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Autonomous Floor Scrubber Market

Autonomous Floor Scrubber Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Run Time (Up to 4 hours, More than 4 hours), By Scrubber Head Type (Disc, Cylindrical, By End-User), Retail and Shopping Center (Manufacturing, Airport, Healthcare, Warehouse and Logistics, Education, Others), By Sales Channel (Direct, Indirect) and By Region(North America, Europe, APAC, Middle East and Africa, LATAM) Forecasts, 2024-2032

Report Code: SRAT54546DR
Study Period 2020-2032 CAGR 11.34%
Historical Period 2020-2022 Forecast Period 2024-2032
Base Year 2023 Base Year Market Size USD XX Billion
Forecast Year 2032 Forecast Year Market Size USD XX Billion
Largest Market North America Fastest Growing Market Europe
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Market Overview

The global autonomous floor scrubber market size was valued at USD 923.19 million in 2022. It is estimated to reach USD 2,217.52 million by 2031, growing at a CAGR of 11.34% during the forecast period (2023–2031).

An autonomous or robotic floor scrubber is an automated industrial cleaning equipment that is robotic and manages the cleaning task itself, which minimizes the need for human intervention and allows organizations to be productive in a cost-effective manner. These floor scrubbers are programmed to map out the facility and perform the cleaning task accordingly. Autonomous floor scrubbers are inbuilt with ultra-sensitive sensors that enable the machine to detect obstacles and stop when required.

Autonomous floor scrubbers have an inbuilt solution and recovery tank to store fresh and dirty water. The scrubbing action of the rotating pads in the equipment, water, and a cleaning solution removes dirt from the floor. Also, a squeegee attached to the suction hose removes the dirty water and leaves the floor clean and dry. Autonomous floor scrubbers clean hard floors in various sectors, such as healthcare, warehouse & logistics, manufacturing, retailing, and airports.


  • Up to 4 hours dominate the runtime segment
  • Disc dominates the scrubber head type segment
  • Retail and shopping center dominate the end-user segment
  • North America is the highest shareholder in the global market

Market Dynamics

Market Drivers

High Labor Costs in Developed Countries 

Cleaning is labor-intensive and involves considerable expenditure on housekeeping services to maintain hygienic facilities. Moreover, the dependence on sanitation staff creates a lot of uncertainty regarding the availability of workers at critical times. Hence, such uncertainties have compelled several end users to shift toward autonomous floor scrubbers, accelerating the demand for them in the market.

Developed countries such as the US and France have continuously rising labor costs. As a result, the dependence on sanitation workers for cleaning tasks is witnessing a decline, which is expected to reduce even further in the coming years. Hence, such factors will boost the demand for autonomous floor scrubbers in developed nations. Additionally, an autonomous floor scrubber helps optimize cleaning operations without involving any additional expenditure for overtime or hiring additional labor in case of facility expansions. Consequently, the demand for autonomous floor scrubbers is rising continuously in developed nations and contributing to the market's growth.

Stringent Regulations for Maintaining Cleanliness and Employee Safety 

Maintaining cleanliness and hygiene in commercial and industrial establishments such as schools, offices, airports, stations, and food & beverage manufacturing plants is critical. Across all industrial sectors, stringent controls and regulations are being applied to ensure the safety of workers and the environment. Further, product safety is an absolute priority for businesses worldwide.

Maintaining cleanliness and hygiene in high-traffic places becomes problematic without professional cleaning equipment. As a result, several end users, such as airports, retail establishments, and healthcare centers, are adopting autonomous floor scrubbers to adhere to various hygiene regulations. Using an autonomous floor scrubber can reduce the chances of severe and fatal infections and injuries as it minimizes the need for manual operations. Hence, the demand for autonomous floor scrubbers is rising continuously.

Market Restraint

Low-Cost Labor in Developing Countries 

The average salary for factory workers in India is about USD 2, less than the cost of running an autonomous floor scrubber. One of the primary factors hindering the growth of the global market is the availability of low-cost labor in developing countries such as India and Brazil. In developing countries, most end users prefer manual cleaning over robotic or autonomous cleaning equipment due to the high availability of sanitation workers. Hence, such factors may impede the demand for autonomous floor scrubbers in countries with low labor costs.

Market Opportunities

Rising Adoption of Technologies (AI, Sensor, and GPS) 

Rapid technological advances in recent years have contributed to the emergence of new technologies for cleaning equipment. One such ground-breaking innovation in terms of professional cleaning equipment is the introduction of autonomous or robotic cleaning equipment powered by machine learning (ML), artificial intelligence (AI), and IoT. Integrating these automation technologies with cleaning equipment maximizes productivity with minimum effort. The AI-powered robotic scrubber understands the operating environment and performs actions accordingly. The AI technology enables an automatic scrubber to make decisions and decide the best cleaning path.

Additionally, the autonomous floor scrubber has various inbuilt sensors and a GPS, which allows the equipment to move automatically throughout the facility and avoid obstacles. Autonomous floor scrubbers use smart technology for mapping the facilities and high computing capabilities in a small footprint, which can be controlled using a smartphone with low-cost optics and sensors. Moreover, integrating autonomous floor scrubbers with smartphones lets users quickly locate the machine through smart devices. With the growing popularity of smart devices, the investment is expected to witness high year-on-year growth, leading to significant growth opportunities for vendors in the market.

Regional Analysis

North America Dominates the Global Market

Based on region, the global autonomous floor scrubber market is bifurcated into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa.

North America is the most significant global autonomous floor scrubber market shareholder and is estimated to exhibit a CAGR of 10.12% during the forecast period. North America is the global market leader due to its rapid adoption across multiple end-user industries. The region consists of well-established countries such as the US and Canada, which are witnessing continuous growth. The growing investments and the rapid expansion of the regional commercial and industrial sectors offer promising growth opportunities to autonomous floor scrubber vendors. In addition, the labor cost across North America is rising continuously, driving several end users toward technologies that minimize the expenditure on housekeeping and increase their productivity. Moreover, autonomous cleaning solutions will also enable organizations to assign their sanitation workforce to other value-adding tasks and revenue-enhancing activities. Hence, the high labor cost will likely boost the demand for autonomous floor scrubbers across the region.

Europe is anticipated to exhibit a CAGR of 10.98% over the forecast period. The high share of the European region is attributable to the higher adoption of robotic cleaning equipment across several industries such as hospitality, healthcare establishments, and airports and the high labor cost. Further, the growing business investments, commercial spaces, and increasing government spending on infrastructure and transportation are expected to boost the demand for the product across the region. The continuous rise in travel and tourism in countries such as France, Spain, Italy, the UK, and Germany is leading to the growth of the hospitality sector across the region. In addition, several funding initiatives are being implemented to construct regional hotels and resorts. The existing hotels in the region are receiving many footfalls due to the rise in tourism activities. Thus, there is a growing need for continuous cleaning at these facilities to keep the surroundings hygienic, thereby driving the regional market growth during the forecast period.

Asia-Pacific is predicted to witness the highest growth over the forecast period due to the rapidly growing manufacturing sector across countries such as China, India, and Vietnam. Workplace automation is becoming increasingly popular among Asia-Pacific countries, as indicated by the increasing adoption of AI and robotics. Hence, this is expected to shift industries from labor-intensive manual cleaning to robotic cleaning equipment, thereby driving the demand for autonomous floor scrubbers in the market. In addition, due to the low labor cost, most end users rely on manual cleaning or cleaning with the help of equipment operated manually due to low-cost benefits. Hence, low labor costs and many regional sanitation workers will likely disrupt the market's growth. However, the rising labor cost in China provides specific growth opportunities to vendors in the market.

The Middle East and Africa is the second-lowest global autonomous floor market contributor. Countries like Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and South Africa are generating the highest demand in the region. Although the Middle East has an established hospitality sector, the presence of several underdeveloped countries in the African region offsets the need for autonomous floor scrubbers. The presence of some of the largest luxury hotels in the region is boosting the demand for autonomous floor scrubbers in the market. However, low awareness regarding hygienic practices and poor affordability in the region's low-income countries are expected to impede market growth during the forecast period.

The sluggish growth of the Latin American market is attributable to the economic downturn in several nations, lack of awareness regarding health, and tough competition from other developed countries. However, the region is expected to grow substantially during the forecast period. Rapid industrialization, significant penetration of travel and tourism activities, and increasing awareness of health conditions and hygiene are expected to drive the market's growth.

Report Scope

Report Metric Details
By Run Time
  1. Up to 4 hours
  2. More than 4 hours
By Scrubber Head Type
  1. Disc
  2. Cylindrical
  3. By End-User
Retail and Shopping Center
  1. Manufacturing
  2. Airport
  3. Healthcare
  4. Warehouse and Logistics
  5. Education
  6. Others
By Sales Channel
  1. Direct
  2. Indirect
Company Profiles Nilfisk Diversey Adlatus Amano Avidbots Bharati Robotic Systems DDROBO Cleanfix iClean Robotics Co. Murata Machinery Ltd. Tennant Kärcher Hako
Geographies Covered
North America U.S. Canada
Europe U.K. Germany France Spain Italy Russia Nordic Benelux Rest of Europe
APAC China Korea Japan India Australia Taiwan South East Asia Rest of Asia-Pacific
Middle East and Africa UAE Turkey Saudi Arabia South Africa Egypt Nigeria Rest of MEA
LATAM Brazil Mexico Argentina Chile Colombia Rest of LATAM
Report Coverage Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, Environment & Regulatory Landscape and Trends
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Segmental Analysis

The global autonomous floor scrubber market is bifurcated into the runtime, scrubber head type, end-user, and sales channel.

Based on runtime, the global market is divided into up to 4 hours and more than 4 hours segments. 

The up to 4 hours segment accounts for the largest market share and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 11.47% over the forecast period. The up to 4 hours segment is expected to grow considerably during the forecast period. The high demand is attributable to the adoption of these products across multiple end-user industries, including warehouses, shopping malls, and healthcare establishments. This autonomous floor scrubber variant will likely be cheaper than variants with a higher run time on a single charge. Likewise, the relatively lower cost of products under this segment will contribute to a higher demand for them in the market. Due to lower run time, these autonomous floor scrubbers are more suitable for areas that receive fewer footfalls and do not require frequent cleaning. Moreover, the facilities with a smaller built-up area usually have fewer aisles to be cleaned. They are likely to generate higher demand for autonomous floor scrubbers with a run time of up to 4 hours.

Based on scrubber head type, the global market is divided into disc and cylindrical scrubber heads. 

The disc scrubber head segment is the most significant contributor to the market and is estimated to exhibit a CAGR of 11.39% over the forecast period. Disc scrubbers use two flat brushes to deeply clean or polish the floor. Therefore, these scrubbers are used on pre-swept floors and require pre-sweeping before using these scrubbers. Disc scrubbers run at the speed of 250-300 RPM. This scrubber head type is made from materials such as nylon, abrasive bristle, and polypropylene; the demand for any specific type depends on the cleaned floor. These scrubbers are ideal for smooth and finished floors and are also widely used in areas where floors must be polished regularly, such as schools, retail stores, healthcare facilities, and other commercial spaces. The high demand for these scrubbers is attributable to their suitability for smooth floors and the use of relatively lesser water than cylindrical floor scrubbers.

Based on end-user, the global market is bifurcated into retail and shopping center, manufacturing, airport, healthcare, warehouse and logistics, education, and others. 

The retail and shopping center segment owns the highest market share and is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 8.00% over the forecast period. Retail stores such as supermarkets, departmental stores, shopping malls, and other giant retailers receive many footfalls. Maintaining clean and hygienic surroundings is integral to providing the best customer experience. Hence, the factor will likely support the market growth during the forecast period. With the changing preferences and growing inclination toward online shopping, several retailers need help refining their customer experience initiatives to attract visitors. Hence, retailers must continuously improve quality standards in a cost-efficient manner. However, rising labor costs and increasing worker absenteeism pose several challenges in fulfilling cleanliness and safety standards. Thus, all these factors may drive the demand for autonomous floor scrubbers equipped with smart navigation features for smarter cleaning and reduced labor intensity.

Based on sales channels, the global market is divided into direct and indirect sales channels. 

The direct sales channel segment is the largest contributor to the market and is anticipated to exhibit a CAGR of 11.20% over the forecast period. Direct sales channels enable consumers to purchase goods directly from vendors. These channels also allow vendors to sell their products at a lower price and gain a competitive edge. Many customers buy directly from vendors to reduce the extra cost incurred while purchasing from third-party sellers, such as dealers and distributors. Various vendors are investing in direct sales channels to eliminate the long-term cost of transporting products to customers whenever they receive a new order. For instance, in 2020, Nilfisk invested in building new distribution centers in Belgium and Sweden in Europe. Hence, such expansion initiatives by vendors will boost the direct sales of autonomous floor scrubbers during the forecast period.

Market Size By Run Time

Recent Developments

  • May 2022- ICE Cobotics introduced Cobi 18, a compact, autonomous floor scrubber available via an all-inclusive subscription.
  • March 2023- Avidbots, a leading Canadian robotics company, recognized the contribution of its autonomous floor scrubber, Neo, to the 2023 World Airport Awards' top winners.

Top Key Players

Nilfisk Diversey Adlatus Amano Avidbots Bharati Robotic Systems DDROBO Cleanfix iClean Robotics Co. Murata Machinery Ltd. Tennant Kärcher Hako Others

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the estimated growth rate (CAGR) of the global autonomous floor scrubber market?
The global autonomous floor scrubber market size is growing at a CAGR of 11.34% from 2023 to 2031.
North America has the largest share of the autonomous floor scrubber market.
High labor costs in developed countries and stringent regulations for maintaining cleanliness and employee safety are the key driver for the growth of the autonomous floor scrubber market.
Rising adoption of technologies (ai, sensor, and gps) is one of the upcoming trend in the autonomous floor scrubber market.
The key players in the global autonomous floor scrubber market include Nilfisk, Diversey, Adlatus, Amano, Avidbots, Bharati Robotic Systems, DDROBO, Cleanfix, iClean Robotics Co., Murata Machinery Ltd., Tennant, Kärcher, Hako, and others.

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