The Best Vacuums for Hardwood Floors

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Based on 7,882 analyzed user reviews

NerdWallet Shopping’s scoring of the best vacuums for hardwood floors is based on our analysis of the opinions of experts and shoppers like you.

We recognize that consumers look for different qualities in vacuums, so we scored users’ observations on multiple features of top models, including their performance on carpet and hard surfaces.

Selecting a vacuum that specializes in hardwood flooring is no easy choice, so we researched some of the most popular models on the market to make your decision less confusing. To narrow down the field, we looked at expert opinions from review sites such as The Sweethome, CNET and Good Housekeeping. Next, we analyzed user reviews to see what shoppers were saying about the various attributes of each vacuum.

Here are our top vacuums.

The vacuums

1. Oreck Insight

The Oreck Insight is a lightweight dynamo, cleaning hard flooring quietly and efficiently using low speed but then transitioning to high speed with the push of a button for cleaning carpeting. No wonder it was our top-rated vacuum across the board.


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Oreck Insight

  • Overall score: 9.6
  • How well it cleans hardwood: 10.0
  • Ease of use: 9.6

Buyers Like

  • Its performance on hard floors, carpets and stairs
  • Light weight

Buyers Dislike

  • Awkward to use
  • Slightly lacking when it came to pet-hair pickup

Read our full Oreck Insight review

2. Miele S6270 Quartz

The Miele S6270 Quartz is our top-rated canister vacuum, winning high marks for its powerful suction, quiet motor, ease-of-use and one-step cord retraction, but where it really shines is in its stellar performance on hard flooring and stairs.


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Miele S6270 Quartz

  • Overall score: 9.5
  • How well it cleans hardwood: 10.0
  • Ease of use: 9.5

Buyers Like

  • Great on hard floors
  • Quiet motor and maneuverability
  • Light weight and good suction make stairs easy

Buyers Dislike

  • Difficult to use on carpets
  • Not good with pet hair

Read our full Miele S6270 Quartz review

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3. Dyson V6 Motorhead

The Dyson V6 Motorhead is a powerful cordless stick vacuum with a direct-drive motor in the brush bar that users praised for its cleaning prowess on stairs, carpeting and hardwoods.


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Dyson V6 Motorhead

  • Overall score: 9.3
  • How well it cleans hardwood: 10.0
  • Ease of use: 9.0

Buyers Like

  • Its performance on hard floors, carpets and stairs
  • Thoroughly picks up pet hair

Buyers Dislike

  • Dust cup is small and messy to empty
  • Handle-mounted motor can be awkward
  • Inadequate battery life

Read our full Dyson V6 Motorhead review

4. Oreck Commercial XL2100RHS

The ultra-lightweight upright Oreck Commercial XL2100RHS features a low-profile head that allows it to squeeze into tight spots, while its powerful suction and high-speed deep-cleaning roller brush make quick work of dust and debris.


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Oreck Commercial XL2100RHS

  • Overall score: 9.2
  • How well it cleans hardwood: 10.0
  • Ease of use: 9.3

Buyers Like

  • Its performance on bare floors and stairs
  • Light weight
  • Easy to maneuver
  • Transitions easily and efficiently through different surfaces

Buyers Dislike

  • Loud
  • Too-long power cord adds heft

5. Dyson V6

The Dyson V6’s detachable wand makes it easy to reach difficult spaces, but this light, powerful stick vacuum also features mess-free push-button bin emptying and a max power mode that will clear your hardwoods of debris.


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Dyson V6

  • Overall score: 9.0
  • How well it cleans hardwood: 9.8
  • Ease of use: 9.2

Buyers Like

  • Does a great job on hard floors and stairs
  • Fantastic on pet hair
  • Very durable

Buyers Dislike

  • Battery life is too short
  • Relatively loud

6. Miele Jazz S7280

The easy-to-maneuver upright Miele Jazz S7280’s electrobrush automatically adjusts to different surfaces, and the four power settings mean you can customize its suction for every part of the job.


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Miele Jazz S7280

  • Overall score: 8.8
  • How well it cleans hardwood: 10.0
  • Ease of use: 7.7

Buyers Like

  • Very thorough on hardwood floors
  • Makes pet hair disappear
  • Maneuvers seamlessly through different surfaces

Buyers Dislike

  • Not great on stairs — especially if they’re carpeted
  • Too heavy for some users

Read our full Miele Jazz S7280 review

7. Neato Botvac BV85

The Neato Botvac BV85 robot vacuum uses laser-guided technology as it scoots across the floor, sucking up all the dust, debris and pet hair in its path with its combo brush. And its extra-large dustbin means you don’t have to empty it between every sweep of the house.


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Neato Botvac BV85

  • Overall score: 8.7
  • How well it cleans hardwood: 10.0
  • Ease of use: 8.0

Buyers Like

  • Fantastic on hard flooring
  • Quiet
  • Efficient pet hair pickup

Buyers Dislike

  • Has a tendency to become lodged under furniture
  • Doesn’t perform as well on carpeting

Read our full Neato Botvac BV85 review

8. Miele S8590 Alize

The Miele S8590 Alize was our second-highest rated vacuum overall, with its bright headlight illuminating the way as it cleaned dust, debris and any and all pet hair off of hardwoods and stairs.


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Miele S8590 Alize

  • Overall score: 9.4
  • How well it cleans hardwood: 9.8
  • Ease of use: 9.2

Buyers Like

  • Stellar performance on hardwoods and stairs
  • Makes pet hair disappear
  • Neat, easy-to-change bags

Buyers Dislike

  • Doesn’t clean carpets and rugs as efficiently

9. Miele S2121 Olympus

The fourth Miele to make this list, the Miele S2121 Olympus canister vac is a stealth powerhouse — quietly, but powerfully, wiping hardwoods clean and getting into those difficult places such as stairs, molding or the edge areas of floors.


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Miele S2121 Olympus

  • Overall score: 9.0
  • How well it cleans hardwood: 9.8
  • Ease of use: 8.6

Buyers Like

  • Extra-strong suction cleaned hard flooring beautifully
  • Easy to maneuver and efficient on stairs
  • Neat, easy-to-change bags

Buyers Dislike

  • Less efficient on carpets
  • Power cord is too short

Read our full Miele S2121 Olympus review

10. Dyson DC65 Animal

Rounding out the list is our third Dyson — the upright Dyson DC65 Animal, with Dyson’s signature double-tier of cyclones for powerful suction; a tangle-free turbine tool; and an active base plate that automatically readjusts as the machine transitions from hard flooring to carpeting.


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Dyson DC65 Animal

  • Overall score: 9.2
  • How well it cleans hardwood: 9.7
  • Ease of use: 8.7

Buyers Like

  • Works best on hard flooring
  • Powerful suction
  • Neat and easy to empty

Buyers Dislike

  • Awkward and a bit heavy
  • Short hose and power cord make stairs difficult

Read our full Dyson DC65 Animal review

Our analysis

Our scores range from a low of 1 to a high of 10. Here’s how we devised them:

Overall score: The overall score reflects reviewers’ satisfaction with each vacuum in 10 categories, including how well it cleans across various surfaces, ease of use, durability and noise.

How well it cleans: This score reflects reviewers’ satisfaction with the vacuum’s performance on carpet and hard floors, including hardwood, bare, tile and vinyl. It also considers their satisfaction with the vacuum’s ability to clean up pet hair and debris.

Ease of use: This score reflects reviewers’ satisfaction with the vacuum’s ability to maneuver, including its weight and cord length; the process of emptying or cleaning it out; and whether it was considered easy to operate.

The Best Vacuums for Hardwood Floors

ProductOverall Score
(1-10)
Buyers Like:
Oreck Insight
See review above
9.6-Performance on hardwood floors, carpet, and stairs
-Lightweight
Miele S6270 Quartz
See review above
9.5-Great on hard floors
-Quiet motor and maneuverability
-Light weight and good suction make stairs easy
Dyson V6 Motorhead
See review above
9.3-Performance on hard floors, carpets, and stairs
-Thoroughly picks up pet hair
Oreck Commercial XL2100RHS
See review above
9.2-Performance on bare floors and stairs
-Light weight
-Easy to maneuver
-Transitions easily and efficiently through different surfaces
Dyson V6
See review above
9.0-Does a great job on hard floors and stairs
-Fantastic on pet hair
-Very durable
Miele Jazz S7280
See review above
8.8-Very thorough on hardwood floors
-Makes pet hair disappear
-Maneuvers seamlessly through different surfaces
Neato Botvac BV85
See review above
8.7-Fantastic on hard flooring
-Quiet
-Efficient pet hair pickup
Miele S8590 Alize
See review above
9.4-Stellar performance on hardwoods and stairs
-Makes pet hair disappear
-Neat, easy-to-change bags
Miele S2121 Olympus
See review above
9.0-Extra-strong suction cleaned hard flooring beautifully
-Easy to maneuver and efficient on stairs
-Neat, easy-to-change bags
Dyson DC65 Animal
See review above
9.2-Works best on hard flooring
-Powerful suction
-Neat and easy to empty

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