Here Are the Best Roombas to Streamline Your Cleaning Routine

The winner is the iRobot Roomba i3+

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Roomba's robot cleaning technology feels like a dream come true—no more having to push a heavy vacuum or mop across your floors every day! We spent hours researching the top-rated Roombas, evaluating ease of setup and use, effectiveness, and functionality. 

Our favorite, the iRobot Roomba i3+, has a self-emptying canister and a 3-stage suction system and adjusts to different floor types. 

Here are the best Roombas.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: iRobot Roomba i3+

4.4
iRobot Roomba i3+

Courtesy of iRobot

What We Like
  • Great value

  • Self-emptying

  • Works with mop

What We Don't Like
  • Takes up more space

The iRobot Roomba I3+ is the perfect combination of top Roomba features without breaking the bank. It has the self-emptying canister, a must-have if you want to maximize the efficiency of your robot vacuum and minimize your own work. It has a 3-stage suction system that picks up most debris. At around $600, it’s one of the best values from iRobot.

Dimensions: 13.34 x 13.26 x 3.63 inches | Battery Life: 75 minutes | Charge Time: 3 hours | Cleaning Path Width: 7 inches | Filter Type: Replaceable HE filter | Brush Type: Rubber

Best Budget: iRobot Roomba 675

iRobot Roomba 675

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Compatible with Alexa

  • Budget-friendly

  • Adjustable height

What We Don't Like
  • Small canister

Purchasing a robot vacuum doesn’t need to be a major financial line item in your household budget. The iRobot Roomba 675 is the most basic and affordable model but still does everything that you want from a robot cleaning machine. It works with your Alexa smart speaker, can be app-controlled, and adjusts itself to work around obstacles and different types of flooring. It doesn’t have a particularly large in-unit canister but will still get the job done.

Dimensions: 13.34 x 13.26 x 3.63 inches | Battery Life: 90 minutes | Charge Time: 3 hours | Cleaning Path Width: 7 inches | Filter Type: Replaceable HE filter | Brush Type: Rubber

Best Splurge: iRobot Roomba J7+ Self-Emptying Vacuum

iRobot Roomba j7+ Self-Emptying Robot Vacuum

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What We Like
  • Self-emptying

  • Avoids pet waste

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

This is one of the high-end iRobot vacuums for its superior technology and connectivity, as well as the coveted self-emptying feature. The best aspect of the J7+ vacuum is that it uses PrecisionVision navigation to avoid obstacles like phone cords or pet waste. If your robot vacuum gets tripped up every time it goes near a cord or (worse yet) drags pet accidents all over your home, upgrading to the J7+ is well worth the cost.

Dimensions: 13.3 x 13.3 x 3.4 inches | Battery Life: 90 minutes | Charge Time: 3 hours | Cleaning Path Width: 7 inches | Filter Type: Replaceable HE filter | Brush Type: Rubber

Best for Hardwood: iRobot Roomba S9+ Vacuum and Mop Bundle

iRobot® Roomba s9+ Self-Emptying Robot Vacuum & Braava jet m6 Robot Mop Bundle

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What We Like
  • Wider vacuum

  • Works with mop

  • Self-emptying

  • Longer runtime

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

Another top-of-the-line option, the Roomba S9+ vacuum and mop bundle can handle any surface cleaning that you need. The vacuum is wider than most other Roomba models and can go from carpet to hardwood or tile without interruption. When it’s done, the vacuum will go back to the base and empty itself in the large capacity canister. It has a 120-minute runtime, longer than any other model. You can then run the robot mop on hardwood to really get things sparkling clean.

Dimensions: 22.64 x 16.53 x 20.87 inches | Battery Life: 120 minutes | Charge Time: 3 hours | Cleaning Path Width: 9.5 inches | Filter Type: Replaceable HE filter | Brush Type: Rubber

Best for Carpet: iRobot Roomba e5

iRobot Roomba e5

Courtesy of iRobot

What We Like
  • Adaptive Navigation

  • Budget-friendly

  • High powered

What We Don't Like
  • No self-emptying canister

The Roomba E5 is just what you need to tackle debris and messes on the carpet. It’s a great price and will effectively navigate around obstacles like couch legs or coffee tables using its Adaptive Navigation. Like most other Roomba models, the E5 uses a 3-stage cleaning system. But it is five times the power of the Roomba 600 series models, its closest price comparison.

Dimensions: 13.45 x 13.39 x 3.65 inches | Battery Life: 90 minutes | Charge Time: 3 hours | Cleaning Path Width: 7 inches | Filter Type: Replaceable | Brush Type: Rubber

Best for Apartments: iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity

4.3
iRobot Roomba 690

Amazon

What We Like
  • Virtual wall compatible

  • Auto-adjusting height

  • Ideal runtime for apartments

What We Don't Like
  • Small capacity

This Roomba is a bit smaller than some of the other models but still a great option for keeping your space clean. It has a 90-minute runtime, which is perfect for most apartments. You can set it up with a virtual wall to keep it focused on one particular area, ideal for apartment living. The 690 has auto-adjusting height and can travel from carpet to tile or hardwood without any interruption in its cleaning power.

Dimensions: 13 x 13 x 3.6 inches | Battery Life: 90 minutes | Charge Time: 3 hours | Cleaning Path Width: 7 inches | Filter Type: Replaceable | Brush Type: Rubber

Best for Corners: iRobot Roomba s9+ 9550 Wi-Fi Connected Robot Vacuum

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iRobot Roomba s9+ (9550) Wi-Fi® Connected Robot Vacuum

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What We Like
  • Flat edge for corners

  • High powered

  • Self-emptying

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

iRobot redesigned the overall shape of the Roomba with the S9 model. Rather than being a circular robot, it now has one flat side, perfect for getting into corners and running along the edge of rooms. This helps it deep clean your carpeted rooms by getting into those hard-to-reach areas. It is expensive but has some of the best cleaning technology and most power out of all the Roomba robot vacuums.

Dimensions: 12.25 x 12.25 x 3.5 inches | Battery Life: 120 minutes | Charge Time: 3 hours | Cleaning Path Width: 9.5 inches | Filter Type: Replaceable HE filter | Brush Type: Rubber

What Testers Say

"After the s9+ cleans your house a few times, it creates a smart map of the cleaning area you can view in your iRobot app. With the map, you can mark off the areas you want the robot to avoid for future cleanings. I tested it to see if it works, and it does—really well. The robot uses its memory to clean the mapped areas while avoiding the off-limits zones." — Lindsay Boyers, Product Tester

Best for Pet Hair: iRobot Roomba J7 Wi-Fi Connected Vacuum

iRobot Roomba j7.

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • PrecisionVision Navigation

  • Pet Owner Official Promise (P.O.O.P.) guarantee

  • High powered

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • No self-emptying canister

The Roomba J7 has all of the features that you need to get your carpets clean, including PrecisionVision Navigation. This robot vacuum avoids picking up pet waste and other obstacles, like small cords or toys. iRobot will even replace the vacuum for free if it does accidentally drag pet poop around the house. The J7 model does not have a self-emptying canister, although it is still quite pricey.

Dimensions: 13.3 x 13.3 x 3.4 inches | Battery Life: 90 minutes | Charge Time: 3 hours | Cleaning Path Width: 7 inches | Filter Type: Replaceable HE filter | Brush Type: Rubber

Final Verdict

Our top pick is the iRobot Roomba i3+ (view at Amazon) for its great value. It has a self-emptying canister, a three-stage suction system to catch debris, and more to make your cleaning routine a breeze. Looking to splurge? We recommend the iRobot Roomba J7+ Self Emptying Vacuum (view at iRobot) for its PrecisionVision navigation that will help it avoid running into obstacles.

What to Look for in a Roomba

Charge Time

Most Roomba models will run for around 90 minutes before needing a charge. This will depend on the amount of dirt that they have to pick up and the power that the vacuum uses. Look for a Roomba that will pick up where it left off in its cleaning routine, even if it does need to return to the base to recharge. A few models do have a longer runtime of 120 minutes on a single charge. These are great options for larger homes and rooms.

Cleaning Path Width

The top-of-the-line Roomba models have a slightly wider cleaning path width than most others. While this isn’t a huge selling point for everyone, it can be a game-changer in some households. If your Roomba has to tackle a lot of pet hair (or human hair), the wider cleaning path width will keep it from getting tangled as easily. It also cuts down on the overall cleaning time needed.

Smart Capabilities

All Roombas work with the iRobot app. Most are also compatible with in-home smart speakers like Alexa. The best Roomba technology is the PrecisionVision Navigation that helps the vacuum avoid pet messes and cords. One of the biggest concerns from buyers before getting a robot vacuum was the possibility that it would drag pet messes all over the house. The PrecisionVision capability (and the P.O.O.P. guarantee that comes with it) keeps that from happening.

FAQ
  • How do I empty a Roomba?

    To empty a Roomba, simply lift the lid and remove the canister. Open it over a trash can and empty the contents. You can dust out the canister or put it back into the Roomba. Cleaning your vacuum is an important step to make sure that the Roomba continues to work as designed.

  • How do I maintain a Roomba's battery?

    Roombas come with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery installed. Typically, they come with a charge when you open the box. The Roomba will keep itself charged and return to its charging dock when it has a low battery. You can also see a visible low battery indicator on the top of the vacuum.

  • How do I reset a Roomba?

    To reset your Roomba, just press the CLEAN button for 10 to 20 seconds (depending on your model). You will hear a reset tone or see a white light when it has rebooted. You can also make changes to the zones that your Roomba cleans or other settings via the iRobot app.
    iRobot also has great service support on their website, which will help you set up your Roomba and reset it or make any changes in the future.

  • How often should you change a roomba bag?

    You should replace the roomba's filter every two or three months to keep the vacuum working at its best. Keep an eye out for indicator light on the base that will let you know when the bag is full.

Why Trust The Spruce?

This article was researched and written by Katie Begley, a freelance writer specializing in home and family products. Katie has been writing for The Spruce since 2019. To make this list, Katie considered the features offered and the overall price. The top features that she likes in her robot vacuum include good runtime, superior cleaning, and adaptive navigation.