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The 7 Best Laminate Floor Vacuums - Summer 2022 Reviews

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Best Laminate Floor Vacuums

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 120 vacuum cleaners, and below are our recommendations for the best laminate floor vacuums. These are selected based not only on their performance but also on their feature set, design, and price. For more buying recommendations, see our lists of the best vacuums for tile floors, the best hardwood vacuums, and the best multi-surface vacuums.


  1. Best Laminate Floor Vacuum

    The best vacuum for laminate floors that we've tested is the Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine. This amazingly well-built bagged canister vacuum easily cleans pet hair and various kinds of small and bulky debris on bare surfaces like laminate flooring, with no significant loss in suction power as its dirtbag fills up. It has a seven-level suction power adjustment feature, allowing you to change its suction power to suit other surfaces like carpets or curtains. It also has a remarkably easy-to-maintain design, with the few parts requiring regular maintenance being readily accessible. The vacuum has some thoughtful quality of life features that make cleaning a little easier, including a power cord that you can retract at the press of a button, an onboard storage compartment for its dusting brush and its crevice and upholstery tools, and a sealed construction to filter out fine allergens like pet dander.

    Unfortunately, this variant is quite hard to find, though you can configure the C3 HomeCare model with a similar range of equipment. Its hose is short, making it difficult to clean hard-to-reach areas. It also uses 2.5L dirtbags, which are a little on the small side, so you'll have to swap in a new one semi-regularly if you clean a lot. Consider the SEBO Airbelt D4 if those are both significant drawbacks, as the SEBO uses larger dirtbags and longer-lasting filters, resulting in lower recurring costs, and has a considerably longer power cord. However, it's also heavier than the Miele and more hassle to maneuver due to its stiffer hose.

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range Laminate Floor Vacuum

    If you're looking for a slightly more affordable vacuum to handle debris on laminate surfaces, the Miele Classic C1 is worth a look. While it's still pricier than many other canister vacuums, it's one of the cheapest models in Miele's lineup and delivers similarly superb performance to the more expensive Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine, but at the cost of less robust build quality, a shorter range, and no on-board tool storage compartment. It comes bundled with the manufacturer's AllTeQ floorhead, which has bristles you can retract to clean the occasional low-pile carpet or rug. Its six-level suction power adjustment feature lets you quickly adapt to different surface types. The trio of caster-mounted wheels also makes it easy to maneuver, even in cluttered areas. Its VarioClip attachment can be fitted to the base of its wand and allows you to store them on top of the canister body.

    Unfortunately, this variant doesn't come bundled with a HEPA filter for an additional bump in air filtration performance, though you can buy one separately. Still, if you're looking for a similarly high-performing canister vacuum that does come bundled with a HEPA filter at a lower price, the Airsign HEPA Vacuum is worth considering. However, it doesn't feel as well built and has a very short power cable, so you'll need to swap outlets when vacuuming larger areas.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget Laminate Floor Vacuum

    The best budget vacuum for laminate floors that we've tested is the Eureka Mighty Mite. Despite its relatively affordable price point, this vacuum does a fantastic job of cleaning pet hair as well as small and bulky debris on bare floors. You shouldn't notice a significant loss in suction performance as its dirtbag fills up. It's also remarkably easy to maintain and uses relatively spacious dirtbags for a vacuum of this size, so you shouldn't need to swap in a new bag too often. Its compact, lightweight canister body makes it easy to maneuver, even in cluttered areas, and you can pick it up and move it from room to room without too much effort. However, it doesn't feel nearly as well-built as pricier models like the Miele Classic C1 PowerLine Pure suction and is substantially louder in operation. Its floorhead has bristles that can be extended or retracted depending on the surface you're on, which helps clean the occasional carpet or rug.

    However, this vacuum's power cord is on the shorter end of the scale, so you'll probably have to swap outlets when vacuuming larger areas, though its wand, made of a pair of hollow plastic tubes, does give you a fair amount of added reach. Be aware that you'll need to wedge the two wand tubes pretty tightly to avoid having them fall apart while cleaning. If you want a similarly affordable yet versatile vacuum and don't want to swap out a new dirtbag now and then, the Eureka Whirlwind Bagless Canister is a solid option. However, it has an even shorter range and isn't as easy to maintain.

    See our review

  4. Best Upright Laminate Floor Vacuum

    The Dyson Ball Animal 3 is a great option if you prefer using an upright vacuum to clean your laminate floors. Compared to the similarly-priced Miele Classic C1, it has a floorhead with a brushroll for improved surface agitation on carpets, though its upright design isn't nearly as easy to maneuver. Its bagless design also incurs lower recurring costs than the bagged Miele, but that also means that it isn't quite as effective at sealing in allergens or as easy to maintain. The Dyson's strong suction motor allows it to easily clear away most kinds of debris on bare floors, not to mention finer debris wedged in cracks and crevices. Its floorhead features a series of plastic vanes that are very effective in limiting the risk of hair wraps. Unlike its predecessor, the Dyson Ball Animal 2, it has dedicated surface settings for bare floors, low-pile carpet, and high-pile carpet, so you can quickly adapt to different floor types. There's a brushroll off switch, meaning you can avoid scratching up your bare floors and sending debris scattering around.

    This vacuum's pivoting ball-shaped articulating mechanism makes it easier to maneuver than most other upright vacuums. Unfortunately, it's a somewhat loud vacuum and could be disruptive to others in your home. It has a long power cord, so you can clean faraway areas without having to swap outlets, but unfortunately, you'll need to wind it back manually, which can be a bit of a hassle. If you'd prefer not to deal with a power cord, the Shark Cordless Vertex Pro Powered Lift-Away is a good alternative. Its 'Lift-Away' design lets you pick up and carry its canister body, making it much easier to clean tight spots. However, it has more demanding maintenance requirements.

    See our review

  5. Best Cordless Laminate Floor Vacuum

    If you don't want to deal with the hassle of a power cord when using a vacuum on laminate floors, the Samsung Jet 90 Complete is a good option. This cordless stick vacuum comes with two floorheads, one with a bristled brushroll for better performance on carpets and the other with a fluffy brushroll for improved debris pickup on bare floors and in shallow cracks and crevices. With its fluffy floorhead, this vacuum delivers remarkable performance on flat surfaces like laminate flooring. For an additional cost, you can also bundle it with a uniquely-designed mopping floorhead that's impressively effective in dealing with dried-on stains on bare surfaces. Its five-stage filtration system makes it an alright option for allergy sufferers. Battery performance is also decent, as you can expect an hour of continuous use in its energy-efficient 'MIN' mode, though runtime can drop drastically in its high-power 'MAX' mode.

    However, while this vacuum's rack station features an additional battery charging slot, only one battery is included in the box. Some parts of its components also feel a little fragile, like the clear plastic dustbin and top plates of its floorheads. Consider the Miele Triflex HX1 if you want something better-built. It also features a surface detection system that lets it automatically adjust brushroll speed to match the floor type it's on. It can even turn it off if something gets snagged in the floorhead. The Miele also has a shorter battery life than the Samsung and a smaller dustbin that'll need emptying more frequently.

    See our review

  6. Best Robot Laminate Floor Vacuum

    The best robot vacuum for laminate floors we've tested is the Roborock S7 MaxV. This high-end robot vacuum does a fantastic job dealing with small and bulky debris on bare surfaces like laminate flooring. Its headlining feature is its dual-sensor mapping and navigation system, which uses LIDAR to quickly map out its coverage area and a pair of front-facing cameras to spot and categorize household hazards like power cords, loose slippers, or even pet waste. It can also automatically ascertain the type of room it's in based on the furniture and fixtures it sees and automatically suggests different cleaning modes for different types of areas, like bedrooms, kitchens, or bathrooms. It also does a fantastic job of sucking up debris on bare floors. Its ultrasonic mopping feature is also very effective, as it uses vibrating mop pads to physically scrub away dried-on stains.

    Unfortunately, while this vacuum does have an onboard HEPA filter, it still isn't very effective for sealing in fine particles. It's also very pricey, especially if you buy it bundled with the Empty Wash Fill dock, which helps reduce hands-on maintenance by automatically emptying its dustbin, refilling its water reservoir, and washing its mopping pads. Consider the Wyze Robot Vacuum if you're looking for something far more affordable and aren't willing to give up LIDAR mapping. However, it doesn't have a mopping feature and lacks the real-time hazard-avoidance capability.

    See our review

  7. Best Handheld Laminate Floor Vacuum

    The best handheld vacuum for laminate floors we've tested is the Black+Decker dustbuster CHV1410L. This no-frills handheld vacuum can easily tackle a wide range of debris on flat, even surfaces like laminate flooring, including bulky and small materials, as well as pet hair. Suction performance remains consistent as its relatively large dustbin fills up, so it shouldn't need emptying too frequently. Its basic design makes it easy to maintain and clean, as with most bagless vacuums, it can release a plume of dust and fine debris when emptying its dirt compartment. Recurring costs are low, as the only part that needs regular cleaning is its dust cup filter. The vacuum has a built-in crevice tool/extension wand to give you a bit of added reach and a built-in hard-bristle brush for dislodging stuck-on debris.

    Unfortunately, this vacuum is quite loud, so it isn't the best option for discrete cleaning. It also does a terrible job of sealing in fine particles and is consequently a poor fit if you suffer from allergies. Its battery life of roughly 10 minutes also restricts its use to short cleaning sessions. Worse yet, the battery isn't designed to be removed or replaced, so you'll probably have to replace the entire unit if its ability to hold a charge degrades severely. The Hoover ONEPWR Cordless Hand Vacuum is a solid alternative that uses a swappable battery pack, but it comes with fewer attachments and feels quite cheaply built in places.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • BISSELL CrossWave Pet Pro: The BISSELL CrossWave Pet Pro is a uniquely-designed hybrid vacuum mop that does a fantastic job of sucking up solid debris on bare floors and is impressively effective in dealing with dried-on stains. However, it has a hard time cleaning up debris in cracks and crevices compared to the Dyson Ball Animal 3 Extra. See our review
  • NaceCare HVR 200 Henry: The NaceCare HVR 200 Henry is a corded canister vacuum that's exceptionally easy to maintain and feels better built than the Miele Classic C1 PowerLine Pure Suction. It also uses considerably larger dirtbags, resulting in lower recurring costs. However, it's notably heavier than the Miele and has a harder time with pet hair. See our review
  • Dyson V15 Detect: The Dyson V15 Detect is a cordless stick/handheld vacuum that outperforms the Samsung Jet 90 Complete on carpets and comes with more tools and accessories. However, it costs significantly more and performs about as well on bare floors. See our review
  • Roborock E4: The Roborock E4 is a great option if you're looking for a budget-friendly robot vacuum to handle messes on bare floors. However, it lacks many advanced automation features found on pricier models like the Roborock S7 MaxV. See our review
  • Roborock S7: The Roborock S7 is a solid, less expensive alternative to the Roborock S7 MaxV if you're willing to forego the latter's real-time hazard-avoidance capability. However, it uses a less powerful suction motor and doesn't do as well on bare floors. See our review
  • Samsung Jet 70 Pet: The Samsung Jet 70 Pet is worth a look if you're looking for a cheaper alternative to the Samsung Jet 90 Complete. It delivers similar overall performance but lacks a telescopic wand and doesn't last as long on a single charge. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Aug 08, 2022: Substantial article restructuring to better align with user expectations. Added Miele Classic C1 PowerLine Pure Suction as 'Best Mid-Range Laminate Floor Vacuum'. Added Dyson Ball Animal 3 Extra as 'Best Upright Laminate Floor Vacuum' pick. Replaced Eureka Whirlwind Bagless Canister with Eureka Mighty Mite as 'Best Budget Laminate Floor Vacuum'. Replaced Roborock S7 with Roborock S7 MaxV as 'Best Robot Laminate Floor Vacuum' pick. Removed Miele Triflex HX1 and SEBO Airbelt D4 from main recommendations. Removed less relevant products from Notable Mentions. Added Roborock S7 and BISSELL CrossWave Pet Pro to Notable Mentions.

  2. May 17, 2022: Extensive article rewrite to align with test bench update and user expectations. Added SEBO Airbelt D4 as 'Alternative With Lower Recurring Costs' pick. Replaced Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H with Samsung Jet 90 Complete as 'Best Cordless Laminate Floor Vacuum' pick. Replaced iRobot Roomba 981 with Roborock S7 as 'Best Robot Laminate Floor Vacuum' pick. Removed Roborock S6 MaxV from recommendations due to current availability. Replaced Hoover ONEPWR Cordless Hand Vacuum with Black+Decker dustbuster CHV1410L as 'Best Handheld Laminate Floor Vacuum' pick. Added Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H, Samsung Jet 70 Pet, and iRobot Roomba 981 to Notable Mentions.

  3. Mar 17, 2022: Replaced Roborock E4 with Roborock S6 MaxV as new 'Alternative With More Advanced Automation Capabilities' category pick. Moved Roborock E4 to Notable Mentions.

  4. Jan 17, 2022: Added Hoover ONEPWR Cordless Hand Vacuum as new 'Best Handheld Laminate Floor Vacuum' pick. Moved Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ from 'Handheld Alternative' pick to Notable Mentions. Removed Shark ION F80 from Notable Mentions due to current availability.

  5. Nov 18, 2021: Ensured that all main picks are still available and represent the best option for their given category.

All Reviews

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.

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