The 7 Best Robot Vacuums to Buy in 2018

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Neato Robotics D7 Connected Wi-Fi Enabled Robot Vacuum
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Anyone who grew up watching The Jetsons has probably wished for a robot maid like Rosie. Why not delegate household chores to a mechanical assistant? While robotics has not quite progressed to the point that you can actually let a robot do all the housework, there are many great robot vacuum cleaners on the market these days. Many of them even come equipped with built-in Wi-Fi, allowing you to set cleaning schedules and keep an eye on your robot pal’s progress from your smartphone or tablet. Check out our list of some of the best robot vacuums to buy today.

Best Overall: Neato Botvac

The Neato Botvac is one of the most innovative robot vacuum cleaners on the market. The unique D-shaped design gives it a different appearance from some of the other top sellers, but it was made that way for a good reason - the shape allows the Botvac to back into edges and corners. Using Neato’s CornerClever technology, the Botvac can suction up all those crumbs close to your wall and hiding in every nook and cranny. The long-lasting, rechargeable lithium-ion battery means the Botvac can clean more area on a single charge, and its LaserSmart mapping and navigation technology provides real-time object detection and even lets your Botvac work in the dark. This also allows the Botvac to scan the room and create a cleaning plan instead of aimlessly spinning around. Do you have some off-limits areas? Create virtual “No-Go” lines so your robot learns what areas to leave alone. Plus, start or schedule cleanings using the Neato app on your smartphone, Apple Watch, Amazon Alexa, Google Home or IFTTT with the Botvac’s built-in 5GHz Wi-Fi.

Smart Drop-Sensing Technology: Eufy RoboVac

The Eufy RoboVac is one smart little robot. It uses BoostIQ Technology that detects extra-messy areas and automatically increases suction power to get the job done. Eufy has improved on previous models of this robot with a new front bumper that gives RoboVac a sleeker, more streamlined appearance that also enables it to slip around and under your furniture. Each RoboVac comes equipped with a three-point cleaning system that includes a wide rolling brush, two side brushes and powerful suction. A scratch-resistant tempered glass cover protects your housekeeping robot and an infrared sensor helps the RoboVac avoid obstacles. Drop-sensing tech means the RoboVac won’t be taking any plunges down the staircase, and it is clever enough to recharge automatically. Plus, it comes with a worry-free twelve-month warranty – now that’s what we call smart.

Best Deep Cleaning: iRobot Roomba 690

Roomba is a name that has practically become synonymous with robotic vacuum cleaners as a group. With the 690 model, iRobot proves that it is still a leader in this field with its patented three-stage cleaning system and dual multi-surface brushes can pick up everything from small particles to large debris. With the iRobot HOME app, users can adjust cleaning settings, start a cleaning session or create a cleaning schedule no matter where they are with the touch of a button on their smartphone or tablet. Plus, the Roomba 690 is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, so cleaning can get done using voice commands only. The Roomba 690 is also equipped with “Dirt Detect” sensors that help the Roomba know where it needs to work harder, like in the kitchen or entryway, and filters capture even fine dust and debris for a deep clean on everything from deep carpets to hardwood floors. The long-lasting, lithium-ion battery keeps the Roomba going for maximum cleaning power and longer performance before needing to recharge.

Quietest Clean: LG Hom-Bot

LG is one of the biggest players in the field of smart home products. With the Hom-Bot, LG has created a clever little home helper that integrates well with other smart home system components. The Hom-Bot stays connected with Wi-Fi and comes with LG’s SmartThinQ technology that allows you to start cleaning with the user-friendly app on your phone – or, simply give voice commands to get the Hom-Bot going if you have Amazon Alexa. The Hom-Bot is specifically designed to make turns gracefully without bumping into walls, furniture or other obstacles with its dual-eye movement, and it comes equipped with six smart cleaning modes to help you get the best clean for every situation. Plus, LG boasts that the HOM-BOT is the quietest performing robot vacuum on the market even on hard surface floors, so your little robot friend won’t distract you even if it’s hard at work while you’re relaxing at home.

Best Budget: EcoVacs Deebot

Users love the budget-friendly EcoVacs Deebot. This little cleaning robot packs a lot of power with five cleaning modes, including a smart motion guided auto-clean mode, single room and spot mode for targeted cleanup, edge mode and max mode for extra-dirty areas. The efficient vacuum suction power, the helical deep-reach main brush and wide-reach side brushes all work together to thoroughly clean your home. Try using the EcoVacs app to create custom settings, schedule run times and even monitor cleaning sessions remotely. You can also check cleaning status and receive error alerts directly to your smartphone. If you have Amazon Alexa, try giving commands to your very own robot vacuum with just your voice and enjoy the feeling of living in the future you’ve always wished for at a fraction of the cost of some of the other best-selling competitor products. The EcoVacs Deebot comes with a one-year warranty and a 100 percent money-back guarantee, too.

Strongest Suction: Dyson 360 Eye

Dyson has made a name for itself as a company that is serious about creating quality vacuum cleaners. With the Dyson 360 Eye, it has a new robot vacuum cleaner to boast about that features twice the suction power of any other robot vacuum cleaner on the market. The secret to its cleaning power? The Dyson 360 Eye features a small, light digital V2 motor, as well as Dyson’s famous Radial Root cyclone technology that separates larger dirt particles from dust to ensure that once the debris is picked up it stays in the bin until you empty it. A full-width brush bar gives the eye a wide cleaning range, so it can provide edge-to-edge cleaning across hard floors and carpets with durable nylon and carbon fiber bristles. The Eye is named for its 360-degree vision system that allows it to view your entire room, so it can create a map of your home for smarter navigation and systematic cleaning. Plus, with the Dyson Link app, available on iOS or Android, you can start and stop, schedule or receive reports about your robot vacuum no matter where you are.

Best for Families: Samsung POWERbot

The Samsung POWERbot lives up to its name with 40 times the suction power of the previous model. With an onboard digital camera and nine individual smart sensors, the POWERbot is able to create an optimal cleaning path and can dodge furniture or even unexpected objects on the floor like your discarded work shoes or your kid’s backpack. The POWERbot’s Edge Clean Master technology has an extendable shutter that cleans right up against edges and corners, and its Self-Clean Brush helps prevent tangles from hair or strings.

When the battery runs low, you don’t have to worry – the POWERbot automatically moves to the docking station to recharge itself, then goes back to its last location to resume cleaning after fully recharging. Thanks to built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, control your robot vacuum with your smartphone or tablet via Samsung’s Smart Home, the Smart Things app or Samsung Connect. Plus, you can check the POWERbot’s coverage map to see where your robot has already cleaned before letting it loose in a new part of the house. You can even use voice controls with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

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