Best Vacuum Cleaner Under £100 2018

Hoover Enigma Pets Bagged

The Hoover Enigma Bagged Pets is simple to use and packs a punch when it comes to suction. It deals effectively with pet hair and works really well on hard floors and carpets. Plus, we think it's the best value for money of all the cleaners we tested and an absolute steal at under £100.

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Verdict in 10 seconds

  • Great for smaller homes as it's compact and easy to store
  • Very quiet at just 66 decibels
  • One fifth of the price of the most expensive vacuum cleaner we tested


  • Light and easy to manoeuvre
  • Surprisingly powerful
  • Easy and clean to empty – no dust or mess
  • One head for all floor types, so easy to switch
  • Big dustbag capacity for a small vacuum


  • Instructions aren’t very clear – hard to figure out exactly what the diagrams mean
  • Doesn’t always get right to the edges of the carpet/ floor
  • The finish feels a little cheap

Key features of the Hoover Enigma Bagged Pets

  • Variable power – quick-and-easy-to-change suction means you can easily protect more delicate surfaces
  • Pet turbo brush to loosen and lift hair
  • Automatic cord rewind – saves having to manually wind up the cord when you’ve finished vacuuming. Seems like a small detail, but when you’ve cleaned the whole house it can be a huge relief
  • Compact and easy to store, so great for smaller homes

What’s in the box?

  • Vacuum, crevice tool, dusting brush, furniture nozzle, pet turbo nozzle

What are the Hoover Enigma Bagged Pets' specs?

  • 3.2 litre capacity
  • 1.5m hose length
  • Weight: 4.15kg
  • 24.2cm (H) x 44.3cm (W) x 30.3cm (D)
  • 700W
  • One year guarantee
Hoover Enigma vacuum cleaner

Vacuums are a must-have but they can also be expensive. For the average consumer, it can be difficult to know how much you really need to spend to get a vacuum that actually works for you and your home. The Hoover Enigma Bagged Pets is simple to put together, easy to use and very powerful. All for under £100.

All the Hoover’s tools are stored on board, so there’s no going back and forth or up and down the stairs when you realise you’ve left the tool you actually need on the bottom step. It’s a great buy.

How good is it on carpets?

It can feel as if this vacuum isn’t doing very much – you don’t feel it picking up the way you do with a lot of other cleaners – but it really is. Trust us.

The one thing it does struggle with a bit is getting close to the edges of the carpet or floor, so you might have to whack on the crevice nozzle occasionally. It picks up debris, dust and hair easily and there’s no loss of suction with continuous usage. In the targeted testing, the Hoover picked up cereal, a spilled bag of crisps and toast crumbs in two or three sweeps.

How good is it on hard floors?

This vacuum is slightly better on hard floors than it is on carpets. It still doesn’t get right up to the edges, but it does pull dirt and debris in. In day-to-day usage it picks up well and keeps floors clean, with no apparent loss of suction.

How effective is it on pet hair?

The turbo brush is great for upholstery and lifts pet hair efficiently. It takes a bit more effort to vacuum pet bedding but still works very well, needing only a couple of going-overs to keep the bedding looking clean. The vacuum manages to gather up balls of pet hair lurking on hard floors with ease and works well on carpets too – although they take a little more effort. All in all, this little vacuum works perfectly well on pet hair and is a decent choice for pet owners.

Hoover Enigma vacuum cleaner cleaning the walls

How easy is it to vacuum the stairs with the Hoover Enigma?

The fact that this vac is small and relatively light is a bonus, because you do need to take the whole thing up with you – it doesn’t reach right to the top, so has to be balanced halfway up the stairs. One big plus is that the tools are all on board for easy access, eliminating the need to dash downstairs to fetch them. The crevice nozzle does a good job of sucking up all the dirt from awkward corners. Overall, it keeps the stairs clean and fur-free and doesn’t really take much effort at all.

How loud is it?

At just 66db, this vacuum is lovely and quiet. It’s perfect for homes with babies or nervous pets.

How easy is it to keep clean?

This is a bagged cylinder, so the dust and dirt is all kept inside the bag. It’s really simple to empty with a quick release system, meaning your hands don’t come into contact with any dirt and there’s no mess or fuss. You just whip out the bag (which is self-sealing), throw it away and pop another one in. Simple.

Filters need cleaning and air-drying after you’ve changed the bag five times. This sounds like a lot, but the bag has a fairly large capacity so it won’t need changing too often.

Are there any other features?

  • 'Dust bag full' indicator – essential on bagged vacuums to avoid loss of suction
  • Metal telescopic extension tubes allow you to clean up high and in hard-to-reach places
  • Very quiet, so great for homes with nervous pets or small children

Is the Hoover Enigma Bagged Pets good value for money?

The Hoover Enigma Bagged Pets is technically under £100 (well, it’s £99.99). That’s one fifth of the price of the most expensive vacuum we tested. It also performs just as well as a lot of much pricier cleaners, if not better. While it doesn’t have technical wizardry in spades or fancy bells and whistles, it does do a great job. All in all, it’s a good, solid vacuum that does what it says on the box and does it well. So yes, we think it’s absolutely excellent value for money.

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