Patience is key to managing a household, but it wears pretty thin when you have no other choice but to redo a chore. It happens whenever residue sticks to otherwise clean dishes or after a load of wet laundry gets left in the washer too long. In fact, even a gust of wind can feel like a cruel joke if it blows leaves over a just-swept porch. All of these things are frustrating. But there's a particular annoyance that comes from spending a ton of money on a vacuum that has trouble picking up even the slightest speck of dirt, forcing you to run the machine over the same stretch of carpet again, and again, and again.
If you've ever wondered how hard you could throw a vacuum out your front door, take a deep breath because we have another plan in mind. We searched through Amazon to find the best-reviewed vacuums under $100 so you can check this patience-testing task off your list with ease. Sometimes this chore can get the best of us, but it's easier to get it right the first time when the best comes at a bargain.
"After 30 years with my last Kenmore, I had to purchase another! Canisters are the best for all jobs and for your back. This one is so easy to move around and the suction is powerful. I love it and wish I had bought it sooner." — Betty M., who gave this vacuum five stars
"The Simpli-Stik is pretty much what I paid for—a no-frills, super lightweight vacuum that can pick up glitter off a carpeted floor. I live in a 900-square-foot little house with wood floors in every room except the living room, so I didn't want to buy an expensive vacuum that I would rarely use. I take care of the wood with a Swiffer easily enough, and the Simpli-Stik is similar in weight and maneuverability." — by intrepid_ly, who gave this vacuum four stars
"Next was to tackle the lint and dust on the hardwood floors under the beds. Piece of cake. I think I heard the little purple vac mutter, 'Is that all you got?' Fine then, let's hit the dining room and get rid of all the crumbs, dust and whatever the dog dragged in that I somehow managed to miss when I supposedly cleaned the other day. No problem. Next was the living room where it still baffles me how much scuzz manages to accumulate under the sofa and chairs. Debris sucked up in seconds." — road_rascal, who gave this vacuum five stars
"The Dibea stands by itself, it is extremely light, has hooks to wrap the cord, and is very powerful. It lifted a hallway runner, confirming that it is too powerful for that kind of rug. It is definitely designed for wood or tile floors. It is on the noisy side, as most stick vacuums are, but it's positive features more than compensate for the noise. Given the reasonable price, It is deserving of even more stars." — Kindle Customer, who gave this vacuum five stars
"We have two dogs and two cats, so I need to use this daily. Our tile has a woodgrain texture to it, so sweeping and Swiffering doesn't seem to cut it. I love how compact it is and how lightweight it is. It's very easy to use. I love the retractable cord and hose storage. Emptying the canister is very easy and not messy (just don't empty it over a full garbage can)." — Christine, who gave this vacuum five stars
"You really can't beat this product for the price. I have two pups that are seasonal shedders. Right now they are shedding big time and my old vacuum couldn't hack it. I could still see hair on the carpet after vacuuming multiple times. After one run in the living room, the canister was full. The suction power is amazing! I can actually sit on my carpet and not get covered in hair. The pet attachment also worked pretty well on my couch and recliner, as well as some small rugs. Before the day was over, I bought one for my sister and my mom." — Smyle, who gave this vacuum five stars
"This vacuum sucks. Like, really, really, hard. Better than any vac I have used in my life, and it is unbeatable for the price. I have purchased one for each of my kids and siblings as well, and they are all super happy with it. I have used Dyson vacs that did not come close to this vacuum's power." — Zilla, who gave this vacuum five stars
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