If you don't have time to regularly sweep or vacuum, robot vacuums are an easy way to make sure your home stays clean without you needing to do all the work. Since they use various types of technology such as lasers or cameras to navigate and maneuver around a room, they're generally able to avoid furniture and get beneath couches and tables with relative ease. Some even automatically empty their dirt compartments, which further reduces the work you need to do. Although they aren't as good at cleaning carpet as more traditional upright vacuums, many of them come with smart pathing technology to clean more efficiently. Many of them also come with companion apps or remote controls so you can set up scheduled cleaning times or place boundaries to keep it out of certain areas.
We've tested over 10 robot vacuums and below are our recommendations for the best robot vacuums you can buy. These picks are selected not only based on their performance, but also their feature set, design, and price. For more recommendations, take a look at our list of the best vacuums, the best vacuums for high-pile carpet, and the best vacuums for pet hair.
The Neato Botvac D7 is the best robot vacuum cleaner for carpet that we've tested. Although robot vacuums aren't nearly as effective at cleaning carpet as upright or stick models, this one stands out from the crowd as it can easily maneuver on shag carpets. It can also pick up a decent amount of debris and pet hair, which is great if you have a few rugs scattered around your home.
It uses smart pathing, so it can take the most efficient path to clean your home. Thanks to its Neato companion app, you can even see where it's cleaned and create boundary lines if you don't want it to enter certain rooms. There's also a physical boundary strip included in the box if you need it. It has outstanding performance on bare floors, so you can send this robot vacuum into other, non-carpeted rooms like the kitchen or bathroom. Its battery life is quite long, and it automatically returns back to its dock when it needs to be charged.
Unfortunately, like most robot vacuums, it struggles to pick up small and large debris from high-pile carpet. There are also many recurring costs, like its HEPA filter which needs to be replaced every one to two months, especially if you use it every day. Its dirt compartment isn't very large, and you can't see how full it is without stopping to pull it out. That said, the companion app tells you to clean it regularly. Overall, this is a suitable choice if you have several rugs in your home.
The Roborock S6 is the best robot vacuum for bare floors we've tested so far. This unique vacuum has an outstanding performance on bare floors as it can pick up pet hair as well as small and large debris without a problem. Although we don't currently test this feature, it can also be reconfigured as a mop when you fill its water container and attach its mopping cloths, which can be useful for cleaning messes in the kitchen or bathroom.
It's well-suited to hardwood or tile flooring. It uses smart pathing technology to optimize its cleaning path and thanks to its laser sensor, it navigates a room quite effectively. Thanks to its short design, it can easily fit under couches or tables. If you want to keep it out of some rooms, you can use the Roborock companion app to set up virtual barriers. The app also shows you which parts need maintenance and you can even switch to 'Carpet' mode if you need increased suction. Its battery life is remarkable, and it can last just under two hours in its most powerful mode.
However, its performance on carpet is just alright as it struggles to pick up small and large debris on both low as well as high-pile carpet. It's also a somewhat difficult vacuum to maintain as many parts need regular maintenance. It has quite a few recurring costs as well since its disposable mopping attachments need constant replacement. That said, if you mostly have bare floors in your home, it can tackle wet and dry messes.
If the Roborock S6 is a bit out of your price range, check out the Roborock S4. While it doesn't have a mopping attachment, it still does an outstanding job on bare floors. In many ways, it's almost identical to the other model as it has similarly demanding maintenance needs and overall outstanding battery performance. Its automation features are the same, so you can schedule the vacuum to clean at a programmed time. It also heads back to its charging dock when it starts running out of battery life. Unfortunately, it struggles a bit with pet hair and large debris on bare floors. It also can't climb onto high-pile carpet, so you may have a bit of a problem if you have a couple of shag rugs around the house.
Go for the S6 if you're looking for a combo vacuum that can tackle wet and dry messes. However, if you're looking for something a little easier on the wallet and you don't need the added cost of a mop feature, get the S4.
The best budget robot vacuum that we've tested so far is the eufy RoboVac 11S. While this affordable vacuum's best performance is on bare floors, it can maneuver on high-pile carpet and cleans up a good amount of pet hair. It also has a decent build quality and is easy to assemble out-of-the-box.
It has four cleaning modes that can better suit different needs. Its battery performance is excellent, and it can last a bit over an hour on its most powerful setting. If you want to reserve some battery life, its less powerful mode lets it clean for almost two hours. Although it doesn't have a companion app, it has a remote control that you can use without an internet connection. It lets you adjust its suction power, switch modes, or even schedule cleaning times, which is useful if you like cleaning regularly.
Unfortunately, it pushes large debris around on bare floors and loses performance as its dirt compartment fills up. Pet hair also can wrap around its brushroll instead of getting sucked up and you need to detangle it by hand. On low-pile carpet, it struggles to pick up small debris and has a lot more difficulty with small and large debris on high-pile carpet. There are also many parts that need ongoing maintenance and replacement like its filters, which can add up. Still, if you're looking for a more affordable robot vacuum, this is a suitable choice, especially if you have many bare floors.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best robot vacuums for most people. We factor in the price, feedback from our visitors, and availability.
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our vacuum reviews. 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.