The 5 Absolute Best Vacuums For Hardwood Floors, Period!

Growing up, my mom was a vacuum fanatic. In fact, I don’t think we even had a broom in the house. 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 over power.

The good news is we have gone ahead and done some leg work for you. These are five absolutely top-notch hardwood floor vacuum cleaners that are purposely built to tackle your cleaning jobs.

Miele S2121 Olympus Canister Vacuum Cleaner

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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. You can check out our full review of the Miele here.

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 be needing another vacuum for many years.

Who is this vacuum best for? For those with a 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 this vacuum provides, 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. Also, those on a tighter budget might have a difficult time justifying paying over $300 on a vacuum when there are more affordable options available below.

Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

If you find 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 also a great product for wood flooring.

The stick vacuum is cordless with a rechargeable battery, and it is extremely lightweight and easy to use. The Hoover Linx vacuum is bagless, which is not my personal preference, but I know some people hate buying bags for their vacuums.

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One thing that can be said about this vacuum is that it cleans well, be it smooth floor, carpet, rug or even pet hair. It has easy-to-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 the dust cup gets 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 4000 reviews on Amazon alone). If you want to invest just over $100 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

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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 quite as sleek as the Miele, but it certainly vacuums up anything on your wood or tile floor and does fairly well on carpets, rugs and pet hair.

The 12amp motor will suffice for all your cleaning needs efficiently and quickly. It also comes with a crevice tool, upholstery nozzle/dusting brush and bare/carpet nozzle, which are essential to access and clean hard to reach areas and spots.

With that said, one necessary improvement Eureka should make is to increase the attached brush from 2″ to 4″ or 5″ wide. It would help considerably when cleaning large surfaces like walls.

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

The generously long 20 foot cord makes cleaning large areas really easy. When finished cleaning, you can wrap the cord neatly around the base of the vacuum. A rewindable cord would be a nice feature, but it’s definitely not a deal breaker for me considering the low price tag.

All in all, this is a really solid vacuum and deserves to be right up there with the other more expensive options.

Who is this vacuum best for? People in homes with lots of 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 Lift-Away Vacuum Cleaner

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Although not quite 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. (Update: This vacuum is currently the #1 Best-selling Upright Vacuum on Amazon!!)

When it comes to hardwood floor vacuum cleaners, no other vacuum on this list is able to offer you the same kind of vacuuming power that the Shark can.

With that said, it’s not a 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 even bought this for my mother-in-law as a Christmas gift and she loves it too.

At around $150, it can easily beat many vacuums that are twice the price. The amount of dirt it can pull up is really amazing. The Premium 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 agree with her because as to date, it has received 3,000 reviews and averages a stellar 4.5 star rating. If you really want your money’s worth, go for this vacuum.

iRobot 560 Roomba

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Now hear me out – the Roomba 560, or its big brother the Roomba 770, might be the new best hardwood floor vacuum for your household. 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 having to vacuum every day.

The Roomba does a decent job with carpet, but where it really shines is 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 bit of 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 will 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 is definitely one of my top choices for the best vacuum for hardwood floors!

Who is this vacuum best for? Families with mostly wood flooring and tile that requires daily vacuuming. Also for anyone that would just rather push a button than have to hassle with conventional vacuums and their cords.

Who should not purchase this? Anyone looking for a budget option. There are certainly lots of great cheaper hardwood floor vacuums available, like the Shark above.

Make Your Pick, And Happy Vacuuming!

There you have it, the 5 best hardwood floor vacuums for every budget. We hope that this article has helped you make an informed decision. If you still haven’t decided yet, check out our Vacuum Comparison Chart for even more options.

I know that it can be tough to choose your next appliance, but be assured that if you choose from one of the options above you will be in good hands :)

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

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