Best Hardwood Floor Vacuums: 2020 Guide | Flooring by Sammer

10 Best Vacuum Cleaners for Hardwood Floors in 2020 

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Your beautiful hardwood floors enhance your home so much and you shouldn’t worry about stains, taking so much time to clean them and backaches. So why is it those hardwood floors that should be such a joy to view are so often needing sweeping or vacuuming?

The harsh reality is that most vacuums simply are not designed to handle hardwood floors. The beater bars that have been around since carpet went mainstream can even be downright destructive on your hardwood floors. As far as broom and a dustpan go, who needs the backache of chasing the dust that is inevitably stirred up?

Despite the facts, most people fight a losing battle against dust and grime on their hardwood floors because of a lack of information on the vacuums that actually have the features required to save your back and peace of mind.

This year I thought I would give back as part of my New Year’s resolutions and do some comparisons on affordable vacuums reputed to work well on hardwood floors. Like all things in life, no two hardwood floors or homes are the same but the features that work on my hardwood floors should also work on yours.

I tried to evaluate these with realistic real-life situations that most people would face in cleaning their own hardwood floors. Each one of these machines come with different features, costs and you should evaluate each before making a decision.

The analysis my family and I made of these models covered what we believe to be the most critical items in selecting a hardwood floor vacuum cleaner. Things like price, ease of use, efficiency in cleaning and of course comparing features and the cost was also considered.

Hopefully this review of these top hardwood floor vacuum cleaners will help you avoid throwing away money on those that fail to do what you need it to.


Hardwood Vacuum Buying Guidelines

There is no perfect vacuum that will satisfy everyone’s needs. Some people have dogs or cats and must deal with the associated hair that goes with having them. Other people have disabilities like arthritis, a bad back, inability to bend and the weight and ease of use must take center point in their selection.

Keeping that in mind, I feel that these three considerations are pretty universal concerns when choosing the right vacuum for your hardwood floors. I urge you to get a pen and paper and answer these questions before you begin your search in earnest. Then make notes including model numbers of the vacuums so you can narrow the search based on the criteria most important to you.

Everyone has an opinion and while the idea of online reviews is great, they often lack the practicality one needs on a day to day basis. 

While the five-star ratings are a great reassurance when they hit triple or quadruple digits, how many of those reviewers have the same demands and needs that you do?


1. Your Demands

What do you demand from a hardwood floor vacuum?

Do you have pets and or children?

What about allergies disabilities that limit mobility or lifting?

Make a quick note of each major consideration so you can quickly rule out options that do not offer what you demand from your vacuum.

All those reviewed have their pros and cons of course so see what works for you.

That is another reason I took the time to create this buyer’s guide. Quality, affordability, ease of use and efficiency at the task should all be considered and will help you buy the right hardwood vacuum for your floors. 


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2. Does it get the job done?

If the model fails to get the dirt, dust and debris off the floor, there is no reason to look at any other features it might offer. Watch for the model on the vacuums reviewed. Often they will have various models, and some may perform better or worse than the one actually reviewed.

Instead of looking at the amps or horsepower of a model and going all Tim the Tool Man, evaluate more like Al and look at how well the vacuum gets the job done.

Use your list of must haves when selecting between two vacuums. As nice as it is to have a model that comes in the right color to accentuate your apron, it should be the last item you consider. This is an extreme example, but you get the idea. Give the most weight to the features you need.

When evaluating overall price keep in mind the cost of bags and/or filters as well as purchase price. While no bag is wonderful in theory, some of these vacuums require a new filter every 3 to 6 months that costs more than a years’ worth of bags for other models.

Look at the cost of ownership = purchase price plus cost of maintaining it and not just the purchase price alone.

Does it have a warranty? While many people never cash in a warranty today with service contracts available for everything from toasters to the kitchen sink, they can offer a glimpse into the longevity of the hardwood vacuum cleaner.


3. Size, weight, joy to use

While most of us will never jump for joy when the time arrives to once again clean our hardwood floors, it should not cause a sense of dread either. Some vacuums are light, easy to use and store, while others weigh as much as a Buick, and fight like a cat on bath day to change or even find common attachments.

The difficulty is that few people who leave reviews on these very things. Most reviews are made within a week or two of purchase. This is before the difficulty of use and storage has made an impression and thus is left out of most reviews.

I have made a point to mention these very things in my evaluation.


“Some Assembly Required”

This can be misleading. I will share with you my experience with assembly so you can consider this in your evaluations.

Many vacuum cleaners and other household appliances have damage before they are ever plugged in simply from “some assembly” being required. The main warning here is that user abuse voids the warranty at worst and is not covered by warranty at best.

The less assembly the better.

After all, we all have better things to do than partially assemble vacuums. For the minor assembly, do take a moment to view the quick start instructions most vacuum models offer before diving in. What makes sense to us may not to the manufacturer based on their production or parts’ costs and a couple minutes of reading now can save hours of frustration later.

Now that you have your key points to look for, let’s dive into some hardwood vacuum cleaners! 


Test Results & Rankings


Moosoo Vacuum Cleaner1. MOOSOO Vacuum Cleaner Corded 17KPa Suction Stick Vacuum for Hard Floor With 2-Pack HEPA Filters, D600

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While weighing in at 2.8 pounds, this hardwood floor vac has a high-powered built-in brush motor with a faster speed. This vac even has a much longer and more powerful service life. With a bonus handheld vac, you can get into smaller spaces that the bigger vacuum cannot reach.

This vacuum comes with the main motor, a brush head that easily rotates, an extra filter, an adjustable tube that extends to reach under tables and chairs, the cleaning brush and crevice tool, the wall mount tool to store your vacuum when not in use and the instruction manual to help you assemble your new vac. Both filters are washable so you can clean them with ease.

This vacuum is so lightweight, it is easy for me to carry up and down the stairs. It is perfect for vacuuming up pet hair, litter and small pieces of food that can be easily missed while sweeping. There is nothing this vacuum won’t pick up! I would definitely recommend this for homes with hardwood floors.



Compact C1 Vacuum2. Compact C1 Pure Suction Canister Vacuum Cleaner

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The Compact C1 is small enough to store in small spaces yet is powerful enough to do the same amount of cleaning as an upright or stick vacuum. While it does use a bag, it is still easy to use. The floor head works for both carpets  and hardwood floors really well. It is a great buy for anyone who finds bagless vacuums lacking in suction.

I have always used upright vacuums that did not require a bag but found that not all the dirt was trapped in the canister. With this bad boy, I can get all the dirt and dust off my hardwood floors better than the uprights I have used.

The biggest advantage of this vacuum is not how powerful it is but how quiet it is despite its big sucking power.



3. MOOSOO Cordless Vacuum 10Kpa Powerful Suction 4 iI 1 Stick Handheld Vacuum Cleaner For Home Hard Floor Carpet Car Pet – XL-618A

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The MOOSOO Cordless Vacuum works best on hardwood floors. Pet owners will love this vacuum because it picks up pet hair easily. It is cordless so very convenient. The battery lasts for up to forty-five minutes and only needs charging for five hours. The handle is ergonomic to allow users to vacuum drapes and blinds as well as stairs.

This vacuum comes with a twenty-four month warranty. Plus, the filter is easy to clean and is recyclable. The power head is clear, and the vacuum will turn off if it becomes clogged to prevent wear on the belt.

This vacuum was a breeze to use. Without the pesky cord to get in the way, especially when cleaning the stairs, I was able to clean them faster. I like how it will warn you if you have a clog in it and that it will shut itself off if the clog is not taken care of right away. It helps to prevent buying a new belt. That is my favorite feature of this vacuum.



Bissel Hard Floor expert4. Bissell Hard Floor Expert Corded Stick Vacuum Cleaner

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The Bissell Hard Floor Expert is an expert of getting the whole house clean not just the hardwood floors. Its V-shaped design gets every crumb and other small debris from corners and around furniture legs. You no longer have to worry about scratching your wood floors because of the rubber on the wheels. If it gets clogged, it is easy to clean out. A must-have vacuum if you have pets who shed.

I love the V-shaped design. I can vacuum around my pet’s food bowl and around the legs of the chairs and the kitchen table. The rubber pieces make it easier to get all the large and small debris that seem to float around my house. I can even go around the corners of the baseboard with this beauty.

However, I have to use the attachment just to get under the beds. This is a great bang for your buck.




5. Shark Rocket DeluxePro Ultra-Light Upright Corded Stick Vacuum, Bordeaux

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This two-in-one Shark Rocket DeluxePro Ultra-Light Upright vacuum is great for people with pets. With the pet multi-tool, you can vacuum pet hair from any surface not just hardwood floors.

This vac does not lose suction and is great for quickly picking up dust, dirt and pet hair within minutes. Vacuum also comes with a wand, a duster crevice tool and the aforementioned pet multi-tool.

This vacuum has worked wonders on picking up stray cat litter, hair and dirt that accumulates on my client’s hardwood floors. It is light-weight and stores easily in the closet or on a wall mount. Not only is it good to use on hardwood flooring, but also on stairs and carpet. Even the kids use this vacuum because of how light it is.

This is one vacuum I’d use for years to come.



6. Bissell Featherweight Stick Lightweight Bagless Vacuum

Bissel Featherweight

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This vacuum is super lightweight and can go from stick to handheld in a snap. The floor nozzle can easily be removed to become a handheld vac and can be left on for stairs and the regular floor. It is great if you have hardwood floors and works just as well on carpet, stairs, furniture and much more. The crevice tool is included and works on the handheld to make vacuuming in between the couch cushions easier.

The only thing to complain about on this vacuum is the short cord. I had to plug it into several outlets as I went along cleaning. Other than that, this vacuum has worked wonders on my hardwood floors.

I was able to clean all the stray dust bunnies from between the couch cushions as well as the cobwebs in the corners. It was easy to assemble, and I could easily detach and reattach the floor nozzle to suit my cleaning needs.



7. Dyson V8 Absolute Cordless Stick Vacuum CleanerDyson V8

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Dyson has done it again. This Dyson V8 Absolute is one of their many innovative vacuums. Its V8 motor helps this well-engineered vacuum suck up dirt that has become ground-in on your hardwood floors and in your carpets.  The HEPA filter is washable so you can continue cleaning for a long time. It comes with a soft roller cleaner head to help pick up big pieces of debris like cereal. It does have to charge for four hours before you can begin to use it. It works for about forty minutes on one full charge.

There is no cord and it is lightweight while still being powerful to take on the hardest to clean floors It also has two modes for cleaning: Low and MAX.

I have used Dyson before and found that they are one of the easiest vacuum brands to use. The V8 is worth every penny. The extra head works great on picking up big pieces of debris.

I used the low mode to save battery life and it works just as well as the MAX mode would be. I can easily clean the blinds and in corners with how light it is.



Dirt Devil Cleaner8. Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik Vacuum Cleaner, 3-in-1 Hand and Stick Vac

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The Dirt Devil Simpli-Stik is an easy three-in-one vacuum to use. It goes from a stick vac to a hand vac to an extended hand vac. It is lightweight and versatile to take care of hard to reach areas such as under furniture and in between cabinets. It is perfect for dorm rooms and apartments without taking up floor space. The filter is easy to rinse and reuse.

This vacuum exceeds all my expectations from a Dirt Devil. The Simpli-Stik is so light, I can take it upstairs with me to vacuum the hardwood floors there as well as downstairs.

When I have a small vacuuming job to do around the house, this vacuum does the trick. It is quiet and still picks the dirt up. I do not have to worry about too many clogs since I only use it for small dust-busting jobs.

I currently have this in a downstairs closet but this unit can run into suction issues. I wouldn’t recommend this for heavy duty cleaning since the suction is moderate but it does the trick for quick dust jobs.



Shark Navigator9. Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional NV356E

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The Shark Navigator Lift-Away is a HEPA filter that captures all the dust and pesky allergy causing allergens. The dust cup lifts away to make cleaning the stairs easy without having to lug the whole vacuum with you. It gently cleans your wood floors and picks up everything.

I like how the dust cap lifts off, so I do not have to carry the whole vacuum up the stairs and down again. It sucks up all the pet hair and dandruff that accumulates and eliminates all the coughing and sneezing in the summer and winter.

However, it is best to use it in big spaces not little confining spaces in the summer because the air that blows out is a bit on the warm side.



10. Hoover ONEPWR Cordless Wet Vacuum

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The Hoover ONEPWR is the perfect cordless vacuum to use. This futuristic unit not only vacuums but it also washes the floor at the same time – so don’t use it on your hardwood floor. For tile it’s perfect but you don’t want to wet clean your floor under any circumstances since many hardwood floor manufacturer’s will void their product warranties as a result.

It comes with a tray to store and rinse the vacuum when not in use. Make sure to sweep the scattered cat litter before using it around the litter box to avoid ruing the vacuum. There is a measuring cup for the solution, and you can decide when to release the solution as you vacuum. It has two tanks as well, one for clean water and the other for the dirty water as you vacuum, keeping both from mixing and making a bigger mess.

I no longer have to mop after vacuuming my floors. This Hoover vacuum eliminates the hassle of dragging out the mop, mop bucket and cleaning solution after sweeping or vacuuming all the tile flooring. I would only recommend this vacuum to folks with tile or vinyl floors.


Final Thoughts

So there you have it – the top 10 vacuums for hardwood floors based on personal use, via clients and independent reviews. As long as you evaluate the features you need and ignore the bells and whistles that would not be of real benefit to you or your family.

Last thing to keep in mind no matter which model you buy…

While the vacuum will get dirty each and every time you use it, so do your pets and children get dirty every day. Yet you still take the time to clean them. Your vacuum will perform better no matter its make or model if you wipe the dust off it before putting it away, shake out and/or wash the filter weekly allowing it to air dry completely before reassembling it.

Most important but often forgotten, walk to the socket and avoid unplugging the vacuum from across the house. Wind the cord or eventually it will be damaged. The thin copper fiber wires inside the cord can become brittle if over flexed and become damaged.

No matter how wonderful the parts and workmanship, if it’s neglected, it won’t last. Simple maintenance and care of the items will pay off in the long term.

I hope this review has helped you – feel free to check out the 10 Best Carpet Shampooers as well. Please reach out if you’re in the DFW area for your flooring and bathroom remodeling needs.