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 80 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 delivers exceptional performance on surfaces like laminate flooring, as it clears pet hair as well as small and bulky debris, like rice or cereal, with no issue, even as its large dirtbag fills up.
It's highly maneuverable, with rubber-like wheels that enable it to roll smoothly on a wide variety of surface types. Its sturdy body and stainless steel telescoping wand look and feel quite premium, and the vacuum itself is exceptionally easy to maintain. It comes with a couple of handy quality of life features, including an LED light integrated into its handle to help you see what you're cleaning in dimly-environments as well as seven levels of suction power adjustment.
Unfortunately, it has somewhat high recurring costs due to the high number of parts that need to be replaced regularly, including its pre-motor and allergen-trapping HEPA filters as well as its dirtbag. That said, its versatile performance and remarkable build quality help make it one of the best bagged vacuum cleaners that we've tested.
The best vacuum for laminate floors that we've tested with a cordless design is the Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H. This stick/handheld delivers superb performance on flat, even surfaces like laminate flooring. It clears pet hair as well as small debris like rice without any difficulty, not to mention bulkier material like cereal, with no noticeable drop in suction performance as its dirt compartment fills up.
Its lightweight construction and easily-reconfigurable design also make it amazingly maneuverable, even in tight spaces. It comes with a couple of tools and brushes to help clean hard-to-reach spots, with an extension wand, a crevice tool, and an upholstery cleaner/hard bristle brush combination tool. Despite being mostly made of plastic, it feels decently well-made, and it incurs little in the way of recurring costs thanks to its washable and reusable pre-motor and allergen-trapping HEPA filters.
Unfortunately, there are quite a few parts that need to be maintained regularly. Its battery life can vary drastically depending on the settings you choose, as while it can supply upwards of 40 minutes of runtime when used as a handheld vacuum, it can drain its battery in just over 10 minutes if it's run continuously in its "MAX BOOST" mode. Otherwise, this vacuum's exceptional performance on bare floors and highly maneuverable design help make it one of the best bagless vacuums we've tested.
If you want a cordless vacuum with a battery that lasts longer, consider the Miele Triflex HX1. This 3-in-1 model takes longer to charge than the Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H, but its battery provides roughly 20 minutes of continuous use when the vacuum is set to its most powerful mode, giving you more time to deal with big messes. There's also a dock included to store and charge the vacuum. It delivers similarly outstanding performance on bare surfaces like laminate, where it easily sucks up pet hair and debris like rice and cereal. You can use it as an upright vacuum, which is the default, switch it into a stick configuration, or use it as a handheld if you want to clean shelves or furniture. It feels lighter in your hand and is easier to maintain than the Shark, but unfortunately, it doesn't have an allergen-trapping HEPA filter.
If you're concerned about allergens or prefer a cordless vacuum that recharges more quickly, go for the Shark. Try the Miele instead if you want something with a better battery performance or a slightly more configurable design.
The best robot vacuum for laminate floors that we've tested is the Roborock S6. This model has exceptional performance on bare surfaces like laminate flooring, where it easily clears pet hair and debris like rice and cereal. It's excellent at maneuvering itself and cleans in an efficient pattern, thanks to its smart pathing feature.
The dirt compartment is a decent size for a robot vacuum, and its performance stays consistent as it fills up. The vacuum works with a companion app that allows you to set virtual boundaries to keep it out of certain areas and create cleaning schedules for different rooms. Its battery life is fantastic, as it will provide roughly two to three hours of continuous use, depending on what power setting is used. There's even a mop attachment for wiping up spills and other sticky messes, although we don't currently test that feature.
Unfortunately, like many robot vacuums, it's not the easiest to maintain and has several parts that should be replaced regularly, so recurring costs can add up. Otherwise, its exceptional performance on bare surfaces and impressive automation features make it one of the best robot vacuums we've tested.
If you're looking for a hands-off way to keep your laminate floors clean but want to spend a little less, consider the Roborock E4. This more affordable model has fewer automation features than the Roborock S6 and isn't as well-built, but it delivers a fantastic performance on bare floors. The dustbin is slightly more spacious, and it has a similar battery life of roughly two to three hours, depending on what power mode is used. It cleans rooms in an S-shaped pattern and generates a map of the area it cleaned that you can view in the companion app. Unfortunately, you can't set virtual boundaries for this vacuum or create different cleaning schedules for different rooms.
If you want a robot vacuum with outstanding performance and advanced automation features, go for the S6. If you want to pay less and don't mind a model with more basic features, the E4 is a solid alternative.
The best budget vacuum for laminate floors that we've tested is the Eureka Whirlwind Bagless Canister. This canister model has a superb performance on bare floors, as it easily picks up pet hair and debris like cereal and rice. It also has a good-sized dirt compartment and doesn't lose much suction as it fills up, so it works for cleaning large areas of bare floors.
It incurs virtually no recurring costs since it uses washable filters. There are a few parts that need to be removed and serviced regularly, but overall it's easy to maintain. It doesn't feel very heavy in your hand and has good maneuverability, thanks to its rotating head. You can also detach the wand to use it in a semi-handheld configuration, which can be helpful if you're cleaning narrow or hard-to-reach areas. Also, the main head has bristles that can extend to better clean bare floors, and you can also adjust the suction mode with controls on the handle.
Unfortunately, it's a bit tricky to store and doesn't come with an on-board rack for its tools. Also, the power cord is short, so you may need to switch outlets more often if you're vacuuming stairs or a big room, which some might find annoying. Still, its fantastic performance combined with a budget-friendly price makes it a solid choice if you have laminate floors to clean. It's even one of the best vacuums under $100 that we've tested.
If you're looking for an affordable vacuum but prefer something better-suited to cleaning smaller messes, try the HoLife HM036E. Because it's a cordless handheld model, it's not a good fit for cleaning big areas of laminate flooring compared to the Eureka Whirlwind Bagless Canister, but it's very lightweight and easy to carry around. It delivers an exceptional performance on bare floors, where it sucks up pet hair and debris with no issue, and it's equipped with an allergen-trapping HEPA filter. Its battery performance is decent, as it provides roughly 20 minutes of continuous runtime. Unfortunately, the filter needs to be replaced regularly, so it does incur some recurring costs, and it's more difficult to maintain than the Eureka.
Go for the Eureka if you have a lot of laminate floors to clean and don't want to worry about battery life. Consider the HoLife instead if you want something more portable and better-suited to spot-cleaning.
Mar 30, 2021: Ensured that all main picks are still in stock and represent the best choice for their given category. Added Shark Vertex Lightweight Cordless and Wyze Robot Vacuum to Notable Mentions.
Jan 29, 2021: Checked that we're still recommending the best products and that they're available.
Dec 23, 2020: Removed the HoLife HM036E as an alternative to the Shark Rocket Pet Pro and replaced it with the Miele Triflex HX1 as the 'Alternative With Better Battery Life.' Added the HoLife as a 'Handheld Alternative' to the Eureka Whirlwind Bagless Canister.
Dec 09, 2020: Added NaceCare HVR 200 Henry to Notable Mentions.
Nov 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.