Laminate floors are becoming more common because they are economical and look good. But the beauty of your floor depends greatly on how well you take care of it. Finding the right vacuum for laminate floor will contribute greatly to how well your floor will look.
One of the things you will need to bear in mind is that laminate floors like most hard floors do not need a vacuum with a beater bar or hard brush, but that does not mean there are no vacuums that have brushes and are still good for your laminate floor.
|Price & Rating
|1. Eureka AirSpeed AS3011AA
|The cord is 27 feet
|2.Bissell PowerEdge 81L2A Red/Black
|It has powerful suction
|3.Hoover Hardwood Floor Cleaner FH40165
|Clean and dirty water are stored separately
|4.ILIFE V5s Pro Robot Vacuum
|It has the spot cleaning mode which pays attention to dirtier areas
|has a manual dial which gives you control over the cleaning modes
|The wheels are big and make rolling over the floor smooth
The truth is it can get a bit confusing choosing the right one. To make it easier for you, I have done the research and come up with 6 highly recommended vacuums. Some may be brand names that you may have heard of while there may also be the newcomers that are still as impressive as the popular ones.
One of the great things about this vacuum is the fact that it is inexpensive. Most vacuums in its class will sell for over 100 dollars but not this one. When it comes to its performance, it is quite impressive on hard floors. It provides constant suction so that no dirt is left behind. It is as if it becomes a suction cup and pulls up everything off the floor with very few passes over the same spot.
A feature that everyone seems to appreciate is its self-rewinding cord. You get 27 feet of cord and when you are done vacuuming you do not have to struggle winding it up to store it. With the push of a button, it will wind itself up.
This Airspeed vacuum also saves you time because its suction is strong and it combines with a wide coverage so you will spend less time going over the same area. The bagless collection bin is also a time-saving feature since you can empty it much faster and clean it out without too much of a fuss.
At your own discretion, you can choose from 5 different heights to clean a particular surface, this also comes in handy is there may be things on the floor that you may want to be able to pick up like bits of pet food that some vacuums may just push around because they are too low to go over such debris.
The Eureka is lightweight and this contributes to ease of use. It is easy to carry it from storage to where you intend to use it and also pushing it around does not feel too heavy even though sometimes the strong suction may present a bit of resistance as you push it.
If you have pets, you likely will appreciate how effective it is when it comes to getting hair off the floor, what’s more, most cats and dogs are not startled by it so you can use it without having to worry about the effect it will have on pets and even babies.
If your wooden floors have crevices where dirt is hard to reach, no problem, the Eureka comes with a crevice tool to help you with such situations. This vacuum was actually designed to work on different floor types as well as on above ground areas so it has most of the tools you would need for that. I, however, find that it performs best on hard floors like laminate flooring.
The first thing you are likely to notice about this vacuum is that the cleaning head is V-shaped. This is a unique advantage that it has because it means you can easily clean around furniture legs as well as animal bowls or even potted plants within the house. Dirt is pushed to the centre of its path and then sucked it.
With this vacuum, you probably will not need other accessories since its design is intended to make up for the other cleaning tools. It also is able to swivel which improves the navigation around objects.
You may be able to use it on low pile carpets as well, but it is made with smooth floors in mind. Your laminate floors will not get scratched as the wheels roll over it and there is no brush roll either. It has a 20-foot power code to give you some reach without having to use an extension.
It has powerful suction which is able to pick up tiny pet hair as well as dirt and debris which it makes quick work of with almost no need to keep on going over the same part a number of times. This vacuum is intended to be easy to use so that even someone with very little knowledge about using a vacuum, would still be able to put it to good use even on the first try.
Since this is a bagless vacuum, it uses a dirt cup but unlike some models that have complicated cups that need to be unscrewed or manipulated in some way, this one is quite easy to remove and put back so emptying it does not take too much time, only that it would have been easier if there was a way to remove it when cleaning under furniture since it tends to get in the way.
The vacuum is also reasonably priced despite its great performance on hard floors.
With this one, you can do more than just vacuum the floors. It is designed to also gently scrub the floor. It has 2 separate chambers, one for clean water and the other for dirty water. This ensures the floor will actually get clean unlike some models which may mix the water and this means you end up rubbing dirt back into the floor. It provides a thorough clean to your floor so that it can look good for longer and save you from the mop and bucket which will take longer.
If you have to deal with stains or high traffic areas which may need more attention, you will be happy with the clean boost control which you can trigger with the simple touch of a button and it will release detergent on the spot that needs the extra attention. The unit comes with floor brushes as well as 16 ounces of detergent ready for your use. When the floor has been cleaned, you do not have to worry about waiting for it to dry as the vacuum also has the dry function so that the floor is ready for people to walk over almost immediately after the cleaning is done.
When you are done cleaning, the brushes can be easily removed and washed then stored for the next use. General maintenance of this Hoover is rather simple and does not take up too much time.
For storage, the Hoover is able to fit under a sink as the handle folds to allow it to be shorter than its normal height. If you may need to keep it in a tighter space, you can also remove the 2 tanks and store them separately so that the vacuum is a bit thinner.
Overall this vacuum is a great performer with both dry and wet cleaning. Its motor is powerful enough to deal with dirt and yet not too powerful that it would cause hearing loss as you vacuum. It is also reasonably priced for a vacuum with its features even though it is more expensive than the other 2 we have already looked at.
If you would rather have a robot do all the work, then this is a good option to try out. it is among the best robot vacuums for hard floors and it does not only vacuum. The LifeV5s has 4 modes, you can set it to vacuum only, to mop, to clean the edges as well as to spot clean. The spot clean mode is one many people appreciate as sometimes you may just have a particular area that needs attention and instead of having the robot clean the whole floor, you can set it to detect areas that need most attention and that is where it will concentrate.
If you have pets, this vacuum can help you keep up with the amount of hair they leave around. It has a special feature that enables it pick up hair from the floor and it does not release any allergens into the air.
It runs on battery power but that should not be anything to worry about because it has 140 minutes of battery runtime which is fairly enough to vacuum the entire living room and kitchen of an ordinary sized house. When the battery is low, it can return to its dock on its own to recharge.
The wheels of this robot are adapted to rolling over different surfaces including uneven surfaces so even if there may be TV cables lying on the floor, it should not be a problem for it as it can go over them. It can also handle carpets and makes the transition with ease.
IF you are the type who also cares about the appearance of your appliances, you probably will like the unique gold look of this robot. It is not like the usual black or silver ones so it attracts attention.
Here is another from Hoover which boasts of the patent technology which allows it to give your floor spa treatment. What they simply mean by that is that the vacuum will suck up the dirt and then proceed to mop the floor and even dry it. The 3 in one vacuum is ideal for people who want to give their floor regular cleaning but with less time spent. The brushes on this vacuum spin delicately to give the floor the scrub it needs without scratching the floor.
Like the FH 40165, it separates the clean water from the dirty water to ensure that the dirt is not scrubbed into the floor which could cause scratches as well on your laminate floor. Meanwhile, the counter spinning brush will effectively removed dried stains as they agitate them from all angles.
The vacuum has a dial placed just below the handle and you can use it to choose the cleaning mode you want which gives you more control over what the vacuum does as opposed to having it choose automatically.
This upright vacuum comes across as stylish and high tech and even if you do not choose to keep it away from sight, it will add to the aesthetics in whichever room you keep it in. Alternatively, you can fold the handle and stash it somewhere like under a sink.
The cable is over 20 feet so it is sufficient to use without having to switch sockets regularly, unfortunately, it is not a self-winding cord so be ready to wind it manually, but that should not be a hard task.
This feature-rich vacuum seems like it will do quite well for laminate floors as well as low pile vacuums. You may not have it as the only vacuum for your home but it will certainly be called upon to do the majority of the work when it comes to working on the floor. It is reasonably priced below 200 dollars and it seems like it will last long.
The reason this is recommended among the best for laminate floors is the fact that it has very strong suction thanks to its double motor. You do not need a brush when you are using this because it will suck up dirt and hair from the floor including debris of certain size, like cereal. The Kenmore 81614, is intended to be a vacuum you can use on any kind of floor so if you have area rugs as well as laminate floor you probably will be happy with this one as you can transition from one floor type to another without much of a fuss.
Another great thing about this is the fact that it has onboard storage for the accessories but unlike other vacuums, the storage is a compartment within the canister so you cannot even tell that there are tools onboard.
You will need to be ready to spend more than 200 dollars to own it but considering its performance, that should not be a big expense. It may not be able to mop the floor like the others we have looked at but it probably has the best suction among them.
Since it is a canister vacuum, you do not have a lot of weight to carry around and it has large wheels that make its movement more fluid. The power cord is reasonably long and when you combine it with the hose, you have over 30 feet of reach even without an extension which I personally find sufficient for an ordinary sized house or office.
This is a vacuum you go for if you want versatility and ease of use. You can handle any type of floor with it as well as clean drapes, worktops and chairs. The on switch is within thumbs reach so control is convenient but you will have to accept the fact that having strong suction for this vacuum comes with a small price to pay. It is one of the loudest canister vacuums for laminate floors since there are 2 motors doing the job, so vacuuming may have to be done only when it will not irritate people in the house.
This is a complete guide to help you make the best choice with extra information I think will be valuable when you are choosing one.
Type of vacuum
There are different types of vacuums, for example, there are upright vacuums, canister, handheld and robotic. The main reason for choosing the type is for convenience. If you take the case of a handheld vacuum, it may not be convenient for you to use this on a floor because you would either have to bend down really low or get down on your knees to be able to use it. Alternatively, you could choose a robot vacuum, this would save you time because after you have commanded it to start vacuuming, you can go ahead to do other things like tidying the kid’s bedroom as it vacuums the living room. Canister vacuums, on the other hand, are easier to move around and if you will also be vacuuming stairs, they are easier to use there as well.
This is the most important feature of a vacuum for laminate floors since it will determine how well and how fast it will carry out the task. The more the suction, the better because laminate floor vacuums should not have strong brushes and have to depend on the suction to pull the dirt off the floor. However you will discover that some vacuum makers have learnt to deal with this in other ways, but you should still pay attention to what people say about its suction.
Some vacuums will have a single cleaning mode, which is vacuuming. But there are others that are equipped with 3 or more models which will include mopping, steam cleaning and drying. Such modes come in handy because they give you the ability to provide extra care for your floor. It can be compared to taking your floor to the spa. You, however, need to be sure that the extra modes actually have a benefit to your floor type because sometimes you may choose a vacuum because of the cleaning modes only to never be able to use them on the particular floor type.
Type of dirt and messes
It is also important to consider what kind of mess or dirt you will be cleaning. If you will just be doing regular cleaning of the home, then it may not be a big deal but if for example, you have pets, then you need to recognise that a lot of the time you are going to be dealing with stubborn hair and you need a vacuum that can handle pet hair. Pets would also mean that there may be food on the floor, maybe spilt milk from the cat bowl. You will need a vacuum that can handle such messes and if you leave certain messes on the floor, they will dry and you will need a vacuum that can deal with stains without scratching the floor.
The weight of the vacuum will play an important role especially if you have problems lifting loads. You will want something that is easy to carry from one point to another and that is easy to push around. Most vacuum manufacturers have started using lighter material so that you are not burdened with excess weight. You should also remember that when the vacuum is full, it will increase in weight so keep that in mind when you are choosing a vacuum.
This should be something that everyone takes into consideration because you can only buy what you can afford. It is however also important to do a price comparison before you go ahead and pay for a particular vacuum. Even if money may not be a problem for you, there is no reason to overpay for something that you can actually get cheaper. It is also important not to be swayed to believe that price can help you tell how good a product is. Not every expensive vacuum is very good. For example, you can get a really good vacuum for under $100 and it will work just as well as one twice its price.
Corded or cordless
Sometimes you may find yourself taking a lot of time trying to decide whether you should take the vacuum with a cord or the one without. I would say it can be partly down to preference but also practicality may play an important part. A cordless vacuum will give you the freedom to go wherever you wish without the restriction of the length of the cord, but at the same time, you realise that it runs on battery power so the battery may run out and you need to recharge. In this case, it is a good idea to get a vacuum that has a long battery runtime, alternatively you can look at the size of the room you will be using the vacuum in and decide if you would be able to clean it on a single charge.
A corded vacuum, on the other hand, will give you unlimited power supply for as long as you have electricity. The cord, however, can become an inconvenience if it is too short because you will need to keep on switching sockets which is going to delay you and affect your rhythm. It is advisable that you get a vacuum with a long cable or spend a bit more and get an extension. You may, however, find that having a long cable will also mean taking a longer time winding it after you are done vacuuming, to avoid that, you can find a vacuum that has a self-retracting cable. Having a cable also means you should take extra care so that no one trips over it as it lies around on the floor.
Bag or bagless
This is another consideration. When you have a bag to collect the dirt, you should know if the bag can be reused or it is disposable. A disposable bag will free you from having to clean it but you will have to spend on buying new bugs often so if you are not ready for such an expense get a reusable bag.
Bagless vacuums are becoming more common and that is because they seem to provide more suction and they are a lot easier to deal with. You are able to empty a plastic bin much easier than it would be with a bag and in most cases, it takes a single press of a button to remove the cup.
The amount of noise a vacuum makes is a big issue. If you live in a crowded home, it is very likely that at just about every moment there will be someone trying to do something which needs peace and quiet. Many of the vacuums today have been made a bit quieter so you can find one which will be quiet enough for that environment. Pets too will be more comfortable if the vacuum is quiet. In many instances, you will find that it is the vacuums with strong suction that are loud, but some vacuums have speed controls which will also regulate the sound they make.
Each of the vacuums recommended here have a thing or two that make them good for laminate floors, however, if we are to take in the different considerations for choosing a good vacuum, the Eureka AirSpeed is probably the best choice. Like I mentioned before, it goes for under 100 dollars so that makes it affordable, but it does not compromise on performance just because of its cost. It has powerful suction which is exactly what you will need to get rid of dirt and pet hair on the floor without scratching the floor. Its retractable cord is also an added advantage.
You may, however, prefer a robot vacuum, and in that case, the ILife5Vs is the most recommended choice which can also help with the moping of the floor and makes keeping the floor clean easy. With a simple command, it will start cleaning and it will return to its dock once the work is done or if it needs to recharge. The Hoover too is a well-known brand and you have 2 options to choose from. With the Hoover, you will also be getting a durable vacuum. You now have the best recommended 6 and it is up to you to choose the one which will serve you best.