Best Vacuum Cleaners for Hardwood Floors


Why Get a Vacuum Cleaner for Hardwood Floors

If you have more bare floors than carpets, it is not only more practical but also more logical to buy a vacuum cleaner that works great on bare floors. But of course, it is always best to have something versatile because you never know when you’re going to need the other feature.

How to Choose the Best Vacuum Cleaner for Hardwood Floors

So how do you choose the best vacuum cleaner for your hardwood floors? Almost all types of vacuum cleaners offer functionality to clean bare floors or at least, a hard floor attachment. In the popular models today, often, you can switch from carpets to bare floors just by pushing a button. But how effective are those models in cleaning bare floors? Are they better than using a real hard floor attachment?

It will help if you take a quick read of our general guide in choosing a vacuum cleaner, the Best Vacuum Cleaners Buying Guide. That will give you a better idea of what to look for. Before you compare types and models, first here are the important things to consider in choosing a vacuum cleaner that will be efficient on hardwood floors.

  • Brush Roll – Look for a model that has an option to turn the brush roll on and off. If you’re choosing an upright vacuum cleaner, this is critical. It is best to clean hard floors with the brush turned off. Others may argue about this and point out that it is the suction that works in vacuuming. That is true. Except, when the brush is turned on, it will most likely push away the debris, forward, back, or to the sides, making it more difficult for the machine to pick them up. That means, you would have to do more passes than you would without the brush.
  • Hard Floor Attachment – If, in any case, there is no option to turn the brush off, and you really like the model you’re looking at, make sure it has at least, a hard floor attachment. For canister types of vacuum, this is very important since they don’t usually have the versatility of upright models. Keep in mind also that sticks don’t come with attachments. Example of stick vacuums are the Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner and Dyson DC59 Animal Cordless Vacuum Cleaner.
  • Suction – The most important factor in choosing any kind of vacuum cleaner is still the suction power. Make sure that it can pick up fine particles as well as coarse or bigger debris on bare surfaces. To get a good idea on how well this works, it is helpful to watch YouTube video reviews from customers demonstrating its features. That way, you can see for yourself what it really does.
  • Crevice Tool – The crevice tool is an attachment that helps clean, we’ll, crevices. Or the very small gaps on wooden floors and tiles. This is important when cleaning fine particles like flour on bare floors. If your stairs are not carpeted, you better make sure there is a crevice tool included because dust and dirt often builds up in the corners and edges.
  • Wheels – One very important thing to remember but is often overlooked, about cleaning hardwood floors, are the wheels. You have to make sure that your vacuum cleaners’ wheels won’t damage your bare floors. Especially if you have laminated floors or expensive wood flooring.

Special Considerations

There are some types of vacuum cleaners today that are specially designed for hardwood floors. Some even offer features that let you scrub, wash, and dry your floors. No more mopping. A few examples of these are:

Hoover FloorMate SpinScrub with Bonus Hard Floor Wipes – can vacuum, wash, scrub, and dry your hardwood floors. It also has a special system that separates the clean from dirty water so the dirt don’t go back on your floors. It is designed with rubberized wheels so it gently glides and doesn’t scratch your hard floors.

BISSELL PowerEdge Pet Hard Floor Corded Vacuum – uses rubber strips instead of brushes so it won’t scratch your hard floors. Its suction head is also specially designed in a letter V to pick up dirt the way only a broom and a dust pan can.


All the general considerations in buying a vacuum cleaner apply when choosing the best model for hardwood floors. Just remember the guide we covered above especially the type of wheels and the brush. If your floors are really prone to scratches, it might be a good idea to get a separate vacuum cleaner just for your bare floors. Think about how much hard floor areas you have. Do you have more bare floors than carpets or are they the same in size? If so, it’s best to choose a more versatile model.

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