The 7 Best Robot Vacuums to Buy in 2018

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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.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Neato Robotics D7

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.

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.

Best Budget: EcoVacs Deebot N79S

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.

Best for Pet Hair: bObsweep PetHair Plus

bObsweep PetHair Plus

When it comes to effectively picking up pet hair, you need a robotic vacuum that offers the absolute best suction and sterilization. Enter the bObsweep PetHair Plus: one of the first robotic vacuums on the market to specifically target pet owners and assist them in maintaining a hair-free home. 

Pick up the bObsweep and you can say goodbye to paw prints and pet hair; the robotic vacuum is in a league of its own as it sweeps, mops, HEPA filtrates, and UV sterilizes all at the same time. With 80 responsive sensors on the front, sides, and bottom, the bObsweep Pet guarantees it can handle pet hair and any other debris in the vacuum’s path. 

Owners of large dogs will appreciate the one-liter dustbin which is among the most sizeable in the industry and is easily removed for washing, disinfecting, and reinserting. Even pet hair that finds its way into baseboards will be no match for the bObsweep as heavy-duty side brushes can safely enter baseboards and rid your home of rogue pet hair. 

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 for Hardwood Floors: Shark ION

Shark is a name that’s synonymous with vacuuming, so its entry into the robotic vacuum space comes as no surprise. The brand's ION model presents an 11-inch brush with self-cleaning bristles as well as two additional rotating brushes on each side that aim to capture any stray dust or debris from corners and edges. With a 380-mL dustbin, the vacuum is large enough to handle medium-sized homes, and its low profile design — it measures under three inches in height —allows it to safely pass underneath most furniture.

Hardwood floors are one of the ION's specialties; helix-pattern high-tensile bristles thoroughly clean while detangling technology ensures that any long string or hairs won’t interrupt the vacuum’s function. As it navigates around up to 60 minutes on a single charge, the Shark’s Smart Sensor navigation works in tandem with internal proximity sensors to avoid obstacles ensuring it won’t scratch your couch or coffee table. Wi-Fi capability allows the Shark ION to sync to Amazon's Alexa platform so you can schedule cleaning directly from your smartphone or via voice control with your smart home hub. 

Best for Commercial Spaces: iRobot Roomba 980

Commercial spaces require a robust robotic vacuum with enough suction and battery life to clean up a high volume of dust, dirt, and debris. iRobot knows that and delivers the Roomba 980 which boasts a two-hour runtime and the ability to dock and automatically recharge itself before resuming cleanup. 

The model offers a slew of other valuable features as well, including tangle-resistant brush rolls and Roomba’s AeroForce Clean System which works to loosen, lift, and suction with up to 10x more air power than competitors. Fully equipped with smart technology thanks to the iRobot HOME app, owners can schedule cleanings, set the number of passes through each room, as well as the specific path the 980 will take throughout a commercial space. 

The inclusion of voice-activated controls might feel a bit superfluous but the connection to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant adds another layer of control where users can ask the vacuum to start, stop, or dock when necessary. The size of the 980 is also highly beneficial; at 3.6 inches in height, it's able to pass under most desk spaces and conference tables ensuring each room gets a thorough cleaning. 

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 for Families: Samsung POWERbot R7070

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.

Strongest Suction: Dyson 360 Eye

Dyson 360 Eye Robot Vacuum

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.