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 70 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 canister-style model is exceptionally good at clearing pet hair and debris like sand and cereal from bare surfaces. Its performance stays consistent as the spacious dirt compartment fills, so you shouldn't need to replace the dirtbag very often, even during longer cleaning sessions.
It's very well-built, with a stainless steel wand, smoothly-rolling rubber wheels, and LED lights on its handle so you can see what you're doing in shadowy areas. There seven different suction power settings, and you can use it in a semi-handheld configuration, which is helpful when you're cleaning stairs. It also comes with some accessories for different cleaning jobs, like an upholstery tool for vacuuming fabric-covered furniture and a soft bristle brush for use on more delicate objects like lampshades.
Unfortunately, while it's really easy to maintain, it incurs high recurring costs. It also has a somewhat short hose, which may limit your reach when using it in its semi-handheld mode. That said, it's one of the best vacuums we've tested, and its remarkable performance makes it a great choice if you have a lot of laminate flooring to keep clean.
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 also has a HEPA filter, 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 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, 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.
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.