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Best Vacuum Cleaners for Hard Floors (2022 UK)

If you’ve got hard floors running throughout your home and you’re looking to upgrade your vacuum cleaner, you might be wondering which hoover would suit your house.

Vacuum cleaners aren’t exactly cheap, and with so many to choose from you might be a tad confused about which one is right for you.

If you’re a little concerned about buying your next vacuum cleaner, you’re in the right place.

Below you’ll find a list of vacuum cleaners that can clean hard floors. Check them out before you decide which cleaner to buy!

The Best Vacuum Cleaners for Hard Floors in the UK

1. Shark Corded Stick Vacuum Cleaner HZ500UK

Cordless or corded? Corded (10 m)
Weight: 7 kg
Handheld mode: Yes
Dimensions: 26 x 41 x 118 cm

If you’re going to be sucking up a lot of hair from your hard floors but you need something lightweight and easy to use, then Shark’s stylish Corded Stick Vacuum Cleaner HZ500UK is a great choice.

With anti-hair wrap technology that removes hair before it gets knotted in the head, you can rest assured that you won’t have to tend to the matted bristles of this purple cleaner.

After all, sitting down and teasing strands of your hair and your pet’s hair out of a vacuum cleaner’s head isn’t really much fun, so if a machine can do it for you, let it!

This vacuum cleaner is only 7kg in weight, so it’s much lighter than some other models on the market, making it very maneuverable.

Shark have also taken things one step further with this model, not only does the brush head remove hairy problems, but the head also has DuoClean technology.

This means that you can swap from hard floors to carpet floors with ease, and that you have two brushes rolling at the same time to clean your floors.

The brush head also has plenty of suction, so you don’t need to worry about skipping over small pieces of dirt.

And if that wasn’t enough, the stick also has Flexology tech too. In short, this means that the vacuum cleaner can bend in half to be stored away.

This is an excellent space-saving feature for those of you who may not have room in your home to keep a large hoover.

In addition to the above, the Shark Corded Vacuum Stick comes with a 10 metre extra-long cable, so you can plug it in and walk around your house hoovering.

So, you won’t have to stop all the time to swap plug sockets with this Shark. Having a cable also means that you don’t have to worry about the battery running out, so you can clean for longer.

However, you will need to stop to empty the rather small rubbish bin often.

While there are several benefits of choosing a Shark Corded Stick Vacuum Cleaner HZ500UK for your home, you should also know that some users think that the stick is too tall (118 cm). This can make hoovering a little more difficult. But this, of course, will not affect everyone.

Further to this, although the stick comes with lots of technology built into it, one thing that seems to have been overlooked is that the vacuum cleaner cannot stand upright by itself.

The head appears to be quite heavy, which makes the stick top heavy and this results in it falling over.

Of course, this doesn’t happen when you’ve folded the stick in half. But it can be annoying leaning down to pick the cleaner up off the floor all the time.

Following on from this, users have noted that the heavy head of the corded stick also makes hoovering in handheld mode quite tiring. This would make hoovering up and down the stairs hard work, but not impossible.

Overall, the Shark Corded Vacuum Stick HZ500UK is very good, is straightforward to use on hard floors, and it comes at a reasonable price. 


2. Bissell CrossWave

Cordless or corded? Corded (7.6 m)
Weight: 5 kg
Handheld mode? No
Dimensions: 30.7 x 30.9 x 115.5 cm

If you’re interested in cleaning your hard floors with something more than just a vacuum cleaner, you should look into the Bissell CrossWave.

The CrossWave is not only a vacuum cleaner, it also washes and dries your flooring for you at once.

This 3-in-1 cleaner is certainly going to be a time-saver for those of you with busy schedules.

The Bissell CrossWave has been designed with ease of use in mind. So much so, that the machine comes with a pivoting head, so you can reach into difficult spaces.

You can also remove and clean the important parts in the machine including emptying the two water tanks. And you can clean the brush head and replace the brushroll. You can even control the machine by using the Smart Clean Fingertip control buttons.

This appliance is super simple to use around your home, and even though it cannot be used in handheld mode, you can use it to deep clean most of the floors in your house. And this includes carpeted floors.

In addition to the above, you can also purchase Bissell products for the CrossWave, items like Bissell’s Multi-Surface Floor Cleaning Solution and Bissell’s CrossWave Multi-Surface Brushroll can be bought at a reasonable price on Amazon.

However, buying additional products for the machine like those mentioned above, may make this floor cleaner more expensive overall, because most vacuums don’t require additional products to work successfully.

Of course, there are some drawbacks to buying a CrossWave, and these include the short cable length that comes with the cleaner.

At 7.6 m long you may have to swap plug points a few times as you clean. That being said, you might find yourself stopping regularly to empty the dirty water tank that seems to fill up fairly quickly anyway.

Further to this, some users have noted that, although the CrossWave has a pivoting head, the machine does sometimes have trouble getting into small gaps and sucking dirt up.

So, if your home is quite busy with lots of items, you may have trouble squeezing the machine in and out of all the nooks and crannies, and you might be disappointed with the overall clean because of this.   

Overall, the Bissell CrossWave is an interesting cleaner that comes with a wet-wash feature, and although it comes at a reasonable price, there are hard floor cleaners out there that can do just as good a job without wetting the floor.


3. Shark IZ201UKT Anti Hair Wrap Pet Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Shark IZ201UKT Anti Hair Wrap Pet Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Cordless or corded? Cordless
Weight: 4.1kg
Handheld mode? Yes
Dimensions: 24.5 x 26 x 118 cm

If you’re interested in getting a Shark vacuum cleaner, but you’d rather have a cordless and a more pet friendly one, you should check out the Shark IZ201UKT Anti Hair Wrap Pet Cordless Vacuum Cleaner.

This model, like other models by Shark, has anti-hair wrap technology inside the brush head which makes this cleaner ideal for homes where lots of hair is likely to be cleaned up. The anti-hair wrap system prevents hair from getting knotted up in the bristles.

In addition to this feature, this cleaner comes with Flexology technology too, so you can bend the stick section of the hoover to tidy under tables, for example. And it makes the cleaner very easy to store away in small spaces.

Further to the above, you also get 40 minutes’ worth of battery time from this hoover if it has been fully charged.

However, how you use your vacuum cleaner will directly impact how much battery time you use. So, if you hoover wisely you should get the full 40 minutes out of the battery, but if you “hoover hard”, this may strain the battery and it’ll discharge faster.

Although the Shark IZ201UKT Anti Hair Wrap Pet Cordless Vacuum Cleaner is said to be the ideal hoover for hair-riddled homes, some users haven’t found this to be the case.

Some note that the hoover does clean away some hair but not all hair, and others say that you have to go over a patch a few times for hair to be lifted away.

Of course, if you have a corded model, going back over one patch of flooring wouldn’t be so bad, but when you have a battery-operated model you are wasting precious battery energy by hoovering the same section over and over again. This would then impact how much of the house you’d actually get hoovered in one go.

You’d have to go back and recharge your one battery, unless you had a spare, and this would take around three and a half hours. So, you wouldn’t be able to crack on with the cleaning immediately, which may be a problem.

Overall, the Shark IZ201UKT Anti Hair Wrap Pet Cordless Vacuum Cleaner is a good cleaner for hard floors.

However, if you know your home is filled with lots of pet hair, and you’re going to be cleaning for longer, then perhaps a corded cleaner would be better for you. The battery on this model doesn’t last for hours.


4. Duronic Bagless Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner VC7020

Cordless or corded? Corded (5 m)
Weight: 7.5kg
Handheld mode? No
Dimensions: 32 x 32 x 32 cm

If you’ve got a busy home to clean, and you don’t want to be running back and forth to the bin to empty the dust away, you should look into the Duronic Bagless Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner VC7020.

This plug-in hoover comes with a large dustbin of 2.5 litres, which is a lot bigger than other models, and it means that more dust can be gathered in one session.

If you’re concerned about all the dust particles floating around in the machine, you can stop worrying right now.

The Duronic Bagless Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner VC7020 comes with a HEPA filter fitted inside of it. And this HEPA filter prevents dust particles and pollen from re-entering your home, and would make the air safer for those with allergies in the house.

Further to this, the cleaner comes with a variable suction rate of up to 800w that you can control yourself. Which is ideal if you need to clean particular dirty floors that require more suction.

However, you should keep in mind that some users have noticed a decline in the vacuum cleaner’s suction when they haven’t cleaned the machine out in a while.

In addition to this, the little red and black cylinder vacuum cleaner comes with two wheels, so it can be dragged or pushed around a home with ease.

It also has two sturdy handles that you can use to lift and transport the cleaner around. This makes this model very practical and lightweight to use.

With practicality in mind, there is a clip on the back of the cylinder that you can hook the hoover pipe onto ready for when you store the machine away. This makes the cleaner look very neat and quite compact.

One of the few downsides to the Duronic Bagless Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner is that it comes with such a short cable.

The cable is only 5 metres in length, so it’s not likely to stretch all around your home, so you’ll have to change power points quite often.

Plus, a few users have mentioned that this particular model, albeit good for cleaning hard floors, is not too good at cleaning pet hair from floors.

This is likely to be a problem if you have a pet(s) in your home, but if you don’t then this vacuum cleaner would be fine for you.  

Overall, the Duronic Bagless Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner VC7020 is a compact cylindrical vacuum cleaner that comes with accessories to aid your hoovering sessions.

It’s very reasonably priced in comparison to other cleaners, but the short cable length may be a big issue for some.


5. Dyson V15 Detect Absolute Vacuum Cleaner

Dyson V15 Detect Absolute Vacuum Cleaner

Cordless or corded? Cordless
Item weight: 3 kg
Handheld mode: Yes
Dimensions: 25.2 x 25 x 126.4 cm

If you’re looking out for an ultra-modern, teched-up vacuum cleaner that can work wonders on your hard floors, then Dyson has the model for you.

The Dyson V15 Detect Absolute Vacuum Cleaner is one of the more expensive cleaners you can buy today, and while you might be turned off by the price of this model, it does have some pretty great features that can aid your hoovering sessions.

One of these features is its in-built laser technology. Yes, there are actual lasers, and they’re there to help clean your hard floors.

To put it simply, the lasers examine the hard floors in your home and find dirt particles that can’t be seen by the human eye, then the hoover clears the dirt away.

Such a feature really does make sure that your home is cleaned to the best that it could be.

Another feature is its suction mechanism. The mechanism detects how much dirt you’re cleaning up, and then adjusts the suction on the hoover to suit what you’re cleaning. It’s a pretty neat little trick if you ask me.

And the tech doesn’t stop there. The Dyson V15 Detect Absolute Vacuum Cleaner also comes with an LCD screen that tells you what type of dirt you’re cleaning up, and it even informs you when the room you’re cleaning is sufficiently clean. This, in the long run, stops you from wasting time cleaning rooms that are already clean.

Of course, it goes without saying that when you put all the features above together, you’re going to be landed with a hefty bill. Nonetheless, most of the features are actually helpful, but how long these features will stay helpful for will probably wane once the excitement has worn off.

In addition to all the fancy features above, the Dyson V15 is also a cordless cleaner that can run for about 60 minutes.

However, how long you’ll actually get out of a full battery depends on how you use the machine, for example, high suction often reduces the battery far quicker than lower suction.

Further to this, it also takes about four and a half hours to fully charge the battery up again, which isn’t ideal if you really need to clean your home.

Also, some users have noted that they find the dustbin a little on the small side, 0.76 litres. This size dustbin isn’t exactly huge and you may need to empty it regularly.

However, if you use this machine wisely and make use of the features it comes with, you might be able to manage the dirt in your home a little better.

Overall, the Dyson V15 Detect Absolute Vacuum Cleaner is a lightweight, manoeuvrable, tech filled cleaner that comes at a cost.


How to Choose a Hard Floor Vacuum Cleaner

Before you pick a hard floor vacuum cleaner, consider these questions:

  • Do you want to buy a corded or cordless vacuum cleaner?
  • How long do you take now to hoover your home (Get a rough idea so you know how long a battery would need to last)?
  • Would you consider buying an extra battery if you had a cordless hoover?
  • Do you need an extra lightweight vacuum cleaner?
  • Should you consider buying a hoover that has bags/bagless and what size should the bin be? (Get a rough idea of how much dirt you collect already).
  • Do you want a hard floor vacuum cleaner that can wet-clean the floors?
  • Is buying a tech-oriented cleaner important?
  • What budget do you have?
  • Should you be washing your hard floors with water or are they dry clean only?
  • Will you be cleaning other types of floors?
  • How much room do you have available to store the hoover?

Once you’ve answered the questions above, you’ll have a much better picture about what type of vacuum cleaner you actually need and can afford.

In addition to the questions above you should also:

  • Purchase a vacuum cleaner from a reputable company.
  • Buy a vacuum cleaner from somewhere near to you (If you needed to take it back to the shop you can, for example).
  • Keep an eye out for any extra warranties you can get.



If I had to pick just one hard floor cleaner to recommend to you it would be the Shark Corded Stick Vacuum Cleaner HZ500UK.

I’d recommend this cleaner because it’s well priced, it’s easy to use on hard floors, it has some excellent technology built into it, and finally, it’s corded so you don’t have to worry about charging up a battery, or the battery running out on you while you hoover.

The Shark IZ201UKT Anti Hair Wrap Pet Cordless Vacuum Cleaner is a good alternative to the corded Shark product mentioned above. If you want a cordless cleaner that still packs power, then this would be one to consider.

If you’d like to go down the wet-wash route, the Bissell CrossWave is a good option. It’s not too technically demanding to use. It’ll give you a different sort of clean and it’s lightweight.