These cheap vacuum cleaners are a great Dyson alternative

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Finding a cheap vacuum cleaner that is half decent (at least) is not easy and is still out of reach for some. We all ultimately want to get the best vacuum cleaner our money can buy, but we're all working with different budgets. 

With the cost of living crisis gripping the global economy, finding money to buy an appliance may not be at the top of the agenda and indeed, it may just not be possible to buy a vacuum cleaner due to other expenses going out every month.

Thankfully, vacuum cleaners come in all shapes and sizes, and therefore budgets. A Dyson vacuum cleaner is one of the most expensive of its kind; you can expect to pay up to $749.99 / £629.99 for the Dyson V15 Detect. Rest assured; not all vacuum cleaners cost this much. In fact, you can pick up a decent vacuum cleaner for a fraction of this price.

It may not come with all the bells and whistles such as an LCD screen which shows all the grose things your vacuuming or an LED-lit floor head, but for $200 / £150 you can get a vacuum cleaner that does a very good job of vacuuming the floor. 

If you have pets, then we advise that you keep a look out for pet-specific vacuum cleaners as they often come with an attachment that you can use to tackle stray hairs, as well as a HEPA filter which is pretty essential if you suffer from allergies such as pollen, dust and hayfever. 

If you have a car that you're unable to park on the drive, then a dedicated car vacuum, handheld vacuum cleaner or cordless vacuum cleaner would be the vacuum cleaners to hone in on.

Below we've found some intriguing deals that get you a cheap vacuum cleaner for even cheaper than usual. Worried that 'cheap' means poor quality? We can vouch that the vacuums included in this little round-up of Dyson alternatives are good - very good, in fact -since we have hands-on experience with many of them. For those we haven't, we've vetted reviews left by other customers. Keep scrolling to see where you can get your hands on a cheap vacuum cleaner, now.

Why do I need a vacuum cleaner?

If there is one appliance you need in your home, it's a vacuum cleaner. Regardless of whether you land on the best cordless vacuum cleaner or the best upright vacuum cleaner, one of these will help to keep your home clean - your carpets, rugs, staircase, and upholstery will thank you for it.

The suction of a vacuum cleaner will remove small debris and particles from the surface and in between the fibers. It'll also help to provide some relief to allergies such as pet dander and hayfever with many vacuum cleaners becoming more readily available with a HEPA filter that captures those potentially harmful particles.

What can I buy instead of a Dyson?

Dyson do it all; cordless, upright, handheld, vacuums for pets and hard floor vacuums. There aren't many brands of vacuum cleaners which cover such a vast selection of vacuum cleaners, and indeed other household appliances.

On a budget, we can recommend that the following five vacuum cleaners are the best Dyson alternatives: 

  • Alternative to Dyson cordless vacuums: Our vote goes to the Shark WandVac System, which is also know as the Shark Lightweight 2-in-1 Cordless Vacuum WV361UK in the UK.
    This can be used as a handheld vacuum cleaner with various attachments, or as a stick vacuum cleaner. It will set you back $259.99 / £179.99 which we know is still a considered amount but it's still cheaper than a Dyson.
  • Alternative to Dyson upright vacuums: In the US, the Shark Navigator is our top choice over a Dyson. We love, love, love the self-cleaning brush roll and it's really very good for pet owners.
    In the UK, we'd recommend the AEG QX6 which is a handheld and upright vacuum cleaner in one. With this one, we especially like how versatile it is, as well as being easy to use.
  • Aternative to Dyson handhelds. Known as the Shark UltraCylone in the US and the Shark CH950UKT in the UK, it's a versatile vacuum cleaner for pet hair that will make light work of all dust, crumbs and dirt as well as stray hair.
  • Alternative to Dyson vacuum for pets. The Henry Pet200 is a cylinder, bagged vacuum cleaner that will vacuum large and small debris as well as keeping allergies at bay. It's a solid vacuum cleaner to have around the home, one that is also reliable and relatively heavy-duty.
    This is priced a lot more in the US so we would recommend the Bissell CleanView if you're on a really tight budget which is a bagless upright with impressive suction.
  • Alternative to Dyson hard floor vacuums: Rodimi S1E. This is a really lightweight vacuum cleaner that is easy to take up and down the stairs, and use across carpets and hard floors. We're really impressed with it.

Cheap vacuum cleaner deals

US deals:

BISSELL Zing Lightweight, Bagless Canister Vacuum | $79.95 $61.59 at Amazon

BISSELL Zing Lightweight, Bagless Canister Vacuum | $79.95 $61.59 at Amazon

This zesty-looking canister vacuum cleaner is bagless and will easily take on the hard floor and carpets in your household.

We really like that it weighs only 8lbs which will make it easy to move around, and lift up and down the stairs. And we love that by buying this product you'll be saving pets since it supports the Bissell Pet Foundation.

Dirt Devil Endura Max Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner |$74.99 $69.99 at Target

Dirt Devil Endura Max Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner | $74.99 $69.99 at Target

This vacuum cleaner is such a good price, even before it was on sale. 

We really like that it will glide between hard floor and carpet, and that it is easy to empty with just one-touch on the button the dirt cup.

Hoover - ONEPWR Evolve Pet Cordless Vacuum | $209.99 $169.99 at Best Buy

Hoover - ONEPWR Evolve Pet Cordless Vacuum | $209.99 $169.99 at Best Buy

This lightweight cordless vacuum cleaner is perfect for pet owners. We especially like that it has 3x more capacity than a stick vacuum cleaner, which means less effort having to empty it all the time and more time saved.

UK deals:

Shark Classic Handheld Pet Vacuum CH950UKT £69.99£59 at Shark UK

Shark Classic Handheld Pet Vacuum CH950UKT |  £69.99 £59 at Shark UK

This handy vacuum cleaner is perfect for the home and car. It's also a good option for pet owner thanks to the (very) handy pet tool.

We especially like that it has a 10 minute runtime of non-fade suction. We've found that this is plenty long-enough to do what you need to in the car - just remember to return it to base.

Henry Pet PET200-11 | £170 £140 at Argos

Henry Pet PET200-11 | £170 £140 at Argos

As the name suggests the Henry Pet PET200-11 is perfect for pet owners. It's a bagged, cylinder vacuum cleaner which comes with an EcoBrush for tackling pet hair and a MicroFresh filter for reducing pet odor.

This is one of our favorite vacuum cleaners. It's so useful to have around because he'll vacuum everything; from household dust to DIY debris.

Hoover Upright 300 Pets Vacuum Cleaner, HU300UPT: £189.00£119.99 at Amazon

Hoover Upright 300 Pets Vacuum Cleaner, HU300UPT: £189.00 £119.99 at Amazon

Perfect for homes with pets, this upright vacuum cleaner has a HEPA filter and no loss of suction for challenging any stray hairs. It's also lightweight and steerable for easy manoeuvrability. 

We really like that this is a lightweight upright vacuum option. It weighs just under 5kg so if you want an upright that is easy to move about, this is a good one.

Want a Dyson after all?

Jennifer Oksien
Editor, Top Ten Reviews

Jennifer (Jenny) is currently the editor of Top Ten Reviews, but prior to that, she was TechRadar's Homes Editor. She has over a decade of experience as a digital product writer specialising in appliances, smart tech and mattresses for some of the UK's leading retailers and magazine titles such as Real Homes, Ideal Home and Livingetc. Generally, you’ll find her watching the latest Netflix series, digging around in the garden or attempting to make a cake that is edible.