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Do you think vacuuming sucks (literally and figuratively)? Then don’t do it yourself anymore! A robot vacuum can do all your floor cleaning with the press of a button. All you’ll have to do is empty the dust bin.
A robot vacuum cleaner can range anywhere from $100 to $1,000. We suggest reading each vacuum robot review, so you have an idea of what features you’ll get at each price point.
Robot vacuums had steady growth from 2015 to 2016. This is expected to continue into the coming years as smart homes gather greater mainstream acceptance. Are you ready to join the trend and let a robot take over the cleaning?
Best Robot Vacuum
Before we go into our best vacuum robot reviews, we want to mention a few things.
- Make sure to pre-clean your house before using one of these. By pre-clean we mean pick up your laundry and small toys, unplug your phone chargers and lamps, etc. so they don’t get damaged by the vacuum. Just like a regular vacuum, you don’t want to knock anything over or suck anything up that isn’t supposed to be vacuumed.
- Block off certain objects or rooms you don’t want to be touched. For example, if you have a pet inside and they have a water dish you won’t want the vacuum to bump into it and spill water all over the place. Consider closing the door to the room where the water dish is located, block it off somehow or making sure it’s sturdy enough not to spill.
- These vacuums have smaller dirt bins than typical vacuums, so you’ll have to empty it more frequently.
- If you have a smart home hub (Amazon Echo, Google Home, etc.), you can connect most of these smart vacuums to allow voice control activation.
Note: We considered 90 minutes or more an excellent amount of time for a vacbot to run on a single charge (pro). We also added in Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant connectivity in this updated review so you can make the “smarter” choice.
If you remember the first Roomba, you will be happy to know that the Roomba 960 is a night and day difference from its former self. The Roomba 960 is perfectly round and has an arm that swings out to sweep dirt into the Roomba’s path.
This version can run for about 75 minutes, and when it needs a charge, it returns to the charging station then resumes cleaning. You can schedule cleanings from the iRobot HOME mobile app, or if you make plans at work for friends to come over, you can turn the vacuum on last minute.
Overall, we found relatively low customer feedback on this vacuum, but there were still a good number of positive reviews, which is why it is our #1 pick for best robot vacuum cleaner and best robot vacuum for pet hair.
iRobot Roomba Price
The Neato Botvac D80 has a d-shape design with CornerClever technology, which allows it to fit into corners and get close to walls to pick up all that dirt. It maps the room and detects objects in real-time to clean the room efficiently. It does not clean by bumping around into objects.
Neato claims to pick up more pet hair than other robot vacuum cleaners. When Neato needs more power, it returns to its charging station and then returns where it left off vacuuming your home.
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Customers seem very pleased with their Shark robot vac. It excels at picking up long and short hair, dust, crumbs and more. It connects to Alexa and Google Home, so you can integrate seamlessly into your smart home.
There are some complaints that it doesn’t go in a cleaning pattern like the Roomba does, so some spots go without cleaning. However, it does have high marks for the quality of cleaning it does for the spots it reaches.
It automatically returns to its charging station and is quieter than other robot vacuums. In fact, many customers compare it to the Roomba vacuum but it doesn’t quite warrant a place above Roomba (perhaps in the future!). For now, Shark takes the #3 spot in our reviews.
Other Robot Vacuum Cleaner Reviews
Below you’ll find other automatic vacuum cleaner reviews. Just because they didn’t make our top three doesn’t mean they aren’t worth considering, though. They may be perfect for your needs.
The bObsweep Robotic Vacuum and Mop is unique in this article because it can vacuum and mop your floors. It can also sterilize your floors with a UV lamp. Bob will automatically return to its charging station after it’s finished cleaning your floors. You can schedule cleanings ahead of time too.
If you have pets, bObsweep is an option you’ll want to seriously consider. It is designed to collect pet hair and clean up paw prints.
It has a microfiber cloth that is used to seep and polish your floors. The HEPA filter cleans the air by removing mold, dust mites and viruses.
bObsweep is also included in our Best Floor Mopping Robot. Read the article to see if it ranked in our top three.
The round Dyson 360 Eye Robot vacuum has a big name behind the product. Dyson is known for its excellent vacuums, but how does the robot vacuum perform?
The vacuum maps out a route to vacuum your home thanks to its actual camera. It has a Dyson app so you can control the robot while away and schedule when you want the vacuum to clean.
Dyson also claims to have twice the suction of any other robot vacuum. Dyson was previously our #3 pick in this article, but its high price point and number of negative reviews kicked it out of the top 3 this year.
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The Ecovacs Deebot is unique in that it includes a mopping system as well as a vacuum. None of the other robot vacuums offer this feature. If you dread mopping, this is the vacuum for you. Be sure to remember to add on the mopping accessories before leaving the house so the cleaning can be done while you’re away (if you want).
However, the vacuuming feature isn’t as good as competitors. This bot struggles with running into objects, and it can’t find its charging station at times.
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We are surprisingly impressed with the performance of iLife for the price you pay for it; however, it wasn’t enough to make it into our top three. The iLife vacuum includes a remote for you to program a schedule.
We wish it had an app so you could turn it on when you were away from your house, but we like that you can at least schedule a cleaning ahead of time. If you want to see what all the hype is with these robot vacuums, this is a good entry level vacuum.
iLife Robot Vacuum Price
Robot Vacuum vs Regular Vacuum
Not sold on getting a robotic vacuum? This video does a good job of showing both sides of the argument regarding robot vacuums.
What Else Can Robots Do?
What do you think of robot vacuums? Would you ever use one?