10 Best Multi-Surface Vacuums 2017

For homes with one main type of flooring dominating the walkways, it is easy to choose a vacuum cleaner. Those of us with multiple types of flooring, on the other hand, need a unit that is powerful enough to handle all of them. Some work OK on multiple surfaces, but since you set out in search of the best multi-surface vacuum, we would like to show you our 10 favorite models in this guide.

We’ll highlight the main things you need to focus on as you shop for a multi-surface vacuum and provide you with our detailed reviews of the top three on the list.

Read on to see which brands and models our experts recommend.

Top 10 Multi-Surface Vacuums Ultimate Table

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1. Dyson V8 Absolute Cord-Free VacuumCordless Lift-Away$$$$4.5
2. Shark Navigator Lift-Away ProfessionalCorded Lift-Away$$4.5
3. BISSELL CrossWave Multi-Surface Wet Dry VacuumCorded Wet/Dry$$$4.4
4. Hoover CH30000 PortaPower Lightweight Commercial Canister VacuumCorded Canister$$4.3
5. Hoover Platinum Collection Lightweight Bagged Upright with CanisterCorded Canister & Upright$$4.2
6. Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2 Upright VacuumCorded Upright$$$4.2
7. BISSELL Zing Rewind Bagless Canister VacuumCorded Canister$4.1
8. Hoover Wind Tunnel Air Steerable Pet Bagless Corded Upright Vacuum UH72405PCCorded Upright$4.1
9. BISSELL 3106-Q Featherweight Lightweight VacuumCorded Lift-Away$4.0
10. Hoover Vacuum Cleaner WindTunnel MAX Pet Plus Multi-Cyclonic Corded Bagless Upright Vacuum UH70605Corded Upright$$3.9

Types of Multi-Surface Vacuums to Look For

When it comes to cleaning multiple surfaces, these are the most popular types of vacuum cleaners that tidy folks trust.

  • Lift Away. Vacuums that work as uprights but that have detaching handheld units are also useful for cleaning a variety of surfaces in the home.

Go from carpeting and bare floors to stairs or hard to reach areas like stairs, curtains or car seats.

  • Wet/Dry Vacuum. Anything that can suck the dirt and debris up and then turn around and function as a mop is useful in a home with multiple types of flooring. You can vacuum your rugs and carpeting and then sterilize hard flooring with just the flick of a switch.

The Bissell CrossWave Multi-Surface Wet/Dry Vacuum is probably our favorite unit since they managed to balance both features (wet and dry capabilities) quite well.

Keep in mind that you still have to choose from either corded or cordless models and take the weight of the vacuum into consideration as you shop.

The main thing to focus on is how many different ways you can use it, because the more versatile it is, the more surfaces you’ll be able to clean.

Pay Attention to the Accessories

The more accessories and nozzles that come with a unit, the more places you’ll be able to clean.

  • Tools. Most include a dusting tool and crevice tool, but for even more versatility, look for one that includes and upholstery tool, as well.
  • Heads. Make sure the vacuum has one head for hard flooring and another for carpeting or area rugs. Number two on our list even comes with microfiber pads, which we will discuss more in detail below.

Top 3 Best Multi Surface Vacuum Reviews

1. Dyson V8 Absolute

If you’re looking for a convenient, lightweight vacuum that removes dust bunnies from the hardwood floor just as well as it does dirt from the carpet fibers on your stairs, then Dyson’s V8 Absolute model is the way to go.

This vacuum is cordless and can provide you with 40 minutes of continuous suction when using it with the main head and up to 25 minutes when you use it with the motorized floor tool attachment.

We consider it the best multi-surface vacuum because it is so versatile. You can use it on hard floors and carpet, lift-away the main compartment to function as a handheld vacuum for stairs or in the car, and the accessories are very useful. They provide you with a direct-drive motor head for carpet, a soft roller cleaner to pick up the fine particles from hard floors, handheld vacuum attachments, and the long wand allows you to reach the higher areas with ease.

Brilliant suction power, a HEPA filter helps trap dust and allergens, and the convenience of cord-free operation: it is the ideal solution for homes with multiple surfaces to clean.

2. Shark Navigator Lift-Away Pro

Shark is one of the most popular brands of vacuums out there, and their Lift-Away Pro model receives plenty of good reviews from those who choose it. We find it to be very useful in multi-surface homes and the fact that it is much more affordable than the Dyson adds icing to the cake.

It basically does all of the same things that the Dyson does but with a cord.

It has a lift-away handheld unit that you can use in high corners and around curtains, on stairs or in your car thanks to the pet power brush that is useful for removing fur from upholstery. Use it on the stairs, too.

The Dyson used a soft roller to pick up fine particles, but this one uses a special dusting attachment with microfiber pads to help you pick up the debris. We like it because you can wash and reuse these.

The suction is great, and we like that it has a HEPA filter. Overall, this is the best mid-range vacuum for homes with a mixture of flooring.

3. Bissell CrossWave Wet/Dry Vacuum

Bissell is pretty much the only company that has managed to successfully design a wet/dry vacuum.

This machine will both vacuum and mop at the same time. The mixture of microfiber and nylon bristles on the head allow you to scrub and pick up debris, and we love the head cleaner function! It allows you to keep the air path and brush roll between uses. The roll can also be removed so that you can wash it by hand.

It isn’t the best solution for homes with carpeting and hard flooring but rather rugs and hard flooring. It’s a small unit and isn’t intended for use on large sections of carpeting, but if you have a few rugs and a mixture of hardwood, tile or laminate, then you’ll love how much faster your cleaning routine will go with this vacuum.

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