Best Vacuum For Hardwood Floors Of 2023

Alex Mcil author
Alex Mcil

Real hardwood floor – beautiful, durable, expensive. There’s no doubt that real hardwood floor is an investment when it comes to your home – one that costs, on average, $55 per square metre for materials PLUS $25 per square metre for labour.

While you want to take care of your floors, there are hundreds of vacuum cleaner models on the market for the job – each of which might claim to be effective with best features on the market. So which is best?

In this review we tell you about our best vacuums for wooden floors and the close contenders. From vacuums which automatically adjust their suction settings when moving from rug to wood floors, to others which take on the challenge of pet ownership and allergy sufferers.

vacuum cleaners specifically designed for hardwood floors

The Benefits Of Hardwood Floor Vacuums

While hardwood floors leaves laminate in the dust when it comes to aesthetics, it’s also far more demanding, requiring painstaking care.

Pick the wrong vacuum and you could run the risk of scratching that beautiful wood surface each time you clean. The wrong model can reduce your floor lifespan by 2 or 3 years.

Pick well however, and you’ll whizz through the daily vacuuming at speed, leaving your hardwood floors free from dirt, dust AND scratches.

Aesthetics is only one part of the equation, maintaining the wood is the other!

Quick answer

The Shark Rocket Ultra Light Vacuum is the best vacuum for hardwood floors. It is one of the most versatile options available weighing only 13.9 pounds and a $160 dollars price tag.

Our Top Picks

#1Shark Rocket Ultra-Light
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Shark corded ultra light vacuum machine
Flexible, powerful and compact, weighing in at a nimble 13.9 pounds. This quality floor-to-ceiling vacuum makes light work at cleaning both car and house.

#2Dyson V11 Outsize Cordless
Dyson V11 cordless machine
Featuring a soft roller cleaning head, expect exceptional cleaning performance and unparalleled run time on hardwood floors from the Dyson V11.

#3Moosoo Handheld Vacuum
MOOSOO handheld floor cleaner
Suitable for small to medium properties, the 20-35 minute runtime of this incredibly budget-friendly machine will cover every room in your home, running from hardwood floor to rug while still putting in high performance.

#4Hoover Pet Max Upright
Hoover Pet Max upright cleaner
Tough on pet hair and dirt, the multi-floor performance of this vacuum features an on/off switch to move between brushrolls as you vacuum carpet to tiles and onto hardwood floors.

#5JASHEN Cordless Stick Vacuum
Jashen stick vacuum cleaner
Allergy sufferers rejoice, this HEPA filter fitted hardwood vacuum is the 4-in-1 multipurpose vacuum which shifts from stick to handheld to stairs. Powerful, whisper quiet and everything you want.

Quality Features & Specifications For A Good Hardwood Vacuum

Getting all wide-eyed with the latest features & accessories can be distracting, and that’s why focusing on your cleaning needs is probably the best course of action in determining which is the best product for you.

As a result, we understand that some of the machines that have made it on our top list might not suit your needs or requirements which is why we highlight but a few considerations before your next purchase. You can end up spending as much as 50% more if you choose a machine with more features.

Before Buying Your Cleaning Machine

All the vacuums that we’ve featured in this review are safe for use on hardwood floors. However it’s important to note that some of the vacuums require you to manually change a setting to move from one surface to another. Some of these vacuums also feature dedicated hardwood floor attachments.

If you’re uncertain about how to properly care for your hardwood floors we recommend that you speak with flooring professionals for bespoke advice. Should you do so, take care to undertake due diligence on any cleaning products that they try to sell you.

There is also a trade off between weight and power. A 10lb vacuum will not have the same performance as a bigger version.

So without further ado, here’s our choice of the best vacuum for hardwood floors and why, along with the runners up.

Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Corded Bagless Vacuum

winner of best hardwood cleaning machine

Versatile, powerful and easy to store, the Shark Rocket Ultra-Light is a quality vacuum that glides from rug to hardwood and back again, and even features a dedicated attachment for hard floors – the Dust-Away Hard Floor Hero attachment. This attachment picks up surface litter and stuck-on debris easily for superior bare floor cleaning.

Weighing just 13.9 pounds, this value for money appliance more than lives up to its namesake, making it perfect for quick, effortless cleaning and for users with limited strength.

This vacuum includes Home & Car Detail Kit Micro tools comprising of dusting brush, 12″ crevice, wide upholstery tool, wall mount, dust away attachments microfibre.

Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Specification Table 
Weight8.2 lb
Cleaning path width8.5 in
Power sourceMains
Cord length25 ft
Bag typeBagless
Bin capacity0.118 gallons

Verdict: The Shark Rocket hard floor hero attachment is heralded by homeowners for its impressive performance. But the switching of attachments from normal use to hardwood floor might get wearing for those who also have carpeted areas in their home.


  • Super smooth swivel steering
  • Great suction & cleaning power
  • Extra-long cord (25 foot)
  • Ultra-light (13.9 pounds)

Needs Improving

  • Manual changes for different floor types
  • Top heavy

Dyson V11 Cordless Stick Vacuum

winner of best hardwood cleaning machine

From the vac brand that needs no introduction, the Dyson V11 cordless vacuum boasts plenty of the elite technology that Dyson is well known for, delivering twice the suction of any cordless vacuum. Dyson’s most powerful, intelligent cordless vacuum, the V11 overcomes plenty of the drawbacks of handheld vacs, including a good sized bin and full-size cleaner head.

Made for the larger of homes complete with pets and the messiest of kids, the V11 will keep your hardwood floors clear of even microscopic dust, with power levels that adjust as you move from carpet to hardwood to stone – all automatically.

Offering an industry-leading 120-minute run time, the Dyson V11 goes the distance.
This Dyson is also allergy-friendly, with whole-machine filtration which traps 99.99% of particles, dust and allergens as small as 0.3 microns.

Finally the three cleaning modes allows you to switch from Eco, Auto to Boost – for effective whole-home cleaning and the perfect finish.

Verdict: The Dyson V11 is an addition to the world leader’s range of vacuums which overcomes many of the common complaints about handheld vacuums. From its 120-minute runtime to the full size bin and cleaner head, there’s a lot to love about the V11.

When it comes to hardwood floors, the Dyson DLS technology provides excellent performance whatever the surface being cleaned – on auto-pilot.

Also included is 5 Dyson engineered cleaning tools for versatile whole-home (including under furniture) and car cleaning. Including the mini-motorized tool for removing pet hair from upholstery and tight spaces.


  • Up to 120 minutes battery life
  • Full size bin & cleaner head
  • LCD display with run time countdown
  • Dyson DLS™ technology automatically adapts to floor types
  • Traps 99.99% of particles (0.3 microns)

Needs Improving

  • The most expensive hardfloor vac on our list
  • Soft roller cleaning head impacts performance on other floor types
  • A little heavier than others on this list

MOOSOO Cordless Handheld

winner of best hardwood cleaning machine

You’d be forgiven if you hadn’t heard of vac brand MOOSOO. And while the price point of the MOOSOO Cordless is far under the likes of Dyson, it shouldn’t be thought of as a cheap replica.

MOOSOO vacuums are known for offering features that market leaders sometimes lack, such as the LED dust searchlight, one touch on/off button and ergonomic handle – each of which many users make mention of in online reviews.

The MOOSOO Cordless Vacuum Handheld tackles dirt in your car, sofa, and curtains, easily eradicating dust in fabric and swallowing children’s food residue and pet hair. It’s also exceptionally light in weight while providing impressively strong suction whatever the surface being cleaned.

Verdict: MOOSOO shouldn’t be overlooked as a serious contender for caring for hardwood floors and impressive suction. With a price tag that comes in at a third of the price of a Dyson, this brand is more than worth your consideration.

Includes cordless handheld vacuum, Wand, Crevice nozzle, Replacement brushroll, 2 in 1 dusting brush.


  • LED Dust searchlight illuminates dirt & grime
  • 120º flexible head for tricky corners (added maneuverability)
  • Lightweight and ultra-easy to operate
  • Washable and recyclable HEPA Filtration System
  • Easy to put together and maintain

Needs Improving

  • Relatively narrow brush
  • Short runtime of 20 – 25 minutes
  • One suction strength setting

Hoover Pet Max Bagless Upright Cleaner

winner of best hardwood cleaning machine

Designed primarily for homes where furry friends can be found, the Hoover Pet Max is the only upright vacuum to feature on our list.

The Allergen Block Filtration System of this hardfloor vacuum captures 97% of pet dander, dust and pollen particles and blocks them from re-entering the air.

Easily work from floor to ceiling, even in the grandest of period homes, with the 12 foot Quick Release Wand, hose and tools. This floor height adjustment switches between four different levels in total.

Verdict: When it comes to multi-floor performance, the Hoover Pet Max delivers optimal results on rugs and hard floors (thanks to its brush roller attachment and adjustable pile height settings). For some users, manually switching from one floor surface to the next might be a pain. For others who take extra care of their beautiful hardwood floors, these extra tools and settings will be welcome additions.

Includes upright vacuum, pet turbo tool, flexible dusting brush, crevice tool, additional rinsable filter.


  • All attachment store on board
  • A powerful suction
  • Sizeable dust bin (2.5 litre capacity)

Needs Improving

  • Weighing 17.1 lbs
  • Manual switch over for multiple attachments
  • Cord length 25 ft

JASHEN Cordless Stick Vacuum w/ LED Brush

winner of best hardwood cleaning machine

The JASHEN Cordless vacuum switches from stick to handheld to stair vacuum quickly and easily.

With a 180w motor, the powerful but ultra-quiet suction of the Jashen Cordless removes mold spores, dust, hair, dirt and ash in an instant, allwhile being kind to the most beautifully polished of hardwood floors.

The two brush types that you’ll find in the box promise high performance on hardwood, carpet, sofa, car seat, curtain, marble and more, with a 2200 mAh battery to keep the vac cleaning for between 15 to 30 minutes.

This machine is by far the most affordable on our list (biggest price difference) while having impressive review ratings.

Verdict: The JASHEN Cordless vacuum, and its cleverly designed attachments, will undoubtedly keep your hardwood floors clean while taking care not to scratch or mark their surface.
But while its performance is impressive given its lightweight and handheld format, its long charge time (in relation to its run time) should be taken into consideration before purchase.

Includes 2-in-1 Motorized floor brush, Crevice nozzle, 2-in-1 Dust brush, Mini power brush and Pet hair brush


  • LED lights on the brush
  • 180w powerful suction
  • Carpet & hard-floor brush
  • Extra lightweight and easily portable
  • Two year ‘worry free’ warranty
  • Most affordable on our list

Needs Improving

  • Short runtime for long charge of 4 to 5 hours
  • Flimsy feel
  • Awkward process to empty canister

Our Top Choice Hardwood Floor Vacuum Cleaner

The Shark Rocket Ultra Light Vacuum pips the Dyson Outsize to the post for our choice of hardwood floor cleaning by a whisker.

It strikes the balance perfectly between advanced technology and budget-friendliness. And it’s light enough for older users and for those with limited mobility.

With all that said, what really makes the Shark Rocket our best vacuum for hardwood floors is the Dust-Away Hard Floor Hero attachment, which delivers on the promise of next-level bare floor cleaning.


Frequently Asked Questions
✓ Should you vacuum hardwood floors?

Despite the horror stories associated with vacuuming hardwood floors, if done properly, is actually good for hardwood floors. Nothing can remove dirt, particles or debris from superficial cracks quickly like suction can.

In fact, using a mop not only spreads these particles around, it also helps them scratch those beautiful floors. So if you are to mop your floors, make sure you lift the majority of debris with a vacuum cleaner first.

✓ Would a beater bar help clean my hardwood floors?

The beater bar is effectively a rotating brush attachment with bristles. These bristles are designed to penetrate deep into carpets and brush up any dust ready for sucking up into the vacuum cleaner.

When used on hardwood floors, the rotating bristles can end up damaging the wood surface. This is why it's essential to look for vacuum cleaners that are specifically designed for hardwood floors.

✓ Should I vacuum along or against the wood grain?

It's recommended to vacuum while going along the grain of the wood. This ensures a smooth glide, but more importantly does not go at right angles of the grain which can cause damage if the wood has not be set perfectly even (an almost impossible task).

✓ What type of vacuums are best for hardwood floors?

In our list, this is our top 5 best hardwood floor vacuum cleaners:
1) Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Corded Bagless Vacuum
2) Dyson V11 Cordless Stick Vacuum
3) MOOSOO Cordless Handheld
4) Hoover Pet Max Bagless Upright Cleaner
5) JASHEN Cordless Stick Vacuum w/ LED Brush