Based on more than 300 hours of testing—both in our labs and in our reviewer’s home—our favorite robot vacuum is the Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, not to mention Samsung's SmartThings connected home system.. Not only does it have a HEPA filter (great for taking care of allergens) and is great at cleaning, but it works with both
If you’re on a budget, we recommend the Robovac 11S ($219) has a slimmer profileand better suction. We're in the process of testing it, as well as a number of other robot vacuums, so stay tuned for our reviews.. While it lacks smart-home connectivity, and may require some baby-sitting if it gets stuck, it also has a HEPA-style filter, and was the most effective vacuum of the budget models we tested. The Robovac 11 is being phased out, but a newer model, the
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It's not easy keeping a house clean, but the Samsung Powerbot R7070 can certainly help in your time of need. This midpriced robot vacuum was one of the best at picking up pet hair and getting the food scraps in the corners.
It's easy to schedule, works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and features one of the most user-friendly dustbins of the vacuums we tested.
The Eufy RoboVac 11 is a worthy entry-level robot vacuum simply because it works. The device is short enough that it can track under furniture where you normally can't reach with an upright vacuum. And though there's no Wi-Fi connectivity or app control, there's a companion remote, which you can use to schedule the vacuum so that it cleans up any litter crystals, stray hairs and food crumbs left behind. A newer model, the, has an improved front bumper, a redesigned roller brush, and can automatically increase its suction power when needed.
The iRobot Roomba 690 has powerful suction and is especially user-friendly. Once you set it up, it basically runs itself, but you can also control it from a convenient smartphone app that lets you schedule cleaning times from anywhere. It did a great job on both carpeting and hardwood flooring. This vacuum also continued cleaning over various obstacles rather than getting stuck like competitors.
Other Robot Vacuums Tested
- Our runner-up for the best overall vacuum, the Read our full review. (8/10) was just as good as the Samsung Powerbot R7070 at picking up pet hair, and its app was even more comprehensive. It also works with Alexa and Google Assistant. However, it's an older vacuum, and getting more difficult to find online.
- The Read our full review. (7/10) is a Wi-Fi connected robot vacuum that works with both Android and iOS devices, and can be controlled by Alexa and Google Assistant. In our tests, we found the Ion cleaned reasonably well, but was comparable to other vacuums that were less expensive.
- The top-end Read our full review. (6/10) doesn’t skimp on features, but it didn’t clean well enough to justify its price tag. It was also pretty loud in our anecdotal tests.
- The Read our full review. (5/10) cleans well on hardwood, was great at picking up pet hair, and was easy to control using the included remote. However, it doesn’t have a primary rolling brush, which made it less effective at picking up debris, and its dustbin was a chore to empty.
- The Read our full review. (4/10) failed most of our pet hair tests, and got caught on rugs and other items very easily. However, its low profile means it could fit under furniture very easily.
What to Look for in a Robot Vacuum
Before you buy, you need to determine what your needs are, and how much you’re willing to spend. Things you’ll want to consider include:
- How much you’re willing to spend.
- The size of the space you want to clean.
- If you need a vacuum to clean up pet hair.
- If you want to control the vacuum using your smartphone.
We've put together a handy robot vacuum buying guide to help you determine your needs.
How We Test Robot Vacuums
We called in a number of robot vacuums based on their popularity on Amazon, as well as their price and reputation from other review sites and reader comments.
The first phase of our analysis started with lab tests in our Ogden, Utah, facility. There, we tested each robot vac to see how effective it was at picking up kitty litter, sawdust, Cheerios and pet hair on three different surfaces: vinyl, wood and a medium-pile carpet. We also timed how long it took each to complete each test, as well as how loud the vacuum was as it went about its business.
Next, we sent each to our reviewer to see how well they performed in a real-world environment. Here, we looked at things such as how easily it navigated around an apartment, how difficult it was to set up, and how messy it was to empty its dustbin.
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