If you have hardwood floors, laminate, tile, bamboo, or even cork, you know the challenges of keeping your floor clean. Each type of hard flooring requires special care when cleaning, and the right cleaner machine can make the process easier.
In our review, we share our favorite picks of the year. Whether you’re looking for a cleaning machine to keep your wood floors polished or you want an affordable and reliable vacuum with excellent suction, we’re confident you’ll love our recommendations.
The Benefits of Hard Floor Cleaner Machines
Hard flooring comes in a variety of materials, such as wood or laminate. Even though each type is designed to last for years, cleaning is a “must” for extending the life of your flooring.
Many people choose hard flooring because they think it’s less work than carpeting. In some ways it is, but non-carpeted flooring still requires frequent cleaning and maintenance.
Depending on the type of flooring you have, a regular mop and a bucket of water might not keep it clean. Hardwood floors, for instance, benefit from occasional mopping but too much water can do more harm than good.
Hard floor cleaner machines are designed to protect your floor as you clean, and most are affordable and easy to use. With the right cleaner, you can spend less time cleaning and doing more of what you enjoy. A hard floor cleaner machine may actually make cleaning your floors a little bit fun!
Best Surface Cleaner Machines
A true all-in-one cleaner with smart technology for quicker cleaning & prolonged performance
One of the few multi-cleaning mops suitable for sealed wood, laminate and also excellent for cleaning area rugs.
Similar to its brother CrossWave but specifically designed for sealed hard wood floor.
Our favorite upright vacuum cleaner with detachable portable canister for easy lightweight cleaning.
Scrub, polish, clean & wax your hard wood floor without the restrictions of a cord with this lightweight dual motor electric mop.
Similar to the Vmai, the Gladwell has a wider degree of swivel for more cleaning control and a space-saving design.
The long running electric mop designed for your comfort with an ergonomic handle and telescoping rod.
The hard floor cleaner machines in our review are safe to use on nearly every type of hard flooring, but if you have concerns about how to clean your floor, talk to a local flooring expert.
They are likely to give you helpful cleaning tips. If they try to sell you products that are similar to our recommendations, our suggestions are likely to be more affordable and work just as well (if not better).
Ready to learn more about our top choices for the best hard floor cleaner machine? Read on.
Our favorite all-in-one cleaning machine to date. The BISSEL CrossWave Max not only acts as a wet and dry vacuum cleaner, it can tackle multiple surfaces and rug areas too… all with cordless freedom.
The improved edge cleaning technology is designed to pick up any dust or pet hairs that gather along baseboards and corners of your home, making cleaning far quicker, more thorough and easier.
What makes the CrossWave Max stand out from the rest is its self cleaning cycle ability for maintained cleaning performance and Wi-Fi connection capabilities providing useful tips for machine maintenance.
- Cordless for improved mobility
- Powerful motor with strong vacuuming for fewer passes
- Wide 12″ cleaning path
- Separate dirty water and cleaning formula tanks for optimum cleaning
- Limited cleaning time before you need to recharge
- Long charge time
The BISSELL CrossWave Cleaner is one of our favorites because not only is it suitable for sealed wood and laminate; it does an excellent job of cleaning area rugs. Say good-bye to multiple cleaning machines.
The CrossWave Cleaner cleans similar to a scrub brush and a bucket of floor cleaner, but it’s easier on your body, cleans an area faster, and cleans more thoroughly. The cleaner has a dual-action brush roll that rotates at 3,500 RPMs and comes with a multi-surface cleaning solution. Whether you’re trying to clean pet stains and odors or gently clean a laminate floor, BISSELL has the right cleaning solution for you.
The water tank has a 28oz. Capacity and the dirt tank holds up to about 14 oz. of dirty water. The cleaner has a 25-foot cleaning cord, swivel steering, and a cleaning path of one foot wide.
- Vacuums and cleans at the same time
- Suitable for multiple floor types
- Dual tank system keeps clean and dirty water/solution separate
- Lightweight design
- Easy-to-use controls on the handle
- Using non-BISSELL cleaning solution can void the warranty
- Small tanks require frequent emptying
- Bearings are susceptible to moisture
Hardwood floors are challenging to clean, especially when you’re trying not to scratch the surface or use too much water. The Spinwave cleaner has a compartment for floor cleaner, which you can easily spray on the floor by pressing a button on the handle.
There are two reusable and washable microfiber pads which will clean and polish your hardwood floors without damaging the surface.
It’s important to note that the BISSELL Spinwave cleaner is only safe for sealed hardwood floors. Like with other cleaners, attempting to clean your hardwood floors that are sealed can cause damage. Another thing we love about the Spinwave cleaner is that it’s an excellent option for other hard flooring.
- Reusable and gentle microfiber pads
- Various cleaning solutions for specific needs
- Two “scrubby” pads
- Swivel steering
- Long cord
- Cord is not as long as other floor cleaners
- No carrying handle
- Polishing pads don’t pick up tough dirt
Vacuums are a “must have” in most households but it’s challenging to find one that works well, gets all the dirt, and is easy to use on all types of surfaces. While the Shark Navigator doesn’t have any “wet” cleaning capabilities, it’s one of our favorite upright vacuums on the market right now.
Not only is it lighter than other uprights, but it has a detachable canister, which makes it easier to clean various areas of your home without lugging a vacuum up and down stairs. Want to keep your wood stairs as clean as your laminate flooring? The Shark Navigator can handle all surfaces from carpeting to hard flooring.
The HEPA filter helps to catch dust and allergens, and the clear canister shows you just how much dirt and pet hair you’re cleaning off of your floors. The gentle brush is perfect for hard floors, and the rolling brush is ideal for carpet. All you need to do is flip the switch and vacuum.
- Easy to clean
- No vacuum bags needed
- 30-ft cord
- Works on all surfaces
- No cleaning solution needed
- Vacuum is top-heavy
- Cord gets tangled easily
- The vacuum needs to be cleaned regularly
The vmai Electric Mop can seemingly do it all. It’s a cordless spin mop, a hardwood floor cleaner, a floor polisher, a tile scrubber, and waxing capabilities.
In addition to it being a multipurpose floor cleaning tool, you never have to trip over a cord or feel limited by where your outlet is located. You have 35 minutes of cleaning time before the battery needs recharging and in that time, you can scrub, polish, gently clean, or wax the hard floors in your home.
- Reusable and washable microfiber gentle scrub pads
- A tank for cleaning solution
- Runs quiet
- Weighs less than ten pounds
- Rechargeable battery pack
- Limited cleaning time before you need to recharge
- Takes about two hours to charge
- Small water tank
Like the vmai electric mop, the Gladwell Electric mop has similar capabilities. It has an integrated sprayer, reusable microfiber scrubbing pads, and can wax, dry/wet mop, and polish a variety of hard floor surfaces.
We like that the Gladwell mop has a wider degree of swivel than the vmai (180-degree vs. 60-degrees). The Gladwell Electric Mop is quiet, cordless, and has a space-saving design, so you can easily store it in a utility closet.
- Quieter than a vacuum or other floor polishing machines
- Reusable cleaning pads
- Top-rated for maneuverability
- Easy to use
- No hassle of a cord
- Does not suck up dirty water
- Some users report a cracked water/cleaner reservoir after a few uses
- Cleaning pads may be difficult to clean
The Homitt Electric Mop has many of the features that we want in a cordless hard floor cleaner. The Homitt has an ergonomic handle and telescoping rod to ensure comfort and ease of use while cleaning, polishing, or waxing your floors. The floor cleaner comes with washable dual-sided wash pads. There’s no need to spend money on cleaning solutions, you can make your own and put it in the water tank.
What sets the Homitt apart from similar cleaners? The running time lasts longer, and we also like the 90-degree swivel.
- Washable scrub/polish pads
- Running time is nearly an hour
- Ergonomic features
- Suitable for most hard flooring
- Charging time takes 4 to 5 hours
- Sprayer is inconsistent
- Cleaning pads may not clean all levels of dirt
Our Favorite Choice
We think all of the floor cleaner machines in this review do a great job of keeping your hard flooring clean, but our top pick for the best hard floor cleaner machine is the BISSELL Crosswave.
Not only does the floor cleaner machine have wet and dry capabilities, but we love the dual scrubbing and polishing features. You can focus on the hard to scrub spots and gently polish the surface of your floor.
What is the secret to cleaning hard floors?
The secret (though not a secret) is to clean them often and methodically. This will also ensure their integrity and prolong their life span which is important as your floors endure the most wear and tear in your home.
It's not only about having clan floors, but debris, dust particles and grime that is brought from the outside can actually damage the floor resulting in costly repair bills
What is the most efficient way of cleaning up broken glass pieces off the floor?
Using a vacuum cleaner hands down. Don't get down on your hands and knees with potatoes or bread or anything stupid like that. Get any vacuum cleaner and suck everything up while wearing shoes.
Make sure to check the soles of your shoes after you are finished and remove any shards of glass (if any)
What tricks are they for cleaning hardwood floors?
Home Temperature: Keeping your home temperature constant prevents your wooden floor from contracting and expanding, which prolongs longevity.
Applying Water Sparingly: Check with the manufactures if your floor should be cleaned with water. Too much water can cause spotting and long-term damage.
Shoe-Free Zone: The easiest way to keep your floor clean is to prevent bringing in dust and debris from outside via your shoes. It is a simple step but an effective one (likely the most effective).