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Published on March 19th, 2013 | by Patricia

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5 Best Hardwood Floor Vacuum Cleaners

Nothing beats having nice clean and fresh floors, and while there’s an almost endless supply of vacuum cleaners to choose from, sometimes you need a purpose built machine specifically designed to tackle your hardwood floors.

Growing up, my mom was a vacuum fanatic. I don’t think we had a broom in the house, in fact. When I moved into my first apartment, I realized that the beautiful wood floors needed a little special treatment, and that my mother’s old vacuum that she gave to me just wouldn’t do.

Wood flooring requires delicacy. No harsh chemicals, no scraping, no abrasives. Vacuums meant for carpets can seriously damage your wood floors. So do you have to abandon vacuuming altogether? No way! The focus of a hardwood floor vacuum should be finesse rather than power. The good news is we have gone ahead and done some leg work for you. Here is the list of best vacuum for hardwood floors. Read on to see which is best for you. Alternatively, you can check out our Vacuum Cleaners Comparison Chart for all-around best vacuum cleaners.

Miele Olympus

Miele S2121 Olympus Canister Vacuum CleanerMiele S2121 Olympus Canister Vacuum Cleaner

In short, I love this vacuum. It’s an all purpose vacuum, but it’s also light and most of its attachments work well with hardwood floors.

This is a canister style vacuum. If you’re not familiar with these, the canister (where the motor is housed) trails behind you on wheels while you maneuver the mouth of the vacuum, which is attached to the canister by a tube.

It looks a little awkward at first, but it is truly a great way to vacuum. The smaller parts make it easier to carry up and down stairs as well. The price is on the expensive side, but you won’t need another vacuum for many years.

Who is this vacuum best for? For those with variety of flooring – low pile rugs and carpet, along with wood and tile floors, we highly recommend the Miele S2121. If you aren’t in need of the versatility of this vacuum, then the purchase might not be worth it for you.

Who wouldn’t like this vacuum? Those with a lot of high pile carpeting (i.e. shag). This vacuum doesn’t do its best on very fluffy carpeting.

Hoover Linx Cordless Stick vacuum cleaner

If you find the canister vacuums unappealing, then you might be very happy to use the Hoover LINX. It functions like a normal upright vacuum, but is lighter and is a great product for wood flooring. The stick vacuum is cordless with a rechargeable battery, and it is extremely lightweight and easy to use. This vacuum is bagless, which is not my preference, but I know some people hate buying bags for their vacuums.

Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum CleanerHoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaneramazon-button

One thing can be said about this vacuum is that it cleans well, be it smooth floor, carpet, rug or even pet hair. It has easy clean bristles attached to the low-pro base that make scrubbing a breeze, allowing you to dislodge even the most caked down dirt or debris and suck it up. The dust cup and filter are very easy to empty and clean, which is quite handy especially when you have a lot of things to vacuum and dust cup filled up quickly.

This is also a beautifully designed machine. It looks sleek and stand-out, which is probably one of the reasons it’s so popular (over 3000 reviews on Amazon alone). If you want to invest around $150 in a vacuum that you can be proud of, this is it.

Who would find this to be the best vacuum for hardwood floors? Anyone who has a smaller area of hard flooring to clean, such as a small apartment, or who will use it to clean only certain rooms in the house, like the kitchen and bathrooms.

Who wouldn’t like this vacuum? Those with a vast swath of flooring to clean, or those who want to frequently clean stairs. The base, while narrow, is a little awkward to maneuver on stair after stair.

Tip: You must not leave the battery in the charger, it will die out very soon. Remember to take it out when fully charged, and put it in the vacuum.

Eureka 3670G Mighty Mite Canister Vacuum

Eureka 3670G Mighty Mite Canister VacuumEureka 3670G Mighty Mite Canister VacuumCHECK PRICE

Ok, friends. Here is a fantastic find for you: the Eureka Mighty Mite canister vacuum for well under $100. This product works extremely well and is offered at such a good price, it’s almost hard to believe. It doesn’t look as sleek as the Miele, but it vacuums up anything on your wood or tile floor  and does fairly well on carpets, rugs and pet hair.

The 12amp motor will suffice all your cleaning needs efficiently and quickly. It also comes with crevice tool, upholstery nozzle/dusting brush and bare/carpet nozzle, which are essential to access and clean hard to reach areas/spots. With that said, one necessary improvement Eureka should make is to increase the attached brush from 2” to 4, 5” wide. It will help considerably when cleaning large surface like wall.

What I really like about this vacuum, and canister vacuum in general, is that it’s really compact and lightweight. You don’t have to fight your way up the stair like most upright vacuums and you will have more space to maneuver around especially in small/confined areas.

The generously long cord (20 foot) makes cleaning large area really easy. When finish cleaning, you can wrap the cord neatly around the base of the vacuum. Although a rewindable cord would be a nice feature but it’s not a deal breaker considering the low price tag.

All in all, this is a really good vacuum for hardwood floor and deserved to be right up there with the other vacuums.

Who is this vacuum best for? People in homes with wood and tile who need a light and affordable vacuum.

Who might not like this vacuum? Households with carpeting. The Eureka Mighty Mite can do some light touch up vacuuming on rugs and carpet, but it’s certainly not meant primarily for that use. You’ll need another vacuum to do carpet if you have it.

Shark Navigator Professional hardwood floor vacuum cleaners

Shark Navigator Professional Lift-Away Vacuum Cleaner - Model NV356EShark Navigator Professional Lift-Away Vacuum Cleaner – Model NV356ECHECK PRICE

Although not nearly the household name as the above brands, the Shark has been making some serious waves across the industry because of its high quality build and insane performance. When it comes to hardwood floor vacuum cleaners, none of the ones on this list is able to offer you the same kind of vacuuming power as the Shark can.

With that said, it’s not an unit that has been specifically designed only for hardwood floors like the others on this list. This multipurpose vacuum cleaner can handle anything you throw at it with the same kind of cleaning ability.

I personally own this vacuum and I must say this is so far the one I’m most satisfied with. My carpet has never been cleaner. I bought this for my mother-in-law as a Christmas gift and she loves it too.

At $199.99, it can easily beat many vacuums that are twice the price. The amount of dirt it can pull up is really amazing. The Pro version is the upgrade from the Shark Navigator NV350 with a larger dirt canister (0.55 gallon).

One happy customer noted that the pile of dirt that this vacuum can suck is 5 times more than her old vacuum. Well, a lot of people agrees with her as to date, it has received 1300 reviews and average 4.5 star rating. If you want your money worth, go for this vacuum.

iRobot 560 Roomba

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Now hear me out – the Roomba, the robot vacuum, might be your new best hardwood floor vacuum. If your floors get dirty on a daily basis from pets, kids, or foot traffic through the house, then this device is a great alternative to vacuuming every day. The Roomba actually does a decent job with carpet, but it really shines on hard floors, and it won’t damage your hardwood flooring.

So how does it work? You start the little robot and it goes to town vacuuming your floors without a thought from you. The Roomba does require a little maintenance every time it completes a cleaning cycle.

You should unload the tray that the dust and dirt collects in, and you should also clean out the brushes, which can become especially dirty if you have a pet with long hair. But the whole process should take only a couple of minutes. Another possible downside is that it doesn’t avoid small objects too well, so you should really pick up any small toys in the area for best results.

Despite this, the vacuum works very well and definitely one of top choices for best vacuum for hardwood floors!

Who is this vacuum best for? Families with mostly wood flooring that requires daily vacuuming.

Who should not purchase this? Anyone looking for a budget option. There are certainly cheaper hardwood floor vacuum.

There you have it, the 5 best hardwood floor vacuum cleaners that don’t hurt your pocket. We hope that this article  has helped you make an informed decision. If you haven’t decided yet, check out our Vacuum Cleaner Comparison Chart for more options.

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I'm Patricia Baker, a kindergarten teacher turned stay at home mom. I enjoy writing product review as a way to help other consumer (just like myself) make informed decisions.



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