UPDATE: Nov. 16, 2023, 5:00 a.m. EST This guide has been updated to reflect the latest pricing and availability. We’ve also added information about what to expect for Black Friday robot vacuum deals.
Arguably the most flex-worthy of all floor types, hardwood deserves attention both in terms of compliments and in terms of cleaning. It’s basically begging for the regular care that you may not feel like providing, but that a good robot vacuum will.
The best robot vacuums for hardwood floors should not only leave your home looking clean (duh), but they should also clean without leaving behind any scratches. And if you splurge on a hybrid robot vacuum and mop, they will also make your hard floors shine. When the vacuum is done, your floors should look like you just applied a fresh coat of polish and elbow grease, all without getting up from the couch.
After testing dozens and dozens of robot vacuum cleaners (seriously, so many vacuums), we’ve picked our favorite models for hardwood floors specifically. And with early Black Friday deals already going live, there are tons of Black Friday deals on robot vacuums that can save you hundreds of dollars on your new cleaning machine.
Testing the Shark AI Ultra 2-in-1 on hardwood and tile flooring. Credit: Timothy Beck Werth / Mashable
Testing the Eufy G30 robotic vacuum cleaner on hardwood floors. Credit: Leah Stodart / Mashable
A hybrid is the way to go with hardwood
Any avowed hardwood floor enthusiast is likely to be just as meticulous about dried shoe prints and wine spills as they are about visible chunks of debris. A robot mop’s wet scrubbing pad tops off a robot vacuum’s dry sweep with a satisfying shine, lapping up minuscule particles as well as spot-cleaning spills when necessary. That’s why we recommend a hybrid robot vacuum and mop for hardwood and tile floors.
To find the best robot vacuum for hardwood floors, we tested our favorite hybrid vacuums on combination flooring types, paying special attention to how well they treated hard floors and cleared away pet hair. Our testing revealed that two features were especially important on hardwood floors: powerful suction and scrubbing mops. Without enough suction, your vacuum’s spinning brush will send hard debris like crumbs flying across your hardwood or laminate floors. And without sonic or scrubbing mopping pads, those floors will never be more than half clean.
Below you’ll find our top picks for the best robot vacuums for wood floors in 2023. Many of these vacuums are already on sale, but keep checking back as more Black Friday-Cyber Monday vacuum deals go live.