Vacuuming hard floors requires a product that has strong suction power and a cleaning head that won’t scratch the floor. Cordless vacuums have also become a popular technology in recent years as they offer more hassle-free cleaning through better maneuverability. This article will overview the best cordless vacuums for hardwood floors looking at the best products from leading brands such as Shark, Dyson, and Hoover. Looking at the key features such as suction power, hard floor cleaning heads, battery life and more, you will have the selection of the best option in front of you.
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Dyson V11 Torque Drive
The Dyson V11 Torque Drive is the top model in the famous V stick series. James Dyson claimed that his stick vacuums are “upright vacuum killers” and he may have a point. The V11 is practically as good of a stick vacuum that you can get at the moment for several reasons. A core part of this vacuum is the V11 digital motor that spins up to 125,000 times in a minute. Producing 185 airwatts, the V11 is very powerful especially in comparison to its light frame. A typical full charge of the battery will get you 60 minutes of cleaning and this takes four and a half hours to then recharge. The battery will run out faster on higher power modes. Intelligent suction is a new feature that adjusts the power of the motor depending on the surface cleaned. On hard floors and other easier to clean surfaces, it will reduce the suction power as less power is needed. There is a digital screen on the motor which indicates how much battery is left, what cleaning mode is being used as well as displaying instructional videos for maintenance. Many accessories come included with the V11, such as the High Torque cleaning head which has stiff nylon bristles. This design and these bristles are purposefully designed to fully optimize cleaning on hard floors. There is also a Crevice tool for getting into corners and confined spaces, as well as some other accessories and cleaning heads. Check out our article on Shark vs Dyson for a range of related options.
Dyson V10 Absolute
The Dyson V10 sits just below the V11 in the cordless stick vacuum V series. This model isn’t quite as advanced but still holds decent power that is enough for hard floor cleaning. A good option if you want the Dyson experience but don’t want to fork out on a V11. The V10 motor is almost as good as the V11. It spins at 125,000 times a minute and generates 151 airwatts, making it around 15% less powerful than the V11. One important similarity is the 60 minutes of battery life that the V10 has, which ensures all cleaning can be done within a single clean. This again depends on the cleaning mode, although it should be noted there is no Intelligent Suction or digital screen. The Dyson V10 has several versions but the one we are looking at here is the Absolute as it comes with the most cleaning heads. Included is the Fluffy head which is designed for hard floors as it minimizes damage and scratching it. It is the only version of the V10 which ahs this head so we wouldn’t recommend any other options. A related article worth reading is our comparison of the Dyson V10 and V8.
Shark ION P50 Lightweight Cordless Vacuum
One of the most popular names in the vacuum industry is Shark ION. The Shark ION P50 lightweight cordless is highly versatile as it can be used as both an upright, stick and handheld vacuum. When you consider this with its cordless and light design, you can see that it is highly maneuverable and adaptable to different cleaning scenarios. Whether you want to focus on your floor, reach hard to get places such as under furniture or on shelves, you are covered. Included with the P50 is a hard-floor roller which helps prevent the vacuum damaging your floor whilst maximizing performance for finer dust and larger debris. Each charge of battery life can achieve 50 minutes of cleaning although in many instances it will be less depending on what power mode you select. The P50 has an easy to read battery indicator that is visible on that battery and not too many vacuums actually have this technology.
Shark ION F80
The Shark ION F80 is a predecessor of the P50 that is cheaper and has similar specs. What immediately stands out with the F80 is the maximum battery life of 80 minutes that can be achieved with two batteries and a lower power setting. There aren’t any other options that are the same style of stick vacuum that can offer that same level of run time. It could be argued that it is perhaps unnecessarily long, yet impressive nonetheless. Like many other Shark ION stick vacuums it has DuoClean technology where the one powerhead of the vacuum can rapidly be switched into one of two brushrolls at the click of a button. One of these is more suited to hard floors whilst the other is designed for carpets. Both are effective at cleaning both finer dusts and larger particles of dirt. The main stick of the vacuum has MultiFLEX technology where it can basically bend and reach further under furniture. It is also a two in one product that operates as either a stick or handheld vacuum.
Shark ION Flex DuoClean
The Shark ION Flex DuoClean is a similar vacuum to the P50 and F80 in that it is both a stick and handheld vacuum. This version comes with two ION Power Pack which enable the user to get more cleaning time as they can easily change the battery when cleaning. The DuoClean technology means that one head is effective for cleaning finer dust and larger debris on carpets and hard floors. There is an Upright Mode that combines the bristle brush with a soft brushroll that allows for an instant transition from onto hard floors that won’t scratch them. The benefit of this is that you don’t have to manually switch heads, saving you much time. Reach mode bends the stick and creates an angle so it can reach under the furniture. Above-Floor cleaning uses the handheld part of the vacuum in order to reach higher spots. One shortcoming of this vacuum is that it has a small dustbin, just 0.3 litres which is half the size of many other similar stick vacuums.
Hoover Linx Signature
The Hoover Linx Signature stick cordless is the company’s answer to providing a lightweight vacuum that can perform on a range of surfaces including hard floors. This vacuum has a particularly slick and aesthetic design that gives off a sports car vibe. There is an electronic brushroll that changes mode just by quickly clicking the button on the stick of the vacuum. This allows for a change of cleaning brush which is as rapid as it can be on a vacuum. Being a compact and thin vacuum, the Linx Signature is highly maneuverable and ideal for getting under furniture. The WindTunnel Technology works by creating channels of suction that lifts dirt up from the floor, for more thorough cleaning. There is no specified battery life but it seems to last around 20 to 25 minutes which some users do not find enough. A battery gauge higher up on the vacuum does indicate to the user how much battery is left.
Tineco A11 Hero
Another great option is the Tineco A11 Hero which is a combined stick and handheld vacuum. The Tineco A11 Hero has some very impressive specs which make it well equipped for a range of cleaning tasks. The 450W motor can generate up to 120W of suction power, making it able to perform consistently on both hard floors and soft floors. In Max mode it cleans for up to 24 minutes, although on hard floors it won’t need as much as this. The two batteries that come with the A11 Hero enables up to 60 minutes of cleaning, which will be more than enough in the vast majority of homes. One of the key attachments is the High Torque Power Brush which has been made to maximize performance on both carpets, rugs and hard floors. There are also LED headlights on the vacuum which provide vision when cleaning under furniture or in other situations ith limited light. The dustbin is of a pretty decent size, 0.6 litres which is bigger than most although not as big as the Dyson V11 and V10 which have 0.76 litres. We compare the Tineco A11 vs Dyson V10 in another article in more detail.
Eureka NEC222 HyperClean
A slightly lesser well-known brand and model is the Eureka NEC222 HyperClean. This cordless 2 in 1 vacuum can be used as both a stick and handheld vacuum and is particularly light at just 6.5 lbs. The 220W suction is certainly strong and more than you need for cleaning well on hard floors. Compared to some other models the battery life of 30 minutes on a regular suction mode is a little shorter although this will still be more than enough for most situations. A touch button on the hand vacuum enables seamless switching from carpet to hard floor cleaning that saves you the effort of manually changing your head. There is also an LED headlight that illuminates spaces under furniture to make cleaning easier. In addition to the standard cleaning head, there is an upholstery tool as well as a crevice tool. The exact size of the dustbin isn’t reported although some users say it is a little small.
This buyers guide has brought together many different vacuums at various budgets and styles. We now hope you feel there is an option that suits your needs, whether you want a 2 in 1 model or just a stick vacuum. In general, we stuck to the main brands are they as popular choices for a good reason; high performance. If we had to choose one which was the standout vacuum, we would go with the Dyson V11 as it is powerful, light and has intelligent suction.