes with three detachable cleaning nozzles and heads for a variety of different cleaning methods. Or if technology is important to you, look at our pick for best Wi-Fi vacuum for under 300 dollars, the iRobot Roomba 675 which is compatible with Alexa or Google Assistant for the most hands-off cleaning capabilities of all.
How to maintain a vacuum cleaner
Cleaning and maintaining your vacuum is an important part of owning a vacuum and can add years to the life of your machine. Different types of vacuums have different methods of maintenance, so it’s important to read your user manual and follow the specific instructions of your individual machine, but all vacuums generally have steps you can follow to keep your machine in top performance:
- Canister vacuums should be emptied after every use, or if full
- Canisters should be cleaned and washed regularly to prevent the buildup of dust and allergens
- Filters should be removed and cleaned regularly, per the instructions of your specific machine
- Some vacuums have disposable filters, so in that case, replace as needed
- Vacuums with rollers should be checked for string or hair wrapped around the brush
- Vacuums with batteries should be recharged regularly, so they’re always available for cleaning
- Some rechargeable batteries work best when drained fully before recharging so check your guide on your machine
- Robotic vacuums should have easy access to their docking stations