Best Robot Vacuums: Vacuuming is a small job that takes a lot of time. A robot vacuum will make it easier to do. But you’ll want one that is strong, quiet, and doesn’t need to be watched over all the time.
I tried out 30 robot vacuums to find the best ones and talked to engineers and health experts about how to use them right. Like any other small appliance, a robot vacuum needs to be taken care of. Even though it’s easy to use (you just press a button), all of our experts said it’s important to clean the brushes and filters regularly and run the vacuum when no one is in the room to keep the air clean and keep particles from getting back into the air. We get into details over here.
I looked at how well each robot vacuum cleaned, as well as its extra features and app. At the end of our guide, you can find out how we tested, what else we recommend, how to shop for a robot vacuum, and more.
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1. iRobot Roomba i3+ EVO Robot Vacuum
- Robot vacuum size: 13.34 “x 13.26″ x 3.63”
- The main brushes are each 6.75 inches long.”
- The size of the dustbin is 380 mL
- 75 minutes, according to the maker.
- One-year warranty on parts and labour
- Apps for iOS and Android can connect to the Wi-Fi, and it is compatible with both
- Alexa and Google Home make it possible to set up
- Extras include an automatic emptying station, two dust bags you can throw away, and an extra air filter.
It works well on carpets and hardwood floors, pairs with the app and Alexa, has a base that automatically gets rid of dirt, and doesn’t get stuck easily.
Virtual wall barriers are loud, cost extra, and don’t look great in corners.
The cheapest option from iRobot is the Roomba i3+ EVO Robot Vacuum. It has automatic dirt disposal, which means that it empties its dustbin on its own. You just throw away the dust bag every month or two and get a new one.
In our carpet tests, the i3+ EVO picked up all of the coffee grounds, kitty litter, and pet hairs we put down, but it left about 5% of the flour behind. This was the best performance of any robot vacuum we tested. In the corners, it got about an inch from the wall but left about half of the flour behind.
It worked better on hardwood floors, where it picked up all of the coffee grounds and pet hair and left behind only 5% of the kitty litter and about 10% of the flour. During its cleaning jobs, the robot vac didn’t get stuck.
Some robot vacuums can tell when they’re on carpet and boost their suction, but the i3+ EVO always has strong suction, and when it finds too much dirt, it automatically makes multiple passes.
Setting up is easy and only takes about 10 minutes, which includes connecting to the app. You can’t set up no-go zones in the app, so you have to buy virtual wall barriers. The barriers do what they say they will do, but at about $50 each, I’d rather use common household items to keep the Roomba out of areas I want to protect.
The i3+ EVO is also loud, which is not a good thing. My sound metre read 68 dB, and you can’t change the power of the suction to make it quieter.
2. Bissell SpinWave Robot Vacuum
- Robot vacuum size: 12.25 “x 12.25″ x 3.25”
- Length of main brush: 5.75″
- The dust bin can hold 400 mL.
- According to the maker, the battery lasts for 130 minutes.
- Warranty: Only for one year
- Apps for iOS and Android can connect to the Wi-Fi, and you can set up appointments.
- Extras include a water tank with mop pads that spin, extra mop pads, and a trial-size cleaning solution.
- formula, a mat that doesn’t get wet, extra side brushes, an extra air filter, and a tool for cleaning
Our tests showed that it did a great job on hardwood and corners and picked up all of the pet hair. It has a great mop attachment and accessories, can connect to an app, is small, and runs quietly.
Can’t set up no-go zones and easily gets stuck.
The Bissell SpinWave Robot Vacuum was made to clean up pet hair. It has a 5.75-inch main brush that doesn’t get tangled, a useful mop attachment, and strong suction. In addition to the specs, a portion of each sale goes to the Bissell Pet Foundation, which helps pets find good homes.
All of the cat and dog hair we spread out on the carpet and hardwood was picked up by the Bissell SpinWave. Also, it only left a scent of cat litter and flour on the wood floor. It came within 2 inches of the corners and picked up more than 60% of the flour on both the carpet and the hardwood.
It’s also one of the quietest vacuums we tested, with 58 decibels (slightly quieter than a normal conversation) on quiet mode and 65 on high suction. If you have pets that are easily scared, the low decibel level is less likely to scare them.
A mop tank attachment, spinning mop pads, and a trial-size bottle of cleaning formula are all helpful extras that come with the vacuum. You also get a tool for cleaning the brushes and filter. This helps you get rid of hair on the brushes and clean the filter.
During tests, the attachment for the mop worked perfectly. You just put water and cleaning solution in the tank and connect it to the vacuum instead of the dustbin. The mop pads spin to get rid of stuck-on dirt without getting on the carpet.
The SpinWave is easy to set up. It only takes five minutes to connect the unit and install the app.
The most serious problem was that it always got stuck on the 1-inch gap between rooms.
3. Eufy RoboVac 15C Max Robot Vacuum
It works well on carpets and hardwood floors, doesn’t get stuck easily, is quiet, comes with an app, is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, and fits in small spaces.
Didn’t do well at cleaning corners or getting flour out of the carpet, and the app doesn’t let you set no-go zones.
The Eufy RoboVac 15C Max Robot Vacuum did the best in our tests out of all the vacuums that cost less than $250.
We put coffee grounds, kitty litter, and pet hair on the carpet and hardwood, and it all got picked up. It had a harder time with flour. It left 10% of the flour on the hardwood floor and a disappointing 40% on the carpet.
In corners was another place where the unit did not do well. It only got about 3 inches away from the corner of the hardwood floor, and even though it got about an inch away from the corner of the carpet, it didn’t pick up much flour.
On the plus side, the RoboVac 15C Max only got stuck about a quarter of the time when it was cleaning, which is pretty good for my messy house. Also, it’s the quietest of the ones we tested, with a noise level of 60 decibels at full power.
I only used the controller for a quick test to make sure it worked. I didn’t use it again because the vacuum connects to your phone and works with both Alexa and Google Assistant. The app, which is available for both iOS and Android, doesn’t let you set up virtual no-go zones or barriers, though.
Also, setting up the app and connecting to it took a total of 10 minutes and went smoothly. The vacuum also has a small footprint, which means it can fit into small spaces.
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4. Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI Robot Vacuum
- Robot vacuum size: 13.7 “x 13.7″ x 3.6”
- Length of main brush: 6.25″
- The dust bin can hold 600 mL. (estimated)
- 3 hours, according to the company.
- One year of service.
Wi-Fi app connectivity (iOS and Android), compatibility with Alexa and Google Home, scheduling, virtual no-go zones, zoned cleaning, and HD video surveillance are some of the features.
Extras: water tank with adjustable flow, mop cloths and mounting plate, extra side brushes, extra sponge filter, extra air filter, cleaning tool, auto-empty station (sold separately), and scrubbing mop system (sold separately)
It works well on carpets and hardwood floors, empties itself automatically, has HD video surveillance, a deep-cleaning mop attachment, and runs quietly.
In our tests, it got stuck on the threshold and couldn’t get far into corners.
The best mopping system I’ve tried is the attachment for the Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo Pro Mopping System. The scrubbing motion of 480 vibrations per minute gives a deep clean. It made the strong Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI Robot Vacuum even better.
The 240mL water tank was big enough to cover the 500-square-foot test floor at least twice. With the app, you can choose from two mopping patterns and four water flow levels to find a good balance between how wet the floor is and how quickly it dries. The deep scrubbing option cleans well, and the quick scrubbing option is for regular mopping. And I liked that it automatically doesn’t go on carpet.
The Ozmo T8 AIVI robot vacuum has HD video and a microphone, so you can watch your pets or see if any windows or doors are open from your phone. I didn’t find the home surveillance features very useful, but they could be helpful if you’re worried about security.
The auto-empty station, which empties the trash can after a cleaning session, is the most helpful feature. You just throw away the pouch every month or two and get a new one.
The Ozmo T8 AIVI was one of the best at picking up the different types of dirt and dust we tested on carpeting and hardwood. Plus, it doesn’t make too much noise. On the highest cleaning setting, it only makes 67 dB, and on Quiet mode, it only makes 58 dB.
But the vacuum kept getting caught on a 1-inch lip between rooms. Also, it couldn’t get within 2 inches of a corner.
Everything went smoothly. I plugged the vacuum into the dock to charge it, linked the app to the vacuum, updated the firmware, and set a cleaning schedule. After two cleanings, the vacuum made a map of my layout so I could set no-go zones to keep the T8 AIVI away from sensitive areas.
5. iRobot Roomba s9+ Robot Vacuum
The D-shaped iRobot Roomba s9+ Robot Vacuum did the best on hardwood floors. It has a self-emptying dustbin, an impressive app that lets you set no-go zones, and large main brushes that pick up dirt on the first pass.
- Robot vacuum size: 12.25 “x 12.25″ x 3.5”
- The main brushes are each 9.5 inches long.”
- The dust bin can hold 380 mL.
- 2 hours, according to the maker.
- One year for parts and labour.
- Wi-Fi app connectivity (iOS and Android), compatibility with Alexa and Google Home, scheduling, virtual no-go zones, and zoned cleaning are some of the features.
- Extras include an automatic garbage disposal, two disposable dust bags, an extra side brush, an extra air filter, and a cleaning tool.
Cleans well on hardwood floors, does well on carpets, rarely gets stuck, has a charging dock that empties the dustbin, large main brushes, and a helpful app with virtual “no-go” zones.
Carpeted corners are loud and don’t work well.
The Roomba s9+ Robot Vacuum is the top-of-the-line model from iRobot. It has a lot of features. It cleans itself and comes with an app that lets you easily schedule cleanings, set no-go zones, and change how the cleaning works. You can even use the iRobot Braava Jet M6, which is sold separately, to mop after the vacuuming cycle is done.
In tests, the Roomba s9+ did the best job on hardwood floors of any robot vacuum. After the cleaning cycle, only a small amount of flour remained. It was shaped like a D and came within an inch and a half of the corner, so it could reach everything. After testing, only about 10% of the flour and 5% of the kitty litter were left, and there were no coffee grounds or pet hairs to be found. Even in our test area, the unit didn’t get stuck.
On high suction power, the s9+ was by far the loudest model we tested, with a noise level of 77 dB, which is about as loud as a busy city street. Even in quiet mode, the vacuum is not hard to hear.
Also, the vacuum came within an inch of the corner of the carpet. But it left behind about 70% of the flour, which suggests that it doesn’t pick up fine debris on carpets as well, especially in places where the main brushes can’t get to.
It took about 25 minutes to set up, but it was easy to do. After I linked to the app, I spent most of that time installing firmware updates.