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Best Hard Floor Cleaners 2024: Keep your floors clean the easy way

Hard floors look great but they can be time consuming to keep in the best shape. Well, unless you buy one of our recommended hard floor cleaners.

All of these models are built to take care of hard floors, with dedicated cleaning heads and detergent formulated to clean up dirt and leave a streak-free finish.

Here, I’ve selected the top four cleaners, with both plug-in and battery-powered models. I’ve chosen a selection of cleaners, too, including polishers, vacuums and roller systems, so that you can find the right type for your home.

Every product has been fully tested in our lab, so you can trust that I’ve recommended only the best products.

Best hard floor cleaner at a glance

How we test

Learn more about how we test hard floor cleaners

We put all of our cleaners through a standard set of tests, so that we can compare and contrast the performance of them. We use real-world testing with real dirt, so that we can accurately depict the kind of performance you can expect in real life.

You can find out more in our how we test hard floor cleaners guide.

Vax ONEPWR Glide 2

Best vacuum cleaner and hard floor cleaner
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  • Cleans right to the edge
  • Leaves floors very dry
  • Batteries compatible with other ONEPWR tools


  • Manual dosing
  • No hot air drying

An upgrade on the original, the Vax ONEPWR Glide 2 boosts power, ease of use and edge performance while maintaining many features that made the original so good.

As with the first product, the Glide 2 is part of the ONEPWR range of devices, which includes vacuum cleaners, spot cleaners and more. This model ships with a 4Ah battery, but you can use any ONEPWR battery from other products. If you’ve got other products, that’s handy, as you can boost runtime here by reusing your existing batteries.

We measured battery life at 21m 13s in our tests, which was enough to clean our 25m² kitchen and wiz around the rest of our downstairs. How many hard floors you have and how dirty they are will affect your cleaning range.

This cleaner has a 1-litre clean water tank, which combines water and cleaning solution; there’s a 0.75-litre dirty water tank, where everything sucked up from the floor ends up. Typically, this means emptying the dirty tank a couple of times for a full tank.

Emptying is easy, and there’s a separator inside that removes solids from the waste. While the Glide 2 can be used as a complete vacuum cleaner and mop at the same time, we find it’s often easier to vacuum bigger mess first, particularly with pets: as with all hard floor cleaners, sorting out wet pet hair isn’t fun.

Cleaning performance is excellent. Once turned on, the Glide 2 is in suction-only mode, with a trigger to dispense cleaning solution. We like machines that auto-dose, but the advantage here is that it’s easy to saturate tough stains with the cleaning solution.

Trying the Glide 2 on a variety of messes, it blasted through everything, removing mud, dried-on BBQ sauce and picking up bigger chunks of debris right to the edge of the room. And it left our floors virtually dry, safe to walk on just a few minutes after we had finished cleaning.

Reviewer: David Ludlow
Full review: Vax ONEPWR Glide 2 review

Eufy Mach V1 Ultra

Best for continuous power
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  • Exceptional cleaning
  • Steam shifts tough stains
  • Impressive drying


  • Expensive
  • Large

Boasting a huge 84 minutes of battery life, the cordless Eufy Mach V1 Ultra is an ideal hard floor cleaner for bigger areas and tougher cleaning jobs, or if you simply tend to forget to charge your device after a clean. 

It’s clear that the Eufy Mach V1 Ultra is a more expensive model, however it is the first hard floor cleaner that features a dedicated steam function, as well as the typical vacuum and mop combination. The steam feature significantly reduces the time spent removing tougher dirt and grime.

The steam feature doesn’t just help reduce cleaning time, but thanks to its JetBlack hot air system, more grime is eliminated, surfaces are sanitised and floors dry faster.

You’ll also find a dirt sensor on the V1 Ultra’s LED screen that informs you when your floors are clean. This dirt sensor promises an impressive 99.9% germ removal, which is achieved by utilising the V1 Ultra’s high-temperature and sanitising steam.

Sanitising and eliminating bacteria is a key feature of the V1 Ultra. It features a triple self-cleaning system, which includes self-washing, self-sterilising and self-drying, to ensure that any lingering bacteria and odours are quickly eliminated after cleaning.

The V1 Ultra also ensures floor recontamination is prevented during cleaning. Thanks to the roller brush’s three-step cleaning process, bacteria and leftover debris are removed from the brush. The three-step process includes continuously releasing fresh water to wash the brush, wipers to squeeze any excess water out and utilising the vacuum to remove lingering debris. 

Although more expensive than other hard floor cleaners, the V1 Ultra’s super long battery life and steam feature make light work of tougher messes, making it a worthy investment. 

Reviewer: David Ludlow
Full Review: Eufy Mach V1 Ultra

Shark HydroVac Cordless Hard Floor Cleaner WD210UK

Best lightweight cordless hard floor cleaner
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  • Cleans well
  • Light and simple to use
  • Excellent anti-odour tech


  • No vacuum-only mode
  • Doesn’t get close to the edge

Weighing just 3.95kg, the Shark HydroVac Hard Floor Cleaner is one of the lightest hard floor cleaners we’ve reviewed. As a three-in-one cleaner, it works as a vacuum, mop and self-cleans to eliminate bacteria and odours. 

Not only is the HydroVac lightweight, but it’s also cordless, making it convenient to clean and carry around the whole house. Thanks to its LED display, you can also easily monitor its remaining battery life, surface type and cleanser level and top up accordingly.

The HydroVac can be used to deep clean hard floors, mop up spills and grime and even freshen up rugs and carpets. Dirt is collected into the 500ml dirty water tank, which also houses the washable filter and a solids separator, which catches debris like pet fur and dust. 

Once cleaning is finished, the dirty water tank should be poured away, a task made easier thanks to its spout, and all collected solids emptied into the bin.

It’s worth noting that while being able to vacuum and clean simultaneously is useful, it’s recommended that you vacuum up any noticeable solids first to reduce having to deal with emptying wet mess in the solids separator. This issue is something that’s found with most similar hard floor cleaners.

The HydroVac also comes with a dedicated multi-surface cleaning solution that neutralises odours on floors. We found in our test that the bottle included has enough to fill the tank seven times. In addition, HydroVac’s brush-roll is treated with antimicrobial substances to help preserve the roller and resist bacterial odours.

Once you finish cleaning, simply place the HydroVac back onto its dock to charge and activate its self-cleaning mode, ready for the next clean. 

Its battery life allows for around 25 minutes of runtime, which should be enough to tackle your entire house. 

Reviewer: David Ludlow
Full Review: Shark HydroVac Cordless Hard Floor Cleaner WD210UK

Shark Steam & Scrub Automatic Steam Mop S6002UK

Best steam mop for hard floors
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  • Exceptionally easy to use
  • Automatic steam control
  • Deals with tough stains


  • Can’t get into corners

As good as many steam cleaners are for tackling your hard floors, they can all take a bit of manual work to scrub up. Not so with the Shark Steam & Scrub Automatic Steam Mop S6002UK, which uses two spinning microfibre cloths to do the hard work for you.

Pumping steam out automatically via the two settings (High for tiles and other hard surfaces, Low for wood and laminate), this mop steams and scrubs at the same time.

All you have to do is glide it effortlessly across the floor and it will do the hard work for you. Even tougher stains are dealt with, and I just had to leave the mop over the mess, letting its mop cloths do the work for me.

There’s one minor complaint: the round cloths can’t get into corners, so you’ll need to do a bit of finishing off yourself at the end. Still, for minimum effort and detergent-free cleaning, this mop is hard to beat.

Reviewer: David Ludlow
Full review: Shark Steam & Scrub Automatic Steam Mop S6002UK review

Beldray Detergent Steam Cleaner

Best steam cleaner for hard floors that uses detergent
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  • Stands up on its own
  • Heats up quickly
  • Uses water efficiently


  • Seam volume not adjustable
  • Only one microfibre pad
  • Residue from messier stains

If it’s a properly affordable steam mop you’re after, the Beldray Detergent Steam Cleaner should be a fantastic choice.

It comes in a turquoise and white colour scheme and is a mop that’s both sturdy and easy to work with. This Beldray candidate can also stand up on its own and be easily diassembled as the mop’s metallic handle can be removed at the touch of a button. In addition, we also found this mop to be easy to move around thanks to the fact it’s both lightweight and comes with a 5m cable.

The 330ml water tank offers a decent amount to work with, and since it’s used sparingly, we were able to cover a good amount of ground before needing to refill it. As for other elements besides the water tank, this Beldray mop also comes with a plastic protected on off switch; there aren’t any other controls, but the fact it can be turned on and off from the device is a win over other options where you physically need to turn it off at the wall. Returning back to the water tank for a moment, it’s pretty speedy to heat up – Beldray says it’ll take 25 seconds to heat. As well as also being a steam mop, as the name of the cleaner suggests, it is also possible to freshen up floors some more with the addition of a 200ml detergent tank. This appliance also comes with a Velcro-attached microfibre pad for the mop head, and a carpet glider for helping it to move smoothly across carpeted surfaces.

In testing, the Beldray Detergent Steam Cleaner did a decent job of getting rid of most of the messes we’d left on both smooth and textured tiles in one go. When taking these tests individually, in steaming a patch of rug for 30 seconds, there was a saturation in the colours of the rug after the 30 seconds, although the mop hadn’t quite got rid of a small stain the rug. When removing dried muddy footprints from a laminate floor though, the mop fully removed them in 20 second without any marks or residue, while in our toughest test (a combo of coffee and tomato paste dried into a patch of tiles), it took around 2 and a half minutes for the stain to be fully removed, although only 30 seconds to remove the superficial staining.

Reviewer: Helen Harjak
Full review: Beldray Detergent Steam Cleaner review

Roborock Dyad

Most powerful hard floor cleaner and vacuum
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  • Efficient mopping and cleaning
  • Clever kickstand
  • Smart Auto mode


  • Hair can clog rollers
  • Loud

Coping with wet and dry messes, as well as self-cleaning, the powerful Roborock Dyad is both a vacuum cleaner and a hard floor cleaner.

It has two tanks: a 850ml clean water tank, which can also take suitable machine detergent for extra cleaning power, and a 620ml dirty water tank, into which all the dirt is sucked. The cleaner will tell you when the dirty water tank is full. There’s also a filter for any solid mess.

The controls on the handle include a power toggle button plus a button to change modes. You can get a visual indicator of the level of dirt by looking at the coloured bar that runs around the LCD: the more red there is, the dirtier the floor.

Pushing the Dyad around is easy, with the smooth joint on the head making it quick to zip around chairs. And when you’ve finished, you simply tap the button on top to run the automatic cleaning process, which delivers clean water over the rollers and works brilliantly.

In our tests the Dyad performed superbly, cleaning up loose debris and tougher stains and bringing hard floors back to their best. And with battery life of up to 35 minutes, this floor cleaner should be able to cope with large areas without needing to be recharged.

Reviewer: David Ludlow
Full review: Roborock Dyad

Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni

The best automatic floor cleaner
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  • Excellent mopping
  • Largely automatic maintenance
  • Powerful vacuuming


  • Expensive
  • Dock is large
  • Fiddly to set no-mopping zones

First things first: this is a super-expensive robot vacuum cleaner and mop. So, what’s it doing on this list? Quite simply, it’s the best automated mop that we have reviewed before. While most robot vacuum cleaners that can mop usually just drip water onto a microfibre cloth, the X1 Omni is different.

This model has dual spinning microfibre cloths that actually agitate and remove dirt. It does almost as a good a job at cleaning as a manual steam mop or floor cleaner, only with no actual effort. Used in a well-used kitchen, we found that we only needed to get out a manual floor cleaner every couple of weeks or so, and that was mostly to get right into the edges where the robot can’t reach.

Thanks to its large docking station, the X1 Omni can automatically clean its mopping pads, ditching the dirty water into a large tank, and then it dries itself and takes on a fresh supply of water for the next run. Oh, and it will automatically empty its bin, too, so there’s very little to do.

Vacuuming performance is just as impressive. There are a few minor complains: the software isn’t quite as flexible as some of the competition, and if you have carpets it can be fiddly working out how to clean them without getting them wet. We’d also avoid using the integrated voice assistant, as it’s hard to get it to understand.

If you’ve mostly got hard floors and want them looked after automatically, then this is an exceptional robot vacuum cleaner and mop.

Reviewer: David Ludlow
Full review: Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni review

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Which type of hard floor cleaner do I need?

There are three main types of hard floor cleaner: those with rollers, those with spinning microfibre pads, and steam cleaners. Roller cleaners generally have both dirty water and clean water tanks, sucking up dirt and germs to remove all traces from the floor, leaving your floor almost dry once cleaning is complete. These are a brilliant choice if you have large areas of hard floor in your home.
Cleaners that use microfibre cloths are typically more gentle than roller cleaners, gently buffing the floor clean. These models are good if you have fewer hard floors to worry about. Also, look for a model that can apply a liquid wax finish to protect your floors after cleaning, particularly if you have expensive and delicate, solid timber floors.
Steam cleaners can disinfect floors with heat, but the high temperatures make them better suited to tiled or laminate floors.

What should I look out for with detergent?

Most hard floor cleaners can be used with a detergent, but it’s important to match the type of detergent to the surface you’re cleaning. For example, if you have oiled floors, ensure you use a detergent that’s safe to use on such floors; otherwise, you could cause damage. You can use the manufacturer’s own detergent, although standard floor cleaner would work just as well in most instances. Just follow the instructions to ensure you’re using the correct amount.

Cordless or powered?

Corded cleaners are likely to be more powerful. As such, if your house is predominantly hard floors, then a plug-in cleaner will probably suit you best. If you have fewer hard floors, then the convenience of a cordless cleaner shouldn’t be overlooked.

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