What Is Floor Wiz?
Floor Wiz is an all-in-one vacuuming, mopping, and floor buffing system that uses 14,000 watts of power to deliver vortex-like super suction, along with a triple action HEPA filtration system that captures and seals up to 99.97 percent of microscopic dust, dirt, and allergens.
Together, the website and commercial advertise this allows you to vacuum and polish at the same time, while easily removing scuff marks and stains from all floor surfaces.
Floor Wiz’s side suction brush heads also clean against skirting boards while in use, and the five attachments included in its onboard accessory storage promise to help you tackle almost every area of your home:
- Mop n’ Vac – The centerpiece of many of Wiz's claims, this head attachment promises to effortlessly clean, vacuum, polish floors, and remove scuff marks at the same time.
- Extended Crevice Tool – Removes dust and dirt you can’t see or reach, whether up high or down low. It can also fit in hard-to-reach cracks and crevices, such as near appliances like refrigerators and washing machines, as well as furniture.
- Deep Clean Fiber Brush – Said to effortlessly lift and remove pet hair from carpet, sofas, and chairs. Can also be used on ceiling fans.
- Multi-Surface Detail Brush – Ideal for lighter jobs, such as cleaning and removing dust from electronics and dirt on window screens, in addition to detailing your car.
- Onboard Crevice Tool – Designed to clean window tracks, corners, and crevices like you’ve never been able to before.
When the time comes, Floor Wiz features a large, easy-empty dust canister that works with the simple push of a button, and no messy bags. It’s also said to come with low maintenance, easy-clean filters.
The ‘lifted SUV’ trick shown in Floor Wiz’s commercial is admittedly pretty cool. But once you have this all-in-one vacuum in your home, will you find that it really is a game-changing innovation, as claimed on the website? Will you be able to spotlessly clean and shine your floors like never before?
Let’s help you find some answers, starting from the ground up.
Taking a Closer Look at Floor Wiz’s Vortex Suction & HEPA Filtration
Much like a tornado, the vortex suction—originally popularized by brands like Dyson, but now common across just about every manufacturer—inside a vacuum is created by an area of low pressure in the middle, which is surrounded by higher-pressure air.
When this occurs (again, like a natural tornado), particles are drawn from the higher-pressure area to the lower pressure area, thereby creating suction. And the larger the differences in pressure between these two areas, the greater the suction created.
The HEPA filtration mentioned on the Floor Wiz website stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air. WebMD explains it’s “a type of mechanical air filter; it works by forcing air through a fine mesh that traps harmful particles such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and tobacco smoke.”
As such, we’re told that many allergy sufferers report improved symptoms after vacuuming with HEPA-equipped models. They emphasize, however, that there are far more potentially allergy-causing particles “in your rugs, bedding, and drapes, and resting on countertops and tabletops. So it's important to keep these areas clean” as well.
Whether or not you suffer from allergies, does this mean the HEPA-equipped Floor Wiz is the right option for you? We’ll discuss the competition shortly, but let’s first talk price and manufacturer.
How Much Does Floor Wiz Cost?
The Floor Wiz vacuum is priced at three payments of $39.99, plus free S&H, bringing your total to $119.97. The attachments discussed above are considered bonuses included in your order:
- Onboard Crevice Tool
- Multi-Surface Detail Brush
- Mop n’ Vac Attachment
- Deep Clean Fiber Brush
- Extended Crevice Cleaner
All orders come with a 60-day refund policy, less return S&H charges.
Pro tip: According to a customer support supervisor we spoke with, Floor Wiz weighs about 4.2 pounds, so keep this in mind when considering how much it might cost to ship back if you’re dissatisfied.
In order to request one, you’ll need to call Tristar Products’ customer support line at 973-287-5122.
What Do We Know About Floor Wiz’s Manufacturer?
Based out of Fairfield, NJ, Tristar Products is the second largest manufacturer in the As Seen on TV industry and has been in business for nearly three decades. In that time, they’ve released dozens of popular hits, with recent examples including Copper Wear, Flex-Able Hose, Perfect Smile Veneers, and Power Air Fryer XL.
From a company perspective, Tristar held an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, based on 18 customer reviews (100 percent of which were negative) and more than 740 closed complaints, as of 11/9/17.
Where details were available, most referenced lower quality than expected and less-than-stellar support experiences, although a company representative responded in each instance with a solution.
Are There Other All-In-One Vortex Canister Vacuums Like Floor Wiz?
Canister Vacuum Potential Pros & Cons
In our Vacuum Cleaner Buyer’s Guide, we discuss that there are seven basic types; upright, canister, handheld, stick, convertible, robotic, and combination.
Of these, Floor Wiz is a canister, since the motor and dust collector are housed in a single unit, which is connected to a flexible hose. It also comes with a variety of attachments for cleaning different areas of the home.
While this design helps canister models to be more maneuverable and lightweight than full-size upright vacuums, it might be a chore to lug the canister around your house while you’re cleaning. And if you’re not careful, it can be easy to damage furniture, or the vacuum itself.
Floor Wiz vs. the Competition
We’ll cut right to the chase: If you’ve decided that a canister vac is the best option for you, and you’re looking for a model that features a combination vacuum/microfiber mop head—regardless of the price point, Floor Wiz was the only game in town at the time of our research.
Searching online for variations of terms like “all-in-one vacuum” and “sponge mop vacuum,” the closest competition we encountered was the:
- Dirt Devil Vac n’ Mop stick model (no longer available), although many parts can still be purchased
- Swiffer Sweep & Vac ($50) – A rechargeable cordless system that features a sweeping cloth (no mop)
- Bissell Symphony ($179) – A vacuum and steam mop combo
Next, we’ll help you decide which option is best, based on different criteria like needs and budget.
How to Choose the Right Vacuum for You
In our buyer’s guide, we outlined that there are three core criteria that can help you purchase the right vacuum: budget, needs, and preferences. How does this relate to the models in question?
At about $120, Floor Wiz is priced between the Swiffer and the Bissell, although it comes with many different attachments that could be potentially useful in a broader range of circumstances. It’s also the only model above that’s designed to vacuum the carpet, or to clean other areas like furniture and drapery, so keep this in mind depending on your needs.
Both the Bissell and Floor Wiz come with HEPA filtration if you have allergy sufferers in your home, as well as bagless operation for easier cleanup, with less potential for unwanted mess.
Pro tip: While Tristar tells us that Floor Wiz features 14,000 watts of power, this doesn’t tell us much about its actual suction power, which is typically measured in kPa (kilopascals) or PSI (pounds per square inch).
The supervisor we spoke with wasn’t able to provide additional details about the vacuum’s suction power, or about the cord’s length.
Our Final Thoughts About Floor Wiz
Like most consumer products, there’s no single vacuum that will meet everyone’s budget, needs, and preferences. And finding the ‘perfect’ model (if there is such a thing) can sometimes involve trial and error.
With this in mind, it’s positive that Tristar gives customers the opportunity to try Floor Wiz for 60 days, and obtain a refund if it doesn’t meet their demands. And while we weren’t able to get additional details about suction power and cord length from a supervisor, it’s currently the only model that combines a vortex-suction canister vacuum with interchangeable heads—including a microfiber-covered wet mop.
However, just keep in mind that at 4.3 pounds, it might not be exactly inexpensive shipping the vacuum back to the company if you’re dissatisfied (which will obviously depend on where you live), so placing an order shouldn’t be considered completely risk-free.