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The 4 Best Robot Vacuums For Carpet - Winter 2022 Reviews

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Best Robot Vacuums For Carpet
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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 40 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 High-Pile Carpet: yeedi vac station

    7.8
    Bare Floor
    6.5
    Low-Pile Carpet
    7.6
    High-Pile Carpet
    8.7
    Pets
    6.2
    Stairs
    5.8
    Cars
    Vacuum Type
    Robot
    Bagless
    No
    Cordless
    Yes
    Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
    No

    The best robot vacuum for high-pile carpet that we've tested is the yeedi vac station. This well-built robot vacuum has a self-emptying feature that allows it to transfer any accumulated debris from its internal dustbin into a larger dirt compartment attached to its docking station, slightly reducing hands-on maintenance requirements. It delivers great performance on high-pile carpets, where it easily cleans pet hair and most fine debris like baking soda, though it might take an extra pass to fully clean larger debris like sand.

    It also supports a wide range of automation features apart from its self-emptying function. You can use its companion app to set up virtual boundary markers or schedule cleaning sessions for specific areas. Its surface detection feature allows it to automatically change its suction power mode depending on the floor type that it's on. Battery performance is exceptional since you can expect roughly anywhere between 80 to almost 180 minutes of runtime on a single charge, though this can vary in the real world.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't come with an allergen-trapping HEPA filter. It also has many parts that require regular cleaning or replacement, meaning recurring costs can add up over time. Otherwise, its strong performance and advanced automation capabilities make it a good option for users looking for a hands-free way of keeping their high-pile carpets clean.

    See our review

  2. Alternative With A HEPA Filter: Neato D8

    Vacuum Type
    Robot
    Bagless
    Yes
    Cordless
    Yes
    Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
    Yes

    If you're looking for a robot vacuum that is effective on high-pile carpet, but you suffer from allergies, consider the Neato D8. It doesn't have a self-emptying feature like the yeedi vac station, but it has an allergen-trapping HEPA filter that should result in superior air filtration performance. While it struggles a little more with clearing very fine debris on high-pile carpet, it easily cleans pet hair and a good amount of larger material on this surface type. You can use its companion app to set up virtual boundary lines, check cleaning session history, or change the vacuum's power setting. It also feels well-built and has relatively few parts that need regular cleaning. Unfortunately, it can occasionally get stuck around obstructions like rug tassels or electrical cords. Also, while its maximum battery life of roughly 70 minutes should be sufficient to clean most areas, the yeedi has a considerably longer maximum runtime. That said, the Neato does charge much faster.

    Consider the yeedi if you're looking for a self-emptying vacuum with better maneuverability and longer battery life, but consider the Neato if you want a vacuum that has a HEPA filter and is easier to maintain.

    See our review

  3. Best Robot Vacuum For Low-Pile Carpet: iRobot Roomba S9

    7.8
    Bare Floor
    7.6
    Low-Pile Carpet
    7.3
    High-Pile Carpet
    8.8
    Pets
    5.8
    Stairs
    5.6
    Cars
    Vacuum Type
    Robot
    Bagless
    Yes
    Cordless
    Yes
    Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
    Yes

    The best robot vacuum for low-pile carpet that we've tested is the iRobot Roomba S9. This premium robot vacuum has little trouble sucking up pet hair and larger debris like sand on this surface type. Its performance with fine debris like baking soda is less impressive, and it may take an extra pass for it to clear everything, however. Thankfully, suction performance remains consistent as its dirt compartment fills up, which is good when dealing with larger, more spread-out messes.

    This vacuum feels amazingly well built, with a high-grade plastic exterior and sturdy rubber wheels that enable it to roll smoothly on carpeted floors. Its iAdapt 3.0 navigation system plots increasingly efficient cleaning routes of its coverage area, and you can use its companion app to set up virtual boundary lines or schedule cleaning sessions for individual rooms. Depending on your choice of suction power and usage habits, it supplies roughly anywhere between 50 to over 150 minutes of runtime on a single charge, though this can change in the real world.

    Unfortunately, many parts need to be cleaned periodically or even regularly replaced, so user maintenance requirements are demanding, and recurring costs are high. It's also a relatively heavy vacuum, making it difficult to pick up and carry to another room. Otherwise, if you're looking for an iRobot vacuum that can keep your low-pile carpets clean, this is the best Roomba for carpet that we've tested.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Robot Vacuum For Carpet: Roborock E4

    8.4
    Bare Floor
    6.8
    Low-Pile Carpet
    6.8
    High-Pile Carpet
    8.8
    Pets
    6.2
    Stairs
    6.0
    Cars
    Vacuum Type
    Robot
    Bagless
    Yes
    Cordless
    Yes
    Anti-Allergy Filter (HEPA)
    Yes

    The best robot vacuum for carpet that we've tested in the budget category is the Roborock E4. This robot vacuum has a surface detection feature that enables it to adjust its suction power to suit different surfaces. It does a fantastic job cleaning pet hair on low and high-pile carpet, but it may need to make an extra pass to fully clear fine and large debris. It also has an onboard HEPA filter, which is great if you have a pet that sheds heavily.

    Despite its budget-friendly price point, this robot vacuum feels impressively well-built, with a high-grade plastic construction and dense rubber wheels. It's impressively maneuverable, as it can easily negotiate its way around a room without getting stuck around furniture and is small enough to clean under most tables and chairs. Depending on your choice of settings, you can expect roughly anywhere between 110 to 200 minutes of runtime on a single charge, which should be sufficient for most areas.

    However, this vacuum does lack some of the more advanced automation capabilities found on other Roborock models, like the Roborock S6 MaxV. You can't use its companion app to set up virtual boundary lines or schedule cleaning sessions for specific rooms. In addition, like most robot vacuums, it incurs high recurring costs and has many parts that need regular cleaning. Still, its relatively affordable price and strong performance make it one of the best budget robot vacuums that we've tested.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • eufy RoboVac 11S: The eufy RoboVac 11S is more affordable than the Roborock E4, but its performance on carpet isn't as good. See our review
  • Roborock S6: The Roborock S6 offers an alright performance on low-pile carpet, but not quite to the same degree as the iRobot Roomba S9. See our review
  • Shark IQ Robot RV1001: The Shark IQ Robot RV1001 has an okay performance on high-pile carpets, but it's more expensive than the Roborock E4 and doesn't perform as well on low-pile carpets. See our review
  • 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. That said, it doesn't perform as well on high-pile carpet as the Neato D8. See our review
  • Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum: The Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum delivers satisfactory performance on low-pile carpets and feels well-built, but you can't use it to clean high-pile carpets and isn't currently supported by its manufacturer in North America. See our review
  • iRobot Roomba i4: The iRobot Roomba i4 is a robot vacuum that performs decently well on high-pile carpets, but it falls some way short of the yeedi vac station on this surface type. See our review
  • iRobot Roomba j7+: The iRobot Roomba j7+ is a premium robot vacuum with a self-emptying feature and a hazard-recognition feature that enables it to avoid obstacles like pet waste. It also does a good job on high-pile carpet. That said, it incurs very high recurring costs and struggles to clear fine and large debris on low-pile carpet. 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, it doesn't maneuver itself as effectively as the yeedi vac station. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Dec 13, 2021: Ensured that all main picks are still available and represent the best choice for their given category. Added iRobot Roomba j7+ and eufy RoboVac X8 to Notable Mentions.

  2. Oct 14, 2021: Swapped Neato D8 with yeedi vac station as 'Best Robot Vacuum For High-Pile Carpet' pick to maintain consistency with other recommendation articles. Re-categorized Neato D8 as 'Alternative With A HEPA Filter' pick. Added Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum and iRobot Roomba i4 ton Notable Mentions.

  3. Aug 16, 2021: Removed Neato Botvac D7 as 'Easier To Maintain Alternative' pick due to current availability. Added yeedi vac station as new 'Alternative With An External Dustbin' pick.

  4. Jun 17, 2021: Replaced iRobot Roomba S9 with Neato D8 as 'Best Robot Vacuum For High-Pile Carpet'. Replaced Neato Botvac D7 with iRobot Roomba S9 as 'Best Robot Vacuum For Low-Pile Carpet'. Replaced iRobot Roomba i7+ as 'Alternative With Automatic Dirt Compartment' category with Neato Botvac D7 as 'Easier To Maintain Alternative'. Added iRobot Roomba i7+ to Notable Mentions.

  5. Apr 19, 2021: Verified that the best products are still being recommended and that they're in stock.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best robot vacuums for carpet 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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