Hardwood, Pets, and Vacuuming: 6 Most Recommended MachinesDecember 18, 2014
In the first part of this two-part series, we offered general floor maintenance advice to consider when choosing a vacuum for your hardwood, especially if you have pets around. These days, more and more manufacturers are coming out with vacuum cleaners that claim to work miracles on the dirt, hair, and general messes that animals can leave around the house.
Unfortunately, many of these are designed more for carpet and upholstery and can be ineffective on bare floors and even cause damage to your hardwood. While some homeowners and landlords opt not to allow pets in their homes, this isn’t always an option — our furry friends are more than often part of the family. So, you need to know your best vacuum and cleaning options.
Several machines are great for cleaning both hardwood and carpets/ upholstery. To help you pick the best, we did some research and came up with the list below. Of course, no poll of this kind can be truly complete, and we know that a lot of variables besides the ones mentioned factor in when it comes to choosing the right vacuum cleaner. But in case you’re not up for hours of internet research and on-site testing, here are what we found to be the most recommended vacuum cleaners specifically designed or easily adjusted for use on hardwood floors that also offer the power and flexibility needed for cleaning up after pets.
Accessories / Features
What makes it great
|PowerEdge Pet Hard Floor Corded Vacuum, 81L2A (or 81L2T)
|Recommended across the board; designed for bare and wood floor surfaces but can also vacuum area rugs and low pile carpeting; V-shaped design offers wide and precise cleaning angle; superior suction takes care of even larger debris like pet food and litter
|3670G Mighty Mite Canister Vacuum
|Recommended across the board; can also be used as a blower; very versatile, can be used all around the house (drapes, floors, garage, furniture)
|S2121 Olympus Canister Vacuum Cleaner
|21 ft (29.5 ft operating radius)
|Recommended across the board; powerful motor; very versatile; built to last; 7-Year Warranty
|Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, BH50010
15 – 20 min average battery runtime, takes about 3 hrs to fully charge
|Frequently recommended; removable battery and separate charger mean you don’t have to find a place for a dock; picks up everything from pet hair to Cheerios, no problem; surprisingly powerful; can also be used on short and mid-pile carpeting
|Air Cordless Series 3.0 Bagless Upright Vacuum, BH50140
50 minutes average battery runtime
|Frequently recommended; also does a great job on carpet and rugs; 5-Year Limited Warranty on Vacuum and Batteries
|Navigator Lift-Away Professional Upright (NV356E)
(full unit); canister is 8.0 lbs
on its own
|Frequently recommended; great for all types of floors; one of the best vacuums for allergy sufferers; the portable lift-away canister turns the upright into a lightweight canister, great for stairs, drapes, etc.; 5-Year Warranty
BONUS Coming Soon (we hope): Though it is not on the market in the U.S. yet, we understand from Dyson Japan that the new Dyson Fluffy (DC74) may be the hardwood vacuum cleaner of our dreams. It has a soft roller made of tiny microfiber bristles in place of traditional upright brush rollers, enabling it to wipe the dust off the floor without scratching. Combine that with Dyson’s signature mastery of cordless, lightweight machines with powerful suction, and, well, it’s hard to imagine anything better. You can check out the preview of the Fluffy at Gizmodo.