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The 5 Best Robot Vacuums For Carpet - Winter 2023 Reviews

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Best Robot Vacuums For Carpet

When you're juggling work, family, or other priorities, cleaning can be the last thing on your mind. However, you can't ignore the mess piling up on your rugs or carpet forever, especially since it can already be difficult to remove debris from high-pile textiles. While a traditional upright or canister vacuum requires your time and energy, a robot vacuum can automate the cleaning process and even operate when you're not at home, which can be a huge time-saver. Although many robot vacuums struggle to move on carpet, there are a few that can do a decent job.

We've tested over 50 robot vacuums, and below are our recommendations for the best robot vacuums for carpet you can buy. These picks are selected not only based on their performance but also their feature set, design, and price. Check out our recommendations for the best robot vacuums, the best robotic vacuum for hardwood floors, and the best robot vacuums for pet hair. If you're looking for a different type of vacuum for carpets, check out the best vacuums for carpets.


  1. Best Robot Vacuum For Carpet

    The Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI is the best robot vacuum for carpets we've tested. This high-end model has a dual-spectrum mapping system, with a LIDAR sensor for precise room mapping and a front-mounted camera that lets it see and avoid small obstacles like shoes or pet waste that would otherwise be missed by its LIDAR sensor. Its surface detection system enables it to automatically increase suction on carpets or avoid them when using its mopping functionality. It delivers okay performance on low-pile carpet and does a very good job of handling solid debris and pet hair on high-pile carpet. The vacuum packs an impressive array of automation capabilities too. You can schedule cleaning sessions for specific rooms, set up virtual boundary lines and no-go zones, and even set specific cleaning settings for individual areas.

    The vacuum can run for over two hours in its most potent suction mode, giving it more than enough time to clean large carpeted areas, though it takes quite a while to recharge. If that's a major concern, the iRobot Roomba S9 is a great alternative and, within iRobot's product lineup, the best Roomba for carpet we've tested. It also has fewer parts that need cleaning and has a larger dustbin that won't need emptying as often. It lacks the Ecovacs' real-time hazard avoidance capability and isn't quite as effective at handling debris on high-pile carpet.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Robot Vacuum For Carpet

    If you're looking for a slightly more affordable robot vacuum that performs well on carpets, the yeedi vac station is worth considering. While it lacks the Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI's dual sensor navigation system and consequently can't spot and react to hazards like pet waste in real-time, it has a few features that are rare for a vacuum in this price bracket. Most notable is its self-emptying function, which allows it to transfer debris from its internal dustbin into an external dustbin mounted to its charging dock, reducing hands-on maintenance requirements. Its surface detection system also allows it to automatically increase its suction power to its most powerful setting when it's on carpet. It can easily climb onto high-pile rugs and delivers good overall performance on carpeting.

    While it doesn't have LIDAR mapping, its optical sensors still generate a permanent map of your home, so you can set up virtual boundary lines or direct the vacuum to clean specific rooms within your home. Unfortunately, unlike some newer vacuums like the iRobot Roomba j7, it doesn't have a hazard detection system that would allow it to avoid obstacles like pet waste in real-time, so remove any potential obstructions before letting it run. However, the iRobot doesn't perform as well on carpeted surfaces.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Robot Vacuum For Carpet

    Consider the Neato D8 if you're looking for a cheaper robot vacuum that's effective on carpets. This robot vacuum doesn't have the Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI's dual-sensor navigation system or the yeedi vac station's self-emptying capability. Thankfully, it's a lot cheaper and still does a good job of cleaning up debris on carpet. It also has a LIDAR mapping sensor that generates a precise map of its coverage area, so you can set up virtual boundary lines the vacuum won't cross using the vacuum's companion app. Unfortunately, it can occasionally get stuck around obstructions like rug tassels or electrical cords, in part due to its body's squared-off shape.

    This vacuum can recharge in under 100 minutes, which is very fast for a robot vacuum. However, it can run out of charge in as little as 40 minutes when used in its most powerful 'Turbo' suction mode, which can be necessary for cleaning denser carpeting, so it won't be your first choice when cleaning very large carpeted areas. Check out the Roborock E4 if you want an alternative with a longer runtime, but note that it has a less advanced navigation system that doesn't store a permanent map of its coverage area. You can't set up virtual boundary markers or direct it to clean specific rooms in your home.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Robot Vacuum For Carpet

    Check out the eufy RoboVac 25C if you're shopping for a basic robot vacuum to clean your carpets. Compared to the Neato D8, which cleans in an organized pattern thanks to its LIDAR mapping sensor, the eufy relies on a far more rudimentary bump navigation system, causing it to move around in a somewhat erratic but thorough pattern. Take the time to clear away any obstructions like coat racks, chairs, or electrical cables, which the eufy can get stuck on rather easily. That said, it's also highly affordable and practically ready to use right out of the box. The included remote control allows you to control most of the vacuum's capabilities without connecting it to your home Wi-Fi network; you can adjust its suction power setting or even influence its movement using the directional buttons.

    As far as low-powered entry-level robot vacuums go, it's reasonably effective when clearing debris from carpeted floors but will have quite a bit of trouble with deeply-embedded debris. Due to its basic navigation system, it can't generate a coverage map of your home, which would allow you to set up virtual boundary lines or schedule cleaning sessions for individual rooms. Its 'BoostIQ' feature enables it to automatically raise its suction power on carpet, though it doesn't always activate consistently on some carpet types.

    See our review

  5. Best Robot Vacuum For Combination Flooring

    If you're looking for a well-rounded robot vacuum that can handle debris on bare floors and carpets, the Roborock S7 MaxV is an excellent, if pricey, option. While it offers okay overall performance on carpets, it doesn't do as well as the Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI. Thankfully, it's a fantastic option for cleaning surfaces like hardwood or tile. One of the main advantages it carries over the Ecovacs is its impressively effective ultrasonic mopping capability, which uses vibrating pads to scrub away dried-on debris instead of a purely passive system. Its other headlining feature is the combined LIDAR and optical navigation system, which functions like the Ecovacs and allows it to map out its coverage area with LIDAR and spot and avoid obstacles in real-time.

    It's fully compatible with Roborock's Empty Wash Fill Dock, which not only empties its dustbin but washes its mop pads and refills the onboard water tank. However, this base station is expensive and pushes this vacuum into an even higher price bracket. Although it has a high-efficiency E11 filter, it does a terrible job of sealing in fine allergens like pet dander while cleaning, which can be ejected straight out of its exhaust.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • iRobot Roomba i7: The iRobot Roomba i7 is a robot vacuum with an external dirt compartment mounted to its charging dock, so you don't need to worry about emptying its internal dustbin. However, it isn't the best Roomba for carpet that we've tested due to its inferior performance on low-pile rugs compared to the iRobot Roomba S9. See our review
  • eufy RoboVac X8: The eufy RoboVac X8 is a robot vacuum that delivers decent performance on high-pile carpet and incurs relatively low recurring costs. However, unlike the yeedi vac station, it doesn't have a self-emptying base station. See our review
  • Roborock S7: The Roborock S7 is a solid alternative to the Roborock S7 MaxV if you don't want to spend as much and don't require the MaxV's hazard-avoidance capability. It has a less powerful suction motor and delivers inferior deep cleaning performance. See our review
  • Roborock Q5: The Roborock Q5 is a self-emptying robot vacuum with a LIDAR sensor and a slightly more comprehensive array of cleaning configuration options than the yeedi vac station. However, it doesn't feel as sturdily built, lacks a mopping system, and doesn't do as well on carpets. See our review
  • yeedi K650: The yeedi K650 is an entry-level robot vacuum that outperforms the eufy RoboVac 25C on carpets, but it has a similarly basic navigation system and can easily get stuck on obstructions. Its availability is also quite limited. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 10, 2023: Replaced yeedi K650 with eufy RoboVac 25C due to current availability. Added yeedi K650 to Notable Mentions.

  2. Nov 11, 2022: Added Roborock Q5+ to Notable Mentions. Removed less relevant picks from Notable Mentions.

  3. Sep 12, 2022: Replaced iRobot Roomba S9 with Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI as 'Best Robot Vacuum For Carpet'. Recategorized yeedi vac station as 'Best Upper Mid-Range Robot Vacuum For Carpet' pick. Recategorized Neato D8 as 'Best Mid-Range Robot Vacuum For Carpet' pick. Replaced Roborock E4 with yeedi K650 as 'Best Budget Robot Vacuum For Carpet' due to current availability and replaced Roborock S7 with Roborock S7 MaxV as 'Best Robot Vacuum For Combination Flooring' pick. Added Roborock S7 to Notable Mentions and removed some irrelevant picks.

  4. Jun 16, 2022: Minor article restructuring to better align with user expectations. Recategorized iRobot Roomba S9 as 'Best Robot Vacuum For Carpets' pick. Recategorized yeedi vac station as 'Best Self-Emptying Robot Vacuum For Carpet' pick. Recategorized Neato D8 as 'Best LIDAR Robot Vacuum For Carpets' pick. Removed iRobot Roomba j7+ from Notable Mentions. Added Roborock S7 as new 'Best Robot Vacuum For Combination Flooring' category pick.

  5. Apr 14, 2022: Ensured that all main picks are still available and aligned with user needs and expectations. Removed Roborock S6 from Notable Mentions due to current availability.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best robot vacuums for cleaning carpets for most people. We factor in the price, feedback from our visitors, and availability.

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our robot vacuum reviews, ranked by their high-pile carpet performance. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no vacuum is perfect for every use, most are good enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.

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