HOB and canisters both list a flow rating in Gph. Most HOB filters distribute the return right at, above or below the waterline. Canister filters most commonly have a spray bar, which you mount inside the tank using suction cups.
This bar can then be turned or twisted to direct the return flow where you like. Point the bar outlets up towards the surface to create agitation that oxygenates the water, or aim them lower to create flow in dead zones.
I'm happy with SunSun products for the price. If you're looking for a canister for a 10 gallon tank, you might want to look a bit smaller.
In fact, if budget is an issue, why not simply get small powerhead and a sponge to fit over the inlet to act as a filter?
TL/DR - as long as the Gph is similar and accurate, they will create similar flow, but a spray bar does a better job of directing that flow, spreading it out, based on the length of the bar.