The Best Robot Vacuums for Hard Floors in 2020 [Reviews & FAQs]

Sam Harris
written by Sam Harris
created on April 24, 2019
updated on June 14, 2020

You are in the right place if you are looking for the best robot vacuum for hard floors (concrete, wood, tile, laminate) or have specific questions about running robot vacuums on hard floorings. Let’s get started.

Best hard floor robot vacuum top ten reviews

Best robot vacuum for HARDWOOD floors: Eufy 11S

A popular robot vacuum and one that easily fits into the beginner category. This means, the Eufy 11S will clean your hardwood floor, but without rhyme or reason, and with a disregard for its environment. 

As a result, vacuuming output on the Eufy 11S is average at best. Not to mention the 11S has a tendency of getting stuck and not completing cleaning jobs as planned due to its aggressive/random mobility. Also, the Eufy robovac 11S doesn’t support functionalities such as smart mapping, digital barriers, or zoned cleaning.

With the Eufy 11S, you may lose some functionalities, but that’s if those functionalities are relevant, or if you can afford/cope with the level of their technology. 

If the highlighted functionalities AREN’T vital to you, the Eufy 11S is a great choice. It’s a simple, quiet, affordable, powerful, and safe robot vacuum that won’t scratch your hardwood floors.

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Best robot vacuum for LAMINATE floors: Roborock E25

So the Roborock E25 cleans intelligently and is better (at least than the Eufy 11S) at negotiating obstacles. 

Another thing: the E25 has the recharge and resume function. 

Best of all, Roborock E25 can vacuum and mop. The mopping function, in particular, is key to a nice-looking, sparkling laminate floor.

You can schedule cleaning runs with the Roborock E25 as obtainable in the Eufy 11S, plus controls and settings are available in the App. However, and similar to the Eufy 11S, you can’t select or schedule zones or individual rooms for vacuuming, just as you can’t create or store floor maps. 

Optional functionalities that turn out to be, since the Roborock E25 vacuum and mop robot works right out of the box. More importantly, the E25 robotic vacuum cleaner is excellent for most hard floors, laminates in particular. 

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Best robot vacuum for TILE floors: Roomba 675

Advertised to be ideal for multiple surfaces, and although far and in between, there has been feedback from customers on how the Roomba 675 (690 is the same unit with a virtual wall) is scratching their wood floors. Other than that, and for the category it represents (beginner), the Roomba 675 is a fair deal. If anything, with the 675, you’ll get full vacuuming power for your tile floor. 

Note that limitations in the Eufy 11S still abound in the Roomba 675. However, from experience, the Roomba line of products last long, are easy to repair, plus iRobot (the company behind the Roomba 675) offers an excellent product and customer support.

Therefore, consider the Roomba 675 if you’re looking for an entry-level but reliable floor robot for your tile floors.

CHECK CURRENT PRICE OF THE ROOMBA 675 ON AMAZON

Related: Roomba e5 review

Best robot vacuum for HARD floors: Roborock E35

The Roborock E35 robotic cleaner, fourth on the list, and needless to say it keeps getting better.

The Roborock E35, for instance, spots more potent suction (2000Pa vs. 1800Pa) and run time (150 minutes vs. 100 minutes) than the E25 (#2 on the list).

Besides its admirable carpet cleaning ability (for homeowners with hard floors and a mix of carpet), when compared with the Eufy 11S and Roomba 675–the Roborock E35 mops and sweeps, cleans intelligently and automatically recharges and resumes. Add a larger dustbin (640ml vs. Eufy’s 600ml vs. Roomba’s 350ml ), in addition to longer run time (150 minutes vs. Eufy’s 100 minutes vs. Roomba’s 90 minutes). 

A real value for money, check out the Roborock E35 if you have hard floors (hardwood, tile, vinyl, ceramic, stone, etc.) and are looking for an affordable, reliable, and efficient robot vacuum.

Best BUDGET hard floor robot: Goovi d380 robot vacuum

For the Goovi d380, there isn’t a lot to write EXCEPT to mention that of the three options of the Eufy, Roomba, and Roborock, the Goovi is the most budget-friendly (under $200). Better yet, it works just as well.

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Best FULLY AUTOMATIC hard floor robot vacuum: Roomba i7

Fully automatic robot vacuums such as the Roomba i7 knows where they are, where they are going, and how to get there. In other words, fully automatic floor robots have upgraded software that enhances mobility and obstacle detection/negotiation. On top of that, a fully automated robot vacuum has functions to include map creation and storing (must-have for multi-level homeowners), room select, zone cleaning, virtual barriers, quick top-up, and auto-dirt emptying (self-cleaning base sold separately). 

Not cheap as you can guess, but the Roomba i7 is efficient and provides convenient vacuuming across multiple surfaces (hard floors inclusive).

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Best BUDGET fully automatic hard floor vacuum cleaner: Proscenic M7 Pro

How about a Roomba i7 WITHOUT the hefty price tag? With the M7 Pro, you will be getting most of the functionalities of the i7–including smart navigation, hard floor cleaning, and auto-dirt emptying while saving at least $300.

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Best hard floor ROBOT VACUUM and MOP: Roborock S5 Max

What do you do in a case where you like how the Roborock E35 (#4 on the list) cleaned your ceramic tile but wish its movement and obstacle negotiating skill can use some improvement since that would mean spending less time prepping the house and more time doing what you like? 

Enter: the Roborock S5 Max.

Featuring laser navigation, the Roborock S5 Max is more precise in its movement and has no problem with dark floors. As a result, it hardly gets stuck or slam into objects and can give full coverage in the assigned space. 

Not only that, but the water tank of the Roborock S5 Max is also electronically controlled. This is important as large volumes of water could damage hardwood floors.

Ultimately your needs will inform your choice. Do your needs entail cleaning hardwood in an open floor plan? Get the Roborock E35. You will even save a few bucks.

On the other hand, if you have a tricky layout with lots of transitions, the Roborock S5 Max will serve you better–the Roborock S5 Max will map your house and show you problematic areas; you can then go ahead to tell it to avoid such places. Similarly, you can command the robot to go into selected rooms, or have it clean in a small portion of the house, say, the dining area after meals.

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Best hard floor ROBOT MOP: Braava 240

A mop only robot, and a helpful, handy one at that. 

Besides, the Braava 240 is very practical. You can tell from its simple controls and settings–no scheduled mopping or automatic recharging and resuming functions. Also, water flow can’t be managed. Further, navigation and control are lacking. 

Regardless, the Braava 240 supports cleaning of mild dirt and stains on tiles, hardwoods, laminate and stone floors, and does that impressively well.

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Best SMART robot mop for hard floors: Braava Jet M6

Do you like the Braava 240 but hate that you can’t schedule mopping? Or maybe you don’t like that the 240 doesn’t recharge automatically? 

The Braava Jet M6 lets you schedule mopping. It also automatically recharges and resumes. One more thing, water flow can be controlled electronically. Above all, you can get the M6 to work in tandem with other iRobot products that you already own to include the Roomba i7 and s9.

It follows that if you want all the smarts in a robot mop–navigation, room select, digital barrier, automatic recharge and resume, etc.–the Braava Jet M6 is more than perfect.

Related: What to do about Braava Jet M6 leaving tire marks on hard floors

Hard floor robot vacuums frequently asked questions and answers

Q: Are robot vacuums good for hard floors?

A: Robot vacuums are suitable for most floor surfaces but are super amazing on hard floors. That’s because the surface of woods, tiles, and laminates allow for quick cleaning, and as such lesser suction is often required.

Q: Can robot vacuums go from hard floors to soft floors?

A: Robot vacuums can sense changes in the flooring. That way, through adapting its brush heights, your clean bot can detect and remove dirt on both hard and soft floors.

Q: How often should you vacuum hard floors?

A: How often you should be vacuuming will depend on many factors, few of which include floor type, traffic volume, weather conditions, and the presence or absence of pets and kids.

Regardless, hard floors are much easier to vacuum because they don’t hold as much dirt, therefore cleaning a little less frequently (2, 3 days apart) is typical.

Q: What to do about robot vacuums scratching hardwood floors?

A: Try removing the pivot wheel and take the wheel off the axle for proper cleaning. If that didn’t help, replace the wheel assemblies with kids’ wristbands or Hoover belts. (Someone had mentioned this in a subreddit discussion). Also, most vacuum cleaners come with different cleaning modes. Running the “Spot Cleaning” mode may or may not be associated with scratches on hardwoods. Just another thing to keep in mind. The idea behind the different settings is that, for the most part, suction will increase or decrease. If settings increase the suction, then scratches could result. If anything, hardwoods don’t require as much suction as, say, a carpet.

Conclusion

Hard floors are a top flooring option. Hardwoods, in particular, considering their appealing looks, durability, and ease of maintenance. 

If you have a hardwood floor and want to automate vacuuming, or maybe you can’t vacuum due to a disability or other health issues, a ROBOT VACUUM can help. You can start with the list above.

Do take note that item #1 through #4 has been discontinued. Meaning new units may not be available. While products in this category may not have the advanced capability of the premium model, they clean well and enjoy the manufacturer’s support. 

Also provided were answers to questions relating to the use of robot vacuums on hard floors. If you think those answers didn’t satisfactorily answer your questions, let me know in the comment.