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The 3 Best Budget Robot Vacuums - Summer 2022 Reviews

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 cheap robot vacuums. 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 Budget Robot Vacuum

    The best budget robot vacuum we've tested is the Roborock E4. Unusually for a vacuum at this price point, it 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 and performs exceptionally well on bare surfaces. 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. Unfortunately, unlike premium models like the Roborock S7, it doesn't have a LIDAR mapping system that would allow it to precisely map out its coverage area, so you can't set up virtual boundary lines or schedule cleaning sessions for specific rooms.

    If you're looking for a robot vacuum that does support some of these features and don't mind paying a little more, the Shark AI Robot could be worth a look. It generates a permanent map of its coverage area, enabling you to schedule cleaning sessions for specific rooms or set up no-go zones the vacuum won't enter. However, it doesn't perform as well as the Roborock on bare floors, has a less intuitive companion app, and struggles with pet hair.

    See our review

  2. Best Budget LIDAR Robot Vacuum

    If you're looking for an affordable robot vacuum that offers more advanced automation capabilities than most other comparably-priced alternatives, consider the Wyze Robot Vacuum. While it's a little more expensive than most other robot vacuums on this list, it features 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. It also does a good job of maneuvering itself around obstacles like tables or chairs and cleans in an organized pattern of straight lines. It delivers exceptional performance on bare floors and easily clears away pet hair on most surfaces too. It can't automatically adjust its suction power to different surfaces and has a tiny dirt compartment that needs regular emptying.

    If both of those aspects are important to you when choosing a robot vacuum, you could also consider the Roborock S4 Max. While it's even pricier than the Wyze, you can sometimes find it on sale for under $300. It also does a slightly better job of maneuvering itself. It does have a longer battery life too, but it takes considerably longer to recharge.

    See our review

  3. Best Robot Vacuum Under $150

    If you're looking for a hassle-free way of keeping your floors clean but want to spend as little as possible, the eufy Robovac 25C is among the best cheap robot vacuums we've tested. Despite its very low price point, this budget-friendly robot vacuum delivers superb performance on bare, even surfaces like hardwood or tile. Its companion app is pretty sparse in terms of features but is pretty easy to use, and there's little lag when issuing a command with your phone. You can also use this vacuum without an internet connection with its included remote control, which is great if you have spotty Wi-Fi coverage at home. It also makes very little noise, which is great if you're looking for a more discrete robot vacuum. However, it doesn't feel very well-made and has a few parts that need periodic cleaning.

    If you're looking for a robot vacuum in a similar price bracket that feels better built, you could also consider the Shark ION Robot 2020. It also features a larger dirt compartment and does a slightly better job maneuvering around obstacles, though it takes much longer to recharge and has even more parts that need periodic 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 of 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, it has a shorter battery life, and it's fitted with a smaller dustbin. See our review
  • yeedi K650: The yeedi K650 is a very affordable robot vacuum that's cheaper than the Roborock E4 but doesn't have a much less advanced random-pathing navigation system. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. May 25, 2022: Article rewrite to better align with user expectations. Recategorized Roborock E4 as 'Best Budget Robot Vacuum'. Recategorized Wyze Robot Vacuum as 'Best Budget LIDAR Robot Vacuum'. Added eufy Robovac 25C as 'Best Robot Vacuum Under $150'. Added yeedi K650 to Notable Mentions. Removed iRobot Roomba 694 from recommendations.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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.