Previously concrete floors were usually only found in basements, garages, workshops, warehouses, and other such places. Nowadays, concrete floors are increasingly popular and commonly used in commercial properties and even in residential homes. This is because of their strength and versatility. However, that does not make it easy to clean.
While they are hard, this doesn’t necessarily mean that they are easy to clean. They can lose their shine and scratch easily. Your vacuum needs to have brush rolls that are tough enough on the dirt and debris, but gentle enough so as not to cause damage. Your concrete floor vac should also have padded rubber or felt stripes for this purpose.
Of course, you’ll want a strong machine with good suction so that it can get up the stubborn, embedded, and stuck-on dirt on the floor. Very important also, is the capability to suck, separate, and securely store the fine dust that you find a lot of on concrete floors.
And to ease your task, you will want a lightweight vacuum cleaner with good mobility.
Choosing the correct vacuum to maintain your concrete floor isn’t simple then. You’ll need a machine that’s properly suited for the job. The right vacuum will make cleaning and maintain it much easier for you
To help you choose, we’ve selected what we consider to be the vacuums for the concrete floor currently available. After testing, using, and reviewing them, taking into consideration the most important features, we’ll make our final verdict.
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1. Bissell Hard Floor Expert Multi-Cyclonic Bagless Canister Vacuum
Bissell Hard Floor Expert performs very well on concrete floors. It has great suction power, thanks to the boost it receives from its multi-cyclonic technology.
Being compact and small in form, it’s a canister vacuum that provides versatility as well as power.
As well as being nice and lightweight, at just over 9lb, so carrying around the home isn’t a strain, it has a large dust cup capacity for its overall size. At just under 70 ounces, you won’t need to empty it too often.
Bissell Hard Floor Expert provides versatile cleaning for all over your home. On tiles, carpet, and rugs, as well as concrete.
As you’d expect from an established and respected manufacturer of vacuums, such ss Bissell, you can buy safe in the knowledge that it’ll be a good quality product, with decent performance to match, and even better customer service.
- Type: canister, bagless
- Power: 9.2amp
- Filtration: multi-level
- Weight: 9.3lb
- Cord Length: 18ft
What We Like About Bissell Hard Floor Expert Multi-Cyclonic Bagless Canister Vacuum
Its efficiency on concrete is partly due to its hard floor turbine foot. This is a feature unique to some Bissell Vacuums, making them specialists in for concrete floors, as well as tiles. It allows you to clean as effortlessly and as thoroughly as possible. Also on other surfaces and types of dirt.
The 18ft power cord can be neatly stored. Its retraction feature sees to that. Already with an 11-inch path, its cleaning capabilities are extended by it coming with a telescoping metal wand to give you a further extended reach. You’ll also get a crevice tool and a dusting brush.
Bissell Hard Floor Expert doesn’t clog easily, largely due to that powerful suction. With the dust cap opening from the bottom, saving you work and dirt, and it being quieter than average, it’s a more pleasant vacuuming experience.
What We Don’t Like About Bissell Hard Floor Expert Multi-Cyclonic Bagless Canister Vacuum
Its cord length is a bit short for large rooms, and cleaning stairs, without you having to change the socket that you’re using.
We have concerns over its long-term suction power, as this has been noted by previous buyers and reviewers.
And as Bissell Hard Floor Expert only comes with a 2-year limited warranty, its competitors that offer a longer warranty period might be a safer bet.
- Powerful suction compared to other brands, despite it being quieter
- It picks up small particulate matter and dust with ease.
- The vacuum head has a roll that spins when it is in contact with the floor
- Easy and hassle-free cord retraction
- Started clogging with dust after a while
- Questionable build quality and materials, with some cheap plastic parts that broke into pieces
- Sweepers inside the part that goes over the floor stopped twirling
2. Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright Vacuum
Dyson has a reputation for top-of-the-range products in both design and functionality. Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright Vacuum is no exception.
This upright vacuum looks stunning. Advertised as having the best suction on the market, we found that it delivers on that promise. The suction and cleaning power are amongst the best that we’ve ever seen.
It takes care of your fine dust easily and can clean any surface a lot faster than your regular vacuum, saving you valuable time. You then just hygienically dispose of the filled bin with just a push of a button.
Of course, all of this doesn’t come cheap, but we think that its features are worth those extra dollars, to get a top-of-the-range vacuum for concrete flooring. Plus it comes with an unbeatable 5-year warranty.
- Type: upright, bagless
- Motor: 270aW
- Weight: 17lb
- Cord Length: 25ft
- Cleaning path: 11in
What We Like About Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright Vacuum
You just can’t beat the motor, to deliver unrivaled power when and where you need it. Plus, being a Dyson, it’s of course so easy to use.
The Radial Root Cyclone technology makes sure that those fine dust particles are kept apart from the primary airflow.
Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright Vacuum features a reconfigured brush bar. Now it delivers 25% more power to drive bristles deeper into carpets, removing more dirt.
For use all-around your home or property, it comes with a Tangle-free Turbine Tool with counter-rotating heads with brushes to effortlessly clean upholstery. Also, the rest of the accessories package is as good as you’d expect for a Dyson. You also get a Flat-Out Tool, Soft Dusting Brush, Multi-Angle Brush, Stiff Bristle Brush, 2-in-1 Combination, and Stair Tool.
What We Don’t Like About Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright Vacuum
The handle struggled to click into place feeling like it might snap in half. It’s not the sturdiest built Dyson and despite its price, there are better quality models in the Animal range.
Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright Vacuum weighs a whopping 17lb, making it one of the heaviest vacuums in its class.
- Great for not only concrete, but also carpet, tile, and hardwood
- Self-adjusting cleaning head for multi-surface
- 35 ft cleaning range for every possible corner, and more, of your home
- Performance can’t be beaten. You get what you pay for!
- The rotating bar gets strangled and the pathways clog easily
- It never wants to click into the upright position
- There was a problem with it not pushing smoothly due to the little wheel underneath that was wrapped in hair and carpet bits and had come apart from the center hub part
3. Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Vacuum
Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional is one of the very best vacuums for concrete floors, while also providing great versatility. It can clean your concrete floor, as well as every room of the house, as it also performs well on other types of hard floors and carpet.
It has the flexibility and convenience of you being able to lift the canister away, to provide unbeatable portability, as well as functionality all-around your home.
It has amazing suction power, as well as top-of-the-range filtration using HEPA technology. This enables it to pick up about 99.97 percent of allergens including the finest dust. After which its Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology also keeps these potentially harmful particles safely trapped, so that they can’t blowback into the air; perfect for asthmatics and those who suffer from allergies.
Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional also uses Cyclonic Technology, which separates dirt and air, protecting the filter and which should ensure years of strong suction.
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- Type: upright, bagless
- Power: 120V
- Weight: 13.7lb
- Cord Length: 25ft
- Cleaning path: 11in
What We Like About Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Vacuum
It’s a flexible upright/canister hybrid. As that suggests, it easily converts from an upright into a canister vac, giving you versatility with the best of both. Lightweight and easy to transport at just under 14lb as an upright, and just 8 lbs as a lift-away canister model.
Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional is the perfect choice for asthmatics and allergy sufferers. It’s HEPA filtration system prevents the blowback of fine concrete dust and other dirt from the vacuum’s exhaust. Instead, it all remains safely trapped.
in fact, it has a triple filtration system, with another encased with a protective mesh. This is unique to HEPA brand systems; with clogging prevented by a patented non-stick material.
As well as easing any allergic reactions, these filters are also performance boosting for cleaning your concrete floor, providing powerful and consistent suction, even over time.
This makes Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional a great vacuum for concrete floors. This suction technology ensures that the dirt and dust stay in the cylinder and doesn’t damage the mechanical parts of the vacuum.
What We Don’t Like About Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Vacuum
It appears to be somehow and somewhat top-heavy in its upright mode. When using the wand, it toppled over a few times. An unnecessary inconvenience.
Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional has a dirt canister that’s not as easy to empty as many of its rivals. When disposing of, it can be quite messy and make your hands dirty.
- A dust-away floor attachment complete with microfiber pads, make it an outstanding choice for concrete floors
- Its cleaning power is shown by the need to empty the container very often
- An essential tool for cleaning your concrete floor
- One of the quietest vacuums available
- Even while on the base it falls over constantly. The hose is too short to be useful
- Its microfiber floor cleaning attachment is enormous and bulky and has to be stored separately and not on the vacuum
- Shark’s warranty is more limited than most
4. eufy by Anker, BoostIQ 15C Robotic Vacuum
Now for something very different from the vacuums reviewed so far.
eufy by Anker, BoostIQ 15C Robotic Vacuum may not be at the top-of-the-range of robotic vacuums, but we think that its performance on concrete floors makes it a convenient option.
Also good for other surfaces, it even self-recharges; returning to the charging base when it senses that its battery is almost out.
It’s a high-tech device with Wi-Fi connectivity, giving you Alexa for Amazon voice control.
Eufy by Anker, BoostIQ 15C isn’t just about ease and convenience. It has strong suction too and has a larger dust box than most robovacs.
You might not want it as the main vacuum for your concrete floor, but it’s a great secondary or standby option. When you’re busy and pushed for time, is when it shines. As will your concrete floor!
- Type: robotic, cordless
- Weight: 9.4lb
- Capacity: 0.6-liter
- Wi-Fi connectivity
- Alexa voice control
What We Like About eufy by Anker, BoostIQ 15C Robotic Vacuum
You can preset your preferred cleaning mode and timing, and then leave to get on with other business or just to relax. Even when you’re not at home, you can program it via the app. From fully charged it will clean continuously for 100 minutes. A very worthwhile timesaving tool.
eufy by Anker, BoostIQ 15C avoids obstacles by the use of sensors. It can even climb low stairs and door ledges.
If the self-recharge feature, Wi-Fi connectivity, Alexa voice control, and remote control weren’t enough, it also has a ‘find my robot’ button. This allows you to easily trace it when it has become stuck or strayed from the desired cleaning path. This makes it particularly good for large or irregular shaped spaces.
Also, being a robovac, it’s a lot quieter than your conventional models.
What We Don’t Like About eufy by Anker, BoostIQ 15C Robotic Vacuum
We found that we had to empty the dust bin regularly, as it gets full quickly.
Although it performs well on concrete floors, if you’re buying it for use all around the home, be aware that it can get stuck on high-pile carpets.
eufy by Anker, BoostIQ 15C gets stuck easily on certain obstacles. For example, if you’ve got an office style swivel chair with low-profile feet as a base.
- Powerful suction yet so quiet that you won’t even notice it is working
- Very quick and easy to assemble
- It’s remote as well as smartphone controllable
- Alexa integration is extremely useful and is more than just a novelty
- eufy company will not guarantee or service its own products bought through Amazon
- Seems to clean well, but only after obstacles that it can get stuck on have been removed
- Roller brushes frequently become stuck
5. Shark ION F80 MultiFLEX Cordless Stick Vacuum
Shark ION F80 is the best cordless stick vacuum for concrete floors, leaving them pristine and spotless.
It uses DuoClean technology to pick up all kinds of debris; fine dust, food particles, hair, etc.
You can use it all over the home, as it’s as good on carpets as it is on hard floors.
As a cordless, it’s of course very easy to maneuver. Its MultiFLEX technology, lets you get under furniture and awkward areas.
Its run time is above average compared to similar cordless stick vacuums. It can last up to 80 minutes thanks to its dua
- Type: stick, bagless
- Power: 2 rechargeable lithium-ion batteries
- Weight: 8.7lb
- Dust Cup Capacity: 0.3 qt
- Max Run Time: 80 min
What We Like About Shark ION F80 MultiFLEX Cordless Stick Vacuum
Slimline and lightweight at just 8.7lb, it’s easy to carry and store. Its convenience is enhanced by being able to convert into a handheld. As it comes with two batteries, you can easily switch from one mode to another at any time.
The Shark ION F80 MultiFlex also comes with one powerhead and two brush rolls, making it easy to clean a multitude of surfaces as well as concrete. It can tackle large particles, fine dust, and most things in between.
It comes with a good 5-year limited warranty for the vacuum, plus a 2-year limited battery warranty.
What We Don’t Like About Shark ION F80 MultiFLEX Cordless Stick Vacuum
It doesn’t have any suction to the sides of the motor head, so debris got trapped in the corners and regularly needed removing.
We had to take apart the brush head and clean it almost every time we used it.
You’ll find, like us, that you have to empty the dirt cup regularly, as its capacity is only 0.3 quarts. Also, it’s quite tricky to empty, as you first have to detach it from the bottom part.
- The compactness of the unit and its flexibility are amazing
- Its battery holds a good charge, and it comes with a backup so when it runs out you can just swap
- Great versatility. Popping off the vacuum head and using an accessory is a breeze
- Able to clean areas without moving heavy furniture
- Battery life is not as advertised, and the suction power is not as expected
- It picks up only smaller items and clogs very easily
- Most hair gets drawn up on the roller and wrapped around the brushes, that have to be cleaned after every vacuum
6. Oreck Commercial XL Commercial Upright Vacuum
Unlike some on this list, Oreck XL Commercial Upright is never going to win any beauty contests, but it is one of the most powerful upright vacuums around. Combined with its 35-ft power cord and 12in wide cleaning path, it is also one of the best for concrete floors. Not just of uprights, but of any type of vacuum.
Although it’s named and marketed as a commercial vacuum, it is also excellent for the home. Despite its power and huge 11 quarts of bagged dirt capacity, it is surprisingly light at only 8.2 pounds and also compact. You can get under furniture with ease to clean, plus it’s easily storable.
As well as concrete, it also provides great performance for all other flooring surfaces too.
With Oreck XL Commercial Upright Vacuum Micro-sweep, an automatic floor adjustment feature, you can easily between surface without having to manually change any settings.
Particularly good if you have a large house, or for a commercial property, it will leave your concrete floor very well cleaned and polished.
- Type: upright, bagged
- Weight: 8.2lb
- Cord Length: 35ft
- Dirt Capacity: 11 qt
- Cleaning path: 12in
What We Like About Oreck Commercial XL Commercial Upright Vacuum
It has a balanced brush roll with double helix brushes that turn at a rapid 6,500 RPM, moving the dirt with force towards the powerful cleaning inlet. This works well on even embedded dirt.
The on/off switch is finger-tip controlled in the handle and so there’s no need to bend down. This helps people with back pain, this vacuum has received an Ease-Of-Use Commendation from the Arthritis Foundation.
Oreck Commercial XL Commercial Upright Vacuum has a circuit breaker to prevent clogs and jams for a consistently smooth performance.
What We Don’t Like About Oreck Commercial XL Commercial Upright Vacuum
The 35ft power cord is without an auto rewind. This is not only inconvenient but negates some of the benefits of that handle.
Oreck Commercial XL Commercial Upright Vacuum is noticeably very loud compared to the others that we tested.
Also, unlike all of the others that we reviewed, it comes without any accessories.
- Back to the basics. Don’t let the out-dated ergonomics style fool you, it outperforms the competition
- Replacement and maintenance parts are cheap and easily available
- Swapping the bags is easy
- It’s good old USA-made!
- The rotating bar gets strangled and the pathways clog easily
- It doesn’t have any attachments
- It’s loud as hell!
7. Kenmore Elite 31150 Bagged Upright Beltless Vacuum
Kenmore Elite 31150 is another more conventional and traditional upright bagged vac.
But don’t let that fool you. It incorporates some neat technology that aids performance on concrete floors. Its air-driven turbine spins the roller brush for very effective cleaning on hard surfaces like concrete.
This beltless vac has a 3D inducer motor to increase airpower for maintaining higher suction power compared to its competitors.
Its Triple HEPA filter technology separates, traps, and stores the fine dust that you frequently find on concrete floors and other allergens. If you, or someone in your home, suffer from asthma or allergies, this is a perfect choice.
- Type: upright, bagged
- Filtration: HEPA
- Weight: 20lb
- Cord Length: 35ft
- Cleaning path: 12.75in
What We Like About Kenmore Elite 31150 Bagged Upright Beltless Vacuum
While it doesn’t have the automatic floor adjustment feature of the Oreck XL, it still has a handy five height adjustment settings
Other neat features include dirt sensors and an LED light on the nozzle, perfect for lighting dark corners, nooks, and crannies.
Kenmore Elite 31150 comes equipped with a flexible hose, extendable aluminum wand, crevice tool, dusting brush, and bare floor tool. And with an extremely useful attachments package, that includes a combination dusting/crevice tool, a telescoping wand, and a Pet Handi-Mate tool. It’s equipped with a flexible hose, extendable aluminum wand, crevice tool, dusting brush, and bare floor tool.
What We Don’t Like About Kenmore Elite 31150 Bagged Upright Beltless Vacuum
All of that aforementioned features adds to the vac’s weight. This is a very heavy machine, weighing 20lb, which makes it a pain to maneuver around rooms. We gave up on carrying it up or down the stairs, making it useless as a whole house vacuum.
Also, we found the hose to be a bit short for many jobs. So, it’s not the most flexible of vacuums.
And boy, is it loud! So loud that it hurt our ears!
- Its suction is out of this world and the whole house feels so clean after use
- Outstanding power and when using attachments, it actually needs to be managed with the airflow gate on the hose
- No dust with this vacuum. It is well encapsulated and replacing the bag is easy
- Extremely sturdy hose and the attachments are sturdy as well
- Bristles scratch the floor unless set to high, which then lifts the vacuum so that the bristles don’t even touch the floor!
- The attachments are useless because the hose is incredibly tight, mostly due to suction
- After-sales and customer service could be much better
8. BISSELL CrossWave Floor Cleaner With Wet-Dry Vacuum
BISSELL CrossWave Floor Cleaner with Wet-Dry vacuums and washes your concrete floor at the same time. It has a dual-action brush roll, that rotates at a rapid 3000 RPM, and uses a microfiber and nylon brush to mop and suck up dirt.
The vac has Smart Touch controls on the handle, which allows you to switch between carpets and concrete floors. It also features an On-Demand Solution Trigger allowing you to use just the right amount of solution when and where you need it.
It has two tanks, keeping dirty water separate from clean. You can be sure that you’re cleaning with fresh water and your choice of solution.
BISSELL CrossWave comes with a docking tray for you to clean and store after use.
- Type: upright, bagless
- Weight: 11lb
- Dirt Capacity: 14.5oz
- Cord Length: 25ft
- Cleaning path: 12in
What We Like About BISSELL CrossWave Floor Cleaner With Wet-Dry Vacuum
Its general all-round unique design, that vacuums and washes floors at the same time, better and more efficiently than a sponge mop and bucket. This saves you valuable time and effort.
BISSELL CrossWave has a good wide cleaning path of 25 feet.
The Smart-Touch control handle means that you can switch between different cleaning surfaces at the touch of a button.
What We Don’t Like About BISSELL CrossWave Floor Cleaner With Wet-Dry Vacuum
There’s no auto cord rewind feature for its 25ft cord. You just have to do it manually.
It needs to be cleaned after each use, placing the brush rolls to dry.
It’s been noted that the ball bearings on the impeller side of the motor are very susceptible to moisture damage. These bearings are not accessible for service or replacement.
- Simple, yet highly effective hard floor cleaner
- Sturdy, yet is compact and light
- Makes cleaning not only concrete but all floors so easy and convenient
- A definite must for anyone who has a lot of square footage with solid surface floors
- Dirty water tank could be bigger
- Leaves dirty streaks all over even after going over the spot several times
- On-Demand Solution Trigger failed after a few months and was no longer spraying the cleaning solution onto the floor.
We tested and compared what we consider to be the best vacuums for concrete floors currently available.
We considered all factors to come up with what we believe to be the best all-round solution for a wide variety of needs, taking into account the essential features for a concrete floor vacuum.
After days of cleaning and review, our final verdict as the best vacuum for concrete floors is Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional Vacuum.
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I’m Jason Moe Roberts, an appliances expert and blogger. I’ve worked at Walmart for more than 15 years, in the house appliance department. I love to use home equipment and I spend a lot of time testing the best products and reviewing them. My family and friends also recommend me as a caring person, a great dad and a loving husband.