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Robot vacuums are the hot item this season and though they could obviously make your life 100 times easier, there’s a hard part to the process: picking the right one.
With so many brands, features, and app capabilities out there, deciding which vacuum you’re going to drop a hefty load of cash on can be overwhelming. No worries. We hate cleaning just as much as you do and have laid out a simple, comprehensive list of all your best options, sorted by price.
ROBOT VACUUMS: $100-$300
No room-scanning tech or app
If you want a robot vacuum and don’t care about the fancy stuff, this is a great bare-bones choice.
1. Housesmile Robotic Vaccum
If you don’t need the fancy stuff like an app or room-scanning tech, this high-rated device is probably your best bet.
At the cheapest end of the spectrum you’ll find this option from Housmile
, which received 5 out of 5 stars by 85% of its reviewers on Amazon. Unlike other vacuums that require a docking station, this one has a simple charging cord, and one charging session can give it enough juice for 30 minutes of vacuuming. What you sacrifice at a cheaper price point are things like room scanning technology and a mobile app, but for someone who isn’t that much of a techie but wants to get in on the robot vacuum hype, this is a good option. (And it makes a great gift for grandma.)
HEPA filter • 55 minute run time • 3 cleaning pograms and detachable brushes
Not rated as high as the Housesmile
If you’d like a cheap option with some extra features like a HEPA filter, this could be the robot vacuum for you.
2. PureClean PUCRC25
If you’re looking for a budget model with multiple settings and a HEPA filter, here you go.
Another moderately priced option is this entry-level model by PureClean
, which received a 5-star rating from 60% of reviewers on Amazon. This low-profile vacuum (read: it can easily fit under furniture) has a run time of 55 minutes and includes three cleaning programs. It includes detachable brushes for hardwood and tile and also has a HEPA filter.
App-enabled • Affordable • Anti-collision tech
If you’d like to trade up from the bare-bones models to one with an app, this is a good choice.
3. ECOVACS Deebot N79
If you’re not looking for anything fancy, but just a reliable bot to get the job done, the ECOVACS Deebot N79 could be right for you
If you’re not looking for anything fancy, but just a reliable bot to get the job done, the ECOVACS Deebot N79 could be right for you. This app-enabled bot has three cleaning modes, along with the anti-collision and drop sensor protection that every robot vac should have. Ideal for smaller spaces or apartments,
Quiet • Works on hard floors and carpet • Features infrared obstacle sensors
No app • No room-scanning tech
If you’re just looking for a sensible quiet option that works on carpet and hard floors, this could be it.
4. Eufy RoboVac 11
If you want a quiet robo-vac that works on hard floors and carpet, this budget option could be your best bet.
If you’re tired of having to plan your cleaning time around other people’s sleep, TV, or studying, the Eufy RoboVac 11 might be a good option. Unlike an obnoxiously loud upright vacuum, the Eufy RoboVac 11 is reportedly pretty quiet — even in the high suction mode. Working on both hardwood floors and carpet, the Eufy RoboVac has infrared obstacle sensors as well as two power options that can be operated by the remote control and
ROBOT VACUUMS: $300-$500
Works on carpet and hard floors • App-enabled, with scheduling • iAdapt navigation
If you have your heart set on a Roomba, this entry-level model could be the one, but it’s not exactly cheap.
5. Roomba 650
If you want a Roomba but you’re on a budget, this highly-rated pick could be for you.
If you’re set on getting a Roomba but don’t want to fork over almost a grand, the Roomba 650
is a happy middle ground. Working on both hardwood and carpeted floors, your obsessive Swiffering may finally decrease. The app allows you to schedule sessions up to seven times per week, and the iAdapt Navigation claims that you won’t come home to find it stuck on a chair.
Lots of features to remove pet hair • D-shape gets into corners • Has room-scanning tech
If you don’t need an app, but do need to get rid of pet hair, this is one of the best options.
6. Neato BotVac
This robot vacuum was made for homes with pets, and has extra features to combat the scourge of shedding.
Ideal for homes with pets, the letter “D” shaped
can easily get into corners, where hair and other allergens love to gather (and where circular robot vacuums have a harder time reaching). Other pet-friendly features include an opening port shaped specifically to combat hair clogging and a combo brush uniquely designed to pick up pet hair. Though it’s not Bluetooth or app enabled, the Neato BotVac uses laser smart mapping to scan rooms and methodically plan how to clean instead of just bumping around.
ROBOT VACUUMS: $500-$700
AeroForce system loosens dirt on carpets • Cleans for 75 minutes on one charge • App-enabled and works with Alexa and Google Assistant • Highly rated
If you’re ready for a mid-range Roomba, this one has a lot of bells and whistles.
7. Roomba 960
If you’re looking for a Roomba with more options than the basic model, this one has a ton of features.
The Roomba 960
is the drool-worthy combination between price and quality. Its AeroForce system loosens dirt on even the most stubborn carpets and uses patented tangle-free brushes to combat pet hair, and cleans for 75 minutes before returning to charge itself. Compatible with the iRobot app as well as Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant, the 960 wants to ensure that you can schedule cleaning simply and come home to clean floors. Listed for $549.99, it’s actually pretty generously priced considering how highly it’s rated.
Fun! • Talks and plays music from Star Wars • Uses CycloneForce tech
If you’re not a Star Wars fan, this is a pricey option
This one is super-fun and that alone might make it worth the price.
Looking to have some fun with your robot vacuum? These
are styled after Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper, play music from the movies, and even talk. They both use CycloneForce technology and do a pretty good job at getting the edges of walls, stairs, and other 90-degree angles. The
ROBOT VACUUMS: $700+
Runs for up to 120 minutes on a charge • Double the suction of the 960 model • Carpet-boost technology not found in the 960
If you need to cover a large space, especially if carpets are involved, this is a great model.
9. Roomba 980
This Roomba has all the bells and whistles, is great for large spaces, and recently lowered its price.
If your home is on the larger end of the spectrum, the Roomba 980
may be the right robot vacuum for you. Because it runs for up to 120 minutes before automatically returning to charge, the 980 is ideal for bigger spaces that require more cleaning. The 980 also uses the dirt-loosening AeroForce technology, but has double the suction of the 960 and uses carpet boost technology that the 960 does not. Plus, it’s recently gone down in price significantly.
Twice the suction of any other robot vacuum • App that lets you schedule cleanings and analyze data • Very high-level room-scanning tech • The best of the best
If you want the best of the best, this is probably it, but you’ll pay for it.
10. Dyson 360 Eye
The Dyson 360 Eye boasts every bell and whistle imaginable, but you could buy an army of budget vacuums for the same price.
This one is the motherlode. Claiming to have twice the suction of any other robot vacuum, the Dyson 360 Eye uses
, which is a minimized version of the tech used in Dyson’s upright vacuums. The app allows you to control, schedule, and analyze cleaning data like high debris areas. Dyson also claims that the Eye 360 creates a map as it goes, knowing where it’s already cleaned and where it needs to clean.
And, if nothing else, you should just get one to do this.
Read more: https://mashable.com/roundup/best-robot-vacuums/
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