Quick Guide to selecting the Best Vacuum for Hardwood Floors, Area Rugs, and Short Pile Carpet!
If you have hardwood floors and area rugs in your home a good Canister Vacuum with the right features is your best option.
A Canister Vacuum has several advantages over an Upright.
Most physically challenged people find it easier to pull a canister vacuum and maneuver the light wand compared to pushing and pulling a heavy upright vacuum that requires more arm strength.
A canister vacuum can easily clean difficult to reach areas, especially using appropriate attachments. But not only will it work great on hardwood floors, it can also do an excellent job cleaning area rugs as well as short-pile carpeting, including Berber Carpet.
The suction power of a top quality canister vacuum is often greater than that of an upright, so even without a motor-powered beater brush to agitate the short carpet pile the suction alone is sufficient.
There are certainly a lot of fine canister vacuums that work very well on hardwood floors, area rugs, and low pile carpet.
My intention here is to offer you some recommendations of canister vacuums I am familiar with and am confident you will have a good experience with.
I have included options that vary in price from under $100 up to $800.
The Canister vacuums listed BELOW have the features necessary to work best on hardwood and other bare floor surfaces as well as area rugs, Berber carpet, indoor/outdoor type carpet.
Introducing the NEW Miele Complete C2 Hard Floor Canister Vacuum Cleaner!
Miele has been manufacturing premium floor care appliances for over a century. Based in Gütersloh, Germany and with facilities in the US, Miele is renowned for their vacuums lasting for decades.
The Miele Complete C2 Hard Floor Canister Vacuum was especially designed for the homeowner who wants a serious high quality canister vacuum for cleaning their hardwood and smooth floors as well as delicate area rugs, and low-pile carpet such as Berber or area rugs.
Weighing only 13 lbs. the new Miele Complete C2 Hard Floor Canister Vacuum is proving to be one of the best performing lightweight canister vacuums for hardwood floors introduced this year.
Although a lightweight, it packs the punch of a heavyweight with its High Performance 1200 Watt Vortex Motor that draws 140 cubic feet of air per minute. Amazing power and yet quiet as a whisper, you can adjust the speed using a rotary dial for optimum performance.
Use the SBD 285-3 Combo Rug and Floor Tool for cleaning hard smooth floors or your expensive area rugs as well as short-pile carpet including Berber. Its nylon bristles are specially designed to safely clean Hand-Knotted, Silk, or Wool Area Rugs.
Or, use the SBB 300-3 Swivel Parquet Floor Brush that has natural horse hair bristles for even greater performance on hardwood floors. The alternating long/short bristles sweep sticky dust while at the same time allows larger debris to pass into the suction zone.
When it comes to Filtration the Miele Complete C2 Hard Floor Canister Vacuum comes equipped with the 4.76 Quart Capacity AirClean 3D Efficiency Dust Bag that traps 99.9 Percent of dangerous particles. A HEPA AirClean SF-HA 50 Exhaust filter captures 99.95 dangerous particulates as small as 0.3 Microns.
Accessories include a Dusting Brush, Crevice Tool, and Upholstery Tool that are conveniently stored in the vacuum body.
Backed with a 7 Year Warranty on Motor and Chassis and 1 Year for components, I highly recommend the Miele Complete C2 Hard Floor Canister Vacuum Cleaner!
The Bissell 1161 Hard Floor Expert Deluxe Canister Vacuum is a modestly priced. Finally, a good looking BAGLESS Canister Vacuum that is designed specifically to work best on Hardwood Floors and other Smooth Floor surfaces! But it also will do an excellent job on short pile and Berber Carpet.
The Bissell 1161 features Digital fingertip controls on the wand to regulate the suction. It has convenient toe-operated buttons that regulate Power and Auto Cord Rewind.
The TELESCOPING Extension Wand along with an 8 ft. flexible hose allows you to easily clean above-floor areas such as curtains, blinds, etc. (NOTE: Contrary to an Incorrect customer review comment on Amazon Listing)
The Bissell 1161 Floor Expert Deluxe utilizes a Turbo-Powered (air or suction power) Hardwood Floor attachment with soft bristles to effectively remove stubborn dust and dirt from your bare floor without damaging it.
This Canister Vacuum will do a good job on short pile carpet (including Berber), area rugs, and mats (A Motor-Powered brush is necessary to deep clean med. to long pile carpeting.)
It comes with Non-Marking felt covered rubber wheels to protect your wood floors.
Dirt is collected in the EasyEmpty™ Dirt Cup that opens from the bottom for non-messy disposal. No replacement bags required!
On-board attachments include a Low-pile carpet tool, Telescoping Extension Wand, Crevice Tool, and a Dusting Tool.
The NEW Bissell 1161 Hard Floor Expert Deluxe Canister Vacuum is an excellent choice for Hardwood Floors!
The price point is Amazingly Affordable enough to be a secondary vacuum if you have mostly carpet in your home. Or, a primary vacuum if you have mostly bare floors.
With a 2 Year Warranty this handy Bagless Canister Vacuum just might be your best bet for your Hardwood Flooring, area rugs, & short pile carpet!
The New Miele Classic C1 Olympus Canister Vacuum Cleaner is a high-end German made Canister BAGGED Vacuum with excellent hardwood and bare floor cleaning capability. (Replaces the popular Miele S2121 Olympus Canister Vacuum .)
It can also be used to vacuum area rugs, commercial or outdoor carpet, Berber Carpet, upholstery, etc. but it is NOT GOOD for vacuuming heavy pile carpet because it does not have a motor powered brushroll.
The German people have a long-standing reputation for world-class engineering and Miele Vacuums are no exception.
Miele Canister vacuums are relatively expensive but they are designed to last for 20+ years. If you consider the Cost-per-Year to own it actually makes it one of the Lowest-Cost vacuum cleaners to own.
It comes with a Huge 7 Year Warranty!
The Miele Classic C1 Olympus may be the last vacuum cleaner you will ever have to buy!
NOTE: The filtration on this Miele model is Excellent for allergy suffers.
NOTE: Any of the excellent Miele Canister Vacuum Models will give outstanding vacuuming performance on smooth hardwood floor surfaces, Berber and other Short Pile Carpet and Rugs!
Introducing the NEW Prolux Tritan Pet Turbo Canister Hard Floor Vacuum Cleaner w/ HEPA Sealed System!
Not familiar with the Prolux brand? Prolux, LLC has been around for over 20 years manufacturing innovative high-quality home & floor care products.
Although not as familiar a name as Dyson, Hoover, Bissell, or Eureka, Prolux has been producing very well designed vacuum cleaners that typically receive top consumer and professional ratings.
The NEW Prolux Tritan Pet Turbo Canister Hard Floor Vacuum Cleaner is quickly reaching Best Seller status as a Hardwood Floor vacuum.
The most notable feature is the powerful 12 amp motor that produces an incredible 140 CFM (per Prolux website) of air flow and a suction of 100 inches of water lift. That is the scale by which vacuum cleaner suction is measured and rated.
Equipped with the combo head it will easily suck up the most stubborn dust and dirt from hard floor surfaces or with a tap of the toe use it to vacuum area rugs and carpets.
The package version listed here includes a head with an Air Powered Brushroll to deep clean carpeting. Normally a turbo brush attachment is only effective on smooth floors or low pile carpet, but because of the industry-leading 140 CFM air flow it will dig out embedded dirt and hair from low and even medium pile carpeting (NOTE: If you have Berber Carpet, choose the WITHOUT TurboPowered Carpet Head Option for $30 less.)
It does have a suction regulator so you don’t suck up the area rugs.
If you suffer with allergies the Sealed HEPA Filtration System has 3 stages of filtration for maximum allergen removal.
The filters are cleanable but not washable. You can clean w/ another vacuum, air compressor, or a can of computer cleaner. Cleaning is recommend about every 6 months.
The bags are inexpensive at around $2.60 each and are model-specific for the Prolux Tritan Pet Turbo Canister and available HERE.
The Prolux Tritan Pet Turbo Canister Hard Floor Vacuum comes equipped with rubber wheels to protect hardwood floors.
It is light weight at only 12.8 lbs.
The 23 foot Auto Retractable cord plus the 6 foot hose and the 36” Telescoping Wand give you a 32 foot cleaning range.
It is backed by a 1 Year bumper-to-bumper Warranty.
Prolux has excellent customer service and is very responsive in case you have any issues with your vacuum.
The NEW Prolux Tritan Pet Turbo Canister Hard Floor Vacuum made its way to the top of the list for Hardwood Floor, Area Rug, and Berber and Low Pile Carpet Vacuums for 2016.
Just check out the impressive Customer Reviews so far!
The BISSELL Zing Bagged Canister Vacuum, Purple, 4122.
Talk about Value and LOW PRICE! This is one the Best Canister Vacuums Under $100 I have reviewed!
If you just have one or two rooms with hardwood floors, or perhaps short pile carpet, and you don’t want to drag out the big heavy upright vacuum that is designed primarily to clean carpet, you have got to see this sweet little canister vacuum!
This Zing Baggged Canister Vacuum, 4122 by BISSELL is an amazing value!
It comes equipped with an Automatic Cord Rewind, Full Bag Indicator, Variable Suction Control Dial, and a Telescoping Wand. These are features you would expect to find on a canister vacuum costing 4X the price of the Zing.
The Swivel Head Does NOT have a motorized brush roll for carpet but it still does a good job on low pile carpet and rugs.
It is Perfect for Hardwood Floors and spot cleaning carpet, rugs, stairs, furniture, cars, and any place you need a lightweight easy to carry or pull vacuum. It weighs less than 10 pounds with all attachments and a full bag!
Add this Horse Hair Hardwood Floor brush and you have a combination that is tough to beat, all for less than about $70!
Do yourself a favor and just check it out!
Also SEE: The Bissell Zing Rewind BAGLESS Canister Vacuum