The Best Vacuums for Cleaning Hardwood Floors
These machines will help you tackle wooden surfaces both large and small—and won't leave a single scratch (or piece of dirt, for that matter) in their wake.
Hardwood flooring has different cleaning needs than carpet does. For starters, firm, flat, wood-based surfaces require a lower cleaning head; they also don't require as thick of a bristle brush as some higher pile carpets do. Because rug- and carpet-free floors require less clearance to clean, you have more freedom with the vacuum you employ to do so: Your model can be lightweight and run off of smaller power sources, so battery operated and handheld machines are at your disposal, as well.
There's one catch: Since your options truly aren't limited (just about any and every model on the market is designed to handle a hardwood surface), it can be difficult to narrow down the best possible choice for your home. That's where we come in. The vacuums on this list are state of the art and are known for the ability to tackle hardwood surfaces with ease. They are also instrumental for cleaning specialized or smaller rooms (think bathrooms, kitchens, and dining rooms), that may not have as many free outlets to plug in traditional heavy-duty vacuums—or space, for that matter, to navigate a larger machine.
Of course, if you're supremely tight on space, you might want to find a vacuum that pulls double duty and can clean both hardwood and carpets (bookmark the Blizzard by Miele, which does just that) or one that can cut your cleaning time in half by doing twice the work (like the Swiffer Sweep and Vac, which doubles as both mop and vacuum). A model that doesn't need you at all, like the Samsung Robot Vacuum, is also an option. No matter what your cleaning needs are, you're sure to find the perfect vacuum for your hardwood floor on this list. Choose from canister vacuums, upright models, and even cordless stick varieties—all will help you get the job done, stat.
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Pet lovers will appreciate this vacuum from Miele, since it effortlessly sucks up pet hair—plus, the retractable, self-winding cord makes storage a breeze. This iteration is perfect for everything from hardwood to high pile carpeting.
Shop Now: Miele Blizzard CX1 Cat & Dog Vacuum, $899, wayfair.com.
If you're looking for a vacuum that will run itself, or allow you to set program cleanings around your schedule, look no further than the R7065 Robot Vacuum by Samsung. This unit can be synced to your Amazon or Google device, allowing you to clean your home using voice commands.
Shop Now: Samsung Electronics R7065 Robot Vacuum, $349, amazon.com.
This model's 18-volt lithium-ion battery offers powerful performance on a variety of surfaces in a single compact model. The built-in power indicator will alert you when it's time to recharge.
Shop Now: Hoover LiNX Signature Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, $179.99, walmart.com.
If you're looking for something to tackle smaller areas or quick clean ups, this cord-free handheld wand is the perfect pick: It offers powerful suction in the palm of your hand. The high-speed, brushless motor is what makes this one-pound vacuum a powerhouse when it comes to cleaning tight spaces, from floor corners to marble countertops.
Shop Now: Shark WANDVAC Cord-Free Handheld Vacuum, $119.99, bedbathandbeyond.com.
If you have pets and hardwood floors, you'll love this model from Bissell. The unique head creates a funnel-like flow that makes it easier to suck up tufts of pet hair from under furniture and around your floor.
Shop Now: Bissell PowerEdge Pet Hard Floor Vacuum, $69.99, kohls.com.
Searching for a vacuum that can handle just about anything? Look no further than this upright machine from Shark. The vacuum comes with both upholstery and crevice tools, assuring you always have the right attachment for the job. It is also lightweight, which makes it perfect for homes with stairs or other hard-to-clean locations.
Shop Now: Shark NV352 Navigator Lift Away Upright Vacuum with Wide Upholstery and Crevice Tools, $149.99, amazon.com.