The Best Robot Vacuums for Carpet in 2020

Sam Harris
written by Sam Harris
part of Robot Vacuums
created on June 26, 2020
updated on June 27, 2020

Want to stay healthy while avoiding the risks of a dirty carpet? While a standard vacuum makes sense, a robot vacuum is another option since some automation is involved.

It turns out you’re in the right place if you want to keep things neat or keep your sanity while reducing allergens. 

Today’s update will unveil some of the best robot vacuums for low-, medium-, and high-pile carpets alongside other useful and relevant information. Let’s get started.

Top seven best robot vacuums for carpets

Below are concise reviews of the top seven robot vacuums suitable for specific carpet vacuuming situations/requirements.

Roborock S5 Max

Besides its cleaning ability (2000Pa suction + Carpet Boost), the Roborock S5 Max possesses the ability to transfer to and from thin, mid-pile, and thick carpets (up to 0.8in). Even better, the S5 Max has a way around fringes than most other robots I have seen or tried.

Still, the S5 Max excels at other surfaces (hardwood, tile, laminates) and situations (wall to wall, pets, dust, dirt, and allergens). 

Not only that, considering its mapping sensor is Lidar based, the S5 Max rarely had issues vacuuming dark carpets.

Talking of value, the Roborock S5 Max is a vacuum and mop combo. If you have mixed flooring and are concerned with the carpet getting wiped, you can set a no-mop zone in the app or remove the mop attachment. 

Not cheap though (at more than $500 on Amazon), but S5 Max is powerful, smart, efficient, versatile, and reliable.

CHECK CURRENT PRICE OF THE ROBOROCK S5 MAX ON AMAZON

Roomba 980

Appearing #2 in this list of the best carpet vacuum robot is the Roomba 980. Ideal for short, mid-length carpets–given its design, construction, and features (Recharge & Resume, Smart Navigation, and Mapping, Carpet Boost to mention a few)–the irobot 980 is also a favorite among homeowners with dense/shag carpets. If it helps to mention, the Roomba 980 smart vacuum can cross mats or barriers up to 0.79in.

One thing you should keep in mind though, is that the Roomba 980 doesn’t perform well (or at all) on black carpets or under poor light conditions. 

Another thing: the Roomba 980 robot vacuum has been discontinued. While parts are still available, it can be quite challenging to find new units. If you don’t mind refurb or have plush carpets, the irobot 980 floor robot is a perfect choice.  

CHECK CURRENT PRICE OF THE ROOMBA 980 ROBOTIC VACUUM CLEANER AT AMAZON

Roborock E4

So while the E4 is a step down to the S5 Max in terms of power and features. And make no mistake the E4 isn’t the same as the S4 (the latter has Smart Mapping and has been known to not be ideal for carpets). 

However, with the E4, and as far as the threshold or carpet isn’t more than 0.8in, it should do just fine. It packs a lot of power (up to 2000Pa) and can automatically increase suction when a carpet is detected.

What’s more, a 640ml dustbin, especially helpful for pet owners.

Priced under $300 at Amazon and unlike most robovacs in its category, the Roborock E4 moves intelligently and is carpet friendly (doesn’t pull on fibers or tangle on fringes). 

CHECK CURRENT PRICE OF THE ROBOROCK E4 ROBOTIC VACUUM CLEANER AT AMAZON

Roomba 675

Understandably the bells and whistles available in the flagship i7 and s9 models are absent in the 675. Regardless, Roomba 675 remains a simple yet powerful automatic floor machine that cleans modestly on carpets (0.75 inches or less, not extremely dark in color, fluffy, bulky, or have long fringes and tassels) while transferring brilliantly between other floor types (tile, wood, laminate, etc.).

A top option in the budget category at around $200 on Amazon–the Roomba 675 impresses with useful and helpful features to include automatic recharge; 90 minutes of run time; scheduling; 600ml dustbin capacity; voice control; and WiFi & app connectivity.

CHECK CURRENT PRICE OF THE ROOMBA 675 ROBOT VACUUM AT AMAZON

Goovi d380

As you already know, the likes of Roomba and Roborock are great vacuum cleaners–except they may have trouble vacuuming under poor light conditions or avoid dark/black rugs altogether. 

While having a maximum suction button on its remote, considering it’s an entry-level robot vacuum, Goovi may not be thorough in its performance and lacks some key features. Also, it works more like a sweeper than a deep cleaner. 

Nonetheless, the Goovi robot vacuum works on any color carpet (dark browns, dark grays, black, etc.). 

Depending on how much of a shag you have, Goovi works well on standard carpets and transitions nicely between solid surfaces (hardwoods, tiles, laminates, etc.).

CHECK CURRENT PRICE OF THE GOOVI ROBOT VACUUM AT AMAZON

Neato d7

If you have bi-level or thick area rugs, mid-length, or speckled carpet, you probably already have an idea of what’s required to keep floors tidy and clean. Maybe you’re a believer in robot vacuums. Neato robots in particular. It could be due to your experience with a d3 or d5, which has now died.

Now that you’re in the market for a replacement, not only is the d7 ideal for carpets of varying length and height (may not work well on shags or fibers of more than 15mm thick), it’s also an upgrade to previous Neato models. 

Further, the Neato d7 robot vacuum is smart. Besides being able to resume vacuuming where it left off before a charging break, the Neato d7 moves in efficient straight lines (rather than bump around in random patterns). Not only that, let’s say you have a plush carpet with loose ends that you think will trouble the d7, but you could also set up a no-go zone in the app. Similarly, you can send the d7 to vacuum specific areas like the dining or kitchen. 

If it’s worth mentioning, the d7 robovac has a 700 ml dustbin for homeowners whose cleaning requirements also involve pet hair or pick up of large volumes of debris.

CHECK CURRENT PRICE OF THE NEATO D7 ROBOT VACUUM

Roomba i7

The Roomba i7 happens to be the last carpet robot vacuum cleaner to be featured. 

A strong suction (iRobot says is 20× previous models) and large wheels ensure easy access on and off carpet surfaces with improved pick-up performance. 

The i7 similar to other robots could choke on carpet fringes but does this very rarely. Its soft rubber brushes allow it to vacuum rugs without eating away into their fiber, as is the case with most robovacs.

For pet owners, the i7 has a full bin detect sensor to ensure the robot doesn’t overfill. It also comes with Hepa filters to make life easier for people with allergies.

Finally, the i7+ has an auto-dirt emptying function (clean base sold separately) should you want to skip the manual emptying. 

CHECK CURRENT PRICE OF THE ROOMBA I7 ROBOT VACUUM AT AMAZON

Conclusion 

There you have it: reviews of seven of the best robot vacuums to put fresh vacuum lines into carpets. 

To make the right choice, pay attention to the highlighted use cases/cleaning needs each item have been associated with. This will ensure you get optimum value for your purchase.

With convenience and time-saving being some of the perks of a carpet robot vacuum, one drawback is that the machine could tangle or get stuck in carpet fringe. As long as the strands on the carpet aren’t long, it should work fine. For area rugs with longer tassels, fold the tassels under the carpet. 

Lastly, robot vacuums may be hard on some carpets–especially if they aren’t made of tight weaves. As a result, the bin fills rapidly with the carpet material. If it’s a standard commercial carpet, you shouldn’t have a problem. If you’ve got questions about your floor surface, consider reaching out to the installer or manufacturer for guidance/recommended cleaning methods.

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