We all know that it is important to maintain a clean home. Vacuuming is a common household chore for homes containing carpet. What if your home contains primarily hardwood floors? Many people merely sweep and dust mop hard floors. Sweeping is very time consuming and not very efficient. There is a better way to maintain your hardwood floors that is both quicker and more efficient than sweeping.
Vacuums for Hardwood Floors
That's right, you can actually vacuum your hardwood flooring quickly and efficiently. Not all vacuums suffice when it comes to hard flooring. There are many considerations when choosing the proper hard floor vacuum. No matter what your goal is when vacuuming we can all agree that suction is important. A good hardwood floor vacuum will have enough suction to pull even stuck on particles of food and debris. Suction is only the beginning of what makes the best vacuum for hard floors.
Important Features of a Hardwood Floor Vacuum
Go Brushless - Vacuums designed for carpet have beater bars. This is the roller with bristles that spin at the bottom of the vacuum. A beater bar is important for loosening dirt from carpet so it can be extracted by the vacuum suction. Beater bars or vacuum brushes are HORRIBLE for hardwood floors. At the least they will scatter dirt and debris away from the vacuum. At the worst they can scratch delicate hardwood surfaces. If you want a dedicated hardwood floor vac. you should choose one that doesn't have a beater bar. The vacuum will be lighter and easier to navigate. If you want a vacuum that can handle both carpet and hard flooring then choose a model that allows you to turn off the beater bar/brush.
Go Light - Most homes with hardwood flooring have large expanses with furniture placed throughout their home. It is much easier to navigate your vacuum if it is light and has an efficient design. In addition to lightweight it is good to look for models that have a robust turning technology. Some vacs. come with balls, or other swivel technology that aids in steering your vacuum.
Go Feature Rich - There are many extras that can help with cleaning your floors. We like vacuums that have removable telescoping wands. These wands help you to vacuum in hard to reach places such as behind furniture. Many top of the line hardwood floor vacuums come with additional attachments for cleaning furniture, blinds and drapes. If you are looking for a dual purpose carpet and hardwood vacuum then there are even more features to choose from. If you are a pet owner you will want a turbo brush attachment. These units attach to the removable vacuum hose or extendable wand. They have a rotating brush to loosen hair, dirt and debris.
Other Considerations When Choosing the Best Vacuum
Bag or Bagless? - There are two camps when it comes to bagless and bagged vacuums. One camp insists on using bags. They claim that bags filter the air being expelled from the vacuum, and they eliminate mess when emptying the vacuum. The pro bagless camp like the convenience and cost savings of using a bagless vacuum.
The pros of a bagless vacuum are:
1) Many bagless models are designed to not lose suction when they become full.
2) You save money by not purchasing bags.
The pros of a bagged vacuum are:
1) Bags can filter pollen and bacteria from the air being expelled by the vacuum.
2) Bags can be easily removed when the vacuum is empty. They don't create a mess like bagless vacuums when being emptied.
Mop Vacuum Combos
There is a new generation of hardwood floor vacuums. They are a combination of a vacuum and mop. They are generally a very weak stick vacuum that uses moist wipes for further cleaning. At this point we wouldn't recommend any of the combo vacuums due to quality issues. We will be looking at some of them in coming weeks.
We have discussed the primary considerations when looking for your perfect hardwood vacuum. A final consideration is build quality and warranty. Generally speaking, the better the build quality the longer the warranty, but this is not always the case. We recommend searching online for reviews on the various vacuum models. If you are concerned with the quality and longevity of the vacuum in question look for reviews from owner that have owned their hardwood floor vacuum for 5+ years.
If you check back soon we will be reviewing several hardwood floor models. We look forward to helping you find the best vacuum for hardwood floors!