A Common Sense Guide to Help You Select a Cordless Vacuum that will Work Best on your Hardwood Floors!
(Latest 2019 Recommendations)
On this page you will find my Recommendations and Tips to help you decide which Cordless Vacuum is your best option for cleaning your Hardwood Floors.
Also SEE: Main Guide (All Types of Vacuums)
It so happens I am a Floor Care Specialist (Recently Retired). But you don’t have to be one to realize it takes a vacuum with specialized features to safely and effectively clean your wood floor.
Top brand name manufactures are introducing Battery-powered vacuums at a breathtaking pace. Some of them feature the latest battery and DC motor technology that not only work, but work well. Unfortunately, most of them have been disappointing.
The prospect of being able to vacuum your house without having to deal with a power cord is pretty exciting to most people! But, there are questions that need to be addressed before investing in a cordless vacuum.
Most Things Lovely are Fragile!
Natural hardwood has been used down through the ages as a valued engineering material. Its natural buoyancy makes it ideal for building boats. The strength to weight ratio of wood is perfect for certain tools and its beauty is unsurpassed for the floors of our homes.
Like most things lovely, hard wood also tends to be fragile. Compared to other hard floor material it’s actually quite soft. The prospect of pushing and pulling a heavy 18 lb. traditional corded vacuum across a wooden floor is enough to make most of us cringe.
Anything that is harder than wood, including most thermal plastics and of course anything made of metal can seriously damage it. Even your dog or cat’s claws can cause scratches.
It isn’t exactly a news flash that vacuum cleaners are built exclusively from plastic and metal parts. That’s the reason why it’s crucial to determine if a particular model is designed with non-marring wheels with rubber tires and felt glide pads. Even a lightweight 7 lb. stick vacuum can cause scratches if it’s floor nozzle isn’t properly supported.
Strong Suction is Important!
Natural wood floors can develop cracks and gaps over a period of time. Even sealed hardwood flooring is subject to expansion and contraction because of moisture. This can cause a separation of the planks leaving small, even large clevises for dirt to hide. A cordless vacuum should have enough suction power to lift the dirt and dust that has accumulated in those cracks and gaps.
Besides offering you my recommendations, the main purpose of this guide is to equip you with information. That way, you will be able to confidently choose the best cordless vacuum to use on your hardwood floors.
I believe it would be beneficial if you would CLICK on the banner below. Then spend a few minutes familiarizing yourself with the important issues concerning battery-operated stick vacuums.
Also SEE: Best Cordless Vacuums for Pet Hair
Top 5 Best Cordless Vacuums for Hardwood Floors
I have meticulously researched and evaluated many cord free vacuums that appeared to be good candidates. The Vacuum Models Listed Below are the ones that made it to my short list. I confidently recommend each one of them! (Updated 1/22/2019)
Please NOTE: For those of you who reside in a European Country you can easily and safely charge the battery in any of the cordless vacuums listed below by using a Voltage Converter
SharkNinja has taken the battery-powered Stick vacuum concept to a whole new level by introducing new models with refreshing design ideas. Models like the New ION P50 Upright (IC162) for instance.
This distinctive-looking vacuum offers the advantages of a traditional Upright with the convenience and versatility of cordless operation.
And, the Shark ION P50 (IC162) is the Most Practical cordless vacuum for cleaning hardwood floors I have reviewed so far.
It comes equipped with the time-proven DuoClean feature that has revolutionized hardwood floor cleaning. It amounts to TWO Brush Rolls in ONE Power Head. The one in the front acts as a fluffy mop for cleaning surface dust and gobbling up large debris. It easily removes such things as cereal or dry pet food from both hardwood and carpet.
Activate the Hard Floor Mode by pressing the button located near the grip and it slows down both rollers. The suction is powerful enough to extract dirt hiding in cracks which has always been a challenge for any vacuum.
When you’re done with your hardwood and smooth floors activate the Carpet Mode to speed up the rollers. This provides the aggressive deep down cleaning of area rugs, and low to medium pile carpeting. Got some Plush Pile carpet in the bedroom? Simply press the Power Surge button and get an extra suction boost to get the job done.
Not only can you vacuum the floors just like you would with a familiar Corded Upright Vacuum. Or launch the Shark ION P50 into the Lift-Away Mode and have the convenience of a handy Portable vacuum.
Use the Extension Wand with the Stretch Hose and DuoClean Power Head to navigate around furniture and walls. Or, Snap in a tool and clean those overhead hard to reach areas like ceiling fans, book shelves, and air vents. Use it to clean those stubborn carpeted stairs or give the family car or RV a good cleaning. And you won’t have to bother with a power cord.
Check Out this Cool Demo VIDEO of the Shark ION P50!
- Upright Vacuum Performance with the Convenience of Cordless operation
- DuoClean Technology w/ One Power Head and two brush rolls eliminates changing floor brushes when transitioning from Carpet to Hardwood Floors
- Powered Lift-Away® feature for Three Modes of Cleaning Versatility: (1) Upright for deep cleaning carpets and hard floors, (2) Stick mode for easily cleaning under furniture and tight places, and (3) Portable mode for above-floor cleaning
- Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology w/ HEPA Filtration catches 99.99% of allergy triggering particles as tiny as 0.3 microns
- Freestanding for convenient storage
- Removable /Replaceable Battery provides up to 50 minutes of Runtime
- Bright LED Headlamps shows you the dirt
- Included: Dusting Brush, Duster Crevice Tool, Upholstery Tool, ION Core Battery, Battery Charging Cradle
- 5 Year SharkNinja Warranty, 2 Year on Battery
There are a lot of Cordless Stick Vacuums currently available. But when it comes to cleaning hardwood floors the Shark ION P50 Lightweight Cordless Upright Vacuum (IC162) is probably the Most Practical one I have reviewed. Not only will it do a splendid job on hardwood floors it will also performs exceptionally well on area rugs, low to medium pile carpet, and even long plush carpet when used in the Power Surge Mode.
It’s one of the few Cordless Vacuums that can fill the shoes of a Corded Upright Vacuum (with certain limitations.)
If you’ve had your eye on cordless stick vacuums for a while the Dyson V8 Absolute is probably the most familiar product that comes to mind.
This State-of-the-Art Cordless Stick Vacuum has set the standard for excellence.
Some are hailing it as “one of the best Cordless Hardwood Floor Vacuums yet!” Dyson has managed to squeeze a huge 150% Power Increase at the direct-drive floor brush over their highly successful V6 generation. They have increased the Runtime up to 40 Minutes of Suction Only and up to 25 Minutes using the motor-driven Floor Brush.
Full Machine HEPA Filtration is standard on the V8 Absolute with a washable lifetime filter.
Dyson has increased the capacity of the Dust Cup to .14 Gal plus re-designed the dumping mechanism. All you have to do to empty the dirt is lift up on the red release tab located on top. This trips the trap door and at the same time lifting the cyclone apparatus, stripping off any stuck debris, pet hair, or carpet fibers.
A clever feature like that, greatly reduces the typical dust puff associated with emptying a bagless vacuum. Plus, it eliminates having to reach in with a stick or your fingers to dig it out – Yuck! This is great news for the allergy sufferer, or anyone who prefers not to breathe in or handle dirt!
The Dyson V8 Absolute as a Hardwood Floor Vacuum
The single most significant improvement over the V6 is a Direct-Drive Motorized Soft Hardwood Floor Brush Attachment.
What it does is capture larger chunks of dirt like cereal or pet food in the fine soft bristles as it rotates it back and upward to be sucked up by the vacuum nozzle.
This breakthrough design eliminates the common problem encountered when using a vacuum with a powered brush that typically slings the larger debris all over the room.
At the same time it gently cleans the clingy dust and fine dirt trapped in the cracks.
Watch this Cool VIDEO Demonstration!
- Converts to a Versatile Hand-Held Vacuum for Stairs, Furniture, etc.
- Full HEPA-Level Filtration and Improved Dust Cup Emptying
- Motor-Driven Soft Floor Brush attachment for superior Hardwood Floor Cleaning performance
- Motorized Brush Attachment for all types of carpet
- Super Light at only 5.8 lb’s
- Swivel Steering
It does have comparable (but not equal) cleaning performance with Dyson’s full-size Uprights on hardwood, low and medium pile carpet. With the limitation of 25 minutes max. of Runtime, it would not be realistic to consider this product for a primary vacuum under most circumstances.
The Dyson V8 Absolute Cord-Free stick vacuum is pricey but it’s proven itself to be worth the cost in time-saving and convenience since its introduction.
It is definitely a serious option for vacuuming your wood floors as well as your other cleaning needs.
Imagine being able to clean your home for up to 50 minutes (with powered floor brush) without the hassle of a cord. That is a reality with the new tineco A10 Master Cordless Stick Vacuum.
tineco is a new division of Ecovacs, the long-established maker of robotic vacuums. Ecovacs Robotics, Inc., 487 Bryant Street, 1st Floor San Francisco, CA 94107, CustomerService@Ecovacs.com, 1 /844-326-8227
This quality built machine comes with (2) Removable Battery Packs that deliver up to 25 minutes Runtime each in Normal Mode, and about 7 min. in MAX mode.
The tineco A10 Master Cord-Free has a digital motor that develops 110 Air Watts of suction power, rivaling the Dyson V8 Absolute’s 115.
Not only is this product equipped to clean all types of dirt from hardwood floors (including large debris such as cereal or dry pet food), it will also clean embedded dirt and hair from low to medium pile carpet or rugs.
The tineco A10 Master Cord-Free Stick package includes a Motorized Hard Floor Brush and a Motorized Carpet Brush for wall-to-wall cleaning.
If you or someone in your household suffers with a respiratory issue such as allergies or COPD, the tineco A10 Master has HEPA Level filtering to remove 99.9% of offending particles.
Another feature I really like about this handy tool is its extra quiet operation. It’s easy to maneuver, even in the tightest areas and has Bright LED Headlamps that helps you see where the dirt is.
Check Out this Cool Demonstration VIDEO!
- 110 Air Watts of Fade-Free Suction Power
- 2X 21.6V Lithium-Ion Removable Battery Packs that provide up to 25 minutes each Runtime in Normal Mode and 7 min. MAX Mode
- Upgradable Runtime with Optional Battery Packs
- Hygienic HEPA Filtering System
- Bright LED Headlights
- Light Weight at only 5.3 lbs.
- Includes: (2) Lithium-Ion Batteries, (1) Motorized Carpet Brush, (1) Motorized Hard Floor Brush, (1) Mini Power Brush, 2-in-1 Dusting Brush, Crevice Tool, Charger, and Tool Caddy
- 2 Year Manufacturer’s Warranty against defects and workmanship and 5 Year Warranty for main digital motor
Another feature that really impressed me about the tineco A10 Master Cordless is the Mini Power Brush. This attachment is designed to clean carpeted stairs easily without having to contort your wrist to clean the vertical surface. It also works great on upholstery or for cleaning up cars or RV’s.
Each of the attachments easily snap On or Off with one hand. The easy-empty dust bin has adequate capacity to allow you be more productive.
If you are looking for a practical and affordable cord-free solution for dealing with your hardwood floors and carpet or area rugs, check out the tineco A10 Master Cordless Stick Vac. It’s worth your serious consideration.
Also SEE: The NEW Tineco A11 Master Cordless Vacuum, w/ a 450W Digital Motor and other Upgrades
This high-feature product by SharkNinja takes the concept of “versatility” to a whole new level! This exciting ultra-light cordless stick vacuum has all the features necessary to make it one of the best hardwood floor cordless vacuums currently available!
SharkNinja has built its reputation for pleasing its customers by its far-thinking innovative design staff.
And, the Shark IonFlex DuoClean (IF201) really delivers when it comes to cleaning hard and wood flooring, carpet and above-floor areas too.
There are three main advantages the Shark IONFlex DuoClean IF201 has over all other cordless vacs at this time are:
- DuoClean- This proprietary technology utilizes a 2nd brushroll made from soft thick microfiber bristles that roll over large debris like Fido’s Kibble & Bits so it can be sucked into the nozzle instead of slinging it across the floor. This enables it to handle all types of dirt and dust and leaves your wooden floor with a polished look!
- IONFlex- This innovative feature has a twofold purpose. The jointed wand Flexes, making it possible to clean under furniture without having to stoop down, and it is currently the only motor head-type vacuum that will stand on its own.
- Upgradable Runtime- The Shark IONFlex DuoClean IF201 Ultra Light is currently one of the few battery-powered stick vacuums that allows you to easily swap out the battery while on the fly, replacing the depleted battery with a freshly charged battery for up to 80 minutes of Runtime. That’s enough time to clean a whole house!
- Removable ION Power Pack w/ Quick Charge provides up to 40 Minutes of non-stop Runtime (Upgradeable Optional 2nd Battery)
- MultiFLEX Technology for flexible reach cleaning floors and overhead cleaning
DuoClean Technology that includes a stiff bristle brush for carpet and a second soft brush roll for
- Handheld 2-in-one Cordless Handheld Mode for maximum whole-house cleaning capability
- Smart Response Technology lets you program a range of Power Settings to customize the Shark IONFlex Cordless for your home’s unique cleaning needs
- Includes: (1) Lithium Ion Battery, Single Charger, Duster Crevice Tool, Wide Upholstery Tool,
Included: Anti-Allergen Dusting Brush, Duster Crevice Tool, Wide Upholstery Tool, (1) Lithium Ion Battery, and a Single Station Charger
- 5 Year Limited Warranty, 2 Year Battery (When purchased through Amazon, SEE: pdf)
SEE the Shark IONFlex DuoClean IF201 Ultra Light in Action!
SharkNinja has a stellar record when it comes to vacuum cleaner designs that delight customers. No other brand can boast of having the highest average customer feedback rating.
The Shark IonFlex DuoClean Cordless Ultra Light Vacuum (IF201) is yet another example of their far-thinking design philosophy. They consistently offer products that give you an advantage when it comes to cleaning your home.
And, when it comes to cleaning performance the Shark IONFlex Cordless IF201 compares to the highly popular Dyson V8 – especially when it comes to cleaning hardwood floors.
The 5 Year Warranty is the longest in the industry when it comes to Cordless Vacuums. And with the ability to easily change out the battery this exciting new vacuum should provide years of dependable service.
Would you like to have the Convenience of Cordless but don’t want to mortgage your house?? The NEW Hoover Impulse Cordless BH53020 may be just the right solution you’ve been searching for!
After reviewing the Hoover Impulse I realized it was perhaps the perfect option to fill the Below $150 price range. I had been searching for a vacuum I could confidently recommend that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. One that’s built by a reputable company, and really earns its keep.
When I first got my hands on this vacuum I didn’t really expect it would work that well on hardwood floors – but boy was I wrong! This attractive machine gobbles up large debris, dirt, and dust from hardwood floors and area rugs. When I tried it on Medium Pile carpeting it didn’t complain at all – it deep cleaned it as well.
There are several reasons the Hoover Impulse BH53020 works so well. The front edge of the motorized floor brush has a funnel shape for about 6” in the middle. This forces large debris toward the center where there is adequate clearance for it to pass. The bristles on the brush roll are arranged in a symmetrical pattern to manipulate dirt and debris toward the center of the nozzle. This is where the suction vortex lifts it up and into the dust cup. It really worked great in my testing.
Take a Look at this Brief Demo VIDEO!
- Grab-n-Go Cord-Free Convenience for unexpected messes on multiple floor surfaces
- Lightweight at Only 5.6 lbs.
- Swivel Steering for easy maneuvering around furniture
- 24 Volt built in Lithium-Ion battery provides up to 18 of cord-free cleaning power
- Converts to Handheld Vacuum for quick pick-ups and easy access to tight areas
- Hoover Dashboard indicates Power Level and Cleaning Mode for optimum cleaning
- Double-Tap Trigger for continuous cleaning power
- Easy-Clean Brushroll releases with the press of a button
- Easy-Empty Dirt Cup lets you release dirt with the push of a button
- Includes: Crevice Tool, Dusting Brush, Upholstery Tool, Wall Mount, Extra Filter, Charger, and Storage Bag
- 2-Year Hoover Limited Warranty
The Hoover Impulse Cordless BH53020 is not what I would call a “feature rich” vacuum. However it does have a handy Dashboard where you can select Normal Mode where the brush roll spins at a higher rpm for cleaning area rugs and carpet.
When you move to the hardwood floor areas you simply depress the Hard Floor Mode button and the brush roll slows down to give a sweeping effect so it won’t sling debris across the floor. Or, you can select the Boost Mode if you encounter a really dirty area, although I found Normal suction to be quite sufficient for almost any cleaning situation I encountered.
Of course, it easily converts to a Handheld for those above-floor messes with plenty of tools for almost any job.
The only issue I found with this vacuum is that you need to keep the filter and airways clean for maximum performance. Also, it would be nice if it was Free-Standing, but that is a trade off with this design.
If you want a cordless stick vacuum that really performs well and won’t drain your bank account, the Hoover Impulse Cordless BH53020 is one you should consider!
Compare Cordless Hardwood Floor Stick Vacuums
Side-by-Side Comparison of the Top Rated Cord-Free Hard Floor Vacuums
|Model||Dyson V8 Absolute Cord-Free Vacuum||Tineco A10 Hero Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner Lightweight 350W Digital Motor Lithium Battery LED Brush Handheld Vacuum||Shark DuoClean Cordless Ultra-Light Vacuum IONFlex, IF201||Shark ION P50 Lightweight Cordless Upright Vacuum with HEPA Filter||Hoover Impulse Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, BH53020|
|Recommendations||Whole house, carpet, hardwood and all smooth floors||Hardwood, Tile, Laminate, Vinyl Flooring + area rugs & low pile carpet||Hardwood, Tile, Laminate, Vinyl Flooring + area rugs and low to medium pile carpet||Hardwood, Tile, Laminate, Vinyl Flooring + area rugs & Low to Medium pile carpet||Hardwood, Tile, Laminate, Vinyl Flooring & area rugs|
|Weight||5.8 lb||2.84 lb Main Body||8.7 lb||Pod Weight: 5.42 lbs / Upright Mode 12.03 lbs.||5.6 lb|
|Battery Volts||21.6V Lithium||21.6V Lithium-Ion Removable||25.2V Lithium Removable||28.8-volt removable||24V Li-ion|
|Approx. Run Time||Up to 40 min vacuum only, 25 w/ motorized brushes||25 min. Normal / 7 min. Max.||25 min. High / 40 min. Low||Up to 30 Min. in Upright/Lift-Away Mode, Up to 50 Min. Above-Floor||18 min|
|Approx. Recharge Time||4 hr. approx.||3 hr. approx.||3.5 hr. approx.||3.5 hr. approx||3.5 hr. approx|
|Warranty||2 Yr||2 Yr body / 5 Year Digital Motor||5 Year Vacuum / with 2 years battery||5 Year SharkNinja Warranty, 2 Year Battery||2 Year|
- A Common Sense Guide to Help You Select a Cordless Vacuum that will Work Best on your Hardwood Floors!
- Brief History of Cordless Vacuums
- Brief History of Battery Technology
- Lithium-ion Battery Technology Revolutionizes Cordless Vacuums
- Q&A (Questions and Answers) About Cordless Vacuum Cleaners
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Brief History of Cordless Vacuums
The concept of a Cordless Vacuum for Hardwood Floors and other battery-powered tools is nothing new.
The very first Cordless Vacuum Cleaner was patented in 1975 that utilized a plurality of battery cells for only enough power for spot cleaning. It was very heavy, expensive, and the power lasted for a very short period of time.
But that invention allowed you the convenience of operating where there wasn’t a 110v or even a 12v receptacle and you didn’t have a cord to get tangled up in and have to coil up after use.
The concept was excellent but the available battery technology made it impractical.
Brief History of Battery Technology
The first practical nickel-cadmium batteries (NiCad) became available in the 1980’s that provided enough power and run time for small tools and appliances. They could be recharged relatively fast. The weight and cost made it possible to produce cordless products that really worked.
I was fascinated at the prospect of carrying a cordless drill in my tool box to use anywhere…anytime. I recall my first cordless drill I purchased in 1990. The storage shed I built with it still stands today.
But I never thought I would see the day when a serious battery-powered cordless vacuum cleaner would be developed because of the high power requirement.
Lithium-ion Battery Technology Revolutionizes Cordless Vacuums
In 2012 the IEEE Medal for Environmental and Safety Technologies was awarded for developing the Lithium-ion Battery.
Early 2013 the Lithium-ion Battery had evolved to a lithium vanadium phosphate battery that had the benefit of increased energy efficiency.
The following year, 2014 Akira Yoshino, Rachid Yazami, and Yoshio Nishi lead the way in developing the Lithium Ion Battery we now have today.
These three pioneers have set us free from the power cord and made our lives easier…thank you very much!
Q&A (Questions and Answers) About Cordless Vacuum Cleaners
Q. Does a Cordless Vacuum have enough power to really do a good job removing dirt from my floors? A. Yes! You will be amazed at the powerful suction produced by the top rated models. They also have plenty of power for vacuuming low to medium pile carpet.
Q. Can a battery-operated vacuum replace a full-size corded vacuum? A. Yes, No, and Maybe! Battery powered vacuums simply do not have the level of suction power or the dirt-holding capacity of a full-size vacuum that operates with a cord plugged in to a 120V AC household current outlet. However, they are very useful at maintaining your floors and for dealing with everyday messes. If your home is relatively small with no children or pets it could be used as a primary vacuum. When used as intended they can be a real time and work saver.
Q. What is the average Run Time of a Cordless Vacuum? A. The average runtime depends on the wattage of the vacuum motor and the load. It will vary from model to model. Typically around 15 to 20 Minutes.
Q. How long does it take to charge a Cordless Vacuum? A. The current generation of Lithium-ion batteries can be fully charged in 2 to 4 hours, depending on the extent of discharge.
Q. How long will a cordless vacuum Battery last before having to replace it? A. The life of a Lithium-ion battery is determined by the number of charge/discharge cycles it undergoes. The power capacity drops to 80% after approximately 500 charging cycles. The new generation of Cordless Vacuum batteries will typically last 2 to 3 years before requiring replacement.
Q. How much do Cordless Vacuum Batteries cost? A. The average cost for a replacement battery is approx. $60
Q. How Safe are Cordless Vacuum Batteries? A. Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries require a “management system.” This is actually a built-in computer that prevents the battery from operating outside the cell’s safe limits (Under-charge or Over-charge). The management system regulates the safe temperature range and eliminates charge mismatches for Safe usage. This is why Lithium-ion batteries are relatively expensive. (To assure SAFETY use only battery chargers that come with your cordless vacuum, and follow manufactures instructions in the manual.)
Q. Do Lithium-ion batteries have a Memory Effect? A. The current generation of Lithium-Ion batteries DO NOT have a Memory Effect.
Q. What about Battery Conditioning? A. Lithium-ion batteries Do Not require “Conditioning.”