Tile floors can be a surprisingly tricky kind of surface for vacuums to clean. Debris can get trapped in the various crevices between tiles, so a vacuum with sufficient suction power is a must. Of course, overall performance isn't the only factor to consider. Attachments for cleaning shelves and countertops can also be helpful, while a design that's easy to maintain and incurs low recurring costs also factors into our considerations. You might also want to consider a vacuum with a mopping capability for dealing with liquid spills or dried-on stains in kitchens.
We've tested over 130 vacuum cleaners, and below are our recommendations for the best vacuums for tile floors. These picks are selected based on their performance on bare floors and their feature set, design, and price. For more options, look at our list of the best vacuums, the best hardwood vacuums, and the best multi-surface vacuums.
The best vacuum for tile floors we've tested is the Samsung Jet 90 Complete. This stick vacuum has an extra floorhead with a fluffy brushroll for cleaning bare surfaces. It performs remarkably well on surfaces like tile floors and does an excellent job of clearing away debris in shallow crevices. Its lightweight construction also makes it easy to maneuver in tight spaces. You can bundle the Complete variant of this vacuum with Samsung's specialized Spinning Sweeper floorhead, a unique mopping floorhead that you can use to scrub away dried-on food stains from kitchen floors. Battery performance is strong overall, as you can expect a max of about an hour of runtime on a single charge, though that does drop dramatically when you use the vacuum in its more powerful suction mode.
Unfortunately, this vacuum isn't capable of automatically changing its suction power. If that's a feature you want, the Dyson V12 Detect Slim is a great alternative that's even more portable. However, its dirt compartment is notably smaller, and its less potent suction motor means it isn't as effective in dealing with debris in cracks and crevices. Alternatively, if you'd prefer a corded vacuum for longer cleaning sessions, the Miele Complete C3 is an extremely well-rounded machine. However, its canister form factor makes it slower to deploy than the Samsung, and its power cord is on the short side.
Consider the Shark Stratos Cordless if you're shopping at an upper mid-range price bracket. Unlike the Samsung Jet 90 Complete, Shark doesn't currently offer a comparable mopping floorhead for dealing with stains on hardwood floors. Its max battery life of about 60 minutes is comparable to the Samsung, but it also takes longer to recharge, at over four and a half hours. Aside from those downsides, the Shark has plenty to offer. It delivers similarly fantastic debris pickup on bare floors, but unlike the Samsung, it's also capable of automatically adjusting its suction power depending on the required load, so it'll increase suction when passing over an area with a high concentration of debris.
While it's heavier than the Samsung and has a bulkier twin-roller floorhead, its bendable wand helps claw back some lost ground in maneuverability, enabling you to clean under tables and chairs without bending very deeply. This vacuum also features a somewhat unique odor neutralization system, which works through a replaceable cartridge in its floorhead that emits a detergent-like scent as you clean.
If you're shopping at a mid-range price point, the Tineco PURE ONE X Tango is a great choice. This mid-range cordless vacuum feels considerably less robust than the Shark Stratos Cordless. However, it's still very well-equipped. This top-tier Tango variant comes bundled with a pair of floorheads, one of which has a soft roller for improved debris pickup on hard floors and practically eliminating the risk of scratching delicate floors. Similar to the Shark's Clean Sense IQ automatic power adjustment feature, it also features a dirt sensor that lets it automatically raise its suction power in the presence of large amounts of debris.
If you'd prefer to go corded when searching for a vacuum to clean tile floors, the Miele Classic C1 is a very good choice. Being a bagged canister vacuum, it isn't a like-for-like alternative. However, it's worth a look if you're willing to sacrifice the ease of deployment and go-anywhere range of a cordless vacuum for the all-out cleaning performance of an intermediate corded vacuum. It's also much better built than the Tineco, and its bagged design makes it easier to maintain.
The JASHEN V16 is the best cordless vacuum for tile floors at a lower mid-range price point we've tested. Unlike the Tineco PURE ONE X, it can't automatically adjust its suction power on the fly, and it struggles quite a bit with bulky material, which can clog the entry to its dustbin. However, in spite of its budget-friendly price, it comes with a variety of attachments. Like the much pricier top-tier Tango variant of the Tineco, it comes with a standard multi-surface brushroll as well as a backup soft nylon roller to avoid creating micro-scratches on surfaces like tile. There's also a miniature turbo brush to clean pet hair from fabric surfaces. At just under six pounds, the vacuum itself is very lightweight, making it a cinch to grab for quick clean-ups in your kitchen or anywhere else in your home.
Unlike many other cordless stick vacuums in this price bracket, the JASHEN also features an onboard HEPA filter, helping it seal in most fine airborne allergens like dust or pet dander. Just be careful when emptying its dustbin, which can release a cloud of dust and debris. While its max runtime of about 40 minutes isn't particularly noteworthy, you can swap out its battery pack if its performance degrades over time.
The best budget vacuum for tile floors we've tested is the Eureka Mighty Mite. This compact canister vacuum isn't nearly as powerful or as well-built as higher-end canister models like the Miele Classic C1 and lacks the grab-and-go convenience of a cordless model like the JASHEN V16, but it's also very affordable and does a fantastic job of sucking up pet hair and solid debris on bare surfaces like tile floors. Its floorhead has bristles you can extend or retract, which is helpful if you want to clean any small area rugs. It has a very simple design and uses high-capacity dirtbags that won't need replacing very often.
The vacuum's compact size lets you maneuver it fairly easily in tight spaces, and it's light enough to pick it up and carry it without causing too much fatigue. However, it's worth noting that its power cord and hose aren't very long, so you'll probably need to swap outlets when cleaning larger areas.
If you're looking for a vacuum that can pull double-duty as a mop for handling kitchen spills, the BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max is a great choice. It differs from other models on this list by being able to suck up liquids and having a detergent dispersal feature, which sprays cleaning solution onto its brushroll to help saturate and clear away stuck-on stains and debris. While it offers weaker suction force than conventional higher-end vacuums like the Samsung Jet 90 Complete, it still does a fantastic job of sucking up solid debris on bare floors and performs decently in dealing with material in shallow cracks and crevices. It feels decently well-built and has a reasonably large dirt compartment, so you won't need to empty it too frequently.
However, it lacks an allergen-trapping HEPA filter, and some fine particles can escape through its post-motor exhaust, so it isn't the best option if you suffer from allergies. Its battery life of about 40 minutes is fairly lengthy, but if you are looking for even longer, you could always consider the BISSELL CrossWave Pet Pro. Its corded design makes it a better option for longer cleaning sessions, though you lose the 2554's go-anywhere range.
May 12, 2023: Swapped Tineco PURE ONE S11 Tango with Tineco PURE ONE X Tango as the 'Best Mid-Range Vacuum For Tile Floors' pick due to current availability. Replaced Wyze Cordless Vacuum with JASHEN V16 as 'Best Lower Mid-Range Vacuum For Tile Floors' pick due to limited availability of replacement parts. Added Wyze Cordless Vacuum to Notable Mentions.
Mar 14, 2023: Replaced Tineco PURE ONE S11 with Shark Stratos Cordless as 'Best Upper Mid-Range Vacuum For Tile Floors' pick. Recategorized Tineco S11 as 'Best Mid-Range Vacuum For Tile Floors' pick. Replaced Tineco PURE ONE X with Wyze Cordless Vacuum as 'Best Lower Mid-Range Vacuum For Tile Floors'.
Jan 13, 2023: Replaced Dyson V8 with Tineco PURE ONE S11 as 'Best Upper Mid-Range Vacuum For Tile Floors' pick. Added Samsung Jet 75 to Notable Mentions.
Nov 15, 2022: Ensured all main picks are still available and represent the best choice for user needs.
Sep 16, 2022: Removed several less relevant product categories. Added Samsung Jet 90 Complete as 'Best Vacuum Cleaner For Tile Floors' pick. Added Eureka Mighty Mite as 'Best Budget Vacuum For Tile Floors'. Added BISSELL CrossWave Cordless Max 2554 as 'Best Hybrid Vacuum For Tile Floors'. Added Dyson V8 Animal as 'Best Upper Mid-Range Vacuum For Tile Floors'. Added Tineco PURE ONE X Tango as 'Best Mid-Range Vacuum For Tile Floors' pick. Removed several less relevant Notable Mentions picks.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are currently the best vacuum cleaners for tile floors. We don't just base our results on overall performance, but also on factors like availability, price, and reader feedback.
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our vacuum reviews, ranked by bare floor performance. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While there's no single best vacuum, most are good enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.