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Last updated: 16 January 2024


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Part steam mop, part vacuum, can a hard floor cleaner make light work of dirty floors? Our expert testers try out hard floor cleaners in the CHOICE labs to reveal which ones:

  • have the best cleaning performance
  • leave your floors dry
  • are the easiest to use
  We've also partnered with Shop Ethical on this update to show the ratings the Ethical Consumer Group gives to each company.

Note: The Dyson V15s Submarine Complete results refer to its performance and ease of use when cleaning hard floors. For how it performs as a regular stick vacuum cleaner, see our stick vacuum review.

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Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which brands are cordless and have rechargeable batteries, while our Recommended list shows you at a glance which models come out on top.

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    Floor cleaning score

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    We apply four stains (coffee, mud, jam and soy sauce) to laminate flooring for our cleaning test and mop the stained floor before evaluating cleaning performance.

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    Floor dryness score

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    We measure how long it takes for our laminate floor to dry after mopping. The shorter the time, the higher the score.

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    Ease of use score

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    The ease of use score is made up of: ease of filling and emptying the clean and dirty water tanks, ease of using the controls and whether it has indicators to alert you to an empty clean water tank or full dirty water tank, as well as battery level indicators, ease of moving the cleaning head on the floor and ease of cleaning the roller.

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        Shop Ethical rates the environmental and social impact of the company (not the product) using independent sources. This rating is not included in our total score. N/A means there is no rating for that company.

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          • Floor dryness score
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          • Floor cleaning score
          • Ease of use score
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          • Price
          • Associated app
          • Auto-head cleaning mode
          • Battery duration (min)
          • Carpet cleaning mode
          • Cordless
          • Dirty water filter
          • Dirty water tank volume (mL)
          • Clean water tank volume (mL)
          • Weight (kg)
          • Rechargeable battery
          • Recommended detergent
          • Suction mode
          • What comes in the box
          • Shop Ethical rating
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          • Wattage (W)
          • Warranty (years)
          • Country of origin
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