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.
We've tested over 90 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 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 large messes. 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 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.
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.
If you're looking for a cordless option, the best vacuum for tile floors that we've tested is the Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H. It's a stick/handheld vacuum that's well-adapted to multiple surfaces and delivers particularly exceptional performance on bare floors. It easily picks up pet hair and other kinds of debris, both small and large, without issues. It also stays consistent even as its dirt compartment fills up.
It has excellent maneuverability, and it's easy to reconfigure it into a handheld vacuum for tight spots or cleaning furniture. You can also adjust its power depending on the surface type. It comes with a few extra accessories, including a crevice tool for corners and a hard bristle brush for more stubborn messes. It has a decent battery life, though it drains more quickly when using its 'MAX' power setting, and it takes relatively quick for it to recharge.
Unfortunately, it has several parts that need regular cleaning and maintenance, but on the upside, it has minimal recurring costs. It also feels sturdy and well-built, though its dirt compartment is on the smaller side and may require more frequent emptying. Still, it's a great cordless option for bare floors, and it's one of the best cordless stick vacuums we've tested.
If you'd prefer a cordless vacuum that's a little easier to maintain, check out the Miele Triflex HX1. Its max battery life is shorter than that of the Shark Rocket Pet Pro with MultiFlex IZ163H, and it takes longer to recharge, but it has fewer parts that need regular maintenance. Like the Shark, it performs incredibly well on bare floors, and its three-in-one design that lets you reconfigure it as an upright vacuum, a stick vacuum, or a handheld vacuum, so it's highly versatile and maneuverable. That said, it has a smaller dirt compartment than the Shark, which may be a hassle if you have a large space to clean since it requires more frequent emptying.
Overall, the Shark is a better option thanks to its better battery life, but if you want a vacuum that's a bit easier to maintain, the Miele is a good alternative.
The best handheld vacuum for tile floors that we've tested is the HoLife HM036E. This compact cordless vacuum does a superb job of sucking up debris like pet hair, rice, or cereal from bare floors. It also comes with a liquid nozzle for dealing with wet messes. However, we don't currently test that function, and doing this means you'll need to clean it thoroughly.
This vacuum supplies upwards of 20 minutes of runtime on a single charge, which should be more than sufficient for most spot-cleaning tasks, though this can vary in the real world. It feels well-built, though its clear plastic dustbin is a little flimsy and could break if dropped on the floor. Its allergen-trapping HEPA filter also doesn't need to be replaced very often, so recurring costs are low.
Unfortunately, this vacuum's dirt compartment is small, so it needs emptying very frequently. It also doesn't come with a turbo brush to help clear debris from fabric surfaces, though it does include a hard-bristle brush for dislodging stuck-on debris as well as crevice and upholstery tools. Overall, this vacuum's strong performance on bare, even surfaces and affordable price help make it one of the best vacuums under $100 that we've tested.
The Roborock S6 is the best robot vacuum for tile floors that we've tested. This premium robot vacuum does a fantastic job of cleaning various kinds of debris on bare, even surfaces like tile, including pet hair and small and bulky material like rice or cereal. You can use its mopping attachment to tackle wet messes on bare floors, though it's worth noting that we don't currently test this function.
This vacuum uses a LIDAR navigation system to map out its coverage area and develops increasingly efficient cleaning routes throughout successive cleaning sessions. You can use its companion app to set up no-go zones that the vacuum won't enter or schedule cleaning sessions for individual rooms in your house. Battery performance is also exceptional, as this vacuum can supply roughly anywhere between 110 and over 190 minutes of runtime on a single charge depending on your usage patterns and choice of settings.
Unfortunately, like most robot vacuums, quite a few parts need to be cleaned or even replaced regularly, so recurring costs are high. Thankfully, you can obtain a rough estimate of their remaining service life by checking the 'Maintenance' tab in its companion app. This vacuum can also occasionally get caught on rug tassels and electrical cords. Still, its strong performance on bare floors and wide selection of automation features help make it one of the best laminate floor vacuums that we've tested.
If you're looking for a cheaper robot vacuum, you may prefer the Roborock E4. It doesn't have as many automation features as the Roborock S6, so you can't use the companion app to establish virtual boundaries for the vacuum or set cleaning schedules for individual rooms. However, it offers similarly incredible performance on bare floors. It's a bit lighter and more portable with a somewhat bigger dirt compartment. The battery lasts for between two and three hours of continuous cleaning time, which is about the same as the S6, but it takes longer to recharge. It's also not as well-built and, like most robot vacuums, it's not the easiest to maintain and incurs high recurring costs.
If you want the option with more advanced automation features, go for the S6. If performance is your main priority and you want a more budget-friendly vacuum, the E4 is a good alternative.
The best vacuum for tile floors that we've tested in the budget category is the Eureka Whirlwind Bagless Canister. This compact canister vacuum delivers superb overall performance on bare, even surfaces like tile floors, as it sucks up various kinds of debris ranging from pet hair to small and bulky material like rice or cereal. Its main head features retractable bristles, which is helpful if you want to briefly clean rugs or carpets.
Its lightweight construction and built-in carrying handle make it easy to pick up and carry or maneuver in tight spaces. You can detach the wand to use the vacuum in a semi-handheld configuration to better clean shelves or furniture, and you can slide the soft-bristle dusting brush down the handle to clean delicate surfaces. The vacuum's bagless design and washable filters also mean that you shouldn't have to worry about recurring costs.
Unfortunately, this vacuum doesn't have a HEPA filter to trap allergens as you clean, which could be an annoyance if you have a pet that sheds heavily. Also, its power cord and vacuum hose are very short, so you might need to swap outlets when cleaning larger spaces. Still, its superb bare floor performance, portable design, and affordable price make it one of the best cheap vacuum cleaners that we've tested.
Sep 07, 2021: Checked accuracy and availability of picks.
Jul 09, 2021: Verified that all main picks are still in stock and represent the best choice for their given category. Added Neato D8, Roborock S7, and Roborock S6 MaxV to Notable Mentions.
May 11, 2021: Checked picks to ensure the best products are still being recommended. Added the Wyze Robot Vacuum and the Dyson V15 Detect to Notable Mentions.
Mar 12, 2021: Confirmed the vacuums are in stock and still the best recommendations for our users.
Jan 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'.
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.