Best Vacuum Cleaners Under AUD100 – Are Budget Vacs Any Good?

Written by Tim Ribonee | 0 Comments| Last Updated: January 28, 2020

If you’re looking for a great vacuum that doesn’t cost a fortune, you’ll be pleased to know there are some excellent budget models available. Here’s our list of the best vacuum cleaners under AUD100 (or close to it) in the Australia.

#1 Pick: Numatic Henry Compact

Numatic Henry Compact

Rating StarsNumatic Henry Compact
If you’re looking for a cylinder vacuum, the Numatic Henry Compact is our top pick in this price range. It’s powerful, near-indestructible and has a huge capacity – plus it provides great value. Keep scrolling if you want an upright, cordless or handheld though.

Note: Prices vary, so we can’t guarantee this vacuum (or any other) is under AUD100 at all times.

While major brands such as Dyson have made their name by manufacturing powerful, feature-packed models costing upwards of AUD200, don’t let that fool you into thinking higher priced vacuums are always better. There are cleaners for under AUD100 that can match the suction, performance, accessories and convenience of more expensive models.

Of course, if you buy a AUD100 vacuum cleaner there will always be trade-offs, so you need to be clear about your requirements. Are you looking for an appliance with strong suction power? If so, you may have to choose a model with fewer accessories or a small dust capacity. Is an efficient filtering system vital for your vacuum? If this is the case, the model may have a weaker motor.

You also shouldn’t assume vacuums for under AUD100 are only made by unknown brands. There are some top vacuum manufacturers that produce vacuums in this price range, including Numatic (of Henry fame), Vax, Bosch and many more.

Listed below are eight of best vacuum cleaners under AUD100 (or close to it). We’ve tried to include models from a variety of categories, including cordless, uprights, handheld and cylinder. We’ve also written a brief guide about what to look out for when choosing a model in this price range.

What to Look for in a Cheap Vacuum

As we mentioned, a vacuum for under AUD100 is never going to have everything. While there are some excellent models available, you shouldn’t expect them to match a more expensive appliance in terms of all-round performance. Instead, look for a model that excels in the areas most important to you. Here’s an overview of what to consider, but for more in-depth information visit our homepage by clicking here.

  • Suction power. Low-quality vacuums often have poor suction. Fortunately, improvements in motor technology mean there are machines available for less than AUD100 with strong suction power. Australia regulations limiting power consumption have also forced manufacturers to create innovative ways to improve cleaning performance, which has helped the budget end of the market.
  • Dust capacity. Cheap vacuums with a small dust container need to be emptied regularly – especially if the model has strong suction. If you want to minimise how often you need to empty your appliance, look for a model with a large capacity.
  • Filtration system. HEPA filters remove over 99% of dust particles and bacteria from exhaust air, which is vital if you suffer from allergies. However, buying a model with a HEPA filter (or buying a filter separately) can add to the cost. If a vac doesn’t come with a washable filter, you’ll need to purchase replacements.
  • Bagged or Bagless. Bagless models have become very common in recent years, but that doesn’t mean they are always the best option – especially if you suffer from allergies. However, buying bags can add to the lifetime cost of the vacuum.
  • Attachments. Cheaper vacuums often only come with basic tools – or sometimes no tools at all. If you’re looking for a model with a motorised hand tool for pet hair, for example, you may need to go above the AUD100 limit.

Please note: The models listed below were available for under or close to AUD100 when this article was last updated. However, prices change regularly so we make no guarantees as to the current prices of models on this list.

Which are the Best Vacuums Costing Less than AUD100?

Welcome to our list of the Best Vacuums Under AUD100 in the Australia
RankImageProduct NameTypeWeightPowerRead More
Henry Compact HVR160Cylinder7.5kg620WVIEW PRICE
Vax U85-AS-Pme Air Stretch Max PetUpright4.9kg820WVIEW PRICE
Black + Decker Lithium Compact PivotHandheld1.9kg980WVIEW PRICE
Vax Air Stretch Pet CylinderCylinder5.5kg850WVIEW PRICE
Morphy Richards 732000 2-in-1 CordlessCordless3.9kg100WVIEW PRICE
VonHaus 800W 2-in-1Upright2.9kg800WVIEW PRICE
Hoover Enigma TE70Cylinder4.9kg700WVIEW PRICE
Hoover Whirlwind SE71WR02Cylinder4.1kg700WVIEW PRICE

Best Cylinder Vacuum under AUD100

1. Numatic Henry Compact HVR160

Henry Compact HVR160

The Numatic Henry Compact HVR160 is the smaller cousin of the famous Henry. It’s a work-horse of a vacuum with a 6 litre dust capacity, adjustable floorhead and a variety of tools – plus it’s available for a very reasonable price.

Before we go any further, the price of the Henry Compact varies between around AUD90 – AUD115, so it’s not always available for under AUD100. The performance is strong enough for us to recommend spending a bit more though, as it’s an excellent vacuum​

How does Henry Compact compare to the standard Henry and other vacuums though?​

Like the entire Henry Hoover range, the HVR160 is a bagged vacuum cleaner with a large capacity and a simple design.​ Numatic calls it the “frugal” member of the family, as it’s cheaper yet provides similar cleaning performance. The Henry Compact also has a 10 metre power cord and stainless steel extension tubes.

As you would expect, the Henry Compact is smaller than the standard Henry. The dust capacity has been reduced from nine to six litres, although this is still plenty for most people. Other than that, it has the same reliable and durable design we’ve all come to love.

Most importantly, it provides strong suction and excellent cleaning performance. If you need a vacuum for serious cleaning but are on a tight budget, it’s our top recommendation.​ The attachments also make it a versatile vacuum.

There are a few ​downsides though. The Henry Compact’s round design can be cumbersome to use on stairs – although this is an issue with all Numatic vacuums. It’s also not the best we’ve reviewed when it comes to picking up larger debris. Sadly, Numatic hasn’t included automatic cable rewind either.

Even so, if you’re looking for a reliable, powerful cylinder cleaner for under AUD100 then the Henry Compact HVR160 is probably the best option. It’s an effective and easy-to-use bagged model that provides excellent value for money – although don’t expect the advanced features found on pricier cylinder vacs.

If you’re not sure which Numatic to buy, read our comparison of the various models here and our full review of the Numatic HVR200-12 Henry here.

Key Features:
  • Superb suction power
  • Large capacity
  • Great value for money
  • Price Range: AUD
  • Power: 620W
  • Weight: 7.5kg
  • Dust Capacity: 6 litres

Best Upright Under AUD100

2. Vax U85-AS-Pme Air Stretch Max Pet

Vax U85-AS-Pme Air

If you’re looking for a budget upright vacuum, the Vax U85-AS-Pme Air Reach is our top recommendation for under AUD100 (replacing the Zanussi ZAN2000A which is no longer in production).

Like the Henry Compact above, it’s not always available for under AUD100 as prices can vary. It’s usually close to this price though – and even if you pay a bit more it’s a brilliant vacuum for the money.

While it lacks advanced accessories, and has a relatively small 1.5L capacity, it makes up for this with excellent suction power for such a cheap model. This is due to the Multi-Cyclonic technology, efficient motor and capable floor head.

Other features include a huge 13-metre cable, stretch hose, several accessories, and an adjustable handle for greater comfort. It also only weighs 4.9kg, which puts it into our lightweight vacuum category.

​In terms of performance, the Vax is great for carpet and hard floor cleaning. It’s let down slightly by its power through the hose, but this is to be expected from a budget vac. It’s also not as effective on laminate or tiled floors, although it’s great with floorboards.

On the plus side, Vax has included a turbo pet tool with this model. ​This is useful for removing hair from upholstery, stairs or in cars.

Overall, the Vax U85-AS-Pme Air Stretch Max is one of the best upright vacuums under AUD100. If you’re looking for strong suction power and all-round performance you won’t be disappointed – even though it doesn’t have any advanced features. It’s also relatively lightweight and easy to manoeuvre.

Key Features:
  • Excellent suction power
  • Turbo pet tool
  • Relatively lightweight and wide cleaning radius
  • Price Range: AUD
  • Power: 820W
  • Weight: 4.9kg
  • Dust Capacity: 1.5 litres

Best Handheld Under AUD100

3. Black + Decker Lithium Compact Pivot

A handheld option is the Lithium Pivot

If you need a handheld vacuum for under AUD100, one of the most popular options is the Black+Decker Lithium Compact Pivot. It’s a stylish model with a number of interesting features – not least the pivot design – and is available for a very reasonable price.

The two primary features are the Lithium technology for extra suction, and the pivot design allowing you to easily clean on top of cupboards or other difficult areas. Other features include ECO charging technology, so the vacuum charges up to four times quicker than other handhelds, and a high performance motor.

​Aside from its pivot design, the Black+Decker Lithium Compact Pivot is lightweight and easy to use. It doesn’t have the versatility of handheld vacs such as the Dyson V6 Trigger Pro, but is considerably less expensive. It’s also useful for getting rid of hair and dust on sofas.

While no handheld can match the suction power of a cylinder or upright, the Black+Decker has more than enough “oomph” for spot cleaning. Its pivot design is great for accessing tricky areas, and the relatively short charging time makes it convenient to use.

Key Features:
  • Strong suction power for a handheld
  • 10 minute run-time
  • Stylish design
  • Price Range: AUD
  • Power: 980W
  • Weight: 1.9kg
  • Dust Capacity: 0.44 litres

Best Pet Vacuum Under AUD100

4. Vax Air Stretch Pet Cylinder

Vax Air Stretch Pet

If you’re looking for a cheap pet vacuum, the Vax Air Stretch Pet is a popular choice. It’s a cylinder model that’s designed to pick up more pet hair and dander than other budget models – so if your dog or cat won’t stop shedding, it’s a great option.

The most important feature is the pet turbo tool. This provides extra power when you need to get hair out of upholstery, other fabric and stairs. The vacuum also includes a HEPA filter to trap smaller particles and pet dander.

Other features of the Air Stretch Pet include a 6 metre power cord, hose that stretches to over 4 metres, and a 1.5 litre dust capacity. It’s also designed to cope with both hard floors and carpets, while the automatic cord rewind is a convenient feature.

There are a few drawbacks though. While it has surprisingly powerful suction for a budget vac – especially as it feels a little “plasticky” – it can’t rival the power of more expensive models. We also wish it had a longer cable, although the combination of 6 metre cord with a stretchable hose provides a decent cleaning radius.

The Vax Air Stretch Pet is a great choice if you’re looking for a budget vacuum that can handle pet hair – as long as you have realistic expectations. While it’s not the best pet vac on the market, which isn’t surprising considering the price, it can hold its own against models that are far more expensive.

Key Features:
  • Turbo tool for getting pet hair off upholstery
  • Energy efficient
  • HEPA filter for trapping allergens
  • Price Range: AUD
  • Power: 850W
  • Weight: 5.5kg
  • Dust Capacity: 1.5 litres

Best Cordless Vacuum Under AUD100

5. Morphy Richards 732000 2-in-1 Cordless

The Morphy Richards 732000 is a popular budget cordless

The Morphy Richards 732000 is a versatile cordless vacuum that’s available for a very reasonable price. It’s a 2-in-1 model, meaning it has both handheld and upright modes, so it can clean most places in the home.

While the 732000 isn’t designed for heavy cleaning, it’s perfect for small clean ups and dry spills. It also provides 20 minute runtime on a single charge, is easy to manoeuvre and has several accessories.

Is it worth buying compared to other cordless vacs though?​

​The stand-out feature of the 732000 is its low price tag – not its cleaning performance. While it’s a capable vacuum for quick clean-ups, don’t expect it to remove dirt and dust buried deep in carpet fibres. It also has a tiny 0.3 litre capacity and struggles with larger debris.

On the other hand, it’s easy to store and doesn’t “feel” like a budget vacuum. It’s also less than a quarter of the price of the most expensive cordless vacs.

If you’re looking for a cheap cordless vacuum cleaner for under AUD100 that’s suitable for quick clean-ups, the 732000 could be a good option. While it has a small capacity and relatively weak suction, this is to be expected from a budget cordless.

Key Features:
  • Upright and handheld modes
  • 20 minute runtime
  • Motorised brush bar for picking up more dirt
  • Price Range: AUD
  • Power: 100W
  • Weight: 3.9kg
  • Dust Capacity: 0.3 litres

Best Ultra-Cheap Vacuum (Under AUD50)

6. VonHaus 800W 2-in-1 Upright Stick & Handheld

VonHaus 800W

One of the most popular vacuums is also one that most people haven’t heard of: the VonHaus 800W 2-in-1. We’ve classed it as an “ultra-cheap” vacuum, as the RRP is under AUD50…and it’s often available for less than this. Despite the low price tag, the VonHaus is a capable choice if you need a simple cleaner for quick clean-up jobs.

What do you get for your money though?​

Firstly, the VonHaus is now a 800W cleaner, as the motor power has been reduced from 1000W to comply with Australia regulations. It has two modes – handheld and upright – which makes it a versatile option. The dust capacity is small at 1.3 litres, but that’s to be expected from such a lightweight and cheap vacuum.

Other features include a HEPA filter, crevice tool and upholstery brush. The dust container is also easy to remove and empty.

Can it really clean though? This depends on your expectations. ​With an RRP of less than AUD50, it’s never going to compete with a full-size vacuum or even most cordless vacuums. This is a vacuum designed only for the simplest tasks, such as clearing crumbs or loose dirt.

Even so, if you’re looking for a lightweight vacuum that doesn’t cost much money, the VonHaus provides great value. It’s never going to match the suction power or dirt pickup of more expensive vacuums, but considering the price it does an acceptable job.

Key Features:
  • Lightweight corded vacuum
  • Can convert to handheld mode
  • Very cheap
  • Price Range: AUD
  • Power: 800W
  • Weight: 2.9kg
  • Dust Capacity: 1.3 litres

Other Excellent Vacuums Under AUD100

While the models listed below didn’t fit into any of the “best of” categories above, they are still great choices if you’re looking for a vacuum costing less than AUD100.

7. Hoover Enigma TE70

Hoover Enigma

The Enigma TE70 is an understated bagged model from Hoover, but it provides great value for money. With its large capacity, great performance and useful tools, it’s a good option if you’re looking for a cheap cylinder vacuum.

What advantages does the Enigma have over other cylinders in this price range though?​

Firstly, it’s a relatively large vacuum with a 3.2 litre capacity, so you don’t need to constantly empty the dust container. It has a pet hair turbo tool and a setting for suction control, so it’s suitable for almost any task. The Enigma also boasts an A rating for energy efficiency.

Most importantly, the TE70 provides excellent cleaning performance – especially considering the low price.​ Many cheap vacuums struggle with pet hair, but the Enigma’s turbo tool makes quick work of both long and short hair. It’s also great on carpets and hard floors.

There aren’t many downsides to this model – although it’s not quite perfect. The cleaning radius isn’t the widest, so you’ll need to change sockets more often than other vacs. The Enigma is also a bagged vacuum which adds a small amount to the lifetime cost of the vacuum.

Despite these minor issues, if you’re looking for a powerful cylinder vacuum that can handle almost any cleaning job, then the Hoover Enigma TE70 is one of our top picks.

Key Features:
  • A-rating for energy efficiency
  • Excellent performance on pet hair, carpets and hard floors
  • Extension tube
  • Price Range: AUD
  • Power: 700W
  • Weight: 4.9kg
  • Dust Capacity: 3.2 litres

8. Hoover Whirlwind SE71WR02

The Hoover Whirlwind SE71WR02 isn't the first Hoover on this list

Another excellent compact vacuum for less than AUD100 is the Hoover Whirlwind SE71WR02. It’s a bagless vacuum that’s designed to be small for easy storage, yet packs enough suction power to handle almost any cleaning job.

Considering the small construction, the Whirlwind SE71WR02 provides strong suction power. It’s convenient to move around the home, as it weighs just 4kg, and comes with a 2-in-1 dusting brush and crevice tool.

A downside is that it only has a 1.5 litre capacity. This is relatively small for a cylinder vacuum, so you’ll need to empty it on a regular basis – especially as it has such strong suction power. It’s also more effective on hard floors (A rating) than carpets (D rating), although it provides decent all-round performance.

Note: If you have a dog or cat, you can pay slightly more and buy a model that includes a Pet Turbo brush.

If you’re looking for a Hoover under AUD100, then the Whirlwind SE71WR02 is an excellent choice. It’s powerful, compact and easy to manoeuvre around the home. While it has an RRP of AUD120, it’s often available for much less than this, which is why we’ve listed it as one of the best vacuums under AUD100.

Key Features:
  • Powerful suction
  • Bagless cylinder
  • Comes with a 2-in-1 crevice tool and dusting brush
  • Price Range: AUD
  • Power: 700W
  • Weight: 4.1kg
  • Dust Capacity: 1.5 litres


While the most expensive vacuum cleaners can cost over AUD300 – or even more for the priciest models – the best vacuum cleaners under AUD100 can match many more expensive models for performance. You need to be careful which model you choose though, as there are also plenty of sub-par vacuums in this price range.

For all round performance, the Henry Compact is probably the best option due to its large capacity, strong suction and reliability. But, depending on whether you want a handheld, cordless, or upright, the other models on this list are all excellent choices.

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