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The first decision point when choosing a budget upright vacuum involves design: do you opt for a bagged or a bagless model? Each design claims its partisans and detractors, so follow your own preferences. Then check on the filtration system. A high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtration system captures 99.97 percent of the particulates that pass through it and is much appreciated by people who suffer from asthma and allergies, but experts say other types of filters work just as well. The width of the cleaning path on a budget vacuum affects how many sweeps across a room are needed; the wider the better for larger rooms, but narrower nozzles are well-suited to smaller rooms and hard-to-reach areas. Longer power cords mean less frequent outlet switch-outs, and the lighter the unit, the easier it is to haul around.

Filtration Design Cleaning Path Power Cord Length Weight
Bissell CleanView with OnePass 9595 estimated price $69
HEPA Bagless 13.5 inches 25 feet 15 pounds
Eureka 4870MZ Boss SmartVac estimated price $140
HEPA Bagged 15 inches 30 feet 21.5 pounds
Hoover U5140900 Tempo WidePath Bagged Upright estimated price $80
Allergen filtration Bagged 15 inches 25 feet 19 pounds
Dirt Devil Dynamite Plus Bagless Upright estimated price $59
HEPA Bagless 11 inches 25 feet 10.75 pounds
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