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Post# 373506   6/9/2017 at 02:50 by henrydreyfuss (Ohio)        

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Could a light-suction cordless stick vac clean better than all uprights on bare floors? Where have upright vacuum manufacturers gone wrong?

Post# 373510 , Reply# 1   6/9/2017 at 05:10 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
In my opinion

NO upright or stick is as good as a good canister for floors....the old Compact floor brush being the very best.

Post# 373514 , Reply# 2   6/9/2017 at 07:04 by eurekaprince (Montreal, Canada)        

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Many people are raving about the new Bissell Crosswave Floor Cleaner. It vacuums and wipes and washes and dries all at the same time. Seems to get rid of dirt no matter how bulky or how fine. And it's got a floor pan which you use with clean water to wash out the whole system after use. There's even a place to store the soft rollers as they dry.

Uprights are notoriously bad for bare floors - too bulky, too noisy (the hard floor surface does not absorb the motor noise) and they can't wipe the microscopic dust that is electrostatically clinging to the floor service. Suction alone does not remove this - you need a soft roller or an electrostatic fibre pad to wipe this away. And uprights that don't allow you to shut off the brush roll are the worst: the brushes can scratch bare floors and often scatter and throw surface litter away from the suction channels.

Bare floor nozzles with a wiping/mopping pads work best - like those offered with some Shark vacs, Filter Queen vacs and Riccar/Simplicity canisters and cordless Swiffer Stick Vacs.

Post# 373518 , Reply# 3   6/9/2017 at 08:31 by Mike811 (Finland)        

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I have used my Shark Rocket HV322 TruePet Ultra-Light Upright for hard floor vacuuming. It is quite good at it, but canister with the parquet nozze is better. Especially picking up a bit heavier particles. With the Shark I have some problems to pick up for example a cat litter. Canister does it all with ease, but of course you have canister to drag around with you. Not really a big issue with modern quality canisters like the Miele.
All my uprights are terrible on the hard floors. They are very clumsy and don't pick up too well at all.

Post# 373519 , Reply# 4   6/9/2017 at 09:36 by luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

In this day and age, convenience products seem to win, no matter what. So, I could see where it would be appealing to some to buy something like the Bissell floor cleaner, if it vacuums, washes, and dries the floor. In my opinion, if you are vacuuming a hard floor for the normal dust/dirt/pet hair, etc, any vacuum with decent suction and brushes should be able to pick it up. Why would you need a special roller to do that like the Dyson or that new Shark version they have been heavily advertising with a soft roller?? Is there really that much fine dust being left behind?

I use my Electrolux Epic 6500 SR canister with my older floor/brush combo tool (from an older canister I had - the kind that you can flip over for rugs and hard floors) and it does perfectly fine for hard floors. I use the brush side for the hard wood floors so it doesn't scratch and then flip it over to the side without brushes for the linoleum floors. I use the powermate for the wall to wall carpet.

I guess some uprights might have difficulty picking some things up like cat litter, but I use an Oreck for quick cleanings and it doesn't leave anything behind, at least nothing I can see anyways. As far as washing the hard wood floors, I use the swiffer wet jet, which does a good job for both the wood floor and linoleum. Easy to just thrown the pad away in the end too.

Post# 373580 , Reply# 5   6/10/2017 at 03:13 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

I also prefer a canister or central vacuum equipped with the castle cut hard floor tool.Uprights are super for rugs & carpets.

Post# 373595 , Reply# 6   6/10/2017 at 09:49 by vacuumlad1650 (North-East Illinois)        

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I agree with Hans...Canisters all the way for bare floors!

Post# 373599 , Reply# 7   6/10/2017 at 11:06 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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When I have the inclination to pull it out and attach the flippy floor brush, any of my Electrolux canisters are great for my hard floors, but most of the time, I'm feeling a little lazier and use one of my Hoover QuikBrooms. They do a decent enough--albeit not stellar--job.

Post# 373603 , Reply# 8   6/10/2017 at 11:27 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

Agree a canister with a good floor brush is best for hard floor. A stick vac can work okay too for smaller areas. I don't know what the craze is with people getting a bagless upright when they don't have any carpet at all. I guess because canisters are pretty rare in big box stores these days, or maybe people just like them. Not sure.

Some of those bagless uprights have a brushroll shutoff, but most don't have any kind of brush to sweep and basically just rely on the suction to do the job. Same with most power nozzles on canisters. I personally don't like using a machine with wheels to clean hard floors, especially an upright or power nozzle. They tend to make a grinding sound.

Post# 373616 , Reply# 9   6/10/2017 at 17:42 by electricbroom (Sunshine State USA)        

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I agree with a canister being the best for hard floors, but if you have a combo of rugs and bare floors, I tend to use a light weight upright like the Riccar Supralite / Simplicity Freedom on low speed for floors. That way I am not having to switch nozzles.

Post# 373636 , Reply# 10   6/11/2017 at 02:11 by Blackheart (North Dakota)        

Can a stick outclean an upright on hard floors. Yes they can. Despite being a full sized machine my Shark powered lift away does pretty poorly on hard flooring typically leaving a fair amount of cat litter behind. My dc-59 cordless can perform much better.

As far as hard floors go, my favorite uprights are the Miele S7/U1 and Orecks. All I have to do with either to prepare for a bare floor is hit a switch.

Canister wise it really depends on the tool they use If we go by stock tools then Riccar/simplicity canisters with the wow/floor it tool are pretty fantastic, Lindhaus has the bernoulli tool, and some machines are utilizing wessell werks HFT-265 which is probably the most interesting hard floor tool i've seen.

Post# 373651 , Reply# 11   6/11/2017 at 13:17 by Mike811 (Finland)        
Twinner is amazing

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My ultimate favorite combination for the hard floors is a canister vacuum cleaner and twinner nozzle.
I can't say enough how much easier it makes vacuuming the hard floors.
It's very light, low profile, doesn't push dirt ahead it and it's very maneuverable.
I have used it in my Shark Rocket HV322 TruePet Ultra-Light Upright and it works better in it than the dust away nozzle.
Suction should be just a bit better.

This video should show why I like it:

Post# 373654 , Reply# 12   6/11/2017 at 14:00 by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
this is why I like canisters

This is one reason why I'm such a big canister fan. I know it's a common suggestion to have an upright for carpet and a canister for hard floors and above the floor cleaning, but if you have a good power nozzle canister, you can do all of this with one vacuum. One upright that is very good on hard floors is the Sebo Felix. You can actually remove the power nozzle and attach a hard floor brush. I guess at that point, it's kind of a broom vac, but most uprights cannot be converted this way, actually I think one of the sharks can do something similar but I have never seen one since I have no interest in uprights or bagless vacuums.

Post# 373662 , Reply# 13   6/11/2017 at 17:19 by myvacsrock (Dayton, OH)        
I'll throw this in there...

To me there is no different between using my Miele Quickstep on my bare floors (preferred), Miele Neptune, or Miele Solaris Electro. They all work exactly the same and have interchangeable attachments. I think the Quick Step being all in one, and not needing to be a drag around canister just makes it easier to use.
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Post# 373663 , Reply# 14   6/11/2017 at 17:37 by Hooverkid (PA,USA)        

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In general I prefer the convenience of an upright, the only 2 that I have found to do a good job on bare floor would be the electrolux discovery and the vorwerk vk117 with the combo tool in floor mode. Other than that I find that a tristar a101 with a tacony hardwood floor nozzle(the one with the built in duster) work very well.

Post# 373689 , Reply# 15   6/11/2017 at 22:57 by compactc9guy (Bathurst New Brunswick Canada )        
Compact and Electrolux

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I have to agree on this as well for bare floor and above floor cleaning the canister tank type cleaner is the best choice to make yes .And i agree whit Ken, the Compact that i own has the best cleaning effectiveness for cleaning the bare floor the shape and design of the bare floor tool is one of the best in the business yes .My Compact Electra interstate C9 or Electrolux AP 200 have the best floor tool design in my opinion light wide good air flow non scratch bristle from horse hair just the best another that comes to mind is The Filter Queen .

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