Of the many vacuum cleaners coming onto the market, what is the best vacuum cleaner for a hard floor? What are the best vacuum cleaners for tile floors? What are the best vacuum cleaners for a home with a variety of flooring surfaces? Which vacuum cleaners handle both dirt and pet dander, or does just as good a job on large sections of open floor and upholstery?
Let’s look at some of the top vacuum cleaners on the market in 2017 that clean different types of hard floors and complete a variety of other tasks as well. In this article, we’ll look at the pros and cons for each of these tile floor vacuums. We’ll include observations regarding performance, features and failures to meet expectations so you’ll find the best tile floor vacuum cleaner for your dirty jobs.
Best Vacuums for Cleaning Tile Floors
1. BISSELL PowerEdge Pet Hard Floor Corded Vacuum, Model 81L2A
This vacuum’s biggest selling point is its low price. You can often find it for fifty dollars, costing less new than spare parts for some of its rivals. This is the best hard floor vacuum cleaner for someone on a budget.
It has an average twenty foot power cord. It can clean hard floors and short carpets, though ostensibly only intended for hard floors like tile or wood. The dirt cup is easy to empty. It is lightweight. It is strong enough to pick up a few spilled Kibble bits after the dogs ate dinner, though it won’t handle wet/dry messes.
The points against this vacuum include doing a poor job cleaning up along edges, and its design intended to funnel heavy items into the middle for strong suction means it is useless for cleaning in corners or stairs. It can pick up pet hair, but the hair tends to tangle in knots hard to get out of the vacuum.
This vacuum cleaner is thus a bargain for cleaning up dirt, crumbs and light materials off in small rooms. This is a good choice for cleaning a kitchen, mud room or tile living area that you’d otherwise have to sweep as long as you don’t have to pick up heavy pebbles, leaves, spilled dog food, or masses of loose pet hair. You can use it for spot cleaning in large living areas or regular cleaning in small apartments that don’t have carpets as long as you don’t plan on using it on steps or upholstery.
2. VonHaus 600 Watt 2-in-1 Corded Upright Stick & Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
This vacuum cleaner costs around $80 at list price but is often found for as little as half that price. You get a corded upright stick vacuum that provides the flexibility of a light stick vacuum without the short operating life of a battery powered unit. It comes with a crevice tool and separates into a handheld vacuum for spot cleaning upholstery or stairs. It is light enough to use to clean drapes or carry up stairs. It is intended for hard floors but can handle short carpets.
This vacuum cleaner is ideal for those who need high levels of air filtration. It has a HEPA filter built into it. It has a larger 1.2 liter dust cup, so you can use it longer than some of its similar rivals. The cord is 18’ long, a little shorter than some of its rivals, but it isn’t hard to carry around. The biggest hassles with this vacuum are the near unavailability of replacement parts when something breaks, the difficulty of finding replacement filters and mediocre suction. It can pick up dust and dander but does a poor job with pet hair or anything heavier than that.
This is the best combination vacuum cleaner for those who want a tile floor vacuum cleaner and handheld vacuum tool without spending a lot for either item. Use it instead of sweeping dust and dander off the floor, but not anything heavier than that.
3. Fuller Brush Spiffy Maid Bagless Broom Vacuum Cleaner
This vacuum cleaner costs around a hundred dollars. It is rated for hard floors and can handle short play rugs. This vacuum cleaner is better for cleaning large areas than some of its rivals due to its thirty foot power cord. It is bag-less and requires little maintenance.
This vacuum is very convenient for spot cleaning, since you can keep the crevice tool on the wand itself and switch to the crevice tool quickly. It has decent suction in all cases, though it lacks a beater brush or rotating brush to do more than treat short carpets like hard floors. There is a corner add on item to help you vacuum in corners without using the crevice tool for the job, but putting that add on onto the vacuum is an awkward process. Nor does it let you adjust the head height when transitioning from floor types.
The biggest downside of this vacuum is its weight, around ten pounds, along with the bulky design. It is harder to manage than some of its rivals. Another strike against this model is the dirt cup itself; while it has a large capacity, dust flies up when you empty it.
This vacuum is thus a good choice for cleaning large tile floors of dirt and dander as long as you aren’t prone to asthma and want the convenient option of switching to a handheld tool as you work.
4. Hoover Corded Cyclonic Stick Vacuum, Model SH20030
This vacuum cleaner makes transitions from low carpet to hard floors easily without affecting the cleaning quality. It is very maneuverable. You can reach under furniture with it due to its ability to lay nearly flat.
The power cord is twenty feet long, average for this category. Its suction is average, with repeated passes required to get everything heavier than a sprinkling of dust or crumbs up off the floor.
The bottom release for the dirt cup makes it less messy than some of its rivals, though it isn’t as good for asthmatics as a bagged vacuum. As a cyclone vacuum, it maintains suction much better than a bagged vacuum as it fills up, but it loses its suction much faster when you’re picking up pet hair.
As a Hoover vacuum, this product is easier to get serviced compared to some other manufacturers’ products. Unlike its more expensive siblings, it isn’t as durable. And if the part breaks a second time under warranty, Hoover won’t honor the warranty.
Use this vacuum cleaner if you’ll periodically clean a small apartment or area with a mix of tile floors and low carpets knowing that it has a good mix of suction and maneuverability, as long as you don’t expect heavy usage or the need to pick up pet hair.
5. BISSELL Hard Floor Expert Bagless Canister Vacuum, Model 1154
This vacuum costs around $130, though you can often find it for around a hundred dollars on sale. It is more expensive than some of the vacuums on this list. However, the biggest draw of this vacuum cleaner is its ability to handle pet hair. It can pick up pet hair your pets shed in their favorite area on your hardwood floors or sleeping area in the laundry room. Its suction is average, but it won’t clog on pet hair in either the hose or the dirt cup.
This vacuum has a long hose and low head that lets you clean under all the furniture in the house or take care of the drapes. The only caveat is that you need to be careful with attachments, since they are prone to come off if the vacuum head hits anything. You can maneuver it around furniture as well as clean under it. One of the strikes against this is the short cord.
This vacuum is rated for both short carpets and hard floors, but it performs best on hard floors. It doesn’t get good suction on even low carpets.
The Bissell model 1154 vacuum cleaner is the best low cost vacuum for picking up all the pet hair in the mud room, laundry room or living area where the pets like to spend their day, as long as you aren’t trying to get pet hair out of carpets.
6. Electrolux Ergorapido Lithium Ion Brushroll Clean Xtra 2-in-1 Handheld Vacuum
This vacuum cleaner costs around $170 at list price but can be found for around a hundred dollars on sale. The vacuum head is maneuverable and moves smoothly. You can detach the head to use it as a handheld vacuum for spot cleaning on upholstery.
This Electrolux vacuum cleaner is cordless, so it has the advantage of mobility and the disadvantage of forcing you to work fast before the battery dies. The lithium battery lasts longer than its predecessors. One thing to know before you buy this vacuum cleaner is that you must charge the battery fully before using it and fully recharge it before its next use, or else the battery “memory” will drop to less than a full charge. Then you have to replace the battery or live with a battery whose run time has been cut in half. And this is for a vacuum cleaner that runs fifteen minutes maximum per charge. Getting a replacement battery or charger is not as easy as getting a new vacuum.
This vacuum’s brush roll can do a good job on short carpets as well as hard floors.
This vacuum cleaner is thus a good option for those who need to spot clean tile floors, upholstery and short carpets over a large area, as long as you don’t expect to clean the entire room with this vacuum. This vacuum is a decent choice for cleaning localized messes or cleaning up spots left behind by a robot vacuum cleaner.
7. Eureka 3670G Mighty Mite Canister Vacuum
The Eureka Mighty Mite offers a long hose and cord to let you work over a large area quickly. Note that there isn’t a cord rewind, so you’ll need to manage that. It is light weight and versatile. Be careful not to kink the hose or you’ll lose suction. Likewise, its performance drops when dealing with pet hair. Otherwise, the suction on this vacuum is average.
It comes with both a hard floor nozzle and floor brush. It has the power to clean short carpets of debris as well as suck up heavier items off of hard wood and tle floors. The downside is that the wheels and vacuum head may scratch up soft wood floors. If anything breaks, service under the warranty takes a week or more.
This bagged vacuum is ideal for asthmatics, since it contains the debris you’ve cleaned up and won’t create a dust cloud when you throw it away. Replacement vacuum bags are cheap and readily available.
This is the best vacuum cleaner for those who need to clean around furniture and throughout a large room decorated with tile or bare concrete, as long as you don’t have pets.
8. Prolux Ion Battery Powered Bagless Stick Vacuum
This battery powered cordless vacuum cleaner is middle of the pack in terms of price, costing around $120. It is rarely on sale. If you need a long lasting cordless stick vacuum, this is the best choice, since its battery lasts around 25 minutes per charge when you use it as a carpet cleaner. It has average performance on low carpets. It may last half an hour if you’re using it to clean furniture or the inside of your car.
This vacuum can handle low carpets, all types of hard floors and work as a handheld vacuum cleaner. It comes with the tools to clean upholstery and in crevices. It has an LED light to let you see where you’re cleaning.
This is a bagless vacuum. The possible downside of this vacuum cleaner is the difficulty in finding replacement batteries in case the one that comes with it loses its “memory” or you want a second one so you can swap out batteries and keep working.
The warranty is good for a stick vacuum, but finding service under the warranty is a challenge short of mailing the vacuum cleaner to an authorized service center.
This is the best cordless vacuum for those with arthritis or low upper body strength, since it weighs only six pounds. You can use it nearly everywhere and work with it longer than many other cordless or handheld vacuums. This is the ideal tile floor vacuum for those who want to go cordless in the house and garage, as long as you don’t have to clean thick carpets.