A good hardwood floor vacuum is essential to proper maintenance of your floor. If dust, dirt and other particles aren’t addressed, they can not only make for a dull, dirty look, they can actually slowly erode your finish, which over time will wear your floor unevenly and unattractively.
You’ll want to limit your choices to either upright or tube-style vacuum cleaners. Which is best for you depends on what you’re looking for.
1. Upright: An upright vacuum is a good multi-purpose machine. As long as it is designed to also work on hardwood floors, it’s a good choice that you can also use for your carpeted rooms. Just make sure that the brushes are off -you don’t want them scratching up your floor!
2. Canister: So-called because of the cylindrical or tube look, these are probably the best to use, as they are specifically designed to include brush-less cleaning to cover a wide range of surface types. They also tend to offer a greater amount of actual vacuum, which means it will probably pick up more particulate matter.
Since this list is for the best vacuum for hardwood floors under $300, they will all be of the second (canister) type.
The Kenmore Progressive Canister Cleaner
Kenmore sells more canister cleaners than anyone out there and there is a reason why. At around $280, this feature-packed model includes adjustable vacuum speed to customize cleaning to the amount of dirt and dust on the floor, filtration that traps dust and pollen down to 0.3 microns, a crevice tool attachment, and even a horsehair tool specifically designed for bare floors.
The Hoover Anniversary WindTunnel
Hoover has to be included in any vacuum cleaner list. They’ve been making them for over 100 years, and provide quality that needs no description. At $299, this model is at the high-end of the affordability list, but the quality and effectiveness are pretty much without equal.
The filtration system traps 99.97% of all dust and pollens down to 0.3 microns. The patented “WindTunnel technology” will remove more difficult particles such as embedded dirt. Add to this a ton of features and put it into a mere 24 pound package and you have a vacuum that will not disappoint.
The Panasonic MC-CG937 Canister Vacuum Cleaner
Panasonic may not be the first name you think of when it comes to vacuums, but they provide some of the best quality on the market. They also offer and extremely wide range of models to ensure something is available at any price range. At $299, this is at the top of the list. A convenient switch allows for easy transition to bare floor vacuuming, and a powerful 12-amp motor provides more than enough vacuum for your cleaning needs. This model provides an excellent vacuum package to take care of the whole house.
The Dirt Devil Jaguar Power Pack
Dirt Devil is widely known for making quality vacuum cleaners at affordable prices. At just around $180, this model still has the same high-quality HEPA filtration system as more expensive models, variable vacuum speeds, and an impressive list of accessories make this model great for cleaning the whole house.