When choosing a vacuum cleaner for any floor, including a hardwood floor, consumers often look for a low-priced, versatile and durable vacuum cleaner with good suction power. Homeowners who wish to keep their costs down should determine exactly what they need out of a vacuum cleaner so that they do not purchase a vacuum that has unneeded features that will drive up the vacuum's cost. Homeowners should also decide if they want a vacuum that can vacuum multiple types of floors or if they want a vacuum specifically designed for hardwood floors.
Bissell Steam Mop
Homeowners with hardwood floors should get canister vacuums instead of upright vacuums. The canister vacuums should have soft bristles since vacuums can scratch hardwood floors. Wet/dry canister vacuums such as the Bissell Steam Mop eliminate the need for brooms, dust pans, mops and buckets. This vacuum can moisten the floor, allowing the suction to remove the dirt and debris. The vacuum should weigh little since heavier vacuums can damage the floor. Those who are uncomfortable with wet vacuums due to the potential for wood warping can turn the wet feature off and simply dry vacuum the floor.
Eureka Boss Smart Vacuum
The Eureka Boss Smart Vacuum can vacuum both carpets and hardwood floors. The bare floor brush can specifically trap and suck up debris found on the hardwood flooring and has bristles gentle enough to not scratch the floor. The vacuum has a larger brush bar so it can capture a wider range of debris particles. The Boss Smart Vacuum has a more powerful motor than many other vacuums, with a motor that has 12 amps. Electricity passes to this motor through a very long power cord. As of 2010, this vacuum only cost £97.
Dirt Devil 0313 SLV KRUZ
The Dirt Devil 0313 SLV KRUZ cordless vacuum cleaner has a strong motor with 12 volts. With no cord, the homeowner does not have to worry about manoeuvring around the cord or tripping over it. The 0313 SLV KRUZ allows homeowners to easily manoeuvre around kitchens and dining room areas with its ability to pivot and rotate 360 degrees. The path that this vacuum cleans spreads out at the width of 9 inches.
Dyson DC14 All Floors Upright Vacuum
The bagless Dyson DC14 All Floors Upright Vacuum costs more than other vacuums but has greater durability. The motor has 12 amps and the HEPA filter purportedly lasts a lifetime. Most importantly, the operator can turn off the brush bar so that the brush bar does not damage the hardwood floors. Not only does this vacuum lack a bag, but it also doesn't have belts, which minimises the potential for this vacuum to break down.