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Best Hard Floor Vacuum

The Hard Floor Vacuum Review

Homes both old and new often have many areas covered in hard flooring. Older homes often have multiple rooms with beautiful natural hard wood floors. Newer homes often have natural or synthetic hard wood floors. Most homes have some area that is floored in tile, linoleum or other hard floor material. Typically, they are used in the kitchen and eating area because hard floors are easier to keep stain free than carpeting. Pets, food and general family life mean that the hard flooring will be exposed to dirt, dust and spills. This makes it necessary to clean the hard floors at least daily. A hard wood vacuum is a convenient way to keep hard wood floors clean. The best hard wood vacuums have multiple features making them convenient to use at any time. They should be lightweight, easy to maneuver, easy to store and have added features to make cleaning up a simple task.

The Top Pick

BISSELL PowerEdge Pet Hard Floor Corded Vacuum, 81L2A

Bissell’s Power Edge Vacuum is a light weight stick vacuum that is easy and efficient to use. It has a V-shaped swivel head that can be used to clean in tight spaces, along edges and around furniture and rugs and gathers dust and dirt into the center suction area. Its dirt cup is easy to clean out. It has a 20 foot cord so it can clean at long ranges without having to rely on a battery charge.

Buyers Guide

The most important things to look for when purchasing a hard floor vacuum are quality, versatility and convenience of use. Hard floor vacuums must be able to clean up stains as well as dust and dirt. It is important that the vacuum does not scratch the hard floor. The vacuum should be lightweight and easy to maneuver. It should be good for quick clean ups as well as regular thorough cleaning. Some vacuum cleaners adjust from carpet to hard floor. When used on carpet, the bristles rotate to lift up dirt from deep in the carpet piles and remove it. A switch on the vacuum will keep the bristles from turning and work with suction power to remove dirt from hard floors. While this may work for quick clean ups of dust and dirt, it is not sufficient in keeping hard floors clean on a regular basis. A separate vacuum made for hard floor cleaning is ideal. Factors that should be considered when buying a hard floor vacuum are light weight, maneuverability, corded or cordless, dirt bin, filter, versatility and of course, quality.

Light Weight and Maneuverability

Because hard floors, particularly in high traffic areas and kitchens, need constant clean up, it is important to have a light weight vacuum. This makes it easier to use for quick clean ups and when cleaning large areas of hard floor in one or more rooms. It is also a good idea to consider the size and weight of the vacuum because storage should be convenient. The vacuum should be quickly accessible and can be used at a moment’s notice.

Maneuverability is an important consideration with a hard floor vacuum. The dimensions of the vacuum are important because it should be able to clean in small spaces, corners and edges. It should be able to maneuver around furniture legs and rugs. Many hard floor vacuums have v-shaped heads that swivel to reach all spots in the room.

Quality

Hard Floor VacuumA good hard floor vacuum will have a lot of power and be made with quality parts. Suction power in any vacuum is important. Quality made vacuums will have well built parts and carry a manufacturer’s warranty for reassurance.

Versatility

A vacuum with both wet and dry functions is ideal. One that can be used in dry mode will clean up general dirt and dust. An added wet function is great for deeper cleaning and removing spills and stains. When working in wet mode, a canister is filled with a cleaning product that will efficiently clean up spills and stains while making hard floors shine.

Attachments are also a nice feature added to some hard floor vacuums. The most common attachment is a hand held vacuum. This is convenient for cleaning up dirt quickly and for use on furniture. Other attachments to the head are not always necessary but certainly convenient to use in small spaces or corners.

Dirt Storage

Hard floor vacuums come with or without bags. Bags are easy to remove and throw away when filled, but this is an added regular expense. Bag-less vacuums are more common in hard floor vacuums. The dirt bin is filled with debris and emptied as necessary. A bigger dirt bin means less time spent dumping out the debris. Many hard floor vacuums have washable dirt bins which are convenient and clean. Just remove the dirt bin and place it in the top rack of the dishwasher for general maintenance.

Corded or Cordless

Hard floor vacuums come in both corded and cordless models. There are pros and cons to both. A cordless vacuum works on a chargeable battery. Because there is no cord, the vacuum can be used in longer ranges. When cleaning multiple rooms, this is definitely a convenient consideration. However, most cordless vacuums must be charged for several hours to get 30 minutes or less of cleaning time. Cordless vacuums are convenient but not for heavy duty cleaning in several rooms. They are however, great for general daily vacuuming because they can be kept charging and used as necessary.

Filter

The filter of any vacuum is one of its most major features. A vacuum uses its power to suck up dirt and dust. The filter traps that dirt and dust so that it is not released back into the air. Filters are disposable, washable or HEPA. Disposable filters have the added expense of replacing the filter. Washable filters are convenient because they can be cleaned (some can be cleaned in the top rack of the dishwasher) and reused. HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters are the most thorough in keeping dust out of the air. It is the ideal choice for those with allergies or asthma.

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