Best Robot Vacuum For Bare Floors: iRobot Roomba 981

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Unfortunately, this vacuum lacks more advanced automation features found on other models, like support for virtual boundary lines and schedule programming for specific rooms in its coverage area. It also incurs many recurring costs and has quite a few parts that need regular cleaning. Still, if you’re looking for a robot vacuum to keep your bare floors clean, it’s a good choice.


The best robot vacuum for bare floors that we’ve tested is the iRobot Roomba 981. This robot vacuum does a fantastic job cleaning pet hair, bulky debris like cereal, and small debris like rice from bare floors. Better still, its suction performance also remains very consistent as its dirt compartment fills with debris. It has a HEPA filter to trap allergens as it cleans, too.

This vacuum feels very well-built, with a hard plastic body, along with wheels and twin brushrolls made of rubber. It does an excellent job of maneuvering itself, with a surface detection feature that lets it automatically change its suction power mode and brushroll height depending on the surface that it’s on. Its batter performance is also excellent, as you should expect roughly anywhere between one to two hours of runtime, depending on settings and usage patterns.

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