The 10 Best Vacuums For Hardwood Floors

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This wiki has been updated 16 times since it was first published in December of 2018. If you own a home or business with an abundance of hardwood floors, then it’s important that you choose an efficient vacuum that’s not only up to the task of cleaning them, but won’t damage their finish in the process. Our selections boast features that cater specifically to bare surfaces, with some versatile models that are capable of tackling carpets and rugs as well. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Miele C3 Calima

2. Dyson Upright Ball 2

3. Shark Navigator NV352

Editor's Notes

November 22, 2020:

We replaced the Miele C1 Pure Suction with a more full-featured vacuum cleaner, the Miele C3 Calima. This canary yellow model has a generous 36-foot operating radius that helps you get the job done without needing to stop and change wall outlets. Its flexible parquet head is gentle on delicate flooring, and it conveniently can be rotated up to 180 degrees. This one’s got an efficient HEPA filter, making it a good choice in any household with allergy sufferers. We also swapped out the Dyson DC65 Animal with the updated Dyson Upright Ball 2, which features a patented design that makes it easy to steer around furniture and into hard-to-reach places. Just turn your wrist and it’ll easily change directions. It intelligently adjusts its suction based on whether it’s on wood, vinyl, tile, or carpet.

The Dyson V8 Absolute leaves the list to make way for a newer and more powerful model, the Dyson V11 Torque, which provides up to twice the runtime per charge than its predecessor. This one provides the same intelligent sensors as the Upright Ball 2, but it comes in a more compact, cordless design. Its innovative color LCD shows the remaining runtime and other important information, as well as providing maintenance reminders. It also comes with a convenient wall-mounted charging dock. We also replaced an older Eufy model with the simple, yet highly convenient, Eufy RoboVac 12. This robotic vacuum can automatically make its way around your floors for up to 100 minutes between charging, and its drop sensors help it to avoid stairs and ledges. It automatically recharges when it’s done, so it’ll be 100% ready the next time you need it. In today’s update, we also swapped in newer versions of the compact and lightweight Fuller Electric Broom and Dirt Devil Power Express Lite.

December 21, 2018:

Any vacuum can clean hardwood floors, but certain models are capable of doing the job safely and efficiently. We prioritized units that were designed specifically for bare floor cleaning, or were superior at doing so in addition to carpet cleaning. Placed the Miele C1 Pure Suction at number one because its sole job is to tackle bare surfaces, added the Dirt Devil Stick since it's an excellent value for such a low price, and the Shark Navigator due to its impressive features and positive reputation.

Special Honors

Riccar SupraQuick Equipped with an odor-absorbing charcoal filter, this powerful device comes with a variety of tools, two wands, and a combination floor tool that makes it a breeze to clean bare floors, furniture, stairs, and vehicle interiors. The floor accessory is designed with a swivel neck and a component that allows you to switch from hard floors to area rugs. It’s got a 55-inch crushproof hose, nylon dusting and upholstery brushes, and a holder for attaching the tools to the canister body. A bonus micro-tool kit brings you an adapter, a flexible hose and mini tools.

Lupe Cordless Vacuum The patented suction intensifier of this vacuum ensures it performs well across all surfaces and with just about any type of debris. Its high-power brush bar is designed to grab hair and deep-down dirt, and an airtight outer skin helps maximize suction and prevent leaks. This carbon neutral product is backed by a full two-year guarantee.

4. Dyson V11 Torque

5. Shark Rocket HV382

6. Eufy RoboVac 12

7. Bissell PowerEdge

8. Eureka NEU180B

9. Fuller Electric Broom

10. Dirt Devil Power Express Lite

Karen Bennett
Last updated by Karen Bennett

Karen Bennett lives in Chicago with her family, and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found practicing yoga or cheering on her kids at soccer games. She holds a master’s degree in journalism and a bachelor’s in English, and her writing has been published in various local newspapers, as well as “The Cheat Sheet,” “Illinois Legal Times,” and “USA Today.” She has also written search engine news page headlines and worked as a product manager for a digital marketing company. Her expertise is in literature, nonfiction, textbooks, home products, kids' games and toys, hardware, teaching accessories, and art materials.

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