Owning tile and grout might seem like a lot of maintenance. You likely have a picturesque room in your house, or a bath or spa room that calls for beautiful tile. You dare not however use an upright vacuum, and that is a good call. Who knows what those brush bristles for high pile carpeting would do to that amazing tile? That is why you need a vacuum specifically for hard floors such as tile and stone.
What is the best tile vacuum? In this review, we will be taking a look at ten popular vacuum cleaners from companies such as Shark, Dirt Devil, Dyson and Hoover. We will analyze each of them and point out what makes each one great, as well as what might hold it back. At the end of our review, we will show you to the best vacuum for tile floors.
Without further ado, here are our top 10 vacuums for tile floor
Eureka NEU182A Lightweight Bagless
BISSELL PowerFresh Steam Mop
Shark Rotator TruePet Upright Bagless
iRobot Braava jet 240 Robot Mop
BISSELL PowerEdge Pet Stick Vacuum
Eureka Mighty Mite Corded 3670G
Bissell 1806C Powerfresh Deluxe
Eureka first offering of vacuum cleaner is one that we are very curious about. With a name like Eureka that is known for making solid vacuum cleaners, we never expected them to sell one that costs as little as this one does. This is a light, upright vacuum with a detachable dust bin.
This is an adjustable vacuum that you can use to adjust to thick carpets or even hard floors like tile. So if you wanted to use this vacuum for carpeting in the home as well, you can do just that.
This Powerspeed Vacuum touts an extra large dust bin, so that you can gather up as much dust as possible before it is time to empty.
There are multiple attachments that come with this vacuum, including an upholstery brush, dusting brush and crevice want. Simply detach the hose from the vacuum and you can utilize it to clean surfaces.
This Eureka vacuum comes with a three-year warranty, making it plenty of time for you to verify that this vacuum works as intended and no parts inside are defective.
This vacuum has all the features as the next upright vacuum, but what makes it costs so little? Is it old? Well, many people are not fans of how loud it is and how heavy it is, like it intends to replicate the nagging characteristics of older vacuums. Is there an audience for this vacuum? I have to think so, but it’s certainly not the best vacuum that you can get, even for homeowners that are on a tight budget.
The first vacuum from Bissell is actually a steam cleaner. This is also set at an affordable price, and comes in a sleek white body with a blue trim.
This steam cleaner works to kill 99 percent of germs and bacteria off of surfaces, and it can also clean dirt, stains and other messes easily. It can be used to clean hardwood, ceramic, linoleum, granite, marble and more. No chemicals or toxic cleaning products are used to steam clean, which is great for more natural materials.
It offers three levels of steam cleaning; light, medium and heavy. This way, you do not need to worry about dealing with too much or not enough steam.
There is also what is known as a “fragrance disc” that you can add inside, and the one included with this steam cleaner has a fresh spring scent.
The warranty of this steam cleaner lasts for up to one year. You have plenty of time to see if there is anything wrong with your steam cleaner, and if so, you can be eligible for a free replacement.
There is one this to keep in mind with this steam cleaner, though, and that is that it only works best when you are cleaning a smooth surface. If you try to steam clean tile with this product, it will only effectively clean the surface tile, and the grout or grooves surrounding each tile remain a mystery; it all depends on how deep they are.
We’ve had plenty of great things to say about Shark’s vacuums. This is a rather expensive vacuum, but it comes with some great features that make it well worth the investment. This vacuum is available in either purple or burgundy.
The “hardfloor hero” feature is the one you should take a look at. Caked on stains are no match for this vacuum, as it can really save your tile without any issues or side effects.
The “Powered Lift Away” mode makes the vacuum overall stretch out, so that it is able to reach underneath beds and furniture. We have not seen anything like it, and this would be great for other rooms of the house. But truth be told, we don’t see how this would be useful in most rooms with tile.
The swivel steering feature allows you to maneuver the vacuum without any problems. Large upright vacuums can be a hassle to turn, but the ball bearing works in your favor to offset the bulk and size of the Shark Rotator.
This is also a HEPA friendly vacuum. If you or a family member is allergic to dust, you do not need to worry about it anymore, as HEPA filters work to trap and seal the smallest of allergens with no chance of escaping back into the room.
The vacuum also comes with a five-year warranty. You have a very long time to use the vacuum and make sure that it is one that doesn’t fail on you.
The price is the biggest blunder of this vacuum. While many people do not consider price to be a weakness of a product, it is still one that might affect a consumer’s decision. We feel that it is well worth the price, but does it do the best job in cleaning tiles? It’s great, but perhaps there is something even better. Its the best for bare floors vacuum and carpet.
This self-cleaning robot comes to us from iRobot, but it’s not their Roomba that has revolutionized the home space. It is cousin, the Braava, which touts itself as a self-cleaning mop. It assumes the slim, small shape of the Roomba, in a matte white finish.
It works by spraying water in front of it on the floor, and then mopping and sweeping whatever it sees. It can clean hard floors like hardwood, stone and tile. It scrubs floors gently without using any harmful chemicals.
Because it is so small, it can move underneath furniture and other narrow spaces. It can even move under sinks and across the bottoms of tables. It can move around table legs and other objects without knocking anything over.
You can create an invisible boundary with a built in “virtual wall”. As long as you set up where you’d like the mop to go, it will not leave the room or move past the limits that you set for it.
It is capable of cleaning the hardest and driest stains as well. It detects the spot and chooses the best way to clean ii by itself, when it needs a wet mopping, a wet sweeping or a dry sweeping.
This self-mopping mop comes with a one-year warranty. You have plenty of time to determine if something is wrong with it, and if that is the case, you can be eligible for a free replacement with no expenses paid.
The one thing to look out for is that the pads that it moves on can easily leave behind watery streaks, and you can especially see them when it cleans floors along walls. You would like to have the perfect condition, like no machine has touched your tile. While it does clean as advertised, these streaks can be considered distracting.
Bissell’s next offering is an upright vacuum, the PowerEdge Pet. This one comes with a couple unique features that are worth taking a look at, and it is even less expensive than the PowerSpeed by Eureka.
Firstly, the vacuum head has a V-shape. It resembles the head of a stag beetle, which looks strange. The purpose of this shape is to vacuum around furniture legs and pet bowls without much effort required from the user.
This vacuum also supports swivel steering, so that you can easily make corners as tight as possible without worrying about maneuvering a bulky and clumsy vacuum.
This vacuum works well with low pile carpets, in addition to harder floors like tile, linoleum and hardwood.
This vacuum has a two-year warranty. If it breaks down and it isn’t caused by human error, you can be eligible for another one delivered right to you at no extra costs.
The flaw that you will notice with this vacuum is that the suction power is not all that great. It’s a pet vacuum, and all that it can really pick up are large pieces like dog food. When you want to purchase a vacuum cleaner for tile floors, you do not want to just buy a vacuum specialized for picking up dog kibbles.
This is another inexpensive vacuum that comes is a canister vacuum, made for vacuuming hard floors, walls and other surfaces. This vacuum is available in purple, blue, yellow and orange.
This canister vacuum has a feature that turns it into a blower. If you want to have it around for blowing leaves out of a garage or other tasks, this is a viable product that can do just that.
This is a light vacuum that comes with various attachments such as an extension pipe, dusting brush and narrow wand. If you need to clean tile surfaces and walls, this vacuum can easily do just that.
This vacuum is also backed by a one-year warranty. You have 12 months to see this vacuum through and make sure that it works well from day one.
There honestly is not much to say about this vacuum. It’s a rather simple vacuum, but we honestly cannot say that it does an unbelievable job on tile floors. You basically get what you pay for with this product.
This Bissell steaming mop is very similar to Bissel’s first mop. It looks the same and even offers similar features. They even have the same white color with a modern looking shell. There are a few ways in which this one is different, however.
This mop works to scrub hard floors with water and kill up to 99 percent of germs, so you get a tool that cleans and sanitizes rather than lift debris off from the floor. You can adjust the steam mode, and choose between either a light steam or a heavy one.
The spot removal feature makes removing hard, dry stains a breeze. It washes up sticky stains and leaves behind notes, making this a great mop to have for when a spill happens on your tile floors.
This Bissell mop too has a fragrance disc, and when you use it, it gives off a lovely springtime scent.
This mop comes with a two-year warranty, so do not worry about this mop going bad on its own. You can get it replaced if you ever need a new one.
Like the other Bissell mop, the flaw that had remained here. It does not do well to clean deep grout lines, which a brushed vacuum could easily do.
Another affordable stick vacuum comes in Hoover’s Linx vacuum. It comes with a black body and is bagless, making for a cheap vacuum that tries a lot to be like a powerful upright. That is not a bad thing, however.
What is rare about this stick vacuum is that it comes with a motorized brush. Usually, stick vacuums do not have such feature in order to work well on hard floors. Thankfully, this vacuum can transition well from low pile carpets to hard floors without any fuss.
Swivel steering is also present with the Hoover Linx, allowing you to make tight turn and take your vacuum wherever you need to.
While Hoover tried with this vacuum, the suction power is just not there. We have had some difficulty picking up hair from tile, and it seems like only small particles can only be picked up while heavier objects are just too resistant. The warranty on this vacuum lasts for two years.
Dirt Devil is the make of our next vacuum. The appearance is rather questionable, to say the least. A burnt orange and purple color scheme look like something that would appeal to kids rather than older adults. While it calls itself an upright vacuum, it looks more like a stick vacuum.
This vacuum comes with a filter that you can take out, wash and put back in. The filter is made to keep dog hair off of your floors in addition to odors such as smoke.
Dirt Devil’s vacuum comes with various attachments like a crevice wand, extension rod and furniture brush. You have all you need to clean any kind of mess on your tile floors.
This is a great vacuum to use for both carpet and hard floors. While it does have a motorized brush, it is very face for surfaces. This vacuum also has swivel steering, making maneuvering a cinch and less demanding. There is a warranty, but the length is currently unknown to us.
The nagging problem that we have with this vacuum is that it will not stand up on its own. It leans back and it will fall if you are not there to hold it up. You need to always hold the vacuum even if you just want to use its hose. This is a design flaw that may put off some customers that want easy and stress free vacuuming.
This last vacuum from Bissell is a sleek and expensive vacuum. It has a reusable dust bin, a motorized brush and comes with some unique washing features that can help natural floors like tile.
This vacuum can suck up debris and mop at the same time. So not only can you remove debris from the floor, but it will also clean it well with water and a microfiber brush.
This is a vacuum especially for pet owners, and it also uses a pet cleaning solution to clean odors left behind by pets; hair, urine, you name it.
The suction power is phenomenal and the brush can spin at 3000 rotations per minute. You get a lot for what you pay for, but we have some concerns with this vacuum, too.
Firstly, the pet cleaning product may not be great for cleaning materials like tile and stone. You want to use all natural products, if not just water to clean stains effectively. Secondly, there is no warranty information provided, which is alarming, considering how much money this vacuum costs.
Because there are no such vacuums that are specifically designed for tile and grout, it can be difficult to realize what are the most important features in a vacuum that you intend to use on tile. Generally, it all comes down to preference, or how you prefer to vacuum the tile.
If you know what style of vacuum you want, whether it be upright, canister, robotic, or another kind, then you have a good starting point to go off of. Upright vacuums are the most popular type of household vacuum, and they provide a lot of suction power. Be careful, however, as the brushes on these upright vacuums may end up scratching the tile.
Canister vacuums are great for vacuuming multiple surfaces, so at first, it may sound like the go-to vacuum for tile, as you can vacuum floors, counters, pool beds and more. However, it might actually take you more time to vacuum a floor or surface compared to an upright vacuum.
Finally, there are robotic vacuums. They are becoming increasingly popular because their AI is becoming more competent, they are becoming more affordable and you do not have to operate or supervise it. Robotic vacuums can control themselves to limit their coverage to one area of a room, but if you do not have a lot of time in the home, you might seem like a robotic vacuum is too excessive. Furthermore, robotic vacuums are small, so small that they do not have a whole lot of capacity for debris.
There are variations of these kinds of vacuums, as well. One example is a cordless vacuum, which is a version of an upright vacuum that allows you to take it anywhere in the house. With a corded vacuum, your range is limited based on how long the cord is, but it can run indefinitely. With a cordless vacuum, the battery only runs for about 20 minutes until it shuts itself off. Perhaps, however, that is all the time you need for cleaning your tile.
2-In-1 Vacuums are also viable options, being a cousin of the canister vacuum. You can remove the canister from the vacuum and it can transform into a handheld vacuum, offering more portability and going in places where a regular vacuum cannot go.
One of the most important parts of any vacuum is the brush or vacuum head. It primarily determines what kinds of debris the vacuum will remove from a given floor or surface. The best brushes for hard surfaces such as tile are non-motorized brushes, which do not move or spin when the vacuum is on. They simply do so when you are moving the vacuum forwards.
There are some brushes, however, that are great for harder surfaces like tile. Some brushes are made of rubber, and they are great for picking up larger debris that other brushes find difficulties in doing so, such as grass or wood chips. They trade in their ability to pick up smaller, finer particles, such as hair as a result, however.
How much debris are you looking to pick up and collect at a time? The size of the dust bin can also play a factor into whether or not you will enjoy a certain vacuum. Large dust bins can collect a lot of dust at a time before you have to empty the canister. This means that you can spend more time vacuuming and less time dealing with all the debris inside. The caveat to small dust bins is that they can make the vacuum heavier as you collect more and more debris.
With a smaller dust bin, you can enjoy a lighter vacuuming experience that will not alter the way you vacuum. Smaller dust bins make the vacuum overall lighter to carry and move around with. Smaller dust bins, however, do not have a lot of room to collect dust with, but maybe small is all you need for the tile you want to vacuum on occasion.
You can also consider bagged vacuums. Most bags for vacuums have a lot of room for debris, and you will know when the bag is full. Bagged vacuums eliminate the need to emptying the bag out; simply throw it away to get rid of all the dust. On the flip side, bags are an ongoing expense that you have to deal with, and if you run out of bags, you cannot use the vacuum.
The power of your vacuum in order to clean hard surfaces will depend not only on the debris that you want to pick up, but the efficiency of the vacuum itself. Generally speaking, it is better to have more suction power, since stronger suction will not possibly hard floors like it would high pile carpeting or rugs. Larger debris generally calls for strong and forceful suction. If suction power is a high priority, you should consider canister or upright vacuums that are heavy duty.
Another important factor in choosing a vacuum cleaner for tiles is the filtration system, but because of technological breakthroughs in vacuums, it can be hard to find a poor choice in filtration nowadays. Many vacuums come with HEPA filters, which can trap even the smallest, most microscopic of particles in the form of allergens.
These filters are designed to make air overall healthier. If there are filters are are not HEPA filters, they can also be reliable for homeowners that aren’t allergic to dust or pet dander. They will however allow more particles to pass through the filter and back into the room. If you or a family member has known allergies, you should consider a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
Some filters are also washable. Washable filters mean that you have to remove and clean them, but once you do, you have a clean filter that you can use again and again. These kinds of filters are easy to remove and can last for a long time, for as long as you take proper care of them. A clean filter also means that the suction power in a vacuum is as good as it gets, so be sure to look after your filter often.
When you have a vacuum that is capable of cleaning tile effectively, you have a vacuum that can make your tile cleaner, and in turn, the tile can enjoy longer life and a better appearance over time.
What is great about upright vacuums s that they generally provide the best suction power. They also generally have the largest vacuum heads, so that you can cover more area of floor at a time. This is the main reason why they are a staple in the household today. They do a great job overall at cleaning floors. They also have adequate dust bins, no matter if you decide to go bagged or bagless.
Canister vacuums allow you to vacuum with a hose that you can use to vacuum anything, from floors to surfaces to tables to window sills. They offer the best control and versatility with lightweight maneuverability. There’s no need to cart a heavy object back in forth, as all you regularly need to deal with is a hose with an attached brush. With the many attachments that canister vacuums come with, you can also use them to clean crevices, upholstery and other surfaces.
Robotic vacuums are the newest form of vacuum, in the sense that they and self-cleaning and require no human operation. These vacuums are small, they move on their own, and they know to clean the entire room at times. They also do not take up much storage space, which many homeowners consider to be a big plus. Their main appeal is that they greatly benefit homeowners that do not have time to clean.
Tile and stone are known as one of the hardest (no pun intended) materials to clean with an ordinary vacuum cleaner, and they tend to require the most attention of all materials for floors. Oftentimes, they require not just vacuuming, but mopping as well in order for the tile to look beautiful and high-quality. While there aren’t any vacuums that exist just for tile floors, there are some that do a better job than others when it comes to cleaning them.
There are many questions that you should ask yourself when choosing a vacuum to use for tile floors:
If you have definite answers for all of these questions, you should likely narrow your search down to one or two different vacuums that you are looking at. There are different vacuums that have varying characteristics and features.
Tile is a great choice for rooms due to their durability, their resistance against changes in temperature, their environmentally friendly nature, their affordability and their beauty. Tile, however, isn’t without its flaws. Because tile for the most part comes in a naturally made material, it often requires a lot of attention of all the types of floors, only second to wood, another nature-made material that you might already know doesn’t age well with lack of maintenance.
For the best solution for cleaning a tile floor, you will need a floor washer or wet or dry vacuum. The cleansing action of these vacuums should be able to flesh out the tile and joints. Although if you both seal and glaze tiles beforehand, the performance of other vacuum cleaners on the tile can improve slightly. Allow us to explain.
If the tile is unglazed, you will need a specialty sealer to help seal the tile and prevent anything from infecting it. Even though many types of tile are very hard, it is still somewhat porous, and bacteria can possibly get inside of it. Having the tiles sealed or glazed will block out any moisture or bacteria, much like how sealing or staining wood works.
If your tile is glazed, you should buy mortar to seal in between the tiles. Tile can scratch fairly easily like porcelain enamel or marble when glazed, and mortar helps prevent scratching.
Unsealed and unglazed marble can be stained with grease, and due to the natural properties of tile, stains can end up being permanent and long-lasting if untreated.
Both sealing and glazing tile is great for cleaning it, as they allow vacuuming to be easier and more efficient. If you are buying new tile, you should be sure to have the proper treatments administered so that the tile can not only last longer, but be easier to clean.
If you prefer to not maintain your tile as often, you can opt to buy artificial tile that is made of vinyl or another synthetic material. Artificial floor types require less maintenance and they could be better to clean with a vacuum cleaner. The only downside is that there may not be a color choice in the artificial tile that is available to you. Natural tiles can be made available in any color, making them a much more appealing choice for homeowners.
Because you can practically get any vacuum cleaner to vacuum your tile flooring, you should only be expected to pay for around 200 to 300 dollars for one that is serviceable and gets the job done. 250 dollars is generally the sweet spot for paying for a vacuum cleaner.
You can pay less for a vacuum cleaner, but there are many sacrifices for doing so. The vacuum cleaner might not perform as great as a more expensive vacuum cleaner. In addition, all the features that you get from a standard vacuum may not be available.
You can also pay more than 300 dollars for the best vacuum for tile floors. With more expensive vacuums, better performance and more features are to be expected, with the expense of paying more for it. If your goal is just to vacuum the tile floor, however, you might not find the extra features necessary, and you likely will never use the feature that makes it as expensive as it is.
With that said, your best bet is to buy a vacuum at a moderate price, unless your scenario in mind calls for a vacuum cleaner that is more or less expensive.
For the best results in a vacuum for tiled flooring, you should look for the following features when shopping for a vacuum cleaner.
Non motorized, as in the brush itself does not spin when the vacuum is turned on. You would like brush bristles that do not move via a motor, so that they do not have a chance of scratching up the tile. When you have bristles that do not move, they are more gentle to hard surfaces and only move based on movement, either forwards or backwards. Motorized brushes should only be used for carpets. For some upright vacuums with motorized brushed, you can turn the motor of the brush off so that it doesn’t spin when the vacuum cleaner is running.
Generally speaking, upright vacuums often come with the best suction power, so long as their brushes do not have the complexity to them that would otherwise obstruct the debris’ path to the dust bin. This is what makes canister vacuums better for hard surfaces, because their vacuums are simpler and their suction power, while arguable weaker, is more effective than that of an upright vacuum.
To summarize, upright vacuums have better suction power, but canister vacuums are usually better for tile. While robotic vacuums usually offer the same benefits of cleaning hard floors like canister vacuums, their suction power does that even compare to that of the other types of vacuums. Many companies have tried to develop such a robotic vacuum that offered better suction power, but to no avail.
Tile flooring can be made in any material you desire. The most common materials for tile floor are hard, natural made material, such as the following.
Switching to a new vacuum can feel like getting a new make of car. Some people are just too familiar to become detached to something that they have driven for a while now, that they aren’t willing to switch unless it feels right at home to them. The same thing applies to their style of vacuum.
If you have been used to using an upright vacuum, it will be hard to appreciate using a vacuum of a different kind. Each style of vacuum feels dramatically different from one another, so it is no surprised if you prefer one kind of vacuum over another. If you feel like you need to change to a new style of vacuum for vacuuming tile, here is what to expect for upright, canister, and robotic vacuums.
Upright vacuums are the traditional machine vacuums that are heavy and bulky, but still get the job done when it comes to cleaning a carpet or floor. You will have to constantly push and pull the vacuum back and forth to clean one area at a time, but the vacuum head is wide enough to the point where you will cover a lot of room in a little bit of time.
Some consumers argue that it is hard to maneuver upright vacuums, and some companies have answered with upright vacuums that have ball bearings and swivel steering. Canister vacuums involve a case that houses both the motor and dust bin, and this case is often placed aside.
The vacuuming often comes from a flexible hose and large vacuum head, which many consumers find it much lighter to handle. Rather than cart the vacuum and push it, the user is free to pick the vacuum up anywhere he or she pleases and place it anywhere on the floor. Because of this perk, users can also vacuum above floors and onto other surfaces, such as walls, tables, window sills and more. Robotic vacuums are vacuums that clean floors and surfaces on their own, so you are not required for it to run.
However, you should still at least supervise the vacuum to make sure that it goes where you want it to go. You could end up turning a blind eye to it only for it to not even do anything, so the only way to be sure that it does its job is if you see it work. This is a common criticism that some consumers have against robotic vacuums, because you still require time invested into supervising it, which doesn’t make it any better than buying another style of vacuum entirely.
The best vacuum for tile flooring that we have come across is the iRobot Braava jet 240 Robot Mop.
This is a shocking decision, as we tend to believe that self-cleaning robots do not have the AI to do a great job with cleaning. You can never trust a robot to do a better job than the one you would do by yourself, but we were very impressed with what this mop did to clean tile.
All the stains and debris were removed effectively, the robot did not move out of bounds, and the tile floors are overall cleaner as a result. You will have to supervise it, even though we have trusted it enough to cover every square inch of tile in our room.
The one takeaway we had were the wet streaks that the padding leaves behind, but it may not be a big deal for you. We’d say it would only be a big concern if you managed a public area like a commercial building, where certain people would indeed care what it looked like on the inside.
There were many other great vacuum cleaners in this review, and Shark’s vacuums never disappoint.
We consider this vacuum as well for carpeting and hardwood. It does remove stains too, and it receives rave reviews from all kinds of homeowners. For tile though, you won’t find any better than the self-cleaning robot from iRobot, the Braava.
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