A robotic vacuum cleaner also called a Roomba is designed in a way that it moves flexibly around the floor and transitions from one surface to another swiftly and cleans the dust within no time. As advanced technology and algorithms are used while making these highly efficient automated devices, most of the Roombas are capable of going from hardwood to carpet.

Can Robot Vacuums Go From Hardwood To Carpet?

Features that ensure Roomba transitions efficiently from hardwood to carpet

Anti-tangle technology

Based on in-depth research and experimentation Roombas are equipped with Anti-tangle Technology which prevents them from getting stuck in the carpet while going from hardwood to carpet.

Artificial intelligence and deep learning

Using artificial intelligence and deep learning for object identification and event-based cleaning makes sure that a Roomba easily transitions from hardwood to carpet without tripping over or causing and disturbance.

Cliff Sensors

The robot will automatically know when it’s on the carpet and adjust the suction strength accordingly.

Laser Mapping

Using Laser Mapping Roomba gets to know about the entire space for example it distinguishes between hardwood and carpet and ensures cleaning in the most effective pattern possible. Multi-floor mapping enables users to save multiple maps including cleaning and restricted zones on each level.

Strong Suction

Even if a robot vacuum moves smoothly from hardwood to carpet it may not have the required suction strength to properly handle thick high-pile carpet. So while choosing a Roomba make sure that it has the required suction strength (around 1400 to 2000 Pa).

Big Rubber Tires

These help the robotic cleaners to have a good grip on the floor. These tires are also helpful in moving smoothly from any floor to carpet.

Virtual No-Go lines

It will set boundaries, to restrict the unit’s movement to the desired areas only.

Auto Adjusting Cleaning Head

It ensures a smooth transition from hardwood to carpet.

Anti-Collision and Anti-Drop sensor

It ensures that the vacuum stays safe from bumps and collisions while transitioning. Immediately it senses them it will turn back, making it extremely safe and effective without causing any sort of problems. Despite all these features, certain questions arise in mind when a vacuum robot is being used for cleaning both hardwood and carpet.

Do they clean better on hardwood floors or carpets?

Robot vacuums are more efficient on hardwood floors than on the carpet simply because of the hard surface of the hardwood which makes it easier to look up for dust and pick it whereas in the case of carpet it has to look deeper for the dust.

Will a Roomba ruin the carpet while moving from hardwood to floor?

It is very unlikely that it will ruin the carpet. However, look out for carpets with fringed ends as the robot will try to suck these up hence causing no disturbance and potentially damaging the floor covering.

Do robot vacuums transition smoothly from hardwood to high pile carpet?

If the pile is too high it may not work because it will be detected as an obstacle by the sensors. For medium pile carpets, there won't be an issue.

What to consider when choosing a Roomba that can move from hardwood to carpet?

Cleaning Modes

When choosing a robot vacuum for both hardwood floors and carpets, you have to make sure that they are flexible. You should have different cleaning modes to choose from.


For effective movement from hardwood to carpet consider the machine’s height and width because its size determines its ability to navigate properly. It should be designed to be slim and lightweight which means it can get under all the furniture and do a thorough cleaning.


Mapping programs feature options such as targeted cleaning.


These robot vacuums add convenience to the routine. These machines empty the vacuum into a larger dustbin on their charging dock. With an upgraded HEPA filter that is washable, you don't have to worry about buying filters now and then. Allergen and dust will also be rid of which is a plus mostly for those with sinuses or allergy to dust particles.

Smart Technology

Many modern robot vacuums include smart connectivity features to pair with a companion app to remotely control the unit. These smart apps can monitor the robot's progress and adjust settings for example you may remotely adjust settings when moving from hardwood to carpet. Some smart robot vacuums pair with voice assistants to change settings with voice controls. With the included remote control you can schedule it in advance to do the cleaning even when you are not there.


It should have an appropriate battery timing so that the cleaning isn't disrupted frequently. The Modern robotic vacuum cleaner will go will automatically go back to the charging station when the battery reaches 15%.


Having a robot vacuum that can transition easily between hardwood and carpet is not an easy task because now in the modern days there are so many options to choose from. Every Roomba may not be a 100% perfect device but it excels at what it does. Moreover having a Roomba that transitions smoothly and causes zero disturbance may be costly too. It may vary from 200 to 1000 US Dollars which shows the vast variety available that's because the tiny robotic vacuum consists of a lot of smart features. 

Some low quality; models with a fewer price range almost fail while transitioning from a hardwood surface to a carpet. Some models perform extremely best on carpets. They are on board Tech automatically detects carpet and subsequently increases the performance level of the Robot. It increases the suction capacity to 2 times and increases fan speed up to 10 times which not only ensures smooth transitioning but also ensures effective cleaning. 

All these happens smoothly and automatically because of multiple cleaning modes technology. This automatic increase in suction capacity and performance level helps vacuum cleaners to clean the edges of your house. This will be a one-time investment for a lifetime helper in cleaning your house.