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Which Vacuum is Right for Your Floor Type?

Which Vacuum is Right for Your Floor Type?

Which vacuum cleaner is right for your floor type? Whether it’s a handheld, robot or 2-in-1 vacuum cleaner, we at Robot Specialist look at the best cleaning device for your home. 

Read on to find out more and whether having carpets, hardwood or tiled surfaces really makes a difference with household cleaning. 

Types of Vacuum Cleaner

Traditional vacuum cleaners are versatile tools for cleaning multiple surfaces, offering some advantages and disadvantages. 

Traditional Vacuum Cleaner Pros

They typically come with various attachments suited for different tasks, such as crevice tools for tight spaces and brushes for upholstery, providing comprehensive cleaning ability. 

Strong suction and manual control allow for thorough cleaning of carpets, hardwood, and tiles. 

Traditional Vacuum Cleaner Cons

Traditional vacuums can be heavy and cumbersome, making them difficult to manoeuvre around furniture and upstairs. 

They often require changing settings or heads when switching between surfaces, which can be inconvenient. Additionally, they usually have cords, which limits mobility, unless you invest in a cordless vacuum cleaner

Robot vacuum cleaners offer a convenient, modern solution for maintaining cleanliness across various surfaces, but they also come with both advantages and disadvantages. 

Robot Vacuum Cleaner Pros

They automate the cleaning process, efficiently handling daily dust and debris on surfaces like hardwood, tile, and low-pile carpets without any intervention. 

Many robot vacuum cleaner models can adjust their suction and brush height automatically, adapting to different floor types instantly. 

Their compact design even allows them to clean under furniture and in other hard-to-reach areas. 

Robot Vacuum Cleaner Cons

Robot vacuums may struggle with high-pile carpets and transitioning between different surface heights. 

They have smaller dustbins and generally less suction power compared to traditional vacuums, necessitating more frequent emptying and possibly less thorough cleaning on certain surfaces.

The Best Vacuum Cleaner for Every Surface Type

Let's look at the surfaces where each vacuum type shines: 


A standard vacuum cleaner is generally better for cleaning carpets compared to a robot vacuum cleaner. Only a very powerful carpet-specialised robot vacuum cleaner could keep up. 

This is because standard vacuums typically have stronger suction power and more capabilities for adjusting settings to accommodate different carpet thicknesses and fibres. 

The same goes for pet hair, which can become ingrained and seem hidden within carpets, especially thick ones. Powerful suction and pet-friendly robot cleaners are your best friends. 

Hard Floors

For hard floors like wood and tiles, robot vacuum cleaners are often more suitable. They are efficient at maintaining cleanliness with regular, automated sessions that keep dust and debris in check. 

Robot vacuums are particularly good on flat surfaces where their consistent suction performs well, and their soft brushes and pads prevent scratching, making them ideal for the daily upkeep of hard flooring without requiring manual effort.

A Multi-Level House

For a multi-level house, a standard vacuum cleaner is typically more practical. Standard vacuums are portable and can easily be moved between different floors, unlike most robot vacuums which are not capable of navigating stairs.

The versatility of attachments and settings on a standard vacuum allows for effective cleaning on a variety of surfaces and hard-to-reach areas, making it more adaptable for homes with multiple levels.

Kitchen Tiled Floors

This is where the majority of spills and stains will tend to happen. For kitchen floors, a 2-in-1 robot vacuum cleaner that also functions as a mop is highly advantageous. These devices effectively handle the typical challenges of kitchen messes, such as spills, crumbs, and stains. 

In conclusion, both traditional and robot vacuum cleaners have their advantages in the field of battle - keeping your home clean. Based on your layout, think about which one suits you best and how much time you have to spend cleaning. 

If you have more questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our friendly and knowledgeable customer service team at Robot Specialist. They’re always here to put you on the right track whenever you need. Get in touch today!
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