Best Vacuum for Hardwood Floors

Best Vacuums for Hardwood Flooring

In addition to dust mopping with a micro fiber dust mop and using one of our recommended spray cleaners as needed, a vacuum that works well on wood floors is great to have. Vacuuming your hardwood flooring as needed will extend the life of your wood floors, help extend the amount of time before your wood floors need attention and pick up small bits of debris that could get drug on your shoes or the feet of your chairs and scratch your floors.

We’ve looked around online for information on vacuums and many of the lists you find seem to be a bit biased and seem to be lists that people are getting paid to do from vacuum manufacturers. So we decided to compile a non-biased list of the best vacuums for wood floors.

Some of the things to consider when selecting a vacuum for wood floors;

  • Soft Bristle Brush
  • Strong Suction
  • Price
  • Warranty
  • Rubber or protected wheels
  • Size + Weight
  • Reviews
  • Battery Life (for cordless vacuums)
  • Cordless

 

Dyson V8 Absolute

 

The Dyson V8 Absolute is a cordless light weight vacuum that is very ideal for hardwood floors. It comes with a soft brush head that’s specifically for hard surface floors.

 

KEY SPECIFICATIONS:
Price:$449 (Amazon)
Weight:5.8 lbs
Cordless:Yes
Warranty:2 Year Parts + Labor
Reviews:4.5 Stars – Amazon (1,146 reviews)
Battery Run Time: 40 Minutes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tof1cmX6RqU

Shark IONflex 2X Duo Clean

The Shark IONflex Duo Clean is a cordless light weight vacuum that is very similar to the Dyson V8 listed above. Some key differences are; unlike the Dyson it comes with 2 batteries, it has a longer warranty, it has LED lights on the front, it has a flexible wand and it’s cheaper. The Shark IONflex comes with a soft bristle head that’s specifically for hard surfaces.

 

KEY SPECIFICATIONS:
Price:$399 (Amazon)
Weight:8.1 lbs
Cordless:Yes
Warranty:5 Year Parts + Labor
Reviews:4 Stars – Amazon (53 reviews)
Battery Run Time: 30 Minutes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsAWAWq5uHg

Corded

Shark Rotator NR-96

The Shark Rotator is a canister vacuum with a convenient lift away feature. The Rotator is a corded vacuum and it comes with a soft dusting brush that’s ideal for wood flooring and other hard surfaces. The Rotator has led lights that help to illuminate dust a debris.

KEY SPECIFICATIONS:
Price:$259 (Amazon)
Weight:22.6 lbs
Cordless:No
Warranty:7 Year Parts + Labor
Reviews:4.5 Stars (Amazon)
Battery Run Time: N/A

Hoover Commercial Vac Back Pack

The Hoover Commercial Vac Back Pack is our top choice amongst those we’ve listed when considering a vacuum that’s specifically for hardwood flooring and other hard surface floors. These are the style of vacuums we use on job sites when doing wood floors. This vacuum has the most power and most suction of any of the vacuums listed. The Hoover Back Pack is light weight and goes on your back for ease of transport while in use.

KEY SPECIFICATIONS:
Price:$243 (Amazon)
Weight:9.2 lbs
Cordless:No
Warranty:2 Year Parts + Labor
Reviews:4 Stars – Amazon (376 reviews)
Battery Run Time: N/A

Bissell Bagless Canister Vac – 1547

The Bissell Bagless Canister Vac is the cheapest of all the vacuums on our list yet it has some of the key features that make for a good vacuum for wood floors including; a soft brush and rubber wheels.

KEY SPECIFICATIONS:
Price:$146 (Amazon)
Weight:8.3 lbs
Cordless:No
Warranty:2 Year Parts + Labor
Reviews:4 Stars – Amazon (278 reviews)
Battery Run Time: N/A

Robotic

 

iRobot – Roomba 960

The iRobot Roomba 960 is our favorite vacuum amongst robotic vacuums. The Roomba 960 has a soft brush ideal for wood floors, it charges itself and has all the benefits of a robotic vacuum.

KEY SPECIFICATIONS:
Price:$599 (Amazon)
Weight:8.6 lbs
Cordless:Yes
Warranty:1 Year Parts + Labor
Reviews:4.5 Stars – Amazon (593 reviews)4.6 Star -Best Buy (474 Reviews)
Battery Run Time: 75 Minutes

In addition to periodic dust mopping and using a vacuum that’s ideal for wood floors, some other precautions that will help to keep your floors looking their best include;

  • Using doormats at your doors
  • Removing Shoes in your house
  • Using protective felt on furniture i.e.; chair legs
  • Don’t use steam mops
  • Don’t use Murphy’s Oil Soap or any refresher products


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