Based on more than 600 hours of testing—both in our labs and in our reviewer’s home—our favorite robot vacuum is the 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.. Not only is it great at cleaning, but it works with both
If you’re on a budget, we recommend the. 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.
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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.
|Name||Price||Rating||Smartphone Control||Overall Cleaning Score||Average Cleaning Time (h:m:s)||Cheerios Cleaning Score||Kitty Litter Cleaning Score||Dog Hair Cleaning Score|
|Samsung PowerBot R7070 ||
|iLife V3s Pro||
|iLife V5s Pro||
|Neato Botvac D7 Connected||
|iRobot Roomba i7+||
|Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 930||
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.
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