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 65 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 also very easy to maintain, with few parts that require regular maintenance or cleaning. Thanks to its smooth-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 too.
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 should be able to easily handle messes on tile floors, as it can clear everything from pet hair to chunks of cereal without issue on bare surfaces. It comes with a HEPA filter to trap allergens as you clean, which may be useful if you're the owner of a heavily-shedding pet.
It feels decently well-made, with a plastic body and metal wand, and is light enough to be amazingly maneuverable. While there are quite a few parts that require regular maintenance, it's relatively easy to access them for the most part. Its brushroll even features angled plastic fibers that help it clear hair wraps by itself. Thanks to its bagless design and washable filters, recurring costs are practically nonexistent.
That said, battery life can be a concern, as you can run out of charge in roughly 12 minutes if you use it continuously in its high-power mode. It also doesn't have any sort of rack or on-board storage for its included assortment of tools and accessories. Otherwise, its versatile cleaning performance and excellent maneuverability help make it one of the best cordless stick vacuums we've tested.
If you want a cordless vacuum that's easier to take care of, consider the Miele Triflex HX1. It has a shorter maximum battery life than the Shark Rocket Pet Pro and takes longer to charge, but it's much easier to maintain, with fewer parts that need to be removed and serviced regularly. It does a similarly incredible job of cleaning bare surfaces like tile floors, where it easily clears pet hair as well as debris like sand and cereal. It has excellent maneuverability, with a unique design that allows it to be reconfigured as an upright, stick, or handheld. Unfortunately, its dirt compartment is smaller than the Shark's, so you may need to empty it more often.
If you want a cordless vacuum with better battery performance, go for the Shark. If you want something easier to maintain and don't mind a shorter battery life, try the Miele.
The best handheld vacuum for tile floors that we've tested is the HoLife HM036E. This portable model delivers an incredible performance on bare surfaces like tile, as it easily clears pet hair as well as debris like sand and cereal. It even has a liquid nozzle you can use to suck up spills, although we don't test it currently, and the vacuum needs to be thoroughly dried afterward.
It has a simple design, with one suction mode, and it's very light and portable, so it's easy to carry with you wherever you need it. The battery performance is decent for a handheld, as it will provide roughly 20 minutes of continuous cleaning time. It feels well-built and is equipped with a HEPA filter, which is great if you're concerned about allergens.
Unfortunately, like most handhelds, it has a small dirt compartment that needs to be emptied frequently and isn't really suitable for cleaning big areas. That said, if you're looking for a vacuum that can spot-clean your tiled floors or kitchen counters, it's a great choice.
The best robot vacuum for tile floors that we've tested is the Roborock S6. This very well-built model does an exceptional job of cleaning bare floors, where it easily clears pet hair, small debris like rice, and larger material like cereal. Although we don't currently test it, it also comes with a mop attachment for wiping up wet or sticky messes.
It's very good at maneuvering itself, thanks to its LIDAR navigation system, which allows it to create more efficient paths through rooms. It's low-profile enough to fit under couches and coffee tables and can even detect spots that need more cleaning and return to them. With the companion app, you can see a virtual map of your home, set up schedules for different areas, and create boundaries. Its battery lasts for nearly two hours, even if you use the most powerful suction mode continuously, which is outstanding. In a more conservative power mode, it can last for more than three hours.
Unfortunately, it's tricky to maintain since it has many parts that need to be removed and serviced regularly. Also, the filters, main brushroll, and sidebrush need to be replaced periodically, so it incurs quite a few recurring costs. Still, its fantastic performance on bare floors makes it a great choice if you want a hands-off way to keep your tiles clean. It's also one of the best robot vacuums we've tested.
If you're looking for a robot vacuum to keep your tile floors clean but want to spend less, consider the Roborock E4. It has less advanced automation features than the Roborock S6, so you can't set virtual boundaries or make cleaning schedules for specific rooms, but it's more affordable and offers a similar, superb performance on bare floors. Its battery provides between two and three hours of continuous cleaning time, which is roughly the same as the S6, although the E4 takes longer to recharge. It's a bit lighter and more portable, but like most robot vacuums, it incurs high recurring costs and isn't the easiest to maintain.
If you want a robot vacuum with excellent automation features, go for the S6. If your main concern is performance and you prefer a more budget-friendly option, consider the E4 instead.
The best vacuum for tile floors that we've tested in the budget category is the Eureka Whirlwind Bagless Canister. This canister model does an incredible job cleaning bare floors, where it easily clears pet hair as well as debris like rice and cereal. Since it's corded and doesn't lose suction as its dirt compartment fills up, it's suitable for longer cleaning sessions.
It's light for a canister model and has a carrying handle that makes it easier to bring from room to room. The main head has bristles that can be extended to better clean bare floors. By detaching the wand, you can use it in a semi-handheld configuration, which is useful for cleaning narrow areas like shelves or stairs. The wand can also be extended to help you reach high-up places or behind furniture. Also, since it uses washable filters and a bagless design, it incurs virtually no recurring costs.
However, it doesn't have the best build quality, since it looks a bit cheap and some parts, like the dirt compartment, feel flimsy. It also has a short power cord, so you may need to swap outlets fairly often if you're vacuuming a big room. That said, its fantastic performance on bare surfaces makes it worth considering for anyone looking for a budget-friendly vacuum for tile floors.
01/11/2021: Added the Miele Trilex H1X as an alternative to the Shark Rocket Pet Pro instead of the HoLife HM036E. Made the HoLife 'Best Handheld Vacuum for Tiled Floors'.
12/17/2020: Minor updates to the text with no changes to product picks.
11/26/2020: Added the NaceCare HVR 200 Henry to Notable Mentions.
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.