Hurry! The best budget robot vacuum we tested is just $99 in Black Friday deal

iLife V3s Pro vacuum cleaner
(Image credit: iLife)

As more Black Friday deals continue to roll out I'm seeing the prices of smart home essentials like the best smart speakers and smart lights hit all-time lows. Not even pricier gear like robot vacuums have been spared by deep discounts—making now one of the best times of the year to invest in one. Just place a robot vacuum cleaner and its dock in your main living space and it will automatically clean your floors each day. You can schedule times that work for you or even control the cleaner remotely.

Right now you can get the iLife V3s Pro on sale for just $99 at Amazon, which is 40% off its normal price.

iLife V3s Pro: was $160 now $99 @ Amazon

iLife V3s Pro: was $160 now $99 @ Amazon

Our favorite budget robot vacuum is on sale for just $99. While it lacks the advanced sensors of more expensive models, the V3s Pro is an excellent robo vac, picking up virtually everything we threw in its path — including pet hair. In our iLife V3s Pro review, we named the Editor's Choice vacuum the best budget cleaner. Keep in mind this price is a historical low, so it can sell out quickly. 

In our iLife V3s Pro review, we named this the best robot vacuum for under $200. Its compact body slides under furniture with ease and its 100-minute battery life is plenty enough for most mid-sized rooms. Despite its low price, the V3s Pro consistently outperformed other robot vacuums that cost three times as much. It picked up nearly all dog fur in our lab tests — making it the best robot vacuum for pet hair.

The robot earned a perfect score on our pet hair on the hardwood test, picking up 100%. The Life V3s Pro was equally impressive on carpet when dealing with pet hair, picking up 99% of it. This level of performance was remarkably better than the popular budget alternative Eufy RoboVac 11s, which only cleaned up 75% of pet hair on carpet.

Unlike more expensive robots that use cameras and advanced scanning technology to map out your space—this robot vacuum uses a system made up of ten sets of infrared sensors to detect dirt and navigate your room. It's still capable of a thorough clean but you won't be able to use voice commands to tell it to clean a specific room like you can with models from iRobot or Roborock.

For under $100, that's a small sacrifice to pay. Especially so when I can add an iLife V3s Pro to the five rooms I would want clean in my townhome and still come out ahead of buying just one of those more advanced models.

Hunter Fenollol
Senior Editor, Smart Home

Hunter Fenollol is a Senior Editor for Tom’s Guide. He specializes in smart home gadgets and appliances. Prior to joining the team, Hunter reviewed computers, wearables, and mixed reality gear for publications that include CNN Underscored, Popular Mechanics, and Laptop Magazine. When he’s not testing out the latest cooking gadgets, you can likely find him playing a round of golf or out with friends feeding his paycheck to a QuickHit slot machine. Hunter started his career as an intern at Tom’s Guide back in 2019 while in college. He graduated from Long Island University Post with a degree in Communications and minor in Advertising. He has been vlogging ever since the iPhone 4 took front-facing cameras mainstream.