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Best Overall: iRobot Roomba i7+ at Best Buy
"When finished cleaning, the Roomba retreats to its 'home base,' where it automatically empties into a large receptacle."
Runner-Up, Best Overall: Neato Robotics D7 at Amazon
"Its LaserSmart mapping and navigation technology provides real-time object detection and even lets your Botvac work in the dark."
Best Budget: EcoVacs Deebot N79S at Amazon
"The efficient vacuum suction power, the helical deep-reach main brush and wide-reach side brushes all work together to thoroughly clean your home."
Best Splurge: iRobot Roomba S9+ at Amazon
"Self-cleaning, thanks to a CleanBase docking port that charges its battery and empties its dustbin."
Best Mop: iRobot Braava Jet m6 at Amazon
"Can detect the type of cleaning necessary based on whether you attached a wet mop or a dry sweep pad."
Best for Pet Hair: bObsweep PetHair Plus at Amazon
"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."
Best for Hardwood Floors: Shark ION at Amazon
"High-tensile bristles thoroughly clean while detangling technology ensures that any long string or hairs won’t interrupt the vacuum’s function."
Smart Drop-Sensing Technology: Eufy RoboVac 11+ at Amazon
"Comes equipped with a three-point cleaning system that includes a wide rolling brush, two side brushes and powerful suction."
Best for Families: Samsung POWERbot R7070 at Amazon
"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."
Strongest Suction: Dyson 360 Eye at Amazon
"It can create a map of your home for smarter navigation and systematic cleaning."
The iRobot Roomba i7+ boasts a respectable 1.5-hour run-time and powerful suction that promises to pick up 99% of dust, pollen, and grime. Its cleaning system features two multi-surface rubber bristles and a robust air vacuum with 10x more air power than the Roomba 600.
The Roomba i7+ also includes a host of intelligent features, allowing it to navigate and prioritize which rooms need to be cleaned. Its patented iAdapt 3.0 Navigation with vSLAM technology creates a digital map that allows the Roomba to operate without bumping into walls. It is also equipped with Google Assistant and Alexa, so you can enjoy the hands-free controls (although the robot is so self-sufficient, you might not need it). When finished cleaning, the Roomba retreats to its “home base,” where it automatically empties into a large receptacle that holds up to 30 loads — this means that even if your Roomba vacuums every day, you only need to empty the bin once a month. This compact robot weighs less than eight pounds and measures 13.34 x 3.63 inches.
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 hide 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.
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 the 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 competitors. The EcoVacs Deebot comes with a one-year warranty and a 100 percent money-back guarantee, too.
The Roomba S9+ believes having a clean home shouldn’t require you to give up your free time — as long as you’re willing to pay for it. iRobot’s latest comes with a price tag about a grand steeper than basic options on the market. But, as the company is so keen to demonstrate, that is simply the cost of making your life a little easier.
The S9+ is self-cleaning, thanks to a CleanBase docking port that charges its battery and empties its dustbin. The robot’s body has been modified from round to a D-shape so it’s better able to tackle corners and edges, an upgrade enhanced by PerfectEdge technology, which ensures the Roomba will run closely around walls to ensure no spots are missed. The Roomba S9+ is meant to be paired with iRobot’s new Braava Jet m6, a mopping robot — the two communicate through the iRobot mobile app so the m6 will commence cleaning once the S9+ has finished.
Taking the "work" out of housework, the Braava Jet m6 joins iRobot’s robot cleaning family to clean nearly any floor in your home. Taking pointers from Roombas, the m6 has intelligent floor mapping skills so that it can learn the layout of your house and navigate through multiple rooms, and, when it runs out of juice, knows to navigate back to its charging dock (the first in the Braava line to have one) to charge before completing its task.
The m6 also has a larger water tank than previous models, which can be filled with water or cleaning solution. It is able to clean around and under furniture and can detect the type of cleaning necessary based on whether you attached a wet mop or a dry sweep pad. Its schedule can be customized through the iRobot app, and it is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant.
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.
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.
The Eufy RoboVac 11+ 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.
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.
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.
We bought a top-rated robot vacuum and our reviewers tested it for 32 hours. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using this robot vacuum, from its automatic cleaning capabilities to its price. We’ve outlined the key takeaways here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.
Automatic cleaning - Some robot vacuums require a little more help than others. If you want a hands-off experience, look for a robot vacuum that you can program to clean at specific times. The best ones will come online without any further input, vacuum your house, and return to their base stations when they’re done.
Recharge and resume - Since robot vacuums are cordless, battery life is a huge concern. The best feature to defeat this particular issue is recharge and resume. When the battery in the vacuum gets low, the robot will return to its base station for a charge. Once the battery is full, it’ll remember its previous location and pick up where it left off.
Targeted cleaning - Basic robot vacuums use the exact same cleaning process throughout your house, regardless of whether there’s any more, or less, to clean up in any given area. Look for a robot vacuum that has some type of targeted cleaning feature that allows it to sense when some extra cleaning power is required.
Great suction power
Maneuvers around small obstacles
Can still get stuck
Loud when emptying bin
“I seriously love my iRobot Roomba i7+,” raved one of our testers. “I also have a Roomba 960, and the i7+ is so much better because it has more suction power and empties itself.” Our reviewers also reported that it maneuvers around small objects easily. In terms of downsides, one tester noted that the device tended to get stuck under her couch: “I wish it were a little shorter,” she said. One of our reviewers also thought it was “very loud for the two or three seconds it took to empty the bin.”