The Best Multi-Surface Vacuum Cleaner


Looking for a multi-surface vacuum cleaner can be challenging so we’ve done the hard work for you.

Cleaning carpets and hard flooring calls for a different brushroll action and all the vacs we present today work just as well on either type of surface.

If you want to clean upholstery, mattresses and drapery, we’ve got you covered there, too.

If you’ve got pets in the house and want to zap away all that lingering hair, each of the vacuums on our list today is a strong performer in that area as well.

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We’ll launch straight in with a glimpse at our overall winners across a range of categories before giving you a detailed snapshot of each vacuum…

Our #1 Pick: Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional

Our overall winner across surface was the flagship Navigator Lift-Away Professional from Shark. Equally capable on carpeting and hard floors with the ability to blitz per hair, this vacuum is a must for multi-surface cleaning. HEPA-filtration completes a first-rate package.

Runner-Up: Tineco A10 Hero Cordless Stick

While not a household name, Tineco serves up a classic cordless stick that took second spot in our testing. Affordable, powerful, agile and capable of cleaning across all surfaces, this lightweight and convenient vacuum is ideal for pet owners and allergy-sufferers alike.

I. Top 10 Best Multi-Surface Vacuum Cleaner

1. Shark Navigator Lift-Away Professional


First up is the enduringly popular Navigator Lift-Away Professional. Shark specializes in delivering Dyson-like performance without the eye-popping price tag.

From carpets and hard flooring through to upholstery and sucking up stubborn pet hair, the Navigator acquits itself admirably. The only place it struggles is on really deep pile carpet where the power can be slightly aggressive. A flick of the switch activates or deactivates the brush roll. You’ll get the suction you need for carpeting but you won’t scratch your hardwood floors.

Once the debris is sucked up, the first-class HEPA filtration traps 99.97% of all contaminants inside the vacuum. Bolstered by Shark’s patented Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology, this vac is perfect if you suffer from any sensitivities or asthma.

When you’re moving around cleaning, there’s nothing worse than a power cord cut too short. You won’t need to constantly change outlets as the Shark packs a cable fully 30 feet long.

Lightweight for an upright and with swivel steering for added mobility, the Shark Upright Navigator Lift Away works is a first-class multi-surface vacuum from a brand you can rely on.

Things We Like

  • 2-in-1 upright and portable canister for total versatility
  • HEPA-filtration sucks all allergens safely inside
  • Super-powerful yet weighs less than 14 pounds

Things We Dislike

  • Design is slightly top-heavy and prone to toppling over

See Also: Top 10 Best Handheld Vacuum Cleaners

2. Tineco A10 Hero Cordless Stick


Tineco might not be the first brand that springs to mind when you think of vacuums but the Hero is a cordless stick that punches above its weight.

Slimline and weighing less than 3 pounds, you’ll be able to carry out all your above floor cleaning from curtains and upholstery through to stairways with ease. The potent digital motor is rated at 350 watts and kicks out more than enough power to suck up stubborn messes and pet hair.

A single brush works equally well on both carpeting and hard floors. Flick easily between the modes to get the best multi-surface performance and embrace the LEDs to illuminate your cleaning path – a wide 10 inches – in any gloomy areas.

While not HEPA-rated, the 4-stage filtration is completely sealed and you’ll get no blowback into the atmosphere.

In standard mode, you’ll get up to 25 minutes of run-time. Activate deep cleaning mode and you can expect 7 minutes of turbo suction.

For cordless convenience across a range of surfaces in a super-lightweight unit, this Tineco deserves a place on any shortlist.

Things We Like

  • Cordless convenience with decent run-time and the ability to swap out battery
  • Super-light stick ideal for cleaning up and down the stairs
  • Robust filtration system sucks away even tiny particles and contaminants

Things We Dislike

  • Battery life could be more generous so think twice if you’ve got a particularly large home

See Also: Top 10 Best Bagless Vacuum Cleaners for Pet Hair

3. Dyson V7 Cordless Stick


Dyson are arguably the industry leader with their exceptional tech-driven vacuums. The only real downside is the pricing but this V7 is outstanding value considering what you get in return.

With a half-hour of battery life, you should be able to get most of your cleaning done in a single session. Hit Max mode when you need a truly deep clean and the bristles will drive down deeper.

From carpet and parquet flooring to sofas, drapery and pet hair, the V7 works impeccably across all surfaces delivering all the suction you need for each without creating any damage.

The V7 breaks down into a nifty little handheld for further versatility and the docking station is space-saving allowing you to mount it on the wall if you have restricted storage space.

The cyclonic design kicks in to separate the debris and increase airflow resulting in a first-rate cleaning job every single time.

Things We Like

  • 30 minutes of battery life in regular mode and 6 minutes when turbo cleaning so a notch above most cordless models
  • Instant release trigger prolongs battery life further
  • Quick and easy bin emptying without being exposed to dirt

Things We Dislike

  • Not the cheapest cordless but excellent price/performance ratio nevertheless

See Also: Top 10 Best Easy-to-Push Vacuum Cleaners

4. Shark Rocket DuoClean


Next up is another Shark with the powerful Rocket DuoClean. As with all vacuums from this mighty brand, you don’t need to pay the earth for hard-hitting cleaning power.

When you’re cleaning carpets, the stiff bristles on the brush agitate the dirt and it’s then pulled in by the powerful suction. Switch to bare flooring and there’s a soft brushroll to avoid scratching up the wood while imparting a polished finish.

Light and nimble anyway, the Rocket also converts into a handheld for vacuuming stairways, above floor areas and down below the furniture.

This stick is surprisingly capable at removing ingrained pet hair and comes with a pet multi-tool to see off any stubborn messes.

If you’ve got mixed surface flooring in your home and you want a single vacuum to cope with them, we can’t recommend the Rocket Duo-Clean strongly enough.

Things We Like

  • 2-in-1 stick and handheld for complete flexibility
  • Pet tool and crevice tool allow to get an immaculate finish
  • From large debris to pet hair and tiny contaminants, the Duo-Clean sucks up everything in its path with consummate ease

Things We Dislike

  • A few complaints about lifespan but we haven’t yet tested this vacuum over the long-term so do you own due diligence

See Also: Top 10 Best Cordless and Rechargeable Vacuum Cleaners

5. Shark Navigator Upright


While we generally stick to a single product from any given brand, there’s simply no way to ignore Shark’s dominance in the field of multi-surface vacuums so up next is another Navigator model.

Finished in a muted lavender, the Navigator base model flits nimbly from carpeting to hard floors with a brushroll shut-off to avoid spoiling your precious wooden flooring with an excess of power where it’s not needed. Activate this for deep and potent suction on carpets.

Lightweight for an upright, you can get further freedom by converting the Navigator into a handheld unit for any impromptu messes or cleaning the stairways and under the furniture. This also works well for drapery and beds.

Shark’s innovate Anti-Allergen Complete Seal Technology in tandem with HEPA-filtration makes this a perfect weapon for anyone with sensitivities and allergies.

While you won’t get the same extent of pet tools as on other models, this variant still works well with hair and there is an upholstery tool so you won’t be left empty-handed.

For a combination of value, suction and top-notch filtration in a multi-tasking unit, the Navigator delivers in fine style.

Things We Like

  • Detachable canister vacuum to complement the powerful upright
  • Weighs less than 13 pounds despite kicking like a mule
  • Pet upholstery tool included so kiss goodbye to hair-ridden couches

Things We Dislike

  • The pet power brush is not included with this model

See Also: Top 15 Best Hepa Filter Vacuum Cleaners

6. Dyson V8 Absolute


Another Dyson is next up in the shape of the powerhouse V8 Absolute.

Off the bat, the bundled accessories give you everything you need to clean across all surfaces and furniture as well as seeing off any ingrained pet hair.

2 cleaning heads allow you to get the very best performance whether you’re zipping across carpet or hard flooring.

With whole machine HEPA-filtration, the gold standard for allergy sufferers, you’ll get all pathogens and contaminant safely wicked away rather than belched back into the atmosphere.

Battery life extends to a highly impressive 40 minutes with 7 minutes of turbo-fuelled suction on Max mode delivering that precious extra burst of power for ingrained filth.

With handheld convenience thrown in, this might not be the cheapest multi-surface vac but it’s certainly among the very best.

Things We Like

  • Pair of cleaning heads great for multi-surface cleaning
  • Ergonomic design with optimized center of gravity so it won’t topple over
  • Huge range of accessories thrown in to blitz furniture, upholstery and pet hair

Things We Dislike

  • Ruthlessly expensive but a solid choice if you’ve got a more fluid budget

See Also: 15 Best Upright Vacuum Cleaners

7. Bissell Crosswave Floor and Carpet Cleaner


Bissell is renowned for producing top-tier vacuums at an affordable price-point and the stellar Crosswave continues that tradition.

This is a combined vacuum and carpet cleaner with a pair of water tanks onboard. Whether you’re cleaning rugs and carpets or any variety of hard floor from tile to hardwood, lino to sealed flooring, you’ll get a finish optimize to that surface. Easily accessible controls let you flick between cleaning modes without breaking your stride.

The brushroll combines microfiber pads and a nylon brush mop so your vacuum sucks up the debris while at the same time you get the floor buffed up and shining.

Maintenance is remarkably simple considering the functionality and the vacuum is surprisingly lightweight at just over 11 pounds.

The Crosswave redefines multi-surface vacuuming with the inbuilt bonus of that mop and cleaning function. For professional results without needing to outlay a fortune, this was our personal favorite of all the vacs we tested out.

Things We Like

  • Huge variety of kits and bundles for all your cleaning needs
  • Washes and vacuums for a truly deep and professional clean
  • Pair of tanks separate the clean and dirty water

Things We Dislike

  • Not as strong as a regular vacuum for dry cleaning

8. Hoover WindTunnel Corded Upright


While cordless vacs are undeniably convenient, a corded model delivers superior firepower. Coming in at a very attractive price-point, this classic Hoover is a lethal bagless upright.

The power cord is cut long enough to clean even larger rooms without constantly needing to switch outlets. You’ll also get a reach of close to 15 feet so you can reach up high and down low without straining yourself.

Marketed to pet owners, you can kiss goodbye to a household riddled with the mess your beloved animals leave behind.

Just hit a button and you can switch from carpet to hard flooring fuss-free. A few users have moaned about the brushroll but we found no issues ourselves when testing.

Easily maneuverable, this Hoover is agile enough to clean in restricted spaces and under furniture or to lift up and down stairs without breaking your back.

For a multi-surface weapon capable of dispatching per hair into the bargain, the WindTunnel is a smart solution.

Things We Like

  • WindTunnel Technology harnesses 3 chambers for an efficient clean-up regardless of surface or type of debris
  • Multi-cyclonic action and neat filtration keep all contaminants and fine particles tucked away where they belong
  • Generous reach and wide cleaning path so get more done in less time without contorting yourself

Things We Dislike

  • A few complaints about the brushroll

9. Dyson Ball Multi Floor 2


A final Dyson as we edge to the close of our multi-surface vacuum cleaner reviews, this time the lesser-known Multi-Floor 2.

A rare corded model from Dyson, the Ball has a lengthy cable so you won’t be constantly hunting down another power outlet as you clean. You’ll get all the power you’d expect from a corded vac, too.

Unlike much of the competition, you can switch from surface to surface without needing to flip a switch or hit a button. The cleaner head intuits the change and fine-tunes itself accordingly.

Radial Root Cyclone Technology means there’s no fine dust left behind to agitate you and the larger debris is taken care of with equal efficiency.

For a multi-surface powerhouse from an industry legend, the Ball will not disappoint.

Things We Like

  • Self-adjusting head works brilliantly whatever the surface without requiring any user input
  • 31-foot power cord is class-leading and lets you clean larger spaces without any fanfare
  • Push-button bin emptying means no cleaning up after cleaning up!

Things We Dislike

  • Not cheap but currently available at an aggressive discount so move quickly for a real bargain

10. Hoover Power Drive Pet


Another Hoover to round out our list, the Power Drive is another model tailored for pet hair removal and working across pretty much any surface.

The brush roll is engineered to give you the deep clean you need without hair getting trapped and wrapped around it, a common flaw with pet vacs. You’ll also get a spread of pet tools thrown in for a spotless finish even if you’ve get messy cats and dogs prone to shedding lots of hair.

Hoover bring a lot of technology to the table to deliver all the suction you need whether on carpets, rugs or bare flooring with all the mess captured and trapped inside.

Although it’s a fairly sizeable unit, you’ll be able to push it around with ease due to the responsive swivel steering.

For pet owners and anyone with multiple flooring surfaces in the house, the Power Drive is a wise bet.

Things We Like

  • Swivel steering for easy maneuverability
  • Brushroll can be engaged or disengaged according to the surface
  • Bulky dirt container puts an end to constant emptying mid-clean

Things We Dislike

  • A reasonably bulky unit so not ideal if you have a smaller apartment

II. Conclusion

Most homes now come with both carpets and hard flooring and the last thing you want is more than one vacuum to cope.

Hopefully, after scouring through the 10 multi-purpose vacs above, you’ve now got a clearer idea of which would work best in your house.

There’s no right or wrong answer with vacuums so decide whether you want corded or cordless, bagged or bagless, how much priority you place on HEPA filtration and buy in line with your needs.

We’ve skipped the buying guide today since these are regular vacuums in all senses so, aside from the brushroll, there’s nothing specific you need to be looking out for.

We focused on several cordless models and we’ll be writing up the report of our testing of a bunch more rechargeable vacuums this week so come back soon!

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