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The 5 Best Robot Vacuums For Hardwood Floors - Summer 2023 Reviews

Best Robot Vacuums For Hardwood Floors

Robot vacuums have always been best suited for hardwood floors since bare, even surfaces are easier to maneuver on and have fewer small crevices for dirt and debris to get trapped in. A robot vacuum can be an invaluable cleaning aid for many homeowners since they take the stress and the effort out of cleaning and shouldn't get stuck. Still, some perform better on this surface than others, as the best options can easily clear everything from pet hair to large chunks of debris on this kind of surface.

We've tested over 50 robot vacuum cleaners, and below are our recommendations for the best robot vacuums for hardwood floors to buy. These are based not only on their performance on bare floors but also on their design and price. For more options, look at our lists of the best robot vacuums for pet hair, the best robot vacuums, and the best hardwood vacuums. If you're looking for brand-specific options instead, you could take a look at our recommendations for the best Roombas and iRobot vacuums.

  1. Best Hardwood Floor Robot Vacuum

    The Roborock S8+ is the best robot vacuum for hardwood floors we've tested. This high-end robot vacuum does a fantastic job clearing debris on hard, flat surfaces like hardwood or tile flooring. One of its headlining features is its ultrasonic mopping system, which uses vibrating mop pads to scrub away dried-on dirt and debris. Its other defining trait is its dual-sensor navigation system, which combines a LIDAR sensor to map out its coverage area with a pair of front-facing cameras to identify and react to things like slippers, power cords, pet waste, or any other obstacle that would fall beneath the view of its LIDAR sensor. It can also identify the type of room it's cleaning based on the furniture within and automatically suggest different mopping or suction modes. The + variant comes with a self-emptying dock that reduces hands-on maintenance requirements. Compared to its predecessor, the Roborock S7 MaxV, it has a redesigned twin-roller cleaning head that helps clear more debris on most surfaces.

    If you don't need the S8's hazard detection capability, the older Roborock S7 is a solid alternative. It delivers superb overall performance on bare floors and has a similar ultrasonic mopping feature to scrub dirt and debris. However, it has a less powerful suction motor, so it struggles a little more with clearing away bulkier debris and pet hair.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Robot Vacuum For Hardwood Floors

    If you intend to spend less, the Roborock Q5+ is among the best robot vacuums for hardwood floors that we've tested. Unlike the Roborock S8+/S8, it isn't capable of mopping floors and doesn't have a set of front-facing cameras that would allow it to avoid hazards in real-time. That said, it's often priced at a much lower price point than its pricier sibling and offers a pretty full suite of features, including an auto-empty docking station, which lowers hands-on maintenance requirements. It does a good job of maneuvering itself, and you can use the coverage map it generates to set up no-go zones the vacuum won't enter, label separate rooms, or schedule cleaning sessions for individual areas.

    Performance on bare floors is superb, and it does a passable job of cleaning any carpets you might have lying around. Unfortunately, while it feels well-built, there are some gaps in its plastic construction through which fine allergens can spew out, most notably through its LIDAR sensor.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Robot Vacuum For Hardwood Floors

    Check out the eufy RoboVac X8 if you're shopping for a robot vacuum at an upper mid-range price point. Unlike the Roborock Q5/Q5+, it isn't compatible with a self-emptying base station, so you must manually toss out any accumulated debris. That said, this robot vacuum isn't only cheaper, but it's just as effective as the Roborock when it comes to sucking up debris on flat surfaces like hardwood. Its Boost IQ function allows it to automatically ramp up its suction power when passing over carpeted surfaces, which is great if you have any rugs in your living room or hallway. Going for the X8 Hybrid model nets you a mopping attachment, which the Roborock doesn't have. However, this entirely passive system won't be as effective or efficient in dealing with stains as the Roborock S8+/S8's ultrasonic mopping feature, which actively scrubs down floors.

    While this vacuum does have a LIDAR mapping sensor and a pretty comprehensive suite of automation features, like multi-floor mapping and support for virtually generated no-go zones, it doesn't maneuver itself around obstacles nearly as effectively as the Roborock, sometimes bumping into obstacles like couch or chair legs, coat racks, and even its own charging station.

    See our review

  4. Best Lower Mid-Range Robot Vacuum For Hardwood Floors

    The Wyze Robot Vacuum is a great choice if you don't mind missing out on the eufy RoboVac X8 Hybrid's mopping feature. Its LIDAR mapping system offers a similar range of functionality to the more expensive eufy, not to mention better overall maneuverability. You can use the map it generates of your home to set up virtual boundary lines or schedule cleaning sessions for specific rooms. The vacuum feels well-built and has an allergen-trapping HEPA filter, producing good allergen-sealing performance.

    Unfortunately, while it does a fantastic job of cleaning bare floors, it has a challenging time with debris on carpet. It also has a small dirt compartment that needs emptying often, even by the standards of other robot vacuums.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Robot Vacuum For Hardwood Floors

    If you're looking to spend as little as possible on a robot vacuum that still performs well on hardwood floors, the ILIFE A4s is the best robot vacuum for hardwood floors at a budget-friendly price that we've tested. Unlike the pricier Wyze Robot Vacuum, it doesn't have a LIDAR mapping sensor, instead relying on bump navigation to move around - it doesn't store a permanent map of your home and isn't especially time-efficient. Still, it'll achieve good coverage if you let it run for long enough. In terms of bare floor performance, it does a fantastic job of dealing with pet hair and solid debris on bare surfaces like hardwood, though its brushroll is somewhat tangle-prone.

    As stated previously, this vacuum is pretty rudimentary regarding automation; there isn't even a smartphone app. Instead, it has a remote control that allows you to adjust its power mode, arrange a cleaning schedule time, and even input manual directional adjustments if it gets stuck. It also comes with an electronic wall barrier device that you can set up to prevent the vacuum from entering certain areas. Since it doesn't rely on an internet connection, it could be a good option if your home Wi-Fi coverage is spotty or unreliable.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • iRobot Roomba S9: The iRobot Roomba S9 is a robot vacuum with excellent performance on bare floors. However, it struggles more with bulky debris like cereal than the Roborock S8+/S8. See our review
  • Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI: The Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI is a feature-packed robot vacuum with a similar dual-sensor navigation and hazard-avoidance system to the Roborock S8+/S8. However, not only is availability currently rather sporadic, it has a less advanced mopping system and doesn't perform quite as well on bare floors. See our review
  • yeedi K650: The yeedi K650 is a basic robot vacuum that delivers strong performance on bare surfaces. However, it's harder to find than the ILIFE A4s, delivering similar overall performance on bare surfaces. See our review
  • Roborock Q7 Max+/Max: The Roborock Q7 Max+/Max is an upper mid-range robot vacuum that's very similar in design to the cheaper Roborock Q5/Q5+, except for adding a mopping attachment. However, this system is entirely passive, unlike the vibrating system used by the Roborock S8+/S8, and doesn't provide a huge benefit for most uses compared to the cheaper Q5. See our review
  • Roborock S7 MaxV: The Roborock S7 MaxV shares much in common with the newer Roborock S8+/S8, with the same dual-sensor navigation, hazard-avoidance system, and a similarly broad range of automation features. However, it has a less effective single roller cleaning head. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Aug 08, 2023: Replaced Roborock S7 MaxV with Roborock S8+ as 'Best Hardwood Floor Robot Vacuum' pick. Replaced Neato D8 with ILIFE A4s as 'Best Budget Robot Vacuum For Hardwood Floors' pick. Added Roborock S7 MaxV and Roborock Q7 Max to Notable Mentions.

  2. Jun 09, 2023: Recategorized Roborock Q5+ as 'Best Upper Mid-Range Robot Vacuum For Hardwood Floors'. Moved Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI to Notable Mentions. Added eufy RoboVac X8 Hybrid as 'Best Mid-Range Robot Vacuum For Hardwood Floors' pick. Replaced Roborock E4 with Neato D8 as 'Best Budget Robot Vacuum For Hardwood Floors' pick due to current availability.

  3. Apr 12, 2023: Ensured all main picks are still available and represent the best choice for user needs.

  4. Feb 14, 2023: Added Roborock Q5 as 'Best Mid-Range Robot Vacuum For Hardwood Floors' pick. Recategorized Wyze Robot Vacuum as 'Best Lower Mid-Range Robot Vacuum For Hardwood Floors' pick.

  5. Dec 16, 2022: Replaced yeedi K650 with Roborock E4 as 'Best Budget Robot Vacuum For Hardwood Floors' due to current availability. Added yeedi K650 to Notable Mentions, removed less relevant picks from Notable Mentions.

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Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best robot vacuums and the best Roomba for hardwood floors 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's the list of all our robot vacuums for hardwood floors, ranked by their performance on bare floors. 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.