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The 5 Best Robot Vacuums - Winter 2023 Reviews

Best Robot Vacuums

If you don't have time to regularly sweep or vacuum, robot vacuums are an easy way to ensure your home stays clean without you needing to do all the work. Since they use various types of technology like lasers or cameras to navigate and maneuver around a room, they can generally avoid furniture and get beneath couches and tables with relative ease. Some of the best automatic vacuums can self-empty their dirt compartments, further reducing the work you need to do. Although they aren't as good at cleaning carpet as more traditional upright vacuums, many come with smart pathing technology to clean more efficiently. Many 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 50 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, look at our list of the best vacuums, the best vacuums for high-pile carpet, and the best vacuums for pet hair.

  1. Best Robot Vacuum

    The Roborock S7 MaxV is the best robot vacuum we've tested. This high-end robot vacuum has a dual-sensor navigation system, which combines a LIDAR mapping sensor with a pair of cameras with 3D scanning capability to identify and avoid common hazards like power cords, furniture legs, or even pet waste in real-time. You can also use it to monitor things at home while you're away by looking through the camera. It can also identify the type of room it's in based on the furniture and automatically suggest different cleaning modes for distinct areas, like bedrooms, kitchens, or bathrooms. It performs remarkably well on bare floors and does an okay job cleaning carpets.

    While this vacuum is fully compatible with Roborock’s Empty Wash Fill dock, which further helps reduce hands-on maintenance needs by automatically emptying its dustbin, refilling its water reservoir, and washing its mopping pads, it's a pretty expensive additional accessory. It also does a terrible job of sealing fine allergens, even with a high-efficiency E11 filter.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Robot Vacuum

    The best upper mid-range robot vacuum we've tested is the Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI. Like the Roborock S7 MaxV, it combines onboard cameras to identify hazards in real-time with LIDAR to precisely map out its coverage area. However, while it has a mopping feature, it's a rudimentary passive system and isn't nearly as effective for scrubbing away stains. Otherwise, it still has a pretty advanced set of automation features. You can use its companion app to set up virtual boundary lines, direct it to a specific area within your home, or schedule cleaning sessions for individual rooms. Debris pickup performance on bare floors and carpets is impressive overall, and it's compatible with a self-emptying station to minimize hands-on maintenance, though this dock is quite pricey.

    If that stain-clearing capability is important to you, it's hard to go wrong with the basic Roborock S7. It features the same ultrasonic mopping system as the flagship S7 MaxV to scrub away dried-on stains. Unlike the more powerful S7 MaxV or Ecovacs, it doesn't have a secondary set of camera sensors that would allow it to spot and react to low-lying hazards in real-time, instead relying only on a LIDAR sensor to map out its coverage area.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Robot Vacuum Cleaner

    The Roborock Q5 is a great choice if you're looking for a versatile robot vacuum at a mid-range price. While you're missing out on the real-time hazard identification system found on the Roborock S7 MaxV and Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI, this relatively affordable vacuum offers good value for money. It has a LIDAR mapping system that maps out rooms quickly compared to most optical sensor-based systems, especially in dimly lit rooms. Its companion app is very easy to use and lets you set up virtual boundary lines that it won't cross or direct it to clean a specific room in your home. It delivers exceptional performance on bare surfaces like hardwood or tile floors and is remarkably effective when dealing with pet hair, though it struggles a little on carpet. It's also fully compatible with a self-emptying station, though buying the vacuum with this accessory does push it into a noticeably higher price bracket.

    Unfortunately, despite the presence of a high-efficiency E11 filter, it does a terrible job of sealing in fine particles, which are blown clean out of its LIDAR sensor. Suffer from allergies? The Wyze Robot Vacuum is a very solid alternative. Like the Roborock, it features LIDAR navigation and feels better built; however, it isn't self-emptying compatible.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Robot Vacuum Cleaner

    If you don't want or need much in the way of convenience features, the eufy RoboVac 25C is the best robot vacuum at a budget price that we've tested. Compared to the pricier Roborock Q5, it has a far more rudimentary navigation system that relies on random pathing to maneuver around a room. That said, it has an easy-to-use companion app as well as a separate remote control that allows you to control the vacuum without needing an internet connection, which is very handy if your Wi-Fi coverage is spotty at home. Build quality is passable, with a few notable weak points like its clear plastic dustbin, but that isn't unexpected given its affordable price point. If you're looking for a better-built budget-friendly robot vacuum, the yeedi K650 is worth a look, but availability is limited.

    This vacuum does a fantastic job of handling solid debris on surfaces like laminate or hardwood and is fairly adept at handling pet hair. However, its weak suction motor means it struggles to clear away debris embedded deep within carpet fibers. Thankfully, it makes very little noise while running, which is great if you have a pet that's skittish around loud vacuums.

    See our review

  5. Best HEPA Robot Vacuum Cleaner For Allergies

    If you suffer from allergies but still want a robot vacuum to handle your light-duty cleaning needs, the iRobot Roomba S9 is among the robot vacuums we've tested. Compared to the Roborock S7 MaxV, it has a much simpler optical sensor-based system with no LIDAR mapping and no real-time hazard identification and avoidance capability. It also doesn't have a mopping attachment, so you'll need to look elsewhere if you want a robot vacuum that can handle stains. It has an onboard HEPA filter, which is highly effective in trapping particles like pet dander. If you want to further minimize the spread of allergens, it's fully compatible with a self-emptying dock that can suck debris from its internal dustbin into an external dirtbag without manual intervention.

    However, buying this accessory separately or purchasing it with the vacuum as part of the S9+ bundle does push it into a different price bracket. If you don't mind giving up the onboard HEPA filter, the yeedi vac station offers self-emptying capability at a much lower purchase price. The yeedi also has a passive mopping system, though it isn't especially effective in clearing stains.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • eufy RoboVac X8: The eufy RoboVac X8 is an advanced robot vacuum with relatively advanced automation capabilities, but it lacks the hazard avoidance feature found on the Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI. See our review
  • Neato D8: The Neato D8 is a mid-priced robot vacuum that delivers good performance on carpeted floors. However, it has a shorter battery life than the Roborock Q5 and doesn't maneuver itself as effectively. See our review
  • iRobot Roomba [j7, j7+]: The iRobot Roomba j7 is another good alternative to the iRobot Roomba S9 if you want a model that offers real-time hazard avoidance. However, it falls short of the S9 when it comes to debris pickup performance. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 06, 2023: Ensured all main picks still represent the best choice for user needs and preferences. Added iRobot Roomba j7 to Notable Mentions.

  2. Dec 07, 2022: Replaced Roborock S5 Max with Roborock Q5 as 'Best Mid-Range Robot Vacuum Cleaner' due to current availability. Replaced yeedi K650 with eufy RoboVac 25C as 'Best Budget Robot Vacuum Cleaner' due to current availability. Added yeedi vac station to Notable Mentions.

  3. Nov 07, 2022: Verified that all main picks are still available and represent the best fit for user needs and expectations.

  4. Oct 03, 2022: Replaced Roborock S7 with Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI as 'Best Upper Mid-Range Robot Vacuum'. Replaced Wyze Robot Vacuum with Roborock S5 Max as 'Best Mid-Range Robot Vacuum Cleaner' pick. Removed less relevant product picks from Notable Mentions and added Neato D8 to Notable Mentions.

  5. Jul 29, 2022: Minor article restructuring to better align with user expectations. Replaced Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI with Roborock S7 as 'Best Upper Mid-Range Robot Vacuum' pick. Recategorized Wyze Robot Vacuum as 'Best Mid-Range Robot Vacuum Cleaner' pick. Recategorized yeedi K650 as 'Best Budget Robot Vacuum Cleaner' pick. Removed less relevant picks from Notable Mentions, added Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI and eufy RoboVac 25C to Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best robot vacuum cleaners 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 robot vacuum reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While there's no single best option that's 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.