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 useful, while a design that's easy to maintain and incurs low recurring costs also factors into our considerations.
We've tested over 40 vacuum cleaners, and below are our recommendations for the best vacuums for tile floors. These picks are selected not only based on their performance on bare floors but also their feature set, design, and price. For more buying recommendations, take a look at our list of the best vacuums, the best hardwood vacuums, and the best multi-surface vacuums.
The best vacuum for tile floors that we've tested is the Miele Complete C3 Alize PowerLine. This corded canister model provides outstanding performance on bare floors, where it clears a wide variety of debris with ease, ranging from pet hair to cereal. Suction performance remains consistent as its generously-sized dirtbag fills up, which is great if you're dealing with an especially large mess. Its HEPA filter is a handy feature if you own a heavily shedding pet, as it traps allergens as you clean.
It features a high-grade plastic body and feels very well-made. It's very easy to maintain, with few parts that require regular maintenance or cleaning. Thanks to its smoothly rolling wheels, it can maneuver in tight spaces, while its extendable wand lets you clean under couches and low-lying furniture. The handle's built-in LED light should allow you to see what you're doing, even in shadowy areas.
Unfortunately, its power cord is a little short, so you may have to change outlets when cleaning big rooms. Its dirtbag and filters also need to be replaced regularly, so recurring costs can add up over time. Minor issues aside, its performance on bare floors makes it not only one of the best vacuums for tile floors that we've tested, but also places it among the best vacuums we've tested overall.
The best vacuum for tile floors with a cordless design that we've tested is the Shark Rocket Pet Pro. This stick/handheld delivers remarkable cleaning performance on bare floors, as it can clear pet hair as well as debris like pieces of rice or cereal very easily. Cleaning performance remains consistent as its dirt compartment fills up, though due to its small size, it may need to be emptied often.
It's decently well-built and features a lightweight, simple construction that can be reconfigured into a handheld to clean shelves or countertops. It comes with an extension wand, an upholstery brush, and a hard bristle brush to help you reach tight spots or clear debris from more delicate surfaces. Thanks to its bagless design and reusable filter, there are virtually no recurring costs to worry about. Pet owners will also be pleased to note that it has a HEPA filter, which reduces the spread of allergens as you clean.
Unfortunately, it has quite a few parts that require regular servicing, though accessing them isn't too hard. A more pressing issue is its short runtime since you can drain its battery in just 12 minutes if you let it run continuously in its high-power 'MAX' mode. You can extend its battery life to over 40 minutes if you use it in its least powerful setting. With that in mind, this is a highly portable, versatile option if you're looking for a cordless vacuum to deal with tile floors.
If you're looking for a handheld cordless vacuum for use on tile floors, take a look at the HoLife HM036E. While its handheld-only design, tiny dirt compartment, and short maximum battery life make it less suited for cleaning large areas than the Shark Rocket Pet Pro, it's much lighter and easier to store. Unlike the Shark, it features a liquid nozzle attachment to clear wet messes, which is great if you've spilled something in your kitchen and need to clean it up. However, we don't test this feature, and the manufacturer notes that it needs to be thoroughly cleaned immediately after. It does an outstanding job of sucking up various kinds of solid debris on bare floors and has a simple design that's easy to care for. Its HEPA filter needs to be replaced regularly though, which is a recurring cost that can add up over time.
Get the Shark if you're looking for a versatile cordless vacuum that can clean large spaces, but take a look at the HoLife if you want a cordless option for spot cleaning or for dealing with liquid spills.
The best robot vacuum for tile floors that we've tested is the Roborock S6. It should perform outstandingly well on tile floors, as it sucks up everything from pet hair to large debris like cereal on bare surfaces without an issue. It comes with a mop attachment for cleaning sticky messes, which may be handy if you've dropped some ingredients while cooking. However, we don't test that particular feature.
It uses a laser navigation system that learns its designated area to detect obstructions and plot increasingly efficient cleaning routes over time. You can use its companion app to set up virtual boundary markers, change power settings, and schedule cleaning times for specific rooms. Battery life is excellent, as it should last for just under two hours, even when run continuously on its high-power 'Max' mode and for over three hours on its least powerful mode.
Unfortunately, maintenance can be a bit finicky, as there are a lot of parts that require regular servicing, though the companion app will inform you when parts are due for maintenance or replacement. Due to the relatively high number of disposable components, recurring costs are also somewhat high. Still, thanks to its impressive bare floor performance, it's among the best vacuums for tile floors that we've tested.
If you're looking for a robot vacuum with similar overall performance for a lower price, take a look at the Roborock E4. It lacks the Roborock S6's more advanced LIDAR navigation system, meaning that you can't schedule individual room cleaning times or set virtual boundary markers, but it's substantially cheaper and delivers a marginally better cleaning performance on bare floors. Unlike the other Roborock, you'll have to buy a mop attachment, as that part is sold separately. It has a similarly superb battery life and feels well-built, though maintenance can be a little hard thanks to the relatively high number of parts that need care. Recurring costs are also a little high, though they are lower than the other vacuum.
Get the S6 if you want a more feature-packed vacuum, but take a look at the E4 if you want something far more budget-friendly that performs similarly overall.
The best vacuum for tile floors with a budget price tag that we've tested is the Eureka Whirlwind Bagless Canister. This corded canister model delivers exceptional performance on bare floors. It clears pet hair as well as small and large debris, such as rice and loose pieces of cereal, with little trouble. Even better, performance remains consistent as its dirt compartment fills up.
It has a simple bagless design that's easy to take apart, reassemble, and reconfigure. Combined with its reusable, washable filters, recurring costs are practically nonexistent. It has a lightweight body that can easily be carried from room to room, carried up and down flights of stairs, or maneuvered in tight areas.
Unfortunately, its all-plastic construction doesn't feel especially sturdy, especially its dirt compartment, which could likely shatter if it's dropped from a sufficient height. Its power cord is also short, so you might need to switch outlets when cleaning a large area. Still, thanks to its bare floor performance and budget-friendly price, it's also among the best vacuums for hardwood floors that we've tested.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are currently the best vacuums for tile floors. We don't just base our results on overall performance, but also 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 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.