Cleaning tile floors is one of the easiest things to do.
The floors are waterproof, making them capable of full wet mopping, and they are pretty strong, meaning you can sweep and scrub and brush them without much worry of damage.
This article examines the best vacuums for tile floor cleaning.
Each one reviewed and compared so you know exactly what to expect.
We also offer care and troubleshooting help as well as a buyer’s guide to help make your purchase decision easier.
Top 5 Vacuums for Tile Flooring
- 1 Top 5 Vacuums for Tile Flooring
- 2 Buyer’s Guide: Considerations Before Buying a Vacuum for Tile Floors
- 3 10 Best Vacuums for Tile Floors
- 3.1 1. Best Robot Vacuum for Tile – iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum
- 3.2 2. Best Budget Robot Vacuum – Eufy RoboVac 11S Robot Vacuum
- 3.3 3. Best Value Vacuum for Tile Floors – Hoover LiNX Cordless Stick Vacuum
- 3.4 4. Dirt Devil 3-in-1 Simpli-Stik Vacuum
- 3.5 5. Eureka PowerSpeed Bagless Upright Vacuum
- 3.6 6. Best Stick Vacuum for Tile 2020 – Dyson V10 Absolute 3-in1 Stick Vacuum
- 3.7 7. Eureka Blaze 3-in-1 Swivel Stick Vacuum
- 3.8 8. Bissell Featherweight Stick Vacuum
- 3.9 9. Eureka Mighty Mite Corded Canister Vacuum
- 3.10 10. Bissell Zing Canister Vacuum
- 4 Care and Maintenance of Your Tile Floor Vacuum
- 5 Troubleshooting Issues
- 6 FAQ for Vacuums for Tile
- 7 Conclusion – Best Vacuum for Tile Floors
Vacuuming tile is a bit tricky and you need the right vacuum to get the best clean possible on your tile floors.
These 5 models are the right vacuums.
Scroll down for all the reviews.
- Best Robot Vacuum for Tile Floors – iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum. “One of the best reviewed and durable robot vacuums on the market“
- Best Stick Vacuum for Tile – Dyson V10 Absolute 3-in1 Stick Vacuum. “Dyson’s most versatile and powerful stick vacuum to date“
- Best Budget Robot Vacuum – Eufy RoboVac 11S Robot Vacuum. “Affordable quality robot vacuum that works great on tile“
- Best Value Stick Vacuum for Tile – Hoover LiNX Cordless Stick Vacuum. “Powerful stick vacuum with a lot of versatility“
- Best Value Upright – Eureka PowerSpeed Bagless Upright Vacuum. “Powerful and affordable upright model“
Buyer’s Guide: Considerations Before Buying a Vacuum for Tile Floors
For powering the vacuum there are two options; you can have a battery powered unit or a corded model.
Corded vacuums tend to have slightly more power, and they don’t run out of power. However, depending on the cord length, you may have to stop and change outlets quite often.
Battery powered models can go anywhere at any time and they provide good airflow. Of course, the downside to a battery is that it will eventually die needing to be recharged, and after a couple of years, replacement.
How the vacuum pulls the dirt into the collection bin is more important than it may seem. Many models will use a straight suction collection method since it is safe for all floors. However, without a brush roller to agitate, you can’t loosen stuck on messes or dislodge debris from carpet.
For tile floors the brush roll isn’t as important since it won’t scratch the surface of the tile like they can on laminate or hardwood. That being said, you need to know your flooring. Just because the tiles may be scratch resistant, doesn’t mean the grout is.
Grout can become brittle over time and if enough of it gets scratched by the brush rollers, it can become loose causing the tiles to fall out.
You want a versatile machine, that is no question. While not every vacuum needs to be a model that cleans the entire home, it needs to have enough capabilities and features to make it worthwhile.
Gone are the days when a vacuum had one job. Now they have to clean carpet, sure, but also hard flooring like tile, and even have other features like furniture cleaning, stairs, or automatic cleaning and scheduling.
Most of the industry is moving to HEPA filtration and for good reason. HEPA filters are becoming less and less expensive and in your vacuum is where they are most important (aside from in your air conditioner).
With HEPA filtration, the in-home allergens are reduced by as much as 99%. This includes dust mites, pollen, pet dander and even mold or mildew spores. Vacuums without HEPA filtration aren’t dead, and become more affordable options.
Aside from airflow, suction and power, the biggest price factor are the included accessories. Some accessories are required such as the crevice tool and upholstery brush and almost every stick or upright vacuum will include them.
However, it is the other accessories that can make or break your buying choice. Things like mini motorized cleaning tools for pet hair, flex hoses or extension wands can really make the vacuum even more versatile.
Some accessories may not be needed, like many of the vacuums that come with multiple cleaning heads. If you don’t need them, you shouldn’t pay for them, unless there is no other option.
Some models will come with additional features that can sway your decision as well. You will want to look for things like extendable handles, cleaning heads with the ability to turn off the brush rollers or even rapid battery charging.
For robot vacuums, mobile app control or containment options are a make or break features that you may want to look for. Anything that is unique to the vacuum that makes it easier for the vacuum to perform is worthy of a long consideration, regardless of the price increase.
Price & Warranty
Speaking of price, the cost of the vacuum is one of the biggest factors. Everyone wants the best deal possible, but we also want reliable, durable and long lasting machines. A vacuum, regardless of the number on the price tag, is an investment.
As long as you stay in budget you will be fine.
Make sure you know what is covered and for how long. It is also important to know what you must do to make a claim if the time ever comes.
10 Best Vacuums for Tile Floors
Below are the 10 best vacuums for tile floors.
Scroll through the list and find your next tile floor specialized vacuum.
1. Best Robot Vacuum for Tile – iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum
One of the best ways to vacuum your floors is to not have to do the work yourself. Robot vacuums make life a bit easier by taking some of the choures off of or plates. The iRobot Roomba 690 is one such robot.
The 600 series is still a favorite today because of its power, precision and ease of use. The fact that the price keeps dropping as newer models come out doesn’t hurt either.
With the 690 model, you get the best the 600 series has to offer, which includes scheduling, automatic recharge and mobile app control. The robot will clean whether you are home or not and can be set to clean at any time on any day, even consecutive days in a row.
Unlike some of the newer Roomba models, there isn’t any navigational control over where the robot goes or how it cleans. However, you can purchase the Virtual Wall Barriers to keep the robot contained within a space or prevent it from entering rooms you don’t want it to.
The mobile app control gives you full power over the robot, allowing you to set schedules, select cleaning modes and monitor the battery and filter to know when to change or charge.
You also get voice commands. Using Alexa or Google Assistant devices you can use your voice to start, stop, pause or resume a cleaning session. You can even tell the robot to return to the charging dock if you don’t want it to continue cleaning.
|Easy to set up and use||Doesn’t resume cleaning after a recharge|
|Mobile app and voice controls||Not the best for pet hair collection|
|Cleans all hard flooring, including tile|
|90 minute runtime per charge|
|Auto-adjust cleaning head keeps brush roll in contact with the floor|
2. Best Budget Robot Vacuum – Eufy RoboVac 11S Robot Vacuum
Eufy has been a long time competitor to the Roomba robot line up. Each version gets them another step closer to the title. The RoboVac 11S is a slim, powerful robot that can get into places most others can’t. It is ideal for tile flooring and even performs well on carpet.
For the price, it beats any Roomba, though suction power and some features are still lacking. This model does not have wireless communications, so you won’t have use of a mobile app or voice commands.
What you do get, though, is a robot that is smaller than almost every other robot vacuum out there. At just 2.25 inches tall, it can get under furniture and between table and chair legs with ease. It has the same random cleaning pattern as the Roomba 690, and it will also return to the charging station when the battery gets low.
It does have a remote control that gives you some added controls. You can select the cleaning mode (edges of the room only, entire home or a spot clean) and you can create schedules.
When creating schedules you can only schedule one per day, and out as far as 7 days in advance. But once a schedule is created, the robot will do the rest.
|Slim design for added cleaning areas||No wireless communications|
|Won’t scratch tile floors||Not as powerful as other robot vacuums|
|Scheduled cleanings are possible|
|Collects large and small debris easily|
3. Best Value Vacuum for Tile Floors – Hoover LiNX Cordless Stick Vacuum
The Hoover LiNX is a cordless vacuum with a lot of pick up power. It also offers you a lot of small features to make vacuuming easier on you without causing fatigue or frustration.
The battery is the weakest point on this model and that is only on the recharge. It takes a long while to fully recharge the battery, so if you don’t finish cleaning before it dies, you will have some time to wait before you can get back to it.
However, the fade-free battery doesn’t lose suction power, even when the battery gets low. It maintains the same power band from 100% charge to 10% charge. It also features a battery indicator so you know when it is about to run out of juice.
If you have a lot of flooring to vacuum you will like the extended recline of the handle. It allows you to reach under chairs and some furniture without having to move anything, saving your back and possible scuffs on your floor.
Probably the best feature though, is the fingertip controls. Using only your thumb you can turn the vacuum on, select the power level (low or high) and turn the brush roller on or off. This helps fight off hand fatigue and saves your softer floors from being scratched or marred.
|Fingertip controls||Battery takes a while to recharge|
|Battery indicator LED|
|Battery charges in a dock so you can store your vacuum away when not in use|
Dirt Devil is well known for their handheld vacuums and the 3-in-1 version is just as durable and reliable as anything they have produced. The Simpli-Stik is a vacuum that is as versatile as it is fun to say.
This model features a lightweight design with a thick, study handle for cleaning the toughest floors. On tile, the vacuum will get the surface as well as in any grooves or along baseboards. This vacuum doesn’t have a lot of attachments, but it does come with a crevice tool.
The tool sits in a holder on the handle for easy access and fits in the end of the vacuum in either handheld or upright modes. This allows you to get above head easier or in hard to reach areas without a lot of bending.
The filter is washable, but needs to be completely dry before putting back in the machine. It is recommended that you wash the filter under running tap water without a lot of scrubbing. You should then let it dry in the dish rack or on a towel for at least 24 hours.
The power cord isn’t the longest, with only 16 feet of reach. This may make it difficult to get your entire home without a lot of outlet changing, but it also means there isn’t as much to wind up when you are finished.
|Cleans any floor type||Power cord is short|
|Washable filter included||Only has a 1-year warranty|
|Straight suction without brush roll won’t scratch floors|
|Cleans ground, furniture and overhead|
Eureka hit the jackpot with the PowerSpeed upright vacuum. This model features a lot of extras that you don’t normally find on a vacuum in this price range. With such an affordable vacuum, you really can’t go wrong.
While this model does fit almost any budget, it also fits just about every home. It offers a 5-level height adjustment for cleaning everything from hardwood and tile floors to shag carpeting. It also has variable speed control so you can use as much suction as you need.
The lift-away handle doesn’t lose suction when in use like some models can, and it easily reaches overhead so you can clean corners and cobwebs from high places.
The only downside to this vacuum is that early versions featured a plastic lift-away handle that cracked more often than should be mentioned. Later releases addressed the issue by using the same metal handle as the PowerSpeed Pet.
However, depending on where you buy, it is still possible to get a plastic handled model. The 1-year warranty is still in effect, though, even if it is a little short.
What isn’t short is the capacity of the collection bin, with a 4.1L fill line and easy empty latch. You also get enough tools to clean any part of your floor or home that you need. For the price, the cost to value ratio is off the charts.
|Affordable for any budget||1-year warranty|
|4.1L collection bin||Plastic handle model can crack|
|Powerful suction on or above ground|
|Multiple tools included|
6. Best Stick Vacuum for Tile 2020 – Dyson V10 Absolute 3-in1 Stick Vacuum
Dyson is a name that we have grown to know as durable, reliable and a bit pricey. However, in a world of you get what you pay for,” Dyson comes out on top. The V10 stick series features three different models. Aside from the colors, the only difference is the included accessories.
The V10 Absolute has, as the name implies, absolutely everything. You get all of the cleaning heads, tools and attachments that they made at time of release. This includes the fluffy roller cleaning head and the torque drive cleaning head.
Either one will work on tile floors, of course, but if you have older tiles or are worried about the grout wearing down, use the fluffy cleaning head. This will not scratch or damage any flooring type and is adept at getting into cracks and crevices.
The battery provides the power and the Dyson-famous cyclonic airflow provides the suction. However, the battery can be hit or miss, depending on how you use the machine. The recharge cycle is about average, usually 3 to 4 hours to a full charge.
However, with no attachments and on the lowest setting, you can get about 40 to 60 minutes out of the battery. Of course, you will want to use attachments and the cleaning heads, which adds to the battery drain. On max power with a motorized head, the battery may last about 10 minutes.
Still, that 10 minutes is enough to clean an entire room and it will be the deepest and most thorough clean you’ve ever had from a stick vacuum.
|Includes every attachment for the V10 series||Most expensive model on this list|
|Cleans any floor type, including tile||Battery can drain rapidly|
|No-loss suction power|
Eureka is on the list again and this time with the most affordable model on the list. The 3-in-1 stick vacuum doesn’t have a lot of additional features, but it does have a lot of power. What it lacks in extras it makes up for in ability.
The three modes are the handheld unit, floor mode with the stick and cleaning head and the handheld with cleaning head. Depending on your needs, each mode will offer a new opportunity to clean.
The handheld mode is ideal for small messes, cleaning furniture or using the onboard crevice tool (the only attachment offered) to get into hard to reach areas. You can also use it in your car or office when needed.
In upright mode, the stick handle extends to make things comfortable for you while the cleaning head picks up fine particles and large debris. It doesn’t have a brush roll so you don’t have to worry about scratching your floors. The castor wheels also roll easily and don’t mar surfaces.
If you leave the cleaning head on and remove the handle, you have the perfect stair cleaner and upholstery vacuum. It also works well on mattresses and cribs or playpens.
The power cord is 18 feet long, which means you can get to a lot of your room, however, you will probably find that you wished it was a bit longer. Even 2 extra feet would be a lot of help.
Still, for such a low price, there isn’t much you can find to complain about with this vacuum.
|Most affordable vacuum on this list||Power cord is a bit short|
|Easily switches to any cleaning mode||Doesn’t agitate carpet fibers|
|Clean hard flooring, carpet and overhead|
|Doesn’t push larger debris around|
Bissell has an answer for the Eureka Blaze and it is the Featherweight. True to its name, this is the lightest model on our list. At just under 3 pounds there isn’t anywhere this little stick vacuum can’t go.
Like the Blaze, the Featherweight features a 3-in-1 design that allows you to clean hard flooring, surface carpeting and stairs. You can also clean overhead or use the crevice tool to get in harder to reach areas.
Like the Eureka model, there isn’t a powered brush roller to get deep into carpeting, and as such it won’t be a real replacement for a higher-quality upright or canister vacuum.
However, on tile floors, the suction is strong enough to get into the grooves between your tiles and keep your hard flooring looking great. With a 1-year warranty there isn’t much coverage, but for the price it would be cheaper to buy new should anything go wrong anyway.
|Extremely lightweight||Not as much suction power as other models|
|Highly affordable||Not the highest quality build materials|
|Won’t scratch flooring|
|Clean whole home|
Eureka and Bissell fight again on this list and this time with canister vacuums. The Eureka Mighty Mite is one of the best all-around canister vacuums around. It features a bagged design and easy to use tools for cleaning any floor at any time.
This model features a bright yellow design (though it is also available in blue) and easy snap on accessories. The flex hose is long enough to reach overhead and with the attachments it won’t strain your back.
You can also pull the hose to bring the Mighty Mite with you. The large castor wheels roll easily and the rotating collar prevents the hose from bunching or twisting.
You can also reverse the hose and use the vacuum as a blower to clear leaves or debris from your porch or garage.
The floor cleaner does have brushes but they do not rotate. The foot switch will raise or lower the brushes. Just note that it is a bit backwards. The brushes should be down for hard flooring and up for carpet.
The wand handles also feature a turn dial to adjust suction and air flow. You simply turn the collar to open or close a small airflow hole and you can pick up more or less as needed based on where you are cleaning.
All of the tools (crevice, brush and extension wands) fit on the canister itself and lock into place. The carry strap allows you to tote the vacuum around on your shoulder to clean stairs, in your car or overhead.
|Multi-purpose airflow (suction or blowing)||Handle and extension wands can crack|
|Lightweight enough to carry on your shoulder|
|Foot switch raises or lowers brushes|
|Over 30 feet of reach with tools and 20-foot cord|
Bissell’s answer to the Eureka Mighty Mite is the Zing. This canister vacuum holds its own against the competition. This model is about a pound lighter than the Mighty Mite, but doesn’t have a shoulder strap.
It does have a carrying handle, though so you can clean the stairs or take it with you when cleaning hard to reach areas. All other times, the large caster wheels will go anywhere you need.
The floor cleaning head also features non-rotating brushes. However, unlike the Eureka model, this one can be difficult to push when cleaning carpet. For hard flooring like your tile floors, you won’t have any difficulty though.
The other major difference between this Bissell canister and the Eureka model is that there aren’t any bags. The 2L collection bin has the filer inside and a one-push button to empty the contents right in your trash can.
Since you don’t have to buy bags all the time, it will save you a bit of money in the long run. However, the biggest drawback is the reach. With only one extension wand and a 15-foot power cord, you will need to find various outlets more often.
|Lightweight design for portability||Power cord is only 15-feet|
|Bagless model to save money||Can be difficult to push on carpeting|
|Auto cord winder|
|Easy-empty collection bin|
Care and Maintenance of Your Tile Floor Vacuum
Taking care of your vacuum is a fairly simple process. However, it can get tedious depending on your model, how easy it is to access all the parts needed for cleaning and how much time you have.
The steps for basic cleaning and maintenance are below.
However, make sure you read through your owner’s manual that comes with your machine.
It may have additional (or less) steps to perform as well as interval suggestions.
- It is wise to combine cleaning and maintenance when suitable to do so. When you empty the collection bin, for example, also remove and check the filter.
- Wipe off the outside of the machine with a clean towel. Make sure to remove any dust build up around the exhaust vents.
- Check the power cord, battery connections or charging dock for damage, problems or debris build-up.
- Clean the brush roller to improve collection performance.
- Clean out any build-up or clogs in the hoses, extension wands and air intake ports.
- Check the wheels for damage and remove any hair or string wrapped around the axles.
- If your vacuum has sensors make sure they are wiped off and clear of dust, too.
Vacuums have moving parts and run on battery or electrical power and as such will have problems from time to time. Before you panic, make sure it isn’t something you can fix yourself.
|Vacuum won’t power on||No power supplied to the vacuum||Check the outlet, plug or battery and make sure any circuit breakers aren’t tripped. Charge battery as needed.|
|Vacuum turns on but doesn’t collect any dirt||Roller, intake or hose may be clogged. Filter might be dirty.||Remove and empty the collection bin and clean off the filter. If the problem persists, inspect the intake port and hoses for clogs and clean as needed.|
|Collection bin canister doesn’t seat properly||Broken clasp or misalignment||Check that the hinged area and clasp are in place and in working order. Check that the filter is firmly inserted in place.|
|Bad smell when vacuum is turned on||Belt for brush roller may be burnt||Remove the cleaning head or brush roller and inspect the belt for wear, cracks or signs of melting.|
|Vacuum makes weird noise when running||Clogged air flow||Inspect the cleaning head, hoses and filter area for large debris blocking passage.|
FAQ for Vacuums for Tile
Below, we answer some of the more common questions about tile flooring and vacuuming this floor type. If you have other questions or concerns, please use the comment section below the article.
Q. How often should I vacuum tile floors?
- Because tile flooring is hardy and doesn’t tend to scratch easily, you can vacuum your tile floors as often as you need to in order to keep them clean and presentable. On average a once weekly cleaning is needed for most floors, but if you have other cleaning methods, you can reduce the vacuuming to once every couple of weeks.
Q. My tile floors have a sealant, will a vacuum scratch it?
- It is possible. Some tile floors are coated with a wax finish to protect the wear layer or for decorative tiles that are painted or embossed. If you have these types of tiles it is better to not take a chance. If your vacuum has the ability to shut off the brush roller, or has a rubber or foam roller, then you will be fine.
Q. Can I use a steam mop on tile floors?
- Yes, tile floors are heat and waterproof so you can use a steam mop to help keep them clean. If you want to know the best steam mops for the job, we have a review article outlining the best steam mops available.
Conclusion – Best Vacuum for Tile Floors
This article outlined what you should look for in a vacuum and gave you the 10 best vacuums for tile floors based on those factors. If you are still on the fence, take another look at the iRobot Roomba 690 robot vacuum.
This model features auto recharging, scheduled cleanings and a powerful suction to clean your tiles and grout between them.