Laminate floors are great to look at and much more affordable compared to hardwood. Another advantage of these surfaces is that they much easier to maintain as well.
The best vacuum for laminate floors helps ensure that your investment stays clean as well as pristine, clear of any scratches, marks or nicks.
As elegant as they look, laminate surfaces are also more delicate.
This is why you shouldn’t use just any regular vacuum. In fact, any vacuum cleaner that comes with a brush roll can put your investment at risk.
Here are the vacuums that will make sure your floors stay in good condition.
Best Vacuum for Laminate Floors Review
Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Upright (NV356E)
Best Vacuum for Laminate Floors: This Shark Navigator vacuum offers a combination of power and versatility which we love. It is designed to be gentle on delicate floors, and you get a ton of cleaning options so you can decide which is the best way to clean certain surfaces and areas.
This Shark vacuum is essentially an upright unit. It does however come with a hose extension so you can easily clean above ground areas as well as stairs with it. The third part of this machine is the lift away canister.
This is what makes it unique. The lift away canister lets you pull out the mid-section of the vacuum and carry it with you. This makes it portable and you very mobile when cleaning. The extension hose attached to the canister lets you clean floors, walls, stairs or ceilings with it.
The unit also comes with a pet hair power brush which assists pet owners to clean up fur, pet hair and dander.
For flat surfaces like wood and synthetic wood, the hard floor attachment is what you need. This is designed to ensure that you keep you floors safe from damage and not just clean. It also comes with a microfiber pad that lets you sweep through the dirt to pick up extra particles.
BISSELL PowerEdge Pet Hard Floor Corded Vacuum, 81L2A
Lightweight vacuum option: The Shark product above is our top choice because it has the ability to clean large and small areas as well as stairs. It also allows you to bring the lift-away unit upstairs easily to clean any areas above the ground floor of your home.
However, if you live in an apartment, condo unit or don’t require something with that much power because you don’t need to clean that much area, this is a better choice.
This Bissell stick vacuum weighs just 7.5 lbs. which is close to half of the 14 lbs. the Navigator Lift Away Professional above does. This makes it easier to clean your home without having to push a bigger unit since you don’t need the extra power.
Plus, it costs a lot less, too.
This is a specialized unit that is designed specifically for hard floors. These types of surfaces include laminate floors, hardwood, tiles, marble, ceramic and plain concrete. It is also designed to have gentle on delicate floors like wood and synthetic wood.
Both the wheels and the bottom of the nozzle don’t contain any hard components that can scratch or damage delicate surfaces. It also doesn’t have any rolling brush mechanisms that put your floor at risk.
For laminate floor owners, and hardwood floors, as well as those who have pets at home this is the best lightweight option to get.
Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, BH50010
Best Cordless Vacuum for Laminate Floors: When it comes to stick vacuums, there’s another option available. The Bissell above does a great job. However, it does require AC power. As such you need to have it plugged in to work. And the 20 ft. cord that comes with it can be limiting as well.
If you don’t want the hassle of being limited by the length of the cord, or positioning of your wall power outlets, then this battery powered vacuum from Hoover is a great choice for hardwood and laminate floor surfaces.
Note that like the Bissell PowerEdge unit above, this is a lightweight upright unit. As such, it doesn’t pack as much power as the Shark vacuum above or the other 2 products below. That’s just how they work.
They’re smaller frame makes them lighter and more maneuverable but also gives them less space to pack a powerful motor. Thus, lower power.
This makes them more ideal for smaller homes, apartments and areas that don’t require heavy duty cleaning. You can however use them for bigger spaces, it will just take more time to clean compared with the larger machines. Please consider this when making your decision.
The Hoover Linx is unique as it lets you recharge its batteries whenever it gets low. The unit comes with a battery light indicator that helps tell you when it’s close to needing charging.
Finally, do note that this device comes with a power brush at the bottom of the nozzle. This makes it more versatile than the Bissell in that it cleans both carpets (and rugs) as well as bare floors like hardwood, tiles and laminate.
When cleaning bare floors though, always make sure that the power brush is turned off so you don’t risk damaging the surface, specially the more delicate ones.
Eureka 3670G Mighty Mite Canister Vacuum
Canister Vacuum option: Another lightweight option to the upright stick models is the canister. Canisters, like this one can vary, but choosing the right one gives you that optimal balance between suction power and light weight, plus reach.
We like that this unit offers a powerful 12 amp motor which we feel is necessary for canister units, specially because the air flow and suction need to travel through a long hose before getting to the nozzle. This distance can diminish the suction when it gets to the floor which makes it essential for canister units to have more power than most uprights.
We like this as a lightweight cleaning option specially if you have stairs. It is more efficient, not to mention convenient to use the long hose and extension wand for cleaning steps in your staircase with this compared to an upright or a stick unit.
The body weighs under 9 lbs. which makes it easy to carry with one hand. It also has a bare floor brush, crevice tool and dusting tool that allow you to cover different areas of the home.
Hoover T-Series WindTunnel Pet Rewind Bagless Upright Vaccum, UH70210
This Hoover unit is an affordable model that’s designed for homes that have a combination of different types of floors, plus have pets. It is multi-floor cleaner that can be used on bare floors as well as carpets thanks to its power brush roll.
Do note that when you’re cleaning your laminate floors, hardwood or other flat surfaces like marble or tile, to turn the brush off. The high speed rotation of the brush can cause the bristles to scratch floors.
We like the ability of the unit to take care of different areas of the home that have various types of floors. It comes with a useful extension hose and 12 inch wand for stairs, and also a height adjustment switch that allows it to take care of high pile carpeting or thick ones as well.
When cleaning carpets, turning on the brush roller is needed as it helps agitate the carpet fibers to loosen up any particles that are stuck deep down there. This allows the suction to have an easier time lifting away the dirt.
The key is remembering to turn the brush on and off depending on the type of surface you’re cleaning or moving to.
We also like that Hoover includes a pet furniture nozzle that can attach to the hose. This allows you to clean upholstery and above floor areas where your dogs or cats have been.
Part of taking care of laminate floors is getting the right type of vacuum. You’ll be spending a good amount of time every couple of weeks or so vacuuming these floors so you want to have the assurance that they’re never put at risk for scratches or damage.