Why we choose this:
Roborock recently updated its popular S7 line of robotic vacuums with the S8, and after testing the new S8+ hybrid vacuum and mop, we can definitely recommend it to pet owners. An extra-large trash can 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 the floor (although the spot-clean mode leaves a lot to be desired). . If you want a robot vacuum cleaner that can completely clean carpets and hard floors, then you’ll be happy with the S8+.
You may not be so happy with the price: $999.99. You can usually find a coupon that reduces the price to about $800, but it’s still an expensive product. Still, this vacuum justifies its cost by making it much easier to clean up after your pets. It’s very satisfying to hear the extra suction when the S8+ rolls over a carpeted area, and thanks to that floor detection, you don’t have to worry about accidentally mopping your new carpet.
The S8+ also creates a very accurate map thanks to built-in LiDAR and smart mapping, although it can run into trouble when you come across a misplaced charging cable.
For whom it is:
Unless your home was last renovated in the early ’90s, we assume you don’t have wall-to-wall carpeting. Most homes and apartments have a combination of hardwood (or, more likely, laminate), tile, carpet, and area rugs. No matter what combination of floors you have, Roborock’s new S8+ can detect, clean and mop as needed.
If you want the best robot vacuum and mop for pet hair, this new hybrid is up to the task.