There's no shortage of vacuum cleaners that offer exceptional cleaning performance on laminate floors. Unlike low-pile rugs or shag carpeting, this kind of surface doesn't hold onto dirt and debris, making it easier for vacuums to clear messes. That said, the best vacuums for laminate floors have to offer more than just fantastic suction performance, but also good maneuverability, an easy-to-maintain design, or even low recurring costs.
We've tested over 40 vacuum cleaners, and below are our recommendations for the best laminate floor vacuums. These picks are selected not only based on their performance on bare floors but also on their feature set, design, and price. For more buying recommendations, take a look at our lists of the best vacuums for tile floors, the best hardwood vacuums, and the best multi-surface vacuums.
The best vacuum for laminate floors that we've tested is the Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine. This corded canister model performs superbly well on bare surfaces, where it easily clears everything from pet hair to small and bulky material. Its suction performance remains consistent as its dirtbag fills up, which is great if you've got several large messes to deal with.
It's remarkably easy to disassemble it for routine maintenance. It's also very well-built, with a sturdy-feeling plastic body, stainless steel wand, and dense rubber-like wheels. If you need to go over a rug or carpet, it features a suction-control function that lets you quickly adapt to different surface types on-the-fly. Its handle even features a battery-powered LED light to help you see in dark places when you're using it in its semi-handheld configuration.
Unfortunately, it has somewhat high recurring costs, since its dirtbag and allergen-trapping HEPA filter are disposable. Its power cord is also on the short side, so you may need to switch to another outlet when cleaning a larger room. Otherwise, its amazing build quality, remarkable ease-of-maintenance, and overall versatility also make it one of the best vacuums we've tested.
The best vacuum for laminate floors that we've tested with a cordless design is the Shark Rocket Pet Pro. This cordless stick/handheld doesn't struggle at all with cleaning pet hair or small and large debris on bare floors. Its suction performance remains very consistent as its dirt compartment fills up, which is great when dealing with larger messes.
Due to its bagless design and washable filters, recurring costs are kept to an absolute minimum. You can reconfigure it into a handheld to clean messes from countertops or shelves with the included hard bristle brush and upholstery cleaner. It has a HEPA filter too, so you shouldn't have to worry about the spread of allergens as you clean. It's also very lightweight, so maneuvering it in cluttered or small rooms is quite easy.
Unfortunately, you can drain its battery in just over 10 minutes when it's run continuously in its high-power suction mode, though it can last for over 40 minutes if you use it conservatively. It also lacks any sort of on-board storage or a rack to place the included tools and accessories. Small issues aside, its overall versatility helps make it one of the best cordless vacuums we've tested.
If you're looking for a vacuum better-suited for spot cleaning small messes, consider the HoLife HM036E. It isn't as well-suited for cleaning big spaces compared to the Shark Rocket Pet Pro, but it is considerably lighter and easier to store. It can be used to clean up wet messes using its liquid nozzle attachment, though we don't test this feature and the vacuum needs to be cleaned thoroughly immediately afterward. It does a fantastic job of cleaning pet hair and bulky and fine debris on bare surfaces, so it should perform well on laminate floors. It does have higher recurring costs than the Shark due to its disposable filter.
Get the Shark if you need to clean larger areas more frequently, but take a look at the HoLife if you want something easier to carry around that's also capable of dealing with liquid messes.
The best robot laminate floor vacuum we've tested is the Roborock S6. It offers exceptional cleaning performance on bare floors, where it easily deals with pet hair as well as debris like rice and cereal, with no noticeable drop in suction as its dirt compartment fills up, so it should do well on laminate floors. It has an allergen-trapping HEPA filter, which should be helpful for pet owners, as well as a mopping attachment to deal with sticky messes on flat surfaces.
It's very well-built, with sturdy plastic construction and smooth-rolling wheels that should allow it to climb over low-lying obstructions. Its laser sensor navigation system allows it to plot efficient cleaning routes, and you can use its companion app to schedule cleaning times for specific rooms or set up virtual boundary markers. It also offers superb battery performance, providing anywhere between nearly two to over three hours of continuous runtime depending on the suction mode used.
Unfortunately, like most robot vacuums, it has quite a few parts that require routine maintenance or replacement, so recurring costs can add up over time. Otherwise, thanks to its rich feature-set and fantastic performance on bare floors, it's also among the best hardwood vacuums that we've tested.
If you're looking to spend a little less when buying a robot vacuum but aren't willing to sacrifice cleaning performance, consider the Roborock E4. Its automation features are less advanced than those of the Roborock S6, as you can't set up virtual boundary markers or schedule cleaning times for individual rooms, but it's substantially cheaper and delivers similarly fantastic performance on surfaces like laminate flooring. Despite its simpler OpticEye navigation system, it still offers great maneuverability. At over three hours of maximum runtime, battery life is also fantastic. Unfortunately, quite a few parts require regular maintenance or replacement, so recurring costs can add up over time.
Get the S6 if you value more advanced automation features, but take a look at the E4 if you're looking to save some money but still want superb bare-floor performance.
The best laminate floor vacuum we've tested with a budget-friendly price is the Eureka Whirlwind Bagless Canister. This corded canister model should deal with everything from pet hair to bulky debris like cereal without an issue on laminate floors, with very little impact on suction performance as its dirt compartment fills up.
Thanks to its bagless design and washable, reusable pre and post-motor filters, you shouldn't have to worry about recurring costs. It has a decently-spacious dirt compartment and a relatively simple design that makes it easy to access the few parts that require routine maintenance. The vacuum as a whole is fairly lightweight, which is handy when you need to carry it around or drag it around a cluttered room. You can use it in a semi-handheld configuration by detaching its wand, allowing you to clean furniture or shelves with its included soft-bristle brush.
Unfortunately, it has a short power cord, so you may need to switch outlets when cleaning larger areas. Its hose is also a little short, which could be an annoyance when using it in its alternative configuration to clean high-placed shelves. Still, its high price-to-performance ratio helps make it one of the best vacuums under $100 that we've tested.
11/18/2020: Added Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ to Notable Mentions.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are currently the best vacuums for laminate floors. We don't just base our results on overall performance, but also factors like availability, price, and reader feedback.
If you'd like to do the work of choosing yourself, here's the list of all our vacuum reviews for laminate surfaces, 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.