Skip the broom and mop and reach for one of the best vacuums for hardwood floors. Yes, it’s safe to vacuum your wood floor if you have the right kind of machine.
It doesn’t matter if you have oak, maple, or cypress. You also don’t need to worry whether it’s engineered, parquet, or strip flooring. What matters are the characteristics of the vacuum cleaner (1).
To speed up your shopping, we researched the top vacuums for hardwood floors and reviewed them here for you. We hope the article helps you find what you need for your home today.
- 1 But Before We Begin, Here Are Some Things to Consider:
- 2 Top Hardwood Floor Vacuums
- 2.1 Dyson DC65 Animal Upright Vacuum Cleaner
- 2.2 Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 Upright Vacuum Cleaner
- 2.3 Miele New Complete C3 Cat & Dog Canister Vacuum Cleaner
- 2.4 Shark Navigator Lift-Away Upright Vacuum NV352
- 2.5 Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional NV356E
- 2.6 Shark Rotator TruePet Upright Corded Bagless Vacuum
- 2.7 Bissell Hard Floor Expert Deluxe Canister Vacuum Cleaner Machine 1161
- 2.8 Miele Compact C1 Pure Suction Canister Vacuum
- 2.9 Kenmore Elite 31150 Pet & Allergy Friendly Upright Vacuum
- 2.10 Bissell PowerGlide Pet Hair Bagless Vacuum Cleaner
- 2.11 Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Corded Bagless Vacuum for Carpet and Hard Floor
- 2.12 Eureka Mighty Mite Corded Canister Vacuum Cleaner 3670G
- 2.13 Dirt Devil Razor Pet Steerable Bagless Upright Vacuum UD70355B
- 2.14 Dirt Devil Power Air Stick Vacuum for Hard Floors SD20505
- 2.15 Bissell PowerEdge Hardwood Floor Stick Vacuum Cleaner 81L2A
- 2.16 Dyson V6 Cord-Free Vacuum
- 2.17 BLACK+DECKER HSVJ520JMBF61 Cordless 20V Max Lithium 2-N-1 Stick Vacuum
- 2.18 ILIFE V3s Pro Robotic Vacuum
- 2.19 ILIFE V5s Pro Robot Vacuum Mop Cleaner with Water Tank
- 2.20 iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity, Works with Alexa
- 2.21 iRobot Roomba 980 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi, Works with Alexa
- 2.22 ECOVACS DEEBOT N79S Robot Vacuum Cleaner
- 2.23 eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 30, Upgraded
- 2.24 Bissell Symphony Steam Mop and Vacuum Cleaner for Hardwood and Tile Floors
- 3 The 5 Steps to Enjoying Glossy Hardwood Floors
- 4 The Last Word on Why You Need to Be Picky about Your Vacuum Cleaner
- 5 Conclusion
But Before We Begin, Here Are Some Things to Consider:
Will you also want to clean area rugs, stairs, furniture, or tile floors?
Would you prefer a vacuum with multiple functions or one that’s ultralightweight for quick cleanups?
If you are a pet owner cleaning up hair, it’s usually worth it to invest in a cleaner made for that purpose.
And finally, robot vacuums have come down in price, so consider that convenience, too.
Top Hardwood Floor Vacuums
Now let’s begin with the reviews of the top vacuums for hardwood floors.
Dyson DC65 Animal Upright Vacuum Cleaner
Let’s get started with a top-of-the-line for pet owners. Dyson’s DC65 Animal has been out on the market long enough that you can usually find it at a reasonable price. It has potent suction and transitions automatically between carpet and bare floors. The included Turbine tool is ideal for removing hair from upholstery. Dyson offers a five-year warranty.
Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 Upright Vacuum Cleaner
With the Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2, you can clean every inch of your home. It has a 40-foot reach and weighs only 15.6 pounds. The handle is an extension wand that releases with the press of a button so that you can dust curtains and work overhead. Then, the self-adjusting cleaner head switches between hard floor and carpet automatically.
Even though it’s a bagless vacuum, you don’t need to dirty your hands to empty the bin. Just lift it away from the body of the vacuum and hold it over the trashcan. Press the button, and the bottom releases to dump debris.
Dyson made sure that this vacuum is certified asthma and allergy-friendly with whole-machine HEPA filtration. Plus, it comes with a five-year warranty.
Miele New Complete C3 Cat & Dog Canister Vacuum Cleaner
Let’s go back to discussing pets with the Miele C3 for cats and dogs. This may be the last vacuum you ever need to buy as some Miele owners are into their second decade of ownership.
This high-end canister vacuum has a 36-foot range and foot pedal controls. The sealed filtration system features active odor neutralization with activated charcoal. The AirClean technology retains 99.9% of the particles the vacuum picks up.
There are two floor heads in the package. The first is the Electro Plus Electrobrush for carpets. Next is the Parquet Twister for hardwood, tile, vinyl, and so on. But don’t worry if you have stairs because there’s also a mini turbo brush that removes pet hair from furniture and steps.
I’ve been a Miele fanboy for years. Yes, they’re expensive vacuums. But the cost is worth it because they can last for a decade or more and come with accessories that greatly simplify cleaning the entire house.
— Lawrence’s take
For the price, the Shark Navigator NV352 is one of the best uprights for wood floors and all-around housecleaning. It’s even safe for laminate as you can turn off the brush roller. The swivel steering makes it easy to navigate around objects in corners, plus the low front fits underneath sofas and beds.
Second, it’s called a “Lift Away” for a reason. That’s because you can separate the canister and hose from the body of the vacuum with the press of a button. That makes cleaning furniture and stairs a snap. Now you can stop manhandling your upright up the steps.
The accessories included in the box are a brush for pet hair on upholstery, a wide crevice tool, and a narrow crevice tool. The vacuum also comes with washable HEPA filters.
People sometimes ask which Shark is the best for hardwood floors. We say it’s this one. It comes in a kit designed to clean bare flooring like hardwood and tile.
Until you look at the details, you may not realize what the differences are between this vacuum and the one above. The Shark Navigator NV356E weighs a little more than the NV352, but it comes with a Hard Floor Hero dusting attachment. Just pop on the microfiber pad to clean laminate and other types of wooden floors. It removes stuck-on debris, and it’s machine-washable.
Besides that, this cleaner has a longer power cord and a larger dust bin. The dusting brush simplifies caring for lampshades and blinds, too.
Shark Rotator TruePet Upright Corded Bagless Vacuum
While we’re on a roll with Shark vacuums, let’s look at the TruePet upright. Like the Lift-Away models, it transforms into a canister vacuum to clean hard-to-reach areas. In both configurations, the vacuum provides LED lights and fingertip controls. The inclusion of a motorized brush accessory and pet multi-tool ensures that pet owners can pick up fur wherever they find it.
Bissell Hard Floor Expert Deluxe Canister Vacuum Cleaner Machine 1161
Bissell’s 1161 has an outstanding feature for you if you’re nervous about vacuuming your hardwood floor. The rubber wheels have felt treads that won’t scratch or leave black marks.
Although you can use the vacuum on low pile carpet and area rugs, it’s a true champion on bare floors. The fingertip buttons give you full control over the suction. Moreover, the floor head has soft nylon bristles that scrub up sticky debris and remove fine dust.
Miele Compact C1 Pure Suction Canister Vacuum
If you appreciated the Miele we reviewed earlier but were astonished at the cost, check out the Compact C1. For an entry-level price, you’ll get one of the best canisters on the market for cleaning hard floors. The seven-year warranty should soften the blow. It’s a quiet machine that has quiet wheels that swivel 360° as well.
The six suction levels ensure that you pick up every last bit of the mess. The only downside is that this is a bagged model, although one bag may last for months. The AirClean system means that the dust you remove does not go back into the room air.
Kenmore Elite 31150 Pet & Allergy Friendly Upright Vacuum
As you’ll discover, many of the pet-friendly vacuums are excellent for allergy sufferers whether or not you have four-legged friends. That’s because they tend to have superior filtration. The Kenmore Elite 31150 is no exception to the rule as it has a sealed nozzle system with a HEPA filter and uses a bag. It picks up dander and pollen alike.
Some of the other benefits include a Pet Handi-Mate attachment for stairs and furniture, and LED headlight, and one other essential. You can turn off the brush roller to avoid scratching wood floors.
Bissell PowerGlide Pet Hair Bagless Vacuum Cleaner
As we mentioned, pet vacuums are a good choice if you have allergies or asthma. The Bissell PowerGlide employs a SmartSeal Allergen System that keeps dust, dander, and pollen on the inside of the vacuum. It has a wide cleaning path with suction all around the edge.
Should you happen to have people in your home with long hair (or pets), you’ll love the Pet TurboEraser tool with tangle-free technology. It’s a motorized brush that quickly removes hair from upholstery or carpeted stairs.
Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Corded Bagless Vacuum for Carpet and Hard Floor
Let’s jump to the Shark Rocket, model HV302. It’s a light-duty model that weighs just 8 pounds and converts into a hand vac. This makes it very convenient for cleaning vehicles and all around the home. The swivel steering and low-profile make it straightforward to navigate around and under all sorts of obstacles. Then, the 25-foot power cord keeps you from having to hop from outlet to outlet.
The kit includes a car detail set with micro-tools for cleaning vents and underneath the seats. But we have two criticisms. First, this vacuum is not ideal if you have allergies as it provides only washable foam filters. And second, persons with limited mobility or strength in their hands may find that the pistol grip design isn’t ideal.
Eureka Mighty Mite Corded Canister Vacuum Cleaner 3670G
The ever-popular Mighty Mite canister vacuum comes in at least three different colors. It’s impressively powerful for its diminutive size. Additionally, it converts to a blower to clear leaves off your deck.
This is one of the least expensive vacuum cleaners that offers HEPA filtration. You’ll need to replace the bag every so often.
Dirt Devil Razor Pet Steerable Bagless Upright Vacuum UD70355B
Dirt Devil’s Razor Pet comes with an interesting feature called the Turbo Claw. It’s a motorized tool attachment for eliminating fur from a variety of surfaces. The 10-foot air hose makes it easy to use on steps, too.
One other interesting accessory is the combination dusting and crevice tool. But when we looked into the specifics about the brush roller, we discovered that you can’t turn it off. Dirt Devil says that it’s made for both carpet and hard floors, but we’d shy away from using it on delicate finishes.
Dirt Devil Power Air Stick Vacuum for Hard Floors SD20505
Possibly the least expensive vacuum cleaner you can buy that’s worth the money is the Dirt Devil stick vacuum for hard floors. It’s noisy but effective. Since it only weighs 7 pounds, it’s not much of a pain to move up and down stairs. The simple dirt cup opens at the bottom so you can drop debris right into the garbage.
Bissell PowerEdge Hardwood Floor Stick Vacuum Cleaner 81L2A
Unlike most upright vacuums with their rectangular floor heads, the Bissell PowerEdge stick sports a swiveling V-shaped head. This allows it to squeeze into corners and edge around baseboards in the blink of an eye. Of course, this is a cleaner that’s made specifically for bare floors. It weighs 7 pounds and has an easy-empty bagless dirt cup.
Dyson V6 Cord-Free Vacuum
Skip reading the specs to find out how long the power cord is. Get this cordless battery-powered Dyson and find out how much fun it is to be free. You might be afraid that cordless means low-power. But the Dyson V6 won’t let you down. It runs up to 20 minutes on a charge. Plus, it separates into a hand vacuum for upholstery and stairs.
BLACK+DECKER HSVJ520JMBF61 Cordless 20V Max Lithium 2-N-1 Stick Vacuum
It’s Black and Decker to the rescue if you can’t afford a Dyson right now. Some owners say it runs longer than the Dyson V6. And even Consumer Reports praised it for doing a great job on bare floors. One of its main attractions is that you can remove the brush roller to clean delicate surfaces.
We found that placing a cordless vacuum cleaner in the kitchen ensures that spills and crumbs get picked up promptly. Our families are more likely to clean up messes if they can vacuum instead of using a broom to sweep.
— The Team’s take
ILIFE V3s Pro Robotic Vacuum
For close to the same cost as an upright vacuum, you can get this robot to do the work for you. The ILIFE company has established itself as a fierce competitor to iRobot. The V3s is an older model that has proven its worth. It’s perfect for everyday maintenance especially if you have pets. It rolls right underneath most furniture to clean those dust bunnies from under the couch.
In the box, you’ll find a remote control so that you can program the robot to work whenever you like. You won’t need to connect it to Wi-Fi. Should its battery run low before the job is done, it returns to home base to recharge. This is an important feature as crawling underneath the bed to retrieve the vacuum ruins the fun.
ILIFE V5s Pro Robot Vacuum Mop Cleaner with Water Tank
The V5s from ILIFE vacuums and wet-mops your bare floors. The only thing you need to do is swap the dustbin for the water tank and attach the mop pad. It runs up to 140 minutes on a charge.
iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity, Works with Alexa
While we’re on the topic of older model robotic vacuums, here’s the iRobot Roomba 690. It’s still in production, and you can find it for a much better price than the more recent models. It also doesn’t upload a map of your home to their servers. But it still connects to your home Wi-Fi so you can manage it with an app on your smartphone or through Amazon’s Alexa.
The three-stage system cleans noticeably better than earlier Roomba versions. Also, it revs up the suction when it finds concentrated debris or moves on to a carpeted surface.
iRobot Roomba 980 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi, Works with Alexa
On the other hand, you might prefer the newer iRobot Roomba 980. It vacuums for up to two hours straight before it talks itself to recharge. If it has it finished by that time, it will return to action once the battery is full.
The Internet-connected robot accepts commands from apps or through Alexa. You can schedule it for different times on different days. But some of the big advantages include Power Boost performance on carpets and rugs plus the AeroForce Cleaning System that captures 99% of particles down to 10 microns in size.
ECOVACS DEEBOT N79S Robot Vacuum Cleaner
The DEEBOT N79S from ECOVACS got our attention because it’s pretty quiet at only 67 to 70 dB on bare floors. It responds to the ECOVACS app, the included remote, or voice controls through Google Home or Alexa. Set it to clean edges, take care of a spill, or let it run on its own for up to two hours before it needs a charge.
eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 30, Upgraded
eufy improved their RoboVac to the point where it’s very low-profile and quite powerful. It offers 1500Pa of suction power and slips easily under furniture as it’s only 2.85 inches tall. One charge provides one hundred minutes of cleaning at a noise comparable to a microwave.
Some of the nice extras include a 13.2-foot magnetic boundary strip that doesn’t need batteries to operate, a charging base, and a remote control. The robot’s covered by a 12-month warranty.
Bissell Symphony Steam Mop and Vacuum Cleaner for Hardwood and Tile Floors
We mentioned a robot vacuum that mops, but if you really want to sanitize the floor, you need a steamer. The Symphony from Bissell blends the best of both worlds as it vacuums and steam mops. You won’t even need chemicals to disinfect your tile or hardwood.
Choose from high or low steam depending on the surface. (Follow those directions so that you don’t warp your hardwood floor!) Then pop in the scented disc for a pleasant aroma while you work One additional benefit is that you can use either washable mop heads or disposable Swiffer pads.
The 5 Steps to Enjoying Glossy Hardwood Floors
The National Wood Flooring Association of America recommends these five steps to keep your floor in top condition:
- Clean up spills and sweep or dust daily. Get a soft-bristled broom or dust mop for that purpose.
- Next, vacuum once a week.
- Monthly, wet mop with a recommended hardwood floor cleaner.
- Apply a new coat of finish every 3 to 5 years.
- Don’t worry about refinishing for at least a decade.
To keep your floor glossy, try one of the best polishes for wood floors, too.
The Last Word on Why You Need to Be Picky about Your Vacuum Cleaner
We mentioned right at the beginning that you can vacuum any type of hardwood floor. But here’s the truth: you need to be picky about the vacuum cleaner you use.
The reason why is because certain types of hardwood are harder or impossible to refinish.
That’s right, dent and scratch your composite wood floor one too many times and you will be replacing tiles. Solid wood flooring doesn’t have this problem (3).
So make it easy on yourself and get a vacuum that won’t scratch your wood floor.
Shopping for a vacuum for your hardwood floor doesn’t have to be a hassle. There are a few key points to remember.
Remember that it’s essential to be able to turn off the brush roller. This prevents scratches to the finish.
Then, consider what other surfaces you need to clean. If you have a lot of stairs, you’ll want a long air hose like that of a canister vacuum. You could also get an upright that separates into a hand vac. Or you may find that a stick vacuum does the job well enough.
There are a variety of convenient features to help you narrow down your choices. For example, do you want HEPA filtration and accessories for cleaning a vehicle?
In the end, you might decide on a combination of tools like a robotic vacuum for everyday maintenance and a canister or upright for weekly deep-cleaning.
We’d like to know your system for maintaining your hardwood floors. Leave us a comment on the page below.
3. https://www.woodfloors.org/types.aspx (again)
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