Do Robot Vacuum Work On Uneven Floors?


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If the thought of cleaning your home doesn't excite you, you probably know that robot vacuums have transformed this dreaded chore into a hassle-free experience. But what happens when your floors are not perfectly flat ? Floors that have cracks, bumps or uneven textures can make it incredibly difficult to thoroughly clean the surface. Dirt, dust and other debris can accumulate in the crevices and low spots of an uneven floor. Nowadays, uneven and sinking floors are some of the most common floor problems in UK homes. Can smart vacuums handle these challenging terrain changes, or will they simply get stuck?

Do Robot Vacuum Cleaners Work On Uneven Floors?

Yes, robot vacuums can work on uneven floors, thanks to their advanced navigation and suction systems. Most modern auto vacuums have sensors that they use to detect changes in floor height and adjust their cleaning path in your home. They can easily navigate over thresholds, low pile carpets and other minor unevenness.

As versatile as these devices are, they do have their limitations. They could struggle with steep drop-offs such as stairs in large homes, which could cause the device to fall and get damaged. High-pile carpets can also obstruct their movement and suction power. If your home has severely uneven floors, it may be difficult for some automatic vacuum cleaners to manoeuvre and clean thoroughly.

3 Best DEEBOT Robot Vacuum For Uneven Floors

When looking for a robotic vacuum cleaner for your home, remember to evaluate the needs of your home and choose a model that can handle those requirements. DEEBOT robot vacuums offer some exceptional user-friendly features for uneven floors such as a floating brush system, auto-lift mop, anti-collision sensors and more.


deebot x2 omni robot vacuum

With a square and compact shape, the DEEBOT X2 OMNI reaches every corner of your home. It uses a powerful rotating mop system with two hot water pads and 8000 suction power 1 for cleaning dirt and debris stuck on uneven surfaces. It also has TrueMapping 3.0 technology and AI-enabled navigation to avoid obstacles and map its cleaning path. In addition, it has a detection distance of 10m and can elevate and cross thresholds up to 22mm high, making it an excellent choice for maintaining cleanliness in your home.



deebot t20 omni smart vacuum

The DEEBOT T20 OMNI has a spinning, pressurised turbo mop that seamlessly cleans every type of floor, from hardwood and tile to carpets and rugs. It has a suction power of 60002, which is more than three times the strength of most standard vacuums. If you struggle with dirt, dust and long hair stuck in the grooves of your uneven floor, this device comes with an upgraded rubber brush with spiralling blades that go into the ridges to thoroughly clean it. Plus, if you have carpets, the blades will agitate the fibres enough to remove all dirt and make it look it good as new.



deebot n10 plus smart vacuum

With a powerful 4,300 3 suctionand 2.5L hypoallergenic disposable dust bag, the DEEBOT N10 PLUS is built to clean months’ worth of accumulated dust and debris. It has a main floating brush that maximises contact with the floor and cleans thoroughly without damaging it, plus a rubber brush that removes pet hair and human hair while preventing frustrating tangles. With uneven floors, it’s important to avoid over-wetting so that water doesn’t collect in certain areas. The DEEBOT N10 PLUS allows you to adjust the water flow to avoid leaks.


What To Look For In A Robot Vacuum For Uneven Floors?

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If you’re looking for a smart vacuum to use on uneven floors, it’s worth considering some specific features.

Advanced Navigation System

An advanced navigation system means that your robot floor cleaner has mapping capabilities and can create a detailed understanding of your floor plan, allowing it to smoothly transition between uneven surfaces without getting stuck. Sophisticated sensors and algorithms also help the machine navigate around obstacles, thresholds and other irregularities, ensuring it can thoroughly and efficiently clean every part, no matter how uneven your floors may be.

Floating Main Brush

If you’re worried about damaging your floors with an auto vacuum, pick a model with a floating main brush. It automatically adjusts its height to maintain close contact with the floor even when there are changes in the surface level.

High-Threshold Climbing

With uneven floors, it is important that your smart vacuum can move over high thresholds. Look for a model that can climb up to at least 20mm in height, so that it transitions smoothly between most surface levels without getting stuck.

All-Terrain Wheels

All-terrain wheels are rugged wheels with suspension that allow the vacuum to navigate over bumps, thresholds and uneven floors effortlessly. They provide stability and freedom of motion, making them perfect for homes with different floor surfaces.

Enhanced Edge Cleaning

Edge-detection technology ensures that your robot vacuum thoroughly cleans along the edges, where dirt and dust are most likely to accumulate. This feature allows the device to adapt to the contours of uneven skirting boards along the wall and provides a thorough clean.

Anti-Drop and Anti-Collision Sensors

Anti-drop and anti-collision sensors prevent the robot vacuum cleaner from tipping over or colliding with obstacles for smooth and safe navigation across irregular surfaces. They help detect drops such as stairs and avoid potential hazards in its path, all of which are important to have in homes with irregular surfaces.

Multi-Surface Transition

This feature lets the vacuum switch modes efficiently across different floor types and uneven surfaces, The machine adjusts its cleaning power and technique to suit each surface, providing a thorough clean without missing a spot.

Adjustable Suction Power

Adjustable suction power lets the auto vacuum increase suction where needed, such as uneven tiles or carpeted floors for a deep and effective clean. With this feature, the vacuum can get rid of stubborn dirt and debris that may be lodged in crevices or thick fibres.

Auto-Lift Mop

Worried about your robot floor cleaner accidentally mopping over your carpet? Auto-lift mop technology automatically raises the mopping pad when it transitions onto carpets. This prevents water damage and your carpets stay dry.

Custom Cleaning Zones

Custom cleaning zones allow you to define specific areas that require extra attention, such as particularly uneven spots as well as avoid other spots by creating no-go zones. By focusing on these zones, the smart vacuum ensures a thorough clean where it’s most needed.


Do robot vacuum work on transitions between rooms?

Robot vacuums can normally handle transitions between rooms, such as thresholds, as long as the height difference is not too extreme. Most models are designed to navigate over door sills and other minor obstacles up to 1-2 cm in height. However, large gaps or steep drops (e.g. stairs and high ledges) may still pose challenges.

What if my robot vacuum gets stuck on rugs or cables?

Auto vacuums can usually detect and move around obstacles, but if it gets stuck on rugs and cables,it may have trouble navigating. Always ensure your floors are clear of obstacles before use. You can do this using virtual barriers, no-go zones on the app and cord organisers.

What maintenance is required for a robot vacuum used on uneven floors?

Regular cleaning and maintenance is important for any smart vacuum cleaner, but especially for ones that are used on uneven floors. Remember to check and gently clean sensors, filters, wheels and brushes to ensure proper movement and suction. With proper care, your device can continue to perform well on uneven surfaces over time.


  1. 8,000Pa: This data comes from ECOVACS laboratory. The suction power of DEEBOT X2 OMNI can reach 8,000Pa.
  2. 6,000Pa: This data comes from ECOVACS laboratory. The suction power of DEEBOT T20 OMNI can reach 6,000Pa.
  3. 4,300Pa: This data comes from ECOVACS laboratory. The suction power of DEEBOT N10 and DEEBOT N10 PLUS can reach 4,300Pa.

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