The best cordless vacuums for hard floors

Keep your hardwood, tiled or laminate floors dust and dirt free.

best cordless vacuums for hard floors

by Eleanor Weaver |
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To help you maintain your wooden, laminate, tile and lino flooring, we’ve found the best cordless vacuums for hard floors to keep them dust and dirt-free. Trying to find the best vacuum cleaner can be a costly investment, which is why we’ve spent time searching for the best makes and models. We’ve included options from brand favourites, such as Dyson and Shark, budget-friendly buys, as well as cordless vacuums that are great for picking up pet hair.

The great thing about a cordless vacuum is that it allows you more flexibility to tackle grime in all areas of your home, with no cord restrictions. Most come with a variety of attachments and are equipped with different power modes, too, enabling you to really get stuck into those more stubborn areas that require a bit of a deep clean.

Best cordless vacuum for hard floors at a glance:

• Best cordless vacuum for pet hair: Vax ONEPWR Blade 4 Pet and Car Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
• Best lightweight cordless vacuum: Hoover H-FREE 500 Double Battery Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
• Best cordless vacuum for a deep clean: Bosch, Series 6 Athlet ProHygiene Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
• Best cordless vacuum for small spaces: Shark Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

Lots of larger models convert into a handheld mode too, so that you can easily get to those more difficult spots, such as under your sofas, or those hard-to-reach areas on your ceiling to suck up those pesky cobwebs. Being cordless and light enough to move around also means you can take your vacuum out to tackle the interiors of your car for a more spotless ride.

So, whether you’re after something lightweight and compact, or a vacuum that can be used on carpet, too, we’ve found the best cordless vacuums for hard floors to suit your cleaning needs.

Best cordless vacuums for hard floors

Best anti-allergen cordless vacuum

VAX Blade 4 Pet CLSV-B4KP Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
Price: £179 (was £259)

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Vax is a renowned cordless vacuum manufacturer, and the VAX Blade 4 Pet CLSV-B4KP Cordless Vacuum Cleaner is no exception. Lightweight, quick and comfortable, while also being fairly quiet, this is a great vacuum for both a quick tidy and a thorough clean. The brushless motor and Direct Helix technology work together to deliver an efficient and powerful clean, with no loss of suction.

Customer Review: "Light, mobile, easy to use, simple to swap to different adapters, easy emptying system."

Pros

  • DustVault tech captures 99.8% of all particles
  • A fantastic intelligent vacuum that tracks efficiency
  • Powerful suction

Cons

  • Not a ton of attachments included

Best cordless vacuum for a deep clean

With a longer running time than some other vacuum models on this list, the Bosch Series 6 Athlet ProHygiene Cordless Vacuum Cleaner is a slim and manoeuvrable vacuum that boasts a 60-minute run time. It would be suited to a home with more hard floors than carpets as the nozzle brush roll is designed to powerfully pick up dirt, even in the crevices between tiles and floorboards.

Customer Review: "This is my second Bosch cordless upright and I'm really pleased with it. Picks up every little bit of dust, hair etc. and this has a longer running time though I found the previous version enough. Since buying my first cordless Bosch five friends and relatives have bought theirs as they were amazed at its ability to clean. Money well spent."

Pros

  • Fantastic suction
  • Great running time
  • Triple filteration

Cons

  • Might be heavy for some users

Best cordless vacuum for small spaces

There are not many options for fantastic lightweight vacuuming at the press of a button that'll compare to this Shark Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner. With an enormous 0.7L detachable tank, alongside a great selection of cleaning tools, including a motorised pet tool and a multi-surface tool for the smallest spaces, say goodbye to even the most persistent dust in your home.

Customer Review: "Honestly the best hoover I have ever used. I was able to put it together in seconds. It is definitely an anti-hair wrap, unlike other brands that claim this. The battery is really good too and lasts long enough to hoover a three-bedroom house and I still have some battery left after that. It is a free-standing hoover so no wall mount is required and the car kit was a nice touch."

Pros

  • Great dust capacity
  • Great cleaning attachments
  • Good runtime

Cons

  • Takes a while to charge

Best cordless vacuum for hard wooden floors

Dyson Omni-glide
Price: £200 (was £250)

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The Dyson Omni-glide was created specifically for the hard floors in your home. It has two soft rollers, which spin in opposite directions to pick up large and fine debris and quite literally, glides effortlessly around obstacles and in tight spaces. If you’re looking for a stable, sleek and lightweight hard floor cleaning workhorse, the Omni Glide is for you.

Our Review: "If you’re looking for a stable, sleek, hard floor cleaning workhorse the Omni Glide is for you. It really does the job well and I can’t fault what it’s built to do. You can remove the battery from the machine, allowing for extra batteries, which could help with the 20-minute run time permitted. It’s great for families, as I said I have a toddler and the crumbs are endless, meaning if we have last-minute visitors and I can transform my living room and kitchen (our main entertaining areas) into presentable spots in less than 10 minutes."

Find out more about what the Editor of Yours thought in our Dyson Omni-Glide review.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Effortless to manoeuvre
  • Brush bars designed to capture large debris

Cons

  • Run time is slightly low at 20 minutes

Best compact cordless vacuum

Bosch BCS612GB Unlimited 6 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner, White
Price: £229.99 (was £329.99)

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The Bosch BCS612GB Unlimited 6 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner comes with the latest brushless motor technology making the motor powerful, reliable and emission-free. Combined with the AllFloor Power Brush, this guarantees effective cleaning on all kinds of floors from hardwood to laminate and carpet. It comes with a flexible crevice nozzle and a 2-in-1 furniture and upholstery brush to help you make light work for dust and dirt.

Customer Review: "Purchased VAX 4 first and sent it back to switch with Bosch. Doesn't have as many extras as VAX but it's definitely higher quality, lighter and the battery lasts longer. A brush accessory would be a nice addition to it and a motorised brush switch would be useful. Definitely worth its price."

Pros

  • Incredible suction
  • Great battery life
  • Good selection of attachments

Cons

  • You can only charge the battery in the vacuum so if buy an additional battery, you can only charge one at a time

Best cordless vacuum for lifting hair

With Shark's DuoClean technology, you can move from room to room, cleaning carpets and hard floors without stopping to switch heads. The Shark Cordless Upright Vacuum Cleaner has a soft brush roll that makes direct contact with hard floor surfaces, pulling in dirt and fine dust, while the bristle bar cleans deep into carpets to pull up embedded pet hair and other debris.

Customer Review: "Our vacuum arrived and worked but was making a really loud noise. A quick call with Customer Service who initiated a video chat determined we needed a new floor suction unit. One has been dispatched immediately and we can still use our vacuum in the meantime It’s very efficient and we prefer it to our Dyson handheld. The battery isn’t amazing but will do what we want it to do across the entirety of our flat."

Pros

  • Very powerful suction
  • Good capacity
  • Short recharge time

Cons

  • Fairly heavy

Best Dyson cordless vacuum

One of Dyson's most powerful and innovative cordless vacuums, the Dyson V15 Detect Absolute Cordless Vacuum Cleaner ensures every speck of dust is sucked up. It boasts an hour-long battery life and 5-stage filtration which captures 99.99 per cent of dust particles in your home. It also uses laser dust technology that automatically increases and decreases its suction power as needed.

Our Review: "The suction on this brilliant machine is enough to take the curtains off their rails and handles larger debris as easily as it does the smaller dust particles. I was also really impressed by how the power of suction auto-adjusts depending on the surface you are cleaning and you also have the option to manually adjust this via the display screen on top of the unit."

Want to know what we thought in more detail? Take a look at our Dyson V15 Detect review.

Pros

  • Laser dust technology ensures a deep clean
  • Decent running time
  • Comes with an additional three attachment heads

Cons

  • A more premium option

Best for a budget

For a more affordable option, try the Russell Hobbs Cordless Upright Stick Vacuum Cleaner. It has an hour's runtime, plus it's lightweight too, so you can manoeuvre it around your home with ease.

A review: "I have been using this vacuum for a while now and couldn't be happier with it. Great suction, easy to assemble and fast charging. Easy to clean filter and attachments. Have had similar vac in the past and paid a lot more for other makes and was a bit apprehensive ordering this one for a lot less cost but glad I did. Would recommend. I'm getting on a bit and appreciate it's manoeuvrability and light weight."

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Lightweight
  • Upright and handheld

Cons

  • Long charge time

Best for easy cleaning

Gtech AirRam MK2 Cordless Upright Vacuum CleanerArgos

We love that this Gtech AirRam vaccum automatically adjusts from carpets to hard floors with ease. It even has a patented airloc system which will pick up larger objects - not just fine dust and dirt particles.

A reviewer said: "This is the second one I have bought use the other one for the artificial grass outside. Haven’t had any problems with either. They’re so easy to use and they pick up the dirt whether it’s carpet or hard. My wife loves them. I would recommend them to anyone."

Pros

  • Ergonomic handle
  • Convenient low battery indicator
  • Redesigned dirt collection system

Cons

  • Short runtime

Best for pet owners

HOOVER H-Free 100 Pets HF122RPT Cordless Vacuum CleanerCurrys

The HOOVER H-Free 100 Pets comes with tools to collect pet hair. It works conveniently on carpets as well as other surfaces, including laminate and tile. You can store it in a cupboard or on a wall for easy access (on a wall mount).

A review: "This is the best! So light, loads of battery life, there’s a switch to hold the button in so your hand doesn’t ache. So easy to clean and maintain, convenient wall hanging, very easy to store and only takes a short time to charge. I would recommend this to everyone, it is even great with hair and pet hair. Such great quality and value for money."

Pros

  • Generous capacity
  • Works well on multi-surfaces
  • Attachments can be stored onboard

Cons

  • Only 35 minutes runtime

Our verdict for the best cordless vacuums for hard floors

While we think these are all fantastic options for your hard floors at home, we think the Dyson vacuums and Shark vacuum cleaners, which have soft brush roll technology, not only clean all floor types but gently and effectively target dirt on hard floors.

The more expensive options pack a punch if you're looking for a vacuum that'll clean everything and if you often find upholstery dirt or pet hair to be a constant battle. However, the cheaper models still offer the best features that'll get your floors looking spick-and-span at a more affordable price.

Best cordless vacuums for hard floors FAQs

What to consider for a cordless vacuum for hardwood floors

Make sure it’s not too heavy and compact — A cordless vacuum is fantastic for offering an excellent clean that's easy to manoeuvre around your home. Not to mention, a compact and lightweight vacuum is great for storing away. Especially as it moves from one room to another and ensures you won't inflict any stress or wear and tear on your flooring. This is particularly good for hardwood floors that require extra, gentle care from scratches.

Double check brush attachments — Different vacuum cleaners come with different brush attachments including crevice and upholstery nozzles, attachable hoses, motorised tools, detachable handheld vacuums and pet tools. For instance, a home more prone to pet hair build-up and mess might require something more specialised to fulfil the job.

Running time — Due to the fact that your vacuum cleaner is going to be running on rechargeable battery power, you're going to have to make sure you pick a vacuum that has enough running time for you to clean your space. For example, if you're cleaning large spaces, or you often do a full house clean at once, you'll want a higher running time to tackle the job. However, smaller spaces and more agile cleaning will work fine on lower running times.

Headlights — This is an added bonus worth considering on a vacuum cleaner. Some vacuums come with headlights so you can clearly see under furniture and in dark corners, illuminating the hidden dust so you know you've picked everything up. A handy feature that's worth considering for maximising your cleaning routine.

Should I leave my cordless vacuum plugged in when I'm not using it?

It's best to unplug the charger of your cordless vacuum once it's fully charged, not only to save on electricity usage but also to reduce wear and tear on the battery.

How long do cordless vacuums last?

Depending entirely on how well you maintain your cordless vacuum, it should last you about three-five years, but after this amount of time, you'll notice a dip in your vacuum's run time.

Why is my cordless vacuum not working?

Check for any blockages in the nozzle or tank of the vacuum, then leave the vacuum to charge for some time. If this doesn't fix the problem, consider replacing the battery or looking into your vacuum's warranty.

Eleanor Weaver is the Deputy Homes & Garden Product Editor for Yours, specialising in home décor, furnishings and appliances. Having worked commercially on Yours magazine and Yours.co.uk for the past six years, she's previously hosted Yours Live events and loves looking for home inspiration online.

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