Best Robot Vacuums 2019

Product Use case Rating
Shark Ion R85 Best Robot Vacuum 4
Eufy RoboVac 11S Best Value 3
iRobot Roomba 690 Amazon Best Seller 3.5

Based on more than 600 hours of testing—both in our labs and in our reviewer’s home—our favorite robot vacuum is the Shark Ion R85 ( on Amazon) . Not only is it great at cleaning, but it works with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and even has an optional stick vacuum, so you can clean up couch cushions and other places the robovac can't reach.

If you’re on a budget, we recommend the Eufy RoboVac 11S ($219 on Amazon) . While it lacks smart-home connectivity, and may require some baby-sitting if it gets stuck, it has a slim profile, a HEPA-style filter, and was effective at picking up debris. 

Latest News and Updates (January 2019)

  • The Monoprice Stitch ($239) has both sweeping and wet-mopping built in, as well as five operating modes. This Wi-Fi-enabled smart robot vacuum can be controlled using the Stitch app and can be connected to Alexa and Google Home.
  • The Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 960, introduced at CES 2019, uses artificial intelligence to steer around common household objects such as chairs, pets and dirty socks. It should be ready for market by late summer of 2019.
  • Ecovacs has launched the $339 Deebot 901, which learns about your home layout and environment to customize its cleaning. It has daily scheduling and auto-homing features, and works with Alexa and Google Assistant. 
  • iRobot's newest vacuum, the Roomba i7+, has an optional Clean Base dock that can automatically empty the vacuum's dust bin into a disposable bag; the bag can hold up to 30 cleanings' worth of dirt, so you don't have to empty the vacuum after every run. The i7+ can also store up to ten floorplans, and using either the Roomba app, Alexa, or Google Assistant, you can direct the robot to clean specific rooms or areas. The i7+ and its base cost $949; sold separately, the i7+ is $699, while the Clean Base is $299.



Shark's R85 proved excellent at picking up pet hair and other debris around our home with a minimum of fuss. We also liked its easy-to-clean dustbin, smartphone control and notifications, and the optional handheld vacuum was handy for getting those spaces the robot vacuum couldn't reach.

The Eufy RoboVac 11S 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.

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.

Robot Vacuum Test Results

They can't all be winners, but many of the robot vacuums we tested performed well on our tests, both in the lab and in the home. The numbers indicate the percentage of debris (Cheerios, kitty litter, and dog hair) that ended in the robot’s bin on both hardwood and carpeted surfaces, as well as the average time it took the robot to clean a 15 x 18-foot space. We will add to these results as we test additional vacuums.


NamePrice
RatingSmartphone ControlOverall Cleaning ScoreAverage Cleaning Time (h:m:s)Cheerios Cleaning ScoreKitty Litter Cleaning ScoreDog Hair Cleaning Score
Samsung PowerBot R7070 
$499.99Best Buy
4/5
Yes
87.9
00:27:30
94.6
87.7
81.5
iLife V3s Pro $159Amazon

No
97
1:31:01
99.7
91.8
99.5
iLife V5s Pro
Amazon

No
94.8
1:40:53
99.1
88.2
97.3
Neato Botvac D7 Connected US$696Amazon

Yes91.300:10:2299.88589.3
iRobot Roomba i7+ $949.99Best Buy

Yes90.400:18:0993.187.690.5
Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 930 US$599Amazon

Yes81.500:17:3395.488.360.8


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 and Rate Robot Vacuums

We call 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 starts with lab tests in our Ogden, Utah, facility. There, we test each robot vac to see how effective it is at picking up 20 grams of kitty litter, 20 grams of Cheerios, and two grams of dog hair on hardwood and a medium-pile carpet. We also time how long it takes each to complete each test, as well as how loud the vacuum is as it goes about its business.

The most promising vacuums are then sent to a reviewer to see how well they perform in a real-world environment. Here, we look at things such as how easily it navigates around an apartment, if it gets stuck under furniture or on carpets, how difficult it is to set up, and how messy it is to empty its dustbin. 

From there, we base our final rating on its price, cleaning ability, functionality and ease of use relative to similar models.

Credit: Tom's Guide


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  • jimblack099
    Thanks, Tom's Guide.

    I'd love to see you guys look at even more models.

    Do you have any thoughts the Neato or Ecovacs? I've seen them discussed here other sites

    They seem to get pretty decent reviews on those sites. Would love to hear what you guys think about them.
  • michael4444
    Thanks for taking the time to provide these reviews!

    You list these as having HEPA filters but from what I can find they have HEPA "style" or HEPA "like" filters, not true HEPA filters. Can you please confirm?

    Thanks!