Given the impending release of the latest and greatest vacuum cleaners - manufacturers introduce the new models in June - now is the perfect time to score a deal on last year's vacuum cleaners.

And because they're still new vacuum cleaners in the sense that they've never been used, even getting one that's a month or so past its first birthday can equal big returns in the savings department.

But how do you know what you need? And if you don't need all of those bells and whistles, do you really stand to save all that much by opting for something a little less extravagant?

Seriously, although we might all want to vacuum up dirt and debris with something accompanied by a $2,000+ price tag, does one that costs $200 or less do the job just as well? The answer to that depends on what said job actually is because you can figure out how much vacuum you need based on what you need it to do.

To help you figure that out, here's a bit more on the different styles of vacuum cleaners and what type might be the best fit for you.

Two-In-One Models

Who doesn't love a "two-fer?" In the world of vacuum cleaners, purchasing a 2-in-1 model is a great way to get double duty cleaning power out of a single price; you have a stick vacuum and a handheld in the convenience of a single unit.

A lightweight stick/handheld hybrid like this is perfect for folks who want a 5-pound vacuum that cleans both bare floors and low-pile area rugs and stores compactly. These are great because they also offer detachable flexibility for cleaning tight spots or stairs with the handheld portion or easy upright, brushroll power when you cannot or do not want to bend over to clean the floor.

The fact that the handheld is detachable also makes this the perfect model for cleaning out your car without having to struggle with difficult-to-manage hoses and cords.

If you are a busy student, someone who is frequently out of the house or have little foot traffic in your home in general, this type of model might be exactly what you need at a very reasonable price.

Although this list is by no means exhaustive, some of the great convertible options are the:

  • Eureka Quick-Up 2-in-1 Cordless Stick and Handheld Vacuum (less than $35)
  • Dirt Devil Bagless Versa Power Stick Vac (right around $20)
  • Chili Combi Stick and Handheld Vacuum (less than $100)

Utilitarian Uprights

You still need not spend more than $200 to get a decent upright vacuum cleaner.

The beauty of the bagless is just that: There are no additional components (potentially costly bags) to buy, nothing to replace, and no bulky bags to dispose of when they're full. Rather, with an easily removable high capacity cup that empties into a waiting trash can below, you don't even need to get your hands dirty!

If you have allergies, seek out an upright with a HEPA media filter which traps 99.97% of dirt, dust, and allergy-inducing pollens and dander down to 0.3 microns. In the realm of allergy-efficiency, that's fantastic!

And there's no need to buy additional accessories because you can find great bargain buys like this that come pre-stocked with all of the attachments you need. Be sure your selection comes with an extension wand to add those few extra inches where you need them (great for cleaning high, tough to reach places), a crevice tool (perfect for snug spots), a mini-brushroll attachment for cleaning furniture and stairs, and a dusting brush which makes sweeping up dust from vents, fabric and decorative surfaces a snap!

For pet owners, look for a HEPA media filter with an odor-absorbing carbon layer to help neutralize errant animal smells. Also, look for a model with attachments that are geared specifically toward addressing issues unique to pet owners like a rubberized pet tool pack which helps remove stubborn pet hair and picks up the fur from hard to reach places.

Some great, budget-friendly upright options include the:

  • Hoover WindTunnel 2 Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner (less than $100)
  • Shark Navigator Upright Vacuum Cleaner (less than $130)
  • Panasonic 12 Amp Cyclonic Bagless Upright Vacuum (less than $200)
  • Hamilton Beach Upright Bagless Pet Vacuum (around $180)

Although all of the models above are from specific manufacturers, if you do your research, many companies create fantastically comparable models for reasonably appropriate prices.

Cost Cutting Tip: Wait for the sales. If you can plan your vacuum purchase around a major holiday or a store savings event, you can really increase your bill-reducing power at the register. Ask about rebates and coupons and a store's price-matching policy for even deeper discounts.

What other ways have you found to maximize your budget vacuum cleaner buying experience?


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