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 105 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 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 need regular replacing, 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.
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. This stick/handheld vacuum performs exceptionally well on bare surfaces like tile floors, easily clearing pet hair and small or bulky debris. Its floorhead has a brushroll with angled plastic fibers meant to reduce the incidence of hair wraps. It also has a HEPA filter to trap allergens as you clean.
You can quickly reconfigure this vacuum into a handheld vacuum for spot-cleaning tight areas. Its lightweight construction and pivoting floorhead make it easy to maneuver, even in tight spaces. You can increase its suction power by pulling the trigger on its carrying handle, though be aware that running it continuously in its 'MAX' suction power mode decreases its battery life from a maximum of 40 minutes to a little over 10 minutes.
While you can adjust this vacuum's brushroll speed, you can't turn it off, so it can sometimes get caught on rug tassels or other loose obstructions. It has a few parts that need regular cleaning, but thanks to its use of washable, reusable filters, recurring costs shouldn't be a major concern. Overall, its maneuverable design, low recurring costs, and superb bare floor performance make it one of the best bagless vacuum cleaners that 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. It performs incredibly well on bare floors, and its 3-in-1 design 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, 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 we've tested is the Hoover ONEPWR Cordless Hand Vacuum. This compact cordless vacuum delivers superb performance on flat, even surfaces like tile floors. Its dustbin is also relatively large and consequently shouldn't need emptying very often. Since it's made of clear plastic, you can also tell how full it is at a glance.
This vacuum's lightweight construction makes it easy to pick up and carry. While its battery life of roughly 15 minutes isn't especially long, its removable battery does charge in under 80 minutes, which is relatively fast. It also feels decently well-built, doesn't have that many parts that need regular cleaning, and incurs low recurring costs since only its primary filter needs periodic replacing.
Unfortunately, its selection of attachments is very limited, as it only comes with a crevice tool for clearing messes in tight corners. In addition, its side-exit exhaust can cause it to blow away some lighter debris, which can be an annoyance. Otherwise, its strong bare surface performance and relatively lightweight design make it a great option for spot-cleaning tile floors.
The iRobot Roomba 981 is the best robot vacuum for tile floors that we've tested. This robot vacuum delivers outstanding performance on bare surfaces like tile floors, easily sucking up pet hair as well as small and large debris. Suction performance also remains consistent as its dustbin fills up, so it shouldn't need emptying too often.
This vacuum does an excellent job of maneuvering itself, as it cleans in an organized pattern and easily maneuvers around different obstacles. Its surface detection feature enables it to automatically change its suction power depending on the floor type that it's on. You can use its companion app to start a cleaning session, set up a cleaning schedule, or pilot the vacuum remotely. Depending on the chosen suction power mode, it supplies roughly 1-2 hours of runtime on a single charge.
However, like many robot vacuums, it has many parts that need regular cleaning or replacing, so recurring costs can add up over time. It lacks more advanced automation capabilities, like support for virtual boundary markers to keep it from entering certain spaces. Still, its exceptional performance on bare floors also makes it an impressive option.
If you're looking for a cheaper robot vacuum, you may prefer the Roborock E4. This robot vacuum doesn't maneuver itself quite as effectively as the iRobot Roomba 981, but it's cheaper and delivers superb performance on bare floors. The battery should provide roughly 2-3 hours of continuous cleaning time, which is notably longer than the iRobot, but it takes much longer to recharge. In addition, it has a slightly bigger dirt compartment. Unfortunately, it also lacks some of the more advanced automation features found in some alternatives, like the ability to schedule individual room cleaning sessions or set up virtual boundary markers, though you can still use its app to remote-control the vacuum or schedule cleaning sessions for its entire coverage area.
If you want a robot vacuum with slightly better maneuverability, get the iRobot, but consider the Roborock if you're looking to save some money without sacrificing performance.
The best vacuum for tile floors that we've tested in the budget category is the Eureka Whirlwind Bagless Canister. This compact canister vacuum does a fantastic job of sucking up pet hair as well as small and bulky debris on bare surfaces like tile floors. Suction performance remains consistent even as its decently large dustbin fills up.
This vacuum's floorhead has bristles you can extend or retract, which is useful if you want to clean any small area rugs. Its bagless design and washable filters keep recurring costs to a minimum. Its compact size allows you to maneuver it fairly easily in tight spaces, while its lightweight plastic construction lets you 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, which makes it difficult to clean some faraway areas and may force you to swap outlets when cleaning larger areas. It doesn't have an allergen-trapping HEPA filter either, which could be an issue if you have a heavily-shedding pet at home. Otherwise, it's an excellent choice for vacuuming relatively flat, even surfaces like tile floors.
Dec 14, 2021: Verified that all main picks are still available and represent the best choice for their given category. Added Dyson Micro 1.5kg, eufy RoboVac X8, and Milwaukee M18 FUEL 3-in-1 Backpack Vacuum Kit to Notable Mentions.
Nov 04, 2021: Replaced HoLife HM036E with Hoover ONEPWR Cordless Hand Vacuum as 'Best Handheld Vacuum For Tile Floors' category pick due to current availability. Replaced Roborock S6 with iRobot Roomba 981 as 'Best Robot Vacuum For Tile Floors' category pick due to current availability.
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.
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.