With robots there to help us clean up our homes, it’s almost like we’ve arrived in the era the Jetson’s cartoon depicted. In the past several years, robot vacuums have surged in popularity, but they are still somewhat of a luxury item given that our least expensive pick costs more than $100. Plus, they are better suited to routine upkeep than to deep cleaning. Just because you have a robot vacuum, doesn’t mean you can get rid of your upright vacuum completely. But if you want to use that upright... less often, this is a great tool to have in between. Think of it as tidying between full-on cleaning sessions.
When you’re ready to take the plunge and spend the money, here are the best robot vacuums on the market today.
If you’re looking for a quality robot vacuum that will work well and isn’t exorbitantly expensive (relatively speaking, of course), this is your best bet. The smart navigation system on this model sets it apart from the competition. This feature uses a full suite of sensors to help the robot maneuver throughout your home. It’s able to squeeze into tighter places that other bots might avoid, and it’s less likely to get stuck on furniture or other obstacles.
You can schedule the Roomba 650 to... automatically sweep your place every day if you want—ensuring you’ll come home to a clean house after work each night. And the machine knows how to dock itself and recharge. There’s very little hands-on time required to keep this model running smoothly. Just don’t forget to empty the dust bin on the vacuum regularly, especially if you have it set to clean daily.
In terms of cleaning power, it gets the job done with its 3-Stage Cleaning System that agitates, brushes, and suctions floors. It also automatically adjusts its settings for different floor types including carpet, hardwood, and laminate.
Reviews have been mostly positive with one customer saying he couldn’t live without it since the Roomba collects full bins of pet hair daily in his home. There are some faults, though, as no robot is perfect—it can get stuck in places or eat USB cords, but overall, most consumers who have one say that if you plan ahead and pick up things for the Roomba, it’s a time-saver and a worthwhile investment.
A robotic vacuum can be great for pet owners, especially where there’s an endless amount of hair or other messes accumulating on your floor every day, but some can be underpowered for the tough job. Not the case with this one from Eufy, which was made specifically for homes with pets. It’s got a three-point cleaning system which includes side brushes, a rolling brush and powerful suction that’ll give your floors a good sweep. It also has a powerful battery that will give you over one and a half... hours of fade-free power and suction. Some of the features include an anti-scratch cover, infrared-sensor for detecting obstacles in its path and drop-sensing tech to avoid falls. It also recharges automatically so you never have to worry about that.
Customers say it picks up tons of hair from the floor every day so it definitely gets the job done. Another thing they love about it is how quiet it is. One reviewer said they had two chihuahuas who usually bark at everything, but the vacuum is so quiet that they never bark around it.
While our top choice is a total crowd pleaser, there are many owners out there who love their ECOVACS DEEBOT just as much. The biggest difference with this choice is that it can be controlled via app, so you can start — or schedule — your cleaning from the comfort of your mobile phone. It also comes with special sensors that help navigate it around nooks and crannies, which is an added featured from the Roomba.
The ECOVACS DEEBOT it equipped with a speciality brush that allows it to achieve more... lifting and deeper cleaning, particularly when it comes to carpets. It has a brushless motor that provides awesome suction power compared to other models. So you can bet dirt doesn’t stand a chance on your floors after this product makes its way through. Buyers of the product have been very pleased with this device since its recent debut. They do note that the affordability and navigation are the primary drivers behind their purchase decision, which gives it a leg-up compared to similar models out there. Their only complaints? It can sometimes get stuck on long fringe carpets, and can be difficult to connect to a network. This aside, the pros outweigh the cons on this customer favorite.
Going with a robot vacuum is a huge time-saver, but it can be a pricy one. Finding an option that has both quality and performance is ideal, and this vacuum comes with both. Priced at just under $200, the ILIFE A4 is notable for cleaning both hard and carpeted floors alike, while effectively picking up dirt along the way. The motion sensors on this vacuum work well to keep it from bumping into things along the way. Additionally, the ILIFE A4 comes with a longer battery life, which can last... 100-120 mins before recharging is required. Plus, the model can even maneuver its way back to the dock when the battery begins to fade to recharge itself before resuming operation.
Customers have been satisfied with how well it handles debris, although they have mentioned there have been problems with scheduling and getting it to return to the charging station on its own. Despite these small issues, they all agree that it's a good product given its price.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
If you have extra cash lying around, this futuristic model is a great cleaning splurge. While it has a higher price tag than most of our other picks, the complex 360-degree vision system and powerful Cyclone Technology make it a state-of-the-art purchase — and an effective one at that.
As mentioned above, this product has an unmatched sensors system that takes in its surroundings to prevent collisions while it cleans. When in motion, the Radial Root Cyclone Technology also helps clear the air... while it goes. Which is a major win.
Most customers says it’s worth the extra price because of its best-in-class build. However, several have had software issues getting it to connect to their networks. That said, they also commented on the excitement it has brought back to their cleaning routines, making it a wonderful addition to their homes.
Having a reliable robotic vacuum is everything. Therefore, when it comes to one that gets the job done — without a lot of charging — The Eufy RoboVac 11 is a smart pick. With up to 2.5 hours of cleaning time you can rest easy knowing your floors are going to be cleaned, STAT.
Other attributes of this time-saving pick include a quiet operation and a 3-Point Cleaning System. This in particular works to ensure strong suction while it moves about the room. Additionally, it has anti-scratch glass and... strong sensors that help it maintain an effective and safe operation while it cleans. With a 12 month warranty included, customers love the ability to try it without risk. While some say the vacuum has been known to get stuck on furniture, most are generally happy with how it performs, given its long battery life.
If you have a lot of carpet in your house, this is the selection you should go with. The POWERbot vacuum is packed with technology that has 10x more suction power than the leading robot vacuum, to give you the best results around. It also contains a strong system that works to separate debris away from the chamber to prevent clogging — which is a great value add among robo-vacs. Plus, it works across all types of surfaces from carpet to floors with ease.
This remote-controlled pick also has a... built-in camera with nine sensors that help it navigate around your home. However, one thing reviewers note is that this device can sometimes repeat its cleaning path, so be sure to monitor it accordingly. Although it's most effective on carpet, users still consider this a standout pick across several surfaces.
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