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 100 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.
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 cordless stick/handheld vacuum offers fantastic cleaning performance on bare, even surfaces, so it should easily clear pet hair and small debris like rice or bulky material like baking soda on this surface type.
Its bagless design and washable pre-motor and allergen-trapping HEPA filters result in very low recurring costs. Its lightweight plastic construction makes it very easy to pick up and carry or maneuver in cluttered areas. You can also remove its main wand to reconfigure it as a handheld vacuum, making it easier to clean tight spots like the inside of your car. You can expect roughly anywhere between 10 to 40 minutes of runtime on a single charge depending on your choice of settings, attachments, and usage habits, which should be sufficient for most rooms.
Unfortunately, many parts require regular maintenance, and the brushroll in its main vacuum head isn't designed to be removable. Thankfully, it does feature angled plastic fins that are meant to reduce the incidence of hair wraps. This vacuum's lightweight design and strong suction performance on a variety of surface types make it one of the best vacuum cleaners with good suction that we've tested.
If you want a cordless vacuum with a battery that lasts longer on a charge, consider the Miele Triflex HX1. This uniquely designed cordless vacuum has a smaller dirt compartment than the Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H and isn't as easy to maneuver under tables and couches. It can provide just under 20 minutes of runtime even when run continuously in its high-suction power mode. Its unique three-in-one design allows you to reconfigure it as a handheld, stick, or upright to better suit your needs as you clean, and its dense plastic construction feels solid. Its automatic surface type adjustment function not only allows it to change the speed of the brushroll depending on the surface it's on by itself but can also stop the brushroll's rotation if it detects that it's about to get tangled in something, like rug tassels. Unfortunately, it takes quite a while to charge, and it doesn't have an allergen-trapping HEPA filter, which could be an annoyance if you have a heavily shedding pet.
Get the Shark if you want a more maneuverable vacuum with a larger dirt compartment, but consider the Miele if you prioritize build quality and slightly better overall battery performance.
The best robot vacuum for laminate floors that we've tested is the iRobot Roomba 981. This robot vacuum delivers exceptional performance on bare floors, where it easily clears pet hair, small debris like rice, and bulky material like cereal. Suction performance also remains consistent as its dustbin fills up.
This vacuum does an excellent job of maneuvering itself in tight spaces thanks to its compact size and smart-pathing navigation system. You can use its companion app to command the vacuum to start a cleaning job, clean along the perimeter of a room, or even remote-pilot the vacuum if it gets stuck. Its maximum runtime of roughly two hours is fairly lengthy, though this can vary depending on your choice of settings. It also charges relatively quickly.
Unfortunately, like many robot vacuums, it has many parts that need regular cleaning or replacing, so recurring costs can add up over time. It also doesn't support virtual boundary markers or scheduling for individual room cleaning sessions. Still, if you're looking for a robot vacuum that excels at clearing messes on bare floors, this is a great option.
If you're looking for a more affordable robot vacuum that can still easily clear debris on laminate floors, take a look at the Roborock E4. It struggles a little more than the iRobot Roomba 981 in climbing over obstructions like electrical cords, but it is substantially cheaper and offers similarly superb performance on bare floors, where it easily clears pet hair as well as small and bulky debris like rice or cereal. It also feels impressively well-built and has a slightly larger dirt compartment. It has a longer maximum battery, too, though it does take much longer to recharge. Unfortunately, it doesn't support some of the more advanced automation capabilities found in pricier robot vacuums, like scheduling cleaning sessions for specific rooms or support for virtual boundary markers that you can use to prevent the vacuum from entering certain areas.
Get the iRobot if you want a faster-charging robot vacuum with better maneuverability, but consider the Roborock if you're looking to save some money without giving up cleaning capability.
The best budget vacuum for laminate floors that we've tested is the Eureka Whirlwind Bagless Canister. This canister vacuum delivers superb performance on flat, even surfaces like laminate floors, so it should easily clean debris like pet hair, rice, or cereal. Suction performance doesn't drop noticeably as its dirt compartment fills up either, which is good if you have several large messes to clean.
This vacuum's compact size and lightweight plastic construction make it easy to pick up and carry or maneuver in cluttered environments. You can also retract the bristles on its main vacuum head to better clean rugs or remove its wand to use it in a semi-handheld configuration. Its bagless design and washable filters result in a near-total lack of recurring costs. The few parts that need regular cleaning are simple to access too.
Unfortunately, this vacuum doesn't feel especially sturdy, especially its clear plastic dirt compartment, which could break if you drop it. Its short power cord may force you to swap outlets when cleaning a large room, while its short vacuum hose can make it tricky to clean high-up shelves. Still, its mix of affordability and versatile overall performance make it one of the best bagless vacuums that we've tested.
If you're looking for a budget-friendly vacuum better-suited to spot-cleaning laminate floors, consider the Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+. It isn't as well-suited to cleaning large areas as the Eureka Whirlwind Bagless Canister due to its approximate runtime of roughly 10 minutes, but it is substantially more portable, and its cordless design makes it easier to clean areas far from any electrical outlets. Like the Eureka, it delivers incredible performance on bare floors, though it struggles slightly more with bulky debris like cereal as its relatively spacious dirt compartment fills up. This vacuum comes with a reasonable selection of attachments, including a motorized turbo brush with a brushroll that's advertised as being self-cleaning. It's easy to maintain and incurs few recurring costs. Unfortunately, this vacuum doesn't have a HEPA filter to trap allergens as you clean.
Get the Eureka if you're looking for an affordable vacuum that's better suited to cleaning large areas, but consider the Shark if you need a vacuum for spot-cleaning bare floors.
Sep 22, 2021: Replaced Roborcok S6 with iRobot Roomba 981 as 'Best Robot Laminate Floor Vacuum' due to current availability. Replaced HoLife HM036E with Shark UltraCyclone Pet Pro+ as 'Handheld Alternative' pick due to current availability. Added Dyson Micro 1.5kg to Notable Mentions.
Jul 27, 2021: Ensured that all main picks are still in stock and represent the best choice for their given category.
May 28, 2021: Verified that all main picks are still in stock and represent the best choice for their given category. Added Dyson V15 Detect to Notable Mentions.
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.
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.