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The 6 Best Vacuums For Hardwood Floors - Winter 2022 Reviews

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Best Vacuums For Hardwood Floors
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Hardwood floors tend to be easier for vacuums to clean than carpets, as they don't have small crevices or shaggy surfaces to trap debris. Still, some do a better job of cleaning on this surface than others, with the best excelling at sucking up all kinds of debris, whether pet hair or stray pieces of cereal. That said, cleaning performance isn't the only important thing. The best vacuum for wood floors should be fairly maneuverable, configurable, and come with at least a few attachments to help you clean underneath, around, or on top of furniture and shelving. A retractable bristle brush is a nice bonus to keep you from scratching up your floor.

We've tested over 105 vacuum cleaners, and below are our recommendations for the best vacuums for hardwood floors to buy. These picks are selected not only based on their performance on bare floors but also their feature set, design, and price. For more options, look at our lists of the best vacuums, the best vacuums for high-pile carpet, and the best cordless vacuums.


  1. Best Vacuum For Hardwood Floors: Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine

    9.1
    Bare Floor
    Vacuum Type
    Canister
    Bagless
    No
    Cordless
    No
    Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
    Yes

    The best vacuum for hardwood floors that we've tested is the Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine. This premium bagged canister vacuum feels amazingly well-built, with dense plastic construction and rubber-like wheels that enable it to roll smoothly over obstructions. It's fairly compact, making it easy to maneuver in tight spaces, and is remarkably easy to maintain.

    This vacuum delivers exceptional overall performance on bare floors, easily cleaning pet hair and various kinds of solid debris. It has a seven-level suction power adjustment feature that enables you to adapt to different surface types. There are a handful of other conveniences, including onboard storage for its attachments, automatic power cord retraction, and a HEPA filter for improved air filtration performance.

    However, this vacuum's hose is a little short, making it hard to clean far-away areas when cleaning in a semi-handheld configuration. Otherwise, its excellent build quality, superb performance on bare floors, and a wide array of quality of life features make it one of the best canister vacuums that we've tested.

    See our review

  2. Best Stick/Handheld Vacuum For Hardwood Floors: Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H

    8.7
    Bare Floor
    Vacuum Type
    Stick/Handheld
    Bagless
    Yes
    Cordless
    Yes
    Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
    Yes

    The Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H is the best vacuum for hardwood floors with a stick/handheld design that we've tested. This cordless vacuum easily clears small and bulky debris as well as pet hair. Its primary floorhead has a brushroll with angled plastic fins meant to reduce the incidence of hair wraps.

    This vacuum's lightweight construction and pivoting vacuum head make it easy to maneuver, even in cluttered areas. You can easily reconfigure it into a handheld vacuum to deal with debris in tight spots, and it comes with a crevice tool, upholstery tool, and hard-bristle dusting brush for dislodging stuck-on debris from surfaces. Since it doesn't have a dirtbag and uses washable pre-motor and HEPA filters, recurring costs shouldn't be a major concern either.

    Unfortunately, while this vacuum's maximum battery life of roughly 40 minutes should be sufficient for cleaning most spaces, running it continuously in its "MAX (BOOST)" mode can cause it to run out of charge in just over 10 minutes, meaning you need to work quickly when dealing with stubborn messes. Otherwise, its maneuverable design and strong performance make it an excellent option for vacuuming hardwood floors.

    See our review

  3. Easier-To-Maintain Alternative: Miele Triflex HX1

    Vacuum Type
    Stick/Handheld
    Bagless
    Yes
    Cordless
    Yes
    Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
    No

    If you want a vacuum that doesn't need as much regular maintenance, try the Miele Triflex HX1. This reconfigurable cordless vacuum has a smaller dirt compartment and a shorter maximum battery life than the Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H; however, it has fewer parts that you need to remove and clean regularly. It's a bit heavier but delivers a similar, fantastic performance on bare surfaces like hardwood, easily cleaning pet hair and other types of debris. You can reconfigure it as a handheld or upright vacuum, and it comes with a few different tools that can help with cleaning jobs, like a crevice tool for getting into tight corners. However, it doesn't have an allergen-trapping HEPA filter.

    If you want a somewhat lighter vacuum with longer maximum battery life, go for the Shark. Consider the Miele instead if you want something better-built with less demanding maintenance needs.

    See our review

  4. Best Robot Vacuum For Hardwood Floors: iRobot Roomba 981

    8.4
    Bare Floor
    Vacuum Type
    Robot
    Bagless
    Yes
    Cordless
    Yes
    Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
    Yes

    The iRobot Roomba 981 is the best robot vacuum for hardwood floors that we've tested. This robot vacuum does an exceptional job of cleaning pet hair as well as small and bulky debris on bare surfaces. It can automatically adjust its suction power and brushroll height depending on the surface that it's on, which is handy if you have any rugs around your home. You can expect roughly anywhere between one to two hours of continuous runtime on a single charge, which should be sufficient for cleaning most spaces.

    This vacuum feels impressively well-built and is fairly compact, allowing it to maneuver around obstructions with little difficulty. You can use its companion app to start cleaning jobs, set up a cleaning schedule for its coverage area, or even remote-pilot the vacuum if it gets stuck. There's a dedicated edge-cleaning mode, where the vacuum makes another pass around the perimeter of the room to clear any debris it may have missed on its initial cleaning session.

    Unfortunately, unlike some other pricier robot vacuums, you can't use its companion app to set up virtual boundary markers to keep the vacuum out of certain areas. It also has demanding maintenance requirements and incurs high recurring costs since many parts need regular replacing. Otherwise, its exceptional bare floor performance and excellent maneuverability make it one of the best laminate floor vacuums that we've tested.

    See our review

  5. Best Handheld Vacuum For Hardwood Floors: Hoover ONEPWR Cordless Hand Vacuum

    8.4
    Bare Floor
    Vacuum Type
    Handheld
    Bagless
    Yes
    Cordless
    Yes
    Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
    No

    The best handheld vacuum for hardwood floors that we've tested is the Hoover ONEPWR Cordless Hand Vacuum. This handheld vacuum delivers exceptional performance on bare, even surfaces like hardwood floors. Suction performance remains consistent even as its relatively large dustbin fills up with debris, which is good if you have a couple of messes to deal with.

    While this vacuum's battery life of roughly 15 minutes isn't especially long, it does charge remarkably quickly. Its compact, lightweight design makes it easy to pick up and carry around. It feels decently well-built and doesn't have that many parts that need regular cleaning. This vacuum doesn't incur many recurring costs since its filter is the only component that requires periodic replacement.

    Unfortunately, this vacuum doesn't have a HEPA filter to trap allergens as you clean. It doesn't have very many attachments, as its only included attachment is a crevice tool to clear debris in tight corners. Still, if you're looking for a cordless vacuum that's well-suited to spot-cleaning hardwood floors, this is a great option.

    See our review

  6. Best Budget Vacuum For Hardwood Floors: Eureka Whirlwind Bagless Canister

    8.7
    Bare Floor
    Vacuum Type
    Canister
    Bagless
    Yes
    Cordless
    No
    Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
    No

    The Eureka Whirlwind Bagless Canister is the best budget vacuum for hardwood floors that we've tested. This compact cordless vacuum delivers exceptional performance on flat, even surfaces like hardwood, easily cleaning pet hair as well as small and bulky debris. Its primary floorhead has bristles that you can retract, which helps vacuum the occasional rug or low-pile carpet.

    This vacuum's compact size and lightweight construction make it easy to maneuver in cluttered spaces. Its bagless design and washable filters result in a near-total lack of recurring costs. The vacuum itself has a simple design that allows you to access any parts that need to be cleaned regularly without too much effort.

    Unfortunately, this vacuum doesn't have a HEPA filter to trap allergens as you clean, which could be an issue if you have a pet that sheds heavily. Its power cord is short, so you may need to swap outlets when cleaning larger spaces. Its hose isn't very long, either, making it hard to clean hard-to-reach areas. Still, its maneuverable design, affordable price point, and versatile overall performance make it one of the best vacuums under $100 that we've tested.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Miele Classic C1: The Miele Classic C1 delivers outstanding performance on bare floors. Compared to the Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine, it has a shorter corded range, a less maneuverable design, and no HEPA filter. See our review
  • Black+Decker dustbuster CHV1410L: The Black+Decker dustbuster CHV1410L is a cordless handheld vacuum that does a great job of cleaning debris on hardwood and tile floors. Its short battery life, compact form factor, and lack of attachments make it ill-suited for cleaning wide-open spaces. See our review
  • NaceCare HVR 200 Henry: The NaceCare HVR 200 Henry is a corded canister vacuum with a huge dirt compartment, impressive build quality, low recurring costs, and a very long range. It's also bulkier and heavier than the Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine and doesn't perform as well on tile and hardwood floors. See our review
  • Shark Rocket Ultra-Light: The Shark Rocket Ultra-Light is a corded stick handheld vacuum with virtually no recurring costs, decent ease of maintenance, a lightweight design, and remarkable bare floor performance. It isn't as sturdy as the Shark APEX UpLight and has a smaller dirt compartment and a shorter range. See our review
  • Shark Vertex Lightweight Cordless: The Shark Vertex Lightweight Cordless is a cordless stick/handheld vacuum that's decently well-built and delivers outstanding performance on bare floors. It doesn't deal with debris as efficiently as the Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex. See our review
  • Shark APEX UpLight: The Shark APEX UpLight is a corded stick/handheld vacuum that delivers superb performance on bare floors. It's noticeably heavier than the Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex and less maneuverable. See our review
  • Roborock E4: The Roborock E4 is a good alternative to the iRobot Roomba 981, thanks to its superb bare floor performance, larger dustbin, and longer battery life. However, it doesn't maneuver itself quite as well and takes considerably more time to recharge. See our review
  • Dyson V15 Detect: The Dyson V15 Detect is a cordless stick/handheld vacuum that outperforms the Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H on low and high-pile carpet and has longer battery life. However, it feels more cheaply built and isn't as maneuverable. See our review
  • Wyze Robot Vacuum: The Wyze Robot Vacuum is a budget-friendly robot vacuum that's easier to maintain than the iRobot Roomba 981 and has more advanced automation features, including support for virtual boundary markers. However, it has a much smaller dustbin and takes longer to recharge despite offering similar overall battery life. See our review
  • Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV: The Shark Rotator Lift-Away ADV is a corded upright that you can reconfigure into a semi-handheld canister vacuum. Its primary vacuum head features a soft brushroll and delivers exceptional performance on bare floors. Unfortunately, its bulky dirt compartment can make it hard to maneuver under couches or tables. See our review
  • Dyson Micro 1.5kg: The Dyson Micro 1.5kg is a cordless stick vacuum that delivers exceptional performance on bare floors and is very lightweight. It has a much shorter battery life and a smaller dustbin than the Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H. See our review
  • Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+: The Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ is a cordless handheld vacuum that performs superbly on bare floors, comes with a turbo brush, and feels better-built than the Hoover ONEPWR Cordless Hand Vacuum. However, it struggles more with bulky debris than the Hoover as its dustbin fills up and takes much longer to recharge while offering a shorter battery life. See our review
  • Wyze Cordless Vacuum: The Wyze Cordless Vacuum is a lightweight, budget-friendly cordless stick vacuum that's easy to maneuver and has an onboard HEPA filter. While it clears pet hair and small debris very easily, bulky material can sometimes get caught in the entry to its dirt compartment. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Dec 20, 2021: Ensured that all main picks are still in stock and represent the best choice for their given category.

  2. Dec 02, 2021: Moved Hoover ONEPWR Cordless Hand Vacuum from Notable Mentions to new 'Best Handheld Vacuum For Hardwood Floors' pick. Removed 'Handheld Alternative' category, moved Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ to Notable Mentions.

  3. Nov 05, 2021: Ensured that all main picks are still available and represent the best choice for their given category. Added Hoover ONEPWR Cordless Hand Vacuum and Wyze Cordless Vacuum to Notable Mentions.

  4. Oct 08, 2021: Ensured that all main picks are still available and represent the best choice for their given category. Removed Shark ION F80 from Notable Mentions due to current availability. Added Dyson Micro 1.5kg to Notable Mentions.

  5. Sep 09, 2021: Replaced Roborock S6 with iRobot Roomba 981 as 'Best Robot Vacuum For Hardwood Floors' pick due to current availability. Replaced HoLife HM036E with Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ as 'Handheld Alternative' pick due to current availability. Removed Roborock S5 from Notable Mentions due to current availability.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are currently the best vacuums for hardwood floors. We don't just base our results on overall performance, but also factors like availability, price, and reader feedback.

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our vacuum reviews, ranked by their performance on bare floors. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no vacuum is perfect for every use, most are good enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.

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