Best Robot Vacuums

Best Robot Vacuums

The obsession with robot vacuums is obviously the fact that they make your life 100 times easier, but there’s a hard part to the process: picking one.

“Roomba” and “robot vacuum” are essentially interchangeable terms at this point, but the robot vacuum market ain’t what it was in 2005. Though we totally back nearly ever Roomba model, there’s a whole new world of brands that you should be turning over.

We know, we realize: Keeping the Roomba’s models direct is a headache alone – comparing handfuls of models from competing brands makes keeping your old, barely-functioning vac look not

1. ILIFE V3s

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  1. Run time: 120 minutes
  2. App connected: No
  3. Alexa and Google Assistant: No

Robot vacuums get a bad rep for being strictly for people with extra cash. While some models can get grossly expensive (the bottom of this list is yikes), a little research can land you a decent robot vacuum for under $200.
The ILIFE V3s isn’t on Roomba’s level – nor is it on the level of other models considered budget picks, so don’t expect the feeling of a professional clean under your feat. That said, the V3 shines with hardwood, and it does a pretty decent job of keeping tile debris-free. (The mopping capabilities are unique, but they’re so underdeveloped that they might as well not be there.) Owners of high-pile carpets should heavily consider paying the extra $100 for an Eufy, Ecovavs, or model that has a primary rolling brush. That pet hair ain’t going nowhere.
One shining feature is the battery life. At 120 minutes on one charge, the V3s could run circles on higher-end models – potentially an option for a large office space where people won’t be walking baref.

2. eufy RoboVac 

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  1. Run time: 100 minutes
  2. App connectivity: No
  3. Alexa and Google Assistant: No

Cleaning is annoying since it is – you mustn’t have to program your vacuuming routine around somebody else’s TV period or your next-door neighbor’s weird sleeping patterns. Vacuuming can finally end up being tranquil with the Eufy Robovac 11s, which is normally reportedly among the quietest bot vacs also on high-suction mode.
For under $300, the Eufy 11s packs a significant punch – simply don’t expect any great features. The vacuum uses 1300A of suction power and will clean both carpets and hardwood, but its washing paths are even more aimless bobbling than they are methodical. There is no area scanning tech and scheduling is bound, but infrared sensors perform ensure that it isn’t dropping down stairs or working into corners. In the event that you reside in a confined space with limited home furniture (hey, NYC flats), this will most likely not be a huge deal.
The “S” actually means slim: At only 2.8 inches tall, it is also ace for sneaking under lower-sitting furnit.

3. Shark ION RV750

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  • Run time: 70 minutes
  • App connected: Yes
  • Alexa and Google Assistant: Yes

Shark has dominated the upright vacuum game for years, so it’s no surprise that Shark immediately took on the robot vacuum world. (Dyson, where you at?) It has its shortcomings, but the Shark ION RV750 is a super cheap way to get a robot vacuum with an app.

Getting a WiFi-connected robot vacuum for less than $230 is impressive as it is – the fact that it’s a Shark takes it from awesome to “I literally cannot pass that up.” It’s compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, which you’ll need to utilize, because it doesn’t come with a manual remote. Run time is only 70 minutes, which is great for smaller homes and apartments.

The Shark’s main weakness is one of the things so many want a robot vacuum for in the first place: hair. While dense messes like spilled cereal or dirt from outside will be picked up no problem, fine pet and human hair seem to be left behind (despite the special brush roll). Danny Tanner wouldn’t become impressed, but newbies and people who just want the bare bones will appreciate they don’t have to do the vacuuming thems.

4. ECOVACS DEEBOT N79S

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  1. Run time: 120 minutes
  2. App connected: Yes
  3. Alexa and Google Assistant: Yes

Don’t let “best for people with allergies” throw you off – the Deebot N79S is an excellent choice for any household of any size and any level of debris. It’s not easy to find a robo-vac that has strong suction on carpet and hardwood, plus app and voice compatibility, plus long run time for an affordable price point, but that’s why Ecovacs is an internet favorite.
Through the app, you can select from three modes like “edge” to go around the corners or “spot” to clean in one spot. Because there’s no room-mapping technology, the paths are random yet reliable. Despite the “S” for slim, it’s 3.3 inches tall and not as good as the Eufy for low-clearance furniture.
Vacuuming tends to stir up dust and dander just as much as it cleans, but the Ecovacs’ HEPA filter works to minimize air pollutants and lasts for up to a y.

5. Roomba 960

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  1. Price: $699
  2. App connected: Yes
  3. Alexa and Google Assistant: Yes

When people think Roomba, this is the model they think of. The 960 provides a drool-worthy combination of smart features, methodically-planned cleaning, but has a price that’s not too nauseating.
Cleaning the same spot over and over or knocking into furniture (despite it’s high-tech sensors) is the gripe most customers have with robot vacuums. It’s almost as if the Roomba 960 listened to the complaints and acted on them. The model uses iAdapt 2.0 Navigation with Visual Localization to seamlessly navigate between hard floors, carpets, and rugs without getting stuck, with the addition of a camera making it noticeably more nimble in tight spots. Similar to the way a human would clean, the 960’s methodical cleaning looks for concentrated areas and chooses where to focus – rather than simply following a pattern that may be skipping crucial areas and obvious hairballs. Using the app, you can decide whether the Roomba cleans a room once or takes a second l.

6. Neato BotVac

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  1. Run time: 120 minutes
  2. App connected: Yes
  3. Alexa and Google Assistant: Yes

We can’t scientifically back this, but we’re pretty sure pet hair gets up and crawls into corners when we’re not looking. The Neato BotVac D7 was designed in a “D” shape specifically to squeeze itself perfectly into 90-degree areas where hair seems to collect – and where circular bots may miss.
The corner-friendly form isn’t the only feature to tackle shedding: The opening port is shaped particularly to combat hair clogging, and the included combo brush is uniquely designed to snatch up clinging pet hair. It works hard for sure, but with the BotVac that hard work doesn’t come quietly.
Instead of bumping around aimlessly, the BotVac D7 uses laser mapping to scan rooms and plan out its plan of attack. It can decide on its own how much suction is necessary, but you can draw boundaries on the app to designate a space for more concentrated cleaning or to leave out a corner that can’t be vacuumed (like a kid’s toy room ).

7. iRobot Roomba i7

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  1. Run time: 90 minutes
  2. App connected: Yes
  3. Alexa and Google Assistant: Yes

Feast your eyes, fam: This one’s the motherlode. Claiming to have 10 times the air power of its 600-level siblings, the Roomba i7 gives a whole new meaning to “making life easier.” Hands down the coolest feature out of all these on the list, the Roomba i7 actually empties its own dustbin.

Room-scanning and mapping technology aren’t new to robot vacuums, as most competitors either come with built-in lasers or have the option to purchase virtual barriers. However, Roomba raised the stakes with the i7’s ability to remember your home’s layout (up to 10 floor plans). The iAdapt technology remembers where it already cleaned and the spots that need extra attention.

Anyone who spends this much on a vacuum is undoubtedly picky about cleaning. Nevertheless, most of the i7’s backlash is about price tag and not about the cleaning quality itself. The three-stage cleaning system and dual rubber brushes lift dirt and hair trapped in carpet, and the high-efficiency filter traps 99% of allergies. The i7 can self-empty 30 bins of dust before you even need to touch it

If you don’t think you necessarily need automatic dirt disposal, you can opt out of the Clean Base and buy the i7 on its own for $799. But if you can spend $700 on a vacuum what’s $500 more for the base, right.

8. Roborock E20

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For the purchase price, you get the most for your cash with the Roborock E20. This vacuum-mop combo provides features that I’ve previously only observed in much more costly robot vacuums, like mapping features and an optional mop attachment to picking right up the last small pieces of schmutz. It could automatically edge-clean and get around obstacles without banging doorways shut or scaring your cats. If you have a larger house and want much longer battery life and more powerful suction, you could also need to consider the update Roborock.

9. Roborock

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The Roborock S6 is the more expensive sibling to the Roborock E20 and the upgrades are worth it. In quiet mode, I measured it at 55-58 decibels-quiet enough for my preschooler to take a nap while it was running. In its app, you can watch its neat, methodical cleaning; set up zone washing, and tell it to target particularly dirty spots with manual control. It took a little over 30 minutes to clean 400 square feet of my house, with plenty of battery to spare. The app is awful, but if you have any other Xiaomi smart home devices, you probably won’t mind. It will start shipping on June 26.

10. iLife V5s Pro

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The second-best robot vacuum under $200 is iLife’s V5s Pro, which vacuumed nearly as well as the V3s Pro. The V5s Pro has an added mopping feature that was pretty ineffective in our in-home tests. Like most budget robot vacs, the V5s Pro lacks a smartphone app, and doesn’t work with any smart home devices. It’s also one of the slowest robot vacuums we’ve tested. Still, for less than $200, it’s a very effective cleaner.

11. Samsung PowerBot R7070

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Our best robot vacuum from 2018, the Samsung PowerBot R7070 is still a very capable and fast cleaner. You can also control it from your smartphone, along with Alexa and Google Assistant. But while it completed a cleaning run in half the time that the Shark Ion R85 got, it wasn’t as effective at picking up pet hair or kitty litter. And it’s about twice as expensive.

12. Eufy RoboVac 11S

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The Eufy RoboVac 11S may be the best robot vacuum for all those on a budget due to the fact it works. These devices is short enough that it could track under home furniture where you normally can’t reach with an upright vacuum. And even though there is no Wi-Fi connectivity or application control, there’s a companion remote control. You may use this to timetable the vacuum to ensure that it cleans up any litter crystals, stray hairs and meals crumbs left behind.

13. iRobot Roomba 980

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  1. Two-hour battery life
  2. Smart navigation
  3. Expensive

Roomba is synonymous with robot vacuums, and this is never more exemplified than in the iRobot Roomba 980.

With smarts to keep from crashing into objects and environment mapping so it quickly learns every nook and cranny of your home, the Roomba 980 is an impressive cleaning machine. (We’ll be keeping our eye on the iRobot Roomba i7+ in the coming months though to see if it could possibly be usurped.)

At 35.05cm in diameter, the Roomba 980 is wider than your average vacuum head, but thanks to its circular design and rotating body, it’s able to maneuver through narrower areas than you’d initially think possible.

The Roomba 980 works magnificently on floorboards, tiles and other hard surfaces (operating relatively quietly while doing so), but it kicks things up a notch when entering carpeted territory. It automatically senses it’s rolled onto carpet, and its motors whir into high gear to get in between every fiber.

Just as impressive as its cleaning abilities is the Roomba 980’s battery life; it’s an impressive two hours long. When it runs low or its bin is full, the 980 returns to its home dock.

Like most robot vacuums, the Roomba 980’s bin is on the small side, though we were still impressed with how much it packed into the compartment during our testing.

14. Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 930

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  1. Mops and vacuums
  2. Excellent app control
  3. Can’t climb over thresholds
  4. Long charge time

Where the Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 930 stands out from the competition is in its ability to mop your floors.

Sure, you won’t get an elbow-grease effort from the robovac as it slushes water over your linoleum, but it can whisk apart footprints and various other surface-level stains in a snap.

In other words, the Deebot Ozmo 930 isn’t the very best mopper in the world, nonetheless it can do a quick job if you like. That’s in addition to its “traditional” vacuum cleaning skills, which are admirable.

Space mapping is also excellent with Ozmo 930 (though only for a single level), and you can control it using either Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

All-in-all, the Deebot Ozmo 930 gets the job done, and it’s quiet since it goes.

15. iLife A7

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If a quiet operation is crucial to your purchasing decision then you should definitely check out the iLife A7, which while not as heavy duty in terms of cleaning as the other robot vacuums in this guide, was incredibly quiet on test and made it easy to forget about while in use.

The A7 also ran and ran when it comes to operation, with its battery pack allowing a cleaning time of over two hours each time, and unlike some robotic vacuum cleaners this unit comes with a warranty that stretches over a year, too.

What’s the Best Automatic Vacuum?

What's the Best Automatic Vacuum

 

Vacuums have come a long way. You no longer have to suffer the indignity of dragging around an unwieldy plastic hose connected to a clumsy, wheeled canister the size of a Galapagos tortoise. In fact, you don’t even need to get off of the couch. Though it still feels like a relatively new product category, there are several good robot vacuums available to help you dispose of dust, pet hair, and other debris in your home-without needing to lift a finger. Which is the right one for you? We’ve rounded up our highest-rated robot vacuums, and provided a few pointers to help you find just the bot you’re looking for.

Robot Vacuums vs. Canister and Upright Vacuums

Robot Vacuums vs. Canister and Upright Vacuums

Unlike more traditional canister or stick models, robot vacuums are autonomous and (for the most part) intelligent. The vacuums we’ve tested are equipped with lasers, motherboards, sensors, and even Wi-Fi to navigate around your home without the need for assistance. With a few exceptions, you barely have to interact with them at all.

Most robot vacuums come with charging docks and can even charge themselves. Just pick a robot-accessible spot for the dock, and the bot will return on its own before it runs out of juice. When it does, it will sit there until it has enough energy to go back out and continue to bust dust from where it left off. You can also set schedules for most bots to wake up and start a cleaning job, so it can take place while you’re out of the house. That means you can potentially avoid all physical interaction until the vacuum needs to be emptied-you still can’t consider that step out of the equation.

Also unlike many traditional vacuums, all of the robots included here don’t use bags to hold the dust, hair, and other debris they suck up. Instead, they use an easy-to-remove dustbin you can simply eject and empty into the nearest garbage can. And many come equipped with HEPA filters that prevent allergens from spreading through the air.

Are Robot Vacuums Worth It?

A robot vacuum is usually higher in price than a traditional vacuum (though not always; the Dyson Cinetic Animal + Allergy costs $700). The models listed here range from under $200 to $1,000. That’s a pretty sizable investment, even on the lower end. Let’s consider just what you get for the price.

Unless you really love to vacuum, the task itself is pretty mundane. Depending on the size of your house, a robot vacuum can save you anywhere from minutes to hours of your time every week by taking care of a pretty thankless chore. That alone is reason enough for some people to consider one.

In addition, robot vacuums have reached the point where they’re basically just as effective and powerful as regular vacuums. The robots rounded up here use filters, side brushes, and spinning brushes that will do an equally good job of cleaning your home as their upright equivalents. They’re also fairly compact, so they won’t take up much space in your storage closet. And they’re able to travel underneath most couches and tables, so you don’t have to rearrange furniture. Even if you do, the more advanced robots on this list use memory banks to note where furniture is placed, so as not to bump into anything on a future pass.

Also worth mentioning: Smart robot vacuums are much more affordable now. What are the benefits of connectivity? Most Wi-Fi vacuums can be programmed and controlled remotely using your smartphone. Some can even be activated with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant voice commands.

Premium connected bots can generate statistics and maps of the areas they’ve cleaned. Some of Neato’s Botvacs even create personalized floor plans that eliminate the need for you to use physical “virtual walls” to cordon off sections of your home. Meanwhile, the Samsung Power-bot R7070 can easily integrate into existing routines with other smart home devices if you have a Smart Things Hub.

Which Vacuum Is Best for Pet Hair? Hardwood?

Generally speaking, all the vacuums we’ve tested can handle hardwood floors and pet hair without issue. Floor-cleaning robots like the iRobot Braava Jet specialize in mopping and sweeping. They aren’t eligible for this list because they don’t suck up dirt and debris, but they will get your hardwood floors nice and shiny. Some vacuums, just like the Bobsweep PetHair Plus, come with mop attachments, but they’re not as effective overall.

For more, see our list of The Best Robot Mops.

How We Test Robot Vacuums

We test robot vacuums in PC Labs and in our actual homes, with the following categories in mind: battery life, navigation, setup, suction, and if it supports Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, the app experience.

Chances are you don’t want to babysit your vacuum. That means you’re looking for a robot that can traverse different floor types or maneuver around furniture without needing help. This is especially true if you have dark flooring, as infrared sensors might confuse a black carpet with a ledge, and refuse to pass over it. We check vacuums on hardwood, tile, and darkly colored rugs to see how well they manage the transitions across various surfaces.

Battery life is also an important factor to consider based on the size of your home. In general, most robot vacuums can run for at least 60 to 70 minutes, which should be enough to tackle many apartments and single-floor homes. If you have a bigger living area, you’ll want to look for something in the 90-minute range so it can hit every room in the house before requiring a recharge. To test this, we charge the battery to full, start a cleaning cycle, and time how long the robot runs before it needs to be docked. And if a robot says it can automatically dock, we check to see if it can easily find its way home.

Another note on battery life: The number you see listed in the chart above is our tested result in normal mode. High-power or other modes often bring that number down a bit.

Most robot vacuums are reliable when it comes to getting rid of standard household detritus, so you don’t really have to worry about whether or not they’ll be able to suck up lint, dirt, or hair. Since we test all the robot vacuums in the same house environment, we check how full dustbins get and whether obvious debris like food particles and visible dust bunnies are picked up. We also note whether the robot uses a random or methodical cleaning pattern. Random cleaners often run across the same space multiple times but take a longer time to obtain everything. Methodical cleaners don’t take as long, but may only pass through a room once unless programmed otherwise.

Finally, we test how easy it is to set up, program, and control the robot. Some only require an initial battery charge, while others ask you to install side brushes and batteries. For connected bots, application design and reliable Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connectivity are major factors that impact your experience. We provide a detailed analysis of our experience in each review, and you can see our Vacuum Product Guide for the latest models.