Hardwood floors are all the rage. Since 2016, the installation of hardwood floors in new homes has increased by 6%. A floor that is easy to clean and maintain while able to glow and shine is a convincing sell. But all floors have their own tricks and it’s worth your research time when it comes to finding the right vacuum for your hardwood floor.

The good news is that with the rise in popularity for hardwood floors, vacuum manufacturers are responding with added features specifically for hardwood. It’s not hard to find a good vacuum for your floor, but how do you know which is the best?

Hardwood is easier to clean than a carpet, they have fewer crevices for dust and particles to hide, and if your hardwood doesn’t have any deep grooves, then it’s even easier. If that’s the case, and you’re looking to vacuum nothing but hardwood (no carpet nor rugs), then you can probably get away with an electronic stick vacuum.

But most of us don’t vacuum strictly hardwood. Most households have a mix of hardwood and carpet, and at least one rug. This diversity in flooring means you need a vacuum that can handle these changes.

This conundrum leaves you with two options, a canister vacuum, or an upright. And homeowners have different reasons for preferring either one.

For performance, canister vacuums are a little better because they don’t push dust around as much as other vacuums. Canister vacuums have two parts, a head, and a body. The body is a big cylinder that rolls on the floor while the head is a detachable hose. This is great for hardwood because you can change the head to one that won’t scratch your carpet, and adjust it for different floors. It’s also easy to move around. The one negative is that if you aren’t careful, you can vacuum with bad back posture and no one likes a hurt back.

For a canister vacuum, we recommend the Kenmore 22614. It has all the features for a good hardwood floor, is bag-less, and will not ruin your bank account.

Our recommendation does not mean that there aren’t high-quality uprights as well. As long as you make sure the brush is soft and will not scratch your floor, you should be fine. In an upright, you’re looking for the same qualities as any other vacuum: suction, durability, and hard to reach places.

The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away XL Capacity NV755 is our recommendation. This vacuum is durable, has a dust-away floor attachment, powerful suction, reaches hard-to-reach places, and a HEPA filter for people with allergies!

No matter what vacuum you have, your floor’s health depends on the quality of the floor itself. Make sure you do it right by hiring us to install your stunning new hardwood floor!