While we usually think of robotic vacuums as something for carpets, it turns out that robot vacuums are good for hardwood floors, too. In fact, many people who would never think to use a robot vacuum are converted when they see how well these vacuum marvels scoot around. Once they witness the vacuum scooping dust bunnies and pet hair from those hard-to-reach places, like behind the couch and underneath the bed, they’re fans for life.
Check out our buying guide for robot vacuums if you’re in need of a refresher on what to look for in a robotic vacuum. Most of the basic features will also apply to purchasing a vacuum for hard floors.
A very good battery life and sufficient clean up of debris on hard floors are the first things you’ll notice about the N79s. The edge cleaning is surprising for a vacuum in this price range.
It’s a random navigation robot. Sometimes, it’s a little less random that you would hope, especially if you’re staring at it, waiting for it to pick up that last spec of dirt.
All in all, it’s a solid performer on hard floors and cleans a little over its pay grade.
Once you see the price, you’ll be adding this robot vacuum to your short list.
This is a high-end, self-emptying base with the charge. iRobot took a page from Neato and designed the s9+ in a D-shaped container.
The s9+ has larger brushes compared to the i7+ that have been moved closer to that flat side of the vacuum. The s9+ also has a more efficient cleaning method with redesigned edge brushes and a lower RPM which lets the Roomba sweep up the debris instead of scattering it everywhere.
All of the usual control interface options are available. Wi-Fi app, Alexa and Google Assistant voice control, Smart Mapping and No-Go zones let you set the s9+ on its way. The self-emptying dustbin means you don’t have to think about allergens escaping.
This is a very quiet machine. That’s always a nice thing, especially when it’s humming across hard floors. You can control it with the Wi-Fi app Alexa, Google Home or use the remote control.
Boundary Strips are included to keep the 30C out of troublesome areas. There are nine sensors to navigate around obstacles.
It works at 100 minutes of runtime at 1500Pa.
It’s a good mid-priced option. The only downfall is that hair does get tangled in the roller more than most vacuums.
Many people think this is the eufy 11S imposter. However, looks can be deceiving. The Coredy 550 performs a little bit better than the 11S. In fact, it’s an eyebrow-raising machine that gets a lot of attention for all of the right reasons. There’s a lot to be found here at a very affordable price.
Very good for small debris means it works well on hardwood floors. You can even use this where a lot of sand will be tracked into your home.
It’s a very reliable vacuum, even without smart mapping.
The engineers who designed the D7 seemed to have the iRobot S9+ or the i7+ in their sights. This is a kitchen-sink kind of robot vacuum. The D-shaped design is becoming more popular across the industry.
You can use the app or boundary strips for keeping the D7 away from unwanted areas. We highly recommend using the app instead of the strips.
Choose from a dizzying array of connectivity options – from Alexa to Facebook Messenger to Apple Watch and everything in-between.
LaserSmart Technology creates the floor plan. This means that after it has mapped your home, it will work in the dark. This means No-Go zones can be added.
Smart-Resume means the vacuum will start where it left off if it needs to recharge its battery in the middle of a cleaning session.
Don’t the limited navigation options put you off from this robot vacuum. It has a brushless motor which makes it one of the most quiet robot vacuums on the market.
It rides very low which makes it difficult to climb up carpets but the 1300Pa suction makes it perfect for hardwood floors.
If you don’t mind working with a remote control and your home is easy to navigate, you could do well with this affordable option.
We were pleasantly surprised at how well this vacuum performed. This one is highly recommended if you have darker wood floors such as an ebony color. Most vacuums won’t run over dark carpets but the E20 seems to have no fear of this Achilles heel of robot vacuums.