If you have many carpets in your home, you have to consider a few things when buying.
To avoid making a wrong purchase decision, you should take these criteria into account when buying a robot vacuum for carpets:
- Requirement: The robot vacuum needs to have an overall good performance on all floor types, not just on carpets.
- Good cleaning performance on carpets
- It should have an automatic carpet detection function.
- The robot vacuum should be able to overcome obstacles well so it can drive on high carpets, too.
- You should be able to "Define no-go zones" in the mobile phone app.
- Good price-performance ratio
We’ll talk more about each criterion below.
Your robot vacuum for carpets should be an allrounder
The robot vacuum should perform well in all relevant areas, not just on carpets.
The following categories are essential: good cleaning performance on hard floors, user-friendly mobile app, quiet operation, good battery performance and efficient navigation.
All our "top robot vacuums for carpets" are allrounders that came out with flying colours in our extensive tests.
Our top choices had an excellent performance on carpets, too.
Good performance on carpets (powerful suction)
Most modern robot vacuums hardly reach their limits when cleaning laminate, thanks to their excellent cleaning performance and suction power.
It’s a different story with carpets.
The dirt quickly sinks deep into the carpet and gets stuck in the carpet fibres, so it’s difficult for the robot vacuum to remove it again.
The robot vacuum cleaner must have powerful suction to achieve good cleaning results on carpets.
The robot vacuum cleaner should have a suction power of at least 1500 Pa. (2000 Pa. is even better).
But suction power alone won’t do the job.
A well-designed and high-quality cleaning brush is also a must.
Then it won’t have problems removing the dirt from the carpet fibres.
Our suction test results on the short pile and long pile carpets are a good overview of the robot vacuums’ performance on carpets.
Automatic carpet detection function (carpet boost)
The modern robot vacuum cleaners usually have several power settings.
The robot vacuum usually cleans in the medium cleaning mode. This works great on hard floors.
Carpets, on the other hand, should be cleaned in turbo mode.
The automatic carpet detection ("carpet boost") ensures that the robot vacuum automatically switches to maximum suction power when driving on the carpet. As soon as the robot vacuum leaves the carpet again, it automatically changes it to the previously set power mode.
Your robot vacuum for carpets should be good at overcoming obstacles
Carpets have - sometimes more, sometimes less - a certain height that the robot vacuum has to overcome.
Depending on how high your carpet is, the robot vacuum for carpets should be a good climber.
Our "best robot vacuums for carpets" can overcome heights of 1.9 - 2 cm (~0.7 - 0.8 inches) without any problems.
A conventional carpet is, therefore, no biggie for the little household helper.
An easy set-up of no-go zones in the app
If your robot vacuum can't cope with the long pile carpet and gets stuck all the time, you don't necessarily have to do without the household helper.
The solution lays at hand.
You should create a no-go zone (virtual barrier) for the carpet.
Then the robot vacuum avoids the carpet during daily cleaning and won’t get stuck.
But it still cleans the rest of your flat.
So the robot vacuum can still be of excellent service and take a massive burden off your shoulders.
The Dustbin - the bigger, the better
Carpets magically attract dirt. There’s no way around that.
Therefore, your little household helper must clean the carpet almost daily. But that also means that the mobile dustbin is quickly full.
You should make sure that the dust container is as large as possible when buying one. Then you won’t have to empty the container all the time.
Last but not least, the price - or rather the price-performance ratio - plays an important role.
Good robot vacuums are pretty much unaffordable, right? No! That’s a thing of the past.
You can get high quality for much less money these days.
You’ll get your money’s worth with our test winner (Deebot OZMO 950). It’s got a top performance at a great price.