Best Robot Vacuums in 2018
Are you interested in having a small machine in your house that will scoot around vacuuming so that you don't have to? You're not alone! Robot vacuum use is on the rise, and as a result, there are plenty of great models on the market.
In fact, according to iRobot, 20% of the world's vacuums are robots! Whether you need one for pet hair, carpets, one that mops, or one does it all, let us guide you on your robot vacuum purchase. Here are all the details on some of our very favorite cleaning machines.
Best for Most Homes
Everyone's favorite is the classic iRobot Roomba 690. One of iRobot's most popular (and most affordable) robot vacuums, the Roomba 690 now has Wi-Fi connectivity (it works with Alexa and Google Assistant). And it has the handy iRobot HOME App, so customers can manage their machine from a smartphone. Contact support, schedule cleaning jobs, and receive status notifications through the app for an easy peasy cleanup.
As for cleaning, the Roomba 690 uses a patented 3-stage process, featuring multi-surface brushes, an edge-sweeping brush, and vacuum suction. This robot can even sense where it needs to pay more attention thanks to Dirt Detect Technology. The 690 comes with accessories and a 1-year warranty. This is a high quality bot from a trusted brand.
If you're looking for all the bells and whistles, look no further than the Roomba 980. This bad boy can handle large homes, rugs, carpets, pet hair, you name it. The 980 can clean up to 2,000 sq. ft., and it will recharge and get back to work as needed thanks to floor mapping technology. The bot uses a camera to map your floor plan, and you can utilize the iRobot HOME App to view new Clean Map Reports on your phone — they show the dirtiest areas in your house! Fascinating.
The Roomba 980 uses patented Dirt Detect technology to find and destroy messes, plus it has a Carpet Boost mode, which allows it to increase suction power. The 980 has a longer battery life, and more suction than any other Roomba. It's the best of the best! If you've got the cash, consider the Roomba 980.
Most Bang For Your Buck
The Ecovacs Deebot N79S costs less than many similar robot vacuums, and it has Wi-Fi. For its low price point you're getting a great overall machine that will get the job done.
The N79S is a new, upgraded version of the popular N79 — with the new model you can boost suction power, and it works with Alexa voice commands. If you own an Echo (or any Alexa-enabled smart speaker), you can start cleaning cycles using just your voice! Additionally, this Amazon bestseller doesn't get stuck as often as other bots, it's quiet, and it handles up to about 1200 sq ft of floor space. The Deebot N795 is a fantastic option for smaller homes, and it's a great deal.
The Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 930 actually mops; it does it all! This new Ozmo model features advanced mopping with an electronically-controlled water pump and mop pad. The robot will automatically avoid carpets and rugs while in mop mode thanks to Adaptive Floor Sensing, so you don't have to worry about getting the wrong areas wet.
This technology also allows it to increase suction automatically when on carpet. The 930 features Alexa and Google Assistant integration, plus you can control your Deebot with the Ecovacs app; schedule and map out a cleaning plan for your home. The 930 can run for 110 minutes and then it will recharge and resume cleaning if it needs to. It's a bit pricey, but you're getting a lot of high-tech features for your money. Like mopping! Incredible. Includes accessories and a one year warranty.
While most robot vacuums can handle rugs and shorter carpets, long carpets can be a no-no for these devices. If you do have thick carpets, look to the Neato Botvac Connected to properly hoover your carpets.
This D-shaped robot vacuum can get into corners and see in the dark for a thorough clean. And it covers up to 5,000 sq feet per cleaning cycle! Making it ideal for large homes. The Botvac Connected's Combo Brush and Spiral Blade Brush are effective carpet (and other surface) cleaners. Use the simple Neato app and connect this Wi-Fi-enabled bot to schedule cleanings, map your house, and receive status notifications. It's compatible with Google Home, Alexa, Neato Chatbot for Facebook, and IFTTT. For a custom clean, choose between the quieter Eco mode or the high-powered Turbo mode (great for carpets). The Ultra Performance Filter is a snap to clean. Use the boundary markers to show where you don't want it to go.
Best for Kitchens and Bathrooms
The iRobot Braava jet Mopping Robot is the perfect solution to for kitchens and bathrooms. It's a mopping bot, and it can wet mop, damp sweep, or dry sweep hard floors.
Use the iRobot HOME App to program your cleaning with ease. This little square bot will scoot around and get into tight spaces, leaving them sparkling clean. The Braava features Cliff Detect, which keeps it from falling down stairs, and it can remember obstacles and avoid them. To start, just attach a wet or dry cleaning pad to the bottom, add water, and Braava will know what to do to get the job done. (Pads containing cleaner are sold separately for $7.99 per pack of 10.)
The battery lasts over 2 hours. The Braava is perfect for kitchens and bathrooms that need mopping, but it can also handle larger rooms like hardwood living room floors. In addition to mopping you can set it to sweep. The Braava can mop up to 200 sq ft, but if you're looking for a larger range, the upgraded Braava 380t will mop up to 300 sq ft, and sweep up to 1,000. Give this quiet little guy a try and you'll never have to mop again!