If you have ever used a heavy vacuum on a hardwood floor, you know how challenging it can be. Carpets are typically straightforward to keep clean, but hardwood is a unique surface that takes a special kind of tool. So, if you want the best vacuum for this type of flooring and avoid feeling like your arm is going to fall off, the following guide should steer you in the right direction.
The Right Tools For The Job
When picking your machine, there are a two features that I consider “must haves.” Since I have a few pets and the dirtiest child in the neighborhood, I’ll go over these necessities and also talk about some optional items to choose from.
Your Roller Brush Needs An Off Option
When vacuuming a hard surface, whether it’s hardwood or even tile, some of the debris might get thrown back instead of sucked up into the dirt bin or bag. This is an issue, especially if you don’t like vacuuming up the same debris over and over. Being able to cut off the roller brush eliminates this issue.
A Good Wand With A Variety Of Attachments
Hardwood floors have sharp corners and edges with the wall. A typical vacuum can’t get to those areas, therefore, having a long enough wand with a wide floor attachment will become your new best friend. This is also great for pet hair since, at times, the exhaust from the unit can blow that hair up, up, and away from you. Not a problem if you’re using a wand.
1. Corded or Cordless
This is a new and wonderful option. Now, technology has advanced enough that battery powered machines have the power and run time to be a viable option. If you’re dealing with a very large floor space, though, you may want to stick with the cordless. With the amount of dirt I need to deal with, corded vacuums are my only option.
2. Wand, Canister, Handheld, or Upright
There is such a variety of body shapes and styles to choose from! Let’s go over them, shall we?
- Wand Vacuums: These are very lightweight, and work well for smaller hardwood surfaces. They are also called stick vacuums, since they are almost like a wand attachment with a motor. Some are cordless, too.
- Canister Machines: These are suitcase-style vacuums that can only be used with a hose and attachments. Definitely a personal preference item, but since you’re not actually pushing the full machine around with each stroke, you can consider this a lightweight option.
- Handheld: Smaller machines that are typically for very small areas, since they only hold a tiny amount of dirt. Mainly, these are used for getting the dog hair off of couches and cleaning stairs a breeze.
- The Upright: The ol’ stand-by that we all know and love. What’s great is that these machines are getting lighter very year without sacrificing suction power. Detachable hoses with many attachments make the upright a serious lightweight contender and all-around versatile machine.
One last very feasible vacuum to consider is the robot vacuum. These cool automatic units do have small dust compartments, but if you use them more frequently, there’s no reason why you can’t go with one of these. You don’t even have to push these machines around–that’s about as lightweight as you can get!
Wherever your search leads you, be sure it has an on/off switch for the roller, a user-friendly wand with attachments, and is the style and body shape you can live with for years. Finally, the lightweight vacuum you choose needs to perform all the functions necessary to clean your hardwood floors with as little hassle as possible.