Choose the Best Vacuum Cleaner for your Spring Cleaning

Is the best vacuum cleaner always the most expensive? Not necessarily

The other day a vacuum cleaner salesman knocked on my door, something I thought only happened in movies from the fifties. He promised me a free gift if he could show me his miraculous vacuum cleaners, which turned out to cost over $3,000! I was so annoyed I showed him the door without even collecting my gift.

But later that day, as I dragged my ancient Hoover around the house (basically pushing the dirt around), I realized that with spring cleaning coming up, it would be awfully nice to have a new vacuum — one that worked like the top of the line models. And that got me thinking: what if that vacuum cleaner was really worth the cash? So I decided to find the best vacuum cleaners in the United States — and believe me, none of them cash in over $300.

1. Best traditional upright vacuum cleaner

If you’re looking for a bargain, you want the Eureka 4870 GZ Boss Smart-Vac. This vacuum usually sells for about $150, a very reasonable price for an upright vacuum cleaner. It has a HEPA filtration system (a sophisticated anti-allergen filter that prevents your vacuum cleaner from kicking up tons of dust and allergens), a wide cleaning track, and tons of tools.

Other selling points? At only 25 lbs, you can cart this thing around with ease, and it’s known as an excellent choice for picking up pet hair. If you have a pet, I don’t have to explain to you what a bonus that is; if you don’t, let’s just say it won’t have any problem with dust and the odd spill.

2. Best traditional bagless vacuum cleaner

For a smaller canister style bagless vacuum cleaner, the Hoover S3765-040 Wind Tunnel offers fantastic value. It’s a little pricier than the Eureka, but Hoover is always a good brand. You control the suction power with the touch of a finger, get behind and under furniture easily, and still get the HEPA filtration. At $230 it makes an excellent value.

With any of these models, make short work of your spring cleaning — without cleaning out your wallet. So ignore your vacuum cleaner salesman: you can get great quality for under $300, and you sure shouldn’t pay more than $1000 for any cleaning device!