Best Vacuum for Hardwood Floors

As a homeowner with hardwood floors, I’m constantly trying to figure out the best way to get them cleaned. No matter how hard you try, there are always dirt particles and dust bunnies that make their way into your home. You can try simply sweeping your wood floors, but I’ve found that the best solution is to find a vacuum suitable for the task.

The Shark Navigator Lift-Away is currently my vacuum of choice in our household. Here are some of the product specs:

Shark Navigator Lift-Away Pro Special Edition Upright Vacuum (NV370)
  • Model- NV370
  • Power- 1200 Watts
  • Surface Cleaning Types- Carpet, Bare Floors
  • Swivel Steering- Yes
  • Cord Length- 30 ft.
  • Cleaning Path- 9.5″
  • Product Weight- 14 lbs
  • Filtration- Foam Filters and HEPA
  • Suction Control- Yes

The best part about this vacuum is its lightweight design. Most upright vacuums are often too bulky and heavy to comfortably lug around the home; the Lift-Away is just the opposite, weighing only 14 pounds, so you shouldn’t have any trouble moving it around from room to room.

What else do we like about this vacuum? Well, it’s reasonably priced at $200, it has a wide cleaning path, and it offers pretty great suction power at 1200 watts.

When you’re vacuuming wood floors, of course, it’s important that you don’t scratch the surface, as it could cause unwanted damage. So you want to look for a unit that has an on/off brush-roll, which means that you can alternate the cleaning mechanism so that it doesn’t damage your floors.

Some may think $200 is quite a bit to spend on a vacuum cleaner, and I can understand those concerns. But if you think of it as a long-term investment, if you think you can use it for several years — which you should be able to; it’s built to last — then it makes sense over the long term.