These Are the Best Robot Vacuums For Your Totally Unique Home
Let’s face it: You’ve got better things to do with your free time than spend it cleaning house. That’s where robot vacuums come in. They patrol your home for dirt on a regular schedule while you just sit back and relax. The ultimate in modern convenience, right?
But not all bots are created equal. Some excel at dealing with pet hair and allergens, some are best for deep carpets, and others will even mop your hardwoods.
Here are our picks for the best robot vacuum, depending on you and your home’s unique needs.
The well-tested iRobot Roomba 650 is easily the most popular of the robotic vacuum bunch, and it’s the best choice if you have an average-sized home. It’s loaded with sensors, so it’s smart enough to autofocus its efforts on the dirtiest parts of your home (without crashing down your staircase). Its three-stage cleaning action is a nice benefit too. It may not be the least expensive of the bunch, but at $350, it strikes a great balance between price and performance.
The iRobot Roomba 980 offers nice upgrades over the Roomba 650, making it the best premium vacuum in the mix—if you’ve got the cash to spend. With 2 hours of runtime between charges, it’s a smarter choice than the 650 for larger homes. It’s great for allergy sufferers too, filtering particles as small as 10 microns. And did we mention it connects to your home Wi-Fi, allowing you to schedule cleanings remotely via app?
The laser-guided Neato BotVac D80 is your best choice if your home has thick carpeting or pets. It has a powerful filter and a larger-than-average brush that digs deep to collect dirt and hair. Its large dust bin reduces the need for constant emptying, while its laser-guided navigation results in efficient cleaning without bumping into and wrecking all your furniture. It’s a solid value, overall.
The Dyson 360 Eye robotic vacuum is truly built for Dyson loyalists. You can tell just by looking at the design—it has the company’s signature look along with powerful suction. Its 360-degree camera helps it evade wires and obstacles, and its built-in Wi-Fi makes it easy to schedule cleanings. We did find its 0.3-liter dustbin to be unusually small for such a tall vac, limiting the 360 Eye’s appeal to hardcore Dyson fans with money to burn.
Does it typically make more sense to Swiffer your floors than to vacuum them? If so, the iRobot Braava 380t Mopping Robot is a standout choice. It trades suction for a wet/dry dusting mop, making it a great choice for hardwood, tile, and similar hard surfaces. It won’t make it back to its charging station on its own, though, and you’ll need to purchase special navigation accessories for it to handle cleaning more than one room, so it’s best for smaller homes.
The Anker RoboVac 10 (and the near-identical ILIFE A4) is the hands-down best robotic vacuum for those on a budget. It works slowly and it tends to crash into furniture without forgiveness, but it still handles the cleaning basics like a champ. You definitely won’t do any better for the price.
For those whose needs go beyond the typical vacuum clean, we suggest the bObi Classic Robotic Vacuum Cleaner. It’s the best choice with HEPA filtration for allergen reduction and a UV light to kill floor bacteria. We like its generously large 1-liter dustbin, and the microfiber dry mopping feature is a nice add-on. And with a price point under $300, it’s more affordable than most.
Pet lovers rejoice! There’s an affordable robotic vac that’s perfect for you. The bObsweep PetHair simultaneously sweeps, vacuums, mops and UV sterilizes all types of floors. It also impressed us with its ability to transition between carpet and hardwood, something other, more-expensive robot vacs often struggle with.
The ILIVE V5 Robot Vacuum Cleaner with Water Tank Mopping is a great, budget-minded choice for those who want a wet mop feature without sacrificing vacuum performance. It has a few minor drawbacks—it’s not great at returning to its charging station, for example—but its size and battery life are on target. There’s also a dry mop feature that’s stellar at collecting pet debris.