The best vacuum to use on hardwood floors is a model that cleans the floor easily but does not harm the floor. Models with beater brushes should be avoided since they tend to scratch the surface of the hardwood floor.
Any model chosen should have sufficient suction power and padding to prevent unintentional scratches. Vacuums with a mop function can reduce the number of tools needed to care for hardwood flooring though care must be taken to dry the floor after using the mop feature. Canister vacuums are typically lighter than upright models and easier to maneuver, reducing the chance of accidental scuffing.
Miele canister vacuums are a good option for hardwood floors because they have soft bristles that cannot scratch the floors. Canister vacuums and upright vacuums both work well on hardwood floors if the vacuum has rubber wheels. Some vacuums are made with plastic wheels that can scratch hardwood floors.
A canister vacuum is a popular choice for hardwood floors because it contains a hose that permits users to get into nooks and crevices that an upright vacuum cannot reach. The vacuum needs to have soft bristles or the option to completely turn the rolling brush off.
An upright vacuum can work perfectly well on hardwood floors as long as the area does not contain a lot of nooks to clean. The Dyson DC39 is a popular upright option that can be used to clean surfaces other than hardwood floors.