Top 3 Robot Vacuums for Hardwood Floors in 2023

Last updated on February 15th, 2024

Imagine this – You recently got those expensive hardwood floors in your house, and after a few days, you realize your vacuum is leaving long scratch marks behind it. That’s not a fun picture, is it?

You don’t want to choose a vacuum that will scratch or damage your hardwood floors in any way. So which one should you get? Here are our suggestions for the best robot vacuums for hardwood floors.

Categories of robot vacuums for hardwood floors with our top choices:

Vacuum Name
Best Choice
Roomba s9+
Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI
Roborock S7+
Dustbin capacity
0.5 L
0.42 L
0.47 L
Battery Capacity
3300 mAh
5200 mAh
5200 mAh
Runtime
50 – 120 mins
120 mins
180 mins
Suction power
40x*
1500 Pa
2500 Pa
iRobot Roomba s9+ Self Emptying Robot Vacuum - Empties Itself for 60 Days, Detects & Cleans Around Objects in Your Home, Smart Mapping, Powerful Suction, Corner & Edge Cleaning
ECOVACS Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI Robot Vacuum Cleaner & Mop with Auto-Empty Station, Smart Objection Recognition, Advanced Laser Mapping, High Efficiency Filter Ideal for Pet Hair, 3+ Hours of Runtime
roborock S7+ Robot Vacuum and Sonic Mop with Self-Empty Dock, Stores up to 60-Days of Dust, Auto Lifting Mop, Ultrasonic Carpet Detection, 2500Pa Suction, White
Best Choice
Vacuum Name
Roomba s9+
Dustbin capacity
0.5 L
Battery Capacity
3300 mAh
Runtime
50 – 120 mins
Suction power
40x*
iRobot Roomba s9+ Self Emptying Robot Vacuum - Empties Itself for 60 Days, Detects & Cleans Around Objects in Your Home, Smart Mapping, Powerful Suction, Corner & Edge Cleaning
Vacuum Name
Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI
Dustbin capacity
0.42 L
Battery Capacity
5200 mAh
Runtime
120 mins
Suction power
1500 Pa
ECOVACS Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI Robot Vacuum Cleaner & Mop with Auto-Empty Station, Smart Objection Recognition, Advanced Laser Mapping, High Efficiency Filter Ideal for Pet Hair, 3+ Hours of Runtime
Vacuum Name
Roborock S7+
Dustbin capacity
0.47 L
Battery Capacity
5200 mAh
Runtime
180 mins
Suction power
2500 Pa
roborock S7+ Robot Vacuum and Sonic Mop with Self-Empty Dock, Stores up to 60-Days of Dust, Auto Lifting Mop, Ultrasonic Carpet Detection, 2500Pa Suction, White

Let’s compare the three smart vacuums side by side.

Roomba s9+

Ratings: 3.7/5 (Based on 5,975 user reviews)

Release year: 2022

Dimensions: 12.25 x 12.25 x 3.5 inches

Run time: 50 – 120 mins

Dustbin capacity: 0.5 L

Why iRobot Roomba?

iRobot’s Roombas have been around for the longest time. They have a reputation for delivering high-quality products unmatched by any in the industry. Others offer more advanced features at a lower rate, but they just can’t match the durability and reliability of a Roomba.

They are extremely easy to set up and use. In fact, they are backed by thousands of users who used them for years and don’t want to switch to a different brand.

Features of Roomba s9+

  • Enhanced design: The Roomba s9+ has a D-shaped body as opposed to the traditional round shape. This enables it to reach into corners and edges more effectively. There’s a backlight around the top copper-colored circle that blinks in different colors and patterns to tell you the current status of the robot.
  • Improved brush design: The rubber brush rolls are 30% longer than in circular vacuums. Also, the 5-pronged side brush is designed with shorter bristles to rotate at a slower rate so debris won’t scatter much.
  • High suction power: The s9+ has the highest suction power of all Roombas. It is 40 times more than the Roomba 600 series, making it ideal for all floor types, including hardwood floors.
  • Multiple power modes: This robot has two power modes – Detailed Clean and Quiet Clean. The quiet mode operates with low power and low suction. This increases the robot’s run time. But with the Detailed Mode, you get a more thorough clean.
  • Good navigation system: The Roomba uses a vSLAM navigation system. With onboard sensors and a top-mounted camera, it navigates with ease. We love how it slows down and takes a different route in detecting obstacles due to its Careful Drive Mode.

What users say:

  • “It can comfortably do around 1,000 sq ft on a single charge. It takes about an hour and a half to vacuum and charges for the same amount of time.”
  • “I bought this for our house near the beach as it has wooden floors and I have four cats. I haven’t had to take out my large vacuum for a couple of weeks. I would run it almost every day, and it just does an amazing job! Saves me so much time and energy!”

Pros and Cons

PROS

  • Improved D-shaped design
  • High suction power
  • Two power modes
  • Dirt detection technology

CONS

  • Low run time
  • Expensive
  • Doesn’t avoid small obstacles

Roborock S7+

Ratings: 4.3/5 (Based on 1,644 user reviews)

Release year: 2021

Dimensions: 13.8 x 13.8 x 3.8 inches

Run time: 180 mins

Dustbin capacity: 0.47 L

Why Roborock?

In spite of being relatively new to the world of smart vacuums, Roborock has become one of the popular brands. The credit goes to their lower price tags.

Roborock is known to give advanced vacuuming features at lower prices as compared to competitors. Their robots use a LiDAR navigation system, so they can be used even in dark or dimly lit environments.

Features of Roborock S7+:

  • Smart design: The Roborock S7+ has a single floating rubber main brush that moves up and down, covering the surface it moves over. This enables the vacuum to cover more area than a bristles brush. Also, the rubber brush won’t scratch your hardwood floors. Even its 5-pronged side brush is made up of rubber.
  • Dual cleaning modes: This robot can not only vacuum your floors but also mop them with a reusable mopping attachment. There’s a 0.3 L onboard water tank for the mopping feature. The debris vacuumed in is collected in a 0.47 L dustbin.
  • Self-emptying dustbin: The debris collected by the vacuum is then emptied automatically in the docking station. You can choose between bagged and bagless emptying. Either insert the large dustbin bag for bagged emptying – it will seal the dirt inside. Or go bagless and empty the contents directly into your dustbin when it is full.
  • Good battery performance: The S7+ has a solid Lithium Ion battery that gives a run time of up to 180 mins. This is longer than most robotics currently on the market.
  • Good suction for hardwood floors: The 2500 Pa suction power is sufficient to bring out the dust lodged in crevices of hardwood.
  • Vibrating mop: This robot features Sonic Vibration Technology, because of which the mop attachment creates 3000 vibrations per minute to scrub the floors. The mop even auto-lifts at a 5 mm height on detecting carpets so they won’t get wet.

What users say:

  • “We have two large dogs and about a 1,050 sq ft home with all hardwood floors. We face no problem cleaning them with the S7+.”
  • “I have real hardwood floors, and there have been no scratches left by this device. I have three rugs in the house, and it’s self to text when it goes over a rug and will not get caught up on them!”

Pros and Cons

PROS

  • Good dustbin capacity
  • Long run time
  • Vibrating mop
  • Live feed monitoring

CONS

  • High charging time
  • Poor hazard detection
  • No onboard camera

Read a similar article: 6 Best Vacuum Cleaners for Hard Floors in 2023

Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI

Ratings: 3.8/5 (Based on 154 user reviews)

Release year: 2020

Dimensions: 13.7 x 13.7 x 3.6 inches

Run time: 120 mins

Dustbin capacity: 0.42 L

Why Ecovacs?

Ecovacs is a Chinese brand that manufactures good quality robovacs. Their products are similar to the Roborock in many ways. But these have advanced obstacle avoidance features for some of the bots.

Their main navigation system is LiDAR, but they sometimes employ secondary LiDAR navigation in the same bot for better obstacle detection. Their price range is also similar to the Roborock.

Features of Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI

  • Advanced obstacle avoidance: The Deebot Ozmo T8 uses the TrueDetect 3D technology for detecting obstacles and avoiding them. It is really good at avoiding small objects like toys, cables, socks, etc. The front-facing camera on the robot plays a vital role in this.
  • Superb cleaning performance: The disposal rotating mops make cleaning difficult stains quite easy. The vacuum is smart enough to take two runs over every spot to ensure all the debris has been picked up.
  • High-quality filter: The robot features a 3 layered filter. The top layer is a mesh to block off large debris. Then there’s a foam layer to absorb any other debris, and finally, there’s a true HEPA filter to trap allergens and pet dander. This makes it an excellent choice for pets.
  • Live monitor your house: The Roborock lets you monitor the live feed of your house, and so does the Ecovacs. But it goes a step further by letting you send voice messages through the app, which will be played out loud on the robot.

What users say:

  • “I love this thing! After almost a year, it’s been awesome. I have all wood/laminate floors.”
  • “My home has concrete flooring on the first level and hardwood flooring on the second level. Both floors are perfectly cleaned, and we no longer have to do any manual work.”

Pros and Cons

PROS

  • Two side brushes
  • Lets you send voice messages on the bot
  • Good for small object detection

CONS

  • No self-emptying dock (purchase separately)
  • Runs over pet poop

Conclusion – Best robot vacuums for hardwood floors

All of the above three brands are equally good. We ourselves have a preference towards Roombas, but the other brands have their own perks. For hardwoods, we suggest you go for rubber brush extractors so they won’t scratch your floors. The bristles, on wearing out, leave marks on the upper wax layer of the hardwood. And we all know it’s expensive to replace. So, choose a vacuum accordingly.

If you are not sure whether a particular model is suitable for your floor type, contact that brand’s customer care and ask whether you can use that particular model on hardwood floors. They’ll definitely give you an exact answer.

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Mark Thompson

Hi I am Mark, the founder of Smart Home Bulls. Having spent 5 years immersed in the intricacies of smart home gadgets at a leading tech company, I decided to chart my own course side by side along with the job. Enter Smart Home Bulls – the result of my desire to simplify the smart living experience.

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