This unique and (literally) flexible Shark bagless and cordless canister
Tile flooring is incredibly popular not only for its affordability but also for its ability to zest up a room with new color and pattern. One might think cleaning tile floors would be simple as well: just grab a hardwood vacuum cleaner and get the job done. Tile floors, though, are anything but smooth, which means they are capable of getting dirty in a manner that’s unique to them.
This article examines the best vacuum cleaners to remove every last bit of debris from your tile floor and its grout grooves. Each of our five picks offers a unique solution to the problem of bumpy and uneven grout, as well as methods to clean around corners, behind appliances, and any other hard-to-reach area your tile flooring might include. Afterward, we’ll be going over the type of products, features, and attachments you need to know about before committing to the vacuum cleaner that stands as the best for your tile flooring.
- Shark IONFlex DuoClean IF201
- This unique and literally flexible Shark bagless and cordless canister is the closest thing to a total floor cleaning solution on our list. Boasting DuoClean technology to scrub grout and a unique hinge design that takes full advantage of the included under appliance tool, this vacuum can tackle your tile in any location.
- Dyson V8 Absolute Cordless Stick
- Dyson’s cordless stick vacuum cleaner is popular for its ease of use and signature Dyson design features. The soft brush roll can be a big selling point for tile cleaning solutions, but a lack of parquet tool or hose for the crevice tool limits floor tile cleaning somewhat.
- Bissell PowerEdge 81L2A
- Boasting a unique V-shaped floor nozzle that’s designed for easy corner cleanup, the PowerEdge Pet is an affordable and simple vacuum that skips carpet cleaning functionality for great performance on tile and other bare floors. The lack of attachments, however, can pose a problem for homes with hard-to-reach tile.
- Hoover Linx BH50010
- Hoover’s entry into the cordless stick market comes with easy-access controls and a focus on simplicity. The lack of attachments will be frustrating to some who have above-ground surfaces to clean, but for tile and other types of flooring, the Hoover Linx Cordless Stick is the perfect solution for smaller homes and apartments.
- Bissell Zing 4122
- As the only bagged canister on our list, Bissell Zing 4122 vacuum comes with features far beyond its price tag. Boasting variable suction control and a fair number of attachments, the Bissell ZING deserves recognition as a vacuum that can tackle tile without breaking the bank.
- Vacuum For Tile Floor Buyers Guide
- The Problem With Grout
- Suction First
- Accessories and Corners
- Final Thoughts
Stick | 30 mins Battery | Bagless | Washable Foam Filtration | 8.7 lbs | X ft Hose | ✓ Brush Roll (on/off)
This unique and literally flexible Shark bagless and cordless canister is the closest thing to a total floor cleaning solution on our list. Boasting DuoClean technology to scrub grout and a unique hinge design that takes full advantage of the included under appliance tool, this vacuum can tackle your tile in any location.
- Reach Mode utilizes motorized DuoClean head
- Under appliance wand reaches tile where it’s at
- DuoClean soft brush roll is a must-have for deep grout cleaning
- Cordless design
- Powerful suction
- Top-heavy construction
- Battery can drain quickly when in max power mode
- A small bin means frequent trips to the trash to empty out the debris
- ION power pack allows for continuous cleaning from multiple batteries
- MultiFLEX technology allows for compact storage and excellent reach under furniture
- Attachments: duster crevice tool, wide upholstery tool, anti-allergen dust brush
- Warranty: 5-year Limited (2-Year Limited on battery)
The Shark IONFlex DuoClean IF201 is one of the most powerful Shark stick vacuum cleaners that has quickly become the go-to product for most homeowners thanks to a unique brush roll that’s one of the most effective solutions yet for tackling tile floors.
The lightweight and rechargeable nature of this Shark vacuum means that cleaning just about any surface is a breeze, but what’s really impressive is the model’s soft brush roll that can pick up debris on tile flooring without flinging large debris around. While the cordless design may frustrate some with larger homes, the included attachments make it easy to access tile, wherever it’s at—not to mention carpets, bare floors, above-ground surfaces, and more. Outperforming even flagship products like the Dyson V8 in suction and features, the IONFlex DuoClean is truly a top competitor.
Stick | 40 min Battery | Bagless | HEPA Filtration | 5.75 lbs | X ft Hose | ✓ Brush Roll (on/off)
Dyson’s cordless stick vacuum cleaner is popular for its ease of use and signature Dyson design features. The soft brush roll can be a big selling point for tile cleaning solutions, but a lack of parquet tool or hose for the crevice tool limits floor tile cleaning somewhat.
- Soft brush roll deep cleans grout
- Handles most bare floor surfaces
- Lightweight and easily maneuverable
- Handheld mode operation is easy to use
- Battery life
- Small bin means frequent stops to empty out debris
- Operation can be uncomfortable over time
- No hose
- Full-machine HEPA filtration for those sensitive to allergies
- Dirt Ejector for hygienic debris disposal
- Attachments: Soft brush roll, crevice tool, motorized pet tool
- Warranty: 2-year Limited
The Dyson V8 Absolute has a reputation in the home appliance community for style over function, but generally speaking, Dyson delivers its promised power in this cordless stick vacuum. Dyson’s signature cyclonic suction is powerful and effective on carpets with their standard brush roll, but it is the soft brush roll that stands out for cleaning tile. Plus, the Dyson V8 weighs under six pounds, making it easy to lift it up several flights of stairs without stress.
Handheld mode is another helpful feature, but without a hose, it will force homeowners to stoop down to clean corners and tight spaces on floor tile. Likewise, the bin is especially small given the suction power of the vacuum, and the battery doesn’t last nearly as long as it is stated to when operating the soft brush roll. Still, we think the Dyson V8 Absolute is a worthy competitor to the Shark IONFlex DuoClean. If you’re looking for a streamlined cordless stick vacuum cleaner with a focus on lightweight operation and ease of use, this is the product for you.
Stick | 20 ft cord | Bagless | Foam / Corrugated Filtration | 7.5 lbs | X ft Hose | X Brush Roll
Boasting a unique V-shaped floor nozzle that’s designed for easy corner cleanup, the PowerEdge Pet is an affordable and simple vacuum that skips carpet cleaning functionality for great performance on tile and other bare floors. The lack of attachments, however, can pose a problem for homes with hard-to-reach tile.
- Effective and unique V-shaped nozzle
- Easy to get around furniture
- Lightweight and affordable
- Strong suction
- Great for pet owners
- No attachments
- Small suction hole can be easily clogged by large debris
- No carpet cleaning functionality
- V-Shaped innovative suction technology
- Easy-empty dirt cup
- Attachments: N/A
- Warranty: 1-year Limited
The Bissell PowerEdge 81L2A seems to be Bissell’s answer to calls for a more affordable stick vacuum cleaner. While Dyson and Shark continue to compete for the best all-around cordless stick, this Bissell product aims for bare floors and succeeds. Featuring no attachments, no brush roll, and no adjustability on the floor head, it’s clear that bare floor cleaning is where the buck stops with the Bissell PowerEdge.
This intentional specialization, however, allowed Bissell to focus on suction and a unique floor head. The V-shaped floor nozzle amplifies the already-powerful suction built into the machine by funnelling debris into the center suction hole and towards the bin. Due to the shape, cleaning corners and around table legs is easier than ever, and the included brushes at the end of the nozzle do a fair job of agitating grout debris. Overall, the PowerEdge pet, as the name implies, has more than enough suction to care for dandruff and pet hair alongside the usual debris on tile flooring. Just be sure you have a second vacuum on hand to tackle any carpeting you may have.
Stick | 15-20 min Battery | Bagless | Washable Foam Filtration | 7.3 lbs | X Hose | X Brush Roll
Hoover’s entry into the cordless stick market comes with easy-access controls and a focus on simplicity. The lack of attachments will be frustrating to some who have above-ground surfaces to clean, but for tile and other types of flooring, the Hoover Linx Cordless Stick is the perfect solution for smaller homes and apartments.
- Brush roll can be turned off for tile cleaning
- Low profile
- Highly maneuverable
- Easy-access controls
- No attachments or hoses
- Carpeting performance is limited to low-pile carpeting
- Can struggle on pet hair
- WindTunnel technology aids in powerful suction
- Low profile and high reclining handle
- Attachments: N/A
- Warranty: 2-year Limited
We’re continuing our trend of cordless stick vacuum cleaners with the Hoover Linx. While the majority of Hoover’s products focus on carpeted cleaning, this lightweight, and easy-to-use stick vacuum cleaner is all about tile. Built-in WindTunnel technology allows the Hoover Linx to ensure a proper seal with the ground to make pulling debris out of tile easy. Since the brush roll can be turned off, carpets and tile can both be cleaned with relative ease.
However, much like with the Bissell PowerEdge, it may be best if you use this product exclusively for your tile flooring. Likewise, high-traffic areas or homes with pets may cause the brush roll and associated assembly to clog on occasion. Still, the Hoover WindTunnel is great for smaller homes and apartments with a mix of flooring types.
Canister | 17 ft Cord | Bagged | Multi-Level Filtration | 8 lbs | 5 ft Hose | X Brush Roll
As the only bagged canister on our list, Bissell Zing 4122 vacuum comes with features far beyond its price tag. Boasting variable suction control and a fair number of attachments, the Bissell ZING deserves recognition as a vacuum that can tackle tile without breaking the bank.
- Quite affordable
- Variable suction control
- Works well on above-ground surfaces
- Bagged design great for allergies
- Attachments & canister feel cheap
- Limited carpet and above-ground cleaning
- Performance on grout is limited
- Variable suction control
- Retractable cord
- Attachments: Multi-surface cleaning, telescopic wand, brush tool, crevice tool, upholstery tool
- Warranty: 1-year Limited
Most people double-take when they’re first acquainted with the price of Bissell’s ZING canister vacuum cleaner. In some households, a night out to dinner is more expensive than what this product will cost you at checkout.
The Bissell Zing 4122 vacuum is more than just affordable. The built-in variable suction control aids in cleaning multiple surface types, like curtains. To see this feature on a vacuum at this price point is almost unbelievable. The host of attachments included do feel cheap, but nevertheless work effectively to clean up after the less-than-perfect floor nozzle. It may take a few passes to pick up all of the debris hidden in the grout work of your tile flooring, but if cost is a number one consideration, they don’t make them cheaper than this.
Vacuum For Tile Floor Buyers Guide
Each of our five vacuums uses different methods to clean tile flooring and appeal to different types of homes and homeowners. To help you settle on the vacuum cleaner that’s best for your tile flooring, consider the following:
The Problem With Grout
As we’ve mentioned a few times before, grout poses a significant problem for anyone hoping to clean it. While tile flooring seems like a standard, flat bare floor, the recessed grout in between the tiles is highly porous, leaving room for dirt and debris to make their way in. This debris is often trapped and will eventually stain the grout work over time. Homeowners may try to take a standard brush roll to the problem, but this will only fling larger debris around the room while posing little threat to the deeply embedded debris itself.
This is why a soft brush roller like those found on the Dyson V8 or the Shark IONFlex DuoClean are especially important. This new and innovative technology allows vacuums to remove small debris from hardwood without flinging larger debris across the room. If you’re having a serious problem with getting grout out of your tile flooring, then a soft brush roller is the way to go.
For many of the vacuums on our list, brush rolls aren’t even featured on the unit at all. Like we’ve discussed, only a soft brush roller is going to be effective for cleaning tile flooring. Otherwise, pure suction and lifting power is going to be the main focus.
This is what gives products with powerful or variable suction an edge. Suction—particularly suction that creates a closed seal on the ground—is what aids in pulling debris from ground and flooring without casting it across the room like with a brush roller. Similarly, attachments that give vacuums an edge on securing a closed seal, like a parquet attachment, agitate debris while creating a powerful seal to remove debris. That’s why we’ve focused on products that can quickly secure that seal and pick up debris.
Accessories and Corners
Finally, there’s the issue of accessories to consider. Tile flooring is popular in bathrooms and kitchens, both spaces where fixtures, appliances, and other large objects can limit access to tile flooring for cleaning. If you know your tile is hard to reach, you’ll need to pay special attention to the accessories that come with a tile vacuum cleaner. Some vacuums, like the Bissell PowerEdge 81L2A, are built specifically for corners and edges in mind. Others feature parquet tools or other attachments to help homeowners get into corners and crevices. Regardless, if you have a high-traffic area in your home with tile flooring, we strongly recommend a vacuum that can use a crevice or brush tool to effectively clean the surface even more.
As you can see, there are many vacuums equipped for tile flooring, but not all of them utilize the same method to get the job done. When it comes to the Bissell ZING and Bissell PowerEdge, the focus seems to be on raw suction. Both products also come with brushes on either their attachments or floor nozzles, respectively, which aids in agitating debris adequately to be sucked into the bag or bin. The Hoover Linx also comes with a simple suction design but offers a little more in the way of carpet cleaning for those with multi-surface homes.
It is the soft brush roller, however, that can be found on products like the Dyson V8 Absolute Cordless Stick or Shark IONFlex DuoClean that truly stands out. Using either of these products will grant you total dominion over grout debris and tile floor cleaning. The Dyson V8 Absolute focuses on ease of use, while the Shark IONFlex DuoClean is geared towards a total cleaning solution.
In either case, picking up a vacuum dedicated or specifically focused on tile flooring can mean the difference between a grimy kitchen or a freshly polished look every time. Be sure to consider our suggestions and tips mentioned in the Buyer’s Guide and select the tile floor vacuum cleaner that best aligns with your home and lifestyle.