Testing the best robot vacuums for pet hair in 2023: The iRobot and Shark options to get on Black Friday


Why we picked this:

Roborock recently updated its popular S7 line of robot vacuums with the S8, and after testing out the new S8+ hybrid vacuum and mop, we can definitely recommend it to pet parents. An extra-large dust bin can handle pet hair, dust, and debris for 60 days or more, and the vibrating mop pad does much more than drag a damp cloth across your floors (although the spot cleaning mode leaves a lot to be desired). If you want a robot vac that can provide an all-over clean on carpets and hard flooring, then you’ll be happy with the S8+.

You might be less happy with the price tag: $999.99. You can usually find a coupon that knocks the price down to about $800, but it’s still a pricey product. Even so, this vacuum justifies its cost by making it so much easier to clean up after your pets. It’s so satisfying to hear the extra suction kick in as the S8+ rolls onto a carpeted area, and because of that floor detection, you don’t have to worry about accidentally mopping your new area rug.

The S8+ also creates a very accurate map thanks to onboard LiDAR and smart mapping, although it can struggle when it comes across a stray charging cable.

Who it’s for:

Unless your home was last renovated in the early ’90s, then we’re guessing it doesn’t have wall-to-wall carpets. Most homes and apartments have a mix of hardwood (or, more likely, laminate), tile, carpets, and area rugs. No matter what combination of flooring you have, the new S8+ from Roborock can detect, clean, and mop as needed.

If you want the best robot vacuum and mop for pet hair, then this new hybrid is up to the task.

Read our full review of the Roborock S8+.


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