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The 4 Best Budget Robot Vacuums - Spring 2022 Reviews

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Best Budget Robot Vacuums

Until fairly recently, robot vacuums were out of reach for the average consumer, especially compared to more affordable traditional models. However, the selection of budget-friendly options has grown substantially in the past few years, so there's no shortage of relatively affordable robot vacuums with differing feature sets and designs to better suit your cleaning needs. While many cheaper robot vacuums struggle with some cleaning tasks, especially when clearing bulky material or dealing with messes on carpets, some do at least a fair overall job.

We've tested over 40 robot vacuums, and below are our recommendations for what you can buy as the best robot vacuums on a budget. These picks are selected not only based on their price but also their performance and feature-set. For more buying recommendations, take a look at our list of the best robot vacuums for hardwood floors, the best robot vacuums, and the best cheap vacuum cleaners.


  1. Best Bare Floor Budget Robot Vacuum: Wyze Robot Vacuum

    The best budget robot vacuum for bare floors that we've tested is the Wyze Robot Vacuum. While it's a little more expensive than most other robot vacuums on this list, it offers a range of automation features that are still uncommon in this price bracket. It uses an advanced LIDAR mapping system that lets it store a permanent map of its coverage area, so you can set up virtual no-go zones the vacuum won't enter or direct it to clean a specific room within your home.

    This vacuum feels impressively well-built, with high-grade plastic construction and durable rubber wheels. It delivers exceptional performance on bare floors, easily cleaning pet hair and small and bulky debris. There's an on-board allergen-trapping HEPA filter, and the vacuum is effective in sealing fine particles as it cleans. Since it doesn't make much noise, it shouldn't be disruptive for most people while it's running. It also does a good job of maneuvering itself around obstacles like tables or chairs and cleans in an organized pattern of straight lines.

    Unfortunately, its suction force at its floorhead isn't especially strong, so it can struggle with clearing debris in tight crevices and cracks. In addition, while its maximum battery life of over 130 minutes is quite long, it takes a very long time to recharge. Also, it incurs high recurring costs since many parts need periodic replacing. Overall, its advanced automation capabilities and superb performance on bare floors make it one of the best robot vacuums for hardwood floors that we've tested.

    See our review

  2. Alternative With A Larger Dustbin: iRobot Roomba 694

    If you're looking for a robot vacuum with a larger dustbin, consider the iRobot Roomba 694. Unlike the Wyze Robot Vacuum, it uses a less advanced random pathing navigation system and doesn't store a permanent map of its coverage area, so you can't set up virtual boundary lines or direct it to specific rooms within your home. You won't need to empty its dirt compartment as frequently, thanks to its bigger capacity. The iRobot also has better battery performance, as it has a similar maximum battery life while taking a little more than half the time to recharge. It delivers excellent performance on bare floors, though it can struggle with sucking up larger material as its dustbin fills up and has a hard time dealing with pet hair. Unlike the Wyze, it has a surface detection system that allows it to automatically increase its brushroll height when cleaning uneven surfaces. Unfortunately, it does have more parts that need regular cleaning and incurs similarly high recurring costs to the Wyze. In addition, the suction force and its floorhead are very low, and the vacuum struggles to lift debris from cracks and crevices.

    Get the Wyze if you're looking for a relatively affordable robot vacuum with automation capabilities comparable to far more expensive models, but consider the iRobot if you're looking for something with a larger dustbin and better battery performance.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget Robot Vacuum For Carpets: Roborock E4

    If you have a lot of carpeting in your home and are looking for a budget-friendly robot vacuum, consider the Roborock E4. This budget-friendly robot vacuum has a surface detection feature that lets it automatically adjust its suction power to suit different surface types. It delivers alright overall performance on low and high-pile carpet, easily cleaning pet hair and the majority of larger debris. However, it may struggle when dealing with very fine debris on this surface type.

    This vacuum feels impressively well-built, with a sturdy-feeling plastic body and dense rubber wheels that let it roll smoothly even on uneven terrain. It also has superb battery performance, as you can expect a maximum of almost four hours of continuous runtime on a single charge. It also does a great job of maneuvering itself, as it can easily negotiate its way around obstacles like couches or chairs and cleans in an organized, thorough manner.

    However, since this vacuum doesn't store a permanent map of its coverage area, you can't set up virtual boundary lines via its companion app or schedule cleaning sessions for individual rooms. It also has many parts that need to be cleaned or replaced regularly, so recurring costs are high, though this is normal for most robot vacuums. Overall, this is a very good option if you're looking for a versatile robot vacuum at a relatively affordable price, and it's also one of the best robot vacuums for hardwood floors that we've tested.

    See our review

  4. Best Cheap Robot Vacuum: yeedi K650

    The yeedi K650 is the best cheap robot vacuum cleaner we've tested. This robot vacuum delivers fantastic performance on bare floors, where it easily cleans pet hair as well as bulky and small debris, like cereal or rice. There isn't a major loss in suction performance as its dirt compartment fills up, which is good if the vacuum has a larger mess to clean.

    Despite its budget-friendly price, it feels well-built, with a primarily dense matte-finish plastic body and wheels with rubber treads. Its compact size makes it easy to store and maneuver under couches, tables, and other furniture. Depending on your choice of power setting, this vacuum can supply roughly anywhere between 50 to over 230 minutes of continuous runtime, which should be sufficient for cleaning most large areas.

    Unfortunately, it struggles a bit with cleaning messes on low-pile carpet, particularly small, fine material like baking soda and pet hair. While you can't set up virtual boundary markers, you can buy magnetic boundary strips separately to prevent the vacuum from entering certain areas. Overall, this vacuum's good build quality and superb bare floor performance make it a solid choice if you're looking for cheap hands-free cleaning.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • ILIFE A4s Pro: The ILIFE A4s Pro is a budget-friendly robot vacuum that performs best on bare floors. However, it struggles with fine materials like baking soda on carpets, especially when compared to the Roborock E4. See our review
  • iRobot Roomba 675: The iRobot Roomba 675 is a robot vacuum that charges much faster than the Roborock E4, but performs worse on all surface types, has fewer automation features, and has a smaller dustbin. See our review
  • Shark ION Robot 2020: The Shark ION Robot 2020 is a budget robot vacuum that's smaller and lighter than the Roborock E4. However, it doesn't perform as well on any surface type, offers inferior maneuverability, and has fewer automation features. See our review
  • iRobot Roomba E5: The iRobot Roomba E5 is a budget-friendly robot vacuum that feels well-built and does a decent job maneuvering around obstacles. However, it has high recurring costs and does a mediocre job cleaning debris on carpets. See our review
  • eufy RoboVac 11S: The eufy RoboVac 11S is a budget-friendly robot vacuum that outperforms the yeedi K650 on low-pile carpets. However, it doesn't perform nearly as well on bare floors or high-pile carpet, has a shorter battery life, and is fitted with a smaller dustbin. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Mar 25, 2022: Removed Shark AI Robot from recommendations due to current pricing. Added iRobot Roomba 694 as new 'Alternative With A Larger Dustbin' category pick.

  2. Jan 24, 2022: Replaced Shark EZ Robot Self-Empty AV911S with Shark AI Robot as new 'Alternative With More Advanced Automation Capabilities' category pick due to current pricing.

  3. Nov 25, 2021: Removed 'Alternative With A Remote Controller' category due to current availability. Added Shark EZ Robot Self-Empty AV911S as new 'Self-Emptying Alternative' pick.

  4. Sep 27, 2021: Swapped pick categories for Wyze Robot Vacuum and Roborock E4 due to the latter's automatic superior on-carpet performance: Roborock E4 is now the 'Best Budget Robot Vacuum Cleaner For Carpets' pick while Wyze Robot Vacuum is the 'Best Budget Robot Vacuum Cleaner For Bare Floors' pick.

  5. Jul 29, 2021: Removed eufy RoboVac G30 Edge as 'Alternative With Boundary Markers' pick due to current pricing. Added bObsweep Bob Pro to main picks as 'Alternative With A Remote Controller'. Removed bObsweep Bob Pro from Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best budget-friendly robot vacuums for most people. We factor in the price, feedback from our visitors, and availability.

If you'd like to do the work of choosing yourself, here's the list of all our robot vacuum reviews priced under $300. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no vacuum is perfect for every use, most are good enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.

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